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Technology for Special Needs Students


Virtual Academy Speeds Identification of Students at Risk

The Idaho Digital Learning Academy, a virtual K-12 school established by the Idaho legislature in 2002, is looking to accelerate the identification of students who need special help to succeed academically.

Optical Scanners To Help Disabled Middle Schoolers Achieve Academic Success

Students at Eastmont Middle School in Sandy, UT, will soon have a new technology tool to use when learning to read. Known as ReadingPens, the optical scanners translate the written word into spoken sentences, thus improving the chance that disabled students will learn the material being presented.

RFB&D Announces Downloadable DAISY Books

Nonprofit educational materials provider Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic has announced it has made its entire selection of AudioPlus Books for DAISY devices available for download.

Professional Development Provider Seeks To Demystify Autism Using Online Workshops

For educators who teach children affected with varying degrees of autism, the watchword has long been "frustration." But ongoing progress in improving professional development training for these individuals may make such inescapable frustration a thing of the past.

Education Dept. Grants Aim To Attract Professionals to Teaching in High-Need Schools

The United States Department of Education has announced $6.86 million in grants to help attract professionals and recent college graduates (with degrees in disciplines other than education) to careers in K-12 teaching.

Special Needs Center Serves as One-Stop Technology Shop

Palm Springs Unified School District took its use of technology to a new level last month by opening an Assistive Technology Diagnostic Center that will serve as a local resource for students with cognitive, academic, and physical challenges. The new facility provides free assessments for local students who in the past were forced to travel two to three hours to receive such services.

Mathematics Site Offers Online Remediation Program for At-Risk Students

Not all students learn at the same pace, and this is certainly true in mathematics courses. In an effort to give struggling middle and high school students a real opportunity to get the most from their math education, Hotmath.com has launched Catchup Math, an online diagnostic and review service aimed at helping math students understand troubling concepts and attack their exercises with a comprehension and vigor equal to that of their classmates.

Technology Drives Student Success at Alternative Education Center

Anytime a school can boost its students' performance with the use of technology tools that require no additional manpower or instruction, it's a victory. And when an alternative education academy achieves those results--and earns an award for its efforts--that victory is especially sweet.

Laptops & Robots: Technology Delivers Hands-on Science for 'High-Risk' Students

About 10 years ago, AEC's Phoenix Academy had a few extra grant dollars lying around at the end of the school year, and nobody was quite sure how to use it. "Rutherford Electric, the grant provider, asked what we'd like to do with it," recalled Melisa Alberts, middle school science and computer teacher at the Marion, NC alternative school. "We wound up using it to buy a robotics system, which we use to teach our kids about the force of motion, Newton's Law and other concepts."

Middle Schools Adopt Gaming in Response-to-Intervention Strategies

Garland Independent School District in Texas is using educational gaming in three middle schools in response-to-intervention (RTI) programs.

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