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Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative

Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative | Resources for Durfee High School Assistive Tech Team | Scoop.it

WATI was funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction through IDEA discretionary grant number 9906-23 from 1992-2009.
It currently is a volunteer network of assistive (AT) consultants from across the state who continue the work of providing AT training and support within Wisconsin educational settings.

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The support section provides free materials for assessing students' needs for assistive technology regarding specific learning issues with detailed assessment forms and checklists. The charts and visual organizers can help teachers to consider appropriate assistive/adaptive technology based on student needs. These  documents can assist school districts with the implementation and integration of assistive technology. 

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TechMatrix

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The TechMatrix is a product of the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI). Awarded through a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. NCTI is operated by American Institutes for Research (AIR) and is dedicated to improving the quality and integration of assistive and learning technologies to enhance the learning experience for students with disabilities and their classmates.

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The site has a search engine to locate resources based on content area, grade-level and IDEA disability classification. Educators can compare four different products. Helpful site to locate and research assistive and adaptive technology products. Also, provides an extensive glossary of assistive and adaptive technology terminology.

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UDL Toolkits: Teaching Every Student

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The CAST UDL Toolkits help educators to understand and apply UDL principles in classrooms and/or to train others in UDL. Using the UDL framework, the toolkits support varied learning styles, needs, and preferences for teachers and students. Interactive activities, tutorials and tools are provided online; similar versions can be downloaded or printed. Specific curriculum resources, tools, and materials may be copied and used in classrooms.

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Excellent resources providing tools and information to help teachers understand and apply UDL principles in the classroom. High school teachers can review the section -  SEEC: Supporting, Engaging, and Enhancing Comprehension.

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Differentiation Central

DifferentiationCentral is the online home of the Institutes On Academic Diversity. We've designed this website as your 'go to' place for reliable information and resources that will help deepen your understanding and enhance your practice of Differentiated Instruction. Here you can share your successes with others and find help from experts in the field. We look forward to sharing this journey with you. You may want to begin by learning about how we define Differentiated Instruction.

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Differentiation Central, developed by Carol Tomlinson EdD and colleagues, is an  all-encompassing website on DI. The site provides a wealth of materials in different formats. The first stop for educators  to begin the process of learning about differentiated instruction.

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Differentiating Instruction Video

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Differentiating instruction is a great way to maximize the potential of each student, and ensure that all students understand the concepts. Watch as one teacher incorporates differentiating instruction in her classroom.
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Great video from the Teaching Channel of a High School teacher using differentiated instruction principles during a chemistry lesson to address the diverse needs of the students. The high school is similar to Durfee, in that it is composed of students from multi-cultural backgrounds and with different learning abilities.

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National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials | Resources for Durfee High School Assistive Tech Team | Scoop.it

Resource for educators interested in learning more about AIM (Accessible Instructional Materials) and NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard). 

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Provides information on the NIMAS standard that guides the production and electronic distribution of digital versions of textbooks and other instructional materials to be converted to accessible formats, such as braille and text-to-speech. Also, the site has resources with information on copyright exempt and copyright free sources. 


Explore in-depth the Learn, Experience, and Collaborate sections.

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Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) Research Center

Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) Research Center | Resources for Durfee High School Assistive Tech Team | Scoop.it

CITEd's Research Center offers evidence-based, promising, and emerging practices based on the latest research. Explore how technology can be used to enhance instruction with an emphasis on students with special needs. Browse research and its implications for your classroom, school, and district.

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The CITEd Research Center provides information on using technology to support learning for ALL students. The site has links to research-based papers and reports. Educators can create a free account to comment on materials, share resources with colleagues, and receive updates from CITEd.

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MassMATCH For Educators

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MassMATCH is the Commonwealth's initiative to Maximize Assistive Technology (AT) in Consumer's Hands. Through partnerships with community-based organizations, MassMATCH is currently creating new AT programs and working to coordinate AT services throughout the Commonwealth. MassMATCH is one of 56 state-level AT initiatives in the United States. Our mission is to promote the use of assistive technology and assistive technology services to enhance the independence of people with disabilities, enabling equal participation in all of life's activities.
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Specifically for Massachusetts educators, the site provides access to the School Share program and a virtual toolkit containing links to product/vendor resources, online communities, assessment and evaluation tools and several comprehensive and valuable websites on assistive and adaptive technologies. MassMATCH resources are "designed to help educators learn about and get access to assistive technology appropriate for students with disabilities."

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National Center On Universal Design for Learning

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Cultivating a dynamic, effective UDL field.

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Developed by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), the website provides an overview of UDL concepts, implementation guidelines, modules for professional development, resources and tools. Very comprehensive and valuable resource on universal design for learning.

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National UDL Task Force Presentation

This presentation, created by the National UDL Task Force, provides an introduction to universal design and universal design for learning. It then illustrates how UDL applies to the curriculum and is supported at the local, state and federal level.

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This excellent presentation provides an introduction and overview on universal design for learning.  Very valuable resource for professional development sessions to introduce UDL to educators.

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Differentiating Instruction Using Technology

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This wikispaces site contains valuable information on differentiating instruction using digital and web 2.0 tools.  In addition, the site provides links focusing on the decision process for using technology, strategies for DI, and information on learning styles and multiple intelligences.

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IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

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Comprehensive and easy to understand site, developed by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, providing information on the IDEA law for educators. The site provides not only the complete text of the act, but summaries of the act, along with guidance and training materials.  Very helpful for educators to understand the law and the implications in the classroom.

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Differentiated Instruction with UDL

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According to the introduction, the report on differentiated instruction and UDL begins with an introduction to differentiated instruction in which we provide the definition, a sampling of considerations and curriculum applications, and research evidence for effectiveness. The second part of the paper, the discussion moves to UDL applications of differentiated instruction. UDL is a theoretical approach that is based on research from the neurosciences and effective teaching practices.This portion develops an understanding of UDL and proceeds to identify the theoretical and teacher practice levels. The document concludes with general guidelines for the implementation of UDL and a list of web resources that provide further information about differentiated instruction.


Well researched and solid report for educators to understand and review the relationship between differentiated instruction and universal design for learning.

 


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Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology

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The QIAT Community is a nationwide grassroots group that includes hundreds of individuals who provide input into the ongoing process of identifying, disseminating, and implementing a set of widely-applicable Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services.

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The website provides information on identifying and implementing quality indicators for assistive technology services. In addition, it has an online community for support and discuss best practices.

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