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


Tech Tools 

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!


SMART Board Resources

Tools and tutorials designed to integrate the technology to deepen student learning.

More SMART Board Resources


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!

http://www.paec.org/fdlrstech/


Exploring New TerritoiesTechnology 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.

September 2013: Master Ruler and the Time Timer

November 2013: Using Visuals as Assistive Technology

February 2014: AT Low Tech Writing Toolscolor overlay

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 toophonel 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


Google AppsThis 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.

http://www.screencast.com/t/avp0S93tc5Ic


Math and Science Apps

Math From our friends at FDLRS REACH, here are some (mostly) free apps to support the teaching and learning of math and science.Science

Apps For Math

Apps For 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)TLC2

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/