A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

Her dream is to help students explore their talents and abilities. In this article, Rose writes about a little-known problem that students may unknowingly suffer from that may make it look like they are plagiarising when–to them–they aren’t. Read on: Many people have come to believe that plagiarism is intentional and evil, and all students whose works have text coincidences are shameless wrongdoers. 11 Resources to Blend Technology and Special Needs.

Using Assistive Technology for Your Struggling Readers


“What are you [teachers] doing right now so that your students have unhindered access to grade-level curriculum each day?” Assistive technology, especially audiobooks, provide both multisensory reading and writing experiences and enhance word recognition. These tools allow students to allocate cognitive resources to comprehension rather than decoding. Vocabulary builder, word banks, and topic dictionaries assist with memory trigger on words and topics.


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6 Assistive Technologies That Can Help Students Reach Their Full Potential

EdTech Magazine

6 Assistive Technologies That Can Help Students Reach Their Full Potential. As the number of these students continues to grow, teachers and educators are increasingly turning to assistive technologies to help students across all ranges of ability learn more effectively and reach their full potential. . Assistive technologies can meet the needs of students at all grade and skill levels.

Planning for Transition and Assistive Technology


As unique learners transition to post-school activities, teachers and caregivers face a basic question: “What’s next?”. In this webinar you’ll learn how to: Gain an understanding of transition services, and how they impact student success.

15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities

TeachThought - Learn better.

15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities. According to the National Education Association (NEA), the number of U.S. 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. Text-To-Speech Assistive Tools. From prealgebra to Ph.D.

How to make resources more accessible for struggling readers

Ditch That Textbook

Ed Tech accessible text assistive technology disabilities edtech educational technology struggling readersI’m a huge fan of creating custom resources for student learning. We, as teachers, know exactly what our students need much better than a textbook company hundreds or thousands of miles away. For me, that often came in the form of Google Docs with information my students were responsible for and a website for pointing students [.].

Think "Out of the Box" Assistive Technology #SXSWedu


Differentiation techniques for sped or GT students work with ALL kids; when you learn methods to use with students who have special learning needs, you learn how to best teach all children. Microsoft has been working with Kinect technology and autistic students. Technology removes barriers and helps them interact with the world. Relevant Meaningful 21st Century Tasks (PBL) and relevant data provided to teachers so they can continue to customize learning.

How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. Just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico to learn more. Listen to Dr. Brian Friedlander on the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Friedlander As Submitted Dr. Friedlander is a school psychologist with expertise in assistive technology. Brian S.

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How to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your school

eSchool News

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 80 percent of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia. In order to create a learning environment that feels safe, comfortable and empowering for students, schools need to adhere to basic guiding principles. District administrators can help with intervention by creating clear guidelines on testing within their districts, rather than waiting for their state to act on legislation.

Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I’m going to give you tips, tricks, and resources to help use Google accessibility tools to reach all learners. Click To Tweet. Speech to Text (Dictation).

How to Leverage Mainstream Technology to Boost Special Education

EdTech Magazine

How to Leverage Mainstream Technology to Boost Special Education. Federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) , as well as state allocations and local funding, give schools access to resources to support students with special needs. Assistive technology may be the best option. How many times have we known people that use their voice to control their environment?”

Top Tech Tools for Kids Who Struggle to Read and Write

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Brian Friedlander discusses the top tech tools for kids who struggle to read and write. From voice dictation to word suggestion and more, this podcast talks about the practical tools that will help kids empower themselves to learn. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry-based learning. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

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How to create accessible e-learning design


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. Just because someone is color-blind, has a hearing impairment or needs a wheelchair to move around, it doesn’t mean that they are unable to learn or can’t achieve stellar academic results. How to create accessible e-learning design.

How to Serve Students With Special Needs From Afar


About 14 percent of all public school students receive special education services, and for many of them the switch to remote learning has been difficult on families and the schools that teach them every day. How are schools adjusting? What resources are they turning to? And what’s most important to focus on? To that last question, Sean Arnold, a STEM coach and special educator for the New York City Department of Education, has a suggestion.

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


It was great to be able to read it and use the annotation features while preparing for this review. 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. The book will still provide a treasure trove of valuable information about AT and how it shapes our practice as therapists.

Support Struggling Readers District Wide with Assistive Tech


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. and it encompasses tremendous diversity in regard to income levels and the number of languages spoken there. Using assistive technologies effectively.

Students Reflect on Being edWeb Presenters


When we “flip” the learning, and have students present to educators in our edWebinars, it’s a great example of how much we can learn from our students. In a recent edWebinar, Turn Struggling Readers Into Leaders Using Assistive Technology , Gavin and Marley, two middle school students, along with dyslexia specialist Dana Blackaby, presented on their use of assistive technology that helps struggling readers.

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Some TED Talks of interest to SLPs and Language Folks


Summer is a great time to slow down and think. TED Talks have long been one of my favorite ways to take in some new info- these short (varying from 5-20 min) presentation recordings are created at Technology-Entertainment (the E should be Education for as much as these talks address that area)-Design conferences around the world and feature leading researchers and creative people speaking on important topics.

AT lending library: Create ‘hub’ of innovative technology with these tips

FETC Converge

Gain practical advice for how to set up and operate an assistive technology lending library based on what’s working in two large districts in California and Michigan. Uncategorized assistive tech assistive technology AT ed tech edtech education technologyBy Jennifer Herseim, Special Ed Connection ®.

Notes adds simple but powerful tools in iOS 9


It's always a good idea to wait a while before updating (remember, all updates are free) so that Apple can work out the bugs that often persist past the "beta testing" phase. At this point, several updates have been released to iOS 9, so I'd say you are safe to update. That said, you'll want to follow some steps to ensure your update goes without issue. apps assistive technology consultation visual teaching

More on mapping expository texts through tech, Part 3


Kidspiration and its older brother Inspiration (again free to try , $9.99 Like Popplet ( described in this post ), these apps can be used to create graphic organizers showing the connection between different ideas. Unlike Popplet, however, the text within the idea bubbles can be exported to other apps so students can see planning activities as being helpful toward actually getting their writing done. The diagram can be used to create a discussion web as displayed below.

Annotating Photos in iOS 10


I have previously written about this topic with regard to Skitch. So, Skitch is no more, and though its functions were incorporated in Evernote, getting to them is almost too complicated to talk about here. The good news is that you can now annotate photos without a specialized app, because these features have been added to the Photos app for iPad and iPhone. The iPad 2, now a 5 year-old line, cannot be updated to the latest version of the operating system.

Take a "Peek!"


Not to mention all the how or why questions. Today, let''s look at Evernote Peek , an app that allows you to make fun little quizzes with an ingenious use of the iPad. Here''s how you do it: First, of course, download Evernote Peek and Evernote , and create an account in Evernote. Each item in your set needs to have a note within that notebook. This will appear as you continue to lift up the cover. How do you see yourself using Peek?

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


Along the way, new tools have evolved to help teachers ignite creativity and tackle real world challenges. No longer confined to a corner space in the back of the library, Making activities are finding their way into lessons on history and biology, literature and language. No longer confined to a corner space in the back of the library, Making activities are finding their way into lessons on history and biology, literature and language.

mARch: Augmenting with Aurasma, Part 2- Making it Your Own!


In the last post, we looked at how to use Aurasma''s own library of images, animations and 3D models to create an "aura"- an image overlay that appears when you scan a visual material (usually, another image). Like any great "Speechie" app, Aurasma allows you to use your own images or even videos as auras. It will be important that you have read Part 1 , as I am not going to go through each step. and how to share auras to other devices.

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mARch: Augmenting with Aurasma, Part 1.


In yesterday''s post , I introduced the topic of augmented reality (AR), which can be used to add visuals such as animation, images, video and text to many contexts. We''ll be looking at some stand-alone apps that do their specific AR thing, but I wanted to start with Aurasma , the app that was featured in yesterday''s video. This video showed Aurasma applied in schools to give kids a way to link, say, a bulletin board to related images and video.

Travels, Design and Gestures


I traveled to the Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association convention in Chicago last week, which was a great experience (nice meeting Jenna Rayburn !), The ISHA staff were extremely helpful; I found out that my flight was canceled about 45 min before my Saturday presentation, and got on the phone immediately to start the rebooking process. But to share an idea for today, I recently wrapped up a series of posts on Google-based apps for iOS. February has been busy.

ASHA 2013 Update- from a Techie Point of View!


It was great traveling to one of my favorite cities for this event. Or maybe I am just older and it is harder for me to get around! Wait, that has nothing to do with Chicago. Many visitors to the booth reported that the site is definitely something they have been looking for- a "Google for therapy apps." Visit the beta site here and use the Search feature to browse the initial offering of reviewed apps. I was honored to be part of the offerings.

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Guest Post: How Can I Find Assistive Tech?


Whilst arguably Assistive Technology is not going to resolve a learner’s challenges, which they may face daily in both their educational and home environment, it should be both identified and used fully as a mechanism of support. It should form part of the practitioners’ toolbox and used to supplement other teaching and/or learning experiences, in the classroom and/or at home.

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. Read more: How AI is changing special education. Model technology use.

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. How to Write a Novel with 140 Characters. Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning. How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving.

Overcoming the challenges of online learning for students with disabilities


The COVID-19 pandemic will have far-reaching consequences for years to come. The past year has caused significant disruption to the education system, with the need to maintain safe distances resulting in a rapid shift to online learning.

Increasing Engagement, Creativity, and Innovation with Minds-On/Hands-On Activities

User Generated Education

COVID has forced many teacher to do remote learning in a virtual environment. Translating that to a virtual environment has been a little challenging but definitely doable. I love it when I hear a student say at the end of class, “Is it time to go already?”

Scholarship Opportunity for Fully Accredited Online Courses

Teacher Reboot Camp

I’m excited to announce that on July 5th my two new online courses begin, Methodologies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages , and Connected Educators: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Professional Development. In addition, we will also be awarding scholarships to a teacher in need. It shouldn’t take too long to complete. The scholarship can be applied to the July 5th session or the upcoming Fall, Winter, or Spring sessions.

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Scholarship Opportunity for Fully Accredited Online Courses

Teacher Reboot Camp

I’m excited to announce that on July 5th my two new online courses begin, Methodologies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages , and Connected Educators: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Professional Development. In addition, we will also be awarding scholarships to a teacher in need. It shouldn’t take too long to complete. The scholarship can be applied to the July 5th session or the upcoming Fall, Winter, or Spring sessions.

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