Technology for Special Needs Students

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.

Publisher Launches ELL Resource Center

In an effort to help English language learners (ELL) conduct academic research and improve their skills in speaking and understanding English, EBSCO Publishing has introduced its English Language Learner Reference Center, an informational database with enhanced technology for text-to-speech functionality.

HumanWare Launches Portable Notetaker for Blind Students

HumanWare has debuted a notetaker designed for students who are blind.

Is American Education Neglecting Gifted Children?

America's 3 million gifted and talented students are getting the shaft in the vast majority of K-12 schools, according to a new report from the National Association for Gifted Children and the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted.

Charleston School District Deploying Reading Intervention Software

Kanawha County Schools of Charleston, WV, the largest district in the state, has chosen Scientific Learning's Reading Assistant to provide reading intervention support to fourth- and fifth-graders in the district's 26 Title I schools.

Pearson Launches Early Warning System for At-Risk Students

More than 1.2 million students drop out of high school each year, according to reports from the National Center for Education Statistics. For an economic superpower with a renewed commitment to education reform, this is a sobering figure. In an effort to help schools combat the decision by at-risk students simply to "give up" and drop out, Pearson has launched Prevent, a data-driven software system designed to give early-warning alerts to educators and administrators that a student is in danger of falling through the cracks and allow them to intervene in the areas necessary.

Nearly 900 California Schools Implement Reading Program

Seeking to make reading proficiency and comprehension a priority, nearly 900 schools throughout California have implemented the Lexia Reading program, which helps students in grades pre-K through 12 improve their reading skills while offering teachers a tool for fully integrated assessment reporting.

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