Improve Reading Comprehension with Text-to-Speech: iPad Multi-Sensory Reading

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Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education

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If I were to make an FAQ page--I can''t think of questions that I get asked frequently enough to form a critical mass--one that would be there would go something like: "We just got an iPad. accessibility features available within MS Office or iWork).

Mac's Accessibility Features Teachers Should Know About

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

After we have learned about the different accessibility features embedded in iPad we move to Mac and show you what it offers in terms of assistive technology to help students with learning.read more.

iPad Essentials: Speak Screen and Speech Options in iOS 8

SpeechTechie

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. iOS 8 has added a new iPad Essential - improved ease of use of text-to-speech tools.

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Read and Write for iPad

SpeechTechie

With Read and Write for iPad , these features become accessible.on Although iOS has text to speech built in through the "Speak Screen" accessibility feature , having the keyboard available will make the option of having text read aloud more visual and "at your fingertips."

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Add Custom Keyboards to your iPad in iOS 8

SpeechTechie

You will need to enable Full Access in order for the keyboard to work. In this way you can have Keedogo available when you want it, and switch to the grown-up keyboard when using the iPad yourself. assistive technology ipad essentials

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Access Your Stuff with Parallels Access

Kathy Schrock

Parallels Access screenshot Parallels Access is the coolest new program for your iPad and your Mac or Windows computer! It allows you to work with all of the programs that are on your computer on your iPad! Parallels calls it "applifying", since the programs run full screen on the iPad, but also allow you to use tapping, pinching, swiping, and scrolling as if you were using an iPad app! When tapping, the taps are right on, even on the iPad Mini!

Highlights from Day 1 of iPad Summit Boston – from Beth

EdTechTeacher

nABLEing All Learners with iPad and Apple Watch. Luis Perez did a fantastic talk about making Assistive Technology (AT) HIP (Hope – Independence – Passion). Apple’s commitment to accessibility even extends to its latest device: the Apple Watch.

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Free Webinar: Options for eText: Facilitating Access and Comprehension Through Electronic Text

SpeechTechie

Options for eText: Facilitating Access and Comprehension Through Electronic Text Presented by Sean Sweeney, Speech-Language Pathologist/Instructional Tech Specialist Sponsored by MES Publishing Watch the Webinar Recording If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate , join the Everyone CAN! With the advent and proliferation of mobile devices available to students and teachers has come a wide range of options for accessing text.

Social Play With Amazon Echo Dot

SpeechTechie

The Echo Dot ($49.99) accesses Alexa, Amazon's "virtual personal assistant." Using Echo Dot involves a simple setup through an app on your phone or iPad, mostly to get it connected to Wifi, and then you are good to go. I have to admit I bought an Echo Dot because I hate birds.

Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility

Marketplace K-12

After years of questioning the accessibility of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader , the National Federation of the Blind today announced that it will work with the online retailer to improve reading experiences for blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind students. The accessibility issue became an obstacle last year when Amazon won a $30 million contract with New York City schools to develop an online e-book storefront for educators. EdX Settles Justice Department Complaint Over Online Access.

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You can access it through a web browser or free app for iPad. apps assistive technology context discourse graphic organizers language arts literacy narrative reading comprehension social pragmatics text structure vocabulary

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Read and Write for Google

SpeechTechie

not on an iPad, though Text Help just released an iPad app that I will need to explore). For students who would benefit from long-term access from all the above tools, after 30 days a subscription ($99 annually) is required but the text-to-speech feature remains free.

Tech-ing up Communication Books

SpeechTechie

In addressing the two issues above, all service providers can have access to the docs-based "notebook" from any device, so they don't have to go hunting for it during a busy day. apps assistive technology consultation curriculum connections description

Do We Have a Subscription to.(Part 2)

SpeechTechie

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.

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Voice Typing in Google Docs

SpeechTechie

A key strategy within assistive technology is using what one already has. Many of you "already have" access to Google Docs, being part of districts who have deployed Google Apps for Education. assistive technology executive function writing

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3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

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Plus, the students who struggled with attention didn't miss out on any information since they could access the content through the voice-over, the visuals in the video, and the text in the captions. It's also crucial that when you introduce a new digital learning tool into your classroom, you make sure it will be accessible to your students. Users should be able to access the content in multiple ways and without distraction. Apple Accessibility Features.

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Organize yourself (and maybe others) via Google Keep

SpeechTechie

So far I have been using Keep via its web version on the Mac, but there are apps available for iPad and iPhone and other platforms. assistive technology consultation Google productivity

5 Ways EdTech Helps Students with Special Needs in the Classroom

ViewSonic Education

Lack of physical access. Special ed teachers rely on assistive learning devices to address the needs of student challenges. Referred to as assistive technology (AT), these devices are often decidedly low tech. They have the potential to improve accessibility.

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mARch: Augmenting with Aurasma, Part 1.

SpeechTechie

Note: Aurasma is available for free for iPhone, iPod and iPad 2 and above. My apologies to readers with an iPad 1. Specifically, through these steps a seagull "aura" is accessed when the book''s cover is scanned.

ASHA 2013 Update- from a Techie Point of View!

SpeechTechie

Giving credit where credit is due ( especially since this is something I whined about two years ago ), ASHA has made good steps in helpful infusion of technology into the Convention. Additionally, WiFi was in my experience generally accessible in conference rooms, and free to boot!

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Top Tech Tools for Kids Who Struggle to Read and Write

The CoolCatTeacher

So Brian, when someone is struggling, and you’re trying to use technology… Let’s talk about some of your favorite tools. With today’s technology, everything we’re working with is being done in the browser – usually the Chrome browser – and so there are some really great tools.

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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. 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.

Educators Want More Mobile Technologies for Classroom Use, Better PD

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The SpedApps project , created by the Research Center for Educational Technology at Kent State University in Ohio, also features a website that reviews apps developed to reach special education students, as well as two apps created by researchers working on the initiative.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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This program adds full home access for students, custom curriculum alignment, performance reporting, professional development, and more. The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions.

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