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Assistive Technology in Education


Apple iOS 6 Guided Access Boon for High-Stakes Testing with iPads

During its Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco this week, Apple introduced a new feature that addresses both user accessibility and testing needs when its mobile devices are used in schools.

SmartDesk Ships ADA-Compliant Cirrus Furniture Line With Motorized Option

Smartdesks has launched the Cirrus line, furniture designed to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Researchers Add Sound-Based Gesture Recognition to Commodity Computer

A small team of Microsoft and University of Washington researchers are developing a technology that will allow ordinary computers--and eventually mobile devices--to detect gestures and motions in order to control them. SoundWave, as it's called, uses the speaker and microphone already built into most computers to sense in-air actions, such as a wave of the hand to specify an action like, "scroll the screen up" or "scroll it down."

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.

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