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Classroom technology must be accessible to those with disabilities - The Boston Globe

Classroom technology must be accessible to those with disabilities - The Boston Globe | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it

As students return to school this fall, most will find a plethora of new technologies and virtual environments, on which their institutions have been spending millions of dollars to bring into the classroom. Yet many of these resources will be needlessly discriminatory. What would happen if an institution constructed a new state-of-the-art building but neglected to make it accessible to the disabled? People would rightly be outraged. Yet even as new technology-rich environments revolutionize the classroom, few make provision for people who are blind, dyslexic, or otherwise print-disabled.

 

Just like buildings, digital resources can be made accessible to all through good design and planning. Electronic resources should be inherently accessible; for most people, the zeroes and ones that make up digital content are translated for display on screens, but the same information can be transmitted audibly or connected to an accessory that puts it into Braille. Mainstream touchscreen devices like the iPad and iPhone are fully accessible to blind users right out of the box.


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Don Johnston Inc. | AHA! It’s YOU Making a Difference in the Classroom!

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The Best Schools In The World Do This. Why Don't We?

The Best Schools In The World Do This. Why Don't We? | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
A group of lawmakers and staff with the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures spent a year and a half studying the best school systems in the world. Here's what they learned.
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Special Education Practices

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What kind of support is helpful for students with special needs?
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Audio book listeners can find themselves having to explain to book readers why listening isn't cheating. Professor Daniel Willingham explains the differences.
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Back-to-School: Information for TVIs to share with General Education Teachers | Paths to Technology | Perkins eLearning

Back-to-School: Information for TVIs to share with General Education Teachers | Paths to Technology | Perkins eLearning | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Information for general education teachers who will have a student with visual impairments or blindness in his/her class.
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3 Essential Ingredients for Making Edtech Work in the Classroom: Leadership, PD, and Ongoing Support (EdSurge News)

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During the 2015-16 school year, I visited schools across the nation to see how technology can transform teaching and learning. The changes I’ve seen have been exciting, meaningful, and more often than not, challenging to get right.The “digital divide” is still very real. In places like Eminence, Ken
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Creating Equal District and Schoolwide Learning Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

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Raising academic performance to meet the mandates of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a critical mission for school leaders, yet finding solutions to accommodate diverse student populations…
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Education Dept. Tells Schools To Rethink Discipline For Students With Disabilities

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Schools currently suspended or expelled about one in 10 children with disabilities.
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EdNET Insight | Back-to-School and College Spending To Reach $75.8 Billion

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EdNET Insight | Are Students Using Technology for Learning?

AdvanceED has published a short paper documenting its findings about technology use in the classroom. The bottom line: students do not routinely use technology for learning.
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Districts that prioritize inclusion cited for high graduation rates for children with disabilities

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In the 21 schools in the Val Verde School District, a child who has a disability has a guaranteed seat right next to a child who doesn’t.
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Caution Flags For Tech In Classrooms

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Several recent studies looking at computers and online learning found mixed-to-negative results. And they offer clues about how schools and tech companies can do better.
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Dare to be uncool | Parenting

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Dear Aidan, Dylan, and Julia, As you head back to school, I have so many wishes for your school year. I want you to have inspiring teachers, make new friends, have challenging adventures, and discover new things that you love. And something else: I hope you’ll dare to be uncool, whenever you get the chance.... Read more »
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Bookshare Member Amare Leggett Finishes Top Ten in 2016 National Braille Challenge | Paths to Technology | Perkins eLearning

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Study finds brain connections key to reading

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A new study from MIT reveals that a brain region dedicated to reading has connections necessary for that skill even before children learn to read. By scanning the brains of children before and after they learned to read, the researchers found they could predict the location where each child’s visual word form area (VWFA) would develop.
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The Value of Digital Reading – From Beth Holland

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This post first appeared on Diversa. Over the past few months, in a number of different contexts, an interesting question has presented itself. When teaching about the power of text-to-speech, seve…
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5 Things You Should Know about WIOA - ED.gov Blog

Friday marked the two-year anniversary of President Obama signing into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (or WIOA for short).  Last month, the Departments of Labor and Education, in close collaboration with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development, made publicly available the final rules implementing WIOA.  WeContinue Reading
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Educational Technology in Special Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

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How technology is shaping education for America’s special needs students, with good and bad news. Published by Special education degrees Via: visual.ly
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USDOE Dear Colleague Letter Provides Guidance on Ensuring Equity and Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities

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EdNET Insight | Broadband Expansion

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More Than Half of States Need Help Meeting Special Education Requirements

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Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia need support in meeting requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, according to the U.S. Department of Education's latest assessment.
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