Technology for Special Needs Students


New Department of Ed IDEA Site Live and Generating Heat

Feedback is trickling in on the U.S. Department of Education's new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since February, the site has been undergoing a redesign, based at least in part on comments from 130 people who provided feedback during the design process. The new site went live June 1.

Fidget Spinner App Gets 7 Million Downloads

While schools around the country are banning fidget spinners, an app version by gaming company Ketchapp has passed 7 million downloads.

Vernier Brings Back 13 Summer Institutes for STEM Educators

Education technology company Vernier Software & Technology will once again offer its Summer Institute workshops, with 13 full-day training workshops scheduled for this summer.

Microsoft Project Develops Physical Programming Language for Blind Students

A Microsoft project called "Project Torino" will teach blind students from seven to 11 years-old how to program and apply design thinking to projects.

Black and Latino Parents: Poor Communities Have Poorer Schools

Nearly three-quarters of African American parents and families (74 percent) believe that the education black children get isn't as good as the one that white students get. The results came out of this year's "New Education Majority Poll," a survey run by the Leadership Conference Education Fund.

Tennessee Reimburses Schools for Telepractice Services

Tennessee, like many states, has been facing a shortage of qualified clinicians, but recently amended legislation seeks to open the door for schools to use online therapy services.

Designing Your Online Course: Learning From an Expert

Christine Voelker teaches other teachers how to build their own online courses. She’s the K–12 program director for Quality Matters, a nonprofit educational organization based in Annapolis, MD. She'll be presenting an all-day workshop at ISTE Sunday, June 25.

Report: Students with Learning and Attention Issues Three Times More Likely to Drop Out

Despite the prevalence of children with learning and attention disabilities such as ADHD and dyslexia, the National Center for Learning Disabilities found that only a small subset are formally identified with disabilities in schools, leaving many of these students without necessary support to help them succeed in school.

3 Reasons to Think Twice Before Implementing a Required BYOD Program

Schools that implement BYOD programs will choose one or both of two approaches: required BYOD and supplemental BYOD. While supplemental BYOD is a common-sense way to broaden students' and teachers' classroom resources, required BYOD is a problematic choice that will challenge a school district's staff and the community as a whole.

Simi Valley, CA Innovator Uses Tech to Help Emotionally Challenged Kids

Jamie Reese, a kindergarten through third grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School in Simi Valley, CA, holds the distinct honor of winning Teacher of the Year for Ventura County in 2016. She’s the first Simi Valley teacher to receive that award since 1977.

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