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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

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. Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning. 11 Resources to Blend Technology and Special Needs. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Using Assistive Technology for Your Struggling Readers

edWeb.net

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. They concurred with Blackaby that using assistive technology significantly increases attention span resulting in the ability to focus on listening and comprehension.

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.

Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education

SpeechTechie

I usually point people in the direction of the collaborative SLP Apps List (top of my blog), but from now on I am also going to be recommending Joan Green''s The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education as a great resource book for those starting out with iPads (or other technology) for clinical use.

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.

Getting Started with Google Voice Typing

Nick's Picks for Educational Technology

Text-to-Speech That Actually Works I remember trying voice-to-text software in the late 1990s. Thankfully, voice-to-text software has come a long way since then. The post Getting Started with Google Voice Typing appeared first on Nick's Picks For Educational Technology.

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. assistive technology curriculum connections executive function geography sentence formulation social studies visual teachingI have a student who was struggling with map tests. Don't ask me whether I think students need to memorize maps nowadays but.anyway, he had to. He was very frustrated, but at least thought the whole thing was over.

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.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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provide assistive technology (such as a calculator, text-to-speech tools, and electronic dictionaries). Software. BrowsAloud software adds speech, reading, and translation facility to websites for people with not only dyslexia but other mild visual impairments. Software.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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provide assistive technology (such as a calculator, text-to-speech tools, and electronic dictionaries). Software. BrowsAloud software adds speech, reading, and translation facility to websites for people with not only dyslexia but other mild visual impairments. 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. With the right guidance learners with an additional need can equip themselves with an effective toolkit of technologies in order to overcome additional hurdles and reduce limitations being placed on attainments and achievements.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

provide assistive technology (such as a calculator, text-to-speech tools, and electronic dictionaries). Software. BrowsAloud software adds speech, reading, and translation facility to websites for people with not only dyslexia but other mild visual impairments. HumanWare offers assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. Software. Web-based tool or software. Software.

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.

Twitter Enhances Accessibility with Alt Text for Images

ProfHacker

Alternative text works with assistive technologies like screen readers , where a description of the image is read out loud by the screen reader. Software a11y accessibility alt text TwitterThis week, Twitter announced that it has added an important function to its service, one that enhances accessibility for people who are blind or who have low vision: support for alternative text to describe images.

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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Fostering independence in students with visual impairments

eSchool News

Technological innovation provides students with visual impairments new tools to support independent living. 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. The significant rise in the sophistication and popularity of smartphones and tablets creates opportunities to enhance learning and increase access.

5 Ways EdTech Helps Students with Special Needs in the Classroom

ViewSonic Education

Special ed teachers rely on assistive learning devices to address the needs of student challenges. Referred to as assistive technology (AT), these devices are often decidedly low tech. Defined by the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 , AT is “any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” EdTech Makes Assistive Tools More Available.

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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.

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.

How Tablet Games Can Teach Skills to Students with Visual Impairments

Edsurge

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. 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.

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. .

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 edtech administrators, information technology, educator, early learning, and inclusion and special education tracks ensured that there was something for everyone. 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.

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:

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 are you implementing text-to-speech technology at ETS?

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.

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. Five years ago, these tools were considered purely assistive technology [for children with special needs]; now everyone’s using them. For so long, special education and assistive technology has been for ‘those kids over there.’

Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

I have dictated every word I have ever written, either to a scribe, or to dictation software. 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. Voice recognition software is designed to eliminate the need for text input by typing. 11 Resources to Blend Technology and Special Needs.

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 The classroom, where the actual learning takes place, was surprisingly void of impactful technologies. 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. Why have a laptop policy if there is not software to go with it?

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Technology Tools That Can Help Dyslexic Students

MindShift

TECHNOLOGY HELPS—BUT ONLY IF IT CAN BE USED. That’s why advances in technology have been invaluable to students who read and write slowly. But to fully maximize how technology can help students with learning differences, educators’ expectations may need to be shifted.

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 The classroom, where the actual learning takes place, was surprisingly void of impactful technologies. 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. Why have a laptop policy if there is not software to go with it?

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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 That’s especially concerning to her, given assistive technologies alone won’t always help. When I took stats, all my books had to be purchased in advance and run through software to transcribe it to Braille,” explains Kwong.