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Clicker 6: My Favourite Things! | The Spectronics Blog

Clicker 6: My Favourite Things! | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Yes - you heard right - Clicker 6 is soon to be released here in Australia! I have been fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy to have...
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Microsoft Details Windows 8 Accessibility Feature | Windows 8 Beta

Microsoft Details Windows 8 Accessibility Feature | Windows 8 Beta | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Microsoft Details Windows 8 Accessibility Feature...
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Symbols Symbols Everywhere! | The Spectronics Blog

Symbols Symbols Everywhere! | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
You really are spoilt for choice these days with a number of symbol sets available, with more being developed all the time. What are the things you need to...
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Touch Skills Progression | The Spectronics Blog

Touch Skills Progression | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Colleagues around the world are using the 'Switch Progression Road Map' that I wrote during my time at Inclusive Technology to help them assess, teach ...
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Amazing Sensory Guru technologies now here in ANZ | The Spectronics Blog

Amazing Sensory Guru technologies now here in ANZ | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Multi-sensory Room technologies have not changed dramatically for many years, but Sensory Guru in the UK is now ramping it up in amazing ways! They are turning...
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Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs - Free eBooks on Apple Mobile Accessibility Features

Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs - Free eBooks on Apple Mobile Accessibility Features | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Luis Pérez, a 2009 Apple Distinguished Educator and current doctoral student, has created eBooks (ePub and PDF on Scribd) that covers the accessibility features built into Apple mobile devices:  

 

"This free ebook covers the accessibility features built into Apple mobile devices, including the iPad, the iPod touch and the iPhone. Each section includes practice activities for you to practice the techniques and tips discussed in the ebook."

 

How to eBooks on "ePub Accessibility Best Practices" and "Closed Captioning 101: "These two ebooks cover topics related to the accessibility of the content available for Apple mobile devices. My hope is that by following the suggestions in these ebooks you will create more accessible ebooks and caption as many of your videos as possible. These practices will go a long way toward ensuring equal access to information for people with disabilities who use mobile devices."

 

Thank you Luis for these invaluable resources!


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Boardmaker Studio: Multi-site licensing and no more CD in the drive! | The Spectronics Blog

Boardmaker Studio: Multi-site licensing and no more CD in the drive! | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Boardmaker Studio, the first update to Boardmaker for a number of years, was released late last year. It is becoming very popular now, so it might be...

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FREE Online Resources | The Spectronics Blog

FREE Online Resources | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Four brilliant resources this month:

APPitic: Organised and fully annotated database of over 1300 ipad apps for education selected by Apple Distinguished Educators. http://www.appitic.com
Sploder: Use simple tools to...

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What’s the weather like there? | The Spectronics Blog

What’s the weather like there? | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Like many of my colleagues, I'd often thought about setting up a link with an overseas school and running a collaboration project. The children I teach all have severe...
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Choose the right Mac microphone for speech recognition | Macworld

Choose the right Mac microphone for speech recognition | Macworld | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Here's an overview of the different types of microphones you can use with speech recognition software, how they work, and what might be the best mic for the way you work.
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Will LCD touchscreens replace IWBs in Classrooms? | Inclusive Learning Technologies and Events updates!

Will LCD touchscreens replace IWBs in Classrooms? | Inclusive Learning Technologies and Events updates! | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Welcome to your last update from Spectronics for this year. Lots of news to share as usual. Lots held over til our next newsletter too as we had too much to fit in one newsletter. As usual!
 

We are excited about the collaborative classroom activities made possible by the cool new EDUSS Multi-touch Interactive LCD Touchscreens. Will they make interactive whiteboards (IWBs) redundant in classrooms? Read more about this great new technology and how to use it with your favourite software and even wirelessly with the iPad 2 in your special ed or early childhood classroom.

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Complex Needs and Switches: It Could Be You! | The Spectronics Blog

Complex Needs and Switches: It Could Be You! | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
I had a lovely day yesterday. I spent it in the company of five colleagues from a special school in the Midlands who had asked me to work with...
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Universal Access to Web Browsers | The Spectronics Blog

Universal Access to Web Browsers | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
1. Introduction

As per critical software for users with different access and learning needs, the web browser is most definitely one of the most important. Students now spend...
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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: How Things Changed With @Evernote

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: How Things Changed With @Evernote | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Evernote is a great tool to add to the suite of supports for students struggling with keeping their thoughts and study/research materials "organised". This blog post suggests a few additional applications and sources of more ideas for use in the classroom.

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Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning

It is not that one can not be used without the other; rather, one should be used with the other.  Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is the concept and teaching method that helps explain the comp...
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More resources from the Spectronics team including PowerPoint presentations | The Spectronics Blog

More resources from the Spectronics team including PowerPoint presentations | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

We are constantly finding new ways of sharing great articles, links and resources with you, with the Spectronics Blog being the central place for display of...

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FREE Online Training | The Spectronics Blog

FREE Online Training | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

FREE Online Webinars

Ian is delivering a series of one hour online webinars in association with Ablenet, a leading US supplier of assistive technology and communication...

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One, two, three… NO! | The Spectronics Blog

One, two, three… NO! | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Many commercial switch training software programs feature a ‘switch building’ level where the learner is required to press the switch a number...

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Dates for your diary | The Spectronics Blog

Dates for your diary | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Advance information about some of the courses that I am leading in the coming months.

ABLENET - BETT Olympia, London:
I'll be delivering free best...

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30+ Open Wikis Every Educator Should Know About | Edudemic

30+ Open Wikis Every Educator Should Know About | Edudemic | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Are you interested in being a part of a dynamic digital environment capable of changing the world of education? There are wikis out there that are just waiting for you to join and offer up your $.02. From wikis on teaching in the United Kingdom to art to web 2.0 tools, there’s a wiki for everyone.
 

The list of wikis below is just a smattering of some of the best open wikis available today. They were all nominated by teachers and administrators from around the world during this year’s Edublogs awards. If you’re not familiar with wikis, they’re quite simply a website developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content. That’s the official Wikipedia definition. What better place to get a proper definition, right? Anyway, check out each one of these terrific wikis today and do your best to join or at least monitor what’s happening on them. Enjoy!

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Weally Wonderful Websites V8.0 | The Spectronics Blog

Weally Wonderful Websites V8.0 | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Weally Wonderful Websites has been updated for the last time in 2011. It has grown to 85 A4 pages in length with new sites added to 75% of...
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Jane Farrall leaving Spectronics in early 2012 | The Spectronics Blog

Jane Farrall leaving Spectronics in early 2012 | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Jane Farrall, Spectronics' hard-working, talented and uber-dedicated Senior Speech Pathologist and AAC Support Services Manager will be leaving Spectronics on January 20th next year....

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“Press the switch” | The Spectronics Blog

“Press the switch” | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

You're probably wondering what these Chinese symbols mean. They are the words 'press the switch' written in traditional Chinese. Why am I telling you this?

When I worked at...

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Intellipad – the Write tool for the iPad | The Spectronics Blog

Intellipad – the Write tool for the iPad | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Intellipad is a relatively new writing app available for the iPad. Developed by an Occupational Therapist who wanted a custom keyboard for her client – the App has...

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Symbols 101 Part 3 | The Spectronics Blog

Symbols 101 Part 3 | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

“What symbol do I use for ‘pursuant’?” I recently delivered symbol training for an organisation that provided sheltered housing for people with learning difficulties. Like many organisations working in this sector they wanted to ensure that their written communications with their tenants were accessible. They purchased symbol processing software and asked me to help them. The training went the usual way. We looked at …

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