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Teaching by Design: Using Your Computer to Create Materials for Students With Learning Differences [Paperback]

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Pages   334
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2005
Publisher   Woodbine House
ISBN  1890627437  
EAN  9781890627430  

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TEACHING BY DESIGN grew out of the author's personal need. Her daughter, Ashley, has multiple disabilities that affect her visual, language, and motor skills. Kim shares her excitement for using the computer to solve the puzzle of Ashley's disabilities, enabling readers to learn to do the same. She stresses the importance of presentation and demystifies for the reader how design variables - images, type style, and layout -- can affect learning.This innovative, practical book teaches how to use computer graphics programs (Microsoft PowerPoint, FreeHand, Illustrator, AppleWorks and CorelDraw ) to create, design, and adapt educational materials for people with profound to moderate developmental disabilities of all ages. A companion CD-rom included in the book provides dozens of timesaving graphic templates that give designers a head start in the process. More than 30 recipes provide easy, step-by-step instructions for creating dynamic, customizable materials, such as a Game Spinner, Telling-Time Worksheet, and Flash Cards. Creating materials requires basic computer skills that many readers may already have or can easily learn. The book is organized into the following sections: Graphic design considerations: How presentation variables (images, layout, type-style) affect learning. Graphic skills, programs, and resources: Tips on using specific graphics programs; where to find images and buy art supplies and materials. Recipes: step-by-step instructions. Each recipe indicates: o What Materials You'll Need (Arts & Craft Supplies; Software; Hardware) o Level of Difficulty (Most are Simple) o The Skills to Teach: What areas of learning can be addressed with the finished product -- visual perception, math, language, communication, reading, handwriting, or self-help. CD-Rom: Includes ready-to-use graphics templates to use in the projects described or to adapt into something new

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kimberly S. Voss is the author of School Fonts for Beginning Writing and Transitional Fonts for Emerging Writers, published by Mayer-Johnson. She has nearly two decades of experience modifying and creating materials to teach her daughter to read, write, spell, and communicate. She speaks nationally on the use of computer technology in special education and rehabilitation. Voss lives with her husband and three daughters in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Good Resource  Jul 28, 2007
The book is a good resource for teachers who are interested in creating their own curriculum materials for students. If the teacher is already fairly computer savvy, the most useful parts of the book may be where to purchase materials like the flash card stock, or similar items that aren't easily available in the local office supply store.
I was slightly disappointed when I received the book to see that, for me at least, there was not a lot of new information. I have been making my own materials for my classroom (including flash cards and card games) since I started teaching.
In order to successfully follow many of the ideas here, you will need a source of clipart such as Microsoft Office's clip-art on-line, or Boardmaker (Mac CD) (there is a Windows version available as well, but this site does not seem to sell it). It would also be helpful to have access to a scanner, digital camera, and a good quality printer. Ideally, the teacher or parent using this book will know how to use products like Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, and Microsoft Publisher 2007 or Word, or another desktop publishing program like Adobe PageMaker 7.0, for example.
A straightforward "how-to" guide to quickly and easily crafting customized educational tools   Mar 6, 2006
Teaching By Design: Using Your Computer To Create Materials For Students With Learning Differences is a straightforward "how-to" guide to quickly and easily crafting customized educational tools with the resources of a basic personal computer at one's disposal. Written especially for teachers working with students who have learning disabilities or impairments, Teaching by Design covers how to control variables in font size, images, and layout, why larger font isn't always better, a smorgasbord of easy-to-make projects ranging from color/shape/size lotto to interactive spelling cards to fill-in-the-blank word magnets and decals, and much more. The materials presented are designed to make learning as easy and intuitive as possible without excess distractions, and as such are applicable to all children whether learning disables or not. An accompanying CD-ROM of templates to simplify the process rounds out this invaluable, user-friendly resource recommended especially for instructors, but also useful to parents and lay people looking for educational games to play with developing young minds.
Great resources!!!  Feb 20, 2006
Excellent templates and web site resources.....better if you have a graphics program like Illustrator, CorelDRAW 0r Freehand.

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