students are more successful with electronic systems that can provide audible
and/or graphical cues. They range from simple pager devices with reminder alarms
to organizers that address specific activities such as homework assignments, steps
of task, etc. Consider devices that the student can record into as well as playback.
Also check out the Low-tech Tools module for Specialty
Time Pad (Attainment)
This hand held device is used to record up to 5 messages that can be activated
by a timer. Messages such as "copy the Math assignment from the board"
or "Bring sneakers to gym class".
Step Pad (Attainment)
Ideal for recording step-by-step instructions. Teachers can record each part
of an activity or assignment. Student then presses "play" to hear the
cue as often as needed; presses "forward" to hear the next step.
For students who prefer reading the message, look for paging devices that notify
the student with quiet vibration.
several handheld personal note recorders that student/teachers record assignments,
Memo Talker is a 20 second single message recording device.
The Mobile Digital recorder
The Mobile Digital recorder is compatible
with both IB< and Dragon software. The student can download his recorded thoughts
to a document through voice recognition software programs.
Specialized software has been developed for Personal Digital
Assistants (PDA's) to assist students with memory impairments. This technology
is becoming increasingly popular in school environments.
Schedule Assistant is a software application designed to help individuals
with disabilities independently manage their day-to-day schedules. It runs on
Pocket PC palmtop personal computers (PDA's) using the Windows CE operating system,
and allows caregivers to record audio messages or reminders that will automatically
activate at the prescribed time and day.
Coach (AbleLink Technologies)
This software application for Casio PDA's using Windows CE that can provide
fully customizable, step-by-step audio instructions or reminders. It includes
both graphics and audible directions for task completion.
When using either
AbleLink Program, the buttons on the PDA become inactive; all selections and controls
are made on the touch screen panel.
PEAT software is designed to provide cueing and planning assistance for
people with memory, attention, and cognitive disorders. A program is created on
the computer and sent to a portable device. Students use the device to attend
to specifically programmed activities.
Organizers & Concept Webbing
Visual learning techniques - graphical ways of working with ideas and presenting
information - teach students to clarify their thinking, and to process, organize
and prioritize new information. Visual diagrams reveal patterns, interrelationships
and interdependencies. They also stimulate creative thinking.
exist that visually capture ideas generated during brainstorming sessions and
group them into concept maps that link ideas to each other in thematic and hierarchal
ways. These visual diagrams can be used both in group and individual activities.
Both no-tech and software applications are available for this highly effective
Walls - The walls are created entirely of words that relate to different
themes and activities. They are present in the classroom to help students identify
and use them in reading and writing activities. Words can be moved as relationships
are discussed. Use word cards/post it's or software programs to create concept
maps, idea maps; web; matrix; venn diagram; continuum (timeline, shades, etc).
Do it as a group activity or individually.
Wall Lists K-3
Software Resources for concept webbing and visual
offer electronic concept mapping with simultaneous outlining function. Elements
can be added to either version and reflected in both.
Builder (Don Johnston, Inc)- outlining and graphical versions share the same
screen so that relationships between levels and items are apparent.
Check out this Great Resource for Study Strategies using graphic organizers!
Computer Based Study
Strategies Project (CBSS) Project
Examples of graphic organizers
for writing, reading, remembering information and timelining.
There are several available sources for "mnemonic devices"
(tricks for remembering facts) that include repetition and association techniques
for classroom rules, facts, lists and schedules. See how many of these you use!