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A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing

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Besides tools that can help students with cryptomnesia, there are also tools that offer benefits to students with dyslexia and dysgraphia, since they are considered to be among the most common learning challenges nowadays. But the handy tools mentioned above definitely deserve a closer look.

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


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. Where to look to learn more about Assistive Technology.

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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. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

How to create accessible e-learning design


In a recent post I touched upon the subject of designing for accessibility in e-learning. The things is, there are millions of people out there who are living with some sort of disability, and they all should be able to access online learning content the same as everyone else.

ASHA 2013 Update- from a Techie Point of View!


Many visitors to the booth reported that the site is definitely something they have been looking for- a "Google for therapy apps." The app also offers a more visual and engaging approach to the learning goals of the unit. ASHA 2013 in Chicago is in the books.

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4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion


Within inclusion settings, all students are placed in the same room to learn alongside each other, as opposed to removing students with disabilities to a separate space. Some obstacles can be assisted with the support of technology. Model technology use.

Immersive Reader: A powerful tool to support schoolwide literacy


As a part of Microsoft’s suite of Learning Tools, Immersive Reader offers readers the ability to : translate over 60 languages for either individual word or by document read text aloud with simultaneous highlighting in a choice of two voices to support decoding, comprehension, focus, and attention.

Research to Better Support Your Students with Reading Disabilities

A fundamental problem in identifying individuals with dyslexia is that existing operational definitions of reading disability produce unstable phenotypes-meaning someone could be identified as having a reading disability during one test, but not during a second test.

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. My students loved having subtitles on during short videos because it gave them more opportunities to interact with and learn from the content. All my students were learning how to read, and the captions helped them connect the audio to the visual representation of text. The definition of "easy" will depend on the target age. "Turn on the subtitles, Ms. Olague!"

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Voice Dream

Technology Tidbits

pinch, swipe, tap, etc), it allows users an abundance of options to interact w/ their text, such as: highlighting, definitions, adding words to a dictionary, bookmarking, and more. Also, Voice Dream is ideal for Special Ed or those w/ reading struggles as a user can use the Focused Reading Mode or adjust the font size to help facilitate learning and make reading easier. Voice Dream is the best iOS app for text to speech that I have ever seen.

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

The Hechinger Report

Not only did Caleb never return to his local school, but he learned little throughout his elementary, middle and high school years — which included hundreds of hours struggling through computer lessons in math, science and social studies. Again, the result is stunted learning.