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Many learners struggle to engage with formal education. This can be for a range of reasons and there's no simple answer to any of them. This site is about reducing the barriers to engagement wherever possible. It will often focus on technology but that's only because technology has a lot to offer in many contexts. Other 'human based' approaches can be just as effective so they'll also get space when they cross the horizon.
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Dyslexia and fonts - evidence at last!

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Up till now evidence of the impact of fonts has been more circumstantial than empirical. This very detailed study offers robust data that reaches some predictable - and some surprising - conclusions.

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Twitter / HYWEL_ROBERTS: Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads ...

Twitter / HYWEL_ROBERTS: Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads ... | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

“ RT @Primary_Ed: Bloom's Taxonomy for iPads. http://t.co/XIbZyVHdGZ #ukedchat #edchat #edtech #ipadchat #iPad #ipaded”


Via Valerie Chernek, Abi James
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Bloom's taxonomy is a favourite of mine - easy to understand yet profound in how it can influence teaching practices.

This version, based around iPad apps that support different level of Bloom's, is a nice way of bringing it up to date for mobile and tablet based learning,

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Printing a YouTube video and it's uses in education

Printing a YouTube video and it's uses in education | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
This may sound like a daft title for a blog post, but it is possible to easily get an export of still images taken at regular intervals from any YouTube video, to create a storyboard of that video....
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Nice teaching ideas here - installing and using the Print YouTube Bookmarklet is very straightforward and could open up all sorts of new ways of supporting dyslexic and other learners in notetaking.

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Marvin for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch - an E-Reader

Marvin for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch - an E-Reader | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, September 22, 2013 10:56 AM

Marvin's unique Artificial Intellegence reads your books with you and helps you discover amazing things about them. Build summaries in seconds and pin any web content to your books.

alistairm 's curator insight, September 23, 2013 7:17 AM
At last - an ebook reader that actually includes "accessibility" in its marketing!
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Facebook scam targets deaf people

Facebook scam targets deaf people | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Disabled people can be more vulnerable to such scams because some scammers (or scummers might be more apt) specifically target particular disability groups.

 

See also 5 Ts of esafeTy - http://www.em-esafetyproject.co.uk/ ;

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EPUB 3 Support Grid

EPUB 3 Support Grid | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
With new updates from March 7, 2013, this comprehensive grid describes the features of EPUB 3 currently supported on various devices, apps, and reading systems.
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Using ebooks with learners and want a summary of which devices support the most accessible format (EPUB)?

This summary gives you a quick overview of which devices support EPUB.

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Is 'mind control' becoming a reality?

Is 'mind control' becoming a reality? | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
The experiment that may just have made human "mind control" a reality.
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Once the hype is stripped away this could be a big leap forward for people with communication difficulties

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Accessibility Clearinghouse Home « Federal Communications Commission

The Accessibility Clearinghouse has information on the availability of Accessible products, services, and accessibility solutions.
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Although US based this site has a wide range of very useful links for supporting different people with different kinds of disability in an information/communication context. 

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Jisc TechDis - News

Jisc TechDis - News | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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For anyone working in Library or Disability Support roles, this is a chance to ensure copyright exemptions for disabled people work. Six days to complete a survey which will help your voice be heard.

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Accessibility Waiver Requested for E-Readers | Wireless RERC

Accessibility Waiver Requested for E-Readers | Wireless RERC | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Interesting that Amazon, Kobo and Sony think ebooks should be exempt from accessibility legislation. Don't they realise disabled people want to read as well?

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The History 2.0 Classroom: Explain Everything X 4 Ways

The History 2.0 Classroom: Explain Everything X 4 Ways | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Nice example of taking a good tool designed for one thing and using it creatively in other ways as well. This is a classic example of the pedagogical creativity that makes for good inclusive practices.

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Richard Lawler's curator insight, August 1, 2013 7:19 PM

Some good ideas here... it's a really good example of looking at an app and using it not just what it is intended for but for lots of uses.

JoAnn Delaney's curator insight, August 6, 2013 12:02 PM

Explained step by step. #edtech #21stedchat

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CourseTalk | MOOC Reviews & Ratings

CourseTalk | MOOC Reviews & Ratings | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Share your experiences with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and discover new courses you'll love.
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If you get bored over the summer holidays, want to try out some online learning yourself or point students to sources of extension materials this is a good place to start looking.

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Blindmath Info Page

Blindmath Info Page | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Accessing maths as a blind person can be a real challenge - this site is a great resource for blind students who are already studying Maths or think they'd like to if they could find more support.

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text4all Web Page Customizer

text4all Web Page Customizer is a tool that allows users to customize the look of a give website
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Handy tool for dyslexic and VI people to bookmark if they have problems remembering how to change browser settings or if you use different browsers.

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Jisc TechDis - Events

Jisc TechDis - Events | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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The XerteFriday sessions are a great introduction to using the open source Xerte Toolkits content creation tool. Ideal for creating accessibility friendly and mobile friendly interactive resources for learners.

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Marvin for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch - an E-Reader

Marvin for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch - an E-Reader | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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At last - an ebook reader that actually includes "accessibility" in its marketing!
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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, September 22, 2013 10:56 AM

Marvin's unique Artificial Intellegence reads your books with you and helps you discover amazing things about them. Build summaries in seconds and pin any web content to your books.

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The Digital Practitioner Survey 2013

Welcome to the Digital Practitioner Survey 2013.

The survey has been commissioned by the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation and is being run by the Institute of Education.
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The more representative the replies the more appropriate future support nad funding will be..

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UCAS launches videos to help deaf students going to uni

UCAS launches videos to help deaf students going to uni | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
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Practical support in a useful and timely manner. Needed for many more organisations as well.

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Kobo New eReading Lineup includes Dyslexie font

TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kobo Unveils New eReading Lineup, Taking Readers Beyond The Book. Kobo Arc 10HD, Kobo Arc 7HD and Kobo Arc 7 tablets and the Kobo Aura 6' E Ink eReader, put reading first with enhanced Reading Life platform.
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You know the Right to Read Alliance is making an impact when mainstream suppliers we've been contacting begin to market their dyslexia credentials....

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Best mice alternatives for 2013 | Buying Guides | Features | PC Pro

Best mice alternatives for 2013 | Buying Guides | Features | PC Pro | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Which alternative to the traditional mouse is best for your desk? Find out in our alternative pointer shoot-out
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Useful for learners with motor control difficuties or older people with RSC issues. These different options have a nice mainstream chic factor yet do the assistive technology bit well.

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Video Games Are The Perfect Way To Teach Math, Says Stanford Mathematician

Video Games Are The Perfect Way To Teach Math, Says Stanford Mathematician | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Wuzzit Trouble, from InnerTube games, is new in the app store this week. Innertube Games is a learning-games studio founded by four enthusiasts, including the world famous Dr. Keith Devlin: the NPR Math Guy and Stanford Mathmetician.
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This is actually an incredibly sophisticated game but it could do with a bit more instructions. Took me about 20 mins to begin to realise that a "move" could include multiple rotations of the cog and that you DIDN'T have to pick up bonus points (in fact you often couldn't succeed if you tried to pick up the bonus points as well).. I almost gave up and dismissed it as pointless but once I realised those two facts it suddenly became addictive problem solving - and I don't particularly enjoy maths or puzzles.

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The device that could change life for the visually impaired

The device that could change life for the visually impaired | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it

Wearable OCR to support visually impaired people. 

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Very interesting and great potential for education but an app version would be a quicker and more affordable win since later Android and all iPhone devices already have cameras and TTS inbuilt.


This could also reach way beyond VI people - what about people with learning difficulties? People with severe dyslexia?

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Learning {RE}imagined

Learning {RE}imagined | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
how the connected society is transforming learning
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This promises to be an interesting journey into mobile education on a global scale.

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Sync Video - watch youtube and vimeo videos together

Sync Video - watch youtube and vimeo videos together | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Ever wanted to watch a video on YouTube or Vimeo simultaneously with your friends, who are not exactly sitting next to you? Now you can watch videos synchronized!

Via John Dalziel
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Sounds really useful for distance learning, particularly if you need to explain additional info for people with sensory impairments - you know you are describing the bit they've got to rather than some other random bit of the video!

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John Dalziel's curator insight, August 11, 2013 3:24 AM

Watching YouTube videos with learners is engaging but what if learners are not in the same place as the practitioner, or even in the same country? Sync Video offers the opportunity to create an online room where practitioners and their learners can watch a YouTube video simultaneously, by having it synced to all those who are in the room watching it.
Does this have potential in BYOD, Flipped learning, etc., as well?

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iPads and tablets in the classroom - RNIB

iPads and tablets in the classroom - RNIB | Inclusive teaching and learning | Scoop.it
Find out more about how to use iPads and tablets in the classroom, including the latest guidance, articles and peer support resources.
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If you work with visually impaired learners then this new area of the RNIB website is potentially very useful for advice and examples

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