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Technology for Special Needs Students


An Education in Open Source

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.

Meeting the Needs of Special Needs Students Virtually

Students who interact with their peers during lessons are more motivated, more engaged with material, and more capable at learning language, communications, and listening skills. How do you retain that interaction for special needs students who might not have regular access--or any access--to a traditional classroom?

Hawaii Consortium Adopts Early Warning System for At-Risk Students

A high school consortium in Hawaii is turning to technology to help identify at-risk students.

NSHSS Members Get Discounted Rates for Online Courses

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has partnered with online school program provider K12 Inc. to give members of the organization special access at discounted rates to a wide variety of courses, including honors, AP, and electives, through the online K12 International Academy.

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.

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.

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.

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