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5 Pieces Of Assistive Technology Which Can Help Pupils With Special Educational Needs.

EdTech4Beginners

Technology certainly has pros and cons. However, assistive technology (technology designed to support people with special educational needs and disabilities – SEND) has had many positive impacts which have been life-changing for some. Below I have listed 5 pieces of assistive technology which can help children with SEND: YouTube – if you have a child with a hearing impairment, most YouTube videos now have captions and subtitles.

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3 Ways Assistive Technology Supports Students with Disabilities

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Digital Content Personalized Learning SoftwareBy Meghan Bogardus Cortez Thanks to tools from tech giants such as Microsoft, students with disabilities are flourishing.

6 Cases of Interactive Digital Whiteboards as an Assistive Technology in Special Education

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Learn about assistive technology in special education. Assistive technology in special education can bring much-needed help to teachers who have students with disabilities or providing special education services. Implementing assistive technology cannot fix all the issues students may have but it can help students cope with their impairments and aid teachers in providing the best learning experience they can for all students.

A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

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. How do students with cryptomnesia benefit from this software? The Define feature is actually dictionary software. Ghotit : This software was developed in order to improve reading and writing skills in students with dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Using Assistive Technology for Your Struggling Readers

edWeb.net

Eighty-five percent of what we learn we learn is by listening and students can listen and comprehend two grade levels above their reading levels. Assistive technology, especially audiobooks, provide both multisensory reading and writing experiences and enhance word recognition. Struggling readers themselves, Gavin and Marley, embraced an opportunity from Blackaby to become assistive technology leaders and trainers in their district.

Don Johnston Incorporated Joins Texthelp Group; Edtech Giants Join Forces to Help Students Across North America and the Globe

eSchool News

10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Texthelp , a global leader in literacy and accessibility technology, today announced that they will acquire the Education Technology Division of Don Johnston Inc., is the latest Assistive Technology provider to join the Texthelp Group.

Tobii Dynavox launches Boardmaker 7 – the new platform for special education

eSchool News

Tobii Dynavox, the global leader in assistive technology for communication, today announced the new generation of its special education platform Boardmaker. Over many years, we have made large investments based on the latest technology and customer feedback to build Boardmaker 7.

Find the right tool for the right task

SpeechTechie

I showed him an old standby, Sheppard Software , a website built in Flash so it must be used on a laptop or chromebook. Reviewing a region in "Learn" mode (via big picture), we made up a silly sentence cueing the country names roughly from north to south. assistive technology curriculum connections executive function geography sentence formulation social studies visual teachingI have a student who was struggling with map tests.

Innovative Communication Techniques for Individuals with Autism

edWeb.net

The VIS uses technology to show visual symbols, maintain children’s attention, and provide compelling multimedia language instruction. Wearable technology, like the Apple Watch, allows for discrete support that is there whenever the individual needs it. By repurposing technology to provide Just In Time Communication, we can provide efficient support to individuals with autism. This award-winning software is developed collaboratively with educators.

What is Digital Accessibility? (And Why It’s Crucial at Schools)

ViewSonic Education

What is digital accessibility – this simple question is, actually, fundamental in the technologically advanced era we’re in. Digital accessibility is about ensuring that all users can perceive, use, and operate web content, software, mobile apps, and other forms of digital media.

VR Gives Students New Ways to Learn

EdTech Magazine

It’s a trend Kristen Powell, an assistive technology trainer and consultant with the education agency Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in Pennsylvania, noticed a couple of years ago at schools served by the regional education agency.

VR Gives Students New Ways to Learn

EdTech Magazine

It’s a trend Kristen Powell, an assistive technology trainer and consultant with the education agency Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in Pennsylvania, noticed a couple of years ago at schools served by the regional education agency.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Surprisingly, 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability and over 65% of those are deficits in reading. provide assistive technology (such as a calculator, text-to-speech tools, and electronic dictionaries). Software. Software. Software.

VR Gives Students New Ways to Learn

EdTech Magazine

It’s a trend Kristen Powell, an assistive technology trainer and consultant with the education agency Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in Pennsylvania, noticed a couple of years ago at schools served by the regional education agency. Teachers used VR headsets and software to make lessons more engaging and realistic in subjects such as science and history.

VR Gives Students New Ways to Learn

EdTech Magazine

It’s a trend Kristen Powell, an assistive technology trainer and consultant with the education agency Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in Pennsylvania, noticed a couple of years ago at schools served by the regional education agency. Teachers used VR headsets and software to make lessons more engaging and realistic in subjects such as science and history.

VR Gives Students New Ways to Learn

EdTech Magazine

It’s a trend Kristen Powell, an assistive technology trainer and consultant with the education agency Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in Pennsylvania, noticed a couple of years ago at schools served by the regional education agency. Teachers used VR headsets and software to make lessons more engaging and realistic in subjects such as science and history.

Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning

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He explains his specific learning needs and calls on all educators to see life from his and millions of other students’ perspective. By sharing his specific needs with teachers, needs that are faced by millions of students across the world, he hopes to provide help in supporting their learning. But then we all have our own specific learning needs. Personally, I feel sorry for people who are put in the ‘normal’ category; their learning needs are not easily defined.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Surprisingly, 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability and over 65% of those are deficits in reading. provide assistive technology (such as a calculator, text-to-speech tools, and electronic dictionaries). Software. Software. Software.

Guest Post: How Can I Find Assistive Tech?

EdTech4Beginners

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.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Surprisingly, 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability and over 65% of those are deficits in reading. Thankfully, the International Dyslexia Association sponsors an annual Dyslexia Awareness Month in October aimed to expand comprehension of this little-understood language-based learning condition. provide assistive technology (such as a calculator, text-to-speech tools, and electronic dictionaries). Software. Software. Software.

How to Leverage Mainstream Technology to Boost Special Education

EdTech Magazine

How to Leverage Mainstream Technology to Boost Special Education. Assistive technology may be the best option. Not only do tools such as audiovisual assistance and voice amplification help students with special needs, they can eventually be transitioned for use in a modern learning environment to serve everyone. . You may think of assistive technology as this niche thing … but inclusive is the hot topic right now,” said Bugaj. “If

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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. This is a list of kids I need to check in with, maybe because they’re learning the English language, or because I’ve observed something where they need a little more help,” Kaswell said. Kaswell’s class is known as the STEAM lab, for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Fostering independence in students with visual impairments

eSchool News

Technological innovation provides students with visual impairments new tools to support independent living. The significant rise in the sophistication and popularity of smartphones and tablets creates opportunities to enhance learning and increase access. It is important for educators working with students with visual impairments to explore how new developments in software and devices can support the acquisition of critical skills.

How Tablet Games Can Teach Skills to Students with Visual Impairments

Edsurge

We’ve now taken the boring task of learning Braille and turned it into a game,” says Schultz, co-founder of Boston-based educational games maker ObjectiveEd. “We’re We’re changing the dynamic so that a kid is looking forward to learning.” According to Crunchbase , global investment activity in assistive technology has grown from $118.5 Schultz isn’t a stranger to technology for people with impairments. Education Technology Financing Game-Based Learning

5 Ways EdTech Helps Students with Special Needs in the Classroom

ViewSonic Education

Being asked to learn new information every day. Students with special needs face a wide range of learning challenges. These include learning disabilities (LDs), developmental disabilities, other related disorders and physical disabilities. Learning disabilities are neurological conditions that interfere with how a child learns. Students with learning disabilities can have trouble in many areas. EdTech and the Challenges of Special Needs Learning.

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Technology in the Classroom: The Complete Guide

ViewSonic Education

There has always been technology in the classroom, even if it hasn’t always been welcome. Take a brief look at the history of technology’s uneasy relationship with education. Continue reading to learn everything you always wanted to know about technology in the classroom. .

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. Teachers who are putting content online can make content more accessible if we learn these tips. And then we have to scramble to make accommodations at that time which is not a very effective way of managing and doing business as an institution of learning.

5 Meaningful Ways to Leverage the "MakeyMakey" in Your Teaching

Cycles of Learning

* Click here if your are not familiar with the MakeyMakey #1: Assistive Technology Development Rather than simply developing video game controllers, empower your students to use the MakeyMakey to create Assistive Technology for individuals with various physical disabilities (Quadriplegia, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). Click here for an example of a MakeyMakey based Assistive Technology project I implemented in my classroom last school year. #2:

How Automated Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

Edsurge

The real issue is that the teaching and learning process in class is not engaging students via technology that is an integral part of their lives. “My My son has learning issues, and when I walked into his classroom, I began to see it through his eyes,” he says. The classroom, where the actual learning takes place, was surprisingly void of impactful technologies. Most kids today don’t even learn cursive, so note taking itself has already changed.

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How Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

Edsurge

The real issue is that the teaching and learning process in class is not engaging students via technology that is an integral part of their lives. “My My son has learning issues, and when I walked into his classroom, I began to see it through his eyes,” he says. The classroom, where the actual learning takes place, was surprisingly void of impactful technologies. Most kids today don’t even learn cursive, so note taking itself has already changed.

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FETC 2019: Day One

eSchool News

The Expo floor did not open until 4:30 pm on Monday, but educators and administrators were able to choose from 100 workshops, Apple and Microsoft concurrent sessions, and an all-day Blueprint for Technology in Education Summit. The FETC Experience, in its second-year, models personalized learning with tracks that identify attendee relevant workshops and sessions. Assistive Technology. A student does not need to be on an IEP or 504 to benefit from assistive technology.

EdTech that transforms access for physically disabled students

Neo LMS

In this second (and last) post in our mini-series on EdTech that revolutionizes access for differently abled communities ( last time we explored tech that enabled visually disabled students) we’ll explore eye-gaze technology — the rapidly advancing assistive technology that is offering physically disabled students enormous freedom in terms of accessing education, communication, information and entertainment. The first experience with the technology should be light and fun.

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

Edsurge

We’re now watching another transformation as Making itself moves from the periphery of learning into the heart of K-12 programs. Most exhilarating of all are the skills, mindsets and deep learning practices sparked by Making activities. Even more, we hope our vision will spark ideas for how you might transform your students’ learning. Free Software —an overview of what the professionals use. Fusion 360 —free CAD software for students and educators.

Improving Accessibility Often Falls to Faculty. Here’s What They Can Do.

Edsurge

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 I think the onus is still placed on the student with a disability” to ensure they have learning materials that they can benefit and learn from, says Kwong. That’s especially concerning to her, given assistive technologies alone won’t always help.

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

Edsurge

These are exciting times in the world of assistive learning technology. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are behind next-generation improvements in a range of software tools for students with sensory or learning disabilities. Speech synthesis in particular is benefiting from deep learning technologies, which are used to generate speech that sounds like a human voice.

How to vet edtech tools to promote success at school for all learners

Hapara

Do you understand how to prepare our learners’ digital learning environment so every individual has the elements they need to flexibly accomplish their learning objectives? We can begin by scrutinizing our learners’ technology tools and platforms from the lens of inclusion.

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8 Characteristics of a Successful K-12 Technology Department

Ask a Tech Teacher

Mike Daugherty is the director of technology for a high-achieving public school district in Ohio, an occasional contributor to AATT (see his last post, 5 Things You Need to Know About 3D Printing), and the author of Modern EdTech Leadership , a discussion on how today’s administrators handle the blending of tech and ed. Here’s what he came up with: Handling the technology needs of a public school system can be a daunting task at times.

5 Meaningful Ways to Leverage the "MakeyMakey" in Your Teaching

techlearning

* Click here if your are not familiar with the MakeyMakey Rather than simply developing video game controllers, empower your students to use the MakeyMakey to create Assistive Technology for individuals with various physical disabilities (Quadriplegia, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). Click here for an example of a MakeyMakey based Assistive Technology project I implemented in my classroom last school year.

Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

The Hechinger Report

Matt Huenerfauth (right), director of the Linguistic and Assistive Technologies Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology, records video and motion-capture data from someone performing American Sign Language (ASL). His laboratory is developing software to animate ASL avatars. The technology behind the cooking rats in “Ratatouille” and the dancing penguins in “Happy Feet” could help bridge stubborn academic gaps between deaf and hearing students.