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The iPad Isn’t the Only Tablet Computer Being Used in Schools

The iPad Isn’t the Only Tablet Computer Being Used in Schools | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Schools are embracing Samsung tablets, Kindles, and other competing tablets.
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Raising awareness of best-practice pedagogy

Raising awareness of best-practice pedagogy | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Graham Gibbs asks what ‘study skills’ consist of and whether they can actually be learned by students
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Not really technology focused but an interesting insight into teaching study skills. However the argument that it is "much better, instead, to develop a learner’s ability to study a subject within that subject" does not bode well for developing skills for use outside education i.e in employment. How about teaching HOW to transfer skills and studneets to understand the preferred way of learning/working.

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Texthelp’s new Read&Write Gold literacy software: life-changing enhancements for students with dyslexia

Texthelp’s new Read&Write Gold literacy software: life-changing enhancements for students with dyslexia | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Powerful enhancements to provide reading and writing support for students on the PC have been included in the new Read&Write Gold by Texthelp, leading developers of literacy support software. Available to download directly from the website www.te...

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Looking forward to seeing the up-dated version of the popular tool.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 29, 2013 7:36 AM

Our students at Lawrence use Read and write Gold to great advantage and I use it as well to mitigate the fatigue of decoding.  --Lou

 

 

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"Powerful enhancements to provide reading and writing support for students on the PC have been included in the new Read&Write Gold by Texthelp, leading developers of literacy support software. Available to download directly from the websitewww.texthelp.com/UK/our-products/readwrite, the software can make a big difference to the confidence and independence of the 10 per cent of students with dyslexia in the UK.

The new Read&Write Gold is designed to improve reading, writing and aid comprehension of on-screen text. It is an easy to use discreet toolbar positioned above familiar applications such as Word, Adobe Reader and offers support in Google Docs as well as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers.

This latest version includes new features such as Voice Note, which allows students to create and embed recorded voice notes within a Word document and can be used by teachers and students to insert instructions or create audio responses..."

Joe Marlin 's curator insight, June 2, 2013 4:53 PM

Assistive technology 

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Assistive technology can improve choice and control in support services for people with learning disabilities - The Learning Disabilities Elf

Assistive technology can improve choice and control in support services for people with learning disabilities - The Learning Disabilities Elf | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Report on pilot projects on impact of assistive technology
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A health focussed report - interesting to read how the telecare world is moving on although the barriers to qide adpotion remain the same as in education:

Low levels of investment in many assistive technology servicesLack of care pathway commissioning assistive technologyLack of awareness of assistive technology on the part of the public.
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Report: Parents See Benefit of Mobile Tech, Want Schools To Take Better Advantage -- THE Journal

Report: Parents See Benefit of Mobile Tech, Want Schools To Take Better Advantage -- THE Journal | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
A new survey from the Learning First Alliance and Grunwald Associates suggests that parents of young children, girls, and students who are required to use portable or mobile devices in school are more likely to see the educational potential of such...

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While BYOD may seem to offer cost savings, the practicalities of supporting so many differnet devices in the classroom is a big issue

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Julie Ann Johnson's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:43 PM

A great study on parent's perspectives on mobile devices being used in school.

Heather MacCorkle Edick's curator insight, May 10, 2013 4:41 AM

I love that schools are embracing technology and that many schools use tech to communicate with parents.  

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» Background Colour in Windows 8

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In Windows 8 the options to change windows colours, including the  background colour, is  hidden but still there. Claro have got some useful pointers on their support blog for anyone struggling with this.

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ClaroCom App Free for a Limited Time!!

ClaroCom App  Free for a Limited Time!! | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
ClaroCom is an app designed for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), available on iOS for iPad or iPhone. An AAC app helps to replace speech or assist writing for those with impairment...
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Brain anatomy of dyslexia is not the same in men and women, boys ...

Brain anatomy of dyslexia is not the same in men and women, boys ... | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Using MRI, neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center found significant differences in brain anatomy when comparing men and women with dyslexia to their non-dyslexic control groups, ...
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Coursera partners with Chegg and publishers to offer students free textbooks during its courses

Coursera partners with Chegg and publishers to offer students free textbooks during its courses | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
Online learning startup Coursera on Wednesday announced a partnership with Chegg, a student hub for various educational tools and materials, as well as five publishers to offer students ...

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Interesting time with the development of MOOCs and now free learning materials. Will this help accessibility or will the fact that the learning materials are provided free make it harder to ensure all students can access them?

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T. Brendan Donahoe's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:50 PM

This is very cool...and raises a lot of questions both for learners, intsructors, authors, and publishers.

Chris Carter's curator insight, May 10, 2013 2:34 AM

Sounds too good to be true ...

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Berkeley accelerating access to course materials for disabled students

Berkeley accelerating access to course materials for disabled students | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it

UC Berkeley is making its vast library collections and course textbooks more readily available to students with visual and other impairments under an agreement reached Tuesday that could set a precedent for universities nationwide.

 

The settlement with the nonprofit legal group Disability Rights Advocates was reached after more than a year of negotiations and will provide students with physical, developmental, learning and visual disabilities more timely access to printed materials in alternative formats such as Braille, large print and audio.

 

 


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A sign of things to come? Level playing field means to learning materials means that access needs to be timely.

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New Research: Dyslexics have better picture-memory » Dyslexia the ...

New Research: Dyslexics have better picture-memory » Dyslexia the ... | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
If you wanted to design a study to test the hypotheses that dyslexics tend to think in pictures rather than words, one way to do that would be to test them on their ability to remember pictures that they have seen.
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There has always been a lot of talk about dyslexic learners preferring pictures to words when looking at why technology can help. It’s nice to see a study backing up this anecdotal evidence. 

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iOS Apps to Support Reading and Writing

iOS Apps to Support Reading and Writing | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it

A list of apps that support students struggling in reading, writing and more.


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Good list of apps. I'd add Evernote to help with organisation and note-taking plus Mind Meister as agood all round mind mpapign tool you can access on any device. 

 

 

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Anthony Egbers's curator insight, April 2, 2013 7:17 AM

Always helpful to see new app ideas

Katherine Page Burdick's curator insight, April 11, 2013 12:20 PM

I add Tools4Students, CompareNContrast and ReadNRespond and K-2MobileReading to the list.

Laina McDonald, Ed.D's curator insight, May 26, 2013 7:49 PM

Really good ideas for struggling students.  Engage them through the use of technology. 

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BEA 2013: The Seven Deadly Myths of Digital Publishing

BEA 2013: The Seven Deadly Myths of Digital Publishing | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
E-books may now outsell mass market paperbacks, but successfully selling digital editions of novels and other text-centric titles is only the first phase of a profound transformation of all segments of the traditional book publishing business.
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Good overview of the e-booK business. A new but rapidly developing market

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Assistive Technology and the 1:1 Student

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"Much has been said about the iPad being a revolutionary device for education. There are even education conferences that are dedicated to its use... 60 Minutes ran a piece on how the iPad was being used as an assistive technology with autistic students. This piece was eye opening for many -- it showed the potential for this device as an assistive technology and how it can change learning for students with disabilities or impairments."


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1 to 1 schemes can be particularly benefitcial to those with special educational needs and disabilities

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ITD Journal: KY Math Etext Project- A Case Study: Math Curriculum Digital Conversion and Implementation

ITD Journal: KY Math Etext Project- A Case Study: Math Curriculum Digital Conversion and Implementation | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it

This study utilized a case-study approach to examine the different facets involved in attempting to digitize and deliver as many elements as possible of a 7th-grade math curriculum. This was intended to improve accessibility to learning for students with print-related disabilities, identified on their IEPs as needing reading accommodations. A unique combination of assistive technologies was employed that enabled students to electronically read aloud not just the plain math text (words), but also complex math symbols. Assessments indicated target students’ math performance improved beyond that of their peers, even though student interest in use of the technology diminished over time. It was found that students were more likely to use the technology to read when the instructional math content was more complex or the amount of the text being read was greater.


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iPads and tablets in the classroom - RNIB

iPads and tablets in the classroom - RNIB | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it

iPads and tablets in the classroom - up to date guidance from RNIB


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Useful guides on introducing iPads into the classroom from an accessibility point of view.

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alistairm 's curator insight, May 14, 2013 12:25 PM

iPads are currently the most versatile and accessible tool for teaching and learning. However while the operating system has lots of inbuilt accessibility the accessibility of apps in the appstore is as varied as the app developers themselves. This guidance from RNIB pulls together some good advice - much provided by blind users themselves.

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NaviDys : The iPad browser which making the web more readable.

NaviDys : The iPad browser which making the web more readable. | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
The iPad browser which making the web more readable.
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NaviDys ipad web browser to make reading easier for dyslexic and VI users. Looks interesting!

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12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education

12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it
If you run a classroom, school, district, or country, you need to know how to properly integrate technology in education. This should help.

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As always - its not just about having access to the technology its how you use it. Simple guide from Edudemic really makes it clear.

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Elsa Mansfield's curator insight, May 16, 2013 6:21 PM

Being purposeful about incorporating technology in our learning tasks will be vital to being an effective teacher. Students need to be taught how to use these tools and navigate the volume of information the internet presents. Using technology without direction and purpose can create problems and wastes tremendous potential.

it442's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:04 PM

Elsa Mansfield-This article talks about using technology to learn instead of learning how to use technology. Integration involves making technology a part of the everyday classroom, and using it to engage studetns with information or content. I like the idea of being very purposeful with employing technology in a variety of ways and incorporating technology in our learning tasks constantly.  Using technology without direction and purpose can create problems and wastes tremendous potential.

Courtney Abels's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:12 PM

I'm going to be busy!

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 9

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 9 | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort whose goal is to focus one day to raise the profile of digital (web, software, mobile app/device, touch screen kiosk, etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities.


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Amazon's Kindle for iOS Updated with Accessibility

Amazon's Kindle for iOS Updated with Accessibility | Assistive Learning | Scoop.it

It's true! Amazon has updated its Kindle for iOS app with accessibility features for the blind--and it's an impressive offering. Here are all the details.

 

After playing around with the app, connecting my braille display and exploring tactilely and buying (more than) a few books to try out, I want to share some initial impressions and a general breakdown of what you can expect from the app.


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Great news that Kindle is becoming more accessible. However, Speak Selection option is still disabled on books where Text-to-Speech is disabled so not much help for those who don't use Voice Over

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