Mobile technology and apps enable those who have special needs to function more freely and effectively in the classroom and out into the world.
A majority of public school districts in the United States have students who participate in distance education courses at some level, according to data released by the National Center for Education Statistics. But the most of those districts aren't delivering the education themselves.
A private school in Miami uses is using free technology to bridge geographical gaps between faculty and students.
- By Bridget McCrea
Monarch Teaching Technologies will accept applications for its Second Annual Visual Learning 2011 TechGrant program until Oct. 5. Total value of the awards is more than $160,000.
Excent, based in Roswell, GA, has released MyGraduationPlan 2.0, updated e-learning curriculum software for K-12 that allows special education students and parents to get more involved in their individualized education plans.
Computers for Youth works with low-income schools to put computers in the homes of sixth-grade students and bring parents into the learning mission.
- By Jennifer Demski
In an effort to reduce truancies and tardiness among alternative education students, Kingsville ISD in Texas has started using videoconferencing to reconnect those students to their original classrooms. The results from the initial pilot have included improved attendance and, for the district, $200,000 in annual savings.
Educational developer Capstone Digital has launched myON Reader, an online reading platform aimed at students in grades K through 8, as well as remedial readers, that offers direct access to more than 1,000 online children's books from Capstone Publishing and its imprints.
- By Scott Aronowitz
As Ohio's speech-language telepractice pilot enters its fourth year, the collaborative multimedia program continues expansion, and administrators are testing new ways of delivering therapy. The students love it, and plenty of sessions end with children asking, "Can't we do just one more?"
- By Denise Harrison
At Maryland's Chelsea School, free and open source software is helping deliver services to the school's elementary students inside the classroom and out--from audio editing software to learning apps for special needs students to course management. In fact, open source so permeates Chelsea that some students are even working to contribute code back to the open source development community.
- By Bridget McCrea