Using Assistive Technology for Your Struggling Readers

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Assistive technology, especially audiobooks, provide both multisensory reading and writing experiences and enhance word recognition. Assistive technology is a means to bridge the gap for students who have a print disability and have not yet mastered reading independently on grade level.

Assistive Technology and Accessibility Resources

Educational Technology Guy

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.

A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

I don’t write enough about special needs so when Rose contacted me with an article idea, I was thrilled. Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning. 11 Resources to Blend Technology and Special Needs.

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.

newsela

SpeechTechie

newsela 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!

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More on mapping expository texts through tech, Part 3

SpeechTechie

Discussion webs in language intervention are discussed in Hoggan & Strong's excellent article The Magic of Once Upon a Time: Narrative Teaching Strategies (and also this "how to" ), which has served as an inspiration for my "Pairing Picture Books with Apps" presentations.

Read and Write for iPad

SpeechTechie

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!

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Annotating Photos in iOS 10

SpeechTechie

For more ideas on annotating photos, you can check out my linked article in the first paragraph of this post. 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.

How to Leverage Mainstream Technology to Boost Special Education

EdTech Magazine

How to Leverage Mainstream Technology to Boost Special Education. Assistive technology may be the best option. You may think of assistive technology as this niche thing … but inclusive is the hot topic right now,” said Bugaj. “If

What Makes for a Successful Ed Tech Department

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Mike Daugherty, a district Ed Tech Director in Ohio, reflects on the characteristics of a successful ed tech department: Handling the technology needs of a public school system can be a daunting task at times. Online testing, BYOD, 1:1 computing, and assistive technology are only a handful of the variety of technical challenges that flow through the department every day. In my experience, truly successful technology teams possess the eight key characteristics outlined below.

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Thinking differently about dyslexia in the classroom: Part 1

Neo LMS

Assistive technologies abound to help younger students to master reading, and older students with note taking and organising their thoughts. I took guidance from Dr Daniel Peters in this article on the paradigms currently frustrating efforts at improving education for dyslexic students.

Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Environment

Educational Technology Guy

This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Feel free to share summaries and links to these articles, but do not copy and repost entire article.

AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity

EdTechTeam

When I first began my job as an Assistive Technology Coordinator in my district back in 2008, the lines between educational tech and assistive tech were pretty crisp. Second, as we moved into using the Chromebook as a 1:1 universal tool in our district, students had access to technology resources that were typically reserved only for students with a demonstrated need. Assistive Technology will always be around. Article Equity Pedagogy #assistivetech

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Google Apps and Chromebooks for Special Education and Special Needs

Educational Technology Guy

Chromebooks and Google Apps are excellent assistive technology (AT) that help students with special needs access curriculum and information. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. As a technology lover who is blind, Luis F.

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Teacher Resources - education and edtech - all free

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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. Here’s another example: Check this article if you want to know more about anchor text.

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

Edsurge

This article is part of a series on innovative teaching methods in higher education. 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 That’s especially concerning to her, given assistive technologies alone won’t always help. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

How Early Intervention with Dyslexia Benefits Your Students and Your School

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Just as teachers need specialized training to understand how to help students with dyslexia, the teachers also need specialized programs or assistive technology that supports the students’ learning styles. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

Research to Better Support Your Students with Reading Disabilities

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Using assistive technology in the form of computer-based text-to-speech or human-recorded audiobooks can help students with reading problems sooner and more comprehensively. It is also not yet clear how much time should be spent on intervention versus using assistive technology.

Tips & Tools to Enhance Collaboration Between Tech & Curriculum

techlearning

District and school leaders talk about the need to bridge the gap between curriculum and educational technology, but often fall short of succeeding. The same is true when considering curriculum initiatives; technology is left out of the discussion.

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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 This article was modified and published by eSchool News. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 80% of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia.

An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

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How do you approach purchasing education technology tools? This article was modified and published by EdScoop. She supervises the district’s instructional technology program, instructional and digital materials adoption and distribution process, library media, gifted and talented students, and the district’s global scholars program. Dr. Ayanna Howard is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Zyrobotics, an educational technology company, and the Linda J.

3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

Graphite Blog

Can the content be interpreted by assistive technologies? According to the Assistive Technology Industry Association , "[a]ssistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities." Want articles like this delivered directly to your inbox? "Turn on the subtitles, Ms. Olague!"

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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.

Accessibility, Audio Texts, and the Persistence of Print

ProfHacker

[ This is a guest post by Michelle Morgan, who is Assistant Director of Educational Technology at Yale University and Adjunct Professor of American Studies at Connecticut College.

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

Edsurge

Earlier this year, an article in the Atlantic lamented the dismantling of what it called “the greatest humanistic project of our time.” 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. Without Google’s backing and technological abilities, a resource like HathiTrust would have been much harder to create, she says. “We

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions. At no cost, and for the first time, K-12 schools can now apply state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to better protect the school environment.

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Is #EdTech Really A Waste? 8 Lessons for The Uninformed

The Innovative Educator

Like other arrogant Luddites in power, he is responsible for negligent technology spending because he is clueless about how to use it effectively. Because he failed to understand how technology can “redefine” learning he wasted money and deprived students of quality learning. Measurable results Vallance blasts technology for not producing measurable results. In fact they love using technology to converse and discuss with REAL people.

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“You can build upon [your] power by believing in yourself, your skills and the value these skills can bring to the education system and your students.” – Cynthia Gozzard, Canada

Daily Edventures

In the last 18 months I’ve completed my Microsoft Certified Educator exam, OneNote Office Specialist, and a specialist qualification course – Technology in The Classroom (recognized in Ontario),” Gozzard tells us.