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Teaching Assistive Technology for College Success

Michael Goldhammer, BS, ATP
Adaptive Computer Specialist
Portland Community College
P. O. Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280-0990
Phone: (503) 977-4383
E-mail: mgoldham@pcc.edu 
Web Site: http://spot.pcc.edu/osd/

Introduction: How to Use AT in a Computerized Classroom

Explore how technology can affect the success of students with disabilities in a college in environment. Presentation will demonstrate multi-sensory strategies that facilitate organizational, reading and writing skills.

Purpose:

Getting students with Reading and Writing difficulties to use Text-To-Speech software as an adjunct in successful participation in the academic environment.

Setting: Community College

Programs in developmental education help students prepare for the college's career and transfer programs, and for their chosen careers. Many students already enrolled in career and transfer courses take developmental classes to meet program standards. Subjects include reading, writing and mathematics. Support services are also available, including Drop-In Centers, Alternative Learning Centers and tutoring.

Class: DE-70 Assistive Technology for College Success, 3 CR. Technology Used: Text-to-Speech: WYNN (Scanning and Reading Written Documents) READ & WRITE (Word Prediction, Thesaurus and Homophones) ZoomText (Reading & Magnification) Organization: Inspiration (Outlining and Graphic Diagramming of ideas) MS Word (Spell and Grammar checking) Class Schedule: Monday Wednesday Week1 Introduction DEMOS Week2 MS WORD MS WORD PART 2 Week3 MS WORD PART 3 WYNN Week4 WYNN PART 2 Review Week5 READ & WRITE READ & WRITE PART 2 Week6 ZOOMTEXT ZOOMTEXT PART 2 Week7 R&W with Word R&W with Word PART 2 Week8 Inspiration Inspiration PART 2 Week9 Help with other classes Help with other classes PART 2 Week10 Finals

Resources:

WYNN

http://www.freedomsci.com/

Read & Write

http://www.texthelp.com/

ZoomText Xtra!

http://www.aisquared.com/

Inspiration

http://www.inspiration.com/

Microsoft Word

http://www.microsoft.com/enable/  http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/templategallery/

Other Online Resources:

Spelling and Grammar

"The Wordsmyth Educational Dictionary-Thesaurus(WEDT) is the premier online American English dictionary with an integrated thesaurus. WEDT contains 50,000 headwords, and very precisely defined and hyperlinked synonyms. And the search engine allows for very flexible searching.:

http://www.wordsmyth.net/

"The Lycos RhymeZone is a language arts reference tool and comprehensive search engine for words. Includes the functions of a rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, and spelling checker, as well as an integrated full-text search engine for all of Shakespeare's works and thousands of quotations and poems."

http://rhyme.lycos.com/

"Thesaurus.com is a free online Roget's Thesaurus of English words and phrases."

http://www.thesaurus.com/

"Capital Community College's free guide to grammar and writing"

http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/

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