Technology Introduction to Technology: General, Instructional, and Assistive Technologies



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Introduction to Technology: General, Instructional, and Assistive Technologies

    1. What types of technology do YOU use every day? _______________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

    2. Categories that Technology Addresses

      • School ______________________________________________________________

      • Home _______________________________________________________________

      • Entertainment ________________________________________________________

      • Extracurricular ________________________________________________________

    3. Purposes of Technology

      • General

      • Informational/____________________

      • ________________________

    4. Assistive Technology

      • Federal Definition: “…any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to ___________________________________________ functional capabilities of ______________________________________________.” [20 U.S.C. Chapter 33, Section 1401 (250)]

      • In other words, a broad term referring to any kind of technology that helps people with disabilities _______________________________________________

    5. Information Technology (IT)

      • Refers to anything related to computing technology, such as networking, hardware, _________________, the Internet, or the people who work with these technologies.

      • Let’s take a look at IT and AT merged…examples of tools that could be both instructional and assistive technology: _____________________________________

Postsecondary Technology Tools for Learning

  1. Why is it important?

      • AT (assistive technology) helps students with learning differences be more ___________________ in college.

      • Students report that AT resources help them learn more effectively and __________________, making learning less ________________

      • Students who use AT in high school are ____________________ to use AT in college.

  1. Let’s Explore: Types of Assistive Technology

      • Speech-to-___________ Software

        • Install on your computer

        • You ________, it __________

        • Example: Dragon Naturally Speaking

      • Smart Pens

        • Ballpoint pen with embedded digital _________ recorder

        • Synchronizes written notes on special paper with audio recording

        • Example: Livescribe

      • Text-to-_____________ Software

        • Install on your computer and control via floating taskbar

        • ____________________________________

        • Many other features such as dictionary, phonetic spell checker, screen masking, and converting to mp3 files

        • Example: textHELP Read & Write Gold

      • Classmate

        • Portable audio book player

        • Reads aloud while _____________________________________________

        • Includes integrated dictionary, voice or text notes, highlighting, and bookmarking passages

      • Laptop Computers

        • Netbook

          • Smaller and lighter than a traditional laptop to increase ______________

          • Less power and fewer features than traditional laptop, with focus on basic functions

        • Tablet PC

          • Display panel swivels and folds down to allow _________________________

          • Stylus input allows for handwriting on screen instead of typing

      • Portable tablets

        • Smaller and lighter than laptops and netbooks to increase portability

        • Numerous ____________ for different types of supports as needed

  1. Research

    • Select one of the following AT items to explore on your own and share with class in the next session

      • iPod

      • iPad

      • Audio recorder

      • Smart pen

      • Netbook

      • Smartphone

      • Speech-to-text software

      • Inspiration graphic organizer software

      • Other

Online Learning

  1. Learning Online

      • Postsecondary settings have two aspects of online learning:

        • Online learning __________________

        • Online course ___________________

  1. Online Learning Platforms

      • Set of online tools that work together so that there is one place for access to:

        • Email

        • Message boards

        • _____________________________

        • Text and __________ conferencing

        • Shared diaries

        • Online social areas

        • Assessment, _____________ management, and tracking tools

  1. Commonly Used Learning Platforms

      • ______________________: widely used education system that includes course management, content authoring, collaborative discussions, virtual classrooms, as well as testing and grading

      • Moodle: web-based course system

      • Centra/Saba Classroom

  1. Online Course Tools

      • Any online method for delivering ____________ or _________________________

      • Can be used in:

        • _________________ courses

        • Partially online courses

        • _____________ online courses

      • May be accessed through

        • The learning platform

        • An independent website

  1. Common Online Course Tools

      • Grade Center

      • Delivery of ______________ (live and through learning units)

      • Discussion Boards, Wikis, _____________________

      • Synchronous/Asynchronous ___________________

    1. “The question is no longer IF the Internet can transform learning in powerful ways.” (The Web-Based Education Commission)


Using Technology Responsibly: Best Practices for Safe and Savvy Technology Use

  1. Why Become Tech-Savvy?

    • College students rely heavily on technology for both _______________ and _____________ purposes

Laptops Netbooks MP3 Players Smart Phones
Tablets E-Readers Assistive Technology Devices

    • Near-constant access to technology

    • Need to accomplish many tasks _________________

    • Skills are more than just how to use it; need to be truly savvy about technology

  1. Why do you use technology? __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

  2. A Double-Edged Sword

    • Technology is so well-integrated into daily life that we may not realize its extent

    • Pros: ________________________________________________________
      Cons: ________________________________________________________

    • Technology’s benefits usually _______________________ its risks

    • However, serious problems can arise if you’re not _____________________________ when using technology

  3. Types of Technology-Related Risks

  4. If You Post It, They Will Find It

    • Anyone can find a lot of information about you online.

    • All it takes to find many details about you is…

      • The motivation and persistence to look for them

      • A small amount of prior knowledge about you

    • If you are ___________________ about online safety and security, they may also be able to access more ______________________________ information about you.

  5. What Can I Find Out About YOU?

Where you go to school

Who your friends are

Your favorite sports teams

What kind of car you drive

Where to find you on Tuesday evenings

Your sexual orientation

What you did last Saturday night

_________________ activities you’ve participated in

Who your family members are

Your favorite songs

Who your roommates are and whether you get along

Your favorite movies

Where you _________

You opinion of your teachers

Your ______________ and age

What you want for your birthday

Your political views

What causes/issues you support

Where you live

Your sense of humor

Where you shop

The brand of pizza you prefer

Where you are and what you’re doing _________________

How you’re doing in school

The people you admire

What you think of your _______

Which websites, books, and magazines you read

____________________ you’re going on vacation

Items you own and items you want to purchase

What you ________________

What you’re looking for in a significant other




And much more…



  1. Where Can I Find All This Information?

    • _____________________ sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google+)

    • Blogs (Blogger, Tumblr)

    • Personal websites

    • ________________ sites (YouTube, Instagram)

    • Dating sites (eHarmony, Match.com)

    • Online video games (Xbox Live, Steam)

    • Message boards (Any website with this feature)

    • _______________/registries (Amazon, Target, eBay)

    • File-sharing sites (BitTorrent)

    • ______________________ sites/services (Hulu, Netflix, Goodreads)

    • ___________________-related sites (Monster, CareerBuilder)

    • Business sites (Craigslist, Etsy, Roommates)

    • Other: Can you think of additional online resources where you may inadvertently be sharing more than you realize? ______________________________________________

  2. Potential Consequences of Irresponsible Technology Use

    • Disciplinary action from ___________________________________________

    • Losing a _________________________ or athletic eligibility

    • Stalking

    • Use of posted information as incriminating evidence in legal matters

    • __________________________________

    • Being passed over for new ______________ or internship

    • Disciplinary action from an employer, including ____________________________

  3. How can you deal with the risks inherent in using technology?

    • You can’t ______________ the risks, but you also can’t ______________ technology entirely.

    • The solution is to become “_________________” and technologically-______________

  4. From “Street Smart” to “Web Wise”

    • “Street smart” people…

      • Possess strong _____________________________

      • Have good __________________

      • Develop strong __________________________________ skills

      • Are _______________ of their environment, including the ___________ it may pose

      • Use their skills to make good decisions and minimize risks

    • “Web wise” is the internet version of “street smart”

  5. Becoming “Web Wise” and Tech-Savvy

    • Understand that being tech-savvy is about more than knowing ____________________ technology

    • Learn about technology-related risks

    • Take steps to ___________ or ______________ risks

    • Take _________________________ for your role as a member of the online community by being a good ________________________

    • Apply critical thinking skills and _____________________________ to all your technology-related actions

Tips for Becoming a “Web-Wise” & Tech-Savvy College Student

  1. Keep a Clean Machine

    • Use reputable security software and ensure that it scans for threats regularly

      • Anti-_________________

      • Anti-________________

      • Anti-_______________

    • Don’t ______________________________ security protocols

    • Keep security software up-to-date

    • Protect all devices that connect to the internet

    • Don’t forget about external devices like _______________________

  2. Connect with Caution

    • Access Wi-F- hotspots wisely

      • Pay attention to the networks you connect to

      • Set ___________________ privacy controls for ____________________ networks

      • Don’t conduct sensitive business on public Wi-Fi

    • Make sure you’re using secure sites for all _____________________________

    • Protect your accounts with strong passwords and additional identity-verification measures

  3. Create Strong Passwords

    • Minimum length of _________ characters

    • Include at least _____ different types of characters:
      Uppercase letters (A B C) Lowercase letters (a b c)
      Numbers (1 2 3) Symbols (@ & % ? * / + ~)

    • NO ___________________ information
      e.g., pet’s name, significant dates, favorite teams, etc.

    • NO dictionary words or ____________

    • NO reverse-spelled words or common ______________________
      e.g., regrubeseehc, LuvDaPir@tez1, 3L!z@b3t4

  4. Don’t Even Think About Using These Passwords…
    These are the 25 “Worst Passwords of 2012” as compiled by SplashData, a company that makes password management software
    password monkey iloveyou 123123 jesus
    123456 letmein trustno1 welcome michael
    12345678 dragon 1234567 shadow ninja
    abc123 111111 sunshine ashley mustang
    qwerty baseball master football password1

  5. More Password Tips

    • Change passwords regularly

    • Use a _________________ password for each account

    • Store passwords securely

      • Write it down and ________________________

      • Use a password manager

    • Do not share your password with anyone

    • Choose _________________________ and answers wisely

  6. Take Common-Sense Precautions

    • Check and customize your security and privacy settings

    • Never leave your technology _________________________

    • Always remember to ________________ of accounts on shared or public computers

    • Don’t open, download, or click on anything that looks even remotely _______________

    • _______________ your data often and store it securely

  7. Share Safely on Social Media

    • Consider _________________ others’ access to your social networking profiles

    • Don’t rely solely on __________________________ to protect your information

    • Make decisions about what to share (and what not to share) with a _________________

    • Learn to ____________________ your social media presence with a critical eye

  8. Be a Good Cyber-Citizen

    • Good citizenship

      • Becoming ________________________ and educated

      • Respeciting legitimate authority

      • Being __________________________________ to promote the welfare of the community and people within it

      • Treating your ___________________, yourself, and others with ________________ and helping those who need support as you are able

    • Good citizenship also applies to the global community as accessed through the internet

    • Understand your potential to impact others through your online actions

    • Respect ____________________________ in cyberspace as you would in everyday life, including ________________________________________________

    • Treat others in the online community with respect

      • If you wouldn’t say or do it ____________________, don’t say or do it ____________

      • The “Golden Rule” of social networking: Post about ____________ only as they would ____________________________________

      • Consider your _____________________ for posting about others

  9. The Bottom Line for Using Technology Responsibly

    • THINK before you ______________

    • THINK before you ________!

    • Ask yourself:

      • What are the ______________?

      • Why am I doing this? Would I want [name of specific relevant people] to see this?

      • Do these actions/words portray me _______________________________________?



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