AT Notes 2017 Assistive Technology Notes 2017


Term Definition Learning Ally online service for human-read audiobooks so you can hear and see text being read Read & Write Screen Masking Tool helps the user to remain focused on a specific point of computer screen/page by turning your mouse into a spotlight Read & Write Vocabulary Tool known as the Picture Board Tool Used with study skills highlighters to collect words highlighted creates automatic picture board with word definition " and picture""" Grammarly app App that will spell and grammar check writing on the internet including in Gmail " Can also copy and paste writing to Grammarly website for additional grammar checks""" Google Voice Typing Dictation tool built into Google Docs that allow you to talk and Google will type for you Read & Write Word Prediction Tool Predicts the word you want to type based on the first few letters you type Word Clouds Tool used to pull out important words ideas and concepts from reading passages that is useful for summarizing and figuring the main idea of a reading passage Tagul is an example Assistive technology (AT) Technology that is available to assist individuals to participate in activities and tasks Common types of Learning Differences: Dyslexia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Executive Functioning Disorder Attention Deficit Disorder and Visual Processing Disorder Dyslexia A specific learning disability related to reading mainly a problem with reading accurately and fluently Dysgraphia A specific learning disability related to writing mainly with handwriting legibly and at age-appropriate speed. Dyscalculia A specific learning disability related to math mainly understanding number-related concepts and using symbols or functions needed to be successful in math Executive Functioning disorder Difficulty in organizing oneself to accomplish tasks Attention deficit disorder Known as ADD or ADHD and usually characterized by inattention hyperactivity and impulsivity. Visual Processing Disorder Difficulty in processing or interpreting visual information such as shapes or words on a page AT: Reading Decoding & Accessing Content Learning Ally (audiobook service) Bookshare (digital book service) Digital Book Library (digital books) Read & Write Screenshot Reader/Reading Tools (allow user to listen to digital text) Read & Write AudioMaker (allow user to listen to digital text) Why AT Reading Decoding & Accessing Content tools help people with LD They allow information to be sent to the user using different modes using different senses (seeing and hearing) This allows different parts of the brain to work together to understand the informatio What people benefit from using AT Reading Decoding & Accessing Content tools People with reading issues (dyslexia) or visual processing disorder People with reading comprehension issues People with working memory issues People who can read but it takes them a long time AT: Reading Comprehension/ Understanding what you read/ Vocabulary tools Word Clouds (Tagul Wordle WordClouds.com Tagxedo WordItOut) Read & Write Vocabulary List Builder Read & Write Dictionary & Picture Dictionary tools Online dictionary Why AT: Reading Comprehension/ Understanding what you read/ Vocabulary what you read tools help people with LD These tools allow users to understand the smaller components and words that make up larger reading passages. Using a combination of pictures and words that are readable and listenable make it easier for a user to understand. Word clouds in particular als What people benefit from using AT: Reading Comprehension/ Understanding what you read/ Vocabulary People with reading comprehension issues People with limited vocabulary People who struggle with summarizing or finding the main idea of reading passages What is POWER UP? It is a writing process developed by Lawrence School teachers that include specific steps to good writing POWER UP Steps Planning Organizing Writing Editing Revising Understanding Publishing AT: Pre-Writing Tools for Planning & Organizing steps of POWER UP Inspiration Graphic Organizers like bubbl.us or popplet.com or mindmeister.com Read & Write Study Skill Highlighters Read & Write Voice Note tool Why AT: Pre-Writing Tools help people with LD They help users to gather ideas facts and research and organize them before turning them into sentences and paragraphs They help get ideas for writing down before the user forgets to include them What people benefit from using AT: Pre-Writing Tools People with written expression People who have a hard time starting a writing project People doing a research project (which means ALL STUDENTS) AT: Writing Tools for Writing step of POWER UP Google Voice Typing Dragon Naturally Speaking Read & Write Word Prediction ***Recommendation: Turn off Spellcheck as you Write. It slows down the writing process. Spellcheck afterwards instead of during editing step Why AT: Writing Tools help people with LD Replaces the act of handwriting or typing Typing uses a different part of the brain than handwriting Dictating uses a different part of the brain than typing and handwriting It allows ideas and content to be created quicker and easier What people benefit from using AT: Writing Tools People who are poor spellers People with written expression issues People who know what they want to say but struggle with getting into documents by handwriting or typing People with dysgraphia AT: Editing & Revising Writing Tools for Editing & Revising steps of POWER UP Grammarly Criterion Spellcheck Reading Tools (Listen to what you wrote) Why AT: Editing & Revising Writing Tools help people with LD These tools help students to help themselves in correcting writing errors without another human being having to help them What people benefit from using AT: Editing & Revising Writing Tools Everyone who writes (which is ALL STUDENTS) People with reading issues (since editing and revising requires you to read your writing and make corrections) People with writing issues (since editing and revising requires you to make corrections to writing) AT: Attention Tools BeeLine Reader (changes color of font on page to prevent you from losing your place while you are reading) Read & Write Screen Masking Tool (spotlight tool) Why AT: Attention Tools help people with LD These tools are designed to help you keep focused on your place on a screen What people benefit from using AT: Attention Tools People who tend to lose their page on a page that they are reading People with attention issues AT: Organization & Time Management Tools Alarms and Timers I Can’t wake up Alarm Clock app Alarmy Pomodoro timers like BeFocused app (ios) or Forest chrome app Eliminating Distractions during studying StayFocused (chrome app) Forest (chrome app) Lists & Tasks & Calendars Google Calendar Google K Why AT: Organization & Time Management Tools help people with LD They help people to have a better understanding of completing tasks in specific time limits Some of these tools help a person by eliminating distractions during specific study time (like StayFocused and Forest chrome apps) Use the Pomodoro technique of st What people benefit from using AT: Organization & Time Management Tools People who have a hard time getting up in the morning People who are late a lot People who forget to do things People who get distracted with recreational activities while they are studying AT: Studying & Memory Tools Flashcards Quizlet (has built in audio) StudyBlue (has built in timer and blacks out page while studying) StudyStack (has 13 ways to study the same information) Brainscape Why AT: Studying & Memory Tools help people with LD Flashcards created digitally can be studied online and usually they have a way of letting you assess your comfort with the information on each card Flashcards can be printed as well as used on computer or mobile devices Having multiple ways of studying sa What people benefit from using AT: Studying & Memory Tools Everyone who needs to study (ALL STUDENTS) People who lose things often (like paper notes or flashcards) People who want a variety of ways to study the same information People with working memory issues should use a multisensory flashcard tool to help get AT: Math Tools Talking calculator Talking Calculator (iOS app) Speech to text calculator Equatio (chrome app) Smart Voice Calculator (chrome extension) Speech2Math Calculator (iOS app) Math Equation Writers Equatio (chrome app) ModMath (iOS app) Microsoft Word (Insert Why AT: Math Tools help people with LD These tools allow users to hear math equations entered into a calculator Some of these tools also allow math equations to be written via handwriting or speech to text. Some of these tools help people to better write math equations digitally so they are mo What people benefit from using AT: Math Tools People with dyscalculia (or issues in numeric understanding) People who struggle in math People with dysgraphia BeeLine Reader Tool that helps keep you focused when reading by changing the color of the text on different lines Equatio a math tool that helps you write math in Google Docs Read & Write Reading tool tools that read digital text to you so you can read by listening to a computer reader and seeing highlighted text Read & Write Dictionary tool allows you to see and hear definitions of words Read & Write Picture Dictionary tool allows you to see a simple picture of a word to better visualize it and therefore understand its meaning in a sentence

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