Assistive Technology in Education


Listen Up!

Classroom sound amplification systems can make a difference in academic performance as well as the number of referrals to special education programs.

On Cloud Nine

Cloud computing is no longer just used to manage administrative technology--thanks to its accessibility, ease of use, and versatility. All over the country, teachers, students, and administrators are trying different cloud-based solutions--some free or inexpensive--that allow multiple users to collaborate in innovative ways. Here are nine examples from K-12 educators who have found creative ways to get their heads in the cloud.

Ed Tech Not Immune from Civil Rights Obligations, Feds Advise

As technology increasingly permeates classroom learning, school leaders need to be increasingly active in meeting the needs of students with disabilities. That was the word out of Washington May 26 as the Obama administration issued guidance on school compliance with federal anti-discrimination law.

CARD Launches Grant Program To Develop Autism Curriculum

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders has launched a new grant program to help schools develop curricula for students with autism.

Microsoft Steps Up Accessibility

Microsoft is giving a boost to accessibility in its Office 2010 suite and launching new training courses and resources dedicated to helping developers produce more accessible sites and software.

Meeting the Needs of Special Needs Students Virtually

Students who interact with their peers during lessons are more motivated, more engaged with material, and more capable at learning language, communications, and listening skills. How do you retain that interaction for special needs students who might not have regular access--or any access--to a traditional classroom?

AbleNet Brings Communication Board to iOS

AbleNet has launched SoundingBoard, an app for iOS devices that allows teachers to build communication boards for students with verbal communication disabilities.

Turnitin2 Integrates Plagiarism Checking, Paperless Grading

iParadigms has released Turnitin2, the new version of its Web-based tool for reviewing papers and detecting signs of plagiarism or inadequate citation.

Feds Award $330 Million To Find Alternatives to High-Stakes Bubble Tests

High-stakes assessments don't look to be going away anytime soon, but the form they take may be changing. The United States Department of Education Thursday awarded two grants to "move beyond narrowly focused bubble tests" and "develop a new generation of tests" based on standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative and adopted so far by 35 states and the District of Columbia.

Merging IT with AT: Assistive Tech Joins the Mainstream

As consumer technologies are being fitted with assistive capabilities, special needs students are gaining access to the same tools and opportunities that mainstream students have.

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