3 Ways Assistive Technology Supports Students with Disabilities

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By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Thanks to tools from tech giants such as Microsoft, students with disabilities are flourishing. Classroom Digital Content Personalized Learning Software

Assistive Technology Course Using Arduino & MakeyMakey: From Design to Delivery

Cycles of Learning

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.

6 emerging technology trends ready to revolutionize special education

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The director of the Simon Technology Center at the PACER Center shares a list of of exciting developments in the assistive technology field. More… Uncategorized 3D printing assistive technology children with disabilities communication apps education technology trends

Top Tech Tools for Kids Who Struggle to Read and Write

The CoolCatTeacher

Tuesday, September 26, 2017. So Brian, when someone is struggling, and you’re trying to use technology… Let’s talk about some of your favorite tools. Again, it’s another technology. They want to use technology, but it just makes them feel so dumb!

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Innovative Communication Techniques for Individuals with Autism

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The VIS uses technology to show visual symbols, maintain children’s attention, and provide compelling multimedia language instruction. Wearable technology, like the Apple Watch, allows for discrete support that is there whenever the individual needs it.

Mobile Tech Resources for People with Aphasia

SpeechTechie

apps assistive technologyJune is Aphasia Awareness Month!

Technology, data help Missouri district provide ‘engaging, relevant, personal’ education

FETC Converge

Phyllis Wolfram, executive director of special programs, shares the technology that’s making it possible. More… Uncategorized assistive technology children with disabilities data collection K-12 tech tools for administratorsBy Jennifer Herseim, Special Ed Connection® Springfield Public Schools uses adaptive diagnostic tools and special education software to analyze data in a meaningful way for staff and students.

Social Play With Amazon Echo Dot

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The Echo Dot ($49.99) accesses Alexa, Amazon's "virtual personal assistant." As usual, the technology can just provide a context to work on communication skills. assistive technology auditory comprehension context interactives social pragmatics social thinking

Make a "BIG" Visual Support

SpeechTechie

A takeaway I always emphasize in my workshops is that we can use technology in simple ways to engage. adults apps articulation assistive technology visual teachingVisual supports are key to our work.

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Shift to capacity-building AT model to stretch resources further

FETC Converge

By Jennifer Herseim, Special Ed Connection® Few districts have enough dedicated assistive technology staff to handle the growing demand for assistive technology requests. More… Uncategorized assistive technology AT model AT tips children with disabilities IEPConsider shifting from a student-centered AT service delivery model to a capacity-building one, sources say. Here’s how.

Visuals and Movement are Key to Science-based Language

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How to create accessible e-learning design

Neo LMS

Many visually-impaired people use screen readers or other forms of assistive technology to navigate web pages, and heading tags are easier to interpret by such technology. In a recent post I touched upon the subject of designing for accessibility in e-learning.

A Handy Visual on How Cutting Edge Technology is Redefining Education for Students with Disabilities

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

November 9, 2017 Here is a handy visual from University of Cincinnati highlighting some of the ways assistive technologies are transforming the ways students with disabilities learn in different.read more. infographic

Summer Reading, Part 2

SpeechTechie

So, since my technology was failing me, or I was failing within it, I bought a Kindle. assistive technology executive function professional development reading comprehension

With 3D Technology, Special Education Students Can Focus on Content—Not Access

Edsurge

That was the confounding question assistive technology specialist Neal McKenzie faced a year and a half ago from one of the 100-plus visually impaired students he helps in the classrooms of Northern California’s Sonoma County. Along the way he has amassed a wealth of knowledge that can help special ed teachers—indeed, all educators—incorporate 3D design and technology into their curriculum, with a meaningful impact on student learning. “What’s an ox?”

Assistive tech or consumer tech? A funding issue for schools, states, private insurers

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By Jennifer Herseim, Special Ed Connection® As the lines between mainstream and assistive technology blur, it can create some confusion about funding sources for AT. More… Uncategorized assistive technology children with disabilities insurance iPad learning appsLearn about several funding issues affecting states, private insurers, and schools.

Paper>Digital Paper>Annotated Paper

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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.

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Organize yourself (and maybe others) via Google Keep

SpeechTechie

Students may also have access to Keep (or you can request the administrator to "turn it on," and it therefore provides another assistive tech possibility within their existing Google Accounts. assistive technology consultation Google productivity

Research lacks evidence on device use, apps for young children

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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.

Annotating Photos in iOS 10

SpeechTechie

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. I 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.

Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands. Can teachers figure out how best to use it?

The Hechinger Report

“A lot of people worry that technology will take the place of the teacher, but I think it’s exactly the opposite,” said math teacher Kaswell. Kaswell’s class is known as the STEAM lab, for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

How to ReMake Your Classroom and Inspire Hands-On Learning in the New Year

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Make Magazine —filled with DIY technology projects and inspiration. As an instructional facilitator for technology in Loudoun County, Virginia, he encourages schools to weave Making into all subjects, instead of relegating it to a single STEM class. Assistive technology specialist, Neal MacKenzie, has seen firsthand how collaborative Making creates more equitable learning experiences in all kinds of classrooms.

Could Amazon deliver your next prescription?

The Christensen Institute

It can do this by hitching a ride with another disruptive technology that is already reaching previously neglected populations with convenient access to care. Telemedicine (the use of telecommunications technology to evaluate, diagnose and/or treat patients in remote locations) holds promise for Amazon as an entrypoint into the pharmacy market, and as a vehicle to carry the company upmarket. This piece was originally published in The Health Care Blog.

How a Blind Student Who Felt Locked Out of STEM Classes Challenged—and Changed—Her University

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The agreement also calls for the university to perform an accessibility audit of its technology, hire or designate an official to coordinate access issues, and create a grievance process for “vision-related disability issues” for times when students feel an accommodation is not effective. Tim Ferebee, acting assistive technology coordinator at Northern Virginia Community College, says that he sees the same problem on his campus with math and science courseware.

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What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?

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And print-disabled users can use assistive technologies to read scanned books that might otherwise be difficult if not impossible to find in accessible formats. And while Google vastly improved its scanning technology as the project went along, it wasn’t ultimately able to resolve a persistent cultural challenge: how to balance copyright and fair use and keep everybody—authors, publishers, scholars, librarians—satisfied.

Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students is ‘hurting their future’

The Hechinger Report

I understand getting assistance and things explained to me differently, but why weren’t we doing the same stuff?”. “I’m The goal of the class is to introduce students to technology. Mark Nelson poses for a photo at Citrus College in Glendora, California.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

The Hechinger Report

They are often placed in separate classrooms within public schools and spend large numbers of hours on computers using technology that is not aligned with their specific needs. Related: Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands.

Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

The Hechinger Report

Matt Huenerfauth (right), director of the Linguistic and Assistive Technologies Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology, records video and motion-capture data from someone performing American Sign Language (ASL).

Create a Dyslexia-Friendly Environment in Your School

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Principals should make sure teachers get the training they need to use the assistive technology. “If According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 80% of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia.

9 Stylish and State-of-the-Art School Supplies

Fractus Learning

RE-vibe Vibration Reminder Wristband Help your child stay on track with the innovative technology of RE-vibe Vibration Reminder Wristband. It was developed by a school psychologist as an assistive technology for students with ADHD and autism but is a helpful tool for any student.

25 Essential Teacher Supplies for a Savvy School Year

Fractus Learning

Guided Reading Strips are an assistive technology ideal for reading and comprehension.

ESSA Plans: How Are States Improving Technology in the Classroom?

Leadership Lounge

Here at the Center for Digital Education, many IT vendors have expressed interest in understanding the prospective technology procurement activities summarized in the recently published ESSA plans. They include discussions of self-selected accountability measures, state-specific education standards and prospective plans for information technology procurement. Technology Trends. In analyzing these plans we found three noteworthy technology-related trends.

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How Tablet Games Can Teach Skills to Students with Visual Impairments

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Schultz has taken a career in building special needs software and games for people who are blind or have low vision into ObjectiveEd, a new endeavor at a time when investor interest in educational tools and investor interest in assistive technology are apparently on the rise.