Assistive Technology in Education


Video Series to Reveal K–16 Education Plan and Advocate for Disadvantaged Students

Unite For California Students (U4CAS) and Prager University will launch a four-part video series discussing changes to California’s education system so it can better meet the needs of special needs and low-income students.

AAC App Adds Features to Engage Students, Communicator Team

The augmented and alternative communication (AAC) app, created for students who have trouble speaking, has debuted a feature that improves team communications and goal-setting efforts across the app.

More Than $4 Billion in E-Rate Funds Available for Districts in FY 2017

The Federal Communications Commission sets aside $3.9 billion annually for E-rate funding, and with $200 million rolling over from 2016, school districts will have access to more than $4 billion in fiscal year 2017 for connectivity upgrades.

Obama Administration and ED Won't Finalize Controversial Regulation in ESSA

The Obama Administration and the United States Education Department (ED) are dropping an effort to adopt a final regulation under the Every Student Succeeds Act that would have required that federal funds must “supplement and not supplant” state and local funds.

Sprint Opens Donation Portal for 1Million Project

Sprint has launched an online donation portal for individuals who want to help provide mobile devices and high-speed wireless internet connection to 1 million high school students in the United States.

Report: Need for Federal Investments in Early Learning Increasing

While many have argued that the federal government sponsors too many childhood and early learning programs, a recent analysis of federal programs by the Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates otherwise. The new report says investments in early learning are not meeting the needs of families across the nation, and many eligible families are not receiving services.

Louisiana School District Boosts Student Learning and Cuts Costs Using MobyMax Curricula

Louisiana’s Caddo Parish School District in Shreveport achieved record-breaking results in the 2015-16 school year by using MobyMax to streamline its response to intervention (RTI) plans, according to a news release and the curricula company’s website.

Common Sense Urges Senate to Question DeVos’ Ed Tech Stances

The confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is taking place this Wednesday, where she will answer questions about her plans on key education policy issues, including education technology.

Report: Wearable Devices Expected to Become Mainstream in Education in Next 4-5 Years

Virtual reality and robotics will become widely adopted in education in the next two to three years, and wearable devices are expected to become mainstream in the education space over the next four to five years, according to a recent report published by the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking.

Virtual Charter School Network K12 Rejects Transparency Proposal

Virtual charter school company K12 Inc. rejected a transparency proposal Thursday that would have required the company’s board of directors to create a new report detailing K12’s lobbying efforts. The proposal came from a group of shareholders, represented by Arjuna Capital, who said the company spends millions on state lobbying, even as its stock has been dropping and revenues have decreased.

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