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

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Low reading ability is a major contributor to learning inequality in our schools. An estimated 26 million students have learning differences, including tens of thousands of students with dyslexia, a neurological condition that affects reading and related language-based processing skills. Unless educators can find new approaches to deliver reading instruction and personalize learning environments for these frustrated learners, many will fail. The power of technology.

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. 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. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

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Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

The Hechinger Report

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.

Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Environment

Educational Technology Guy

This then returns to the furniture needing to facilitate the day’s tasks by being flexible, and active learning environments. How can seating support a student who learns best with movement? 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.

How Windows 10 Can Support New Classroom Growth

EdTech Magazine

Personalize Learning with Windows 10 Education Tools. With Windows 10, Microsoft provides a range of technologies to help educators find the right experience for their students. . For example, students can interact with their laptops and PCs via voice, pen, touch screen and gesture to find a learning style that fits them best. Windows 10 devices can be equipped with a wide variety of assistive technology as well.

An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

edWeb.net

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. What role do learning goals play when searching for the best edtech? Then, learning goals drive the decision.

“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

Professional development is a requirement for educators, and there is no shortage of great on-line and person options to get it done. After reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In : Women, Work and the Will to Lead , which discusses the need to set personal learning goals 18 months at a time, Gozzard was inspired. “In Beyond earning certifications, I’ve learned new skills which I’ve begun passing onto my students and sharing with colleagues.”.