Assistive Technology in Education


PresenceLearning Launches New Fall Webinar Series

PresenceLearning, a provider of telemedicine and tele-health services in education and healthcare, is launching a free, three-part webinar series for special education leaders this fall. The series, “Results Matter — Closing the Achievement Gap,” will kick off Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Half of High School Seniors Lack Access to Computer Science

More than half of high school seniors attend schools that don’t offer computer science, according to a new analysis by Change the Equation, a nonprofit organization that aims to mobilize businesses to improve STEM learning.

Vermont Schools Have More Computers Than Kids

The number of laptops, tablets and other electronic devices now outnumber the number of K–12 students in Vermont, according to a new Agency of Education technology survey.

Ohio's Largest Charter School Loses Attempt to Block Attendance Audit

Ohio’s largest charter school and largest online K-12 school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), lost an attempt in court Monday to block a state audit of its attendance and state funding.

Microsoft Awards $3.4 Million Technology Grant to New England Center for Children

Microsoft has donated $3.4 million in software and services to the New England Center for Children (NECC), an institute that provides education and research for children with autism.

Assessment Non-Profit Demos New Accessibility Features at ISTE 2016

A non-profit known for its K-12 formative assessment program has added features to let blind and visually-impaired students more fully participate in the assessment process too, allowing them, as one educator put it, to focus on the questions and not the technology limitations.

Oracle and AOL Commit $3 Million to National Let Girls Learn Initiative

Oracle and AOL are committing more than $3 million to promote and support technological efforts by girls in the United States and around the world. The commitments are part of a broader Let Girls Learn initiative, which is receiving $20 million in new pledges, according to an announcement made this week by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Game Therapy Helps Children with Sensory Problems

A recent study found that game-based therapy helps children with sensory integration dysfunction (SID) improve their body-kinesthetic skills across the board.

Robotic Telepresence Device Allows Student to Attend School Virtually While Receiving Treatment

Naya Salah, a seventh grader at Stratford School's Santa Clara Middle School, uses a videoconferencing system called Beam to attend school as she recovers from leukemia and gets chemotherapy.

5 Ways Teachers Are Opening Up the World to Special Education Through Technology

Teachers who work with special needs students are finding that technology can not only broaden their students' experiences but engage them in learning, help them retain information, improve their socialization and boost their self-esteem.

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