Technology for Special Needs Students

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.

Utah DOE Adopts AutoSkill’s 'Academy' Learning Tools

The Utah Department of Education has approved AutoSkill International’s Academy of Reading and Academy of Math learning aid programs to help at-risk students improve proficiency in the subjects.

Atomic Expands ATC with New Training Tutorials

Atomic Learning, a provider of online technology training and support, has expanded The Assistive Technology Collection, a suite of tutorials to help train users in a number of widely-used educational software applications and devices.

Mississippi District Turns to Technology To Help Struggling Readers

When administrators and educators at the Lamar County School District in Mississippi realized that the number of struggling readers was increasing as the volume of resources available to teach reading at the secondary level were decreasing, they knew it was time to take action. They also knew that a technology-based solution just might be the most efficient, effective way to improve the situation.

Report: Late Graduation Pays Off

Although on-time graduation is the most desirable outcome for high school students, late graduation is significantly, quantifiably better than no graduation at all, according to a new study released this week by the Center for Public Education. The report found that "the extra work late graduates and their schools put in toward earning a high school diploma pays off in every aspect of life."

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