Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup An educator's and parent's guide to websites, blogs, articles, and videos that provide information and tools related to understanding, selecting, and assessing assistive technology and accessible instructional materials. Getting Started Whether low-tech, high-tech, or somewhere in between, assistive technology and related services play an important role in reducing barriers to learning for students with a variety of special needs and challenges. Listen to parent Jeanne Dwyer, as she discusses her experiences using technology to help her son build independence, in this video from the Maryland State Department of Education: For Educators For general information on assistive technology (AT) and accessible instructional materials (AIM), including relevant federal laws, the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials at CAST provides a helpful outline.
Science Writer Science Writer is an interactive, web-based instructional learning tool designed to help students in writing a complete science report; it supports students throughout the process of writing a science report. Research has revealed several effective instructional practices in improving the written language performance of students, and Science Writer has been designed to provide these: A breakdown of the report writing process into manageable components Scaffolds for each step of the writing process an organizational structure for report writing Sentence starters to help initiate the writing
Curriculum Guides Featured Curriculum: Understanding News Media The goal of Understanding News Media is to help young people think critically and act responsibly as they navigate communication media. The features and graphic organizers were created for middle school students but with modification could be used by younger or older students. Courtesy of the New York News Publishers Association NIE Program. New York Times NIE Curriculum Guides These New York Times curriculum resources are made to be used with any daily issue of The Times.
Developing an Online Course - Teaching Commons Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS) provides training to faculty planning or designing an online or hybrid course and to departments planning for an online program. Re-conceiving a course for online delivery involves designing active and collaborative learning activities that take full advantage of digital communication. For more information see: Teaching online, an introduction to the DePaul Online Teaching Series program How to use digital communication to facilitate discussion among students Collaborative learning in an online environment Kickoff Panel: Personalized Learning Date(s) and Time: October 2, 201307:00 pm - 08:30 pm EST Provided by: Connected Educators Description: It was a key theme in CEM 2012, and if anything it’s a bigger topic this year, influencing pedagogy at every level. How close are we to being able to realize the dream of personalized, differentiated, passion-based learning for educators and students, and what still has to happen to make this fully real?
udtechtoolkit - Free text to speech Text-to-SpeechWhy consider Text-to-speech (TTS)? Two reasons -1. It is essential for struggling readers; when text is digital it is now accessible and2. it supports the writing process, especially when editing and revising work Note: Our databases are adding text-to-speech features for their articles. Check out Joyce's blog post. Ask your librarian if the school offers any of the Gale products with text-to-speech features. Mobile Devices
How to Create Your Own Online Course: 100 Tools, Guides, and Resources How to Create Your Own Online Course: 100 Tools, Guides, and Resources Perhaps you have a special skill, talent, or knowledge-base that you want to share with others, and maybe you’ve heard that teaching online courses can make you a little extra money. The resources below will help you discover how to combine both what you have to offer and what you wish to gain by guiding you through creating and establishing an online course. No matter what age of student, subject you want to teach, or size of the class, you will find resources and information to bring your class online. Learning Management Systems
Using Google products – Accessibility – Google In this section, we go over the accessibility features of our products for 2 groups of people: If you notice information that’s missing, have questions or feedback, or want to offer other ideas for ways people with disabilities can use Google products, we want to hear from you. Information for blind and low-vision users Note: We’ve created an Administrator Guide to Accessibility that explains best practices for deploying Google Apps to support users’ accessibility needs. Google+ Hangouts
Power Up What Works The Math Instructional Strategy Guides The Instructional Strategy Guides provide you with a pathway to learning. Each Guide focuses on key areas of Math: representation, reasoning, communication, and making sense of problems. It includes information about relevant Common Core State Standards, evidence-based practices, and ways to differentiate instruction with technology. English Language Arts The English Language Arts (ELA) Instructional Strategy Guides The Instructional Strategy Guides provide you with a pathway to learning. Each Guide focuses on key areas of ELA: reading literature and informational text, language, writing, and foundational skills.