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Many learners struggle to engage with formal education. This can be for a range of reasons and there's no simple answer to any of them. This site is about reducing the barriers to engagement wherever possible. It will often focus on technology but that's only because technology has a lot to offer in many contexts. Other 'human based' approaches can be just as effective so they'll also get space when they cross the horizon.
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Local govt websites focus on accessibility, says Sitemorse report | Digital By Default News

Local govt websites focus on accessibility, says Sitemorse report | Digital By Default News | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
The local government sector scores higher than any other audited by Sitemorse in the area of accessibility, with many councils prioritising disabled access to council services.
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Good news for accessibility. If the public sector can get it right there will be plenty of models for theprivate sector to live up to!

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The Ear Foundation | Education Online

The Ear Foundation | Education Online | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Some useful short courses on deafness for increasing your own awareness of some of the issues. And don't forget excellent WatchWords resource at http://watchwords.jisctechdis.ac.uk/

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PrAACtical AAC

PrAACtical AAC | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Supports for language learning
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A highly respected blog on supporting learners with communication difficulties.

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NVDA - free screen reader - RNIB

NVDA is free screen reading software which reads on-screen information using a synthetic voice and can be used with any Windows computer.
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NVDA is a great free screenreader tool that is popular with many blind students. This updated guidance from NVDA offers a variety of options for downloading including free downloads and some great value packages with recycled laptops/PCs.

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Researchers unveil 'shape-changing' technology that could change computer interaction forever

Researchers unveil 'shape-changing' technology that could change computer interaction forever | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a device that can render digital 3D content physically and which could change the way we interact with PCs.
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What a difference this would make to blind and partially sighted learners...!

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Jisc TechDis - Accessible Documents and Presentations

Jisc TechDis - Accessible Documents and Presentations | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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So few  teaching staff know the accessibility basics that make a big difference to so many learners These resources are very useful - follow the links to either Accessible Word Docs or Presentations and see the great tips and tricks to make learning more inclusive for all. This

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Dyslexia and fonts - evidence at last!

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Up till now evidence of the impact of fonts has been more circumstantial than empirical. This very detailed study offers robust data that reaches some predictable - and some surprising - conclusions.

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Twitter / HYWEL_ROBERTS: Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads ...

Twitter / HYWEL_ROBERTS: Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads ... | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

“ RT @Primary_Ed: Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads. http://t.co/XIbZyVHdGZ #ukedchat #edchat #edtech #ipadchat #iPad #ipaded”


Via Valerie Chernek, Abi James
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Bloom's taxonomy is a favourite of mine - easy to understand yet profound in how it can influence teaching practices.

This version, based around iPad apps that support different level of Bloom's, is a nice way of bringing it up to date for mobile and tablet based learning,

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Printing a YouTube video and it's uses in education

Printing a YouTube video and it's uses in education | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
This may sound like a daft title for a blog post, but it is possible to easily get an export of still images taken at regular intervals from any YouTube video, to create a storyboard of that video....
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Nice teaching ideas here - installing and using the Print YouTube Bookmarklet is very straightforward and could open up all sorts of new ways of supporting dyslexic and other learners in notetaking.

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Marvin for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch - an E-Reader

Marvin for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch - an E-Reader | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

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Marvin's unique Artificial Intellegence reads your books with you and helps you discover amazing things about them. Build summaries in seconds and pin any web content to your books.

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At last - an ebook reader that actually includes "accessibility" in its marketing!
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Facebook scam targets deaf people

Facebook scam targets deaf people | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Disabled people can be more vulnerable to such scams because some scammers (or scummers might be more apt) specifically target particular disability groups.

 

See also 5 Ts of esafeTy - http://www.em-esafetyproject.co.uk/ ;

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EPUB 3 Support Grid

EPUB 3 Support Grid | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
With new updates from March 7, 2013, this comprehensive grid describes the features of EPUB 3 currently supported on various devices, apps, and reading systems.
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Using ebooks with learners and want a summary of which devices support the most accessible format (EPUB)?

This summary gives you a quick overview of which devices support EPUB.

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Is 'mind control' becoming a reality?

Is 'mind control' becoming a reality? | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
The experiment that may just have made human "mind control" a reality.
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Once the hype is stripped away this could be a big leap forward for people with communication difficulties

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That's Not Cool

That's Not Cool | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Your cell phone, IM, and social networks are all a digital extension of who you are. When someone you're with pressures you or disrespects you in those places, that's not cool.
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Very useful scenario based site for raising awareness of broader e-safety issues, particularly those more pertinent to older teens and twenties

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Research which shows E-Readers help people with Dyslexia is welcomed | Dyslexia Action

Research which shows E-Readers help people with Dyslexia is welcomed | Dyslexia Action | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Dyslexia Action has welcomed the latest piece of research to try to measure the benefits of e-readers for people with dyslexia as the ‘best so far’.
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Useful study for anyone involved supporting dyslexic learners.

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Spark Critical Thinking by Asking Students Essential Questions

Spark Critical Thinking by Asking Students Essential Questions | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

The questions you ask and the answers you get....

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Nice summary of the characteristics of "essential" questions - ie those that encourage higher level thinking.

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Writing for TTS

Writing for TTS | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
The 10 points were published in Dyslexia Contact, September 2013. See below for full details and samples in HTML, and also Word and PDF versions, and an Excel file of trials with the various voices...
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A very useful guide for anyone working with Dyslexic students who use Text to Speech. Hints and tips on getting text to speech to pronounce things like times and list items in more predictable and comprehensible ways

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Access2Science

Access2Science | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Currently very few visually impaired (VI) people progress to higher maths and science and one of the key reasons is the difficulty in hndling symbolic notation. This website is a great starting point for people with VI who are good at maths / science to get a head start on accessing STEM subjects.

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Accrediting learner's informal skills - eDCC

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This course provides certification for learner's digital skills. It's also said to be accessible by a source I trust. 

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text4all Web Page Customizer

text4all Web Page Customizer is a tool that allows users to customize the look of a give website
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Handy tool for dyslexic and VI people to bookmark if they have problems remembering how to change browser settings or if you use different browsers.

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Jisc TechDis - Events

Jisc TechDis - Events | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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The XerteFriday sessions are a great introduction to using the open source Xerte Toolkits content creation tool. Ideal for creating accessibility friendly and mobile friendly interactive resources for learners.

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Marvin for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch - an E-Reader

Marvin for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch - an E-Reader | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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At last - an ebook reader that actually includes "accessibility" in its marketing!
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Marvin's unique Artificial Intellegence reads your books with you and helps you discover amazing things about them. Build summaries in seconds and pin any web content to your books.

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The Digital Practitioner Survey 2013

Welcome to the Digital Practitioner Survey 2013.

The survey has been commissioned by the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation and is being run by the Institute of Education.
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The more representative the replies the more appropriate future support nad funding will be..

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UCAS launches videos to help deaf students going to uni

UCAS launches videos to help deaf students going to uni | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Practical support in a useful and timely manner. Needed for many more organisations as well.

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Kobo New eReading Lineup includes Dyslexie font

TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kobo Unveils New eReading Lineup, Taking Readers Beyond The Book. Kobo Arc 10HD, Kobo Arc 7HD and Kobo Arc 7 tablets and the Kobo Aura 6' E Ink eReader, put reading first with enhanced Reading Life platform.
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You know the Right to Read Alliance is making an impact when mainstream suppliers we've been contacting begin to market their dyslexia credentials....

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