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Technology for Special Needs Students


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.

Plato Learning Environment 2.0 Adds AP Courses

Plato Learning has added Advanced Placement courses to its online curriculum platform, providing an option for high schools that don't currently offer AP classes.

Read&Write 4 Comes to Mac OS X

Texthelp has released Read&Write 4 Gold for Mac, the latest version of Read&Write software intended to help struggling students. The software was previously available only for Windows systems.

Department of Ed Lays Down Law on Kindle E-Reader Usage

The United States Department of Education and Department of Justice have just issued a reminder calling for colleges and universities--as well as K-12 school districts--to make sure devices such as e-readers that are required in the classroom comply with accessibility laws. The federal action came on the heels of a settlement agreement made by Justice with five institutions that were running Amazon Kindle e-book readers as pilot programs. According to the agencies, Kindle devices aren't accessible to students who are blind or have low vision.

Lexia Reading 7.0 Expands Progress Tracking Tools

Lexia Learning is unveiling Lexia Reading 7.0. The newest version of its reading skill development and assessment suite will debut at ISTE in Denver.

Renaissance Learning Integrates Classroom Clickers with Ignite, Datawise

Renaissance Learning has partnered up to integrate its classroom response systems with content from Ignite! Learning and the Datawise Measures assessment management system.

MICA To Provide 400 Students Online Schooling Tuition-Free

Connections Academy, a private company operating 15 virtual schools in 14 states, has opened enrollment for the Michigan Connections Academy.

ALEKS Releases RTI Math Materials

Mathematics solutions provider ALEKS has released a new line of Web-based software products that are designed to be used in a response to intervention program in middle school math courses.

K12Translate Launches ELL Grants

K12Translate will award $2,000 in grants to aid districts already working to build connections with non-native English-speaking families that are home schooling their English language learner (ELL) children.

Berwyn South SD Ramps Up Reading Intervention

As part of an effort to to boost achievement for struggling readers, Berwyn South School District 100 in Illinois has rolled out a software-based system that allows them to screen individual students and track progress while providing differentiated and guided instruction.

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