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A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing

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So imagine that in your classroom there is a student with cryptomnesia. Obviously, you can use many other methods to make classroom work more productive and engage students with different abilities in the class. But the handy tools mentioned above definitely deserve a closer look.

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SpeechTechie

presenting this material digitally will add a level of engagement; newsela integrates nicely with Google Classroom. apps assistive technology context discourse graphic organizers language arts literacy narrative reading comprehension social pragmatics text structure vocabulary

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ASHA 2013 Update- from a Techie Point of View!

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Many visitors to the booth reported that the site is definitely something they have been looking for- a "Google for therapy apps." ASHA 2013 in Chicago is in the books. It was great traveling to one of my favorite cities for this event.

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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. Around him, the busy classroom hums as 30 students work on laptops, interact with other teachers and chat among themselves.

3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

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In my first-grade classroom, a third of my students were learning English as a second language. As a public school teacher, I had to constantly evaluate how my teaching practices and materials could better include and empower the vast diversity in my classroom. Any classroom teacher will tell you the importance of differentiating instruction and materials for students' diverse needs. The definition of "easy" will depend on the target age.

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Immersive Reader: A powerful tool to support schoolwide literacy

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I chatted with Microsoft EDU’s Mike Tholfsen, Principal Product Manager, who gave me a tour of Immersive Reader and discussed its value to the work of classroom teachers and librarians. Microsoft Accessibility And Assistive Technologies For Education: A Total Economic Impact Analysis.

Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

The Hechinger Report

Aspects of Caleb’s time in GNETS were echoed by the families interviewed — a sense that they could do nothing to get their children back into local schools once they were in the system and a hopelessness in the face of violence and chaos in the classrooms.