Technology for Special Needs Students

Partnership Aims To Broaden the Accessibility of Digital Media

In an effort to bring digital media, specifically streaming video, to as wide a student audience as possible, two corporations have partnered with the United States Department of Education to significantly expand the number of videos featuring closed captioning and audio description tracks.

Curriculum Advantage Adds Supplementary Improvement Materials to Software

Instructional software maker Curriculum Advantage has announced the addition of Response to Intervention (RTI) "bundles" to the materials available to help K-12 students in reading and math.

Kentucky District Implements Early Reading Program

The Boone County, KY, School District has approved the Headsprout Early Reading (HER) program for all kindergartners and first-graders in the district. BCSD has used IDEA and ARRA federal stimulus funding to purchase a five-year site license for the 80-lesson program.

Virtual Academy Speeds Identification of Students at Risk

The Idaho Digital Learning Academy, a virtual K-12 school established by the Idaho legislature in 2002, is looking to accelerate the identification of students who need special help to succeed academically.

Optical Scanners To Help Disabled Middle Schoolers Achieve Academic Success

Students at Eastmont Middle School in Sandy, UT, will soon have a new technology tool to use when learning to read. Known as ReadingPens, the optical scanners translate the written word into spoken sentences, thus improving the chance that disabled students will learn the material being presented.

Education Dept. Grants Aim To Attract Professionals to Teaching in High-Need Schools

The United States Department of Education has announced $6.86 million in grants to help attract professionals and recent college graduates (with degrees in disciplines other than education) to careers in K-12 teaching.

Professional Development Provider Seeks To Demystify Autism Using Online Workshops

For educators who teach children affected with varying degrees of autism, the watchword has long been "frustration." But ongoing progress in improving professional development training for these individuals may make such inescapable frustration a thing of the past.

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.

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.

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