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  • 1. Ubiquitous Systems, Universal Design, Toolbelt Theory FreeTech Ira David Socol Michigan State University College of Education

2. Mythic Educational Technology Assistive Technology is just for Special Ed Technology is expensive Technology is an add-on Technology should be centrally controlled Technology is any tool invented after I was born 3. Mythic Educational Technology Kids all know the technologies New technologies are just for play Technology creates inequities Technology access is dangerous Technology wont help kids get jobs 4. (1927) 5. 6. (1842) 7. (2009) 8. (2008) Ira Socol noticed election workers at his polling place in Holland, Mich., Tuesday telling voters the address on their ID card had to match the one on their voter registration. Otherwise, they couldn't use the voting machines.Wall Street Journal , November 5, 2008 9. Technologies which Disrupt Understandings of what school means. Concepts of Ability and Disability Inability. Systems of Authority. Boundaries and Borders. Definitions of Nations and Cultures. Roles of teachers and students. 10. Universal Tools for Education Universal ICT Tools Shifting Control. Enabling different paths. Enabling different winners. Expanding the universe of educational winners. 11. Free Technologies Using commercially based services for our own needs. Ubiquitous Technologies using multi-purpose commercial and/or open source systems that are already widely in use. Collaborative Technologies systems which allow non-hierarchical student relationships. Multi-Modal Technologies which allow for multiple representations.Lifespan Technologies learning technological paradigms that will support learning and communication outside of school.. 12. multimodality:digital technologies allow content to be presented using a diverse range of systems of representation and a combination of different semiotic means of meaning-making. Kress, G & Pachler, N. Thinking about the m in m-learning (2007) 13. In the emergent literacy view, aspects of language both oral and writtendevelop concurrently rather than sequentially (Goodman, 1986). According to this view, literacy learning does not happen only in formal classroom settings, but also in informal settings, in both oral and written modes, and in collaboration and interaction with others. Ryokai, K, Vaucelle C, and Cassell, J. Virtual peers as partners in storytelling and literacy learning 14. An open definition of literacy and reading and writing web 2.0 means students should be allowed access via whatever system works best for themselves. Flexible Communication multi-modal structures that allow varying participants to participate various ways. Options Synchronous/Asynchronous systems which allow communication across rooms, learning times, even time zones and cultures. 15. Basics Google Docs Google Calendar Firefoxplus Add- Ons Skype VoiceThread Webspiration Ghotit SMS Blogs Social Networks Mobiles 16. Free Text-To-Speech in Firefox Windows Mac OS 17. Input Vista Speech Recognition DSpeech Mobile Keypad Input DKey Tapir 18. On Line Text-To-Speech 19. Phone Text-To-Speech VLingo 20. Phone Speech-to-Text 21. Phone Text Conversion http:// 22. Backchannel in the Classroom Todays MeetTwitterwithTwitterfall 23. OnLine Sources Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg Australia University of Virginia Literature Network ABC Books Bookshare 24. Simple Downloadable Windows Text-To-Speech http:// / 25. Simple Mac OS TTS Open System Preferences - its the fourth item in the Apple menu. In the System section, usually about the fourth line of icons, there is an icon labeled Speech which looks like an old fashioned microphone. Click on the Speech icon. 26. Simple Mac OS TTS Select any key combination that isnt already used for something else. Now all you need to do is select some text in an application - I suggest you try it first with Safari or Text Edit - and hit your keys and you should hear Mac OS X read out whatever you have selected! 27. Multi-Featured Downloadable Windows Text-To-Speech Microsoft Reader with Text-To-Speech engine and Read in Microsoft Reader(RMR) add-ons -FREE pc.asp(laptop/desktop PC) tablet.asp(tablet PC, with "write notes in the margins!") tts.asp(Text-To-Speech) rmr.asp(RMR, creates one-click conversions from Microsoft Word) dictionaries.asp(Dictionaries) 28. Downloadable MS OfficeText-To-Speech WordTalk PowerTalk 29. 30. Downloadable Audio Software Windows Mac OS Audacity http:// / 31. Mobile Web Builders 32. Flash Drive Suite AccessApps 33. Universal Tools Ira David Socol Michigan State University College of Education [email_address]