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Transcript of Learning/Educational AT
There are many different ways to differentiate instruction in a health classroom. Some of those ways include lecture, group activities, projects, etc. In order to meet every students need throughout the learning process, different AT tools can be used. I have addressed 3 tools for the low, medium and high levels with the examples shown.
Math is a topic that causes many students anxiety.
Like many subjects, reduced work load and extra time are available, but there is also math specific AT's.
Language Arts--the writing process
As behavior specialist for ESY, I encounter a wide array of students with the full spectrum of disabilities. It is imperative to provide accomodations for all students in this program so that each of them has full access to learning that they need to meet their ESY objectives. The two accomodations shown are examples of low tech and high tech respectively.
Behavior charts are a great tool for students to use as a low tech AT in the classroom. Students can monitor and take ownership of their own behavior while setting a goal of positive behaviors that lead to a reward. By exhibiting good behaviors, students also gain greater access to learning. Two examples of behavior charts that I made with the needs of a specific student in mind are attached.
The iPad has been and continues to be a tremendous asset in the learning process of students with speical needs as well as for general education students. Multiple apps, many free, are available for download. These apps are designed to remove barriers to learning for students of all ages and abilities. The videos attached show examples of the phenominal functions of the iPad in an educational setting.
-Turn lined paper sideways to help line up numbers
-Use graph paper to organize problems
-Use colored pencils to organize and highlight problems
The writing process presents many difficulties for some students with disabilities (and for students without!). Fortunately, we have come a long way in finding methods to assist these students. Here we look at three phases of the writing process that present a challenge: prewriting, editing, and adding a list of sources.
The ability to edit text is inherent in all Word programs. One thing that I encourage all students to do at this stage is to read their essay aloud. Many are reluctant to do so. Livescribe would be an ideal tool for this situation. Students could read each others' essays while recording with Livescribe. They could listen to it later in order to spot mistakes before posting the assignment.
Adding a List of Sources
Many students have difficulty writing the List of Works Cited at the end of their essays. The website Citation Machine will create the list. The student plugs in the relevant information (name, date published or accessed, type of info --book, website, etc.) and the program does the rest. Citation Machine will even let you change style (APA vs. Chicago style). It can be found here: http://citationmachine.net/index2.php
Beginning the essay is often the hardest part for students. A blank page can be intimidating. New technologies make mapping easy. For example, MindMeister (http://www.mindmeister.com) allows students to map out their ideas on the screen.There is a space for notes, additional links, files and tasks. It offers students a way to organize their thinking and is especially useful when trying to figure out how to organize thoughts in a cohesive way. Check it out here:
After deciding on a topic, MindMeister can be used to create an outline.
-Talking/Large Key Calculators
As well as TONS of iPad Apps
Anderson, G. (2013). Glenda's Assistive Technology Information and More...
This is an online tool students can use to help demonstrate their knowledge and creativity of the health curriculum through use of pictures, paint, and artwork.
This website provides an explanation of how wixie can be used in the classroom and also has an instructional video.
I have created an example of how wixie can be used to teach students about nutrition and what foods are considered healthy. Students can search through the pictures on wixie and put them into the corresponding categories.
This website can also help teachers to develop graphic organizers. Rather than having the students use wixie, the teacher can make a print out for students to fill in or match pictures to different categories.
Template for students to start:
End product should look similar to this:
This is a website that students can use to better understand the different health topics including: body image, nutrition, fitness, eating disorders, emotional life, dating, sexual health and much more.
BodiMojo creates real world situations and visualizations for students who may have a difficult time comprehending material that is presented in a lecture that does not include visual supports.
A few of my favorites are included:
Teen Body Talk
This interactive tool helps students learn how to handle and respond tough situations about body image issues through comic strips.
Portion Your Plate
Here students can select foods and portion sizes to help them visualize what a “healthy plate” should look like.
Fast Food City
This is a tool that helps students to better understand energy balance. It explains how many calories teens should be eating based on their age, gender, & activity levels. It also gives them a chance to guess how many calories are in the foods they are eating on a daily basis.
Classroom Performance System (Instructional “Clickers”)
This is a tool that can be used in any classroom for an assessment of daily instruction. It allows students to respond to verbal, written or on screen questions. I have used the “clickers” in my health class as a way to confirm student understanding of the material presented.
Questions are presented in either a multiple-choice or true/false form reflected from an LCD projector onto the overhead screen. The “clickers” have eight alphabetical buttons that the students use to answer the questions.
iReadWrite is an iPad app designed for students with learning disabilities that combines reading and writing technologies, including text-to-speech, word prediction, spell check, and a picture dictionary.
by: Brandi Carney, Alyson Harkins,
Amy Holly, Omri Kagan