Assistive Technology in Education

Turnitin2 Integrates Plagiarism Checking, Paperless Grading

iParadigms has released Turnitin2, the new version of its Web-based tool for reviewing papers and detecting signs of plagiarism or inadequate citation.

Feds Award $330 Million To Find Alternatives to High-Stakes Bubble Tests

High-stakes assessments don't look to be going away anytime soon, but the form they take may be changing. The United States Department of Education Thursday awarded two grants to "move beyond narrowly focused bubble tests" and "develop a new generation of tests" based on standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative and adopted so far by 35 states and the District of Columbia.

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.

Califone Launches Assistive Listening System

Califone has introduced a new portable assistive listening system intended for use in auditoriums, lecture halls, school outings, or other situations where an instructor or guide requires amplification to be heard above surrounding ambient noise.

Virginia Extends Digital Book Reading Service

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has renewed its statewide license on the assistive software Read:OutLoud 6, which reads digital books aloud for students with print disabilities. Developed by Don Johnston Inc. and licensed through George Mason University's Accessible Instructional Materials Center (AIM-VA), the software helps approximately 170,000 students in 1,900 Virginia public schools.

Federal Grant Aims To Make Open Content Texts More Accessible

With the help of a $100,000 supplemental grant from the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education (OSEP), Bookshare will begin to make open content textbooks accessible to readers with print disabilities, as well as to those without such disabilities who might nonetheless benefit from the technology.

A New Way Forward

Technology is helping to meet a critical 21st-century challenge: how to equip the swelling number of autistic students to enter the mainstream student population.

CSLA Launches Free Web 2.0 Professional Development Resources

The California School Library Association (CSLA) has launched new teacher professional development resources focused on strengthening 21st century teaching skills. All of the resources are free.

Special Needs Center Serves as One-Stop Technology Shop

Palm Springs Unified School District took its use of technology to a new level last month by opening an Assistive Technology Diagnostic Center that will serve as a local resource for students with cognitive, academic, and physical challenges. The new facility provides free assessments for local students who in the past were forced to travel two to three hours to receive such services.

Atomic Expands ATC with New Training Tutorials

Atomic Learning, a provider of online technology training and support, has expanded The Assistive Technology Collection, a suite of tutorials to help train users in a number of widely-used educational software applications and devices.

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