Assistive Technology in Special Education


In the 3rd edition of Assistive Technology in Special Education, author Joan Green helps readers navigate the complex topic with a straight forward, organized approach to understanding and effectively implementing AT. Book Reviews Special Needs assistive technology AT Carol Willard communication Joan L.

A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning. 11 Resources to Blend Technology and Special Needs. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. I don’t write enough about special needs so when Rose contacted me with an article idea, I was thrilled.


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Using Assistive Technology for Your Struggling Readers

Assistive technology, especially audiobooks, provide both multisensory reading and writing experiences and enhance word recognition. Struggling readers themselves, Gavin and Marley, embraced an opportunity from Blackaby to become assistive technology leaders and trainers in their district. They concurred with Blackaby that using assistive technology significantly increases attention span resulting in the ability to focus on listening and comprehension.

6 Assistive Technologies That Can Help Students Reach Their Full Potential

EdTech Magazine

6 Assistive Technologies That Can Help Students Reach Their Full Potential. As the number of these students continues to grow, teachers and educators are increasingly turning to assistive technologies to help students across all ranges of ability learn more effectively and reach their full potential. . Assistive technologies can meet the needs of students at all grade and skill levels. Text-to-Speech E-Books and Audiobooks Make Reading Easier.

15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities

TeachThought - Learn better.

15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities. One tool to help students with disabilities even in the face of a special education teacher shortage is assistive technology. Today, assistive technology can help students with certain disabilities learn more effectively. Several areas of assistive technology and sample products may be found in any given classroom, making a difference in how students of all abilities learn.



It wasn’t until Eric Price, assistant principal at West Jordan Middle School in Utah, realized his daughter had dyslexia that he identified dyslexia as the cause of his own struggles. Now in seventh grade, she sees a structured literacy tutor weekly, is taking all honors classes, and is getting straight As with appropriate accommodations (mostly technology). Price is also catching up through audiobooks with “those books I was never able to understand in the past.”

Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049

Shake Up Learning

The Shake Up Learning Book Study. Don’t miss our next book study! Adaptive Learning Assistive Technology Chromebooks Differentiation edtech episodes Free Resources for teachers G Suite Google Google Chrome Google Docs Google Tips Instructional Technology Shake Up Learning Show Podcast accessibility assistive technology differentiationThe post Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049 appeared first on Shake Up Learning.

Book Review- The Practical (and fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: Building or Improving Your District’s AT Team


This review originally appeared on the PediaStaff Blog Book by: Christopher R Bugaj and Sally Norton-Darr Note: I read this book on my iPad''s Kindle app! Chris Bugaj and his colleague Sally Norton-Darr have penned an informative (and indeed, fun to read) guide to the role of Assistive Technology (AT) and its practitioners in the school setting. The book will still provide a treasure trove of valuable information about AT and how it shapes our practice as therapists.

Can audiobooks be the great equalizer for students with learning differences?

eSchool News

Since her district expanded access to grade-level text by providing human-read audiobook technology, Nappi’s students’ reading skills and confidence have improved dramatically. “We Students like the Chrome and mobile apps for the built-in classroom tools that allow them to take notes for book reports, do research, and build vocabulary lists all in one place. The power of technology. Low reading ability is a major contributor to learning inequality in our schools.

Flipgrid: The Go-To Remote Learning Tool – SULS080

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Two New Google Books COMING SOON! I am super excited to announce that I have two books that will be released in 2020! Fill out the form below if you want to be the first to get the details on these two books!

Tech-ing up Communication Books


apps assistive technology consultation curriculum connections descriptionI read a helpful post this week on Edutopia- 15 Questions to Replace "How was School Today?" , which I think is a good resource to share with parents.


As SLPs, at times we need to assist our students with work that is a bit pointless. I recently needed to assist a student with memorizing a lengthy section from a book, I won't say which one.

Support Struggling Readers District Wide with Assistive Tech

Assistive technology teachers working at schools in the Fairfax County, VA school district, one of the largest in the United States, are finding that the use of audiobooks is improving access to grade-level content while also developing the love of reading that motivates many students to continue improving. A district-wide approach to assistive technology. FCPS has 30 assistive technology resource teachers, each of whom works with 7 to 10 schools.

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


It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and create a monumental digital library for all to access. That’s what Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious book-digitizing project in 2002. It got part of the way there, digitizing at least 25 million books from major university libraries. Without Google’s backing and technological abilities, a resource like HathiTrust would have been much harder to create, she says. “We

Innovative Communication Techniques for Individuals with Autism

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. By repurposing technology to provide Just In Time Communication, we can provide efficient support to individuals with autism. edWeb Blog assistive technology Autism Autism and Communication students with autism



Books and ReadWorks. 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! The site offers quite a lot to educators for free, and a "pro" tier is available. You can access it through a web browser or free app for iPad.

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More on mapping expository texts through tech, Part 3


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. Inspiration in all its versions is particularly appropriate for upper elementary through adult learners, and is often recommended as an Assistive Technology (AT) tool.

mARch: Augmenting with Aurasma, Part 1.


Let''s say you read a picture book with your kids, which I hope you do occasionally because there are so many skills you can build around picture books. What if you could then (after reading) make the picture book an interactive experience with the students, allowing them to scan the book to view, discuss, and respond to images, text, or video associated with the book?

Summer Reading, Part 2


There were a few reasons why I had fallen into somewhat of a reading rut: -I've become more of a minimalist and I feel I have enough books around the house. I know many love the feel and smell of books, but I am not necessarily enamored of physical books. The issue here is that nonfiction books tend not to propel you forward as much as a good story. So, since my technology was failing me, or I was failing within it, I bought a Kindle.

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


edWeb recently hosted a Webinar in which I discussed resources related to electronic text, sponsored by Mobile Education Store, creator of great apps such as Conversation Builder and Crack the Books. Books for Kids, the Crack the Books series of accessible textbooks, and options for creating eTexts such as the renowned Book Creator App. assistive technology professional development reading comprehension UDL

mARch: Augmenting with Aurasma, Part 2- Making it Your Own!


In this post, we will look at how to use materials from your photos app (aka camera roll and photo album) in the context of augmenting a visual material such as a book. If you are creating a video aura of speaking about a book connection, as I modeled above, a Common Core Connection for you: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4 apps assistive technology augmented reality Common Core curriculum connections description digital storytelling images sentence formulation story grammar

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Travels, Design and Gestures


Many speech and language apps use skeuomorphism, with apps that look like books or board games or something else. In using this app you''d also be teaching your students about the different kinds of gestures that can be used to interact with technology. apps assistive technology consultation curriculum connections executive function iOS planning schema sequencing weather February has been busy.

ASHA 2013 Update- from a Techie Point of View!


ASHA 2013 in Chicago is in the books. 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. I think the idea of pairing picture books and apps is one of my favorites to explore. apps assistive technology context curriculum connections executive function games professional development project-based learning social pragmatics social thinking

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5 Ways EdTech Helps Students with Special Needs in the Classroom

ViewSonic Education

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.” EdTech Makes Assistive Tools More Available.

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Thirteen Writing-with-Tech Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are thirteen of the top writing-with-tech tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing. Revision Assistant–the Most Comprehensive Virtual Writing Assistant Available for Students. Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Thinking differently about dyslexia in the classroom: Part 1


However, with the emergence of the industrial revolution – and the rapid advances of the printing press – education became less about artisans and apprentices, and more about encoding information in books, and being able to scale it to industrial levels across hundreds of schools. Assistive technologies abound to help younger students to master reading, and older students with note taking and organising their thoughts.

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. Brian: Probably one of the more powerful technologies that I’ve seen in the last year has been – they call it Voice Typing – but for years we called it speech recognition.

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8 Characteristics of a Successful K-12 Technology Department

Ask a Tech Teacher

Mike Daugherty is the director of technology for a high-achieving public school district in Ohio, an occasional contributor to AATT (see his last post, 5 Things You Need to Know About 3D Printing), and the author of Modern EdTech Leadership , a discussion on how today’s administrators handle the blending of tech and ed. Here’s what he came up with: Handling the technology needs of a public school system can be a daunting task at times.

Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Environment

Educational Technology Guy

This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Accessibility is an important topic in education and encompasses the classroom space, digital tools and resources and much more. Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Classroom Environment Is the classroom bursting with patterned borders on the bulletin boards and bright colorful posters/word walls/anchor charts?

How to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your school

eSchool News

In “ Creating a Dyslexia-Friendly School ,” Terrie Noland, national director, Educator Engagement for Learning Ally, presented on early intervention for dyslexic students, using the right AT (assistive technology) tools and accommodations for each learner, and creating environments in which students can thrive. Principals should make sure teachers get the training they need to use the assistive technology. “If

Technology Tools That Can Help Dyslexic Students


TECHNOLOGY HELPS—BUT ONLY IF IT CAN BE USED. That’s why advances in technology have been invaluable to students who read and write slowly. But to fully maximize how technology can help students with learning differences, educators’ expectations may need to be shifted. According to cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, author of Raising Kids Who Read, listening to books is still reading and isn’t cheating. TECH TOOLS AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR DYSLEXICS: A SAMPLING.

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


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. When I took stats, all my books had to be purchased in advance and run through software to transcribe it to Braille,” explains Kwong.

How Windows 10 Can Support New Classroom Growth

EdTech Magazine

With Windows 10, Microsoft provides a range of technologies to help educators find the right experience for their students. . Windows 10 devices can be equipped with a wide variety of assistive technology as well. Studies show teachers experienced a 35 percent increase in student engagement and retention when using immersive and 3D technologies. Among many options, Windows 10 offers the tools, technologies and personalization to help students and teachers succeed.

AT and UDL: Acronyms for Equity


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.

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Could Amazon deliver your next prescription?

The Christensen Institute

If it stays true to the tenets of Disruptive Innovation, expect it to further expand its capabilities around healthcare in the home—just as it has kept book, grocery, and other retail shoppers at home over the years. The Theory of Disruptive Innovation is widely acknowledged as a theory of competitive advantage brought forward by Clayton Christensen in his book The Innovator’s Dilemma. This piece was originally published in The Health Care Blog.