Graham Gibbs asks what ‘study skills’ consist of and whether they can actually be learned by students
Abi James's insight:
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.
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...
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...
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.
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, ...
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?
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.
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.
Abi James's insight:
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.
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.
Abi James's insight:
Good overview of the e-booK business. A new but rapidly developing market
"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."
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.
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.
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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