Technology for Special Needs Students


Gates Foundation Pumping $1.7 Billion into Ed Programs over Next 5 Years

Over the next five years the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation expects to invest almost $1.7 billion for K-12 education. Most of that funding will be targeted at four areas.

Report: SPED Classification Rates Vary Widely

Fifty-six percent of respondents told researchers the number of students classified as special education was appropriate, and only 21 percent said somewhat fewer students should be classified within their system. Seventeen percent said somewhat more students should receive classification.

New iPad App Simplifies Spectrum Student Data Collection

Two Cornell University graduates have introduced a data collection platform specifically for special education teachers working with students who have autism.

As Rural Participation in AP Courses Climbs, Average Passing Scores Hold Steady

A new assessment has found that students in rural areas are rapidly catching up on Advanced Placement (AP) testing compared to their urban and suburban peers.

3D Printing Pen Receives Endorsement for Learners with Vision Loss

3Doodler recently received a coveted endorsement for one of its 3D printing pens from a major United Kingdom-based charity for people who are blind or have vision loss.

Educational Toys Market Expected to Grow 10 Percent through 2021

The global educational toys market is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of close to 10 percent from the present to 2021, according to a recent report by market research firm Technavio.

New Department of Ed IDEA Site Live and Generating Heat

Feedback is trickling in on the U.S. Department of Education's new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since February, the site has been undergoing a redesign, based at least in part on comments from 130 people who provided feedback during the design process. The new site went live June 1.

Fidget Spinner App Gets 7 Million Downloads

While schools around the country are banning fidget spinners, an app version by gaming company Ketchapp has passed 7 million downloads.

Microsoft Project Develops Physical Programming Language for Blind Students

A Microsoft project called "Project Torino" will teach blind students from seven to 11 years-old how to program and apply design thinking to projects.

Vernier Brings Back 13 Summer Institutes for STEM Educators

Education technology company Vernier Software & Technology will once again offer its Summer Institute workshops, with 13 full-day training workshops scheduled for this summer.

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