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Bridging the Gap Between Technology & People with Disabilities

Bridging the Gap Between Technology & People with Disabilities

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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. Fixing a Syllabus Last spring, my university incorporated MW courses into the schedule, as part of an overall attempt to use classroom space more efficiently and consistently, thereby (hopefully!) removing some impediments to graduation. The plan may yet do those things–I believe, for example, that we did have more available classroom space last semester–but it also had one unintended effect: It radically depopulated MWF courses. It turns out that when students are given the choice between a MW upper-division course that satisfies a requirement, and a MWF course that satisfies the same one, they’ll usually take the 3-day weekend every time. Who knew, right? The practical implication is that I have to take the syllabus for my Dickens class, which I teach every 2 years or so, and convert it from its previous iterations (once as a MWF class, and a couple of times as a once-a-week class) into a MW format.

Notability (for iPad) Review The iPad and iPad 2 app Notability is one of the most fully-featured note-taking programs for mobile devices. It supports text, images, and audio recordings, and contains a sketch pad that lets you not only draw new images, but also mark up images, Web clips, and clip art that you import. For writers, Notability includes dozens of fonts, text point sizes, colors, and a solid number of formatting presets (such as bullet points, indents, and so forth). So You Want Evidence of Choice and Charter Problems? So You Want Evidence of Choice and Charter Problems?: So, you think that you want to expand “school choice” for parents by passing proposed legislation that would allow charters and private schools to take tax money with little of the financial or quality safeguards that publicly controlled schools now have? And you want evidence that it’s bad? Well, the same model laws have been passed in about 40 states, some of them being on the books for about 10 years now. There is plenty of evidence to how bad things can get with the same legislation models that are being proposed in the Oklahoma legislature right now.

The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before : Code Switch Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption toggle caption Hansi Lo Wang/NPR Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans. Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones.

40 Amazing iPad Apps for the Learning Disabled The iPad is a device that many lust after as a shiny new toy, but many people with disabilities can benefit from what it has to offer as a functional tool. Students with learning disabilities can enhance and develop their communication skills, learn how to adapt to situations, and develop social skills. Check out this collection of iPad apps that can make a difference in the life of a learning disabled child. Crazy Face Lite: Crazy Face Lite encourages shy students to speak more often, and is great with students who have trouble speaking.Autism Timer: This app offers a digital timer for students with autism.Behavior Assessment Pro: BAP identifies factors related to problem behaviors for autistic kids.Awareness!

Science Teachers’ Grasp of Climate Change Is Found Lacking Photo credit: Max Reed By John Schwartz Most science teachers in the United States spend some time on climate change in their courses, but their insufficient grasp of the science as well as political factors “may hinder effective teaching,” according to a nationwide survey of the profession. The survey, described in the current issue of the journal Science, found that teachers spent little time on the topic — just one to two hours on average over an academic year. “It’s clearly not enough time to really provide students with a good scientific understanding,” said Eric Plutzer, the lead author of the paper and a professor of political science at Pennsylvania State University. Many teachers also provide misinformation about climate change, the survey found.

Apple highlights Accessibility Awareness Day with new section in App Store Apple tends to launch new sections within its App Store quite frequently, especially when they’re trying to highlight something with the apps available within its store. Now, to highlight the Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which “raises the profile of and introducing the topic of digital (web, software, mobile app/device etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible,” Apple has highlighted several different apps that aim to help the cause. There are 15 different apps within the new section, ranging from use with the iPhone, the iPad and the Apple Watch as well. Apps like Instapaper are included, as well as Workflow and djay 2. The dedicated section can be found below. [via Apple]

Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective This essay is part of the larger radio documentary Teaching Teachers, which you can listen to in its entirety on this website or on our podcast feed (iTunes). Deborah Ball used to teach elementary school. Now she’s dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She’s on a mission to help the public and policymakers understand what it takes to be a good teacher. “What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking,” she says. “You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think.

untitled Discussion of U.S. and Worldwide Issues of Cognitive Accessibility Yesterday, Neil Milliken and Debra Ruh, members of the W3C‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force, interviewed Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of the U.S. Association of University Centers on Disabilities as part of their AXSchat series. Watch the great, informative interview of Andy. Their discussion is a wide-ranging one, including commentary about related U.S. policy, and the history […]W3C Task Force Webinar: Building Accessibility to Address Cognitive Impairments Webinar: Building Accessibility to Address Cognitive Impairments Conducted By: Lisa Seeman, Chair of The W3C Cognitive Accessibility Task Force; and Rich Schwerdtfeger, Chief Technology Officer, Accessibility, for IBM Software Group, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor.

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Mobile Devices in the Inclusive Classroom (Series) In this series of 4 webinars on Mobile Devices in the Classroom, AT Specialist Mike Marotta discusses the advantages of using mobile devices as Assistive Technology (AT) and as a means to promote inclusiveness. Webinar #1 focus on the Chrome browser as a cost-effective AT for students with disabilities and on the collaborative features of the browser. Webinar #2 is all about Accessibility issues, creation of Accessible Instrucional Materials (AEM) and selection of Apps when transitioning individuals with disabilities to work and/or higher education.

» ‘Science Guy’ Speaks Out: Bill Nye Says Nay To Anti-Evolution Crusade, As Bills Pop Up In The States Sandhya Bathija is the Communications Associate for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. With Darwin Day (Feb. 12) just around the corner, scientists, educators and citizens across the world are gearing up to celebrate the birth of Charles Darwin and his contributions to science. As Bill Nye “The Science Guy” recently put it, teachers’ reluctance to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution is “horrible.” Scientific advances that benefit everyone could be at risk if students don’t learn sound science. “People make flu vaccinations that stop people from getting sick,” he said. “Farmers raise crops with science; they hybridize them and make them better with every generation.

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