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21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs @ericcurts

21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs @ericcurts | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it

 Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.

In this blog post we will take a look at 21 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories:
*Text to Speech
*Readability
*Reading Comprehension
*Focus
*Navigation

Some of the tools fit into more than one topic, but each is only listed once. Certainly this list does not cover all of the useful web extensions available for struggling learners, but it is a great place to begin. In addition to the list of extension, I have also linked in the video and help guide from a webinar I did a while back on "Google Tools for Special Needs".


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5 steps to maximize iPads for students with autism | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 steps to maximize iPads for students with autism | eSchool News | eSchool News | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
Learn how you can increase student achievement and classroom efficiency by following these 5 steps when using the iPad for education.
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33 Super Speech and Language iPad Apps

33 Super Speech and Language iPad Apps | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
Teachers With Apps brings you 33 super speech and language iPad apps for home, classroom, or the therapist's office.

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Mack James's curator insight, September 22, 2013 6:25 PM

AWSOME apps to use for areas that have low number of specialist visiting. 

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Occupational therapy for special-needs students moves online

Occupational therapy for special-needs students moves online | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it

“We don’t have enough occupational therapists overall,” says PresenceLearning co-founder Clay Whitehead. And that’s especially true in rural areas, Whitehead adds, where OTs or the students they serve might have to travel hundreds of miles to complete face-to-face sessions.

PresenceLearning has seen great success in providing speech therapy to students online, and online OT seemed like a natural extension of that service.

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Apps for Students | Dysgraphia & Writing Difficulties - NCLD

Apps for Students | Dysgraphia & Writing Difficulties - NCLD | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
Apps can help students and adults who have learning disabilities like dysgraphia or dyslexia with their written expression. These are LD-friendly.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 2, 2013 7:50 PM

Technology can be a great tool for students (and adults!) who have learning disabilities likedysgraphia or dyslexia that affect their written expression. We’ve personally reviewed these mobile apps and we know they’re LD-friendly. They can make the writing process a bit easier and even fun! Not every app will be a “perfect fit” for everyone who has LD, but with a little testing, you can figure out which one works best for your child or teen’s individual needs. 

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Students develop assistive technologies - MIT News Office

Students develop assistive technologies - MIT News Office | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
Undergraduate teams create helpful phone apps and devices for people with disabilities.
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Braille typewriters get smart - The Boston Globe

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Like six-year-olds around the world, Madison Logan is learning to read and write. Unlike most children, the Quincy girl has vision problems severe enough to make her legally blind. But that’s not slowing her down.
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Finding College Scholarships for Students with ADHD

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If you have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and you are seeking college scholarships for ADHD students, then look at learning disability scholarships.

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The Inclusive Class: A List of Apps that can Facilitate Inclusion

The Inclusive Class: A List of Apps that can Facilitate Inclusion | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it

"Last week on The Inclusive Class Podcast, guest Kathleen McClaskey, shared a number of Apps that can "level the playing field". In other words, these Apps can be used to help students with special needs and/or learning difficulties participate in classroom reading, writing and math activities. "


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Erin Schettler's curator insight, August 14, 2014 6:39 AM

Just the tip of the iceberg....

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iPads ‘speak’ for non-verbal, autistic kids

iPads ‘speak’ for non-verbal, autistic kids | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
Tablets, using special programs, can "speak" for non-verbal autistic kids. Educators say they're making huge breakthroughs because of technology.
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Minneapolis autism teachers “blown away" by new classroom technology

Minneapolis autism teachers “blown away" by new classroom technology | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
Four coins appeared in a box on a computer screen. Hans Glocker, a Sanford middle school student with autism, calculated the coins’ total, then chose the right value out of three listed.
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Processing Math Breakdowns by walking thru problems:Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

Processing Math Breakdowns by walking thru problems:Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it

Have your students literally walk through Math problems.

Students with slower processing speeds or executive-function problems are often no different from their peers in math proficiency in first and second grade; but as they confront multistep computations in upper elementary school tests, their scores tumble because they lack the skills necessary to produce organized, efficient output. These students aren’t losing their earlier skill base. New tasks demand efficient processing in different domains. The mathematics problems they now encounter need organizational skills involving planning and sequencing, as well as skills like handwriting, copying text, note taking, and other outputs requiring accuracy and efficiency. These skills are often difficult for dyslexic students. Students who struggle with processing multistep problems can improve their accuracy by employing several strategies that involve “walking” and “talking” problems through.


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A List of Apps for Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorders by ...

A List of Apps for Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorders by ... | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
While researching social skills apps appropriate for individuals with autism, I stumbled upon an extensive app list entitled “A List of Apps for Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorders“ compiled by Jessica Chase, MA.

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Innovations in Special Education | eSchool News | eSchool News

Innovations in Special Education | eSchool News | eSchool News | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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With the generous support of PresenceLearning, we’ve assembled this collection of resources to help you understand how innovations in special-education services are opening up new possibilities in blended-learning models. These innovations point to a more engaged and inclusive model—and a higher quality of service—for students and their schools.

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Phonics Studio - A Great App for Learning to Pronounce Words

Phonics Studio - A Great App for Learning to Pronounce Words | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it

"Phonics Studio is a free iPad app that has received glowing reviews from speech-language pathologists. The app provides more than 2,500 flashcards that students can use to practice pronouncing more than 200 sounds. After opening the app students select a letter from the alphabet then a sound. Each sound has a collection of flashcards. To practice pronunciation students can listen to a recording and then create their own recordings (open the preferences panel to turn on the built-in recordings). The person working with a student can mark the student’s recording correct or incorrect."


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Sabrina Faulkner's comment, September 19, 2013 9:29 PM
This is a great application to use! My son currently uses this app and I can tell that while he enjoys it, he is also learning.
Mike Dilger's curator insight, September 22, 2013 6:02 AM

May be useful for some classrooms.

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An assistive technology guide for autism | eSchool News

An assistive technology guide for autism | eSchool News | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
In recent years, educators and parents have touted iPads, tablets, and mobile apps as assistive technologies that can help children or students diagnosed with autism communicate and learn basic concepts.
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SpeechBox™ Speech Therapy App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) - for Speech Language Therapy (Apraxia, Autism, Down's Syndrome)

SpeechBox™ Speech Therapy App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) - for Speech Language Therapy (Apraxia, Autism, Down's Syndrome) | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
SpeechBox App for iOS. Designed for use with Children with Apraxia of Speech, Autism, Down's Syndrome, and other Speech Language Difficulties.
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Ukrainian Students Develop Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Speech | TechCrunch

Ukrainian Students Develop Gloves That Translate Sign Language Into Speech | TechCrunch | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it
There is no dearth of impressive student projects here at the finals of Microsoft's Imagine Cup in Sydney, but one of the six finalists that caught my attention was a project called EnableTalk by the Ukrainian team QuadSquad.
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How a blind man uses Instagram for iPhone

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If you're a mobile photography junkie who spends chunks of time browsing page after page of Instagram photos, you might not consider how different the
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Suggested Read: Assistive Technology and the 1:1 Student

Suggested Read:  Assistive Technology and the 1:1 Student | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it

Great Read:  This story is about one students transformative experience when her school moved to a 1:1 IPad intitiative.  The story includes specifics about what she was using prior to the IPad, as well as apps for classes that she currently uses and how that improved her learning experience.

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For Librarians, a New Digital Resource on Students with Disabilities - The Digital Shift

For Librarians, a New Digital Resource on Students with Disabilities - The Digital Shift | Pupil Personnel Services | Scoop.it

A new resource, Project ENABLE, is helping close an identified gap in library services to those with disabilities. In 2006, as part of a New York State impact study, Ruth V. Small of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies asked school librarians to rate their own ability to perform various aspects of their jobs, from measuring student achievement to developing curriculum to implementing new technology.  Across the state, one finding was alarmingly consistent: School librarians gave themselves very low grades on serving the needs of students with disabilities.

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#commoncore resources from the Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

What do the standards say?  If the CCSS applies to all students in school, the standards also apply to students with disabilities. The standards themselves do recognize that implementation requires providing students with disabilities with a range of needed supports. In the document Application to Students with Disabilities, the standards indicate that instruction for students with disabilities must incorporate supports and accommodations, including:


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CEC | Common Core Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know #sped #ccss #ccchat #edchat

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CEC | Common Core Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know http://t.co/f7HCoFsn...

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2 minute video featuring Richard Branson and Charles Schwab: The Big Picture Movie "You May Be Dyslexic"

"You May Be Dyslexic If..." © Dr. Sally Shaywitz, MD For more information, please visit us at www.thebigpicturemovie.com or dyslexia.yale.edu/. (RT @BigPictureMovie: Ever wonder if you have #dyslexia?

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Apps for Speech Therapy

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These 7 great apps for speech therapy provide speech teachers with the activities, resources and support they need to effectively work with students who have a wide range of speech problems and other disabilities that affect their speech.

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