Technology for Special Needs Students


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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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