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The ABCs of Assistive Technologies - Valley Forge Educational Services

The ABCs of Assistive Technologies
“Assistive technology (AT) can be defined as any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. (29 U.S.C. Sec 2202(2)).”
Assistive technologies are mobility devices that can increase or improve the functional capabilities of students with special needs and many teachers, including those at VFES, are finding great use for them in the classroom.
But how do you know if a student would benefit from Assistive Technology? When a student is identified as one who may need the assistance of technology, educators enter the student into the SETT process (Student, Environments, Tasks, and Tools), an ongoing, collaborative decision-making process for the student’s team. The SETT framework guides the team to work together to find the best strategies or tools for that student in an attempt to break down any barriers to student achievement. These tools could be as simple and low tech as a pencil grip or as high tech and involved as an iPad with an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) App installed.

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Mobile devices key for tomorrow's educators - China.org.cn

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." (Alvin Toffler)

We live in hasty times. New information travels at speeds beyond our imagination, and thus, the definition of literacy is quickly changing. The way we conceive the world has changed from local to global and from passive to active. But do we really understand the impact of new technologies?

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'Blended learning' in new Indy charter schools could change face of public education | The Republic

'Blended learning' in new Indy charter schools could change face of public education | The Republic | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
INDIANAPOLIS — Blended learning is about to shake up public schools in Indianapolis.

Three organizations have been approved to open 19 charter schools here that combine online technology and face-to-face instruction. The strategy allows schools to save money by employing fewer teachers, yet also can produce impressive student results.

And because lower-cost blended schools need no ongoing philanthropic support, they can be replicated rapidly_about three times more quickly than charter schools in Indianapolis have been so far.

"We're finally seeing the long-awaited arrival of technology that actually transforms instruction," said David Dresslar, a former public school superintendent who is now director of the Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis.

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Video games help autistic students in classrooms

Video games help autistic students in classrooms | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Researchers are studying if off-the-shelf video games can spark a breakthrough in treating autism.
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Why Teachers Need Social Media Training, Not Just Rules | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

Why Teachers Need Social Media Training, Not Just Rules | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.
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Camera system helps the visually impaired view presentations - Vision Systems Design

Camera system helps the visually impaired view presentations - Vision Systems Design | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

A visually impaired student has helped to develop a vision-based system called the Note-Taker that could help thousands of other individuals with similar conditions to view classroom and business presentations.

When initially searching for assistive technology, David Hayden found board magnifiers to be bulky, expensive, and of such poor visual quality that a single university-sized chalkboard could not be viewed. Most also require special carrying cases that did not fit on the small desks in classrooms. After a fruitless search, he decided to build his own.

The result is the Note-Taker -- a portable device that includes a custom-designed video camera that can be attached to a Windows Tablet PC. The camera streams video from a presentation or lecture onto one half of the tablet's split-screen display, where the camera's aim and zoom can be controlled through a touch interface. A second window allows the student to take handwritten or typed notes into Microsoft OneNote.

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Several San Jose school districts adopt 21st-century strategy - San Jose Mercury News

 

For as long as most people can remember, elementary, middle and high school teachers stood in front of their students and lectured, teaching them the facts and important dates to remember.
That's all changing. Children today enter their classrooms as digital experts; they no longer need to memorize facts and dates, since these are at their fingertips. To meet the needs and requirements for employment in this century, children and their teachers are being taught new ways to integrate their digital experiences with learning.
Three San Jose school districts are moving into this new era. In the 2011-12 school year, the Cambrian and Union district began collaborating on this new form of learning, while San Jose Unified will begin implementing its new strategy at the start of the 2012-13 school year on Aug. 15.

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Denver Post: Digital literacy begins with parental involvement - Journal Advocate

Not so long ago, the fault lines of the nation's digital divide rested on socioeconomic status.

To be blunt, poor kids didn't have nearly the online access that rich kids did.

These days, those lines are shifting. The concern is becoming one of content . Even as children from lower socioeconomic status households have become more connected, recent studies have shown they spend more time than their wealthier counterparts watching television and using their devices for entertainment.

The lesson to be extracted is that not all screen time -- even computer screen time -- is well spent. Learning when to unplug is an important piece of digital literacy and one in which parents are indispensable.

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Students Cite YouTube, Google, Wikipedia the Most [INFOGRAPHIC]

Students Cite YouTube, Google, Wikipedia the Most [INFOGRAPHIC] | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
When doing homework, many students turn to the same websites as they do when they’re surfing the web under other circumstances.

Four of the top ten most-cited websites on Easybib, a site used to create more than 500 million citations, are user-generated sites like Wikipedia and YouTube.

Meanwhile, Google is filling the niche research databases once dominated. A recent ethnographic study found that students referred to Google more than any other database when discussing their research habits.

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Top 5 Best Tablets under $300

Top 5 Best Tablets under $300 | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
If your budget for buying a new tablet is in the $200- $300 range, then you're at the right place. Here's a list of feature rich tablets with positive reviews that cost under $300.
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Universities Generate Ideas, Support for K-12 Startup Companies

Universities Generate Ideas, Support for K-12 Startup Companies | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
As technology brings venture capital and startup culture into K-12 education, ideas hatched in academia are making their way into the marketplace.
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teachwithyouripad - Projection Apps

teachwithyouripad - Projection Apps | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
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How Robot Teachers Keep Students Engaged

How Robot Teachers Keep Students Engaged | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Humanoid robot teachers can now decrease classroom boredom and boost information retention, as educational technology evolves to rival traditional teaching methods.
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PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work!

PBL and Standardized Tests? It Can Work! | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

It's never too late to address this subject. Yes, many of us are gearing down from the epic standardized testing season, enjoying the freedom, released from the many pressures that come with the tests. However, these tests will keep happening. Whether a yearly course assessment, a six-week benchmark exam or a state-level competency test, teachers and students are inundated with testing. Because of the way that testing permeates education culture, I often hear some "pushback" from teachers and their implementation of project-based learning. Here are some tips and responses to that tension between PBL and standardized tests.

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Will High Tech Mean High Marks for New Canaan Students?

Will High Tech Mean High Marks for New Canaan Students? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The Board of Education plans to vote on the state-approved District Technology Plan at their meeting tonight.
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Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online

Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Honing Their Craft: As the Idaho Digital Learning Academy's liaison for southwestern Idaho, Jeff Farden occasionally makes face-to-face visits with the staff he mostly supervises online, like Notus...
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Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired'

Scientists Find Learning Is Not 'Hard-Wired' | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Discovering the brain's power to change may be neuroscience's biggest—and most promising—contribution to education.
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Assistive Technology is Already Here! Shifting Focus on Universal Design in Education | Get Educated eLearning and Education Blog | GetEducated.com

Assistive Technology is Already Here! Shifting Focus on Universal Design in Education | Get Educated eLearning and Education Blog | GetEducated.com | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Assistive technology has been available for some time however if universal design in education were regularly adopted it would be easier for teachers and students with disabilities.
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Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools

Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Once an advocate for using social media applications and cell phones in class, this English teacher has changed his stance on the kinds of technology teachers should incorporate into their instruction.
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Digital Learning is Critical for Move to Learner-Centered Instruction

Digital Learning is Critical for Move to Learner-Centered Instruction | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Preparing all students to succeed in today’s increasingly complex world requires a shift from a teacher-centric culture to learner-centered instruction that recognizes students’ individual learning needs, according to a new report from the Alliance...
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Digital Revolution Shakes Colleges

Digital Revolution Shakes Colleges | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
dvancing digital technology is bringing major changes to higher education, after upending journalism, the music business, manufacturing and many other industries. In a few cases, this digital revolution means tens of thousands of students can sign up for one class taught by top professors. The pace of change in higher education is getting faster, and will affect teaching, student evaluation, and access to knowledge.

Imagine a university class with 160,000 students sitting at computers all around the world, all learning from the same professors.

It is not science-fiction. It is a class at Stanford University in California taught by Sebastian Thrun.

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The Curious Case of the Flipped-Bloom's Meme - Blog - HappySteve

The Curious Case of the Flipped-Bloom's Meme - Blog - HappySteve | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
(This is the sequel to 'Anatomy of a (Flipped) Meme')

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New: 10 of the best Droid apps for education in 2012 | eSchool News

Last year we presented “Ten of the best Droid apps for education,” which highlighted some of the best apps for Google Android-based mobile devices.
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Quick Look: Video Games to Train Middle-Schoolers’ Mindfulness, Empathy

Quick Look: Video Games to Train Middle-Schoolers’ Mindfulness, Empathy | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

If it’s true that by the time Americans turn 21, they will have spent 10,000 hours playing online video games, then this news should be welcome. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will design two educational games aimed at helping eighth-graders develop the opposite of what video games are criticized of developing: empathy, cooperation, mental focus, and self-regulation.

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5 Free Presentation Apps For iPad || Free Software

5 Free Presentation Apps For iPad || Free Software | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Presentations on iPad have been creating a buzz among most of the big Business Tycoons. Here are 5 Free iPad Presentation Apps.
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