Assistive Technology in Education


Charter Communications Joins with Harlem Fund to Open Spectrum Learning Lab

Charter Communications has joined with the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HAEF) to open a Spectrum Learning Lab at HEAF’s main program site, located at 2090 Seventh Ave. in Manhattan.

Google Helps Students Get Online on Buses

Eighth-grader Lakaysha Governor spends two hours on the bus getting back and forth to school each day. Thanks to a grant from Google, she can now use that time more productively and get her homework done.

Federal Online Tool to Help Financial Aid Applicants Shuts Down

The IRS and the Department of Education (ED) confirmed late Thursday that the federal government intentionally shut off an online tool used by millions of students each year to apply for federal student aid.

Virtual Schools Market in North America Expected to Grow 13% by 2021

The virtual schools market in North America is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of almost 13 percent from 2017 to 2021, according to a new report by market research firm Technavio.

A Year After Law Passed, NJ School Buses Still Don't Have Safety Monitors

More than a year after a law was signed requiring them, child-detection sensors are still not installed on most new school buses in New Jersey because regulations on how to implement it have not been approved.

Immersive Education: VR Comes of Age

Despite all the headlines and conference coverage of virtual reality (VR) for education over the last year, the technology is still gaining speed — residing at that sweet spot in the hype cycle where, when you place headsets on people and gently guide them to turn around to gain a full view, they tend to gasp and say, "Oh, wow."

Latino Kindergarteners Start School 3 Months Behind in Math on Average

A recent report by research center Child Trends and its Hispanic Institute finds that Latino children’s math skills trail those of white children by three months at the start of kindergarten.

Allegheny PA Teachers Train to Use VR to Open World to Classrooms

Teachers in the Upper St. Clair School District in Allegheny County, PA, have been training with virtual reality (VR) tools this month, so they can eventually bring the world to their classrooms.

SETDA Releases New Online Toolkit to Guide the Selection of Quality Instructional Materials

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is releasing a new online toolkit, From Print to Digital: Guide to Quality Instructional Materials. Developed in collaboration with state and district digital learning leaders, instructional materials directors and academic officers, this guide provides states, districts and schools with research, resources and examples to support selection of quality instructional materials for learning and teaching.

ESSA Student Accountability Ruling Canceled by Congress

Just hours after Betsy DeVos was officially confirmed as education secretary by the United States Senate, a Republican-led Congress dismantled rules laying out how parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA) would be implemented. On Monday, Senate and House Joint Resolution 57 and H.J. 58 were passed along for a vote to the full House by the House Rules Committee.

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