Phase 3 Exploration of digital technologies alternatives

 

Hackety  Hack

http://hackety.com/

Hackety Hack was developed out of the notion that all computer programming had to be complicated and difficult.  Hackety Hack uses a programming language in a more traditional way called “Ruby, ”whereas Scratch uses a graphical (visual) programming language based on the concept of blocks where students do not have to worry about syntactical and memorisation issues, where the blocks fit together in a correct way.  Students programming with Hackety Hack use an integrated text editor to begin building ruby applications and by the end will be comfortable with basic programming syntax. 

Students in Years 7-8 could use Hackety Hack to meet the needs of the Australian Curriculum where students are expected to “develop and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, repetition or iteration and subprograms in a general purpose programming language” (ACARA, 2013  p.71).

Alice

http://www.alice.org/index.php

5962_1208217539434_soundfield-amplification.pdf

See on Scoop.itDigital technologies to assist students with speech and language disorders to achieve curriculum communication goals.

Russell Webb‘s insight:

A Soundfield system is designed to evenly distribute sound around a room to make sure the teacher’s voice is equally loud in all parts of the classroom

 

Teachers must overcome numerous acoustical barriers to learning in order to effectively deliver instruction to their students. Problems include conditions in and around the classroom, student learning disabilities, and teacher vocal strain. 

 

Poor classroom acoustics create an especially challenging educational barrier for those children who have hearing loss, speech impairments, or learning disabilities, and whose native language differs from the teaching language.

 

This system allows all students to better access the Australian Curriculum generally.

See on www.hearing.com.au

EZ Speech software from Gus Communication Devices, Inc.

See on Scoop.itDigital technologies to assist students with speech and language disorders to achieve curriculum communication goals.

Gus Communications is the #1 source for speech aids for individuals with stroke, cancer, laryngectomy, ALS and other conditions. Also communication devices and speech generating devices.

Russell Webb‘s insight:

EZ Speech is designed for those who have lost their ability to speak (but are able to read) as a result of stroke, cancer, laryngectomy, cerebral palsy and parkinson’s.
EZ Speech provides a simple, efficient method to carry on a conversation with anyone. All phrases are only a single touch away.

Apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod. 

See on gusinc.com

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

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Information on what Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is, what types there are, and organizations to contact.

Russell Webb‘s insight:

Site for the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

 

An excellent resource for students studying special education course SPE3006.

See on www.asha.org

Speech-Language Impairment (SLI)

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A definition of Speech Language Impairment and the criteria used to verify this disability for the Education Adjustment Program.

Russell Webb‘s insight:

Education Queensland web site detailing the definition of SLI and departmental criteria for verification.

See on education.qld.gov.au

DEECD%20iPad%20support%20booklet%20for%20special%20education.pdf

See on Scoop.itDigital technologies to assist students with speech and language disorders to achieve curriculum communication goals.

Russell Webb‘s insight:

A booklet produced by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – has suggested applications and activities.

 

For example:

 

Communication and Assistive Technology Apps

Reading Apps

Writing Apps

See on www.ipadsforeducation.vic.edu.au