Strategies for Using Web 2.0 with your Students

Blogs, Podcasts, Wikis, and Webcasts are a part of the Internet: The great equalizer... No one knows that the author of a post or podcast does or does not have a disability.

Ideas for using these technologies with your students (please post your ideas here, too!):


  • A student who writes a post or comments with an expanded keyboard, word prediction, or using symbol supports, looks just like someone who uses a traditional keyboard to the reader. Products like Co:Writer, Clicker 5, Intellitalk 3 and Speaking Dynamically Pro can produce written output that can be posted to a blog.


  • Talkr is a free software product that turns traditional text posts to a blog into synthesized speech podcasts that can be accessed by students with visual impairments or auditory learners. (Or just those of us who have more time to listen on the run than read multiple blog posts!)
  • Many AAC devices have very high-quality synthesized speech. Having a student who is an AAC user as a part of a podcast can be effective and powerful!
  • Video podcasts can be recorded by any student, regardless of disability level. (See webcast for more information)
  • Great for students who frequently miss school due to health-related reasons...record lecture and activity for HS students!


  • Consider buying an inexpensive webcam, and programming an Intellikeys keyboard and overlay to record video. This makes shooting video a simple process, regardless of disability.

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