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What is dyslexia? A TED-Ed Video

What is dyslexia? A TED-Ed Video | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum -- one that doesn't necessarily fit with labels like "normal" and "defective." Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 11, 11:01 PM

Learn more about the brain and dyslexia in this five minute video from TED-Ed. Find out what type of teaching works best for students with dyslexia, and experience how it feels for students with dyslexia to decode words. You will also find questions you may use with students, additional resources and a forum for discussion. 

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Scitation

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I'm sure most, if not all, Learning providers delivering STEM courses will have flagged this website to their learners. In case they haven't, I've added it here!

Topics Covered include...

Acoustics; Astronomy and astrophysics; Atomic and molecular physics; Biological physics; Condensed matter physics; Energy; General physics; Geophysics; Interdisciplinary physics; Materials science; Mathematical physics; Nanotechnology; Nuclear physics; Optics and optical physics; Particle physics; Physical chemistry; Plasma physics; Quantum mechanics; Rheology and fluid dynamics; Society and organization; and Statistical physics. 

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I'm sure most, if not all, Learning providers delivering STEM courses will have flagged this website to their learners. In case they haven't, I've added it here!

Topics Covered include...

Acoustics; Astronomy and astrophysics; Atomic and molecular physics; Biological physics; Condensed matter physics; Energy; General physics; Geophysics; Interdisciplinary physics; Materials science; Mathematical physics; Nanotechnology; Nuclear physics; Optics and optical physics; Particle physics; Physical chemistry; Plasma physics; Quantum mechanics; Rheology and fluid dynamics; Society and organization; and Statistical physics. 

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15 Great iPad Apps for Special Education Students

15 Great iPad Apps for Special Education Students | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it

Students and kids with learning disabilities have also the right to benefit from this surge in the use of educational apps on mobile devices particularly iPad. There are actually several iPad apps that can help your students overcome their autism and speech issues, develop both their communication and social skills, and enhance their literacy capabilities.

 

Here is a list we have curated for you containing awesome apps specifically designed for students with learning disabilities.

 

Read more:

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/09/15-great-ipad-apps-for-special.html

 


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How do blind people learn to run in a straight line?

How do blind people learn to run in a straight line? | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
The Paralympics is full of images of blind athletes running with sighted guides. But how do blind people first learn to run in a straight line?
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Captioning Key - Home

Captioning Key - Home | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
The Captioning Key is a popular set of captioning guidelines is intended for people who want to learn how to caption, what captions are, and how to caption their own films, movies, media, and streaming items.
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50 Useful Apps For Students With Reading Disabilities

50 Useful Apps For Students With Reading Disabilities | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
Helpful tools and iPad apps for students with reading and learning disabilities.

 

Practitioners are undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help bright young learners, with reading disabilities, meet their potential and work through their disability.

 

This post highlights a few of the amazing apps out there that can help learners with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see learning as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle.

 

Note: Not all are free.


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Sensory matters - Resources - TES

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Sensory play ideasLots of ideas for messy sensory play ideas,especially suitable for preschoolers and special needs.
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Smartphone for the blind launched

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Georgie, a smartphone designed for those with sight loss, is launched.

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Making accessibility part of culture change: it's all in the attitude | Access iQ

Making accessibility part of culture change: it's all in the attitude | Access iQ | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it

Accessibility is going to be part of business-as-usual, let's just get that out there. But it won't happen overnight; changing culture is a long-term endeavour and it will take time for everyone to accept it and integrate it into their processes.

If you've been tasked with making sure that your document, website or product is accessible, you'll probably be familiar with the grumbling, heavy sighs, confusion and sometimes the digging in of heels that comes with the mere mention of 'accessibility compliance'.

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Reach for the APPS Brings iPads to Children With Autism

Reach for the APPS Brings iPads to Children With Autism | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
Reach for the APPs wants to give every autistic child an iPad to improve learning and communication skills.

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Dyslexic Advantages on Pinterest

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Check out some of the remarkable accomplishments of people with dyslexia. These are the things we think of when we think of dyslexia - amazing, innovative, and beautiful. If you're on Pinterest, check out our Dyslexia Board!  


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NaturalReader - convert text to speech or mp3

NaturalReader - convert text to speech or mp3 | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it

NaturalReader is a free text to speech program that converts any written text into spoken words. In other words, it allows you to listen to text instead of reading the screen.


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minicabit.com - The UK cab network

minicabit.com - The UK cab network | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
Travel by taxi can be cheaper and faster than train or coach. With minicabit.com, you can compare & book cheap prices for Licensed Taxis and Minicabs, including UK airport transfers. Save money, time and hassle now.
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10 Resources to Better Understand Dyslexia | Edudemic

10 Resources to Better Understand Dyslexia | Edudemic | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
Imagine trying to read a sentence when every other word looks like made-up gibberish. It’s exhausting to read the sentence over and over again, trying to put together the meaning. That one troublesome sentence is followed by another… and another… and another… You know it’s not your fault – it’s the text doesn’t make sense. …

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 9, 10:05 PM

Did you know that it is estimated that 1 out of 5 people struggle with dyslexia (and often do not realize it)? This post provides a range of resources that look at dyslexia. The resources are grouped in four areas:

* Understanding Dsylexia

* Identifying Dyslexia

* How to Teach Dyslexic Students

* Personalizing Dyslexia

The resources include videos and articles/posts as well as a link to a great website at Yale. And if you have a student in your class how is dyslexic they might be interested in learning that the following people were also dyslexic: Albert Einstein, Steven Jobs, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg were also dyslexic.

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very worthwhile!  Did you know that th earliest sign of dyslexia is difficulty telling right from left?  and that the kids will blithely interchange hands, not even knowing that they're doing it?

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Bingo card generator - make and print your printable bingo cards

Bingo card generator site to create and print your own custom bingo cards quickly and easily for free

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Generate Free Custom Printable Bingo Cards
Bingo cards are the main element of a type of lottery game, where each player has a card with 5 rows and 5 columns containing 25 unique numbers in each square. The position of numbers on a card is unique for every player. Once a number is called, each player marks it on their card. Once all the numbers have been called, the player who completes the entire line (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) calls “Bingo!” and wins the game.
The BingoCardApp helps practitioners create the cards. It is an online bingo card generator that lets you make free printable bingo cards quickly and easily.
To create a set of bingo cards...
- go to their website,
- give the bingo cards a name,
- type numbers or words (at least 24) into the box, one per line and then
- click “Generate Bingo Cards".
NOTE: The service is free and lets users generate up 8 bingo cards per list. To generate more bingo cards users will have to sign up for a paid membership.

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EyeRing voice-activated augmented reality device for the blind

EyeRing voice-activated augmented reality device for the blind | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
Technology has paved the way for new advances in the field of medicine. We’ve already seen apps such as the Busalert app and the Georgie Android app for the visually impaired.

   

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Assessing functional vision using the iPad

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John Olma describes the methods he has devised for using an iPad to assess children's functional vision and to provide visual stimulation - free online content from

RNIB Insight magazine.


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Lalo.li - Voice Message

There are numerous text-to-speech applications but seldom do users have the option to control the computerized voice reading the words typed.

 

LaloLi, a free to use web service that helps you create audio messages, is an exception to this rule.

 

Type in the require words...
- the application speaks them out loud in a computerized voice.

- adjust the amplitude, pitch, speed, and word gap.

 

The play button can be used to hear what has been typed with the new settings.

 

The message URL is updated, in the address bar, for every change made; users can copy it from there and share it with their teacher, peers, friends, family etc; alternatively they can click on the Twitter, Facebook, BitLy, and Google+ buttons to share the link.


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Innovate My School - Spellathon will help pupils meet new National Curriculum standards

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All About Braille - VisionAware

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Types of Braille

Braille has codes for writing text, music, and even technical material for math and science. Text or literary braille has two forms: non-contracted or alphabetical braille and contracted braille for saving space:

 

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Deaf brain processes touch differently: Lacking sound input, the primary auditory cortex 'feels' touch

Deaf brain processes touch differently: Lacking sound input, the primary auditory cortex 'feels' touch | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
People who are born deaf process the sense of touch differently than people who are born with normal hearing, according to new research. The finding reveals how the early loss of a sense -- in this case hearing -- affects brain development.
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Amara - Universal subtitling: caption, translate, subtitle and transcribe video.

The easiest way to caption and translate any video, with crowdsourcing, volunteers, and professional services.
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TalkTyper - Speech Recognition in a Browser

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An easy to use web app that gives you free speech to text dictation in a browser.

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Spelling help | Spelling tests | Spelling games

Spelling help | Spelling tests | Spelling games | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
English spelling online course to help older students, teenage to adult, learn and improve their spelling. This spelling course uses lists, games, tests to teaches English spelling rules to help students and adults learn spelling.
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Deaf Awareness - Resources - TES

Deaf Awareness - Resources - TES | SEN Tech Resources | Scoop.it
A diverse selection of resources looking at raising awareness of deaf pupils’ needs and how these needs can be met in the classroom.
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