Learning Disabilities – Using new technologies in teaching

Assessment for learning: digital tools for effective practice.
Sally Betts & Clark Alastair. Leicester, UK: NIACE, 2008.
»Practical advice on how to use digital tools to identify where pupils are in their learning, what they need to do next, and how best to achieve this.

Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful Web tools for classrooms. 3rd ed.

Will Richardson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2010.
»This book provides practical advice on using the Web for education. Written mainly for K-12 teachers, it includes how-to steps for teaching with blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, social bookmarking, online photo galleries, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Digital storytelling: capturing lives, creating community. 3rd ed.

Joe Lambert. Berkeley, Calif.: Digital Diner Press, 2009.
»Looks at ways digital media can facilitate storytelling.

Digital storytelling cookbook.
Joe Lambert. Berkeley, CA: Digital Diner Press, 2010.
»Introductory chapters available online http://www.storycenter.org/cookbook.pdf
A practical guide to digital storytelling.

Digital storytelling in the classroom: new media pathways to literacy, learning, and creativity.

Jason Ohler. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2008.
»This book presents a detailed approach to using digital technology to teach creative storytelling.

Digital storytelling workshop at Douglas College. (DVD)
New Westminster, BC: Douglas College, 2011.
»This DVD briefly describes the rationale behind the digital storytelling workshop organized by Helen Dempster and Nevin Massing at Douglas College. Includes the benefits to students in creating digital stories.

E-learning for adults with learning difficulties.
Yola Jacobsen. Leicester, UK: NIACE, 2007.
»This practical guide shows how to use technology to help learners with learning disabilities have more control over their learning environment, increase motivation and involvement, support choice-making and communication skills, and learn skills for everyday life. Written with the needs of tutors in mind.

Empower English language learners with tools from the Web.
Lori Langer de Ramirez. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2010.
»This book looks at the use of blogs, wikis, podcasts, YouTube, TeacherTube, Flickr and VoiceThread in teaching English language learners.

Handheld technologies for mobile learning.
Di Dawson. Leicester, UK: NIACE. 2007.
»Explores the potential of mobile phones, MP3 players and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) for use in adult educational experiences.

Literacy and digital storytelling. (DVD)
Michelle Lebeau. Squamish, BC: Sea to Sky Freenet Association, 2011.
»This resource is a brief digital story about creating digital stories. It describes a workshop with Colin Ford and how learners became involved in creating digital stories. The DVD is intended for use with tutors, teachers and practitioners, to raise awareness of the effectiveness of combining the strength of storytelling with the power of digital technologies.

Podcasting: Educational examples. (Online)
Columbia, Missouri: eMINTS, 2004.
Available at http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00001936.shtml
»Clear examples of how to use mobile recording devices such as MP3s and iPods to enhance learning applications for learners with visual and auditory processing difficulties.

Preliminary findings on social media and literacy of students in adult special education: an exploratory study.
Teresa Morishita. Richmond, BC: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 2011.
»A brief progress report on a research project on the personal experiences of post-secondary students with learning disabilities who use social media. Also outlines the improvement of the Kwantlen Access Programs for People with Disabilities (APPD) website in line with universal design principles.

Screens and pages: technology and reading for pleasure.
Sal McKeown, Mary Moss & Tracy Slawson. Leicester, UK: NIACE, 2009.
»This book looks at how technology such as blogs, wikis, RSS feeds and social networking sites can be used to support and encourage reading for pleasure. It also shows how to use technology to make reading more accessible.

Supporting adult learners with dyslexia: harnessing the power of technology.
Sally McKeown. Leicester, UK: NIACE, 2006.
»Written for tutors, this small book is packed with practical advice and tips on using technology to enhance learning for those with dyslexia.

The technology toolbelt for teaching.
Susan Manning & Kevin E. Johnson. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
»This book shows how to integrate technology into lessons and offers information about common technologies, explaining the purposes they serve and how they can be most effectively used in online or face-to-face classrooms. Each chapter features a decision making matrix to help instructors decide on whether or not a tool is really needed.

Web 2.0 how-to for educators.
Gwen Soloman & Lynne Schrum. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education, 2010.
»Exploring current online collaborative tools (including blogs, wikis, and social networking) and Web 2.0 applications (including Skype, Google, Wordle), this book describes what the tool is, when it should be used, why it is useful, who is using it, how you can use the tool, and where you can find additional resources.

Welcome to computers for ESL students, 2nd edition: Windows XP version.
Olivia Adendorff & Lois Wooden. El Sobrante, CA: Labyrinth Learning, 2009.
And Welcome to computers for ESL students 2nd ed. Workbook.
»Designed for ESL students with at least a low-intermediate reading proficiency, this textbook covers the basics of using a computer that runs Windows XP. Includes exercises and covers Word 2007 and file management. Conversation exercises add an ESL instruction element, otherwise a basic introduction to computer use for anyone. Workbook focuses on language skills.

Wired for learning: an educator’s guide to Web 2.0.
Terry T. Kidd & Irene L. Chen (Eds.) Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2009.
»This book contains a series of articles about using Web 2.0 technology including podcasts, digital stories, virtual reality and wikis in teaching. It is not a collection of activities using Web 2.0 technology, but a more academic approach, including research and issues.