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Digital Toolkits for Struggling Readers in Content-Area Classrooms. Cindy Okolo Michigan State University March, 2009 [email protected] http://assistive-technology-lab.wiki.educ.msu.edu/. Our mission is to develop complex literacies across the lifespan through multi-disciplinary research.

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Digital toolkits for struggling readers in content area classrooms

Digital Toolkits for Struggling Readers in Content-Area Classrooms

Cindy Okolo

Michigan State University

March, 2009

[email protected]

http://assistive-technology-lab.wiki.educ.msu.edu/


Digital toolkits for struggling readers in content area classrooms

Our mission is to develop complex literacies across the lifespan through multi-disciplinary research.


Who are these kids

Who are these kids?


Challenges for kids with literacy disabilities difficulties

Challenges for Kids with Literacy Disabilities/Difficulties

Decoding

Vocabulary

Comprehension

Background knowledge*

Strategy knowledge & use*

Confidence*

Motivation*


Challenges for kids with literacy disabilities difficulties1

Challenges for Kids with Literacy Disabilities/Difficulties

  • Writing mechanics

    • Handwriting, spelling, writing conventions

  • Idea generation

  • Organizing

  • Revising

  • Editing


How can technology help

How Can Technology Help?

  • Support

    • Reading tools

    • Organizing

    • Support for background information

    • Studying

    • Scaffolding

  • Compensate

    • Bypass reading & writing

  • Motivate


What s in your operating system

What’s in your Operating System


Digital toolkits for struggling readers in content area classrooms

Mac

  • Voice Over

  • Text to speech

  • Speech recognition

  • Screen magnification

    http://www.apple.com/accessibility/macosx/vision.html


Windows

Windows

  • Magnifier

  • Narrator (text to speech)

  • Speech Recognition (VISTA)

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/accessibility/default.mspx#EBB


What s on your browser

What’s on your Browser?

  • Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/)

  • ADD-ONS

    • Dictionaries & Language Packs: (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:3)

    • Bookmarks: (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:1/cat:22)

    • Dictionary: (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7869)


What s on your browser1

What’s on your Browser?

  • Hyperwords (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search?q=hyperword&cat=all)

  • Accessibar (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search?q=accessibar&cat=all)

  • Marking (highlighting or dogears) (http://yellow5.us/firefox/dogears/)

  • CLiCk Speak (http://clickspeak.clcworld.net/downloads.html)


  • What s in your bookmarks digital books

    What’s in your Bookmarks: Digital Books?

    • Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page)

    • University of Virginia E-Text Library (http://etext.virginia.edu/ebooks/)

    • Many Books (manybooks.net)

    • Amazon, iTunes

    • Bookshare (http://www.bookshare.org/)


    What s in your bookmarks turn text to speech

    What’s in Your Bookmarks: Turn text to speech

    • Record your own

      • Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)

      • Spoken Powerpoint books

    • Have someone else do it:

      • Spoken Text (http://www.spokentext.net/)

      • http://www.watchingthenet.com/firefox-tip-convert-web-page-text-to-speech-and-save-as-mp3-file.html

      • YAKiToMe (http://www.yakitome.com/cgi-bin/input.py)


    What s in your bookmarks reference tools

    What’s in your Bookmarks: Reference Tools

    • Visuwords: online graphical dictionary (http://www.visuwords.com/?word=constitution)

    • Ghotit (http://www.ghotit.com/home.shtml)

    • Wiktionary (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/)

    • Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com/literature/)


    What s on your computer supporting thinking and organizing

    What’s on your Computer: Supporting Thinking and Organizing

    • Inspiration (www.inspiration.com)

    • Timeliner(http://www.tomsnyder.com/timelinerxe/)


    What s on your computer literacy tools the big six

    What’s On Your Computer: Literacy Tools: The Big Six

    • WYNN (http://www.freedomscientific.com/LSG/products/WYNN.asp)

    • Kurzweil 3000 (http://www.kurzweiledu.com/)

    • Solo Literacy Suite (http://www.donjohnston.com/products/solo/)

    • Read & Write Gold (http://www.readwritegold.com/readwritegoldv9.html)

    • WordQ and SpeakQ (http://www.wordq.com/)

    • WriteOnline (http://www.cricksoft.com/uk/writeonline/)


    What s on your computer literacy software

    What’s On Your Computer: Literacy Software

    • Text to speech

    • Word prediction

    • Writing Tools

      • Concept mapping

      • Templates

      • Specialized dictionaries

      • Speech recognition

      • Revision tools

    • Study tools

      • Highlighting

      • Annotating


    What s attached to your computer

    What’s Attached to your Computer?

    • Scanner

    • Camera


    What s in your hand

    What’s in your Hand?


    What s in your hand1

    What’s In Your Hand?


    What s on your mind

    What’s on your Mind?


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