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Improving Accessibility Often Falls to Faculty. Here’s What They Can Do.

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But a common problem prevented that: some faculty have been slow to catch up with technological advances, and many wait until students ask for accomodations rather than having accessible materials from the start. “I I think the onus is still placed on the student with a disability” to ensure they have learning materials that they can benefit and learn from, says Kwong. That’s especially concerning to her, given assistive technologies alone won’t always help.

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

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“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. This is a list of kids I need to check in with, maybe because they’re learning the English language, or because I’ve observed something where they need a little more help,” Kaswell said. Kaswell’s class is known as the STEAM lab, for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. And the reason is, everyone has access to it.

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Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

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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). The technology behind the cooking rats in “Ratatouille” and the dancing penguins in “Happy Feet” could help bridge stubborn academic gaps between deaf and hearing students. That reading deficit slows their learning in every other subject.

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now

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This quick move to emergency remote teaching has left educators scrambling to figure out how to use digital tools, online resources, and apps to continue their teaching at a distance. Unfortunately, across the board, educators have not been prepared to teach well with technology, let alone teach remotely with technology. In some teacher preparation programs, pre-service teachers are not provided with any opportunities to engage with technology in meaningful ways.

An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

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The participants: Large district: Dr. Daryl Diamond, Director of Innovative Learning, Broward County Public Schools, FL. How do you approach purchasing education technology tools? They not only look at how the product would fit with their learning standards and curriculum, but the product must also work within their LMS. Noakes emphasized that the process must include an equity assessment—can all of the students and teachers access the tech outside of school?

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

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Not only did Caleb never return to his local school, but he learned little throughout his elementary, middle and high school years — which included hundreds of hours struggling through computer lessons in math, science and social studies. 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. At school, he uses an online program called MobyMax.