Technology for Special Needs Students

RFB&D Announces Downloadable DAISY Books

Nonprofit educational materials provider Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic has announced it has made its entire selection of AudioPlus Books for DAISY devices available for download.

Special Needs Center Serves as One-Stop Technology Shop

Palm Springs Unified School District took its use of technology to a new level last month by opening an Assistive Technology Diagnostic Center that will serve as a local resource for students with cognitive, academic, and physical challenges. The new facility provides free assessments for local students who in the past were forced to travel two to three hours to receive such services.

Technology Drives Student Success at Alternative Education Center

Anytime a school can boost its students' performance with the use of technology tools that require no additional manpower or instruction, it's a victory. And when an alternative education academy achieves those results--and earns an award for its efforts--that victory is especially sweet.

Mathematics Site Offers Online Remediation Program for At-Risk Students

Not all students learn at the same pace, and this is certainly true in mathematics courses. In an effort to give struggling middle and high school students a real opportunity to get the most from their math education, has launched Catchup Math, an online diagnostic and review service aimed at helping math students understand troubling concepts and attack their exercises with a comprehension and vigor equal to that of their classmates.

Laptops & Robots: Technology Delivers Hands-on Science for 'High-Risk' Students

About 10 years ago, AEC's Phoenix Academy had a few extra grant dollars lying around at the end of the school year, and nobody was quite sure how to use it. "Rutherford Electric, the grant provider, asked what we'd like to do with it," recalled Melisa Alberts, middle school science and computer teacher at the Marion, NC alternative school. "We wound up using it to buy a robotics system, which we use to teach our kids about the force of motion, Newton's Law and other concepts."

Middle Schools Adopt Gaming in Response-to-Intervention Strategies

Garland Independent School District in Texas is using educational gaming in three middle schools in response-to-intervention (RTI) programs.

Rosetta Stone Classroom Edition Expands to Levels 4 and 5

Rosetta Stone is expanding its language learning software for schools, Rosetta Stone Classroom edition, with the addition of Levels 4 and 5.

New Online Software Package Aims To Help Educate Students with Autism

With a rate of a new diagnosis every 21 minutes, autism is the fast growing developmental disorder in the United States. Virtual Expert Clinics has launched AutismPro, a customizable package of tools, content, and programming designed to help educators and administrators improve the learning experiences for students with autism through the effective use of technology.

Partnership Will Make More Books Accessible to Readers with Print Disabilities

Hachette Book Group has partnered with Bookshare to make more than 1,700 titles newly available in Braille, large type, and synthetic speech formats for readers with print disabilities.

North Carolina District Credits Technology for Reading Improvements

Anson County School District, a rural district in North Carolina, has been recognized by Scientific Learning Corp. as a national reference site for the strides the district's struggling student readers have made with SLC's Fast ForWord educational software products. The software aims to help students with learning disabilities to process information more efficiently.

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