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Students develop assistive technologies - MIT News Office

Students develop assistive technologies - MIT News Office | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it
Undergraduate teams create helpful phone apps and devices for people with disabilities.

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Wonderful program. It would be ideal for companies like Keurig to consider Universal Design, and all users while designing their products, such as tactile guidance and voice navigation built-in/ embedded in their touch screen on coffeemakers. Until then, students applying their ingenuity for the purpose of access and awareness is excellent!

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Google for Education- New Hampshire Summit!

Google for Education- New Hampshire Summit! | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

The first Google Apps for Education Summit in New Hampshire is a fantastic two day event with sessions from Google staff, Google Certified Teachers and Google Apps EDU Certified trainers. In addition there will be a Chromebooks playground for the duration of the conference.

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I will be presenting Chrome as AT (Assistive Technology):

Many schools are increasing their use of Google Chrome Apps for Education, as well as implementing 1:1 devices for students, including the Chromebook, or laptops with access to the Chrome Browser. How do Educators and Special Educators support the struggling student while using Google Chrome? Come learn about several FREE apps and extensions to support your struggling reader or writer, including options for text to speech, voice recognition (speech to text), executive function, highlighting and study skills, organization and time management, mind-mapping, researching, visual support, math support and more! These apps and extensions support all learners, including those who struggle with literacy and executive function.

http://newhampshire.appsevents.com/presenters-1



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TODAY! FCC to Host Free Event on Making Social Media Accessible for People with Disabilities-Attend the Webcast for Free

TODAY! FCC to Host Free Event on Making Social Media Accessible for People with Disabilities-Attend the Webcast for Free | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it
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Let's hope for positive progress towards accessibility of all social media networks, including professional networking sites, as this is important for All individuals who use Assistive Technology. All individuals need access to professional and social networking for employment, education, learning, communicating, and more.


The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Accessibility and Innovation Initiative is hosting an event called "Accessing Social Media" on July 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. Representatives from government agencies, disability advocacy groups, technology companies and members of the public will discuss tools and best practices for making social media accessible. RSVP to AccSocMedia@fcc.govor watch the event live via webcast on July 17. After the event there will be demonstrations of accessible technology solutions in the FCC's Technology Experience Center.



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Central Access Reader-Revolutionary Screen Reader that Reads Math Accurately!

Central Access Reader (text to speech) Reads Math Accurately! Alyssa Marinaccio, Assistive Technology Consultant & Trainer for Assistive Technology for Education, LLC, demonstrates this phenomenal program! CAR was released last week at the CSUN conference. 

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Central Access Reader -A FREE screen reader that reads Math accurately, is going to help so many students and individuals who struggle with literacy, processing, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and other print disabilities, as well as those who are visually impaired or aging and simply benefit from hearing the math aloud. 

"Spencer Graffe, a senior in Central Washington University’s Computer Science Program, has helped develop Central Access Reader (CAR), a free computerized text-to-speech reader program that has attracted attention of institutions across the nation.

Marshall Sunnes, Central Access program coordinator and Wendy Holden, Disability and Accessibility Consultant, collaborated to determine what the program should be, how it should look, and what features were most important to include. Graffe had the skills to make it happen.

The program, developed as a tool to assist students with print-related disabilities—those with visual impairments, dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder, or other conditions—reads documents that other text-readers can’t handle, especially those with equations or symbols." Watch the video demonstration, and download CAR for FREE here:

CAR


**Alyssa Marinaccio is also the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Keene State College. 


***Visit Assistive Technology for Education, LLC for assistive technology assessments, trainings, and consultation to access education and employment.

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Don't miss this reader that can make a difference in math!

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Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology Tools & Resources for Struggling Learners

Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology Tools & Resources for Struggling Learners | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

 NHTI & Assistive Technology for Education Are Hosting an Assistive Technology Workshop! At The Center For Educational Excellence, NHTI: Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology Tools...

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In this workshop you will learn about several Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology options for your Struggling Readers and Writers, including students with learning and print disabilities.  Free resources via State and Federal Grants, Free and Low Cost apps and extensions in the Chrome Browser and Web Store (available for Chromebooks as well as typical laptops or computers), Free and low cost apps for the iPad, Free access to audio books and voice recognition, literacy supports,  Built-In accessibility options and more!  Assistive Technology to support the struggling learner in your classroom or at home will be demonstrated. Students who have difficulty with Reading and/or Writing, including challenges with Math! If your student/child struggles with a print disability due to Dyslexia or specific LD, Low Vision, difficulties with processing or executive functioning skills, or a Physical Disability, you will learn about AT (assistive technology) solutions that will assist them to read, write, compute, complete assignments, create graphic organizers and brainstorm, organize, take notes, schedule and receive reminders, and access textbooks and learning materials. AT that includes text-to-speech ,word prediction, note taking, graphic organizers and mind-mapping, magnification, voice recognition, audio recording, math support, Scanning with OCR (Optical character recognition) , support while browsing the internet and researching, foundational literacy skills, digital story creating, and more. You will learn realistic methods of integrating the assistive technology and implementing AT for everyday access to curriculum and learning materials.

Register HERE.


or Contact Heather Wood at 603-271-6484

hwood@ccsnh.edu


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iPad Apps for Struggling Readers & Writers-Live Webinar Training

iPad Apps for Struggling Readers & Writers-Live Webinar Training | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

 During this Training you will learn about the Best Educational iPad Apps for students who have difficulty with Reading and/or Writing, including Math...

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Registration is Limited, This is a popular and informative training!

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Disney invents touchscreen that lets you feel textures

Disney invents touchscreen that lets you feel textures | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it
It paves the way for phones and tablets that transmit not only audio and visual information, but touch signals, as well.
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"The technology is called “tactile rendering of 3D features,” and an early version of a rendering algorithm has already been developed by engineers at Disney Research in Pittsburgh. The process behind it is, predictably, both technical and confusing, but the basic premise is that small, electronic pulses can trick your fingers into perceiving bumps and texture, even if the surface is actually flat."

 

This research and technology is going to be phenomenal for offering further access to those who are blind/ low vision and others who benefit from the tactile feedback.

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Rebecca Durante McMillan's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:11 AM

Love this!  How cool is that!

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, January 30, 10:58 AM

What's next? Taste and smell through a screen?

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Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category

Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

In recognition of the widespread use of iPads in schools and

general education, Apple recently released a new Apps for Teachers category in the App Store.…

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is great, there are many excellent apps for so many subjects/ skills/ features/ assignments/ lessons etc. in general and special education. It would be great if there was a way for teachers to add/ recommend apps as well as other professionals. I provide training on apps and have SO many to add to this list!

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Linda Wallin's curator insight, January 17, 7:05 PM

I am familiar with pages, keynote, numbers, notability, evernote, dropbox, annotate pdf, pbs, and edmodo. Look for videos on YouTube to see how they work.

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RoboDesk motorized wheelchair tray puts mobile devices front and center

RoboDesk motorized wheelchair tray puts mobile devices front and center | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

A researcher at Purdue University has developed a motorized wheelchair tray that is designed to make it easier for wheelchair users to

access mobile devices...

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"The RoboDesk was developed by Brad Duerstock, an associate professor of engineering practice in Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and School of Industrial Engineering, who hopes it will make it easier for wheelchair users to study so as to increase their employment opportunities."

Assistive Technology-Leveling the Playing Field and providing equal opportunities! The video shows the tray in action.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GehfR-exObc

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CLASS, Inc.'s curator insight, November 10, 2013 7:58 AM

Great for AAC use!

CLASS, Inc.'s curator insight, February 19, 5:33 PM

Fantastic!  So many times device access and mobility are at odds.

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Read&Write for Google Literacy Tools Make Cloud Collaboration Accessible

Read&Write for Google Literacy Tools Make Cloud Collaboration Accessible | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

Read&Write for Google is a suite of literacy tools

designed to help

struggling students improve skills and make Google Apps for Education more accessible. Read&Write for Google is a suite of literacy tools designed to help students with print disabilities and English language learners improve reading, writing, research, and study skills

Diana Petschauer's insight:

There are many resources for students and educators in the Chrome Browser now and many Google apps and extensions to support literacy; Read and Write for Google is excellent to support reading/ writing/ and study skills! This article by Andrew Leibs sums up the features well! 

 

Try a 30 day free trial:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd?hl=en-US

 

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AutisMate LITE the Communication and Life Skills App For Adults and Children with Autism

AutisMate LITE the Communication and Life Skills App  For Adults and Children with Autism | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

AutisMate’s Smart Scenes™ technology combines a traditional grid-display sentence builder with customizable visual scenes, which incorporate visual stories, visual schedules and video modeling into a single learning app.  AutisMate’s personalization allows users to employ images and videos from an environment the individual with autism is familiar, including their home, school or work.

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This is one of the most comprehensive apps I have ever used for students/ individuals with autism or any individual needing AAC or  life skills features that are built right into the app! Visual schedules and timers, customizable interactive scenes that are literally the rooms/ places that the student/ individual will be in daily, video modeling and sequencing, and communication; it's absolutely phenomenal! The Lite version is FREE and starts with an excellent step by step tutorial and allows you to experience much of what the app has to offer before deciding to purchase the full version. Well worth the price for students/ individuals who will benefit as it replaces so many other apps and having to use multiple apps.

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Elizabeth Ralston's comment, July 27, 2013 11:07 AM
I'm going to look into this. I need a customizable app for higher level students.
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Software & Android SmartPhone Help "Blind to See"

Software & Android SmartPhone Help "Blind to See" | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

"The Visus Visual Assist System provides visual and audio aids to blind people using the camera and other devices on a cellphone. "

Recogize objects, signs, Text (OCR) & faces and map the inside of a building for future navigation.

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Innovative Assistive Technology is being tested by students at the Carroll Center for the Blind. It carries a hefty price tag, and there are currently iphone apps that do similar, however I am very interested in comparing this software and the applications that sound excellent, such as recognizing universal symbols such as the bathroom, recognizing/ scanning faces, and mapping the inside of a building for future navigation. I believe a person would introduce themselves prior to having their face scanned, however it is great progress! You can read the full article here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/07/21/for-blind-kids-smartphone-shows-way/RCxI74zW3ENnpMtXP02oNL/story.html

 

If you have an iPad or iPhone/ iPod touch and want an app that identifies many words, symbols, objects, and colors, check out oMoby.

For OCR check out Textgrabber  (also available on Android) and for navigation BlindSquare is phenomenal.

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Karin Gustafsson – TILLTRO's curator insight, February 7, 1:42 AM

Det gäller att hitta rätt teknik för de behov som finns.

 

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Make Math Accessible with MathJax-Free

Make Math Accessible with MathJax-Free | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

Accessible Pages with MathJax

MathJax was designed with accessibility in mind and has several powerful features to make math easier to see and read, both for ordinary users as well as those with print and learning disabilities.  Two accessibility features, the ability to scale all math in a page or zoom in on a particular equation, are built in to MathJax.  In addition, MathJax works with MathPlayer to make math accessible to screen readers, to screen magnifiers, and to learning disability software.

Diana Petschauer's insight:

It makes such a significant difference for individuals with print disabilities or learning disabilities, including those who are low vision or Blind, to access Math and math text with magnification and/ or read aloud in the proper format and order; this is excellent!

http://www.mathjax.org/

 

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Diana Petschauer's comment, July 14, 2013 4:06 PM
And Fast Fig app-free in the Chrome Browser: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fastfig/bogefeobnkbodnohkifkjfdipjmdljkd?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon
blsewb's curator insight, July 17, 2013 5:47 AM

check out for ProEd

abraham nyarko's comment, February 14, 3:17 AM
this was good
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MakerBot and Robohand -- 3D Printing Mechanical Hands

MORE INFORMATION makerbot.com/robohand robohand.blogspot.com MAKE A ROBOHAND thingiverse.com/thing:44150 SUPPORT ROBOHAND Indiegogo.com/projects/robohand Whe...
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3D Printing is incredible for designing/ inventing assistive technology!

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Fluency Tutor™ for Google - from Texthelp

Fluency Tutor™ for Google - from Texthelp | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

Fluency Tutor is an application for Google Chrome which allows educators to assign reading passages to students via their Google Drive accounts. Teachers can pick reading passages based on content, lexile level or reading age and share with individual students or groups via Google Drive.

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See the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiFfrzTPBQE


Website and Info here:

http://www.fluencytutorforgoogle.com/

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EEIN: iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills (Pre-K & Kindergarten); Application & Implementation | Assistive Technology For Education, LLC

EEIN: iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills (Pre-K & Kindergarten); Application & Implementation | Assistive Technology For Education, LLC | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

Come learn about the best educational apps to engage all learners who are developing foundational literacy skills!

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iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills: Sponsored by EEIN (Early Education & Intervention Network of NH)

Come learn about the best educational apps to engage all learners who are developing foundational literacy skills. Bring your iPad or iPad mini to follow along as apps are demonstrated thoroughly, and realistic implementation strategies are discussed for individual and group instruction. iPad accessibility will also be demonstrated. The educational apps that you will learn about include beginning writing skills (correct letter formation), phonics (phonetic spelling), Beginning reading skills (direction, phonetics, sight words, interactive  reading, interactive storytelling and creative story writing; social stories), rhyming, patterns, foundational math, telling  time, counting, Life cycles, Nursery Rhymes, Taking turns and more! Some cause and effect apps will be shown as well.

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The Case Against Assistive Technology - YouTube

A look at the assumptions stopping schools from using technology. A narrated version is available at http://www.donjohnston.com/thecase
Diana Petschauer's insight:

Great video and insight; Assistive Technology and

Educational Technology is supporting all students as well as adults, but certainly offering significant support to those who have disabilities, or are naturally losing abilities due to aging or injury. Assistive Technology levels the playing field, and makes things possible that were otherwise impossible, or makes things easier that were previously so difficult. It levels the playing field. More importantly, AT and Ed Tech are helping our students to access education and employment individually, successfully, and to Compete Globally in the workforce. It is simply absurd to keep students behind by withholding technology supports, and keep them from learning new skills or knowledge in the best possible and accessible format, or to keep them from reaching their peak potential. When they get into "the real world," they can choose any phone, any tablet, any computer, any technology to help them succeed, and compete against other students who are using technology daily to be employed, or even just to access their community and home. How are we supporting our students to be successful in the future? Hopefully not by telling them that technology is cheating or unfair, but rather seeing the potential it offers them. So many assistive technology options are low cost or free now as well, the old excuses and fears need to be left behind.

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Patricia Schachtner's curator insight, March 25, 11:18 AM

This video really helped to expand my understanding of the importance of AT in schools.

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Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup

Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

Edutopia's Guide to Assistive Technology

Resources by Topic:
Getting Started
Finding Assistive Technology
Tips and Tools
Need-Specific Resources
Universal Design for Learning
Additional Resources on the Web





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A comprehensive article with many resources. Assistive Technology, often overlapping with educational technology, certainly is supporting ALL students universally in education, as well as adult individuals to access employment, the community, and daily living activities. High tech options or low tech options, modifications, and so many free and low cost options available for leveling the playing field and supporting access in all environments.

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Window-Eyes Screen Reader FREE- Offer for Users of Microsoft Office -Blind/ Low Vision/Print disabled

Window-Eyes Screen Reader FREE- Offer for Users of Microsoft Office -Blind/ Low Vision/Print disabled | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

GW Micro, in collaboration with Microsoft, is excited to provide people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled with a completely functional* and free license of GW Micro's Window-Eyes screen reader. Microsoft is offering customers who have a licensed** version of Office 2010 or later the ability to download Window-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows PCs, free of charge!

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is quite an offer and a game changer in AT! For users who are currently using JAWS, Window Eyes is now a cost affordable option, with similar use and commands. Note: it is not yet compatible with Dragon speech recognition. Contact me for hands-on training, or training via

Live webinar to use Window Eyes. 

dp.atspecialist@gmail.com

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Here is a link for the downlaod:http://www.windoweyesforoffice.com/
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TacType — Touch-type on your iPad Keyboard

TacType — Touch-type on your iPad Keyboard | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it
The TacType Keyboard turns the iPad virtual keyboard into a real keyboard with tactile feedback—without the drawbacks of a Bluetooth keyboard.
Diana Petschauer's insight:

Excellent For students and individuals who need the tactile feedback and guidance, and/ or those who have difficulty with resting their hands on the ipad screen.

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John A. Morris's curator insight, November 3, 2013 7:38 AM

Now Low Vision patients can have an additional communication tool  that doesn't require additional hardware.  Not bad for the rest of us too - one more thing we don't have to carry - keyboards.

Heather Peretz's curator insight, February 3, 12:45 PM

Great for individuals that need the tactile input of a keyboard when typing. 

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CanPlan App for iPhone & iPad-Schedule and Planning app with Photos and Audio & a reminder- FREE!

Simple Sequencing for Accomplishing tasks for those who need assistance with planning, scheduling, task management and completion. 

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CanPlan is a phenomenal App for Students and Adults who benefit from scheduling/accomplishing tasks with supportive pictures, instructions, and audio. In addition, set a reminder so it gets done! For students in school, the community, or at home, as well as aging adults who need this support...and it's currently FREE in the itunes store!

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Donna Farren's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:49 AM

Wow this is great - wish their was an android version too!

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Teen's inexpensive 3D-printed prosthetic could aid amputees in the third world

Teen's inexpensive 3D-printed prosthetic could aid amputees in the third world | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

Easton LaChappelle, a 17-year old high school student,

is developing an alternative to

advanced prosthetic arms and hands using freely available online resources...He started with Legos at a science fair and now is working with NASA!

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This is excellent, what a brilliant and well-meaning young man; this will make a significant difference in the lives of many. Awesome.

http://www.gizmag.com/easton-lachappelle-3d-printed-prosthetic/28685/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6128234b18-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-6128234b18-90865821

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Watch "The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonomaCounty"-Phenomenal and Worth Watching!!!

Watch "The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonomaCounty"-Phenomenal and Worth Watching!!! | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

High School Dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential. Designing for the Average reaches ZERO students and individuals, we need to personalize learning, adjust learning according to strengths and weaknesses, and Ban the

Average. Design to the Edges.

There are 1.2 million drop-outs in the US each year, at least 4% that are gifted intellectually, at Least 50,000 brilliant minds...

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is an excellent Talk/Video and worth watching! Assistive Technology and Educational Technology can help personalize learning and create a flexible/ adjustable learning environment that nutures individual strengths/ skills/ knowledge and potential!

 

http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-Myth-of-Average-Todd-Rose-a

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Thank you!
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Introducing Reading Champion - Texthelp's Newest iPad App!

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'Children can do the following: 

1.listen to a passage being read aloud using text-to-speech with highlighting 
2.record themselves reading the passage aloud
3.look up any unfamiliar words using the dictionary
4.listen to their own recording and re-record as desired 
5.mark their own progress by selecting words they found difficult

Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded. Children and their parents or teachers can access progress graphs to see the improvement that they have made.

 

This is excellent for practicing and improving reading while tracking progress! Try it for free from the app store:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reading-champion/id645814938?mt=8

 

Also available from TextHelp is a phenomal app for writing using word prediction called iReadWrite: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ireadwrite/id600843386?mt=8

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blsewb's curator insight, July 27, 2013 6:35 AM

Reading Champion/TextHelp

Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 29, 1:05 PM

Thank you Diana for sharing this app that can make a difference for thousands of learners!

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, January 30, 10:55 AM

This would be a great app to have loaded on the ipads at the library. 

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Max Virtual's Cynaps Connect Assists Individuals with Conductive Hearing Loss

Max Virtual's Cynaps Connect Assists Individuals with Conductive Hearing Loss | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

Cynaps: Hands-Free, Ears-Free, Bluetooth Bone Conduction Headset in a Hat!" This is for people who  have conductive hearing loss. Similar to BAHA devices, this hat is a  self contained hearing device that amplifies and directs sound to the  inner ear through bone conduction (vibration). Use while Working, Biking, Gaming, Socializing, etc. Hearing/ Listening enhancement in a hat!

 

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is excellent, I like that an individual can use it with their own hat or helmet and personalize it to their own style or needs/ activities. Promising Assistive Technology! These videos are also worth watching about the Cynaps:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSkz0DqSNuQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-xER6sc4ts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yunD-MBOfjk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIP6St7zOzk

 

Website for MaxVirtual: http://www.maxvirtual.com/

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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 Technology for Education | 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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If you open the second document on creating an accessible PDF in Google Chrome, you will have the option to translate it to English, such as here:

http://blog.axespdf.com/index.php/leserseite/items/cheatsheets-pdf-barrierefrei.html

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