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Everybody Learns, Everybody Works: Using Universal Design for Learning in Workforce Development Programs | NCWD/Youth

Everybody Learns, Everybody Works: Using Universal Design for Learning in Workforce Development Programs | NCWD/Youth | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Excellent report on how to apply UDL principles in a Workforce Development Program.

 

"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational model for creating general curriculums that are accessible to all learners, regardless of learning style. This information brief is for professionals working directly with youth in workforce development programs. It explains the principles of UDL and how these principles can be used in work experiences and training settings to more effectively and efficiently engage all youth, including youth with disabilities. By incorporating UDL into workforce development programs, youth service professionals can use evidence-based practices to support youth as they prepare to transition from education to the workplace."

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UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is used to design curriculum, lessons and instruction based on the diversity of the learners in their classroom.

 

How can UDL guide personalize learning to meet the Common Core?

 

When a teacher understands his/her learners through the UDL lens, he/she creates a flexible learning environment and provides opportunities for learner voice and choice. When lessons are designed using the UDL model, the lesson includes goals, methods, materials, tools, and assessments to reach and support the maximum amount of learners in the classroom.

 

Learners can use this model to help them understand how they learn best and what learning path they can take to become an independent expert learner, leveraging their natural abilities in the process. This process helps the learner create their personal learning profile that is understood by both teacher and learner.

 

The importance of this strategy is that both the teacher and the learner understand who the learner is and how they learn best. The learner and the teacher uses the UDL lens to personalize learning. So what does that look like?

 

An example of an 8th Grade unit on the Civil War serves as an example along with two students who can meet a number of CCSS when they choose and use the tools to support their learning.

 

Explore our new website, Personalize Learning (www.personalizelearning.com), to learn more about the research, models and educators who are personalizing learning.

 

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UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core

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Personalized learning is what 21st Century Learning is all about

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UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners - Fall 2014 Institute

UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners - Fall 2014 Institute | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
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Using the UDL framework and its practical guidelines, participants will gain:

> A working knowledge of the neuroscience of learning and how individual variability plays out in different educational environments

> Guidelines and techniques to apply UDL principles to the design of lessons and curriculum units

> Strategies on how to improve classroom practice and school culture by raising awareness of variability and UDL

> Access to and tips on using flexible instructional tools such as CAST learning, authoring, and planning tools:  UDL Exchange, Science Writer, and UDL Connect

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UDL Now!: CAST UDL Free Webinar - June 11th

UDL Now!: CAST UDL Free Webinar - June 11th | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

http://www.cast.org/pd/WebinarSeries/index.html

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In UDL Now! Katie Novak offers practical insights and savvy strategies for helping all learners meet high standards using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a framework for inclusive education that aims to lower barriers to learning and optimize each individual’s opportunity to learn. Join Katie to discuss and ask questions related to her book.

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UDL101A Online Course: Deeper Engagement of All Learners

UDL101A Online Course: Deeper Engagement of All Learners | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Summer 2014 Course Dates: June 17-Aug 26, 2014

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CAST is offering the UDL101A Online Course that consists of 12 sessions - 9 online sessions and 3 synchronous Web conference sessions. Space is limited to 20 educators.

 

"This course examines how motivation and emotions interact with learning and how UDL can be used to facilitate deep engagement in learning. Using the UDL Guidelines, participants learn to help students develop the self-awareness and self-determination that will allow them to succeed in a high, standards-based curriculum."

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iPad Apps for Dyslexia/Reading Writing Support

iPad Apps for Dyslexia/Reading Writing Support | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
Staff at CALL Scotland have produced a helpful Wheel of Apps guide for iPad that may be useful for students with dyslexia or who just need some additional support with reading and/or writing diffic...
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 1, 9:40 AM

iPad Apps for students with Dyslexia.

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, April 27, 4:44 AM

Great resources!

Erin Schettler's curator insight, August 14, 3:47 AM

This is an AMAZING compilation of apps to aid struggling readers!

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UDL - Theory and Practice eBook

UDL - Theory and Practice eBook | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
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Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice authored by Anne Meyer, David Rose and David Gordon is the first significant new statement about UDL since the 2002. A multimedia presentation of the content can be accessed at no charge online at http://udltheorypractice.cast.org (free login required).

 

This book gives the UDL field an essential and authoritative learning resource for the coming years.

 

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Les Howard's curator insight, March 12, 5:31 AM

Good resource

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Mobile Learning for All

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In this unique and engaging all-in-one resource, learn to use readily available iPad features to make your curriculum more accessible to learners with special needs.

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Don't miss this book written by Luis Perez on mobile learning and special needs!

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 7, 8:13 AM

Learn how to get the most from your iPad by using its built-in accessibility features in conjunction with Universal Design for Learning guidelines. In this book, you’ll find:

> Step-by-step instructions, tips, and practice activities

> Discussion and reviews of more than 150 applications

> Access to more than 20 video tutorials, through QR codes located throughout the book

 

An Apple Distinguished Educator and an expert in digital accessibility features for K-12 and higher education settings, Luis Pérez provides a real sense of what students with disabilities need to learn and to navigate their world more independently.

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 10, 3:34 PM

It's great to see more apps available for special needs; great resource.

Pauline Farrell's curator insight, March 16, 12:59 AM

Good article

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2-Day Institute: UDL - Addressing the Variability of All Learners

2-Day Institute: UDL - Addressing the Variability of All Learners | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
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CAST is offering 2-day Institutes in March, May and August, "UDL: Addressing the Variability of All Learners".  Participants gain:

 

> A working knowledge of the neuroscience of learning and how individual variability plays out in different educational environments

> Guidelines and techniques to apply UDL principles to the design of lessons and curriculum units so all learners can reach the goal

> Strategies, both with and without technology, for classroom practice which includes CAST learning, authoring, and planning tools such as: UDL Book Builder, UDL Studio, UDL Connect, UDL Editions, Science Writer, and UDL Curriculum Self-Check

 

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Howard Fulfrost's curator insight, February 2, 10:49 AM

As I've said many times before, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is education's future.  As NCLB and IDEA become further intertwined, we will increasingly be called upon to provide our students with a continuum of educational interventions.  UDL offers a research-based framework for getting the job done right.

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CAST UDL Free Webinar Series - Feb 2014

CAST UDL Free Webinar Series - Feb 2014 | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
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Join Anne Meyer, David Rose and David Gordon in their first free webinar in February where they will discuss their new book: UDL Theory and Practice.

 

"Meyer and Rose return with Universal Design for Learning: Theory & Practice, an up-to-date multimedia online book (with print and e-book options) that leverages more than a decade of research and implementation."

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A Research Reader in Universal Design for Learning

A Research Reader in Universal Design for Learning | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
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A much anticipateed book on UDL research is now available.

 

"This book considers the major research areas that underlie UDL and call out for further exploration in the years ahead. Each of the book’s six chapters includes a groundbreaking article that is centrally related to the larger UDL project, along with reflections on that article by contemporary researchers. As David H. Rose notes in his afterword, "the authors of this collection have set out to do more than revitalize and illuminate the foundations of UDL. They have set out also to prepare the field—to set the context—for the kind of research that needs to come now.""

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Universal Design for Learning...Has a nice ring, doesn't it?

Universal Design for Learning...Has a nice ring, doesn't it? | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Cover image by Giulia Forsythe

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has a great ring to it as it infers that lessons and instruction are designed for all learners in the classroom. Can you imagine learning environments where all learners can thrive? Using the UDL lens to understand the learners in your classroom can help teachers do exactly that.

 

Placing this concept in the field of education, the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) coined UDL to apply to all learners, regardless of (dis)abilities. In 2003, CAST has been creating instructional materials for over 10 years, mostly digital, to fit this principle of “universal”. Now 10 years later, the concept is finally becoming more known in our new times of the Common Core and increasingly accessible digital technologies. 

 

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UDL Implementation: A Tale of Four Districts

UDL Implementation: A Tale of Four Districts | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

National Center on Universal Design for Learning

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"UDL Implementation: A Tale of Four Districts is the story of four school districts taking the journey into the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) implementation process. Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana, Cecil County Public Schools in Maryland and Chelmsford Public Schools in Massachusetts participated in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project to explore and pilot processes and tools developed to support UDL Implementation within their own unique districts. The story is told primarily through the voices of the dedicated educator leaders from these districts and the UDL facilitators who supported them. During the one-year grant, the districts worked with CAST, Inc. to develop and implement an effective and sustainable district plan to support the integration of Universal Design for Learning."

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Chisel a Teaching Masterpiece Using UDL

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With Universal Design for Learning as their chisel, says Elizabeth Stein, teachers can sculpt super learning environments to meet every student's needs.
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Elizabeth Stein creates a wonderful analogy of using UDL to create learning environments for all learners. Here is a brief exerpt from her blog on this subject:

 

"I’d like to offer my version of a teacher’s chisel–a professional tool that can help us to successfully create optimal learning environments. This tool is called the Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

 

And UDL can be such a powerful chisel. If we stay mindful as we use it, we can not only create one sculpture at a time, like the artist. We also have the power to create a classroom full of masterpieces –simultaneously. It’s simply amazing."

 

 

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 13, 2013 6:30 PM

For additional information check out this resources site: http://www.cast.org/udl/

Greg Alchin's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:29 PM

UDL should be one of the cornerstone understandings of all teachers.

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Free Webinar - "UDL Myth and Misconceptions": Sept 8th

Free Webinar - "UDL Myth and Misconceptions": Sept 8th | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
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Do you have a burning question about UDL that you’d like clarified?   In this webinar, discover some of the most frequent myths and misconceptions around UDL and hear about the current CAST research and thinking being done to address these myths. Included in the conversation will be CAST co-founder, David Rose.

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Hindie Becker Dershowitz's curator insight, August 3, 12:17 PM

UDL: Universal Design in Learning is a concept that promotes teaching to all students in your class.  Some excellent strategies and techniques.  If you are not familiar or need some more exposure, this should be a great webinar.  You might want to share it with your friends. 

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The Resource Teacher Role In UDL Classrooms

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Dr. Jennifer Katz received the 2014 Exceptionality Education International (EEI) Book Prize Award for her book Resource Teachers: A Changing Role in the Three-Block Model of Universal Design for Learning on May 27th.

 

Resource Teachers is the follow-up book to her highly acclaimed Teaching to Diversity: The Three-Block Model of Universal Design for Learning, which has been recognized for its practical strategies for ensuring that all students can:

 

> Engage with course content;

> Demonstrate their knowledge;

> Develop a sense of belonging in increasingly diverse classrooms.

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UDL Now! by Katie Novak

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http://www.castpublishing.org/blog-home/2014/4/8/announcing-udl-now-by-katie-novak

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CAST Professional Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of Katie Novak’s book UDL Now!, a teacher’s Monday-morning guide to implementing Common Core standards using universal design for learning (UDL). Chapters include

 

> UDL Guidelines: A Planning Tool You Can’t Live Without

> Recruiting and Engaging Students as UDL Partners

> Choice Assignments: Expressing Knowledge in Endless Ways

> Scaffolding: Setting the Bar High and Raising Students to It

> The Best Ways to Teach Vocabulary

> Using Student Feedback to Inform Instruction

> Assessments, the UDL Way

 

 

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CAST Free Webinar: A Discussion on UDL & Learner Variability - April 30th

CAST Free Webinar: A Discussion on UDL & Learner Variability - April 30th | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
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"Individuals are unique and learn in ways that are particular to them. And in the past quarter century, science has elucidated the great variability of the human capacity to learn..." (p. 49, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice). Join CAST research scientist Samantha Daley and other CAST staff as we discuss the variability of learning and its implications for education. Specifically, we will talk about recent findings in variability of affective networks that are involved in engagement and impact learning and performance."

 

Register on this site for this April 30th webinar.

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UDL for All Learners

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Universal Design for Learning from CAST is for all learners and how it maximizes learning for all learners to become expert learners..
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

UDL is the framework for personalized learning. We found this very helpful for the teachers we are working with to personalize learning. UDL made sense for all learners. If you look at the three principles from the learner’s point of view, it is all about access and how they process information, how they engage with the content and use what they learn, and how they express what they know and understand. To personalize learning, we recommend using these three terms: access, engage, and express to help teachers wrap their hands around the design of their curriculum and learning environment. 

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UDL Conversations - The Variability of Learners

UDL Conversations - The Variability of Learners | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

David Rose - Founder and Chief Education Officer, CAST

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Welcome to Conversations in Multiple Media, which will be a regular section of the forthcoming Universal Design for Learning: A Journal of Theory, Research, & Practice in which experts from the education field comment on a single article. This first installment focuses on "The Variability of Learners," a chapter from a new book, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, by Anne Meyer, David H. Rose, and David Gordon.

 

Enjoy the commentary from leading educators and learners and then join in the conversation!

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UDL Implementation: Video Highlights

UDL Implementation: Video Highlights | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
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Discover in these six videos some excellent advise from educators involved in the implementation of UDL in their school districts. They include:

> Implementing with a UDL Coach

> Tips from a Baltimore County principal

> Changing district mindsets

> Impact of UDL

> First considerations

> Learning outcomes with UDL

 

These videos were produced by the National Center on Universal Design for Learning.

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6 videos on implementing UDL principles

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2014 UDL-IRN Summit: March 6-7

2014 UDL-IRN Summit: March 6-7 | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

http://udl-irn.org/udl-summit/

 

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Don't miss the 2014 UDL-IRN Summit!

 

The UDL Implementation Research Network (UDL-IRN) is hosting a summit focusing on UDL implementation and associated research on March 6 & 7th, 2014 at the Johns Hopkins University Columbia Campus, Columbia, MD (15-20 minutes from the Baltimore Washington Airport). The intent of this summit is to gather practitioners and researchers to discuss the systematic implementation of UDL in pre-school, K-12, and higher education classrooms. The summit will be a unique opportunity to collaborate with a select group of leaders who are actively engaged in UDL implementation efforts.

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UDL-CCSS Video Crosswalk

UDL-CCSS Video Crosswalk | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

The National Center on UDL library of UDL principles and practice videos illustrate how to apply the UDL guidelines to classroom lessons. They can also be used to demonstrate how to address specific Common Core State Standards (CCSS). View the videos and read the overviews to learn which UDL principles, UDL guidelines, and CCSS are highlighted in each video. These videos feature three CCSS in Grade 1 Mathematics and six CCSS in Grade 5 Language Arts (ELA).

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Foundation Science: Physics - UDL Edition

Foundation Science: Physics - UDL Edition | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

 http://udlfoundationscience.cast.org/login

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Check out this video and learn how Foundation Science Physics , a free application, makes the curriculum accessible to all learners.

 

"Foundation Science Physics is a 9th grade, technology enabled curriculum focusing on the laws of motion. The curriculum is modular so that the materials can be adopted in the context of any 9th grade Physics course. The Universal Designfor Learning (UDL) approach renders the content flexible and accessible so barriers to learning are removed. All students can work from the same materials while having a personalized learning experience."

 

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UDL & the Common Core State Standards

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The National Center on Universal Design for Learning

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The National Center on Universal Design for Learning has compiled a set of resources on the "What", "Why" and "How" of UDL and CCSS.

 

"The CCSS can be considered the "What" in education, i.e., the goals and expectations. It is the destination we wish our students to reach. In light of that, UDL can be considered the "How" in education, i.e., the curriculum and instructional framework teachers use to plan their lessons. In other words, UDL and the CCSS are complementary: the UDL framework provides educators with the means to maximize student attainment of the CCSS."

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Designing for Learning's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:55 PM

The Centre for Universal Design in Learning and State agencies combine to produce common standards for learning outcomes, and a design framework that provides opportunities for successfully achieving these standards through deliberate universal accessibility.

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The iPad in Your Universal Design for Learning Toolkit

The iPad in Your Universal Design for Learning Toolkit | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Fee-based webinar series sponsored by CEC.

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This three-part webinar series lead by Alex Dunn explores how iPads can be an integral part of your Universal Design for Learning toolkit. You will learn about built-in universal access features to maximize accessibility, as well as how to select appropriate apps from the approximately one million that are now available. In addition, accessories that can multiply the effectiveness of the classroom iPad will be discussed.

 

> iPads and Accessibility - 10/29/2013

> Learning with APPtitude: Top 10 Apps to Support Students with Disabilities - 11/5/2013

> iPads and Accessories11/7/2013

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Jane Strunck's curator insight, October 25, 2013 12:34 PM

Alex Dunn will present three free webinars on ipad features that support the UDL Guidelines:  October 29, November 5 November 7, 4:00-5:00

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UDL reading and writing supports for the Chromebook and Chrome Browser

UDL reading and writing supports for the Chromebook and Chrome Browser | UDL - Universal Design for Learning | Scoop.it

Kit Hard from edtechkit.blogspot.com

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Kit Hard has created a list of Chrome Apps and Extensions that enable reading and writing supports such as text-to-speech, speech-to text, and dictionary tools for students in my district.

 

> For text-to-speech Kit recommends the Chrome extension - Chrome Speak  The student highlights the text, right clicks and selects speak.

> The Google Dictionary extension will open a definition and audio for any word on any web page by double clicking the word.

> The Read & Write extension for Google Drive puts a toolbar on the top of the Google Docs editor that adds text-to-speech, a dictionary tool, visual dictionary tool, and special highlighting tools with extraction features.

> The Announcify extension takes online articles on sites like CNN or NYT and strips out all adds and distracting visuals, so that only text is visible, enables text-to-speech, and has easy option for enlarging text.

> Voice note is a Chrome app that is equivalent to Dragon Dictation for doing voice-to-text.

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Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, October 6, 2013 4:41 PM

Suggested extensions to support students with special needs from Kit Hard.

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BB's curator insight, October 19, 2013 9:15 AM

Some new apps/extensions to explore on Google: Announcify and Voice Note