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Using technology to enhance learning for students with learning disabilities

Using Technology to Enhance Learning for Students with Learning Disabilities

Renee Barclay


Introduction Learning Disabilities

  • This presentation will examine how we can provide unique learning experiences in the classroom using assistive technology to help students with learning disabilities share their knowledge and intelligence with others.

What is a learning disability
What is a Learning Disability? Learning Disabilities

  • Describes a variety of problems in acquiring, storing, and retrieving information.

  • Students have difficulty taking information in through the senses and then processing the information.

  • Students usually have average or above average cognitive skills.

Four categories of learning disabilities
Four Categories of Learning Disabilities Learning Disabilities

  • According to

  • Spoken language (listening & speaking)

  • Written language (reading,writing, & spelling)

  • Arithmetic (calculation & concepts)

  • Reasoning (organization/integration of ideas and thoughts)

How can we help students succeed
How can we help students succeed? Learning Disabilities

  • Additional teaching strategies

  • Modifications and/or accommodations to learning programs.

  • Assistive technology can be used as a support

What is assistive technology
What is Assistive Technology? Learning Disabilities

  • According to, assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the abilities of an individual with disabilities.

Assistive technology what tools are available
Assistive Technology- What tools are available? Learning Disabilities

  • Low and High Technology Items

  • Low Tech- post it notes, highlighters

  • High Tech- Software and other technology tools

Organizational software
Organizational Software Learning Disabilities

  • Concept mapping software presents ideas/concepts in a physical manner.

  • Representations can be connected with arrows to show the relationship.

  •, presents Inspiration Software

Inspiration software
Inspiration Software Learning Disabilities

  • Students can create concept maps

  • Convert maps to outline form

  • Strategies for using Inspiration in the classroom

  • Study strategies using Inspiration

Improving writing skills
Improving Writing Skills Learning Disabilities

  • Word Processing Software- grammar/spellcheckers, dictionaries, thesaurus programs

  • Talking Word Processors- auditory feedback as the student types.

  • Word Prediction Software- Augments spelling and syntax and allows students to find words and make predictions.

How does word prediction work
How Does Word Prediction Work? Learning Disabilities

  •, provides a great visual example.

Word q software
Word Q Software Learning Disabilities

  •, provided a free trial for Word Prediction Software (Word Q)

  • Will also read material back to student

  • Works on any Windows Software

Speech recognition technology
Speech Recognition Technology Learning Disabilities

  • Takes the spoken word using a microphone and converts it into a machine readable format

  • Students can view their words in written text

  • Great for students who can’t use keyboard.

  • More information

Text to speech applications
Text to Speech Applications Learning Disabilities

  • Used to increase learning of struggling readers

  • Allows students to experience text both visually and aurally.

  • Ability to highlight text as it is read. (increased attention and comprehension)

  • Students can proofread their own work by having it read back to them.

Other assistive technology supports
Other Assistive Technology Supports Learning Disabilities

  • According to, other supports include:

  • Calculators

  • Talking Calculators- have voice output that provides feedback. User can hear input errors. (good for students who reverse numbers when reading)

Other assistive technology supports1
Other Assistive Technology Supports Learning Disabilities

  • Franklin Electronic Dictionary- renders phonetic spelling into correctly spelled words.

  • Tape Recorders- can be used to assist students with listening difficulties

  • Internet- many resources and free software trials.

Special solutions large scan deleted here
Special Solutions Learning Disabilities(large scan deleted here)

Links to resources
Links to Resources Learning Disabilities

  • Link to my Internet Address Book J:\User\Slowik\Educ504\BarclayRenee\BarclayReneeA3Internetaddressbook.doc

  • Link to my Research Paper


Final statement
Final Statement Learning Disabilities