Technology KLA and Hearing Impairment
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This curated collection of resources will help Educators with appropriate on-line resources to assist students with Hearing Impairments gain access to the curriculum and content instruction.
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New study examines barriers faced by hard-of-hearing students

New study examines barriers faced by hard-of-hearing students | Technology KLA and Hearing Impairment | Scoop.it
A study performed by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center identifies five major barriers in education programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
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This invaluable site offers discusses the barriers heariing impaired P-12 students face in gaining access to the Australian Curriculum.  Aimed towards:  Schools, Educators, Parents/carers and Specialists offering practical information for planning programs, identifying priorities and needs, accessing and the latest assistive technologies.  This site identifies the barriers as resources, language and communication, qualified service providers, and social acceptance.  The study was undertaken by Dr Christine Szymanski Director of Research and Evaluation at Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Centre.  This links to the Australian Curriculum as it explains how Hearing Impaired students can find gaining access to the instruction content difficult and offering different options to aid in the delivery and communication of this content.

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Mary-Louise Watts (MaryLouiseWatt3) on Twitter.

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The latest from Mary-Louise Watts (@MaryLouiseWatt3). Studying Education Primary at USQ 4th and final year of studies. I am looking forward to embarking on my new career in 2014 as a classroom educator.
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You can catch me on twitter where I will provide further insight on all the new assistive technologies for the classroom.

 

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Assistive technology - supporting student curriculum engagement

Assistive technology - supporting student curriculum engagement | Technology KLA and Hearing Impairment | Scoop.it
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Assistive technology can support the diverse learning needs with the 21st century classroom.  This site provides many technology tools to support students engage with their learning by developing their understanding knowledge and skills across the Australian Curriculum content learning areas.  One particular resource is the Dirt fun P. Reader which is supported and used within the C2C.

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EDP4130 - Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy

Digital technologies reflective blogs on "Scratch"

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The different activity phases involved the use of following step by step sequential commands which allowed the user to self-navigate through their learning (Lifelong Kindergarten Group, 2009).  It is a student centred program which actively engages the user to create, design and invent a variety of games and programmes (Lifelong Kindergarten Group, 2009).  The activities included installing Scratch onto our computers by following the “getting started link”.   The hands on activities included: practicing simple command sequences; repeating command sequences; copying commands and drawing regular polygons; programming an Etch-a-Sketch, racing car game which involved understanding degrees of an angle turning clockwise or anti-clockwise to move an animated car across the screen, and Pong game (Albion, 2013).  Throughout these activities my skills and competency developed in programming area each time I undertook the next activity, and/or reread the instructions for clarification.

 

Scratch links to the Australian Curriculum in many areas, because of its flexibility to create things for example:  games, draw images, and move an image across the screen.  Students are able to develop their problem solving skills, and design programs which allows them to explore their individual creativity at according to their ability across Foundation to year 10.  The 21st Century is a global digital world which the government recognises Australia needs the next generation to be innovative and collaborative with people from different cultures, ages and abilities.  Scratch is an introduction to programming for students providing them with the means to gain confidence using technologies.  The draft Australian Technologies Curriculum outlines students need to develop the knowledge and understanding to be able to explore their creativity through designing fun games, design learning activities, and editing processes which involve collaborating and communicating amongst peers, the wider community, and globally (ACARA, 2013). 

 

As a novice user of any programming systems these activities were quite daunting.  However, once I began the activities and reading over the simple instructions a couple of times it was simple to use.  The reference guide was a useful resource to use as it aided in my understanding of Scratch terminology.  The activities were “fun” as it encouraged active engagement and collaboration amongst peers.  From my own perspective I struggled with the mathematics parts of the activities.  It would have been useful in the instruction/commands to have degrees of angles part of the instructions. I learn best through methodical procedural steps using visual aids learner.

 

There are many uses for the scratch program in the school classroom.  Teachers can plan rotational activities which are scaffolded using a methodical step by step process.  Once student have learnt the basics they will then have the knowledge and confidence to progress further exploring how to create games learning activities.  Scratch can also be used for those students who finish their traditional written tasks in the classroom.  In the classroom students will be able to connect to other classrooms anywhere in the world.  By developing programs together extending their critical and creative thinking gain exposure to different perspectives and learning how to collaborate and communicate with different ages and cultures. 

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Why Integrate Technology in the Classroom?

Why Integrate Technology in the Classroom? | Technology KLA and Hearing Impairment | Scoop.it
Former Gov. Bob Wise discusses Digital Learning Day and how high school teachers can embrace technology.
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The website site explains why integrating technology is beneficial for teacher and students in the classroom.  It links to the Australian Curriculum by providing suggestions and examples for teachers on how technology can be implemented to support the diverse learning needs in the classroom.  Integrating technology can be difficult for teachers and students this resource can be used to engage students in problem solving activities.  In addition develop and promote best practice through collaborative design amongst teachers, their peers and students. 

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Livescribe Pulse 2GB Smartpen Review

If you take a lot of notes, maybe you are a student attending lectures or a doctor, then this device really could save you a lot of time. The Livescribe Puls...
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This latest piece of technology Pulse electronic Smart Pen looks similar to a whiteboard marker and easy to use in any classroom.  Pulse pen is able to record lectures/instruction of over 200 hours, tracks what you are writing with the recorded word.   It is beneficial for all students but particularly helpful to students with hearing difficulties in the classroom.   This tool supports the student in the class as it has a function which record auditory instruction, playback and transfers the recording into a PDF document which can then be emailed.   Students are able to playback and listen to the recording many times while taking notes simultaneously.    This tool will assist students to develop their skills in technology curriculum as it assists them to investigate and develop a deeper understanding of the curriculum content while promoting learning.  Students using this tool will become more independent in their own learning and developing their problem solving skills.   

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SpEd%20Whitepaper.pdf

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Offering suggestions on how to make the classroom Inclusive.  This booklet is an easy to read online document outlining all the steps to incorporate and connect the Personal FM to the Classroom acoustics.  This document links to the Australian Curriculum (2013) digital technologies supporting students in the classroom to read, research construct and critically think. Using modern technologies to adapt the normal environment of a hearing classroom, for hearing impaired students. Which then provides full access to lessons being taught which consequently enhances learning area knowledge.

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Shodor: Transforming learning through computational thinking.

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"Shodor" offers hands on interactive learning activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  This site offers exciting programs which engage students in explorations of hands on learning activities.  Teachers can access free online activies for students in the classroom across all ability levels, supports those who have difficult hearing and understanding concepts. What makes this site so unique as there are activities which have been developed by students for students supporting and encouraging those much need creative, and innovative designs for the next generation.

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Digital Story Telling

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Digital Story Telling - Supported by the Learning Place it offers students the opportunity to use their process and production skills which aligns with Australian Curriculum: Technologies.  It would also benefit the Hearing Impaired Student who experiences difficulty with communication.  These students will be able to create stories using a variety of software for example: animation, shoe box stories, green screen and games.  It will aid in the ability to communication and collaborate with their peers.

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Learning Place

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The Learning Place is an Education Queensland on-line resource which current teachers use to communicate their success with the latest technologies available.  Experienced teachers access this site to share stories of success in the classroom and resources which they have personally created.   Of particular at the moment is the "More Support for Students with Disabilities" (MSSWD) which is a commonwealth government intiative which aims to support Schools and Teachers meet the needs of students with a disability.

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Draft version of ACARA Learning Area 'Technology'

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This website provides details on the Australian Curriculum Learning Area of ‘Technologies’ draft version for content descriptors, elaborations and achievement standards for Foundation to Year 10.  Although it is in draft format it provides a broad and thorough understanding of the content which will be covered in the classrooms when implementation starts in 2014.

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Develop elementary reading comprehension, writing and math skills with Kidspiration® | inspiration.com

Develop elementary reading comprehension, writing and math skills with Kidspiration® | inspiration.com | Technology KLA and Hearing Impairment | Scoop.it
Strengthen word recognition, vocabulary, and writing. Develop math skills with virtual math manipulatives.
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Majority of students are visual learners, in particular the Hearing impaired students as they often struggle to hear and comprehending the instructions and discussions in the classroom.  The activities Kids inspiration offers supports visual learning and scaffolded activities which supports ACARA’s focus on sequential learning activities across the Foundation to Year 10 year levels.  This on-line resource engages students in specific activities which are targeted towards the Mathematics KLA of the ACARA.  It is designed to develop student’s creative thinking as it requires choices to be made by the user using a variety of methods such as audio or pop-up menus or colourful visual toolbar.

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Introducing Hear and Say

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Hear and Say is one of the leading paediatric Auditory-Verbal and cochlear implant centres in the world, teaching children who are deaf to hear, listen and speak
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This organisation links to the Australian Curriculum (2013) Early-years of schooling, assisting in the transition process into formal schooling.  They understand children are born with natural curosity for today's design world.  The Australian Curriculum (2013)identifies children learn best through social interaction, experimentation and intentional teaching.  The Hear and Say centre work together with the early years teachers. To provide opportunities for Hearing Impaired students to develop and understand society through exploratory and creative learning technologies.

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Help Hearing Impaired Students in the Classroom Succeed

Hearing impaired students in the classroom need management strategies just like any other student and we show you how.
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Bright Hub Education is an invaluable resource for any educator who wants to provide an inclusive classroom for the Hearing Impaired student.  Hearing impaired students are often behind the peers academically because they experience difficulty hearing the concept being taught.  Connecting to the Australian Curriculum (2013) using a broad range of technologies to investigate, safely and ethically any theme across local and global areas. In this site you will find easy practical ideas to assist breaking down the barrier to learning.  Providing a large range of different links for your area of interest for example:  acoustics for communication, technology advancements to improve all learning outcomes. 

 

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