6 Assistive Technologies That Can Help Students Reach Their Full Potential

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6 Assistive Technologies That Can Help Students Reach Their Full Potential. Assistive technologies can meet the needs of students at all grade and skill levels. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how schools are using virtual and augmented reality for assistive learning.

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 in Special Education

MiddleWeb

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.

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.

15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities

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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. Text-To-Speech Assistive Tools. Assistive Listening Systems.

A FAMILY OF DYSLEXICS TRANSFORM ED THROUGH STRUCTURED LITERACY AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

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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. Price is also catching up through audiobooks with “those books I was never able to understand in the past.”

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

SpeechTechie

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! The book will still provide a treasure trove of valuable information about AT and how it shapes our practice as therapists.

Tech-ing up Communication Books

SpeechTechie

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.

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 The power of technology. Low reading ability is a major contributor to learning inequality in our schools.

8 Characteristics of a Successful K-12 Technology Department

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Here’s what he came up with: 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.

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.

Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

From elementary school grades upwards, a student may be given a book to read and asked to write a review afterwards. I have listened to every book I’ve ever read either in the voice of an appointed reader, the voice of a professional narrator or the synthesized voice of a screenreader.

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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.

Summer Reading, Part 2

SpeechTechie

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.

mARch: Augmenting with Aurasma, Part 1.

SpeechTechie

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. Specifically, through these steps a seagull "aura" is accessed when the book''s cover is scanned.

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

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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

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

SpeechTechie

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!

SpeechTechie

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.

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Travels, Design and Gestures

SpeechTechie

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. February has been busy.

ASHA 2013 Update- from a Techie Point of View!

SpeechTechie

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.

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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?

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.

5 Ways EdTech Helps Students with Special Needs in the Classroom

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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. Pencil grips, adapted paper and spelling aids all assist with writing.

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Thinking differently about dyslexia in the classroom: Part 1

Neo LMS

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.

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.

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.

Immersive Reader: A powerful tool to support schoolwide literacy

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Microsoft Accessibility And Assistive Technologies For Education: A Total Economic Impact Analysis. technology

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

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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 to ReMake Your Classroom and Inspire Hands-On Learning in the New Year

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Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff —a book of hands-on science projects and more. Make Magazine —filled with DIY technology projects and inspiration. As an instructional facilitator for technology in Loudoun County, Virginia, he encourages schools to weave Making into all subjects, instead of relegating it to a single STEM class. He works with visually impaired students in California’s Sonoma County, where he says that “technology has leveled the playing field.”

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. How Windows 10 Can Support New Classroom Growth.

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.

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Tips & Tools to Enhance Collaboration Between Tech & Curriculum

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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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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.

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). You can’t just make an animated phrase book.”.