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.
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.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
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.
A recent study found that game-based therapy helps children with sensory integration dysfunction (SID) improve their body-kinesthetic skills across the board.
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.
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.
PresenceLearning, a provider of live, online therapy services, has released Lightyear, a newly re-designed therapy program that offers high fidelity and live health sessions while reportedly putting less demand on school network bandwidth. The program is designed so that more schools — particularly schools in areas with limited access to high-speed Internet — can gain access to PresenceLearning’s extensive network of clinicians to assist students with special needs.
When it comes to technology-related professional development for teachers of students with special needs, a wide variety of options are available.
Encouraging school leaders to think deeply about equity, agency and leadership when actualizing or revisioning technology integration plans.
- By Jeff Mao
ReadSpeaker has partnered with Blackboard to make its text-to-speech technology more available to students around the world.