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Note Taking With Technology. In a 2014 article in Psychological Science called “The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard,” Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer claimed that while note taking in itself could be beneficial to student learning, using a laptop proved to be detrimental. A recent article from Scientific American, “Students Are Better Off Without a Laptop in the Classroom,” added fuel to this fire. Before blaming a device—either the pen or the laptop—we need to identify what is best for individual students by considering what I call the four S’s of note taking. Does the system students are using: adequately support the students’ learning needs? Allow students to save their notes to multiple locations? Let students search for salient points? Support What if, because of individual learning styles, using pen and paper is a detriment to learning? 1. 2. Though rarely considered a note taking tool, Book Creator can be used as a multimedia notebook. 3.

Save Search Share. ESL Reader. 14 Free Text To Speech Tools For Educators - eLearning Industry. 1000 Quality Apps for Learners with Special Needs. January 30, 2017 Over the last few years we have reviewed an increasing number of apps for students with special needs (check out our popular chart to see some examples). But the resource we have for you today is way beyond any work we have published here so far. This is a comprehensive list which contains 1000 apps for learners with special needs. The list which is compiled by the folks in a4cwsn, is a fruit of a collaborative work between a large body of professionals including: speech education teachers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, music therapists, guidance councillors and social workers, sign language interpreters and many more.

Although the lists lack in organizational categories to facilitate browsing and searching but still this work is really amazing and is definitely worth bookmarking. Control Alt Achieve: 21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs. Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge.

In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level. In this blog post we will take a look at over 30 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories:Text to SpeechReadabilityReading ComprehensionFocusNavigation Some of the tools fit into more than one topic, but each is only listed once. Certainly this list does not cover all of the useful web extensions available for struggling learners, but it is a great place to begin.

In addition to the list of extension, I have also linked in the video and help guide from a webinar I did a while back on "Google Tools for Special Needs". Text to Speech extensions 2) Read AloudChrome web extension link This text-to-speech extension will read either the entire page or just the text that you have selected. Edutopia.

Sight Words for Kids by Nimbleminds ‹ AppAbled.com. Posted by Teriann on 25 Mar 2013 / 0 Comment This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad $3.99Category: EducationUpdated: Nov 11, 2012Version: 2.0Size: 22.0 MBLanguages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, SpanishSeller: Talal Baweja© Nimble Minds Inc. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Description This app is the real deal when it comes to teaching sight words. Appeals to a Wide Audience Easy to Use Educational Good Challenge Range Great for Tablets Musical Solid Interface Read further to learn more… ★ An interactive and thoughtfully designed app for children to learn everyday sight words in a smart way that fosters thinking and understanding. ★ The free version is fully featured but includes only 4 everyday environments (Bedroom, Bathroom, Breakfast, Classroom).

Smart Apps For Special Needs. TechMatrix. 2goPC is a small, lightweight (2.8 lbs) netbook computer with a built-in carrying handle. With drop-proof construction, protective cover and spill resistant keyboard, it is designed to be rugged and durable. Configuration on Intel® Atom™ equipped units includes Intel® 1.6GHz Atom™ CPU, 1GB RAM and 40GB Hard Drive. 2 USB ports allow for USB port, external hard drive, keyboard and mouse.

Can assist students with reading, writing, math and science material. Content Area: writing Grade Level: birth to preschool, early elementary, intermediate elementary, middle school, secondary, transition IDEA Disability Category: autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, major-other health impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury Operating Systems: Linux, Windows (MS 98 and newer) English Language Arts: Math Operating Systems: Web-based. Visual Disabilities - Introduction. You mean I have a visual disability?

Whenever I ask a large group of people whether or not they have a visual disability, very few of them answer that they do. Then I ask whether or not anyone uses any assistive technology to overcome their visual disability. Most people are unsure what I mean. Invariably, though, as I look out across the group, I see many of them, often a majority, using an assistive technology for their vision at that very moment. "How many of you have perfect vision? " I ask. We are all so accustomed to seeing people wear glasses or contact lenses that we do not think of poor vision as a disability.

Others of us have visual disabilities that are not so easily corrected, nor so easily forgotten. Another category of visual disability, low vision, is a common condition among the elderly, but younger individuals may also have this disability, whether due to genetics, traumatic injuries, or illnesses. Resources for Teaching the Gifted and Talented. 15 Assistive Technology Tools For Students With Disabilities. 15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities by Brian Neese, Alvernia University According to the National Education Association (NEA), the number of U.S. students enrolled in special education programs has risen 30 percent over the past 10 years.

Additionally, the NEA reports that nearly every general education classroom in the country includes students with disabilities, as three out of every four students with disabilities spends part or all of their school day in a general education classroom. But as the number of students in special education programs has increased, the supply of special education instructors has not kept pace. Based on the Department of Education’s Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing, 47 states in the 2014-15 school year were in need of special education instructors. One tool to help students with disabilities even in the face of a special education teacher shortage is assistive technology.

Text-To-Speech Assistive Tools Math Tools. Rewordify.com | Understand what you read. Resources for Teaching the Gifted and Talented. From Educators' eZine Introduction: The American Association for Gifted Children, or AAGC was founded on September 6, 1946 "because two friends, Dr. Ruth Strang and Miss Pauline Williamson believed that the gifted were the most neglected children in our democracy" (AAGC, 1996). Sadly, their belief still rings true. In classrooms all across the United States, special needs children categorized as "gifted" continue to be ignored.

These high ability students are often overlooked while emphasis is placed on other categories of special education, in particular, students with learning disabilities. Since the NCLB does not provide funds directly to states for gifted services, many school districts operate with disparities. Intuitive teachers have practiced differentiating instruction for a long time. The Internet provides fertile ground for online learning environments. WebQuests WebQuest Introduction A portal to sites explaining every aspect of creating and using WebQuests Virtual Field Trips. AppAbled.com. BBC - My Web My Way - How to guides: I can't see very well. Apps for Dyslexia 2. ARTIS Screen Loupe.