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Report: E-Reading Soars, Shift from Print to E-Books Continues | PCWorld

Report: E-Reading Soars, Shift from Print to E-Books Continues | PCWorld | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
People who read e-books say they spend more time reading in general, according to study.
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How to Help Students With Nonverbal Learning Disabilities | Edudemic

How to Help Students With Nonverbal Learning Disabilities | Edudemic | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
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19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators - eLearning Industry

19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators - eLearning Industry | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Are you looking for Free Text To Speech tools? Check the 19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators.
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Informative list for parents and educators of children with learning and print disabilities.

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▶ As They See It: Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities - YouTube

Texas students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities share their excitement about books, Bookshare, and the ways that assistive technology opens door...
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New Title-Tag Best Practices | 2014 Google Update | GPO

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With the recent Google update, title-tag construction was changed forever. Learn about the new title-tag best practices for SEO on the GPO blog today.
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Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners | Katrina Schwartz | KQED.org

Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners | Katrina Schwartz | KQED.org | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it

Preparing students to be “college and career ready” is a catch phrase in many schools, but those same institutions often block large swaths of the internet in an attempt to protect students from acting inappropriately online. While well-intentioned, blocking useful digital tools prevents educators from guiding students through appropriate online behavior while still in the relative safety of school. College and job recruiters are seeking students who are creative problem solvers, collaborative workers and independent thinkers, but in many cases, rules prevent students from practicing those skills online.

 

“When you try to use a computer in a school, it’s shocking what is blocked,” said Michelle Luhtala, head librarian at New Caanan High School in Connecticut during an edWeb webinar. “That is not 21st century learning.” Luhtala doesn’t believe schools can make good on their promise to prepare kids for the world that awaits them outside school walls if they don’t first prepare them to use the tools to operate online in safe ways. She acknowledges that letting students direct their own learning in virtual spaces can be scary and that it takes a lot of trust.

 

In many ways, trust underlies much of what happens in school each day. The job of helping young people grow into well-educated and independent adults rests upon the relationship between teachers and students, teachers and their administrators, the community and its school staff. And yet many of the rules governing schools are about control. Psychologist David DeSteno explores the tension between risk and reward inherent in trust in his book “The Truth About Trust: How It Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning and More.” Maria Popova summarizes some of the key points in Brain Pickings.

 

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E-Textbooks Versus Print Books: Will the Traditional Book Survive?

E-Textbooks Versus Print Books: Will the Traditional Book Survive? | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
New CourseSmart study says college students are embracing digital textbooks.
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Winter Holiday Titles That Will Tickle Your Funny Bone!

Winter Holiday Titles That Will Tickle Your Funny Bone! | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Looking for some holiday cheer? Check out these witty and quirky holiday titles!  We bet one or more will tickle your funny bone, so put away those serious books and put on a smile. Why not share y...
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Protecting your child's digital identity | Digital CitizenShip | eSkills

Protecting your child's digital identity | Digital CitizenShip | eSkills | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Child identity theft is considered to be one of the fastest-growing crimes. Kids’ identities are stolen over 50 times more than those of adults! We’re often so focused protecting our kids from so many threats in the real world; we forget that in cyberspace bad guys are stealing children’s identities to open credit cards, apply for loans, rent homes and even receive health care. Bad guys make money by selling and reselling the same child’s identity over and over. And they get away with it because parents don’t think about monitoring their son or daughter’s identity.

Why is this important? Children could potentially lose out on future jobs, internships and loans that require a clean background check or credit report—all because they were victims of identity theft as kids. That’s a future I’m trying to help my daughters avoid. Growing up in the real world is difficult enough that I don’t want their digital lives to hold them back.

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/why-cybersecurity-starts-at-home-and-is-concerning-all-of-us/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/how-to-teach-kids-up-from-the-early-age-about-cyber-security-and-digital-citizenship/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/digital-citizenship-social-media-and-privacy/

 


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Write on Sports's curator insight, December 5, 2:06 PM

An important read for everyone who has kids - in the classroom or at home! 

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Did you know that children's identity is stolen over 50 times more than adults? I had no idea until reading this article. People who steal children's identity use their information to open credit cards, apply for loans, and this can affect kids ability to gain jobs in the future as a result. One day these children will be the future of America so it is vital that actions are taken by parents to ensure that their children are being safe online, and that no one is taking advantage of them.

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Absolute must read for parents

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Devices open world of possibilities

Devices open world of possibilities | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Assistive technology has helped Patrick Kean get him to where he is today — a 19-year-old high school graduate studying at the College of the North Atlantic.
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Podcast #95 – Hearing a solution: Student creates technology to help people with visual impairments learn science

Podcast #95 – Hearing a solution: Student creates technology to help people with visual impairments learn science | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, United States of America, 26 November 2014 – Students of science frequently deal with detailed information expressed in charts, graphs and diagrams. For Kartik Sawhney, who has been blind since birth, the visual demands of his science studies presented a challenge. So he devised a solution: software that allowed him to hear the graphs.
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Are E-Textbooks the Publishing World's Future? | EdTech

Are E-Textbooks the Publishing World's Future? | EdTech | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Forget about checking to see if you have the latest edition — the future for textbooks could be a digital subscription model, according to a recent survey of book industry members.

At EDUCAUSE 2014, the president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education declared traditional textbooks "dead." And in a July survey by the Book Industry Study Group, 80 percent of publishers said they believe a subscription model for the textbook industry is inevitable. The BISG polled almost 4,000 representatives of libraries, publishers, retailers and others for its study, Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy.

Len Vlahos, executive director of BISG, said subscription models "have the potential to disrupt the industry" for better and for worse. The study is intended to help publishing professionals prepare for the change.

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Digital Textbooks Create New Opportunities and New Problems | U.S.News & World Report

Digital Textbooks Create New Opportunities and New Problems | U.S.News & World Report | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Textbook costs may seem like a drop in the bucket compared to the price of tuition, but they can still leave students struggling. The average price of a year's worth of college textbooks is now more than $1,000, according to The College Board.

Projected costs of attendance may include the price of textbooks, but students could still be unprepared to pay when it comes time to start class. Costs aren't uniform, so while some students might get off easy, others at the same school could find themselves with no way to afford course materials. Even if they have the means to buy textbooks, doing so could mean making a choice between books and other things they need, even including meals, according to Wired. Those who can't afford to pay their bills no matter what they do end up underprepared for classes, not even receiving the benefits of the education they've paid so much for.

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How did an Occupational Therapist Help to Build Statewide Delivery of Accessible Instruction Materials?

How did an Occupational Therapist Help to Build Statewide Delivery of Accessible Instruction Materials? | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
In 2010, the Iowa Department of Education (DOE) developed True AIM, a statewide initiative to ensure that all students with qualified print disabilities receive timely access to accessible instruct...
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​Inside the Special Education Classroom: How Tech Can Help Students With Special Needs (EdSurge News)

​Inside the Special Education Classroom: How Tech Can Help Students With Special Needs (EdSurge News) | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
At a glance, technology in special education classroom looks just like it does in a regular education classroom: computers, laptops, SmartBoards, and even an iPad or two. When you take a closer look, you will realize how much more this assistive technology provides in special education.Assistive te
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97% of Students Gainfully Employed!

97% of Students Gainfully Employed! | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it

hrough the leadership of Lori Dyer and her team at the Believers Academy and a personalized educational program, 97% of at-risk students are now gainfully employed. Learn about this career and life skills curriculum for students at all ability levels.

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Bookshare's 2014 Winter Bulletin Just Released!

Bookshare's 2014 Winter Bulletin Just Released! | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Our quarterly newsletter, the Bookshare Bulletin was just released! This Winter 2014 edition is a wonderful recap of a tremendous year and an exciting preview of 2015. Thank you for this amazing ye...
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All Kids Can Learn

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All Kids Can Learn, by Valerie Chernek: Stay informed with these edtech and special education topics!
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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list - see below.  Some have "alw...

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 9, 3:08 PM

This article shares some skills that every learner should be able to do. How many can you do?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 12, 7:51 PM

Are there really universals out there that are given? Or, are we always negotiating them in relationship to our particular situations?

 

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Are we ticking all the boxes SHC?

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At One School, iPods Help Improve Reading Scores -- THE Journal

At One School, iPods Help Improve Reading Scores -- THE Journal | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
After noticing an uptick in ELL and other students with below average reading scores at his school, Skip Johnson, principal at El Crystal Elementary in San Bruno, CA, created a forward-thinking reading program pairing iPods and print books that has helped to successfully boost reading comprehension scores among non proficient readers.
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E-Readers Are More Effective than Paper for Some with Dyslexia | PLOS ONE

E-Readers Are More Effective than Paper for Some with Dyslexia | PLOS ONE | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it

E-readers are fast rivaling print as a dominant method for reading. Because they offer accessibility options that are impossible in print, they are potentially beneficial for those with impairments, such as dyslexia. Yet, little is known about how the use of these devices influences reading in those who struggle. Here, we observe reading comprehension and speed in 103 high school students with dyslexia. Reading on paper was compared with reading on a small handheld e-reader device, formatted to display few words per line. We found that use of the device significantly improved speed and comprehension, when compared with traditional presentations on paper for specific subsets of these individuals.


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Career-Readiness Success! Believers Academy, FL gets HIGH FIVE! 97% of their at-risk students obtained gainful employment! | Education Associates

Career-Readiness Success! Believers Academy, FL gets HIGH FIVE! 97% of their at-risk students obtained gainful employment! | Education Associates | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
employment skills for students at risk, career readiness success, exceptional needs, special education, independent living skills
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CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access, Opens World of Reading for Print Disabled Canadians

TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, in observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, the Centre for...
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Audiobooks help children learn to read

Audiobooks help children learn to read | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Viviana Cortez, 11, admits she sometimes has a hard time reading.
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What do you Look for in an e-Reader? | Good-E-Reader

What do you Look for in an e-Reader? | Good-E-Reader | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
When it comes to buying an e-reader for the first time or upgrading to the largest and greatest, there are lots of factors to consider. Do you want a very large screen to fit a copious amount of text or are you looking for something with a great ecosystem to buy eBooks? Over the course of the last month we asked the question, what do you look for in an e-reader? 694 people weighed in and today we look at the results.

Arguably the most important factor people look for in an e-reader is a large screen. 25.43% of the voting popular made it apparent that when it comes to reading digital books, a very large screen makes a world of difference. High resolution came in second with 16.62%, which makes it quite evident that high PPI and overall screen clarity matters.

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Parent Thrilled to “Catch” Son in the Act of Reading

Parent Thrilled to “Catch” Son in the Act of Reading | Accessible eBooks + Technologies = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
The note below was written to Ann Henkels, a dyslexia therapist at Frisco, ISD, by Mrs. Lola Alvarez, a Texas parent. Mrs. Alvarez cannot stop taking pictures of her son reading with accessible boo...
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