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With the increase in use of mobiles in learning there is a need for educational institutions to embrace how these devices enable learning. As well as engage ' millennial generation' they reduce barriers for people with disabilities.
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E-learning and Disability in Higher Education

E-learning and Disability in Higher Education | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
Most people working within the higher education sector understand the importance of making e-learning accessible to students with disabilities, yet it is not always clear exactly how this should be accomplished.  E-Learning and Disability in Higher Education evaluates current accessibility practice and critiques the extent to which 'best' practices can be confidently identified and disseminated. This second edition has been fully updated and includes a focus on research that seeks to give 'voice' to disabled students in a way that provides an indispensible insight into their relationship with technologies and the institutions in which they study. Examining the social, educational, and political background behind making online learning accessible in higher and further education, E-Learning and Disability in Higher Education considers the roles and perspectives of the key stake-holders involved in e-learning: lecturers, professors, instructional designers, learning technologists, student support services, staff developers, and senior managers and administrators.
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Finally research and discussion about best practice in e learning for people with disabilities in Higher Education.

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A closer look at iOS 7.1's accessibility changes | Macworld

A closer look at iOS 7.1's accessibility changes | Macworld | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
Accessibility expert, Josh de Lioncourt, guides you through the accessibility changes wrought by iOS 7.1
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It seems that Apple has tried to improve accessibility with the new iOS 7.1 especially for people with low vision. 

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The Myth of Learning Styles

The Myth of Learning Styles | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
“Myth: 82% thought that teaching children in their preferred learning style could improve learning outcomes. This approach is commonly justified in terms of brain function, despite educational and scientific evidence demonstrating that the learning-style approach is not helpful (Kratzig & Arbuthnott 2006).” Check The Myth of Learning Styles article and infographic to find more!
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This is great article  shared by Greg Carey from Flinders University about the myths in learning styles.

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Learn How to Use Evernote | Evernote

Learn How to Use Evernote | Evernote | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
Evernote’s library of videos showcase features and ideas for ways you can use Evernote to remember everything.
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I cannot sing the praises of Evernote enough and my favourite when working on research and assignments and projects. Have a look at these great short videos that clearly explain how to make the most of it.

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A New App For Evernote Solves An Annoying Problem

A New App For Evernote Solves An Annoying Problem | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
There will soon be a new add-on app for Evernote called LiveMinutesthat lets multiple people write in the same note at the same time.
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This new app means you can collaborate in real time on Evernote .

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Google Hangouts Review - Google+'s Video Chatting Application

Google Hangouts Review - Google+'s Video Chatting Application | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
Learn more about Google Hangouts, the new video chatting service available on Google+. Find out more about how you can start a video chat, invite other users in your circle, share YouTube videos and chat.
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very impressive as it allows you to have a group video conference in seconds and quite easy to use. However you must have a Google + account and you need recieve an invitation to get started. 

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Improve your tech skills with Lynda.com's iPhone app

Lynda.com, the online training library, released its first iPhone app which gives subscribers access to its full library, and non-members limited access to select tutorials. Read this article by Sharon Vaknin on CNET.
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I am really impresses with the presentation of the video courses on Lynda.com. Each segment is covered in short segments only a few minutes long which allows you to complete it at your own pace. Now there is a free Lynda app as well which aloows members to access and non members can access some of the tutorials..

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Kindle Fire HDX Hands-On: Amazon's Tablet, All Grown Up At Last

Kindle Fire HDX Hands-On: Amazon's Tablet, All Grown Up At Last | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
The new Kindle Fires are here. We’ve been hands on and they’re pretty damn impressive.
The Kindle Fire HDX, in 7- and 8.9-inch models, ha...
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Updated kindle fire has accesibility and the May Day button which allows you to discuss any  Technical issues with  a technician

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Speak it! Text to Speech iPhone app review | AppSafari

Speak it! Text to Speech iPhone app review | AppSafari | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
Speak it! Text to Speech app review for iPhone and iPod touch by AppSafari - iPhone Apps, iPad Apps, iPod touch apps, Honest reviews of quality iPhone apps and games by iOS application experts
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Delivering DisabilityCare - a day of joy – Features – ABC Ramp Up (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Delivering DisabilityCare - a day of joy – Features – ABC Ramp Up (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
Today marks the beginning of a great journey towards a better life of dignity for people with disability across Australia.
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A watershed moment Disability care means that people with disability will be able to chose the services they want to use. There is still a long way to go and more information is required in reference to detail and how to navigate through all of this.

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A watershed moment Disability care means that people with disability will be able to chose the services they want to use. There is still a long way to go and more information is required in reference to detail and how to navigate through all of this.

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Apps under fire over accessibility gripes

Apps under fire over accessibility gripes | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
The ABC has agreed to upgrade its main app after it emerged that some disabled people can't use it.
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Accesibility benefits everyone in the community. Well done to the ABC app for agreeing to upgrade it's app. 

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WebAIM: Using VoiceOver to Evaluate Web Accessibility

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WebAIM is a website which featurcon techniques for people with disabilities to access Internet. one example is voice over which is available on MAC computers, iPhone, iPads and iPods.

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AM - Year eight Hobart student designs disability app 25/05/2013

AM - Year eight Hobart student designs disability app 25/05/2013 | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
A 14-year-old Hobart boy is designing an app that will allow people with intellectual disabilties communicate what they want to get from the governments new disability care scheme Its the 11th app
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How to Make Presentations Accessible to All

How to Make Presentations Accessible to All | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
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When giving a presentation be mindful that your audience is not a homogenous group. So when planning and preparing your presentation you should consider how people with vision, hearing and various other disabilities will have access to your message. This is a great resource to assist you in this.

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Accessibility - Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Accessibility – Enable hands-free use of PC applications with voice control - Nuance

Adding speech recognition capabilities to the PC enables users to work virtually hands free when creating documents, accessing data, or navigating their desktop.
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Dragon dictation software can be used by everyone. Although there are great benefits for people with disabilities, many people in the corporate and legal field use it too. Some of the benefits are as follows:

Provides accessibility for people with physical disabilities that making typing difficult or impossibleHelps users with language-based learning disabilities better express themselves in writingPrevents repetitive stress injuries by enabling hands-free PC useKeeps workers with certain injuries on the job
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Google seeks feedback from blind users | Media Access Australia

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Google would like  feedback from  people who are visually impaired and blind  who use the google apps. This is extremely important if accessibility is to be addressed and improved.

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SkillsLocker

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Skills locker allows TAFE students to  upload evidence for RPL or assessment from a computer, mobile phone or a tablet for the teacher to review. Evidence can be in the form Documents, photos and videos. Your employers can sign off your evidence directly on your device or you can have a third-party report about your work completed, signed and sent to your teacher.

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EverClip for iPad review

EverClip for iPad review | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
EverClip for iPad is an app that allows you to clip various things from across the internet as well as many third party apps.
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Allows you to clip different things from  Internet, thirds party apps so you can use later. The clips  once saved can be  sent to Evernote  or when you launch the app the clips are on the clip board.

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Is access to the internet a human right? | Media Access Australia

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Many of us take for granted our access to the internet and web 2.0 technologies; however, there are many people in the community who still experience the digital divide. The internet is essential for things such as getting a job, communicating with family and friends as well as banking and shopping. As according to Collins from Media Access Australia " It's as essential as another utility and has the ability to impact how we participate in society,"

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Speech Recognition

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Speech Recognition | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
More speed. More accuracy. More features!
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One of the better speech recognition on the market Used in educational institutions. 

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TAFE Bytes | TAFE NSW

TAFE Bytes | TAFE NSW | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
Big ideas. Byte sized chunks.
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Read my blog on voice dream reader

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Jing, screenshot and screencast software from TechSmith

Jing, screenshot and screencast software from TechSmith | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
Jing captures anything you see on your computer screen and lets you share it instantly. Sign up for your free account!
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Great tool to capture screen instruction or simply screen capture which you can share via email or your desired social platform. tutorials are very accessible . Once downloaded a golden ball almost like a sun sits on top of your screen ready for you to use.  

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Jing Tutorials

Whether you're a new or existing user, our video and written tutorials are here to help you get the most out of Jing.
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Great screen capturing tool - Jing. Have a look at these great tutorials by TechSmith

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App Review – Facely HD | Nuyorican Geek

App Review – Facely HD | Nuyorican Geek | Technology to assist in mobile learning and instruction | Scoop.it
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According to Media Access Australia this app is a great option for people using voice over on screen. It does well in reading out and navigating Facebook website.

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Accessibility | Facebook Help Center | Facebook

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Prior to 2008 Facebook was not very accessible to many people with disabilities. Since then  a lot of work has been  done to improve this. Although there is still a long way to go, FB does have an accessibility help centre . 

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