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Mastering Microsoft Word

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

This session will go in-depth into Microsoft Word, a word processing software program and see how it can be utilized as an assistive technology application. Word is a software program that is a standard in the educational community. It is readily available in elementary, middle schools and high schools as many students receive instruction on it as part of the regular education curriculum. From an assistive technology standpoint we don't always tap into the power of features that are in the program. Since it is so available we want to make people aware of the potential this program has. It will also get people to think about the application in a different way.

This session will look at Microsoft Word and the features that allow it to assist students who may be struggling with reading and writing. Most individuals utilize Word right out of the box. Meaning that they don't' take time to customize it and use features that would aid individuals in spelling and studying. During this session participants will learn to add items in the auto correct window and how to use that for abbreviation expansion to reduce the number of keystrokes individuals would need to make when typing. They will also learn to use the auto summarize feature to assist students with their reading passages. They will find out how to make the Mac version of Word speak any highlighted text and see how the annotation feature can be used to provide support in a reading passage. Finally they will discover the power of highlighting and changing background color and how to use Word to create schedules and other visual supports.

This session will assist participants in Mastering Microsoft word.

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