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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.

   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

 51.2 million
  Number 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 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 integration at La Cima


  Focus
    Teach the technology
    Make sure its engaging
    Fosters independence
      Express knowledge
      Acquire learning/information
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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       Assistive-     Screen Reading
   Technology:      Technology       Technologies,
 Enabling Dreams   Tools: Keys to       Speech
                    Learning for    Synthesizers, &
                    the Visually      Refreshable
                     Impaired       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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