Assistive Technology and Accessibility Resources

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I've been working on a resource document that has resoures on Assistive Technology and Accessibility and thought I would share it here: Related: More Accessibility Resources Google Accessibility Features and Resources -. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. accessibility assistive technology google accessibilityOne of the things I do in my role as a K-12 Education Strategist is work on resources for schools to use.

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. 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.

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Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049

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In any Google Doc, use the keyboard shortcut, Control + Shift + 8 (Command + Shift + 8 on a Mac), to add a bullet to your document. It works very similarly to the apps and extensions mentioned above, but it allows you to talk your work directly into your document.

Making Print Documents & Posters Accessible

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There are times when innovative educators use print documents such as when displaying posters, student work, or infographics on a wall or bulletin board. Making Print Documents Accessible People who need assistive technology to read materials--whether because of a disability or because of their needs for translation--have to have digital versions to use with their assistive technology.

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

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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. Examples of technology tools, accommodations, and strategies that might be recommended for hypothetical students (very informative for SLPs and OTs who are also asked to make such recommendations). Where to look to learn more about Assistive Technology.

Support Struggling Readers District Wide with Assistive Tech

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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.

Tech-ing up Communication Books

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Via an in-person discussion, this idea could easily be floated to parents and a document created and shared on the spot for training (maybe make a new doc every month so they don't get too long). And the best part, just tap the + button within a document from the mobile device app, then Image, and you can photograph any context throughout the day. apps assistive technology consultation curriculum connections description

Read and Write for iPad

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Last year I outlined the helpful features obtained by signing up for Read and Write for Google , a toolbar accessible in Chrome that brings to webpages and documents (particularly Google Docs) text to speech (always free) and text prediction, dictionary, and other features (via premium account or teacher subscription after 30 days). To learn more about emerging research on the benefits of text to speech technologies, see this helpful article.

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Travels, Design and Gestures

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In addition to providing access on iOS devices to Google''s terrific tools for Search, Calendar, Mail, Documents and Maps, this series was partially about app design. 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!

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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. In one segment, they presented a unit that might be encountered in an 8th grade Health class (I''ve seen it, though not as intense as in this example) in which students needed to engage in tasks such as documenting a nutrition diary. ASHA 2013 in Chicago is in the books.

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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provide assistive technology (such as a calculator, text-to-speech tools, and electronic dictionaries). HumanWare offers assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. More on visual needs: Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning.

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

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Some obstacles can be assisted with the support of technology. The following tips provide strategies for using technology to create inclusive learning environments. Model technology use. Inclusion is an important topic of discussion within special education.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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provide assistive technology (such as a calculator, text-to-speech tools, and electronic dictionaries). HumanWare offers assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. JAWS provides speech and braille output for PC-based documents in Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Edge, and more. . Natural Reader is a text-to-speech tool that works on most document types — PDF, Word, Docs, EPub, and more.

GradeCam Introduces Ability to Read and Score Handwritten Letters

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GradeCam has introduced a new answer format powered by Aita, its proprietary Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant technology, that can read and score handwritten letters and words up to twenty characters in length. As always, teachers can scan and score assessments using any existing mobile, computer, or document camera, and auto-transfer grades with the touch of a button.

Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Environment

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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 Educators Can Support Families of Children with Disabilities During Hybrid or Online Learning

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4] Principals should be in the loop on things like access to the curriculum for special education, need for assistive technologies, and other accommodations.

Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know

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My research assistant, Dr. Lisa Durff, found a presentation on this topic “ Creating an Accessible Campus Culture ” presented by Bevin Rainwater at Blackboard World 2018. And part of that, we formed an information technology executive council and three of those subcommittees [included] the administrative, the academic, and the communications committees. We had the accessibility subcommittee formed to address technology accessibility concerns on campus.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

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(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. ” Against that backdrop, Education Week canvassed the field for insights on new developments in the use of technology to support special education. Some promising technologies, such as virtual reality, are still very much in the experimental stage.

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Join Us for Digital Differentiation with Google Docs 2020

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Technology can be used to support personalized learning needs, put data to use, and power-up classrooms to support flexible learning paths for growth and success.

Going Paperless Benefits Teachers, Students—and the Bottom Line

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Remember the many hours you used to spend preparing and printing documents each week, only to watch them make their way from students’ desks to the floor, the trash bin or the bottom of their backpacks? And as technology improves, so do the benefits for teachers, schools and, most importantly, students. The process of printing documents, making copies and distributing them to students is a perfect example. It’s easier for everyone to keep track of documents.

Google Apps and Chromebooks for Special Education and Special Needs

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Chromebooks and Google Apps are excellent assistive technology (AT) that help students with special needs access curriculum and information. Students can use Chrome as a voice recognition app and type long documents and essays without touching the keyboard. Google Chrome and Assistive Technology Applications - great article with a lot of resources and tips on using Chrome to assist students with vision, hearing, physical, communication, and learning challenges.

Back to School with Choice Boards – SULS0121

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Optimize access to tools and assistive technology. . Choice boards, or learning menus, can look like several different replicas of real-life documents. Summer VACAY Bingo (Anderson One Instructional Technology Team).

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Join Us for Digital Differentiation with Google Docs 2020

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Technology can be used to support personalized learning needs, put data to use, and power-up classrooms to support flexible learning paths for growth and success.

How Windows 10 Can Support New Classroom Growth

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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.

SETDA partners with 9 hot ed-tech startups

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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), which represents U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, recently announced its third annual cohort of Emerging Private Sector Partners. These nine SETDA Emerging Private Sector Partners will debut at the upcoming Emerging Technologies Forum on June 26 in Philadelphia, PA and engage with the SETDA membership over the next twelve months: 1. Startups focus on serving K-12 educational needs.

3 Ways to Motivate and add Narrative Complexity to Writing through Emoji

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This is one example of how features previously only available as "assistive technology" have turned out to be incorporated in operating systems to benefit everyone. You can search and copy any symbol into a word processing, presentation or other document. When targeting narrative language, one objective is to move students toward more complexity and elaboration with inclusion of elements such as character response (feelings) and plans.

How to create accessible e-learning design

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For example, if you create a simple Google Document, don’t just bold and increase the font-size for the title and subtitles, but use the settings in the upper ribbon instead. Many visually-impaired people use screen readers or other forms of assistive technology to navigate web pages, and heading tags are easier to interpret by such technology. In a recent post I touched upon the subject of designing for accessibility in e-learning.

Immersive Reader: A powerful tool to support schoolwide literacy

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

ESSA Plans: How Are States Improving Technology in the Classroom?

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Here at the Center for Digital Education, many IT vendors have expressed interest in understanding the prospective technology procurement activities summarized in the recently published ESSA plans. They include discussions of self-selected accountability measures, state-specific education standards and prospective plans for information technology procurement. Technology Trends. In analyzing these plans we found three noteworthy technology-related trends.

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Top 10 K–12 Educational Technology Trends

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3 Wearable Technology —Wearable technology is an up-and-coming trend in edtech. Wearable technology covers a wide range of items—from assistive technology for students with disabilities to devices to encourage motivation and participation. The biggest barrier to this trend will likely be the cost of equipping an entire school or class with their own wearable technology.

Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning

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In the afternoon they might be given a math or science assignment where they have to document the results. As with so many things, to a certain extent it should be a case of ‘technology to the rescue’! However technology’s effectiveness is always subject to the applicability of its design principles to any particular user. 11 Resources to Blend Technology and Special Needs. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Voice Dream

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Also, there are over 36 VoiceOvers in all languages as well as listening to all kinds of documents (i.e. AssistiveTek “This is a fantastic product and one of the best, if not the best, in the Text to Speech category of assistive technology products.” – Disabled World “Voice Dream provides excellent control over both the written and spoken versions of the text. Voice Dream is the best iOS app for text to speech that I have ever seen.

Change the Game: Using Minecraft to Teach Students with Autism

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Minecraft, Autism and 21st Century Learning I was unaware of this early on, but eventually discovered that I wasn’t the only one who found Minecraft useful as an assistive technology for people with autism. Originally I had students do video walkthroughs to document and explain their work, but now I use speech-to-text apps to copy their ideas into writing for the built-in portfolio.

9 Stylish and State-of-the-Art School Supplies

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RE-vibe Vibration Reminder Wristband Help your child stay on track with the innovative technology of RE-vibe Vibration Reminder Wristband. It was developed by a school psychologist as an assistive technology for students with ADHD and autism but is a helpful tool for any student. This three-ring binder protects classwork, homework and other important documents with it’s padded and zippered design.

The 3 Biggest Remote Teaching Concerns We Need to Solve Now

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Unfortunately, across the board, educators have not been prepared to teach well with technology, let alone teach remotely with technology. In some teacher preparation programs, pre-service teachers are not provided with any opportunities to engage with technology in meaningful ways.