The VOD is ideal for anyone who experiences difficulties with reading material, such as people with dyslexia or individuals with visual impairments.
The text is read aloud using text-to-speech with highlighting support. There are several functions available, such as: you can open with the last book played; you can go directly to a page by entering the page number and bookmarks can keep the actual time point."Dyslexia United" http://t.co/TNtSm5RE #accessibility...
Students in schools and colleges who use Read&Write GOLD can use these Apps at school and at home. They’ll find familiar features, including Read Aloud with dual colour highlighting, Dictionary, Translator, and Study Skills, anywhere, anytime.We are happy to feature innovative new assistive technologies. Today, we want to tell you about a Web App from Texthelp, eBook Reader, that reads Bookshare books in the Cloud. eBook Reader is one of a new suite of Web ...
For people with learning disabilities, AppWriter contains a word prediction feature enables users to construct sentences and make less grammatical or spelling errors and can be used in combination with the word reader so that the application plays audio of the words as the user types or selects them.The app offers users to read all menus and buttons aloud. The Mobile OCRKit feature allows handouts, photocopies or textbooks to be uploaded into the iPad and converted to text that the user can highlight or edit. The app can then read the documents aloud through the text-to-speech feature
"These really are a great ways to visualize data. And believe it or not, you don't have to be a graphic designer to create them. All it takes is some data you want to visualize and knowing where to go to create them. Here are a few of my favorite sites and tools to use when creating infographics."
"They did it. And they did it right. Now they need a strong assist from lawmakers and state school board members (that means you, former U.S. Rep. Mary Rose Oakar). After weeks of negotiations on Cleveland's daring school reform plan, Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke reached a deal late last week. Each side gave a little to give students a lot.Cleveland teachers, Mayor Frank Jackson and students all won in round one of the fight to reform Cleveland's schools. The Ohio General Assembly is round two, The Plain Dealer editorial board writes."
Gifted children with dyslexia may get by in school because of strong higher order thinking skills that allow them to comprehend longer passages, but they may still have problems with single word decoding and writing...
Many high schools across the country and here in North Carolina are adopting an education model, known as “Career Academies,” which integrates rigorous academics with career technical education and real world work-based learning experiences. These multi-year programs are developed around a particular industry theme so the classes are taught through the lens of that industry sector and allow students to gain hands-on experience in that field. These programs do not require students to choose a “college track” or a “career track.” Rather, they allow students to prepare for both.
Here in Charlotte, we have the Academy of Engineering program in five high schools – the highest concentration in the country. They learn in the classroom how core subjects, such as algebra, are used in the engineering field. And they then see those “academics” in action in the real world through internships and job shadowing.
Ted-ED, the educational wing of the TED Talks has launched a new series of videos, designed specifically to teach high school and college students. I've found these incredibly helpful and a marvelous resource. To see TED-ED's youtube channel visit: http://www.youtube.com/tededucation
United Federation of Teachers Mayor's Work On Schools Gets a Backer Wall Street JournalBy LISA FLEISHER
"Some of the most recognizable names in New York City education—including former schools Chancellor Joel Klein and educator Geoffrey Canada—have formed... a group that will work to sustain Mayor Michael Bloomberg's school-reform efforts after he leaves office.
StudentsFirstNY, an offshoot of a national organization hatched by former Washington, D.C., schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, is designed as a political counterweight to teachers unions, organizers said in announcing the group Wednesday.
"We are very worried that the teachers unions are really pushing that this time period, the Bloomberg time period, be thought of as over, and now we…get back to business as usual," said Mr. Canada, head of the Harlem Children's Zone, which won fame in the 2010 documentary "Waiting for 'Superman.'"
Indeed, the United Federation of Teachers has been framing Mr. Bloomberg's tenure in City Hall as a lost decade for education, and other groups already are trying to look beyond his term. After winning control of city schools in 2002, Mr. Bloomberg has pushed to close poor-performing schools, open charter schools and end teacher job protections.
"People are praying, let's put it that way, that the Bloomberg administration and their destructive policies toward our schools are over," said Leonie Haimson, director of Class Size Matters, which fights many Bloomberg policies.
Gabby's Wordspeller & Phonetic Dictionary" is primarily designed to allow the user to locate their word by the way it sounds (phonetically). As a resource tool, she enables the user with the ability to not only locate their word within seconds - but, as a phonetic dictionary, it qualifies as being suitable for ESL, EFL and dyslexics.
World Atlas is an educational resource for world maps, atlases, and in-depth geography information. Teachers and students: free maps of Europe, USA, Canada, Florida, Caribbean Islands and much more.
This World Atlas, in addition to have many maps at a variety of scales as is very common these days, has the added feature of embedding facts and other informative features based on your scale and regional context. Students can explore this at their own pace to learn about what every region of the world that interests them the most.
Scientific understanding and medical treatments for dyslexia have advanced over the past 5 years, but much work remains to be done to fully understand the causes of dyslexia and to improve the lives of children who struggle to learn to read, according to a Seminar published Online First in The Lancet. Indeed, most children are only diagnosed with dyslexia after they have experienced serious difficulties in school, at a time when it is much harder for them to master new skills, and this could be preventing children with dyslexia from achieving the best outcomes.
"An opportunity to level the playing field for diverse learners has arrived. With the use of mobile devices and a set of apps, barriers to learning can be removed and we can now set the stage for access to learning by all students."
Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide talk about the tension between the education of experts and innovators - are we fostering the learning of individuals who are masters of existing knowledge or those who will be creators of new knowledge? Are they one and the same or very different creatures...This talk reminds me of Eric Hoffer's quip: “In times of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists”
Neurology informs the approach at a Manhattan institution founded by members of the Blue Man Group and their wives for children from pre-kindergarten through third grade...young children at the Blue School learn about what has been called “the amygdala hijack” — what happens to their brains when they flip out. Teachers try to get children into a “toward state,” in which they are open to new ideas. Periods of reflection are built into the day for students and teachers alike, because reflection helps executive function — the ability to process information in an orderly way, focus on tasks and exhibit self-control. Last year, the curriculum guide was amended to include the term “meta-cognition”: the ability to think about thinking.
"Good teachers typically are found in schools with good cultures. Experts say you can tell if a school is effective within five minutes of walking in. Students are orderly and respectful when changing classes; there's a steady hum of activity. Good school culture typically grows out of good leadership. Here as well, there are many variations of success. KIPP schools have a formula that includes, for students, longer hours and strict accountability to core values, and, for teachers, a cooperative role in developing school activities and pedagogy. David Brooks recently described a highly successful school in Brooklyn that abandons the teacher-in-front-of-class model in favor of collaborative learning. Students sit around larger tables trying to solve problems or discuss the task at hand. In every successful school, whatever its theory of education, a good culture sweeps everyone along, as if by a strong tide, towards common goals of discovery and learning.." | via The Atlantic
"Since 1984, the College Internship Program (CIP) has expanded to locations across the US. CIP's comprehensive curriculum and cutting-edge approach to developing real-world skills expands the foundation on which young adults with ASD and LD can build happy and productive lives. Open houses and training sessions - Learn more about Asperger's and LD college curriculum."
We all know that if our notes and school work are organized, we can think more clearly and save time and frustration. So imagine how challenging it can often be for students with dyslexia to take good notes, which are essential to academic achievement. Many students with dyslexia report that they often don’t take notes because it’s just too hard.
One advantage that all note-takers have in the digital age is the opportunity to use tools, such as Microsoft OneNote, to make taking and organizing notes a lot easier. For students with dyslexia, OneNote has many features that can help students take notes faster and in different ways, stay organized, and meet literacy challenges, such as spelling and grammar.
Here are five ways that OneNote can help students with dyslexia take better notes:
More lefties among dyslexics, music and math talent...
Fom Scientific American: "If by smarter you mean more talented in certain areas, left-handers may have an advantage. Left-handers’ brains are structured differently from right-handers’ in ways that can allow them to process language, spatial relations and emotions in more diverse and potentially creative ways.
Also, a slightly larger number of left-handers than right-handers are especially gifted in music and math. A study of musicians in professional orchestras found a significantly greater proportion of talented left-handers, even among those who played instruments that seem designed for right-handers, such as violins. Similarly, studies of adolescents who took tests to assess mathematical giftedness found many more left-handers in the population. The fact that mathematicians are often musical may not be a coincidence."
Students in schools and colleges who use Read&Write GOLD can use these Apps at school and at home. They’ll find familiar features, including Read Aloud with dual color highlighting, Dictionary, Translator, and Study Skills, anywhere, anytime.
One early user seems very enthusiastic: “I am beyond thrilled with the new Web Apps from Texthelp! These Apps provide students with full access to curriculum materials on revolutionary mobile devices. Our students will now be able to use the Apps directly on their iPads, in the classroom or media center, sitting in the beanbag chairs or wherever they want. They will not have to go sit at a big computer and look “different” than the other kids. The best part is that there are books on there that the kids want to read. It’s not just the classroom novel or textbook and that has made a huge difference for their independent reading books.We are happy to feature innovative new assistive technologies in this blog. Today, we want to tell you about a Web App from Texthelp, eBook Reader, that reads Bookshare books in the Cloud. eBook Re...
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