CLASSROOM 2.0 LIVE webinar with special guest presenter, Mike Marotta, "Assistive Technology for Struggling Readers".

September 24, 2016

00:02 - Peggy George
I'm not currently working with students but I never had a class that didn't have students who struggle with reading!

00:03 - stidmama
I was also trying to talk with my son, missed "voting" (sigh)

00:18 - Peggy George
smiling stidmama!!!

00:42 - Lorie Moffat

00:51 - Peggy George
Follow Mike on Twitter:

01:24 - Oronoque Westland
A problem at uni level is that we do not interact very much with the students (maybe 2 hours a week) so harder to detect reading challenges

01:39 - Peggy George
I got to hear Mike present on an edWeb webinar recently and was so excited about what he had to share that I couldn't wait to ask him to come and share with us! He said YES :-)

01:53 - stidmama
Thank you for bringing him to us, Peggy!

01:57 - Peggy George (Mike Marotta’ blog)

02:23 - Peggy George
See why I'm so excited to have him here! What an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience!!!

02:37 - Peggy George
Hi Eileen! Welcome!

02:54 - Oronoque Westland
hearing two voices

02:56 - Eileen
Hello Peggy😌

02:57 - Peggy George
That was a terrific intro Maureen! Thanks!

03:16 - Lorie Moffat
There were 2 mics on, not any more, though.

03:24 - Peggy George
If you're hearing two voices I wonder if you have two windows open? Only one person speaking.

04:00 - Peggy George
UDL (Universal Design for Learning) is for ALL and not just students with special needs!

05:05 - Peggy George
My favorite UDL resource: (UDL Toolkit)

05:20 - Peggy George
Hi John z! Welcome! Great to have you here!

06:09 - Peggy George
If you have any questions for Mike please type them here in the chat. Lorie will get on the mic to ask Mike during Q/A.

06:10 - Lorie Moffat
I'm capturing questions, Mike, to ask at the end.

06:35 - Peggy George (Understood: Assistive Technology Basics)

07:30 - Peggy George
love that explanation!!

07:36 - stidmama

07:48 - @bcdtech Maureen
I did a test last year to see if different reading accomodations helped kids- both on iep and non iep students- UPAR... and more than 80% of the kids improved more than 1 grade level with auditory support. Not ust for kids who struggle- almost all the kids improved.

08:07 - Peggy George
that's impressive Maureen!!!

08:46 - Peggy George
but all of us can benefit from AT tools :-)

09:02 - @bcdtech Maureen
@Peggy- had one boy -6ht grader who read below grade level- tested out at 10th grade level- comprehension (not decoding) with auditory support

09:10 - Peggy George

09:24 - Oronoque Westland
"disability" has a legal definition, but ALL of us have some sort of challenge

09:37 - stidmama
I see that sort of thing in our classroom, too -- it's amazing how the "slow" kids are often just having to jump higher than the average ones.

09:47 - Peggy George
Assistive technology is also really valuable or senior citizens who struggle with vision and auditory issues as they age :-)

10:31 - Peggy George
excellent point Oronoque!!

11:07 - Peggy George
the selection (choice) is so important for students to take charge of their own learning!

11:14 - stidmama
I needed accommodations to read my textbooks for my master's -- magnifiers in the library, audiobooks, big print... so that's was what I was doing! (aha moment)

11:29 - Peggy George (Understood: Assistive Technology for Reading)

11:55 - @bcdtech Maureen

12:04 - Peggy George
me too @stidmama! I keep a magnifying glass right on my desk for things that aren't online :-)

12:33 - Peggy George
Here's our Livebinder link for today with all of Mike's resources in case you missed it.

12:35 - Oronoque Westland
how much technology just sits on the shelf? at my univ they buy things, but do not send out a notice to all faculty that the things are available

12:53 - Peggy George (Joy Zabala SETT documents-S = Student/Skills, E = Environment, T = Tasks, T = Tools)

13:10 - Peggy George
so true and so sad Oronoque!

13:38 - stidmama
I had to go looking (after a note from my doctor documenting my needs) at the college. It's not always obvious.

13:59 - Patricia Smeyers
That is a great way to look at it. Very effective.

15:19 - Peggy George
these reading skills need to be taught at many grade levels (even into HS) and many teachers think it's only in the early grades.

15:50 - Peggy George
Great question!! Are the tools helping with these areas? Identify the skill/need and then pick the tool. :-)

15:57 - stidmama
Yes, I was having to teach phonemic awareness in LAP reading in middle school! The kids had no idea what sounds they were even making when they spoke

16:08 - Peggy George

16:34 - Peggy George
I love being able to magnify the text on my Kindle for easier reading!

17:07 - Peggy George
great tip!!! use whatever works!!!

17:42 - Peggy George (National Center for Accessible Educational Materials-audio, Braille, large print, digital text)

18:15 - Peggy George
also lots of great resources here:

18:51 - @bcdtech Maureen
The tools seem to continually change- always updating... sometimes disappearing

18:55 - Peggy George (Open Educational Resources-Resource Roundup)

19:41 - Peggy George
We had a fantastic webinar awhile back by Dr. Royce Kimmons on OER and copyright. Watch the recording & check out his Livebinder of resources.

20:03 - Peggy George

20:32 - Peggy George (Livebinder for Open Educational Resources: Copyright, Fair Use and Open Licensing)

20:54 - Peggy George
Welcome Laura, PHunt and kerrieg!

21:52 - Laura Antichi
Hi, Peggy

21:53 - Peggy George
it's always great to have some tips about where to start :-)

22:59 - Peggy George (C-Pen scanning reading pen)

23:05 - Peggy George
that is so cool!!!

23:24 - Peggy George

23:52 - @bcdtech Maureen
google dictionary chrome extension... can also translate.

24:12 - Peggy George (Franklin Electronic Merriam Websters Dictionary with Thesaurus and Spell Correction SSD-256)

24:41 - Peggy George
we probably all have some of these buried in closets in our schools

24:52 - Peggy George
Hi Cindy! Welcome!

25:24 - @bcdtech Maureen
Google dictionary chrome

25:37 -
Peggy George
thanks Maureen!

25:50 -
Peggy George (How to Enable Text-to-Speech on iPad & iPhone for Kindle, iBooks, etc.)

25:59 -
@bcdtech Maureen
It depends on the student

26:01 -
Cindy Medeiros
I'm late!

26:10 -
@bcdtech Maureen
Some kids like the robotic voice better

26:11 -
Peggy George
no worries Cindy! We're so glad you're here!

26:20 -
Peggy George
really Maureen???

26:34 -
Peggy George (Built-in iPad Text to Speech Tutorial with video)

26:37 -
@bcdtech Maureen
Really- surprised me

26:49 -
@bcdtech Maureen
but I have the data- uPAR

26:58 -
Peggy George
amazing! :-)

27:46 -
Peggy George
love the idea that kids don't have to get bogged down and stop trying because they have these tools to support them

27:47 -
Cindy Medeiros
love that Apple has so many accessibility options!

27:55 -
Peggy George
I agree Cindy!!!

28:34 -
Peggy George
If you have any questions for Mike as we go along please type them in the chat & Lori will ask him in Q/A

28:44 -
@bcdtech Maureen
Speek screen can make you crazy- there are so many things on the screen that you do NOT want to have to listen to

28:55 -
Oronoque Westland
at univ students are given many pdf files to read. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (which is free) has text to speech.

28:58 -
Cindy Medeiros
or things it won't read!

29:12 -
oronque, I didn't know that! Thanks for the info

29:32 -
Peggy George
I have Reader DC and didn't realize that Cindy! Thanks!

29:42 -
Oronoque Westland

29:49 -
Peggy George
I mean Oronoque! Great tip!

30:02 -
Peggy George
Thanks for the link Oronoque!

30:05 -
Oronoque Westland

30:23 -
Peggy George
If any of you have tools or links to share please post them in the chat and I'll add them to the Livebinder after the show.

30:37 -
Peggy George (DIGITAL TEXT: Voice Dream Reader (iOS & Android)

31:08 -
@bcdtech Maureen
Voice Dream reader is probably the best app I have seen. So many things you can control and the import from varous sources is critical. But it may be more than a student needs. SETT( tools come last)

31:14 -
Peggy George (Learning Ally LINK: educational reading app)

31:25 -
Peggy George (Learning Ally launches new educational reading app to support more sutdents with visual and learning disabilities)

31:36 -
@bcdtech Maureen
I love Learning Ally- easy to use- Has a chrome extension as well

31:58 -
Learning Ally needs several weeks to several months' notice for texts they don't already have in stock. Many common titles are instantly available. It's a great service.

32:15 -
Peggy George
so happy to know more about Learning Ally!!

32:17 -
Patti Ruffing
I have used with the closed captioning for my grandson who is learning to read

32:31 -
Peggy George
great link Patti! Thanks!

32:42 -
@bcdtech Maureen
@stidmama A lot of the textbooks are only on bookshare, but LA has great fiction as well as a growing collection of non fiction text

32:50 -
Peggy George
it's also great for non-English speaking students!

33:01 -
Peggy George (Don Johnston: Protocol for accommodations in reading-PAR)

33:16 -
Cindy Medeiros
It has to be digital text (OCR) for Voice Dream. I had a student who was trying to use it with a scanned in PDF (a picture basically) and it didn't work. Need to make sure the teachers understand this

33:36 -
Peggy George
thanks for that tip Cindy!

34:35 -
@bcdtech Maureen
@Cindy- I have a scanner that foes the OCR automatically. And Google drive- when you upload a pdf- does the "image" and does the text as well.

34:41 -
@bcdtech Maureen

34:50 -
Peggy George (UDL Toolkit)

35:16 -
Peggy George
We had an excellent webinar with Karen Janowski back in 2011! We need to have her back!!!

35:40 -
Peggy George
That toolkit is an incredible resource!

36:26 -
Peggy George (Chrome extension: Readability)

36:47 -
@bcdtech Maureen
I highly recommend that each school has a Fujitsu ScanSnap Document Scanner or something similar. It automatically does OCR and scans right to my google drive (has other places you can choose too). A little pricey- but sooo worth it!

36:48 -
Peggy George (Readability for Google Chrome)

37:01 -
I remember that webinar, it would be nice to see what else she has discovered.

37:24 -
Peggy George
Mike there is a note on top of that link that says "The Readability bookmarking service will be shutting down on September 30, 2016." Wonder if this is just for the browser or if it applies to the extension too?

37:58 -
Peggy George
maybe it's just for the browser?

38:10 -
Peggy George
sure hope we don't lose it!!!!

38:33 -
Peggy George
incredibly helpful to remove the distractions!!

38:51 -
Peggy George
Does the Clearly Chrome extension do something similar?

39:05 -
Peggy George
Welcome Kim!!

39:10 -
@bcdtech Maureen
I think it's just shutting down the export to Kindle or the other sources

39:22 -
@bcdtech Maureen
Clearly is gone now

39:53 -
Peggy George
thanks Maureen!

39:59 -
Peggy George
Welcome Suzanne!!

40:10 -
Peggy George (Chrome extension: BeeLine Reader)

40:36 -
@bcdtech Maureen
As far as I know readabiltiy the clean up the page piece will remain- but bookmarking/save the artice is going away- but not positive- just how I am interpreting it.

41:01 -
@bcdtech Maureen
If you use the "reader view" in iOS you also get the clean page

41:22 -
Peggy George
Eric Curts has a great blog post about Clearly going away with alternatives.

41:35 -
Peggy George (Don Johnston: Snap & Read Universal)

42:11 -
Peggy George
awesome to know!!

42:17 -
@bcdtech Maureen
"If you don’ use the bookmarking service but you’e run into the Readability feature where other apps, like Tweetbot or Reeder, strip the ads and images from a web site to simplify it, don’ worry, the Readability Parser will continue to exist."

42:36 -
Peggy George
whew Maureen!!! Thanks!

43:18 -
Oronoque Westland
I wish my univ had a program where the students get to keep the devices and AT, not just borrow them. They need to have access to these tools at home and after graduating. I teach at a public univ and many of the students cannot afford to purchase tech equipment,

43:36 -
Oronoque Westland
Great to know about the free and low cost tech.

43:38 -
Peggy George
Would you also consider something like Newseum as assistive technology because it provides content for different reading abilities?

44:00 -
Peggy George (Chrome extension: Snapverter)

44:08 -
Peggy George (Chrome extension: Read & Write for Google by TextHelp)

44:24 -
Patricia Smeyers
I definitely have to talk my district into adding these resources to our technology. Especially the Chrome Apps.

44:28 -
Patti Ruffing
I live Newsela for providing articles at different reading levels

44:36 -
Patti Ruffing

44:36 -
@bcdtech Maureen
That quote re readability is from Instapaper sounds like an alternative for folks who export out and like to read it later. I used to "read it later", but later never comes.

44:44 -
Cindy Medeiros

45:00 -
Peggy George
So important Oronoque!! The ownership/full time access to the devices rather than borrowing would make such a difference!

45:55 -
Peggy George
and software gets outdated so quickly and requires replacement on all of the computers!

46:05 -
@bcdtech Maureen
Newsela, Tween Tribune and more sites are now offering varied lexile levels for kids.

46:22 -
Oronoque Westland
Some of these tools are useful for students at commuter schools too. They spend hours on trains, buses, etc. that could be used for study time with the right tool.

46:29 -
@bcdtech Maureen
The whole new way of budgeting is very hard for schools.

46:37 -
Peggy George
I was thinking of Newsela when I said Newseum. Thanks Maureen!

46:41 -
Peggy George (More Chrome resources for Assistive Technology)

47:16 -
Wow. Now I am going to be thinking about what I already have access to for my kiddos -- and how to narrow down the possibilities.

47:38 -
Peggy George (Claro PDF and Scan Pen)

47:46 -
Peggy George (Prizmo scanning application)

47:55 -
Peggy George (Text Detective)

48:35 -
Peggy George (Book Creator) (iBooks Author)

48:41 -
Peggy George
LOVE both of those apps!!!

49:58 -
<3 book creator

50:04 -
Peggy George
hahaha!!!! how can we resist that invitation!!!!

50:05 -
@bcdtech Maureen
It's still half price thru tomorrow I think

50:13 -
Cindy Medeiros
I love Book Creator, great for kids to use to write too

50:31 -
Peggy George
I paid "full" price for it so that deal is fantastic! Well worth it!!

50:59 -
Peggy George

51:30 -
Peggy George

51:30 -
@bcdtech Maureen//
oad apps.
We're celebrating 5 years on the App Store with a half-price sale. 19th to 25th September. Happy book making!

51:52 -
Peggy George (Call Scotland: Posters and Leaflets for poster: iPad Apps for Dyslexia and many more)

52:08 -
Peggy George
Direct link for that amazing chart! (Poster: iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia)

52:33 -
Peggy George
yes very easy to read in the full size poster version :-)

53:01 -
Peggy George
all of these links are in our Livebinder for today!

53:13 -
Peggy George
love that 2 Things concept :-)

53:17 -

53:37 -
Peggy George
any questions for Mike?

53:38 -
Patricia Smeyers
Great! Technology is a tool for a successful end result.

53:47 -
Peggy George (#ATchat hosted by Mike Marotta, Wed. 8pm ET every week)

53:56 -
Peggy George (#LDchat, Wed. 12pm ET every week)

54:11 -
Peggy George (Participate in the #ATchat on Participate Learning to more easily follow questions and save resources that are shared)

54:23 -
@bcdtech Maureen
I think the UDL chat is right after the AT chat on Wednesdays

54:23 -
I'm a new district AT facilitator for my district - thanks for all this info!

54:30 -
This has been SO helpful. Thank you Mike!

54:38 -
Peggy George
if Mike hasn't already answered your questions please type them here :-)

54:53 -
Patricia Smeyers
Thank you so much for this helpful information.

55:08 -
Peggy George
This has been awesome, helpful information! Thank you so much Mike!

55:18 -
Rosemary Garcia

55:21 -
I have to think and explore before I get to the questions.

55:24 -
Rosemary Garcia
it was excelelnt and so informative

55:34 -
Peggy George
Would you also consider something like Newsela as assistive technology because it provides content for different reading abilities

55:41 -
Doug Henry in San Leandro, CA
What do you think the impact of Artificial Intelligence on LD will be?

55:42 -
Cindy Medeiros
IS this presentation available? I missed the first half

55:51 -
Patricia Smeyers
Do you feel finding appropriate assistive technology is trial and error?

56:01 -
Peggy George
Twitter: @mmatp
Instagram: InclusiveTechnologySolutions

56:06 -
How does the dragon app on the iphone compare to web based apps?

56:06 -
Rosemary Garcia
And just writing things down to keep up. Probably questions will come up after checking out all these resources. What a wealth of very useful information! Thank You. Will be able to use and apply right away

56:19 -
@Cindy - archives to the show will be posted very quickly

56:28 -
Peggy George
great questions Doug and Patricis and Russel! Thanks!

57:00 -
@bcdtech Maureen
@Russel- at least for my students- voice typing on google docs is great... no training needed. It jsut plain works.

57:02 -
Peggy George
Yes Cindy! This is being recorded and will be available later today. I'll add the recording to the Livebinder.

57:10 -
Cindy Medeiros
Thanks stidmama

57:32 -
Cindy Medeiros
Great Thanks, Peggy

57:55 -
Peggy George
sometimes the kids need to try the tools before they know if they really will help them or not

58:03 -
thanks...partly tried that...

58:11 -
@bcdtech Maureen
If you do some "feature matching" ahead of time. then pick one of 2 things to try. Trials are important, but they need to be informed

58:21 -
Peggy George
love that tip Maureen!!

58:33 -
this has been a really good session thank you

59:05 -
Peggy George
would you consider Siri assistive technology? :-)

59:15 -
Google Voice Typing Tool works so well!

59:33 -
@bcdtech Maureen
If you use specialize vocab - like medical or legal- then you may need Dragon or something that can learn from your speech...

59:34 -
Thanks Mike

59:56 -
Peggy George
Siri is getting so much better!!

1:00:00 -
Cindy Medeiros
Yes, Google voice input works much better than Siri, although I love Apple

1:00:07 -
@bcdtech Maureen
@Jo- I love voice typing. Even little kid voices are rcognized

1:00:13 -
@bcdtech Maureen

1:00:13 -
Cindy Medeiros

1:00:18 -
Peggy George

1:00:33 -
Peggy George
Thank you so much Mike!!

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1:00:40 -
Doug Henry in San Leandro, CA
Super webinar - thanks!

1:00:46 -
Patti Ruffing
wonderful resources and ideas, Mike

1:01:01 -
Cindy Medeiros
Thanks, Mike

1:01:31 -
Mike Marota
thanks everyone! great comments

1:01:52 -
Patricia Smeyers
Thank you again Mike and thank you for answering my question so thoroughly and informatively.

1:02:25 -
Tiziana Angiolini ( ITALY)
Thanks a lot!(y)

1:02:34 -
Laura Antichi

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1:02:41 -
Peggy George (DEN Fall Virtual Conference, October 22, 2016)

1:02:47 -
Great information. Thank you Mike.

1:02:54 -
Peggy George (The Learning Revolution Network created by Steve Hargadon.)

1:03:01 -
I love my Saturday mornings with you! Thank you for the chance to connect and learn. <3

1:03:02 -
Peggy George (Classroom 2.0 LIVE survey link to request PD certificates for live or recorded webinars)

1:03:26 -
Peggy George**
Have a super weekend everyone! Thanks so much for joining us!