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Control Alt Achieve: 21 Chrome Extensions for Special Needs and Struggling Students

Control Alt Achieve: 21 Chrome Extensions for Special Needs and Struggling Students
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 21 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) SpeakIt! Readability extensions Reading Comprehension extensions 13) Google DictionaryChrome web extension link Don't get stuck on an unknown word.

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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.

22 Powerful Closure Activities Too many university supervisors and administrators criticize the absence of lesson closure, a dubious assessment practice likely caused by the improper use of Madeline Hunter’s lesson plan model (PDF) as a de facto checklist of eight mandatory teaching practices -- anticipatory set, objective and purpose, input, modeling, checking for understanding, guided practice, independent practice, and closure -- a custom that Hunter decried in 1985 (PDF). Although it offers multiple benefits, please don't view closure as a professional must-do. What Is Closure? Closure is the activity that ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, a phenomenon that Colorado State University professor Rod Lucero calls the recency effect.

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