Thursday, December 10, 2009
For example, if you have a student with motive disabilities one option would be using Microsoft's speech recognition option, mouse keys, or key board short cuts.
The speech recognition option allows students to interact with their computer using vocal commands with their microphone. That way, they can still control a computer and type text, but by using their vocal abilities, not their motive abilities.
The mouse keys option allows the numeric keypad or the arrows to command the computer without having to use the mouse. That way, if the student has motive disabilities and has trouble controlling a mouse, they can more easily control the computer.
As does the key board short cut option. This way the student can still avoid using the mouse, and control the computer even more efficiently.
But lets say your student has visual or audible disabilties, than the text captions and the display captions, are options that you should look into using.
The text caption allows audible dialogue and visual equivalent for sounds. That way a student with visual disabilities can have the computer text read to him/her, making the technology experience much easier. And if the student has audible disabilties the computer can use text to display sounds. That way, if the student can not hear well, he/she still knows what sounds the computer is trying to convey.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
- My first short term professional development goal was to learn to create a digital narative video. I did this by completing my digital narative story. While creating this video I learned how to upload pictures from the interned (with proper citation), how to record voice overs, and how to insert text onto the picture. This is the project I came up with.
I feel that I can use this tool in my future classroom frequently. It is effective because it presents relevant information (because I can create what the information is about), it is efficient and quick, and it is also enhancement. The audio presents the information that I want while visual images pop up to make learning more stimulating. I think that this is a great tool. I am very glad that I have incorporated this into my professional development.
- My second short term professional development goal was to learn how to use blogging software. I wanted to find out what blogging websites were free and available to use, and I wanted to learn how to write basic blogging journal entries. I fulfilled this goal by creating three different blogging accounts, and what I learned is that no blogging website is the same. Here are the blogs I did and a summary of what I thought of them:
- wordpress.com: I really liked this blogging website. It was easy to use, easy to navigate around, allowed me to upload pictures, bullet points, videos, etc. It kept things neat and tidy. i would definitely use this blogging service for my class.
- thoughts.com: I really liked this website the 5 times that it allowed me to use it. But then, the website shut down. And for two days I was not allowed to blog in the website. I went ahead and copied and pasted what I had wrote in my other blogs in this blog just so I could have 7 posts-- but I had to do it later. I thought this brought up an interesting point: if you are going to have your students use a tool, make sure that you research the provider and know its dependable. I found that out the hard way.
- createfreeblogs.com: I didn't like this blogging website. It did not let me upload pictures or videos, and while they would let me type in bullets in blogged without them, making my work unorganized. I would not recommend this website to anyone, and would definitely not use it in my class.
- My third short term professional development goal was to research different approaches to modeling digital age working and learning by taking notes from my professors and from Professor Leftwhich's video: "Educating the Digital Generation". I did this in my blogs, so please refer to the links above.
- I have made progress in gaining confidence in developing wikis and blogs. Especially blogs, I was really proud of what I produced above.
- And I have gained knowledge on different tools and types of assistive technologies. I have been paying attention to Professor Leftwhich's suggestions, and have been using alot of new tools. A lot of which I have used and added to my E-portfolio.