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A Virtual Field Trip: The Use of Digital Cameras

Scott Marfilius
Assistive/Instructional Technology Consultant
855 W. County Line Rd.
Bayside, WI 53217
Phone: 414-379-7779
Fax: 414-351-4274
Email: marfilius@wi.rr.com 

Kelly Fonner
Assistive/Instructional Technology Consultant
1508 Dodge St.
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Phone: 262-893-8053
Email: kfonner@earthlink.net

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 electronic imaging peripherals can be used to increase literacy. The goal for the participants is to increase their use of electronic 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.

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 creat a virtual field trip that can provide you with a place to visit and revisit without leaving the classroom.

Throughout the session, examples will be given and the procedures demonstrated on how to bring in digital images into the following:
- AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) software and products that allow for importing of pictures
- alternative keyboard setups to print out on overlays
- on the monitor in scanning arrays or in on-screen keyboards
- Text to Speech applications
- and multimedia presentation software for classroom projects

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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