COLLABORATING ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY WITH LANGUAGE ARTS, WHILE ADDRESSING ALL STUDENTS NEEDS
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couple years ago, an experiment of blending writing classes with assistive
computer technology classes took place to find the best of both
worlds, bridging theory and practice. After several frustrating years of
trying to prepare students to compete in mainstream English classes, Larry Falxa, Learning Disability Specialist at
The course design is very flexible, allowing instructors to meet a variety of student needs. While all students discover how Inspiration 7.5 can transfer an outline template to Microsoft Word, many students can benefit from multi-sensory writing tools to work more efficiently. Specifically, Text Help Read and Write Gold or Kurzweil 3000 not only allows for word prediction and sentence structure, but also provides a valuable tool for proofreading. Additionally, Dragon Naturally Speaking has been beneficial in essay production, quality, and spelling improvement.
While increasing success rates for individuals transferring to mainstream English successfully is the main objective, there are tremendous other benefits that come from this collaboration. Each student orally presents their essay and becomes comfortable speaking in front of a group. The positive feedback from peers as well as instructors allows for informal networking and friendships to carry students throughout their educational and professional career. The use of volunteer and paid student workers within the educational framework also allows for many opportunities for individualized help as well as reinforcement of language skills for students at multiple levels.
has taken hold in many aspects of
student services have been enhanced greatly by the partnership of learning
skills theory and assistive computer technology. Developing new curriculum by
the integration of assistive computer technology is underscored in all of
campus development at
Length of the session will be approximately 30 minutes, and the area of focus will be Integrating and remediation of Post-secondary LD students with AT applications into mainstream classrooms.
Panel discussion will also include an overview of the VC program model. The intended audience will be targeted toward Intermediate AT users. The major disability group will be people with learning disabilities. However, this model serves all students with disabilities. LCD projector and smart/screen will be the only equipment required for this presentation. Alternative formats will be available upon request.