“STAARtling” Technology Accommodations Nichole.Kertis@esc13.txed.net RATIONALE Challenges in Inclusive Classrooms? • • • • • • • • High variability in student skills and types of learners ( ELL, 504, sped, at risk, etc) Higher student to teacher ratio More demands on students and teachers (STAAR, EOC) Fewer support staff/specialists to help teachers Fewer resources Differentiation and accommodations are expected but not shown how New type 2 technology accommodations now allowed: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas/ Little guidance for data-driven accommodation decision making Joe’s non-netbook video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkhpmEZWuRQ SOLUTIONS Technology Supports and Data-Driven Decision Making for Accommodations http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas/ http://www.donjohnston.com/products/par/index.html READING PROFILE Baseline Data on Expected Outcomes for Reading 1. Word Identification 2. Listening Comprehension 3. Silent Reading Comprehension Essential Question: “What’s preventing student from reading on grade level?” Compare student performance across these 3 components and make decisions about instruction and the use of accommodations and/or assistive technologies. AT decisions should emphasize instruction/skill building while providing compensatory strategies for accessing the general curriculum. Reading materials must match students’ independent reading level, which is the lowest score on the profile. READING ACCOMMODATIONS & TECHNOLOGY READABILITY Readability • • • • Test document’s readability- Flesch-Kincaid in MS Word- Enable readability statistics in MS Word http://www.gilsmethod.com/test-documents-readability-word-2010 Test document’s readability- Flesch-Kincaid- stats online http://www.readability-score.com/ Perform advanced Google searches by readability levels(basic, intermediate, advanced) http://www.google.com.au/advanced_search Get 3 different reading levels using online auto summarizers and adjusting levels or ex: Wikipedia “Olympics” > Select “Simple English” from language options on left side of website page > Copy and paste into web-based auto summarizers “Text Compactor” or “Tools 4 Noobs” o http://textcompactor.com/ o http://www.tools4noobs.com/summarize/ o http://www.litcharts.com/ provides condensed outlines and summaries of classic literature; color code the themes addressed and symbolism within a particular work; useful study aids for struggling readers READING ACCOMMODATIONS & TECHNOLOGY ACCESS TO GRADE LEVEL MATERIALS Access to enrolled grade level materials via (read with your ears; make difficult books more accessible and acceptable) • Text readers: text- to- speech software = computerized voice and highlighting of text o Free o WordTalk MyStudyBar Add Speak to the Quick Access Toolbar in MS Word Install free text-to-speech plug-ins for web browser install free Read&Write for Google Docs to Chrome browser install Bookshare Web Reader extension from within Google Chrome Store Commercial Products o • http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/Home/ http://aim.cast.org/experience/decision-making_tools/tutorials/aim_products_chart Apps- iPad Settings > General > Accessibility > Speak Selection- On & Highlight Words –On Apps for Students with Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities Bookshare’s Read2Go app (eligibility criteria) Voice Dream Reader Text to Speech + Lite version Others_____ Audio recordings or audio books: text read aloud by human readers; files inserted= talking Word docs/books o Free Audacity- free digital sound/voice editor and recorder http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Insert Voice Comments/Sound Recorder into MS Word document: InsertVoiceEx1.wma Start button > “sound recorder “ in search box > create shortcut on desktop > make recording > save audio file > drag or insert into the Word document > save changes. Students double click on the icon to listen to the talking document. o http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/easy-listening-pleasures-10-websites-free-audio-book-downloads/ Apps-iPad OverDrive Media Console http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id366869252?mt=8 Audible app Learning Ally Audio app Others______ READING ACCOMMODATIONS & TECHNOLOGY VOCABULARY Vocabulary Supports Connections over definitions MS Word o WordTalk – plug in for MS Word has talking synonym support Web-Based o Visuwords: www.visuwords.com/ o Inspiration/Kidspiration/Webspiration o OneLook Dictionary Search- searches for vocabulary in variety of ways (words related to ___, phrase) http://www.onelook.com/ o o o Kids Dictionary List (definitions explained with language that is on their level) http://reference.yourdictionary.com/dictionaries/kids-dictionary.html Photographic Dictionary- visual dictionary http://photographicdictionary.com/a Electronic Pocket Dictionary o Wordsmyth online dictionary suite- beginner, intermediate and advanced Franklin Speaking Language Master or Franklin Children’s Talking Dictionary and Spell Corrector Apps o Create a personalized dictionary using “Contacts” app, easy to add a photo & the name is the vocab word o Merriam Webster Dictionary app Voice Search, and Speak Selection are nice supports READING ACCOMMODATIONS & TECHNOLOGY GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS Graphic organizing tools to support reading comprehension • MS Word Smart Art and Templates • Lucid Chart http://www.lucidchart.com/pages/education/K12 • Inspiration- webspiration • Commercial Literacy Software Suites http://aim.cast.org/experience/decisionmaking_tools/tutorials/aim_products_chart • App Inspiration Maps http://www.inspiration.com/ipad READING ACCOMMODATIONS & TECHNOLOGY DATA DRIVEN DECISIONS Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR) Developed by Denise DeCoste and Linda Bastiani Wilson What? • • • A formative assessment tool used to determine the student’s optimal reading accommodation Process to compare performance across reading accommodations Intended to help educators make more objective decisions about reading supports in situations where the benefit of one method over another is unclear • For more info, free webinar, and free download of the PAR Manual and materials go to: http://www.donjohnston.com/par 3 Basic Steps ACCESSIBLE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS (AIM) “PRINT DISABILITIES” The Legal Connection IDEA 2004 requires State and Local Education Agencies to ensure that textbooks and related core instructional materials are provided to students with print disabilities in specialized formats in a timely manner. (CFR Sec 300.172) Texas Assistive Technology Statewide Network’s (AIM) Resource Page http://www.texasat.net/default.aspx?name=resources.aim • • • TX Roadmap for AIM Top 10 Questions to Ask Publishers… re: AIM What ARD Committees Need to Know: Making Decisions About AIM ! Texas Resources for Acquiring AIM through grant with TEA Where to begin? • • • • PLAAFP Consideration of AT & PAR AIM Navigator http://aim.cast.org/experience/decision-making_tools/aim_navigator AIM Explorer a free simulation that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and other supported reading software (text-to-speech (synthetic and human), text highlighting, etc. WRITTEN PRODUCTIVITY PROFILE DATA DRIVEN DECISIONS Written Productivity Profile (WPP) Developed by Denise DeCoste http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/hiat/resources/wpp.shtml Baseline Data on Writing Performance Student writes and types (for comparison) four different things: • • • • the alphabet a dictated sentence a copied sentence an independently composed sentence Spelling analysis, writing traits analysis, oral expression skills, and comparisons of handwriting and typing speeds under these different conditions are completed so that the data helps inform decisions about instruction and the use of accommodations and/or assistive technologies. Essential Question: “What’s preventing student from writing on grade level?” Writing Tools Continuum Handwriting Organization Spelling Elaboration Speed Worksheets Note-taking Assistive Pens Paper Webs and Diagrams Dictionary Thesaurus Tape Recorder Labels / Stamps AT Notebook or Copies Paper Outlines Hand-held Dictionary / Spell Checker Electronic Thesaurus / Dictionary Computer Tape or Digital Recorder Light Notetaking Pen Raised Line, Note-Taking or Colored Papers 1 Word Processor Tape Recorder 3 Voice Recognition Computer Computer Computer Interactive Outlines / Notes Computer 1 Word Processor Outlines Portable Word Processor Word Processor with Thesaurus 2 Inspiration or Draft Builder 2 Word Prediction (CoWriter) Word, Acorbat or OmniForm (no speech) Tape Recorder Test Talker (speech) Iris Pen II Computer 1 Word Processing 1 Spell Checker in Word Processor 3 Voice Recognition 2 Word Processing with Word Prediction 2 Stand Alone Spell Checker with Speech and Auto Correct 3 CoWriter with Flexible Spelling Key Computer Tasks Low Tech Tools Mid Tech Tools High Tech / Software Word Processor Mimio or SmartBoard notes WRITING ACCOMMODATIONS & TECHNOLOGY SPELLING Spelling Accommodations http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/accommodations/staar-telpas/ Why Word Prediction? Word-prediction programs provide correctly spelled word choices, decreasing the spelling demand placed on students during the writing phase and allowing students to compose at a level commensurate with their oral expressive language ability. Word Prediction Teaching Routine WRITING ACCOMMODATIONS & TECHNOLOGY SPELLING Why Text-to-Speech? Students, hearing the computer read what they wrote, can listen for mistakes and more successfully revise and edit, making sure that what they have written is exactly what they intended to communicate. Text-to-Speech Teaching Routine Why Speech-to-Text? For students who have such poor spelling that word prediction and spell check features don’t work, or for students who traditionally respond orally receiving assistance from a scribe, S-T-T offer a more independent solution. Speech-to-Text Teaching Routine Criteria and Evaluation for Student’s Potential Use of Speech Recognition These evaluation and criteria items on the form may provide a basis for determining if participation in a trial or training and practice using speech recognition would be beneficial for a student. Technology Options Description Free Software Cost Free MyStudyBar Type 2 Spelling Accommodations Word Prediction Text-to-Speech/ w/ MultiLanguage X LetMeType (read aloud-TTS not integrated) X Balbolka Speechto-Text Uses Windows 7 S-T-T Dictionary, Spell Check X Lingoes-talking dictionary & spell check LetMeTypeFeedb Read&Write for Google Docs Overview Video! http://www.youtube.com/wat ch?v=ohNZhfU8B4&feature=plcp Word Talk Add WordTalk toolbar to MS Word 2007/2010 Speak Selected Text in Read & Write is a free Google Chrome Web App that increases the accessibility of the text of documents in your Google Drive account. After installing the app you will see a Read & Write tab appear at the top of your browser window whenever you have a document open in Google Drive. Clicking that Read & Write tab will open a menu of accessibility options. Some of the accessibility options include a picture dictionary and a talking dictionary. A free Windows text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary and a text-tomp3 converter. Free X X Free X Talking spell check Built-in feature of MS Office 2010; add to Built- X Office 2010: quick access toolbar (unlike WordTalk, Speak It doesn’t let you pause or control playback settings) In Speak with Multilingual TTS built into MSWord Note: Won’t work in XP, but does in Windows 7 BuiltIn X multilingual SpeakingTranslator Web-based translator and text-to-speech functionality Free X Multilingual Talk Typer A free site that will transcribe your speech for you. To use the site just visit it, click on the microphone icon, and start talking. You can copy the transcript and paste it anywhere you like. (works best in Chrome) Free X X BuiltIn (could also layer in built-in/free text-tospeech to be able to listen back and check for errors in dictation/recognition) X BuiltIn Free “““ X Speech Recognition in Windows 7 Speech Recognition Mac OS X eType Click-n-Type Convert spoken words to written text. You can say commands that the computer will respond to, and you can dictate text to the computer. Note: Windows XP does not support speech recognition in 2007 Microsoft Office programs. Note: Pair with the text-tospeech features of WordTalk or Speak Selected Text in Word so students can revise. Same as above. Web-based, free word completion, dictionary/thesaurus & translation software On-screen keyboard, word prediction and completion, speaks back the letters being typed (intended for students unable to use traditional keyboard due to motor difficulty) Free X (read aloudTTS not integrated) X X multilingual Limited TTS Tar Heel Typer SpeakIt! Google Chrome Plug-In Speechify Google Chrome Plug-In Commercial Software (LEA May Have?) Read&Write Gold Kurzweil 3000 WYNN Scan and Read SOLO • Co-Writer • Snap&Read This internet application is designed to give a voice to children who may not be able to express themselves with a traditional pencil. The Tar Heel Typer project serves as an "alternative pencil" for these children. To begin, go to "Start Page" and select the configuration that best matches the ability of the user. Text-to-speech support for web content. Once installed, right click highlighted text and choose SpeakIt from drop down menu. With Speechify you can search the internet using Google Chrome using speech input Description Comprehensive literacy software solution helps with reading, writing, studying and research. Suite of powerful reading, writing, testtaking, and study skill tools that makes curriculum accessible to all students. Literacy software tool designed to enhance success for individuals with reading challenges and writing difficulties. Literacy suite of the most popular assistive technology accommodations, including a text reader, graphic organizer, talking word processor, and word prediction. Accessible toolbar that reads any text on-screen as it floats over any application. Free X X Free X Free Cost $295 (IEP) $1395 $375 w/out OCR; $995 $773; $290; $129/ $499 site X Word Predictionreads aloud Text-to-Speech/ w/ MultiLanguage Speech-toText X X X (uses Windows STT) small word prediction list X X X X X X X X X eDictionary, Spell Checkreads aloud X SpeakQ/WordQ Dragon Naturally Speaking Fully integrating word prediction, text-tospeech, and voice recognition, or WordQ can stand alone with prediction and text-tospeech Speech recognition software. Tazti Speech recognition software Electronic Pocket Dictionary such as Franklin’s Talking Dictionary and Spell Corrector Interactive speaking dictionary. The automatic phonetic spell corrector turns "nolij" into "knowledge" while an animated handwriting guide demonstrates print and cursive styles. Includes a rhyme finder, five word-building games, and a vocabulary word list that can be created by the user RWF Talking Dictionary Software Includes the following features. • • • Livescribe Smart Pen $199; $149 X X X $100 Educat. disc $39.99 X X $59.99 X X X $20.95 X 250,000 source words and a powerful thesaurus. Speaks source words, definitions, synonyms, spell check alternatives etc. Spells hard to understand source words, synonyms, spell check alternatives etc. Livescribe smartpens allow educators/students to easily capture and synchronize daily written and verbal instructions. Turns anything into an interactive activity-record, watch and listen. Pencasts let students revisit instruction as many times as needed to build memory or comprehension. Educator discount Normal= 4GB $140 Records audio synchronized to text= record, listen, watch Records audio synchronized to pen notes= record, listen, watch Used to create interactive personal word walls/dictionary iPad Apps Speak Selection and Highlight Text iPad 3 has built-in speech recognition integrated with keyboard PaperPort Notes Knowtilus Pro ?? Voice Dream Reader Typo-HD AppWriter does not need wifi or 3G iWordQ Description Cost Settings>General>Accessibility>Speak Selection-turn ON. iPad3 has option to turn ON “Highlight Text.” Hold finger on text on documents, websites, etc., and pop up options will include “speak” Any time you have option to enter text via keyboard, you can also use speech recognition from within the keyboard Built Into iPad X Free PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad with integrated Dragon Dictation speech-to-text, audio, annotation, etc Web Browser+Text Editor+Text to Speech+Translator+Sketcher: all the tools you'll need while browsing, reading, writing, sharing and (re)searching the Web in your iPad Free X Can use built-in “speak selection” with this Can use built-in “speak selection” with this X ML Extracts text from almost anything you want to read, best available TTS, highlights text as it reads aloud, full multilingual capabilities Uses a powerful word prediction engine and a sophisticated spelling error model to help you write. Integrated synthetic voices let you inspect the word predictions before selecting them, and check your text before emailing or pasting it into other applications seamlessly integrated text-to-speech, context- based word suggestions/predictions, OCR and the special Dyslexie-font In Writing mode, a simple text editor is used for writing with the support of word prediction, abbreviation-expansion and speech feedback features. Spell-check and Word Prediction 4.99 4.99 14.99 Text-to-Speech/ w/ MultiLanguage Speech-toText eDictionary, Spell Check X X Doesn’t misspell; iOSbuilt-in “Define” X ML X X X ML 19.99 X X X with iPad3 24.99 X X X with iPad3 X iReadWrite (no wifi needed) Clicker Docs Abilipad Word Web Dictionary (works with safari disabled) dictionary access is included. Use speech recognition with an iPad 3. Has Reading Mode as well. Support features in iReadWrite include: Text-to-speech Word Prediction Phonetic Spell Checker Homophone and Confusables Checker Dictionary Picture Dictionary Customizable Background and Text Colors Choice of Voices and Fonts Importing and Sharing documents Differentiated writing support that offers text-to-speech, word prediction, and topicspecific word banks. Customizable. Combines the functionality of a notepad with word prediction, text-to-speech and a customizable keyboard. Offers image/picture supports to help generate ideas for writing. English dictionary and thesaurus: fast 19.99 X X ?? with iPad 3 X 25.99 X X ?? with iPad3 X 19.99 X X free X searching, spelling suggestions, definitions, usage examples, synonyms, related words and no adverts. An offline audio version is Merriam-Webster Dictionary.com app (works offline) Contacts Notability AudioNote available separately. offers voice search – to let you look up a word without having to spell it – along with synonyms and antonyms, example sentences, free X Speak selection works Can use to create personal dictionary/frequently misspelled word list. Name= vocab word, easily upload photo/pic, and TTS can be accessed by typing content into “notes” section Free/ Built-In X Use “notes” to type info + “speak selection” Apps that mimic the functionality of the LiveScribe SmartPens. These apps will .99 4.99 Records audio synchronized to text= Offers voice search X X Records audio synchronized Used to create interactive SoundNote Complete Class Organizer record audio while in a lecture. The app will sync the audio to where you write, type, or draw on the iPad. People/Others in District Who Can Help: • • Assistive Technology- Instructional Technology Occupational Therapy- Special Educators 4.99 4.99 record, listen, watch to pen notes= record, listen, watch ESC XIII: Nichole.Kertis@esc13.txed.net 512-919-5246 personal word walls/dictionary WRITING ACCOMMODATIONS & TECHNOLOGY NOTE TAKING Note Taking Students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and others who have difficulty listening and writing at the same time can take notes at their ability level and be able to record the entire discussion and listen back as many times as necessary. Use your pen/computer/app’s built-in microphone to record audio while you take notes. These tools keep track of what you write/type while you record so that you have audio context for your notes. To play back the part of the recording that's associated with the note, click on the writing/drawing/doodle or audio icon. Description Recorder Locale Uses: Livescribe Audacity smartpen, a ballpoint pen with an embedded computer and digital audio and handwriting recorder used with specialized paper Digital Recorder is inside the Pen free digital audio editor and recording application records what it writes for later uploading to a computer, and synchronizes those written notes with any audio it has recorded OneNote 2010 (part of MS Office) *Mac Tab-based planner and note taking software; Captures text, images, video and audio notes. Digital Recorder is a free downloadable computer software program Digital Recorder is built-in to Microsoft OneNote 2010 To record audio/voice files which can be used in a myriad of ways To record audio, typed text, images, and video in 1 document with toolbar and functionality similar to MS Word Apps Emulates an Interactive White Board. Create handy tutorials and interactive lessons (recorded and captured) Digital Recorder is in the iPad app Ex: ShowMe App Educreations App To record audio, drawings, text, similar to interactive white board Uses: Livescribe 1. Reading/Listening Support Student Use: Notetaking support; 24/7 repeated exposure Teacher Use: Lesson Capture; create talking documents on special paper; capture student voice files alongside the transcription by para/teacher; 2. Language Tasks Captures generated or recited oral language data samples; fluency; prosody; articulation, etc 3. Alternative to Handwriting capture thoughts out loud, replay, and try to write independently; Audacity OneNote 2010 (part of MS Office) *Mac Similar uses as on left Apps Students Use: listen to Similar uses as on left recorded books and other materials on grade level. Teacher Use: create talking tests and assignments by recording your voice and pairing with the paper copy of test, or imbedded into an electronic test. Captures generated or Similar uses as on left Similar uses as on left recited oral language data samples; Fluency prosody; articulation, etc Practice dictation and Similar uses as on left Similar uses as on left speech recognition prerequisite skills *Record audio while taking notes in notebook view on Mac* http://mac2.microsoft.com/help/office/14/en-us/word/item/b624a96d-9d54-4513969b-332f2bf1424c Methods of Measuring Effectiveness of Accommodation/Technology Tool for Writing Difficulty (Word Processor/iPad/Word Prediction/Speech-to-Text/whatever else…) Date 4-11 Activity/Task/ TEK Pen pal email Without Accomms: Traditional Accommodation: Technology/AT: *Method of Measuring Outcome/Data: Comments Paper pencil or email X Ex: Oral responses to scribe; sentence stems Ex: Speech-ToText & Word Prediction # of sentences produced Ex: teacher-directed use, student initiated use, refused, etc Baseline = refuse, outburst Mod prompts, teacherdirected use of accomm Initial use, provided 3 demonstrations, max prompts needed for annunciation/speech rate 0 ?-3 X X 1 X 2 *Quantitative: Total words written Percentage of legible words # of correctly spelled words #of complete sentences # of words in sentences #of sentences in a paragraph # of correct word sequences Time spent on writing task/speed *Qualitative Level of student motivation for writing in general Level of student motivation for review and editing Completing task independently Complexity of word choice, sentence structure, etc. STAAR 7 T H WRITING PUTTING IT TOGETHER STAAR Grade 7 Writing Sample Prompt for Expository Writing 2011 Release READ the following quotation. A famous businessman once said, “Players win games; teams win championships.” THINK carefully about the following statement. Sometimes you can accomplish good things by yourself but better things with other people. WRITE an essay explaining whether it is better to work by yourself or with a group. Be sure to — • Clearly state your controlling idea Instructional or Differentiation Strategy brainstorm, draw, determine graphic organizer, etc • Graphic organizers, story board, sticky notes, listen to yourself read it over –read to others • insert smart art/graphic organizers, insert voice comments, speech recognition, word prediction, etc. organize and develop your explanation effectively Instructional or Differentiation Strategy • Technology Tool MSWord/OneNote,Windows7, iDevices: Tech Tool Story board with PowerPoint, view Word doc in Outline format, SmartArt’s graphic organizers, listen back with Text-to-Speech (ex:Word Talk)etc. choose your words carefully Instructional or Differentiation Strategy Tech Tool Thesaurus, word wall, franklin spell check, etc Word has synonym finder, but doesn’t read aloud. WordTalk has talking synonym finder. Readability statistics data can guide word choice. Contacts app for personal dictionary. use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and sentences Instructional or Differentiation Strategy Editing checklists (triangle foldable) Read back silently or to someone Tech Tool Spell and grammar checkers. WordTalk talking word processor- easier to hear mistakes being read aloud; good for revision, etc.
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