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Assistive Technology in Education


BrightStar Reader Debuts in the US

BrightStar Learning has made the BrightStar Reader, an online application designed to help students with disabilities improve reading and comprehension, available in the United States.

Vanderbilt Touch App Aims To Help Visually Impaired Students

Jenna Gorlewicz, a graduate student in the institution's Initiative in Surgery and Engineering, has created an Android app that uses haptics technology to help high school students without sight to feel math shapes on a tablet.

Kurzweil Releases Web-Based Literacy Tool

Kurzweil Educational Systems, an assistive technology maker that is part of the Cambium Learning Technologies group, has unveiled Firefly, a new Web-based resource designed to improve student literacy by offering access from anywhere to digital, text-based material.

Dell Seeks Deeper Role in District Data and Learning Outcomes Work

Dell has corralled several products and services into a new education initiative it's calling the "Next Generation Learning Platform."

Sonic Foundry's Mediasite Delivers Mobile Lecture Playback

Sonic Foundry has released a version of its lecture capture software that allows users to view presentations on their mobile devices.

Advanced Academics Addresses Accessibility in Online Modules

A company that creates online learning programs for use in middle and high school education has begun the work of making its courses accessible.

8 Simple Tips To Improve Accessibility

Adding a few simple accessibility features to your school's Web site will transform the experience for those with vision or hearing impairment--and everyone else as well.

Desire2Learn Partners with ReadSpeaker To Improve Accessibility

Desire2Learn has partnered with ReadSpeaker to increase the usability and accessibility of the Desire2Learn learning platforms.

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.

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