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

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The post Improve Reading Comprehension with Text-to-Speech: iPad Multi-Sensory Reading appeared first on Nick's Picks For Educational Technology. Assistive Technology accessibility iPad readingText-To-Speech Text-to-Speech isn’t just for students with low-vision. It can also be beneficial to students experiencing a range of literacy difficulties.

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

SpeechTechie

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. Green''s resources span the domains of communication-verbal expression, auditory comprehension, reading and comprehension, written expression- as well as cognition and memory, and provide something for every platform (web-based, PC/Mac, and an impressive array of specific iPod and iPad apps).

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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. 2019 Apple Education

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. In talking to groups out and about, I am aware that many people have been afraid to update their iPad to iOS 8 for fear it will slow things down or perhaps explode. iOS 8 has added a new iPad Essential - improved ease of use of text-to-speech tools. Tap General , then Accessibility , then Speech.

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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!

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 iOS 8, among other enhancements, brought the ability to add 3rd party keyboards to the operating system.

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Read Works Provides Access to Handy Text Passages

SpeechTechie

I recently discovered ReadWorks - this website provides free access to reading passages and much more, with skill and strategy units on many topics in comprehension. The website is iPad-friendly, so you can activate Speak Screen while using a passage to have it read aloud , or download and "Open In." assistive technology curriculum connections discourse graphic organizers HS later elementary MS reading comprehension sentence formulation text structure

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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). ” iOS devices such as the iPad include a number of built-in features that support diverse learners in reaching their full potential, including text to speech, word prediction, as well as dictation and support for closed captions.

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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.

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.

3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

Graphite Blog

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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Read and Write for Google

SpeechTechie

not on an iPad, though Text Help just released an iPad app that I will need to explore). Once the Chrome extension has been added, within your Google Documents a toolbar is accessible that provides text-to-speech (so, for any document provided to students by the teacher, or as an editing tool), text prediction, picture and text dictionaries, highlighting and more. assistive technology vocabulary writing

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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. In addition to accessing music and information by request to Alexa, you can "enable skills" that are more or less like apps, and for the time being, free. As usual, the technology can just provide a context to work on communication skills.

newsela

SpeechTechie

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 vocabularynewsela is a very nice resource of electronic news articles designed with education in mind, another e-resource to have in your toolkit along with EPIC! Books and ReadWorks.

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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. Google Docs app on iPhone, identical features available on iPad So, are you using Google Apps for parent communication? 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. While BrainPOP, described in the last post, is accessible by an affordable monthly subscription even if your school doesn't have it, ExploreLearning's Gizmos are more of a district investment.

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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. 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. assistive technology executive function writingOh, my, It's been a busy month!

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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. 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

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. Defined by the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 , AT is “any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”

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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. apps assistive technology association augmented reality books Common Core context curriculum connections FIVES images story grammar

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! This session always focuses on facilitating access to curriculum for LLD students through a strategic language-based focus. ASHA 2013 in Chicago is in the books.

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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. Whether you’re using something like Read and Write, or Snap and Read, these are some great tools that can be used to access text in Google Docs or on the web. Again, it’s another technology.

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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?

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. Five years ago, these tools were considered purely assistive technology [for children with special needs]; now everyone’s using them. And the reason is, everyone has access to it. Every computer and iPad has it.”.

Educators Want More Mobile Technologies for Classroom Use, Better PD

Marketplace K-12

Special education teachers are more likely to use mobile apps with their students than general education teachers, but are not receiving enough formal training on the use of mobile technology for instructional purposes, according to a report released today as part of a new initiative examining the role of mobile technology in special ed. The researchers also did a review of existing peer-reviewed research that focused on mobile technology and its use with special education students.

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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