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Read&Write for Google Docs™

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Reads Google documents.
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textHELP known as read&write for Google Docs is assistive technology available through Chrome and would be an invaluable tool for students struggling with reading and comprehension of the English language.  This Chrome extension provides text to speech with dual synchronization, features include talking dictionary, picture dictionary, vocabulary tool and study skills tools to capture Google highlights.  Students and teachers can create and collaboratively use documents simultaneously with support.  This tool would assist students to access the technology curriculum particularly in the area of knowledge and understanding promoting learning and giving students a deeper level of understanding of the topic being investigated.  This assistive tool would allow students more independence in their learning promoting problem solving and inquiry skills.

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Creating a Google Custom Search Engine

This tutorial shows you how to create a Google Custom Search engine. It also walks you through the steps of creating a search widget that you can place in Bl...
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This youtube clip gives a step by step guide to creating a Google custom search.  This is a fantastic support tool for teachers, especially when working with younger students or students who may have difficulty with organising concepts and ideas to access an internet search.  It is also a safety net to ensure that students stay on task to the research topic and not access irrelevant or inappropriate websites.  The ability for students to be able to access and apply online information is a key component of the Australian Technology Curriculum and much time can be wasted as children grapple with these skills.  This tool provides the necessary scaffolding that some students will need to develop these skills adequately and proficiently.

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What is digital story telling? - Creating with ICT - Thinking Digitally

What is digital story telling? - Creating with ICT - Thinking Digitally | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
Thinking Digitally - Creating with ICT - What is digital story telling?
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Education Qld have provided a fantastic resource on this link at the Learning Place which would assist teachers in planning equipment and resources required for Digital Story Telling.  Each software resource is listed with possible functions making it an easy checklist to align the resource with the output result.  Not only would digital story telling fill a requirement within the Australian Technology Curriculum regarding using process and production skills within digital technologies but it would be an excellent resource for many students experiencing difficult with social communication.  These students could create their own social stories on digital software which would assist them in their learning and development of their communication.

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Using WordPress To Build A Website Step By Step

Using WordPress To Build A Website Step By Step | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
In these video tutorials I am going to be using WordPress to build a website step by step. This WordPress training course is going to be free for everyone.
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This resource provides online video tutorials using step by step instructions to build a website using WordPress.  These tutorials were very easy to follow and were always accompanied with a visual image along side the verbal instruction, this would be extremely helpful for all students but particularly for students with auditory processing difficulties and for students who favour visual learning techniques.  This would be a valuable resource to utilise with the Australian Technology Curriculum where students are asked to design, implement and share communications using online technologies using a range of skills promoting collaborative and appropriate social protocols.  A website would be a perfect platform for students to launch their learning and share ideas, and this resource would make that learning experience more accessible to students experiencing difficulty using these sources.

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Apps for Students with LD | Organization & Study - NCLD

Apps for Students with LD | Organization & Study - NCLD | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
Students with learning disabilities often have trouble with study skills like organization and remembering what needs to happen and when. These mobile apps can help.
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The National Centre for Learning Disabilities have given a fantastic list of 13 Apps suitable to be used with students studying the Australian Technology Curriculum.  This list is quite comprehensive and includes resources to assist with study organisation, time management, research, and digital file sharing options for online collaboration.  A particular appealing App is the "Flashcard Deluxe" which are cards that have five sides and can be tailored to each child's need, assisting the student to make the necessary connections in their learning.  These Apps would be an excellent resource when promoting the Technology Curriculum themes and strands in the classroom where students are required to research, define problems, and use a range of communication tools to share ideas online.  This resource provides a short list of 13 very useful Apps with specific explanations on how they can be utilised making easy access for the student and teacher.

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Develop elementary reading comprehension, writing and math skills with Kidspiration® | inspiration.com

Develop elementary reading comprehension, writing and math skills with Kidspiration® | inspiration.com | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
Strengthen word recognition, vocabulary, and writing. Develop math skills with virtual math manipulatives.
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Kidspiration is a resource suitable for all students but is particularly helpful to students who have difficulty understanding new concepts or organising information.  This resource provides visual graphic organisers in multiple formats which are also supported with a written view support.  These supports can also be downloaded into the student's projects providing helpful scaffolding on any curriculum topic.  Student requirements of the Australian Curriculum Technology strands are: to define problems, sequence ideas, create, share and communicate information.  These skills are extremely difficult for a student with an ASD or intellectual impairment to maintain.  However with the assistance of visual and written support these skills could be developed within these students giving greater opportunity to succeed at the Technology Curriculum.

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Read&Write for Google Docs™

Read&Write for Google Docs™ | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
Reads Google documents.
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textHELP known as read&write for Google Docs is assistive technology available through Chrome and would be an invaluable tool for students struggling with reading and comprehension of the English language.  This Chrome extension provides text to speech with dual synchronization, features include talking dictionary, picture dictionary, vocabulary tool and study skills tools to capture Google highlights.  Students and teachers can create and collaboratively use documents simultaneously with support.  This tool would assist students to access the technology curriculum particularly in the area of knowledge and understanding promoting learning and giving students a deeper level of understanding of the topic being investigated.  This assistive tool would allow students more independence in their learning promoting problem solving and inquiry skills.

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AT KidSystems - Learning for Children

AT KidSystems - Learning for Children | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
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A helpful resource to support young children in their developmental learning.  This softward progresses children through 6 levels of early learning development including auditory discrimination, visual perception, visual motor co-ordination, concept formation, verbal comprehension and logic reasoning.  A data collection system is inbuilt into the software which becomes valuable information to the educator to track a student's progress and their areas of weakness. "Learning for Children" would be an invaluable tool for teachers in teaching the Technology Curriculum as it would assist students to develop and apply the skills necessary to process, produce and design which are core components of the curriculum.

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Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling

Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
Meograph is the easiest way to create multimedia stories.
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This resource is incredible, four dimensional storytelling software with the ability to incorporate a timeline, how much fun would students have collecting and storing their data on family, classroom and community.  The possibilities for utilisation are endless but I think one really beneficial feature to this resource is the ability to attach a timeline to the story which would be an excellent visual cue for students with an ASD or intellectual impairment as it would assist them make connections in their learning promoting deep knowledge and understanding of their topic.  Perfect resource to engage with the Australian Technology Curriculum digital technologies strand.  

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Forget PowerPoint: 13 Online Presentation Apps

Forget PowerPoint: 13 Online Presentation Apps | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
We've helped you find online word processors and spreadsheet apps, now it's time for presentations. We've gathered up 13 online presentation creators to make it even easier for ...
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A very handy link consolidating a list of Apps suitable for digital presentations.  I think it is fair to say that good old "power point" has been well used and reused as a presentation option for students, this resource offers 13 other suitable options that students could use to share their learning and ideas.  The Digital Technologies knowledge and understanding strand in the Australian Technology Curriculum specifically requires students to acquire, store and validate different types of data, and interpret and visualise data in context to create information.  These Apps would provide a good starting point for students to undertake this work with the links for further information an important buffer to encourage those hesitant students to think outside of power point - "the usual way I do it".

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7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology

7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology (7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology http://t.co/IOm5lTRrgS via @zite)...
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What an encouraging list of habits to apply to any pedagogical practice to inspire our students to be innovative, world changer instigators.  What really caught my attention was habit number 3, effective teachers who use technology embrace change!  This is cretainly a challenge for every teacher but if we don't set the example how can we expect our students to embrace change and in particular the technology curriculum which promotes students to think outside the box, using problem solving skills and sharing their ideas.  These skills are particularly difficult for some speciall needs students as they can be very literal in their thinking.  However, if teachers equip themselves with this list I think they are one step closer to providing a classroom using inclusive practices encouraging creative, innovative thinking necessary for effective utilisation of the Technology Curriculum.

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JAWS Screen Reading Software Headquarters - by Freedom Scientific

JAWS Screen Reading Software Headquarters - by Freedom Scientific | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
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If we really are serious about making our classrooms inclusive this software would be most beneficial for visually impaired students by bringing the digital screen to life.  Jaws Screen Reading Software is a program that has the ability to not only magnify the screen but also to relay screen details using synthesized speech.  The software is compatible with Windows and a variety of programs including Acrobat Reader, Lotus, Corel and Firefox.  This software would allow students with a visual impairment to participate in their learning of the Technology Curriculum which requires students to design and implement visual programs, communicate and share ideas efficiently with peers using online resources, and use investigative techniques including evaluating online research information.

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General Switches| Rapid Assist Technology

General Switches| Rapid Assist Technology | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
We have a good selection of general switches for special needs by TASH, ATNAD, and AbleNet and more.
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For some students access to computer software is limited unless assistive technology is utilised.  This resource provides options available for computer "Switches" which take the place of the usual computer mouse for those students who don't have the fine motor skills to control movement of the mouse.  The Australian Technology Curriculum requires students to use digital technologies for diverse purposes including production and design, switches will provide inclusiive practices within the classroom so each student is given maximum potential to succeed at the given tasks.  

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Gamestar Mechanic

Gamestar Mechanic | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
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Gamestar Mechanic is a tool not only to design video games but also provides opportunity for the student to play and learn the program before embarking on the design process.  This would assist students who have difficulty in taking in new programs and structures as they can see what the program is capable of and how they engage personally with the program, which would scaffold their design learning.  The program also has an inbuilt reward system which would provide tremendous motivation encouragement for all students but particularly for those students with attention or processing disorders who struggle to maintain "on task" behaviour.  This program could target students at all learning levels depending on the complexity given in the task and would provide learning experiences appropriate to the technology curriculum where students use digital technologies processes and production skills starting at the very basic level of actively engaging in simple sequences to solve simple problems to being able to apply and modify simple algorithms and define problems in terms of data and functional requirements.

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Power Up: Apps for Kids with Special Needs and Learning Differences | Common Sense Media

Power Up: Apps for Kids with Special Needs and Learning Differences | Common Sense Media | Using Technology Curriculum in the classroom with students with special needs. | Scoop.it
Power Up: Common Sense Media's guide to nearly 100 great apps for kids ages 2-17 who have special needs and learning differences. (Excellent resource - well defined and easy to navigate.
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"Power Up" is a resource to assist educators to locate suitable Apps that would assist students in their learning.  To say it is amazing, is really an understatement.  The site is so well set out giving distinct detail of over 100 Apps, listing what they could be used for and who they might assist.  The site is also very well set out and has broadly categorised learning areas of communication, social interaction, organisation, reading, math and motor skills.  These are also rated into 3 levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced.  With ipads being rolled out in our schools this resource would be invaluable as it would save on time and match the exact app with the student's individual need.  Students must learn to develop and apply technical knowledge, processes and computational thinking skills as stated in the Australian Technology Curriculum.  Many of these Apps would assist students in developing the skills necessary to undertake this learning. A must have resource for the 21st Century teacher!

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