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There are hundreds of apps and websites being used in classrooms around the world. Here are some of the best web tools teachers will be trying out.
Experts share their insights on assistive technology for students with learning disabilities. Watch this video for more information!
Excellent advice in this video regarding assistive technology consideration for students.
Here is a link to the Video:
Also, here is a link to Assistive Technology and the IDEA Law:
"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.
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.
The study’s conclusion suggests that the current model of the flipped classroom should itself be flipped upside down. The researchers advocate the “flipped flipped classroom,” in which videos come after exploration and not before.
A very worthy observation.
and the pendulum swings
Experimenting first sounds good, though I think it depends on the learner and on what is being taught. I like the idea of pushing the envelop to be more inclusive...yet not throwing out things that continue to work (for some types of learners).
The Florida Consortium on Potsecondary Education & Intellectual Disabilities
Universal Design for Learning for Postsecondary Education (UDL) is a new online module developed using UDL principles to teach postsecondary educators the concepts, strategies, and benefits of UDL. The module includes six parts:
> Introduction to UDL
> Network-Based Goals provides guidance of how to structure a learning activity...
> Methods presents flexible strategies to support student learning.
> Materials guides you in the selection of flexible media and materials...
> Assessing Students offers considerations for designing assessments...
Universal Design for Learnining Training Module
A pedagogical framework for mobile learning: Categorizing educational applications of mobile technologies into four types (A pedagogical framework for mobile learning | @scoopit via @donnamurdoch http://t.co/pahaS59I1U)...
In addition to the WIPO Treaty for the Blind being formally adopted last week -- this week, Bookshare celebrates another major milestone, serving 250K Members. Congratulations to this worthy non-profit service organization!
In a traditional classroom setting, a university or college’s disability services office typically coordinates a disabled student’s accommodation issues. But with the growth of online education, it is now largely the obligation of the instructors themselves to proactively design courses that are equally accessible to all students.
This was L. Scott Lissner’s bottom line on Friday, as he talked to a room of lawyers about accessibility issues in distance education during the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.
A very clear and accurate visual description of a dilemma that can shift now that we have more options with digital publishing.
Brian is quite an advocate for educational technologies and students with reading disabilities such as dyslexia.
Lots of great information here about how to get started with Bookshare, a free educational online library FREE for U.S. students with qualified print disabilities. (www.bookshare.org)
As more schools move to a 1:1 or BYOD format, it becomes increasingly important to support teachers - all teachers - effectively make that transition and to support them in that process.
The Best Text To Speech Reader App for iPhone and iPad, Easy to
Read text from PDF, ePub, Word, and Text files in Dropbox, Google Drive or on your device. Read books from Bookshare and Gutenburg! Text to speech with highlighting, choose colors and backgrounds,increase font size, many fonts available including the Dyslexie Font. Many child and adult voices to choose from, you can even add notes, highlights, bookmarks, or edit text.
This is still the best app I recommend often for text to speech for Bookshare books, scanned documents/ handouts/ worksheets, newspapers and articles from the web, and more. Excellent features for assistance with reading!
Voice Dream is an accessibility application that can be used to convert text to speech. Compatible with iPad and iPhone, Voice Dream also offer a free, trial version of the software featuring all the functionality of the full-version. Use the software for reading text documents, lecture notes, proofreading essays or coursework, or for accessing resources.
Live Webinar-iPad Apps for Struggling Readers & Writers & Print Disabilities
3 Dates & Times for Your Convenience! September 4th from 4:00-6:00pm; September 6th from 7:00-9:00pm; or October 2nd from 8:00-10:00am EST. (New York, USA Time).
In this live webinar training you will learn about the Best Educational iPad Apps for students or adults who have difficulty with Reading and/or Writing, including challenges with Math! Apps that are useful for related therapists such as OT, SLP, and Reading Specialists will also be demonstrated. If your student struggles with a print disability due to Dyslexia or specific LD, Low Vision or Blindness, Difficulties with Processing or Executive function, or Physical Disabilities, you will learn about apps that will assist them to read, write, compute, complete assignments, create graphic organizers, schedule and receive reminders, comprehend, organize, take notes, and access textbooks and learning materials in a digital and audio format.
Apps that include text-to-speech for books, websites, documents, and PDF’s with annotation; word prediction; note taking; graphic organizers and mind-mapping; magnification; voice recognition; audio recording; math support; Scanning with OCR (Optical character recognition);object identification; support while browsing the internet and researching; font selection; Letter & Number formation and foundational literacy skills; Digital story creating, and more. You will have the opportunity to download apps, ask questions and learn hands-on. You will learn about realistic methods of implementing apps in education and to access everyday curriculum and learning materials. Applications for employment and access to the community will also be demonstrated. A recording of this webinar will be sent to you upon attendance for your future review and access.
Registration Fee is $35.00 (USD). Space is Limited! Register Below or contact Diana via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone-1- 603-998-4980.
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Assistive technology and digital accessible books - must have tools for students with reading and print disabilities.
Benetech's VP & General Manager of the Global Literacy Program speaks out on "Future of Braille." Important read for educators, families of children with vision impairments and disability advocates.
Disability rights advocates and book publishers are pushing for federal regulations to ensure higher education technology is accessible to tens of thousands of students with visual impairments.
The mood was one of celebration at the Marrakesh Palais des Congrès to greet the success of World Intellectual Property Organization negotiators in their attempt to produce a draft treaty text showing consensus. After a difficult start to the week, delegates achieved success and the corridors of the conference centre echoed with laughter and congratulations. Tears of joy were shed as most celebrated this as an historic agreement. Visually impaired people and civil society supporting them were ecstatic, some said overwhelmed.
The 17-state governing board adopted a manual that gives guidelines on issues such as read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts tests, and calculator usage on the math test.
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.