Paths to Literacy: Introducing an Online Hub AER International July 2012 Presented by Charlotte Cushman
Welcome and Introductions Charlotte Cushman, M.L.S., M.Ed. Project Manager Training and Educational Resources Program Perkins School for the Blind Watertown, MA
In memory of Jim Durkel, whose vision, dedication, and creativityhelped to make this website possible.
Today’s Objectives • Explore the literacy website hosted by Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired • Become familiar with the range of content available on the site • Identify ways in which the site can be of assistance to individuals working in the field of blindness • Learn how to get Continuing Education Credits
for students who are blind or visually impaired • www.pathstoliteracy.org • This website is designed to be an interactive resource for educators and family members of children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with • additional disabilities.
Project Background Joint venture between Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired • Discussions started in 2010 • Wanted to capture resources that were disappearing from the web • Interest in using more social media and interactive tools • Initial site development sponsored by a grant from the Verizon Foundation
Site Overview • Content areas • 12 content areas with an overview and instructional strategies, as well as specialized topics • Types of content • Strategies • Resources • Research • Technology • Interactive features • Forum • Comments • Sharing content using social media tools • Posting new content
Content Areas The site is divided into 12 content areas: • General Literacy • Learning Media Assessment • Emergent Literacy • Multiple Disabilities • Braille • Struggling Readers • Print • Writing • Dual Media • English Language Learners • Auditory Strategies • Math Literacy
General Literacy • What is Literacy? • Instructional Strategies for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired • Overview of Assistive Technology • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
Learning Media Assessment • Learning Media Assessment Educational Module • LMA Forms • Sample LMAs • Deciding Between Print and Braille • Special Considerations in the LMA if the Child Has a Hearing Loss • Strategies • Resources • Research • Forum
Emergent Literacy • Helping Young Children to Develop Emergent Literacy Skills • Early Literacy and Students with Multiple Disabilities • Developing Routines • Story Boxes • Tactile Experience Books • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
Multiple Disabilities • Instructional Strategies for Students with Multiple Disabilities • Curriculum and Assessment • Story Boxes and Story Boards • Types of Books and Modifications • Language Experience Books • Object Books • Predictable Books • Accessible Books • Power Point E-Books • Modifying books • Adapted AdaptedLiteracy • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
Braille • Pre-Braille • Instructional Strategies for Teaching Braille • Tactile Graphics • Production of Braille • Brailler Repair • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
Struggling Readers • Instructional Strategies for Struggling Readers • Indicators for Possible Learning Disabilities • Determining the Impact of the Particular Eye Condition • Wilson Reading System for Struggling Readers • Case Study of Braille Student Using the Wilson Reading System • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
Print • Instructional Strategies for Students with Low Vision • Magnification • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
Writing • Instructional Strategies for Writing • Emergent Writing • Writing Process • Oral Strategies • Writing for Students with Multiple Disabilities or Deafblindness • Tools for Writing Braille • Tools for Handwriting and Print • Spelling • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
Dual Media • Overview of Dual Media • Instructional Strategies for Dual Media Learners • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
English Language Learners • Overview of Literacy for English Language Learners • Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
Auditory Strategies • Instructional Strategies for Auditory Readers • Developing Listening Skills • Assessment and the Importance of Hearing • Teaching the Use of a Reader • Play with Sound! • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
Math Literacy • Overview of Mathematical Literacy • Instructional Strategies for Mathematical Literacy • Strategies • Resources • Technology • Research • Forum
Strategies The strategies in each section are intended to be activities or practical ideas that can be used with students. These can be searched through the individual content areas (for example “Writing – Strategies” or as a whole, displaying all strategies).
Resources As with strategies, you can find resources in each of the content areas, as well as in a list showing all of the different areas.
Technology These posts include tips and news related to technology in various content areas.
Research View research by content area (as shown in left sidebar) or view all research.
Accessibility Features Choose the view that you prefer, selecting the color and size of the font, as well as the color of the background. For people using a screen reader or screen magnifier, we have included a link to "Main Menu" in the tabs across the top, so that you will be able to find the information quickly and efficiently.
What’s New? New posts of strategies, technology, resources, and research display on the home page from each of the content areas.
Get the word out! Share resources through Facebook or Twitter. Use the RSS button to subscribe to one or more content areas and receive regular feeds to your computer or mobile device. You can also email articles to yourself or others.
Upcoming Events See what is happening in the world of literacy and post new events.
Registering with the site Anyone can browse the site or post comments, but in order to post content or participate in a forum, you must be a registered user.
Forum As readers pose questions to a forum in any content area, the new questions and responses will be posted in this block on the home page. Participate in discussions related to any of the content areas.
Subscriptions Users can subscribe to receive automatic email notifications whenever new posts are made for content areas they select.
Posting Content In addition to an overview, each of the different content areas includes the following sections: • Strategies (Stay tuned to learn how you can get credit for this!) • Resources • Research • Technology You can also post upcoming events and comments, and participate in the forum.
Getting Credit for Submitting a Strategy Two credits may be awarded for the successful submission of a strategy or activity to Paths to Literacy http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/strategies. We encourage you to submit ideas that you have developed or materials that you have modified for literacy activities for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.
How to earn credits Step-by-Step Instructions are available with screenshots and detailed guidelines of how to post.
Posting a comment You don’t need to be a registered user to post comments, although you do have to fill out the accessible Captcha.
Featured Media • Featured videos and audio files or podcasts are embedded in the various Content Areas
Featured Questions This block shows a different popular or significant question in various content areas. We invite you to respond and participate in the discussions!
Site map At the bottom of each page is a link to the site map, which shows the contents of the full site.
Searching the site Search for information across the whole site by using the search bar Search within a content area for Resources, Research, Strategies, Technology
How can the site be used? • Resource • Online arena for discussions • Keeping up with current research • Vehicle for earning Continuing Education Credits
How can you contact us? Pathstoliteracy@perkins.org is the email address for the site. We welcome your ideas and comments!