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Ian Noon: The impact of concentration fatigue on deaf children should be factored in

Ian Noon: The impact of concentration fatigue on deaf children should be factored in | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
I went to a great conference today. It was riveting and I was hooked on pretty much every word. And then I got home and collapsed on the sofa. I’m not just tired, I’m shattered. I’ve had to turn my...

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Applies to dyslexic learners too!

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alistairm 's curator insight, June 28, 2013 6:22 AM

Very interesting perspective on a hidden aspect of deafness and learning

terrymc's comment, July 18, 2013 4:29 AM
and to diabetics!
alistairm 's comment, July 18, 2013 5:07 AM
And old people like me :-)

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Mobile Technologies to Meet The Needs of Dyslexic Learners - by Myles Pilling

Mobile Technologies to Meet The Needs of Dyslexic Learners - by Myles Pilling | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
   The project I am about to embark on would add to the current research of Tablets for Schools, on supplying  evidenced-based research on the longitudinal effect of mobile technologies to mee...
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A considered look at why tablets may help dyslexic learners. Good to see individual skills, preferences and ability being considered when looking for the right tablet device and app.

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Books for All: Digital Examinations - Video

Books for All: Digital Examinations - Video | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Watch and listen to pupils talking about the impact that digital exams has had on their performance in SQA exams.
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Great to hear students talking about the impact digital exam papers and technology is having on their exams. 

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Two Journeys with Dyslexia and Assistive Technology - AT Program News

A look at two experiences with dyslexia and assistive technology (AT) gleaned from our AT program community--those of Therese Willkomm, Director of AT in NH, and Carolyn Phillips, Director of Tools for Life and the Pass It On Center in GA.
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Wonderful insight into the power of technology for those with dyslexia
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What's So Special About Special Education in Finland?

What's So Special About Special Education in Finland? | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
     Up to half of those students who complete their compulsory Finnish education at the age of 16 will have been in special education at some point in their school careers. Just chew on that for...
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Interetesting persepctivie on SEN in Finland. The video at the end shows early interevention and collaboration between professionals in practice.

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What Extra Time Gives a Dyslexic: A Firsthand Look by Allison Schwartz * The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

What Extra Time Gives a Dyslexic: A Firsthand Look  by Allison Schwartz * The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Extra time wasn’t the entire solution, but with it, I saw my confidence improve, and with that, so did my schoolwork.
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All exams will be taken online within 10 years, says independent schools leader

All exams will be taken online within 10 years, says independent schools leader | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Independent Association of Prep Schools chief executive to tell conference that days of written tests will soon be over
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Bold claim! If it true the exam boards need to be considering accessibility and unviersal design now

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Can You Write A Whole Article Using Voice Dictation on the Mac? Well I Just Did (And This Is It)

Can You Write A Whole Article Using Voice Dictation on the Mac? Well I Just Did (And This Is It) | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
“What you”
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An insight into using speech recognition and dictation on the Mac. Good to see a discussion on the the limitations of this technology as well as is strengths. Any users still need to be able to dictate sentences in order for the computer to transcribe them.
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CALL Scotland Blog:

CALL Scotland Blog: | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
People often make assertions about the 'best' font to use to make it easier for people with dyslexia to read text, but this has been done without making use of any real research into the subject. Now Spanish researchers have published the results of a study, comparing 12 fonts, using eye-tracking software to measure reading time and 'fixation uration (a measure of readability). They also asked the research participants about their personal preferences.
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New study shows that sans serif fonts, particularly Helvetica, Courier, Arial, Verdana and Computer Modern Unicode, are easy to read for those with dyslexia.
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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Interesting that ICT education often focusses on the multimedia aspects when actually teachers want to develop "soft" academic skills that can be used in education and the workplace

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Julie Lindsay's comment, September 3, 2013 5:14 PM
Some of these are life skills - good to see
harish magan's comment, September 3, 2013 11:12 PM
If every body inform their kids that how to take profits from the use of Internet, they will learnt amicably and would not misuse it.
Karine Thonnard's curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:37 AM

8 compétences essentielles pour un citoyen numérique

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This young scientist is using technology to help dyslexics

This young scientist is using technology to help dyslexics | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Spanish researcher Luz Rello has been unanimously awarded the European Young Researchers’ Award 2013 (EYRA), for which she was competing against fellow European PhD candidates ...
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More research is definitely needed in this area to make the web accessible to all. 

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How Tablets Are Influencing The Way We Teach and How our Students Learn - EdTechReview (ETR)

How Tablets Are Influencing The Way We Teach and How our Students Learn - EdTechReview (ETR) | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
The infographic below clearly shows how tablets like iPads are influencing the way we teach and how our students learn.
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Ian Noon: The impact of concentration fatigue on deaf children should be factored in

Ian Noon: The impact of concentration fatigue on deaf children should be factored in | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
I went to a great conference today. It was riveting and I was hooked on pretty much every word. And then I got home and collapsed on the sofa. I’m not just tired, I’m shattered. I’ve had to turn my...

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Abi James's insight:

Applies to dyslexic learners too!

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alistairm 's curator insight, June 28, 2013 6:22 AM

Very interesting perspective on a hidden aspect of deafness and learning

terrymc's comment, July 18, 2013 4:29 AM
and to diabetics!
alistairm 's comment, July 18, 2013 5:07 AM
And old people like me :-)
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First Linux Dyslexia Software Released by Ghotit | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

First Linux Dyslexia Software Released by Ghotit | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it

Ghotit Real Writer & Reader boasts the following advanced capabilities, all designed for the dyslexic community:

• Intelligent context-sensitive and phonetic spell checker 
• Advanced grammar checker
• A powerful word prediction tool
• A built-in proofreader 
• A reader that can read out any document or web page.

Ghotit Real Writer & Reader works with any Linux, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh text application, and can also be used as a standalone text editor.

Dr. Robert Iakobashvili, Ghotit CTO and one of Ghotit founders, said, "Internet forums reflect many attempts to use on Linux Windows dyslexia assistive software over the Wine emulator. Due to the nature of the assistive software rich by hooks and text-to-speech technologies, the attempts were rarely successful. Ghotit breaks this barrier and delivers the first Linux "native" dyslexia software working properly with popular Linux office programs like Open-Office, LibreOffice and many others." 

Read more: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2013/06/18/first-linux-dyslexia-software-released-ghotit#ixzz2WgsrjyMW


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Really great to see more tools available for Linux.

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Creating accessible Word documents - Word - Office.com

Creating accessible Word documents - Word - Office.com | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Guidance on ways to create Microsoft Word documents to make them more accessible to users with disabilities. Other Word Tip Videos: Creating Word Macros: http://goo.gl/JFxor Spell Check and Proofin...
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Well-structured and accessible word documents are vital for assistive technology users. They also make easier reading for everyone and are good source documents for accessible PDFs and web pages. This blog contains links to resources on how to create accessible word documents.

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To Read or not to Read: Reducing the barriers to computer use for a Dyspraxic student ( Not a dyslexic student)


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iPad as #dyslexiatech

iPad as #dyslexiatech | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
My students are amazing learners.  Seeing the growth they make each day brings a smile to my face.  They have struggled and yet have found the perseverance within themselves to tackle the challenge...
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Overview of Accessibility Features in iOS 7

Overview of Accessibility Features in iOS 7 | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Update: My good friend and fellow ADE Daniela Rubio has created a similar post for our Spanish speaking friends on her Macneticos blog. The long wait is over. It's finally here: iOS 7, the latest a...
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Lots of new features to discover. Its a shame that some tools that would be useful to everyone (e.g. larger font size)  are hidden behind the term "accessibility". Most people don't know what this means. 

 

I particularly like the handwriting opton on the VoiceOver rotor but it is so difficult to discover!

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Twitter / HYWEL_ROBERTS: Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads ...

Twitter / HYWEL_ROBERTS: Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads ... | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
“ RT @Primary_Ed: Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads. http://t.co/XIbZyVHdGZ #ukedchat #edchat #edtech #ipadchat #iPad #ipaded”
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alistairm 's curator insight, September 30, 2013 3:12 AM

Bloom's taxonomy is a favourite of mine - easy to understand yet profound in how it can influence teaching practices.

This version, based around iPad apps that support different level of Bloom's, is a nice way of bringing it up to date for mobile and tablet based learning,

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Making technology work for disabled people

Making technology work for disabled people | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
New technologies aren’t always up to scratch for disabled people. Mainstream devices can be highly adaptable but don’t do a great job of meeting disabled people’s needs. Technology designed especia...
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Full report available from http://www.scope.org.uk/help-and-information/publications/enabling-technology

 

While this report concludes that adating mainstream and open technology, it does not address the model for how to access the specialist skills needed to adapt and support the technologies in the long-term.

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The Challenge of Ebooks

The Challenge of Ebooks | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
The goal of the "Challenge of Ebooks in Academic Institutions" project is to help orientate senior institutional managers (our primary audience) and to support institutions in the effective adoption and deployment of ebooks and ebook technology. 
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An in-depth report on the challenges and best practices for integrating ebooks into Higher Education provision. A very extensive resource!

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Dyslexics Top Codebreakers in the UK

Dyslexics Top Codebreakers in the UK | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
A spokesman for the Government’s top-secret electronic eavesdropping station in Cheltenham, pictured, said last night that some of their most talented code-breakers have difficulty in learning to read or interpreting words.

Via Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com
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Nice to see recognition of those who may struggle academically but be highly skills at analysing and assessing information.

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Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com's curator insight, July 13, 2013 10:59 PM

Excerpt: "Sir Iain Lobban, the director of GCHQ, said: ‘Part of my job is to attract the very best people and harness their talents, and not allow preconceptions and stereotypes to stifle innovation and agility.’

Adrian Culley, a cyber expert and former Scotland Yard computer crime detective, said: ‘Dyslexic people have the ability of seeing codes with patterns, repetitions and omissions. 


'Dyslexia may in other circumstances be regarded as negative – but most people only get to see the full jigsaw picture when it’s nearly finished while dyslexic cryptographists can see what the jigsaw puzzle looks like with just two pieces.’ "


Too cool. Probably why there are so many dyslexics in fields such as internet security and white hat hacking.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362793/Dyslexia-Britains-secret-weapon-spy-war-Top-codebreakers-crack-complex-problems-suffer-condition.html#ixzz2Yz8BkJVz 

Lou Salza's curator insight, September 2, 2013 8:49 AM

From our good friends, Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com

 

Excerpt:

"Last week MPs on the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee praised steps taken by spy chiefs to harness the skills of dyslexic code-breakers.

The threat to the UK from cyber attacks, according to the report, is at its ‘highest level ever’ and is ‘disturbing’ in its scale  and complexity.

Sufferer: Some of the world's greatest thinkers, including Albert Einstein, pictured, had dyslexia

The MPs said the Cheltenham-based agency had set up a Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Support Group, which provides ‘mentoring and practical support to individuals’.

A GCHQ spokesman said some of their most talented code-breakers were affected: ‘They are very creative but may need support, including adjustments in the workplace, such as IT tools and computer software, or [reductions] in their working hours.’

In a speech last year, Sir Iain Lobban, the director of GCHQ, said: ‘Part of my job is to attract the very best people and harness their talents, and not allow preconceptions and stereotypes to stifle innovation and agility.’



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Food for thought - accessible e-book platforms? | Jisc TechDis Blog

Food for thought - accessible e-book platforms? | Jisc TechDis Blog | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Alistair McNaught draws on his dietary whims to ask when did it become the job of librarians to assess the accessibility of ebook platforms?

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Alistair demonstrates perfectly the need for anyone providing digital content to understand and be transparent about accessibility. Without it, the opportunities that digital content could provide dyslexic and disabled pupils, students and adults is fading away.

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alistairm 's comment, July 19, 2013 6:05 AM
Hi Sarah - what you're doing is proactive, responsible and professional. My only argument is "where is the supplier's responsibility in all this?". Why don't we follow up offline because I think your project is in a perfect place to leverage suppliers to start this process themselves - you could even offer to feedback to their product development process in exchange for licensing favours!
Sarah George's comment, July 19, 2013 6:09 AM
Topping idea. I'm thinking of sending each supplier a report card to tell them how they're performing on all the criteria we tested!!
Sarah George's comment, July 26, 2013 12:17 PM
Hi Alistair - can I use your initial quote on the online version of ofur presentation on auditing e-resources? I read it out at the presentation and there were a lot of dropping jaws and some frantic scribbling :)
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New Treaty Boosts Text Access for Blind People: Scientific American

New Treaty Boosts Text Access for Blind People: Scientific American | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
A global copyright agreement will increase the availability of scientific texts in accessible formats
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E-SENtials: Rights not needs

E-SENtials: Rights not needs | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
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Constructive article highlighting huge gap between the legislation to ensure equality for learners with special educational needs and disabilities and the actual situation in schools.

 

"Irrespective of the Equality Act, parents frequently report relentless daily battles for simple reasonable adjustments to be made for their children with schools who see these adjustments as 'special treatment'. LAs appear to pay no attention to the Act when organising or delivering very basic levels of SEN provision which enable children to access education. This all matters because,over the last five years, outcomes for this group of children have changed very little."

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The first PDF reader for visually impaired people: Swiss National Association of and for the Blind SNAB

The first PDF reader for visually impaired people: Swiss National Association of and for the Blind SNAB | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it

The Swiss National Association of and for the Blind (SNAB), in collaboration with the Access for All foundation and the service provider xyMedia, has developed an important innovation for visually impaired people. The VIP PDF-Reader overcomes a previously insurmountable problem for people with a visual impairment who want to read and work with PDF files. This innovative product is now available free of charge to Windows, Mac and Linux users.


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