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Technology for Special Needs Students


Texas District Adopts Literacy Software To Aid Struggling Students

Midland Independent School District (MISD) of Midland, TX has implemented language and literacy software Imagine Learning English as the cornerstone of its response to intervention (RtI) program to help students struggling to build basic English language skills.

Leaps 3.0 Gains On-Demand Reporting

Provenio Group has released Leaps 3.0, an update to the company's online planning tool for disciplinary and behavior management for schools.

Study Island 4 Adds Assessment Builder, iOS Support

Archipelago Learning has released Study Island 4, a major update to the company's online instruction, assessment, and reporting tool. In addition to a new assessment engine and online writing tools, the new version adds new collaboration features, gaming, and support for Apple iOS devices.

Online Educational Game Service Offers Classroom Licenses

Online educational games provider PBS Kids Play has introduced a classroom license for its subscription-based service.

New Research Applies Computing to Detecting Autism

A team of researchers in eight universities has just won a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create new computing techniques for measuring and analyzing the behavior of children. The goal is to create new ways to identify those at risk for autism and other developmental delays.

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.

Reshaping RTI: Building a Better Triangle

Educators are finding flaws in RTI's three-tiered instructional method. So they're adapting it, trying more inclusive strategies that look to address learning deficits before they get too far along.

Blackboard Learn Certified for Accessibility by National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind has certified the latest version of Blackboard's learning management system (LMS), which means that blind users can more fully interact with the application's functionality.

Kurzweil 3000 Expands Content Sources, ELL Support

Kurzweil Educational Systems, a unit of Cambium Learning Group, has released an update to Kurzweil 3000 12 for Windows. The software, designed for grade 3 through 12 student reading and writing improvement, now includes expanded licensing options for both standalone and network usage.

Dual Enrollment Programs Show Promise for Non-High Achievers

Is it possible that getting high school kids--even those who considered "high risk"--into college courses as part of a dual enrollment program could increase their chances of success and improve school retention efforts? That's the conclusion of a recent study on the topic.

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