Instructional technology facilitates teaching and learning to improve student performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.
Great Technology Infusion Ideas for ESE and Struggling Students
Whether you are an educator or a parent of a student who is struggling in school, this resource will be invaluable. Developed by the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Technology Project located at the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, this document provides descriptions of and links to hundreds of technology resources to support the teaching and learning of students who are struggling in any given content area. Click on the link to access and download the whole thing! ESEtechInfusion
Check out this enormous collection of useful instructional technology tools for English/language arts, mathematics, homework & study skills, and much much more! Thank you Sharon Bittle for creating this Live Binder for easy access!
Tools and tutorials designed to integrate the technology to deepen student learning.
FDLRS Technology Coordinating Unit (FDLRS/TECH)
The FDLRS Technology Coordinating Unit (FDLRS/TECH) provides FDLRS network technology resources through statewide coordination and delivery of information. Click the link below to access a large collection of AT resources!
Technology Resources for Educators
Exploring New Territories – from FDLRS TECH contains loads of instructional and assistive technology resources.
How to Videos
Access all of Sharon Bittle’s videos demonstrating a variety of assistive and instrucitonal technology tools and universal design for learning tools through her Live Binder .
In addition to general tools, there are those to support reading, writing, math, and organization/behavior!
OR, use the links below to access individual videos
Videos that show a low-tech tool for inclusion and how to use it.
November 2013: Using Visuals as Assistive Technology
February 2014: AT Low Tech Writing Tools
March 2014: Using Color Overlays Created by Sharon Bittle, our FLDRS Galaxy Technology Specialist, this video discusses the issue of Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome and Barbara Irlen’s work using low tech colored overlays to help improve students’ perception and processing of written text.
May 2014: Sharon Bittle created another video about low tech tools for Assistive Technology. This video is about the feedback phone. This tool can be used by students to get feedback on their speech articulation exercises or on their reading fluency. The video can be viewed at Feedback Phone.
May 2014: Sharon Bittle has done it again, with another video on how to use Livescribe’s Pulse Smartpen, which, when used with special digital paper, can record what it written for later uploading to a computer, and can synchronize those notes with any audio it has recorded. View the video at Pulse Pen.
May 2014: Point 2 View document camera – this video demonstrates the use of the Point 2 View document camera that is lightweight and fairly inexpensive. It’s great for teachers of the visually impaired or for any students with low vision.
Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
Accessible instructional materials, or AIM, are materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphic, audio, video). IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) specifically focuses on accessible formats of print instructional materials. In relation to IDEA the term AIM refers to print instructional materials that have been transformed into the specialized formats of braille, large print, audio, or digital text.
Access the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials website: http://aim.cast.org/
Learn all the acronyms associated with AIM by accessing Sharon Bittle’s helpful video and/or handouts.
Video resource: http://www.screencast.com/t/UiLVKEtMX
Handout: Alphabet Soup
This is a 12 minute video that shows Google apps and extensions for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Accessible Iinstructional Materials (AIM). The tools demonstrated are Select and Speak, Speak It, Readability, and Dictanote. All these apps are free and web-based but must use Google Chrome to access them.
Math and Science Apps
From our friends at FDLRS REACH, here are some (mostly) free apps to support the teaching and learning of math and science.
Free Talking Calcultor
This full-functioning “talking calculator” for basic math functions from ReadingMadeEZ.com can be used with or without a screen reader. Every button and edit area talks.
Click here for this free download. http://www.readingmadeez.com/products/TalkingCalculator.html
Technology Learning Connection (TLC)
The TLC Team provides guidelines and resources to support the implementation of:
- The Florida Standards
- 21st Century Skills
- Instructional Technology
- Accessible Instructional Materials
- Universal Design for Learning
Click here – http://www.tlc-mtss.com/