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Welcome to


 Adaptive Technology: A Time for inclusion


This is a discussion-based session that will allow teachers to share how they use technology to adapt instruction to help struggling students with major and minor disabilities. It will familiarize teachers with user-friendly, easily available resources.


Target audience: All ESOL teachers


Objective: By the end of 6 weeks, students will be able to:


  1. Define what Universal Design for Learning (adaptive technology) is.
  2. Utilize free online resouces that support students who struggle to derive meaning from words
  3. Utilize free speech-to-text and text-to-speech devices on Microsoft Office XP
  4. Utilize accessibility features on Internet Explorer 5, 6, 7 and 8
  5. Reflect how they have used and/or will use UDL with their students.




Week 1

Participants and organizer introduce themselves. What drew you to this session? What do you expect to take from it? What is your reaction to the reading?

Activity: E- Discussion

Platform: Yahoo Groups

Material: Article  www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/chapter4.cfm



Week 2

Participants will share how they used technology to accommodate different needs in their teaching. They will also create a question to spur further reflection.

Activity: E-Discussion

Platform: Yahoo Groups

Material: Video http://old.cast.org/tesmm/example4_5/ex45a.html


Week 3

Your students cannot understand word meaning or have limited vocabulary? Explore Voycabulary.com and Visuwords.com. Share other helpful online resources with your peers.

Activity: Live text chat

Platform: Windows Messenger

Material: Power Point presentation on Yahoo Groups


Week 4

Your students struggle with reading fluency or writing? Participants will learn how to activate the speech-to-text and text-to-speech devices on Microsoft Office XP. 

Activity: Live text chat

Platform: Windows Messenger

Material: Power Point presentation on Yahoo Groups 



Week 5

Participants will receive tutorial on how to use accessibility features on Internet Explorer 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Activity: E-discussion

Platform: Yahoo Groups.

Material: Step by step instructions http://www.microsoft.com/enable/training/default.aspx (right of the screen)


Week 6

Participants will complete an online survey about the session. In it, there will be questions about how helpful the tasks and activities were and what can be done to improve them. In addition, they will describe how they will use what they learned in their teaching setting.

Activity: Answer survey

Platform: email

Material: TBA


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Additional Readings:



Join this session



To join this group:


From January 4 to 10:


  1. Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/adaptive_technology/


  2. Click on the blue button:  (This is just an image). The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you donĀ“t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).


  3. Follow the instructions




Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator


Back to Call for Participation

The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section.




Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, an international education association 


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