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.
Video Grabber is the free online application to help users grab videos from online video sites like vimeo, blip.tv, YouTube etc, you only need to copy and paste video URL address, the video will be grabbed automatically in FLV, MP4, WMV format.
Read-Right is a free therapy developed by UCL (University College London) and funded by The Stroke Association. It's a free downloadable app to improve reading speeds. Personally I'd like to experiment with using the tool to develop speed reading skills with dyslexic learners as well!
Here's extracts from the press release (not about dyslexic learners!) with peer reviewed studies on the benefits of online therapies:
(a) Journal of Neurology (JOON) – “Read-Right: a ‘web app’ that improves reading speeds in patients with hemianopia”
As well as Read-Right, the research team has a further two brain injury web therapies in the pipeline namely… ‘Eye Search’ an online therapy for people with ‘visual search’ problems (http://www.eyesearch.ucl.ac.uk) due for release in the coming months, and ‘iTalk’ which will help stroke sufferers with speech problems to improve their speech using voice recognition.
Some great videos from deaf teens on top tips for communicating with deaf people. Reminded me of the great WatchWords project by Sussex Downs College hosted on JISC TechDis website - http://tinyurl.com/tdwtchwd
Supporting the access needs of disabled learners from overseas can be problematic because funding and arrangements for support in UK post-16 educational institutions are usually different for international students when compared with home students and that arrangements vary between institutions. This guide will help staff to plan, organise and deliver accessible and inclusive provision and activities for international disabled applicants and students
The Effects of Electronic Books Designed for Children in Education... 4 years old so pre iPad boom but a nice summary of the research that was already showing advantages for reading development of an 'electronic book'.
A symbol support newspaper service - real potential for supporting people with literacy needs who want age appropriate reading materials. It's a paid for subscription but currently offering free trial. Supported by Inclusive Technology.
Really interesting resources on how neuroscience can inform education and the use / abuse of online environments...
NEnet is an information network hosted by the Centre for Mind and Brain in Educational and Social Contexts (M-BESC) at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. NEnet seeks to distribute neuroeducational information and resources that educators may find helpful.
Here's a nice way of searching a reference library of inclusion and disability related topics. Click on the tag and up comes the list. Some good resources in there as well that I'd not found elsewhere.
Use the link on this page to download the spreadsheet for the EPUB 3.0 support grid. This is a comprehensive overview of many different types of the e-book reader Enhancements and features of EPUB 3.0 currently usable on various devices, apps, and reading systems...
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