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Brian is quite an advocate for educational technologies and students with reading disabilities such as dyslexia.
Teachers want reading funding to reduce special ed WWLP 22News Massachusetts teachers say that by stopping first graders from falling behind in their reading, they won't need special education later on, which could save the state millions of dollars.
An #education metadata initiative to be aware of.
This post shares 8 assistive technology tools for disabled and ECE students in the classroom.
I like TeachThought articles!
The traditional approach to developing, selecting, disseminating, and using print instructional materials in the nation’s classrooms is increasingly out of sync with the ways in which technology is reshaping the wider world and the expectations of today’s students and teachers.
Moreover, in a time of increasingly tight budgets, many states and school districts continue to purchase both print and digital instructional materials in a duplicative uncoordinated fashion, with far too little attention to quality and value for money. At the same time, the open educational resources (OER) movement has opened many people’s eyes to new paradigms for addressing the age-old problem of ensuring access to quality content.
While technological advances have been happening, there is still more to be done. Universities, companies, and e-textbook providers need to emphasise low-barrier, commercial alternatives for all higher education accessibility needs. They need to aim to provide industry-leading access to all subject areas, including Stem subjects.
Providers need to go beyond content access and come up with more universal design study tools that assist all students. Technology has helped increase accessibility in universities, but there is still a way to go.
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.
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
Book publishers are increasingly experimenting with digital-first and digital-only initiatives, where they publish a book only as an ebook and then publish a print edition later, or never. It’s a good way to take a chance on unknown authors, but it also means that a book is not available in all the formats that a customer might want it. At the Book Industry Study Group’s Making Information Pay conference on Wednesday, publishers discussed print versus digital — “p. versus e.” — strategy
Accessible Books for Texas is a free training and professional development program for TX educators who serve U.S. students with qualified print disabilities. Anna Martinez, a member of Bookshare, just won 2nd place in her Region 10 Technology Olympics. She read a digital accessible book on a variety of software reading tools and answered the most complete comprehension questions.
Amazon has updated its Kindle for iOS reading app with new accessibility features that will help blind and visually impaired users navigate their...
Having several books in hand in a smaller bundle keeps reading accessible, no matter what your reading ability. Amazon's Kindle for iOS app is a positive step.
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Using an iPad filled with educational apps in the classroom does not dictate that you’re a great techie teacher. Instead it requires educators to effectively transform their traditional lesson plans into a digital one.
“Born Digital, Born Accessible Learning Sprint” a Resounding Success It was a truly exciting and productive few days for the 30 educators, technologists, and accessibility specialists who gathered ...
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Integration and transformation in education from university professor and teaching expert.
MDR's Tech Trends give a big picture overview of teachers' momentum to use technologies in schools.
What an incredible and helpful tool. Thanks Scott and Kelly!
Great list of resources
The new EPUB 3 standard could promise a sea change, enabling publishers to integrate accessibility features into their ebook production workflows, creating ebooks that are immediately available to everyone, including customers with print disabilities.
“Ten years ago, it was ‘How can the Library for the Blind produce more books?’ Kerscher says. “Now, the thought is that all of the books published each year have the potential to be accessible right out of the box. That’s just mind-boggling to a person who has had such restricted access to information.”
The Technology Exists, there is NO excuse. Accessible textbooks and learning materials need to be provided by publishers for ALL learners, of every ability, using what ever Assistive Technology is required/ preferred/ desired. Schools and organizations NEED to be on board, and need to agree NOT to purchase books or learning materials unless they are accessible to ALL students and individuals. This includes testing materials. Every student can learn efficiently and express their intelligence and knowledge once they have equal access. They have a right to equal access.
Make a difference, promote access for ALL students. This is the time for positive change.
The AIM Center is seeking public comments regarding the draft version of Accessible Digital Learning Materials—Publisher/Developer Best Practices Guidelines dated May 1, 2013. The document may be downloaded from this page.
Ultimately, our hope is that all learners will be able to use the digital learning materials that are recommended by states and/or purchased by school districts and families. This means that those digital learning materials will need to be accessible to students who have print disabilities right from the start.
Here is a complete list of all the eBooks directories and search engine on the web. The list compiled below is not the place for links to sites hosting illegal copyrighted content such as torrent! They are collected from various Wikipedia articles, eBook seller websites like Kobo, Nook, Google eBook Store, Amazon eBook, Self publishing authors, public domain books with expired copyright and Universities website, thus most eBooks are classical. Public domain books are more often than not published 30 to 50 years ago where the copyright has expired.