Tools to Help Your Struggling Readers
Technology is an excellent tool to motivate struggling readers and increase their comprehension. This workshop will touch on alternatives to paper-based texts, tools for organizing ideas, and study skills tools. Examples include digital books, scan-read technology and electronic spellers.
ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOKS: AUDIOBOOKS AND E-TEXT
The staff of the New Jersey Alternate Format will provide an in-depth look at electronic text. As many forms of electronic text have become popular in our society, this presentation will help participants understand the various formats and roles of electronic text. AIM, NIMAS, Bookshare, Learning Ally, and topics will be explored during this presentation. This presentation will also focus on decision-making, devices, and the law.
The following questions are covered:
- What is electronic text? How do the different formats compare?
- Why should electronic text be considered?
- What devices/apps/software programs can deliver electronic text?
- How does the SETT framework help me choose the right assistive technology and formats for my student?
- What are some challenges schools may face when implementing electronic text?
Technology Tools to Support the Writing Process
Technology can support writers at all stages of the writing process. The session will teach a variety of programs that promote pre-writing, composing, editing, and sharing final writing assignments. Some topics that will be explored are graphic organizers, concept mapping, talking word processing, word prediction, and portable notetakers. We will also discuss smartpens as a writing tools such as Livescribe’s pens, the Pulse and Echo.
Transitions: Understanding the Law and Options for Students with Disabilities in a College Environment
Attending college is now a real possibility for many students with disabilities, and assistive technology has an important role to play in helping them be successful in college. This session will describe how students can access services in higher education, address the change from a K-12 to college environment, and discuss where Assistive Technology fits in higher education. Samples of software and other assistive technology tools that can serve as accommodations in college will be demonstrated, and key issues in implementation will be discussed.