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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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A Step Forward for Accessible Textbooks: A Review of the STudent E-rent Pilot Project - AccessWorld® - September 2012

A Step Forward for Accessible Textbooks: A Review of the STudent E-rent Pilot Project - AccessWorld® - September 2012 | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Here's a completely novel approach to accessible e-book access. An online textbook rental system via an accessible front end...

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Using Proloquo2Go for Schedules, Rules and Social Stories | The Spectronics Blog

Using Proloquo2Go for Schedules, Rules and Social Stories | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

 "a quick video for using Proloquo2Go for schedules, rules and social stories. We already know how awesome Proloquo2Go...


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Mobile apps for inclusion and assistance

Mobile apps for inclusion and assistance | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Strategic and practical guidance on developing the use of mobile apps to support learners.

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Free assistive technology webinars by Inclusive Technology

Free assistive technology webinars by Inclusive Technology | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Free webinars on using different types of assistive technology - an ideal way of getting a feel for something before you buy it.

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Video Grabber

Video Grabber | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

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.


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digitalstudieswiki [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Teaching and Learning - iPads in school

digitalstudieswiki [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Teaching and Learning - iPads in school | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Very useful collection of educationally focused articles on using the iPad in teaching and learning from apps to ebooks to podcasts etc..

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Free online rehabilitative therapies for Stroke sufferers

Free online rehabilitative therapies for Stroke sufferers | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

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”

http://www.springerlink.com/content/y1830lu46gq82141

 

(b) Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (JNNP - BMJ) – “A ‘web app’ for diagnosing hemianopia”

http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2012/05/28/jnnp-2012-302270

 

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.

 

 

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National Federation of the Blind Files Complaint Against State Department

National Federation of the Blind Files Complaint Against State Department | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

National Federation of the Blind Seeks to Stop Distribution of Inaccessible Kindles Abroad. About time too... When onboard TTS is technically very feasible Amazon's lack of commitment to making it work (or even having it present) is nothing short of shameful. Unfortunately the same is true of most other ebook readers - see the RNIB summary for further info - http://www.rnib.org.uk/livingwithsightloss/readingwriting/ebooks/comparing/Pages/ebook_readers_compared.aspx ;

 

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In the Middle of the Curve: #mlearncon PowerPoint to mLearning

In the Middle of the Curve: #mlearncon PowerPoint to mLearning | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Some very interesting reportage and reflections on making the move to mobile learning.

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NDCS - Films

NDCS - Films | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

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

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First Seven Steps to accessible mobile apps | OneVoice for Accessible ICT

First Seven Steps to accessible mobile apps | OneVoice for Accessible ICT | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Important area to become familiar with - how do you know what to look for in a mobile app? Is there a danger that the digital divide gets bigger as inaccessible apps mushroom?

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internationaldisabilityguide31.pdf

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

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The Effects of Electronic Books Designed for Children in Education | Chau | Scroll

The Effects of Electronic Books Designed for Children in Education | Chau | Scroll | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

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'.

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DAISY players for free? Move to Mongolia - Mongolia library success sparks law change | EIFL

DAISY players for free? Move to Mongolia - Mongolia library success sparks law change | EIFL | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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GEORGIE - Android based support for VI

GEORGIE - Android based support for VI | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Developed by the developer of WEBBIE, this Android app puts lots of key VI functionality in one place

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Eye-Search - UCL's free therapy for visual search problems

Eye-Search - UCL's free therapy for visual search problems | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Eye-Search - a free online therapy developed by UCL & funded by The Stroke Association for patients with visual search problems caused by brain injury.

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Powerpoint, Word, Excel, Database Tutorials for screenreaders

Powerpoint, Word, Excel, Database Tutorials for screenreaders | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

A great way to get started on Microsoft Office using JAWS screenreader - all free tutorials.

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NounProject

The Noun Project collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world's visual language, so we may share them in a fun and meaningful way.


The aim is to produce a simple graphic for every noun in the English language.

 

Images are posted as high-quality vector files that can be imported, resized, and modified by any photo editing software.

 

The images are in the public domain or shared with Creative Commons licenses. 

 

The possible uses for these images, by educators, are endless: bulletin boards, signs, learner projects/asignments, labels are a few ideas that come to mind withpout much effort.


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Introduction to Conversational English Online Course

Introduction to Conversational English Online Course | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Free Online Courses: Introduction to Conversational English... with video and audio. Useful for people whose inclusion needs would be supported by better understanding of English. 

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Marie Schoeman's comment, July 7, 2012 11:55 AM
Mastering a second language remains a challenge for South African children with learning difficulties. Schools should explore all the possible ways to support them to learn English.
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Welcome to the HE STEM professional development e-learning package | STEM Learning and Teaching Reconfigured

Welcome to the HE STEM professional development e-learning package | STEM Learning and Teaching Reconfigured | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Great resource for supporting disabled learners in higher education science and maths subjects.

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News-2-You

News-2-You | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

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.

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Neuroeducational.net

Neuroeducational.net | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

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.

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tagdisability.org - Disability Education Resource Library

tagdisability.org - Disability Education Resource Library | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

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. 

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What accessibility / usability does your ebook support? See the EPUB 3.0 Support Grid

What accessibility / usability does your ebook support? See the EPUB 3.0 Support Grid | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

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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