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Technology and Special Education. Debora Collins Erin Smialek Christine McCaleb. Technology and Special Education. Affects of Technology technologies have been invented to address society's problems or to fulfill its growing desire for speed and convenience.

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Technology and Special Education

Debora Collins

Erin Smialek

Christine McCaleb


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Technology and Special Education

Affects of Technology

technologies have been invented to address society's problems or to fulfill its growing desire for speed and convenience.

technology for people with disabilities assists, supports, enhances and integrates them back into our society.


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Facts About Disability in the U.S. Population

Technology and Special Education

  • 51.2 millionNumber of people who have some level of disability.

  • 11%Children ages 6 to 14 who have a disability.


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Infused into curriculum and instruction effectively

Educators and curriculum developers make the following decisions:

review and analyze

enable students to acquire proficiency

support the development of lessons & units

develop detailed plans


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Address the needs of low performing, at-risk, and students with learning disabilities

Technology applications that provide:

individually tailored

immediate feedback

monitor progress


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Technology integration at La Cima

High Level

Alpha Smart

WordQ and SpeakQ

Smart boards

Medium Level

Leap Pad

books on tape; DVDs and video

spelling and grammar checkers

electronic dictionaries


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Technology and Special Education

Technology integration at La Cima

Low Level

view finder

magna doodle

calculator

white boards

Manipulative tools: blocks, letter magnets, poker chips


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Technology and Special Education

Technology integration at La Cima

Focus

Teach the technology

Make sure its engaging

Fosters independence

Express knowledge

Acquire learning/information


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Technology and Special Education

Research Evidence

Temple (2003)

FastForWord Language Training; 100 minutes, five days a week for eight weeks, as part of their regular school day

“Students began to function normally and their scores went up on a number of language and reading tests.”


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Research Evidence

Weir (1987)

effectiveness of using computers to develop and assess learning strategies

Michayluk & Saklofske (1988)

described the use of computers as a socializing agent with hyperactive children

Goldenberg, Russell, & Carter (1984)

provide frequent student feedback motivates learning

remain cognitively engaged, particularly when corrective feedback is immediately provided


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Videos

Assistive Technology: Enabling Dreams

Assistive-Technology Tools: Keys to Learning for the Visually Impaired

Screen Reading Technologies, Speech Synthesizers, & Refreshable Braille Displays


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Assistive Technology at U of A

Supportive Resources

Adjustable computer workstations

Refreshable Braille displays

Braille embossers

Alternative mice

Alternative keyboards


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Assistive Technology at U of A

Software Resources

Screen reader- JAWS

Screen magnification- MAGic, Zoom Text

Visual outlining- Inspiration

Voice recognition- Dragon Naturally Speaking

Word prediction- Text Help Read & Write Gold

Text to Speech- Kurzweil 1000, ReadPlease, Natural Reader Software


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JAWS

Intended for visually impaired

two multi-lingual speech synthesizers

outputs to refreshable Braille displays if desired

translated into 17 languages

information from the screen is read aloud

$895


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Dragon Naturally Speaking

Voice activated: use your voice to dictate and edit in any Windows application

can turn voice into text to create documents

creates email and instant messages with 99% accuracy

can even surf the web

starts at $99 and includes a headset


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Kurzweil 3000

Comprehensive reading, writing and learning software

documents can be scanned

reads the text out loud

starts at $1095


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Natural Reader

Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices

convert any written text into spoken words

convert any written text into audio files for your CD player or iPod

helps writers improve by listening to their work

FREE!!!


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WordQ

Writing Software

predicts what you might want to write

displays a list of correctly spelled words

choose a word

each word can be read aloud


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SpeakQ

Writing Software

write by speaking into a mic

speech recognition and word prediction

choose a word


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