Google Tools for Struggling Students
Participate and share : Interactive lecture
Sunday, June 24, 10:30–11:30 am
People's Choice winner. There are many Google tools, apps, extensions, and features available to assist struggling learners or students with special needs. These include text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and apps that aid readability, reading comprehension, organization, focus and more. Learn what tools are available and how to access and use them with students.
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||The majority of tools covered will be extensions for the Chrome web browser, so participants will need to have a Windows laptop, Mac laptop, or Chromebook, and the ability to install Chrome web extensions, to fully participate in the session.|
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Special populations/assistive and adaptive technologies|
|Subject area:||Special education|
|ISTE Standards:||For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
Technology can be a powerful tool to provide assistance and accommodations for struggling students and students with special needs. The vast majority of these tools are free and work within the Google ecosystem of products. Over the years I have collected a wide range of such technology tools, extensions, add-ons, web apps, and more. The purpose of this session will be to demonstrate how these tools can help any and all learners, as well as how to find, install, use, and manage these resources in school.
The major topics and resources covered will include:
1) Text to speech tools: SpeakIt, Read&Write for Google, Announcify
2) Speech to text tools: Docs Voice Typing, VoiceIn Voice Typing, Speech Recognition, Voice Recognition, SpeechPad, VoiceNote
3) Readability tools: Mercury Reader, Dyslexia Friendly, OpenDyslexic, BeeLine Reader, ATbar, MagicScroll Web Reader, Readline, Reading Ruler, Visor, Pupil Pref, High Contrast, Change Colors
4) Reading comprehension tools: Google Dictionary, SMMRY, Newsela App, TweenTribune, News in Levels
5) Behavior and focus tools: Simple Blocker, Move It, ClassDojo, AdBlock, uBlock Origin
6) Navigation tools: Caret Browsing, Click-free Browsing, Vimium, CrxMouse
7) Chrome browser features
8) YouTube features
Participants will learn how to find, install, and use a wide variety of Chrome Web Extensions to help students with their learning needs.
Participants will learn about assistive technology and support features already built into Google tools including Google Docs, YouTube, and the Chrome web browser.
The session will cover the following information. Note: live links to the resources referenced below can be accessed at http://www.controlaltachieve.com/p/resources-accommodations.html
1) Overview of how to find, install, and use Chrome Web Extensions (6 minutes)
2) Text to speech tools (10 minutes)
3) Speech to text tools (10 minutes)
4) Readability tools (12 minutes)
5) Reading comprehension tools (10 minutes)
6) Behavior and focus tools (3 minutes)
7) Navigation tools (3 minutes)
8) Chrome browser features (3 minutes)
9) YouTube features (3 minutes)
The entire session will be hands-on, as the participants will be encouraged to install and try out the tools as I demonstrate each one.
Much research has been done to show the benefits of assistive technology. An excellent summary of current research can be seen in the article "Benefits of Assistive Technology" by Mary Sagstetter, M.A.Ed at: http://www.csun.edu/~hfdss006/conf/2002/proceedings/16.htm
Among the many benefits cited from research, she includes:
Increased ability to participate in and contribute more fully to activities in home, school, work environments, and in communities.
Expanded learning and life experiences
New opportunities for interactions and communication
Eric has been in education for 26 years, and currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in Canton, Ohio where he oversees Google Apps for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as elearning and other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides Google Apps training to schools, organizations, and conferences throughout Ohio and across the country. He is a co-leader of the Ohio Google Educator Group at bit.ly/gegohio and runs the award-winning blog www.ControlAltAchieve.com where all of his Google Apps and edtech resources can be found.
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