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Create Literacy Success Activities with Discover

Bob Keller
Don Johnston Incorporated
800-999-4660
bkeller@donjohnston.com 

Dave Butler
Don Johnston Incorporated
800-999-4660
dbutler@donjohnston.com

Discover:Switch (R) , Discover:Screen(R) , Discover:Board(R) and Discover:Kenx(TM) provide computer access to students with physical and learning disabilities. Discover products do much more than just replace the regular keyboard and mouse. Discover products provide a springboard for learning and literacy development.

Participants will learn how to design setups for reading, writing and word study activities to support balanced literacy instruction.

In the Circle of Literacy Learning, reading comprehension activities enable a student to understand and discuss what they read. Discover setups can provide the learning scaffold to help students explore the meaning of print.

Students with physical disabilities and significant developmental challenges need a method to read and manipulate books. Discover setups can provide talking books on the computer. Participants will learn how to create talking books for emerging readers to use for independent reading.

Setups can provide the alphabet and word banks to support student in writing activities. Setups can also provide scaffolds for the writing process. Participants will create on screen scaffold setups for students to use while they write with the keyboard. This intervention is especially powerful for students with learning disabilities.

Students can learn to manipulate the sounds in words in a variety of word study setups. Participants will learn how to make setups to practice onsets and rimes, making words, rhyming words and more On screen and scanning setups can be dynamically linked to step students through activities and provide good instructional feedback. . Participants will also learn how to add instructional feedback to setups so students learn how to make correct choices.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. create literacy activities using Discover:Switch, Discover:Screen, Discover:Board and Discover:Kenx
  2. create writing scaffold activities
  3. create talking computer books for emerging readers
  4. create word study activities
  5. understand how to provide good instructional feedback to learners.



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