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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 | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = 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 | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = 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 | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = 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? | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = 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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What Happens in Great Schools | Taking Note

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After School Programs Extend Development Beyond the Classroom | Parent Toolkit Blog

After School Programs Extend Development Beyond the Classroom  | Parent Toolkit Blog | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
By this time of year, children have settled into their school routines. Yet, many parents still face the challenge of figuring out the best way for their children to spend their afterschool hours. So, how do you select an afterschool program for your child? Here are a few things to consider.
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Campus offers and creates programs, accommodations for disabilities

When Ann Cody was looking at colleges, she searched for an accessible campus with Paralympic sport opportunities. At the time, she said, her only option was the University of Illinois.
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Bookshare Blog

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Here's a great social cause to offer financial support and advocacy. The free online library serves thousands who are print-disabled.  

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The Help Desk: Leveraging Student Genius

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Andrew Marcinek, creator of Help Desk, reflects on how this student-driven, entrepreneurial tech course has grown, and how it continues to benefit entire school communities.
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Student Crossword Archive - NYTimes.com

Student Crossword Archive - NYTimes.com | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
A list of all the Student Crosswords we have published since 1999. We are slowly updating each puzzle so that eventually they will all be republished on the Learning Network blog.
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Five Books that will Boost the Confidence of a Child with Special Needs

Five Books that will Boost the Confidence of a Child with Special Needs | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Here are five formative childrens books that will help boost the confidence of a child with Special Needs
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Education - All Kids Can Learn

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All Kids Can Learn, by Valerie Chernek - Education: Stay informed with these edtech and special education topics!
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Bookshare’s Updated Website Is Live and Helps You Do More!

Bookshare’s Updated Website Is Live and Helps You Do More! | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it

Bookshare’s updated website is live!  Please share with special educators, AT's, OT's, vision and reading teachers. Free for U.S. students with qualified print disabilities, such as blindness, low vision, a physical disability or severe reading disability. Technologies and apps that read digital accessible books also free to download for members.  Educational resource for K-12 textbooks, teacher recommended reading, and popular books for teens and adults. 

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Audiobooks help children learn to read

Audiobooks help children learn to read | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = 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 | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = 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

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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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Assistive Technology: Tools That Help With Learning

Assistive Technology: Tools That Help With Learning | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
A parents' guide to assistive technology (AT). AT can help kids with learning and attention issues become more successful and independent learners.
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Take it from Temple: 5 Tips for Working with Children with Autism - PresenceLearning

Take it from Temple: 5 Tips for Working with Children with Autism - PresenceLearning | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Take It From Temple: 5 Tips for Working with Children with Autism Download Our Free eBook Today!   Our newest eBook summarizes Dr. Temple Grandin’s most practical advice for educators and parents. Based on “The Autistic Brain,” Dr. Grandin’s webinar with us earlier this year, this eBook provides: Realistic tips and specific tactics from an expert …
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Brian reads independently: AT Stories - YouTube

AT Stories- meet Brian Meersma, Princeton Junction, NJ. Brian has had difficulty with reading due to his dyslexia, but that hasn't stopped his love of learni...
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Awesome testament to the benefits of technology for education and lifelong learning.

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Blind U.S. Army Captain Teaches Us to Keep Learning and Serving!

Blind U.S. Army Captain Teaches Us to Keep Learning and Serving! | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
In honor of Veterans Day, we salute Timothy E. Hornik, a Bookshare member and U.S. Army Captain who has a lifelong ambition to help Veterans who are visually impaired make successful transitions to...
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Understood.Org - A Resource Network In Support of Parents of Children with Learning and Attention Issues

Understood.Org - A Resource Network In Support of Parents of Children with Learning and Attention Issues | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
The Internet can be an amazing resource for finding out about everything from ancestry to zoology. As a parent of three children, I spent countless hours each month reading sites like “What to Expe...
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Stories of Success | Accessible Education Materials | Wyoming Institute for Disabilities | UCEDD | University of Wyoming

Stories of Success | Accessible Education Materials | Wyoming Institute for Disabilities | UCEDD | University of Wyoming | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
A success story from AIM.
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Discovering digital collections | Jisc

Discovering digital collections | Jisc | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
Digital collections are not always as discoverable as they could be through the channels and devices most commonly accessed by users. Karen Colbron, digital content manager, discusses some of the challenges in making resources more discoverable and offers a few top tips.
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AASA :: K-12 Report: Affordability, Adequate Funding Biggest Technology Barriers

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Affordability, Adequate Funding Biggest Technology Barriers
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Four ways to advocate for school libraries | eSchool News | eSchool News

Four ways to advocate for school libraries | eSchool News | eSchool News | Great Teachers + Ed Tech = Learning Success! | Scoop.it
School libraries are centers of learning--but librarians have to demonstrate their importance when it comes to student learning.
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