Sunday, November 29, 2009

Module #3

There is no true definition of a learning disability- only loose interpretations and vague descriptions. It is known that millions of students have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and that we teach these students every day in our classrooms and libraries. People with learning disabilities often have trouble performing academic tasks because of their brain’s inability to receive and process information. It is our job as educators to find alternative ways of providing information to these students. When we can think outside of the box, we can increase students’ independence, motivation, productivity, and self-esteem. Technology has allowed us to help students like never before. Hardware and software is evolving to meet the demands of a growing learning disabled population. Two such software examples are Inspiration 8.0 and Kurzweil 3000.

Kurzweil 3000 (Cambium Learning Technologies)
Price: Scan/Read Color $1,895 or Scan/Read Black and White $1,095
System Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, or Vista (Mac Version is also available)
Installation: CD-ROM
Targeted population: Struggling readers in grades 3 and up
  • Reading, writing, studying software
  • Reads aloud electronic or scanned text
  • Highlights text as it speaks
  • Easy to use (Includes customizable task bars)
  • Customizable language and intonation

Inspiration 8.0 (Inspiration Software Inc.)
Price: $58.75 per unit (bundles are available)
System Requirements: Windows 95 or higher (Mac Version is also available)
Installation: CD-ROM
Targeted Population:
  • Helps students brainstorm and organize ideas using graphic organizers.
  • Create many types of visual diagrams including: concept maps, webs, Venn diagrams, and storyboards.
  • Outline organization feature for written work
  • User-friendly toolbars

1 comment:

  1. I agree about the fuzzy definition of learning disabilities; we still have much to explore