Assistive Technology for Math and Science Classes

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Assistive Technology for Math and Science Classes. Lorinda Tait Representing Michigans Assistive Technology Resource. Objectives. Increase knowledge of assistive technology. Increase understanding of universal design. Learn about Michigans Assistive Technology Resource. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Assistive Technology for Math and Science ClassesLorinda TaitRepresentingMichigans Assistive Technology ResourceLorinda TaitObjectivesIncrease knowledge of assistive technology.Increase understanding of universal design.Learn about Michigans Assistive Technology Resource.Increase awareness of tools for science and math. Lorinda TaitMichigans Assistive Technology Resource (MATR) ServicesWe act as a resource to all school districts, ISDs, and private schools throughout Michigan in order to build local team capacity in assistive technology (AT).Our website is: www.matr.org and lists all of our services and forms.Our services to schools are FREE and include: AT consultations with student & IEP team members equipment loan program for trials of AT to schoolsa software loan libraryTraining - practicum, inservice workshopsOur print shop provides large print books to schools (fee-based service).Lorinda TaitDefinition of Assistive Technology (AT) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines assistive technology devices as any piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of children with disabilities. Lorinda TaitSETT by Joy Zabala (1994)STUDENT What are the students special needs and abilities? Why does the student need AT?ENVIRONMENT Where will the student use AT? What supports, resources are available?TASKS What IEP goals will be addressed with AT? What activities is the student expected to do?TOOLS What assistive technology (no/low tech, and high tech) options should be considered to address the tasks? What strategies might be used to increase student performance?A Framework for considering assistive technologyLorinda TaitUniversal Design For LearningTeachers are designers. They design activities, materials and curricula.Coupling between abilities and task requirementsTargets educational needs of all students while addressing different learning styles.Technology increases the adaptability and flexibility.Lorinda TaitPhysically and Cognitively AccessibleWheelchair accessibility, alternative keyboards, screen readers.Perceptual accessibility - color blindness, hearing loss or visual impairments.Cognitively impaired as well as different learning styles and strengths.Multiple ways of engaging the material, presenting the material and reporting results.Lorinda TaitUniversal DesignUtilize multiple modes of information presentation - verbal, iconic, pictorial, tactile. Provide contrast between the information and its surroundings. The expanded use of sound field systems exemplifies this principle. Students perform better academically. On any given day students have temporary hearing problems due to colds, flu, allergies and fatigue. Different representations such as concept maps and then outline form appeal to different learning styles.Lorinda TaitTasks for MathSorting shapes, analyzing patterns - geometryEstimating,measurements, creating graphs probabilityComputation manipulation of numbers for math operationsFractions and Decimals same as aboveWriting equations with correct alignment- using math symbolsReading and analyzing word problems step by step logicUsing calculators scientific, graphing (with speech)Studying and taking testsList is not comprehensive, but examplesLorinda Tait Shapes, Graphs Manipulatives - blocks, play money algebra tiles. Manipulative math software- Unifix, IntelliMathics, MathPadPlusWickki Stix for raising lines on graph. Graphing software - Graph Club (early elementary), Graph Master (upper elementary), Excel, Claris (Apple) Works for Kids, or any word processor with graphing capabilities.Lorinda TaitComputations, decimals, writing equations, word problemsTalking calculator, coinulator. Use math overlays for Intellikeys. MathPad, MathPad Plus, Access to Math (Mac) Math Edit, , MathType. Text readers (Kurzweil 3000, Scan & Read, Text Assist, Text Help: Read and Write,Wordsmith)Lorinda TaitMore Math ToolsAccessible graphing calculator from Oregon State Univ. - graphs equations and provides a visual or auditory graph. MetroPlex has MathPad By Voice for elementary and MathTalk for high school and professional math. MathBraille Talk produces math in Braille or print.Lorinda TaitTasks for SciencePerforming experiments Recording observationsCollecting & Recording data (measuring)Analyzing Data - graphsWriting Science/Lab ReportsReading science textbooks, research Using scientific calculators, converting unitsStudying and Test takingList is not comprehensive, but examplesLorinda TaitScience ToolsInteractive science software: Zap and Virtual Lab by Edmark for upper elementary and Thinkin Science for grades 1 & 2, Sammys Science House for pre-K. Logger Pro by Vernier software - science software that records data from separate sensors and performs graph analysis - can be connected to a graphing calculator.Lorinda TaitTools for ScienceOverlay of a periodic table for writing chemical equations.Reach Interface Author to customize a periodic table for chemistry.Inspiration/Kidspiration to help students organize reports, procedure charts for science experiments and other smart charts.Lorinda TaitToolsWordbar, and word predictors (Co:Writer, Soothsayer, Word Q, Text Help: Read & Write) can be used to help write science assignments. Dictionaries within a word predictor can be created to specify science or math terms. Lorinda TaitToolsDigital microscopes (Intelplay from Mattel) also from Edmund Scientific, Motic Play (www.moticplay.com) and other science oriented vendors. Viewing can be displayed on to a computer or projected onto a screen.Voice Input can be used to help students write science reports. (Dragon Naturally Speaking version 7)Lorinda TaitDO NOT ALWAYS MAKE THE STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY THE EXPERIMENT, BUT LET THEM PARTICIPATE IN THE EXPERIMENTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. From M. Richardson (1994) Excusing a special needs student from a classroom assignment is simply excusing yourself from finding a way for the student to participate in the assignment.*Authoring software allows the teacher to customize lessons/ homework for the student. Clicker 4 and IntelliTalk II authoring software with speech output for all levels of math and science - used to create templates for science report, tests, study guides - both have graphic capabilities.*Richardson, M. (1994). We all learned together. Science Scope, 17(6), pg.68-70.Assistive Technology is used to increase a students learning through increased participation in activities. By employing a hands on approach, the teacher creates an opportunity to engage the students mind.Lorinda TaitLast but not LeastLorinda TaitTeachers :address elements necessary for the achievement of desired educational goals and objectives. Teachers are designers. They design activities, materials and curricula.EquitableProvide the same means for all users. If a science class has binoculars for field trips, then at least one pair should have image stabilization which allow a tired person or one with motor problems to use the same device.All students should be able to physically access the activity.Should be able to lift items, carry objects, turn knobs, press keys and or move computer mice. Alternative means must be available if they are unable to physically engage in the activity.The product, system and environment must effectively communicate necessary information to the user.Utilize multiple modes of information presentation - verbal, iconic, pictorial, tactile.Provide contrast between the information and its surroundings. The expanded use of sound field systems exemplifies this principle. Students perform better academically. On any given day students have temporary hearing problems due to colds, flu, allergies and fatigue. Different representations such as concept maps and then outline form appeal to different learning styles. 1.Manipulatives - blocks, play money algebra tiles. Manipulative math software- Unifix, IntelliMathics, MathPadPlus2.Wicki Stix for raising lines on graph. Graphing software - Graph Club (early elementary), Graph Master (upper elementary), Excel, Claris (Apple) Works for Kids, or any word processor with graphing capabilities.3. Talking calculator, coinulator. Use math overlays for Intellikeys. 4 & 5. MathPad, MathPad Plus, Access to Math (Mac) Math Edit, MathType6 & 8 Text readers (Kurzweil 3000, Scan & Read, Text Assist, Wordsmith)Accessible graphing calculator from Oregon State Univ. - graphs equations and provides a visual or auditory graph. MetroPlex has MathPad By Voice for elementary and MathTalk for highschool and professional math. MathBraille Talk produces math in Braille or print.Interactive science software: Zap and Virtual Lab by Edmark for upper elementary and Thinkin Science for grades 1 & 2, Sammys Science House for pre-K. Logger Pro by Vernier software - science software that records data from separate sensors and performs graph analysis - can be connected to a graphing calculator.Can use an overlay of a periodic table for writing chemical equations.Can use Reach Interface Author to customize a periodic table for chemistry.Use Inspiration/Kidspiration to help students organize reports, procedure charts for science experiments and other smart charts.Wordbar, and word predictors (Co:Writer, Soothsayer, Word Q) can be used to help write science assignments. Dictionaries within a word predictor can be created to specify science or math terms. Digital microscopes (Intelplay from Mattel) also from Edmund Scientific and other science oriented vendors. Viewing can be displayed on to a computer or projected onto a screen.Voice Input can be used to help students write science reports.Clicker 4 and IntelliTalk II authoring software with speech output for all levels of math and science - used to create templates for science report, tests, study guides - both have graphic capabilities.

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