3 Ways Assistive Technology Supports Students with Disabilities

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

Using Data to Support Personalized Learning Pathways

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During an edLeader Panel , sponsored by CatchOn, An ENA Affiliate , Eric Butash, Director of Education Technology and Data Integration for the district, discussed how they used data analytics to build their personalized student learning pathways. By Stacey Pusey.

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Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In this post I would like to introduce you to way that you can ensure the standards are amplified, and not ignored, by the integration of educational technology. I especially appreciated the following quote, “On his blog, Gorman shares what he has learned with a focus on how tech enables project-based learning.” They include; One-Half Day PBL Splash, Full Day PBL Starter; and a One-Half Day Technology Workshop dedicated to amplifying standards and process using Technology.

Is Homework Compatible With Personalized Learning?

Edsurge

But just as continual development of the iPhone eventually renders older prototypes obsolete; so too are new educational technologies pushing us past differentiation towards personalized learning. Transitioning to a personalized learning environment doesn’t happen overnight—it’s a process. I had to set aside the pride I felt for my personal knowledge—and my love of talking—so that I could start listening to my students and discover what was meaningful for them.

Taking Personalized Learning Personal

Tech Helpful

When I think about personalized learning I see two faces- my own girls. When I think of personalized learning, I see my girls and what it could have done for them to make them feel like more confident learners. As an instructional technologist for my school system I am constantly looking for innovative ways to enhance learning and help teachers become more effective. I was asked to be a part of this pilot as technology support.

Where Does Personalized Learning End and Special Education Begin?

Edsurge

I’ve committed to personalizing learning, but how can I do that for every student in my inclusion classroom when the range of abilities among them is so vast? Personalized learning doesn’t seem that far off—but meeting the needs of every student in an inclusion class when some have IEPs and some do not can get hairy. I’d like to see special education take a front seat in conversations about personalized learning.

Integrating technology

Learning with 'e's

Image from pxfuel I'm pleased to announce the launch of module number 4 in my Digital Learning series on the new ZilLearn platform. Integrating technology by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Technology’s Role in Putting Learning Science Research To Work

Digital Promise

Since the days of writing on wooden shingles with charcoal in one-room school houses, an increasing array of objects – pencils, paper, scissors, paste, books, and microscopes, to name a few – have been routinely used in classrooms to help students deepen understanding and record and communicate what they learned. Today’s technology allows teachers to generate and monitor personalized learning plans for their students.

Technology and Capstone Courses

Dr. Shannon Doak

In the Guide to Capstone Education from the National Capstone Consortium there are a series of questions posed about technology and the role it should, could or might possibly play in a capstone course. It is important to note that capstone courses intrinsically vary from school to school, however, capstone as an inquiry-based process or one that is driven by student passions often rely on or use technology as a part of planning, design, and implementation.

?Anticipating and Addressing Challenges With Technology in Developmental Education

Edsurge

Colleges and universities in the United States are increasingly integrating technology into developmental education programs, which are designed to bring underprepared students up to college level. Policymakers in Tennessee and Texas, for example, have explicitly encouraged the use of technology in developmental education reform. What types of technology do institutions use in developmental education? Student support technology supports students’ academic performance.

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

Edsurge

From IBM’s test scoring machines in the 1930s to the Speak & Spells of the 70s, innovators and educators have been trying to improve education with technology for decades. But these efforts have fallen short of meaningfully transforming learning. Edtech initiatives that reduce teachers to the role of facilitator often overlook the important role the teacher plays in activating rich learning experiences for students. Additional Resources from eSpark Learning.

New and emerging technologies

Learning with 'e's

The video below is the result of that interview, in which I answer questions such as: what emerging technology trends have the greatest potential for learning? What tips you you have for people wanting to invest in emerging technology? and should we be waiting until our learners adopt new technology or should we be leading the way as learning providers? Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

For a number of years, her district has pursued personalized learning. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. In some ways, personalized learning is catching up to what special education advocates have long believed. Therefore, we should not present them with the same learning experiences.

Is competency-based learning the next big thing in school reform?

eSchool News

A new proposal out of Georgia is betting it is, and supporters hope schools will implement it soon. In a typical Georgia school, kids like Sean Prisk would have to abide by a kind of classroom speed limit, forced to learn at the same pace as others his age. Sean entered Locust Grove Middle School as it was implementing “competency-based” learning, which tailors schooling to each child’s ability.

#EDEN15 BCN

Learning with 'e's

Over the next three days, delegates will listen to keynote speeches from a number of thought leaders in the field of technology supported learning, including Pro-Vice Chancellor of the British Open University Belinda Tynan , Maverick US educator Jim Groom , one of the leading lights of the Open University of Catalonia, Professor Albert Sangra , and veteran distance educator Alan Tait. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Digital literacies online

Learning with 'e's

Photo by Steve Wheeler I'm currently writing several short online courses for educators, and I've just published the second module in my online series about digital learning. And here's the link to the first online module about personal learning environments.

How These Districts Prioritized Relationships and Social-Emotional Support During the Pandemic

Edsurge

And while teaching and learning is a central component, not to be overlooked are the other, auxiliary experiences: the relationships forged, the support services provided, the social-emotional needs met. Some students may need technology support.

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4 Critical Characteristics of High-Quality Instructional Content

Edsurge

Quality Is Key Educators seek engaging, hands-on, interactive content that allows students to participate fully and think critically throughout the learning process. E-textbooks: A Personalized Learning Experience or a Digital Distraction? Educational Technology Support!

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How a Feedback Tool Improves Both Instruction and Student Outcomes for This Math Teacher

Edsurge

EdSurge: How is math instruction evolving, and how does technology support this? It’s really helped my students make fewer mistakes and learn the process. I don’t have to wait until an assessment to see how to support them. I’ve never experienced support like this before.

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

EdNews Daily

The district is in the middle of a digital equity revolution, being led by a particularly sharp Director of Education Technology and Library Programs, Dewayne McClary. When McClary joined the district as the manager of educational technology in 2014, progress was less than stellar.

Communicating Through Change: How a CA District Is Supporting Families in the Year Ahead

Edsurge

Some districts are using fully remote learning models to start, some are opting for hybrid models, while others are implementing new safety protocols to begin in-person learning. Twenty-four districts have said they will be sharing data about students’ learning to families.

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3 Questions That Still Boggle Educators, Technologists and Researchers

Edsurge

That was one of many questions posed at CRESST CON , an annual conference for those working at the intersection of education, technology and research. Throughout the two days, the conversations attempted to cover a range of topics, from assessment in informal learning environments to the effectiveness of games in promoting learning outcomes. To improve student learning and success, schools need innovative solutions that can scale. Education Technology Events Communit

CUE 2018: How IT Departments Can Minimize Downtime and Maximize Education

EdTech Magazine

When technology fails in the classroom, it takes away from valuable instructional time and hinders student learning. Rather than instructors pointing fingers at IT staff (or vice versa), Antwon Lincoln, instructional technology coordinator at Chula Vista Elementary School District , says that collaboration and communication are the keys to success. How to Marry IT and Instructional Technology. CUE 2018: How IT Departments Can Minimize Downtime and Maximize Education.

What are Good Tech Goals for Students?

Ask a Tech Teacher

A frequent question from readers revolves around technology goals for students. But that’s not what technology is about. Technology supports a curriculum. It scaffolds learning, making it blended, normative, rigorous, and granular. The metric for measuring technology skills isn’t a rubric with a list of skills (i.e., It doesn’t take into account where students are in the learning curve and what their personal learning style is.

How Achievement First is Creating an Interoperable Ecosystem

Edsurge

Its rigorous standards, high-quality curriculum and ongoing professional development for teachers serve to support this goal. Baked-In Innovation Schools are staffed with operations, logistics and technology teams that enable teaching and learning staff to focus on curriculum development and delivery, assessment, and professional learning. The network also piloted and uses Cortex, a next-generation learning platform developed by InnovateEDU.

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

edWeb.net

Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. Links to Local Learning. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Managing and Sharing Your Education Data Effectively

edWeb.net

Cougan noted that education data has taken on even more importance during the pandemic, as teachers and administrators strive to determine how they can keep students connected, engaged, on task, and safe, whether the students are learning remotely, in hybrid settings, or in classrooms.

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The persistence of distance (learning)

Learning with 'e's

In a formal sense, distance learning has been a familiar concept since at least 1837, when Sir Isaac Pitman began teaching his shorthand system using typed instruction cards mailed through the universal Penny Postal service to his students across England. They were surely an asynchronous form of instruction, a sort of same place - different time learning. By comparison, in its technology supported multiple formats, contemporary distance education is much more sophisticated.

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Role of Tech in Ed: Consideration #1

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators know how to move technology from being viewed as a weapon of mass distraction to being used as a tool of engagement, but this isn’t intuitive for everyone. Tech is a powerful teaching and learning tool that has the ability to transform education. Start with these ideas of ways to use technology to support teaching and learning. Teaching Technology can changes the role of the teacher in meaningful ways.

Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

eSchool News

Free, personalized online tool makes high-quality content available to all users. As the public education system evolves toward supporting students’ personalized needs, online learning tools have emerged that allow teachers to customize instruction. Every student is unique and learns differently. When school starts this fall, teachers can use Gooru to personalize lessons for their students,” said Michele Hansen, president of the Girard Education Foundation.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

For these students, poverty brings a host of other disadvantages, most beyond the school district’s control: broken homes, transient living situations, and a lack of educational support at home. The district is working toward this goal through a wide range of bold initiatives, which include offering two years of kindergarten, ending “social promotion,” connecting every student to technology, and putting significant resources into athletic facilities and music programs.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

For these students, poverty brings a host of other disadvantages, most beyond the school district’s control: broken homes, transient living situations, and a lack of educational support at home. The district is working toward this goal through a wide range of bold initiatives, which include offering two years of kindergarten, ending “social promotion,” connecting every student to technology, and putting significant resources into athletic facilities and music programs. “We

The Publishing Power of Google Slides

EdTechTeam

I selected these two students in particular because I wanted to challenge and push their abilities beyond that of the regular curriculum; it was time to offer them a project that would light their fire and ignite a new found enthusiasm for learning. The illustrations were built in layers, using the various style tools in the Paper 53 App, and carefully shaded and embellished to formulate breathtaking supporting images.

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We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

eSpark

From IBM’s test scoring machines in the 1930s to the Speak & Spells of the 70s, innovators and educators have been trying to improve education with technology for decades. But these efforts have fallen short of meaningfully transforming learning. When districts invest in new instructional technology,f many teachers find that at first their students are quiet and focused, clicking away on activities aligned to their instructional needs.

Plugging in

Learning with 'e's

Two decades into the 21st Century, the university has been characterised by an emphasis on technology supported education. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, and the personal learning agenda are just two of the disruptive challenges faced by universities. Much of the disruptive change in higher education finds its origins in the break-neck speed in which technology, especially personal devices, has proliferated across the sector. Photo by Alex Bl?jan