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. Assistive technology helps to level the playing field for many struggling students.

Support Struggling Readers District Wide with Assistive Tech

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Two assistive technology teachers shared their experiences and recommendations during a recent edWebinar led by Terrie Noland, Vice President of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally. A district-wide approach to assistive technology.

Mobile Tech Resources for People with Aphasia

SpeechTechie

apps assistive technologyJune is Aphasia Awareness Month!

Social Play With Amazon Echo Dot

SpeechTechie

The Echo Dot ($49.99) accesses Alexa, Amazon's "virtual personal assistant." I have been popping my Dot into my bag occasionally to introduce it to my social groups, and it has been a big hit. When playing this with a group it was helpful (and contextual!)

iPad Essentials: Speak Screen and Speech Options in iOS 8

SpeechTechie

Many people are not aware of the many assistive technology (and engagement-enhancing) features that are built into the brain of the iPad--iOS, its operating system. assistive technology auditory comprehension ipad essentials literacy

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Tech-ing up Communication Books

SpeechTechie

In my consultation work with groups and at a few schools, I have been working with teachers to explore more and varied uses of simple tools like Google Docs, which it seems would address the above problems. apps assistive technology consultation curriculum connections description

Organize yourself (and maybe others) via Google Keep

SpeechTechie

This is particularly useful in consultation as student names come up and new info is shared, or when running groups. assistive technology consultation Google productivity

Appy-Picking Month: Introducing ATEval2Go!

SpeechTechie

apps assistive technology evaluation I am very excited about a recent release, an app I helped develop for Smarty Ears Apps - ATEval2Go !

Annotating Photos in iOS 10

SpeechTechie

This would allow you to save the original and annotate a duplicate--especially useful if you may want to complete the same activity with multiple groups. assistive technology categories context curriculum connections executive function images iOS ipad essentials naming visual teachingAnnotating a photo, or marking it up with text, highlights or shapes has many uses in language, social and executive function therapy.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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The IDA recommends accommodations in areas such as: variable work and test-taking settings (such as small groups, reduced distractions, and alternative furniture arrangements). provide assistive technology (such as a calculator, text-to-speech tools, and electronic dictionaries).

How Tablet Games Can Teach Skills to Students with Visual Impairments

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Schultz has taken a career in building special needs software and games for people who are blind or have low vision into ObjectiveEd, a new endeavor at a time when investor interest in educational tools and investor interest in assistive technology are apparently on the rise.

Thinking differently about dyslexia in the classroom: Part 1

Neo LMS

Adrian Atkinson, a business psychologist who worked with a dyslexic research group studying the prevalence of dyslexia among entrepreneurs says, “Most people who make a million have difficult childhoods or have been frustrated in a major way.

Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

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. We had the accessibility subcommittee formed to address technology accessibility concerns on campus.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(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. As a technology lover who is blind, Luis F.

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Assessments Become More Accessible With Speech Synthesis—and an Almost Human Voice

Edsurge

These are exciting times in the world of assistive learning technology. Speech synthesis in particular is benefiting from deep learning technologies, which are used to generate speech that sounds like a human voice. These are exciting times in the world of assistive learning technology. EdSurge spoke with Häkkinen about the impact of new speech synthesis technologies on student assessments, and how his company is making the most of them.

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.

How Early Intervention with Dyslexia Benefits Your Students and Your School

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Academically, an investment at the elementary age can keep students reading on level; emotionally, it gives them confidence and makes them feel included with their peer group. Finally, administrators can look for ways to pool resources from different budget streams to assist students.

Disruptive technologies in Education industry

EdSense

Globalization and Technology advances over the last decade have significantly altered the landscape of the education sector. Across the globe, some key disruptive technology trends which are impacting education are: Artificial Intelligence. Assistive 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. Eskridge likes to use a free toolkit called Tota11y , which measures how a site performs with assistive technologies.

Research to Better Support Your Students with Reading Disabilities

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Using assistive technology in the form of computer-based text-to-speech or human-recorded audiobooks can help students with reading problems sooner and more comprehensively. It is also not yet clear how much time should be spent on intervention versus using assistive technology.

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. Some students love to work in groups with their peers, others like to work alone.

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Teamwork (and an Interactive Projector), Makes the Dream Work

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But trying to manage group teaching in a busy classroom can leave teachers wishing they had an extra hand (or three). The snack table in the back of the room can turn into an educational game venue for reward breaks or inclement weather recess, for group trivia or bingo.

How to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your school

eSchool News

Principals should make sure teachers get the training they need to use the assistive technology. “If Terrie has trained groups numbering in the thousands helping to build better understanding of working with struggling readers.

Blending learning from the top down or the ground up?

The Christensen Institute

As more states gear up for online testing regimes, state agencies and advocacy groups are flocking to support digital infrastructure and learning. The state match provides funding for infrastructure and the local match may be used to fund any combination of infrastructure, devices for students and educators, professional development, and assistive technology.

Dyslexia: hidden costs and money-saving techniques for districts

eSchool News

Academically, an investment at the elementary age can keep students reading on level; emotionally, it gives them confidence and makes them feel included with their peer group. Early intervention: It’s a common mantra for any student with learning difficulties, including dyslexia.

10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students

eSchool News

The philosophy and principles of a UDL framework are similar to UD and are meant to provide pedagogical strategies for instructors to maximize learning opportunities for diverse groups of students including those with physical and/or learning disabilities.”.

Create a Dyslexia-Friendly Environment in Your School

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Principals should make sure teachers get the training they need to use the assistive technology. “If Terrie has trained groups numbering in the thousands helping to build better understanding of working with struggling readers.

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.

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The power of Translator and PowerPoint’s automatic captioning and translation (in over 60 languages)!

NeverEndingSearch

Will Lewis demonstrates the power of translation to facilitate interaction with a group of Chinese speaking students. technology accessibility deaf ELL microsoft parents PowerPoint presentations translation

Resources, stories, and connections with those who use social media in today’s k-12 classrooms

The Innovative Educator

Thank you to the 300+ folks from around the world who joined me for the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship webinar on EdWeb. In case you missed it, the webinar was called “Social Media: An Essential Tool for Today’s Classroom.” You can view the webinar here [link] com/edwebnet/EA59D688824C. In the webinar, I shared case studies of amazing students, parents, and teachers. Below are the people behind the stories I mentioned, how to learn more and a way to reach each of them via social media.

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

The Hechinger Report

They are often placed in separate classrooms within public schools and spend large numbers of hours on computers using technology that is not aligned with their specific needs. Related: Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands.

i Speech Select and Speak Extension

Hansen's Link to Tech

Select and Speak Google Chrome extension by i Speech is really good for assisted technology for anyone who needs text on the web read to them. Students can use it to read text to a group of students within a center.

An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

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How do you approach purchasing education technology tools? Once the test team gives the go ahead, he then has a group of teacher ambassadors to train their colleagues and advocate for the new tool. We often hear when folks start to think about equity that they look at the data and then they tell us how one group of students is doing worse than another group…many equity advocates are pushing against this deficit-based approach,” said Noakes. “We

Building Teamwork and Perseverance in Early Elementary Students with Breakouts

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Sutherland immediately thought of Breakouts, activities based on the popular escape room experience where groups of people working together under time pressure solve a series of puzzles. The goal of a Breakout is for groups of students to work together to solve a series of puzzles.

At Emoti-Con 2016, NYC Youth Present Innovative Ideas For the World—Including a Wheelchair Wallet

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I had the opportunity to participate in it through Mouse Design League , a group of high school students from around NYC that come together to design assistive technology. Many students were quite interested in Art & Tech, a table where we discussed the ways art and technology can come together—for instance, cartoon animation. My group introduced “Panda’s Box,” which is a wallet that can be stored away at the side of a wheelchair.