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Lights, Graphics, Action: Using Multimedia Tools to Increase Literacy

Scott Marfilius
Assistive Technology Program Support
Milwaukee Public Schools
6620 W. Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53216
Phone: 414-438-3623
Fax: 414-438-3622
email: marfilsw@mail.milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Diane Rozanski
Assistive Technology Program Support
Milwaukee Public Schools
6620 W. Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53216

Kelly Fonner
Educational & Assistive Technology Consultant
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Enderis Hall
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Terry Hamman
Senior Educational Service Center
Region IV Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell Road
Houston TX 70092



Research from the "Universal Design for Learning" (CAST) indicates traditional print based classroom materials precludes the manipulation and control of information and limits accessibility to students with different learning needs. In contrast the use of digital media to transform both existing and emerging curriculum resources promises to revolutionize the process of instruction. Text in a digital format can be transformed into synthetic speech to enhance meaning for a wide range of students.

In this session we propose to conduct a demonstration of how digital imaging peripherals can be used to increase literacy. The items we will discuss are the following:


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The goal for the participants is to increase their use of digital images in there work. We will do this through explaining and training on the terminology, product utilization, formatting, taking screen shots, cropping, saving procedures, importing, and exporting steps. Learning will take place via demonstration, real life examples, and participants viewing completed student projects.

Terminology will be dealt with up front and reexplained as we progress one by one through the types of peripherals and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. We hope that this session can serve the needs of your returning participants who are ready to be challenged by next setups with the technology that their school or program may already have, but that they have yet to use to their fullest. Each project will focus on how teachers used them to increase literacy for students with disabilities.


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Throughout the session, examples will be given and the procedures demonstrated on how to bring in digital images into the following:

Participants will leave with numerous activities that they will be able to use with individuals they are working with. Handouts will be provided of terminology, formatting explanations, and specifics of each peripheral and software application used throughout the session.


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