Assistive Technology and Accessibility Resources
Educational Technology Guy
MARCH 2, 2016
I've been working on a resource document that has resoures on Assistive Technology and Accessibility and thought I would share it here: Related: More Accessibility Resources Google Accessibility Features and Resources -. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. accessibility assistive technology google accessibility
Enhancing education with assistive technology
DECEMBER 22, 2016
Products that help prepare students for life beyond K12 Ray Bendici The ever-increasing pace and variety of technological developments continues to be a challenge for K12 assistive technology products
3 Ways Assistive Technology is Helping Students with Dyslexia
SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Dyslexia is Less of a Challenge Than it Once was Thanks to These Technological Advances It’s a number that tends to jumps out at you: one in every five students has dyslexia. That means. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].
15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities
TeachThought - Learn better.
MAY 19, 2015
15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities. One tool to help students with disabilities even in the face of a special education teacher shortage is assistive technology. Today, assistive technology can help students with certain disabilities learn more effectively. Text-To-Speech Assistive Tools. Kurzweil 3000.
Think "Out of the Box" Assistive Technology #SXSWedu
MARCH 7, 2012
Microsoft has been working with Kinect technology and autistic students. Technology removes barriers and helps them interact with the world. assistive technology special education specialed sxswedu Notes from SXSWedu 2012 panel discussion/concurrent session. Differentiation techniques for sped or GT students work with ALL kids; when you learn methods to use with students who have special learning needs, you learn how to best teach all children. Gaming has the expectation that you will not always be right the first time. It promotes continuous learning.
Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
usually point people in the direction of the collaborative SLP Apps List (top of my blog), but from now on I am also going to be recommending Joan Green''s The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education as a great resource book for those starting out with iPads (or other technology) for clinical use. What do you recommend?" adults books consultation UDL
Assistive Technology with MakeyMakey
Cycles of Learning
JULY 28, 2016
As the video so clearly demonstrates, the MakeyMakey is an engaging piece of technology with incredible potential as a tool for budding inventors. Tom was inspired by MakeyMakey's potential as an assistive technology tool to help empower students with Physical Disabilities. Pictures of a few different assistive technology prototypes from are shown below.
Tech-ing up Communication Books
DECEMBER 21, 2016
apps assistive technology consultation curriculum connections descriptionI read a helpful post this week on Edutopia- 15 Questions to Replace "How was School Today?" , which I think is a good resource to share with parents. Google Docs is available so many ways I am not going to provide a link (via the web or apps for any device) and most districts provide accounts to educators.
How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers
Ditch That Textbook
MARCH 28, 2016
Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readersI’m a huge fan of creating custom resources for student learning. We, as teachers, know exactly what our students need much better than a textbook company hundreds or thousands of miles away.
Voice Typing in Google Docs
APRIL 19, 2016
Thank you to both associations and membership groups for extremely warm welcomes! A key strategy within assistive technology is using what one already has. Now, speech-to-text works variably based on how students speak, but they can learn strategies to be more successful with dictation if it can be an assistive tool given their profiles. Oh, my, It's been a busy month!
Read and Write for iPad
JANUARY 23, 2016
The path to getting assistive technology accommodations in the hands of students that need it is not always clear, so it is helpful for as many educators as possible to know about available (and free) tools such as this! To learn more about emerging research on the benefits of text to speech technologies, see this helpful article. Text to speech remains free "forever."
Some TED Talks of interest to SLPs and Language Folks
JULY 24, 2014
TED Talks have long been one of my favorite ways to take in some new info- these short (varying from 5-20 min) presentation recordings are created at Technology-Entertainment (the E should be Education for as much as these talks address that area)-Design conferences around the world and feature leading researchers and creative people speaking on important topics. TED Talks are naturally facilitated by technology as they are available on YouTube and the free TED app. assistive technology professional development social pragmatics video vocabulary
Assistive Technology Course Using Arduino & MakeyMakey: From Design to Delivery
Cycles of Learning
JANUARY 20, 2017
The ability to repurpose everyday objects to interact differently with a keyboard, as well as the ability to program and interact with a myriad of different online modules using physical, tactile objects, opens up a world of possibilities for creating Assistive Technology. curiosity Design Inquiry Robotics STEM Technologyimmediately contacted Tom, and shared my ideas with him.
iPad Essentials: Speak Screen and Speech Options in iOS 8
JANUARY 8, 2015
Many people are not aware of the many assistive technology (and engagement-enhancing) features that are built into the brain of the iPad--iOS, its operating system. assistive technology auditory comprehension ipad essentials literacy iOS 8 has added a new iPad Essential - improved ease of use of text-to-speech tools. First, you will need to turn on the feature: 1.
Read Works Provides Access to Handy Text Passages
MARCH 12, 2016
assistive technology curriculum connections discourse graphic organizers HS later elementary MS reading comprehension sentence formulation text structureExpository text passages are handy for language intervention. There's a lot you can teach with a passage as a context! So, where to get the contexts? Check out Readworks and sign up for a free account.
What does an image lead to.?
AUGUST 9, 2016
This past year I was involved with a productive assistive technology and language consultation regarding a student who LOVED to be in all of his classes. adults apps assistive technology association auditory comprehension categories concepts context curriculum connections description early elementary HS later elementary MS narrative visual teachingamong others).
Paper>Digital Paper>Annotated Paper
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
assistive technology visual teachingIt used to be that taking the paper out of the "worksheet" equation involved several apps, usually at cost- one to scan and one to "annotate" or write/draw on the paper. because of difficulty writing or the need for speech-to-text or text-to-speech). You can then share the completed work to Google Drive or other locations.
Create Narrated Slide or Video Shows with Videolicious
JULY 13, 2013
articulation assistive technology auditory comprehension context curriculum connections digital storytelling discourse graphic organizers story grammar text structure videos I am giving a session on Digital Storytelling in speech and language intervention at today''s ASHA Schools conference in Long Beach, CA, and thought I would feature one of my favorite tools in this genre.
Do We Have a Subscription to.(Part 2)
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
In the last post, I discussed how the beginning of the school year is a good time to acquaint yourself with any technology resources offered by your school district, as many do not realize the benefits subscription-based services can provide. apps assistive technology categories cause-effect concepts context curriculum connections description HS MS science
More on mapping expository texts through tech, Part 3
NOVEMBER 4, 2016
Inspiration in all its versions is particularly appropriate for upper elementary through adult learners, and is often recommended as an Assistive Technology (AT) tool. adults apps assistive technology categories cause-effect compare-contrast consultation context curriculum connections description discourse executive function graphic organizers HS MS text structure
Annotating Photos in iOS 10
JANUARY 14, 2017
assistive technology categories context curriculum connections executive function images iOS ipad essentials naming visual teachingAnnotating a photo, or marking it up with text, highlights or shapes has many uses in language, social and executive function therapy. have previously written about this topic with regard to Skitch. So, Skitch is no more, and though its functions were incorporated in Evernote, getting to them is almost too complicated to talk about here. But first, some bad news. recommend the Gazelle service, which provides you with cash for trade-ins of old devices.
Meeting the Tech Needs of Disabled Students
MARCH 31, 2015
Hayes Schools find there is no one-size-fits-all approach to assistive technology. By Heather B. Access Points Classroom Cloud Mobile Apps Mobility Networking
Read and Write for Google
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
assistive technology vocabulary writing In honor of the just-concluded ATIA Conference in Florida, which I didn''t make it to this year, I thought I''d feature a helpful tech tool for you as an educator- and one which you might be in the position to recommend for your students. not on an iPad, though Text Help just released an iPad app that I will need to explore).
Year-Round Resources for Autism
APRIL 14, 2016
Photo credit: Jayne Clare Jayne Clare Assistive Technology Autism superheroes and "talking" Bluetooth-enabled stuffed animals are among the resources for helping children on the autism spectrum understand their differences and communicate with others
Book Review- The Practical (and fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: Building or Improving Your District’s AT Team
JUNE 16, 2011
Chris Bugaj and his colleague Sally Norton-Darr have penned an informative (and indeed, fun to read) guide to the role of Assistive Technology (AT) and its practitioners in the school setting. Where to look to learn more about Assistive Technology. It was great to be able to read it and use the annotation features while preparing for this review. books consultation
Visuals and Movement are Key to Science-based Language
FEBRUARY 17, 2017
assistive technology association context curriculum connections discourse HS MS narrative text structure videos visual teachingThis website is 7 years old this month! Thanks for reading! I'm taking off for school vacation next week, so see you in March. We often choose science assignments as a context, as weekly he has to complete activities like reading a chapter and "taking notes."
Design Challenge: DIY Assistive Game Controllers
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
Photo credit: Mobile Digital Arts Matthew Farber Assistive Technology Here are four of many possible ways for transforming standard video games into assistive technology tools that students of any ability can enjoy
Teach students about technology they can use for college, careers
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Encourage staff to teach students these strategies, too, to strengthen their learning and studying habits, says a presenter at the National Future of Education Technology Conference. More… Uncategorized assistive technology college and career readiness digital tools interactive whiteboards notetaking toolsBy Jennifer Herseim, Special Ed Connection® FETC 2017: Do you take a picture or audio record a note on your phone to remember important information?
Google Apps and Chromebooks for Special Education and Special Needs
Educational Technology Guy
JULY 16, 2015
Chromebooks and Google Apps are excellent assistive technology (AT) that help students with special needs access curriculum and information. Google Chrome and Assistive Technology Applications - great article with a lot of resources and tips on using Chrome to assist students with vision, hearing, physical, communication, and learning challenges. SpeakIt!
Research lacks evidence on device use, apps for young children
JANUARY 5, 2017
More… Uncategorized assistive technology children with disabilities digital media ed-tech apps mobile learning devicesBy Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® Mobile media devices are quickly becoming the preferred choice for use in children’s learning because of their screen size, portability, ability to stream content, interactive capabilities, and decreased cost. But little research is known about their effectiveness in both the general education and special education populations, said Sharon Judge, professor of special education at Old Dominion University.
AT lending library: Create ‘hub’ of innovative technology with these tips
MARCH 24, 2016
Gain practical advice for how to set up and operate an assistive technology lending library based on what’s working in two large districts in California and Michigan. Uncategorized assistive tech assistive technology AT ed tech edtech education technologyBy Jennifer Herseim, Special Ed Connection ®.
Notes adds simple but powerful tools in iOS 9
OCTOBER 9, 2015
apps assistive technology consultation visual teachingThe new operating system for iOS devices, iOS 9, came out several weeks ago. It's always a good idea to wait a while before updating (remember, all updates are free) so that Apple can work out the bugs that often persist past the "beta testing" phase.
Free Webinar: Options for eText: Facilitating Access and Comprehension Through Electronic Text
AUGUST 24, 2016
This webinar will be especially relevant for general and special education teachers, related service providers (SLP, OT), technology specialists, and administrators. assistive technology professional development reading comprehension UDLedWeb recently hosted a Webinar in which I discussed resources related to electronic text, sponsored by Mobile Education Store, creator of great apps such as Conversation Builder and Crack the Books. This webinar and many others are available to you for free on the edWeb site.
Thirteen Writing-with-Tech Tips You Don’t Want to Miss
Ask a Tech Teacher
MAY 27, 2016
Here are thirteen of the top writing-with-tech tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing. Revision Assistant–the Most Comprehensive Virtual Writing Assistant Available for Students. Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.
10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students
DECEMBER 16, 2015
In other words, educators need more than just assistive technology to create a UDL-friendly online course. Currently, many students with disabilities utilize technology such as screen readers, close-captioned videos, seating arrangements and a test environment that minimizes distractions that contribute to their success in higher education,” note the authors.
Identify tools, strategies to reduce cognitive load associated with notetaking
APRIL 7, 2016
student with ADHD, for example, may complain, “It’s taking all my brain power just to stay focused, I don’t have the energy left for taking notes,” explained Shelley Haven , assistive technology consultant. More… Uncategorized assistive tech assistive technology AT ed tech edtech education technology Educational technologyBy Jennifer Herseim, Special Ed Connection ® For some students with learning disabilities, dysgraphia, or attention issues it’s often too demanding to listen and take notes at the same time.
Add Custom Keyboards to your iPad in iOS 8
JANUARY 22, 2015
assistive technology ipad essentials iOS 8, among other enhancements, brought the ability to add 3rd party keyboards to the operating system. Previously, though some modifications of the keyboard were possible, we had little choice in customizing keyboards for use with learners of different ages and styles. With iOS 8, keyboards are searchable and downloadable from the App Store.