Technology for Special Needs Students

Software Uses Interactive Graphics To Aid in Learning and Using Language

Tool Factory has introduced a new educational software application designed to help visual learners and English language learners (ELL) not only learn their words but understand their practical use and context. A Busy Day uses graphics and interactive scenes so that users can relate the words they say and read to objects, descriptions, and actions.

Pennsylvania Nonprofit Expands Online Learning Options

Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU), a nonprofit regional educational service agency in south central Pennsylvania, has announced an expansion of their online learning partnership with EdisonLearning.

New Educational Network Aims To Connect ELL Students Worldwide

ELL materials provider Heinle ELT and social networking company ePals have announced a partnership to create Heinle Community, a new educational network that provides a virtual workspace for ELL students around the world to interact and collaborate.

Vermont District Moves Autism Resources Online

Rutland City Public Schools (RCPS) of Rutland, VT, is migrating its autism tools and resources online.

FLVS To Add Texthelp Read Aloud Technology to Online Courses

Florida Virtual School, which provides online classes for K-12 students in Florida, will shortly expand deployment of a text-to-speech function it has been testing for its courses.

Online Educational Assessment Program Goes Bilingual

Achiever!, the online educational assessment and instruction tool from Brainchild, is now available in Spanish as well as English, the company announced at FETC 2010, being held this week in Orlando, FL.

Virtual P.E.? NO SWEAT!

Well, not exactly. Students still have to put in the laps, but for those with body-image issues or hefty course loads, taking gym class online is a welcome alternative that educators hope can spur a permanent interest in fitness.

Washington District Turns to Online Learning To Stem Dropouts

East Valley School District of Spokane, WA, has partnered with Aventa Learning to offer a range of online courses aimed both at reducing the number of students who opt to discontinue their high school education and at expanding learning opportunities for all students.

Revenue Services Firm To Provide Claims Management for AZ Special Ed Programs

PracticeMax has contracted with 12 Arizona school districts to provide its Direct Service Claiming (DSC) software. PracticeMax DSC is a Medicaid billing and claims management solution specially designed for special education programs.

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.

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