Using Text to Speech Technology for High School Students with Reading and Language DeficitsNorthwest Passage:Journal of Educational Practices. Spring 2009, Volume 7, Number 1. Leon Reisberg, Ed.D., Breann Vanden Bos, M.A.Ed.
Teachers often struggle to provide content information to students with reading deficits. This study examines the use of a free, text to speech program, ReadPlease with students enrolled in a high school, World Cultures class. The seven high school students in this study had reading deficits that limited their ability to read course textbooks and other materials. Results showed that the students improved in assignment completion and scores when using the speech to text program.
Leon Reisberg, Ed.D. April/May, 2009
Technology for Struggling Readers: Closing the Gap
One of the most difficult problems facing middle and secondary school teachers today is that many students come to class without the necessary skills to read and comprehend the written materials placed before them (Snow, 2002). Textbooks and other print-based materials often provide the foundation for many courses in K -12 education and teachers frequently expect students to read and comprehend these materials independently (Davey, 1988; Schug, 1997; Williams, 1998).
10 Years of Technology Program ReviewsLeon Reisberg, Terry Hippenhammer, Conn McQuinn
For the past 10 years, the Puget Sound Educational Service District has conducted Technology Program Reviews in local school districts. This study reviewed the findings of these reviews and detailed the changes and progress made.
Technology Integration - A SnapshotLeon Reisberg, Terry Hippenhammer, Conn McQuinn
In Spring 2009, a survey was distributed to instructional technology directors of school districts in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The survey was completed by directors at 23 districts. The results of this wide ranging survey were first presented at the Technology Forum at the Puget Sound ESD in October, 2009. The accompanying Powerpoint presents the findings.
Successful Inclusion: Teaching Social Skills Through Curriculum IntegrationGregory J. Williams and Leon Reisberg
Meeting the instructional needs of exceptional students in general education classrooms is a complex process. The typical, traditional curriculum used in general education classrooms may not address these students' unique needs, particularly in the areas of behavioral and social skills. This article presents a model for teaching social and behavioral skills in the context of the general curriculum and presents the Violence is Preventable infusion approach.