2004 Conference Proceedings

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Scott Marfilius
855 W. County Line Rd.
Bayside, WI 53217
Email: Marfilius@wi.rr.com

Kelly S. Fonner, MS
Educational & Assistive Technology Consultant
1508 Dodge Street, Lower Level
Lake Geneva WI 53147
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.

Digital video and photography is a way to capture photos using a solid-state image sensor instead of traditional film. Digital video and photography's biggest advantage is that you can easily transfer images between all kinds of devices and applications. For example, you can easily insert digital images into word processing documents, send them via email to friends, or post them on a Web site where anyone in the world can view them. In addition, you can use a photo-editing program to manipulate your images to improve or alter them. You can crop them, remove red-eye, change colors or contrast, and even add and delete elements. This flexibility explains its popularity.

With many cameras, you can immediately see your images on a small LCD screen on the back, or you can connect the camera to a TV and show your images like a slide show. Some can even be connected to a microscope to display images on a large-screen TV. Digital photography is instant photography without the film costs!

In this session we propose to show how digital-imaging peripherals can be used in assistive technology applications to improve learning. We will explore how teachers are using digital video and pictures to increase student learning. 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 create 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:

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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