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Art Website Launcher

Having a visual launcher is much easier for many people. Check this one out that is focused on art websites.

I really like this technique for giving children access to specific sites. The visual component is excellent whether you are doing a web based scavenger hunt, simply exploring some art creation sites, or doing a full blown webquest. Patti Rea had great input reminding that using (alt and tab) on windows and (apple and tab) on OS X you can quickly and easily move between an application, like PowerPoint or Classroom Suite, and the web. On the ICS activity exchange, my classmate Cynthia Levine and I posted an overlay that does just this. A Day’s Websites.

Download:
Art Website Launcher PDF

Art Website Launcher PowerPoint
Art Launcher Screenshot smaller

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August 21, 2007 - Posted by | Access, Accessibility, art, Assistive Technology

6 Comments »

  1. very cool, thanks for the info…

    Comment by edtajchman | August 21, 2007 | Reply

  2. There’s some other helpful AT technology tools you should check out:

    Spark-Space
    This tool is similar to the art website launcher because it allows you to take thoughts and ideas and create spider diagrams that can be used to build out web pages, documents, projects, and to link to websites.

    Universal Reader
    This tool can work with almost any application and for the web. You can read email, type WORD docs and browse web pages. You just tell it what you want it to read and click on the toolbar which will read the program or web page to you.

    ClaroRead Plus
    This program is similar to the Universal Reader only this product reads any program or web page back to you, will scan and convert pdf docs into text docs for you, make fonts and font sizes easier to read, and also comes with a talking calculator tool.

    It does seem like when you mix visual learning tools with the web younger students and those with disabilities find it easier to connect ideas with the pictures and AT tools they use, and as a result, can learn at a quicker pace.

    Thanks for sharing these website launcher links with us!

    Comment by Kathleen G., EnableMart | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  3. Kathleen, these look terrific and I am most eager to to an evaluation of Spark-Space. I am also very curious about EnableMart. I look forward to visiting with you folks next week. You and your team are so positive. Thanks for the info and encouragement.

    Comment by alltogether | October 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. No problem. Thank you for your dedication to AT related topics and getting the word out about these helpful tools and resources for teachers and those with disabilities! The more forums and blogs like yours that are on the web regarding these topics, the more resources people have to find the best tools to meet their needs. That is also the primary goal of EnableMart, to tear down any barriers that might restrict people from living their lives, and to promote the use of Assistive Technology and Assistive Living devices and aids. Thank you for your kind words, and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Comment by Kathleen G. | October 22, 2007 | Reply

  5. hi i love your blog

    Comment by s | August 31, 2008 | Reply

  6. Thanks S. That means a lot coming from you!

    Comment by alltogether | August 31, 2008 | Reply


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