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Technology for Special Needs Students


$11 Billion in ARRA Education Funds Released Early

The United States Department of Education has followed through on its promise to speed up stimulus package spending for education. The department announced that it's released $11.37 billion to states a little less than a month earlier than planned, with funds targeting Title I, IDEA, and Vocational Rehabilitation. It's also published new guidance on the use of the funds.

WriteToLearn 5.3 Expands Comprehension Tools, Activities

Pearson has released WriteToLearn 5.3, the latest update to its writing development and reading comprehension tool.

Breaking Through Reading Barriers

After using a tech-based reading program with struggling readers and special education students at Homestead Elementary School in Crossville, TN, fourth-grade inclusion teacher Ashlee Ritzko witnessed a new phenomenon: Students that were reluctant or resistant readers were suddenly excited about reading the novels.

Texas District Rolls Out Reading Intervention Across All Schools

Mansfield Independent School District in Texas is looking to improve achievement among its struggling readers with the help of technology.

Technology Helps Turn Around Struggling Students in Florida School

When it comes to meeting standards and reaching benchmarks, Florida's elementary school teachers and administrators have a lot on their plates these days. Between the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT), the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS), and various other subject-specific standards that must be met, the amount of data and information generated during a student's elementary school years can get overwhelming.

Florida Districts Use Online Gaming in Summer Programs

Two Florida school districts are using immersive online gaming in their summer math programs. Hillsborough County Public Schools added Tabula Digita's DimensionM educational video games in its summer enrichment and intervention programs. The School District of Escambia County also put gaming to work this summer for course recovery and intervention.

Missouri District Implements Algebra Intervention Program

Hazelwood School District, located in the suburbs of St. Louis, has announced the implementation of the Carnegie Learning Bridge to Algebra program, including textbooks and software, for 900 ninth-grade students in its three high schools. The program is designed to prepare students who lack the skills and/or preparation to enter Algebra I.

By the Book: Technology Helps North Carolina School Close the Reading Gap

Kathy Schwabe knows that there's a standard assessment that most American schools use to keep tabs on their students' reading progress, but that didn't stop this Title I teacher from exploring a newer, more promising option a few years ago.

Foundation Grants $314,000 to Education Programs

26 grants were awarded to non profit organizations by Staples Foundation for Learning last week. The grants totaling $314,000 were dispersed to schools across the United States for disadvantaged student programs and ranged from $2,000 to $50,000.

Be Heard Grants Award Classroom Sound Reinforcement Systems

The Calypso School First Foundation, the philanthropic arm of education technology developer Calypso Systems, has announced the recipients of the 2009-2010 Be Heard | School Grant.

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