Amazon Echo Can Assist Struggling Learners http://bit.ly/1TXTdVf 30 Ways the Amazon Echo Can Assist Struggling Learners
Almost every week the Amazon Echo sends me emails about new tasks and features! What will they think of next? The Amazon Echo sells on Amazon for $179.99.
Eyegaze Edge eye tracking technology http://www.eyegaze.com/ Communicate with the world using the power of your eyes
The Eyegaze Edge is an eye-operated communication and control system that empowers people with disabilities to communicate and interact with the world. By looking at control keys or cells displayed on a screen, a user can generate speech either by typing a message or selecting pre-programmed phrases.
Eyegaze Edge Systems are being used to write books, attend school and enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities all over the world.
Virtual Multisensory Room http://www.helpkidzlearn.com/stories/sensory-room Virtual Multisensory Room
Look at the pictures and tell the story in your own words: What can you see in the multisensory room? Do you like the bubble tube or disco lights best? Click a mouse, touch the screen or press a switch to see what happens next.
A fun cause and effect activity - look at the pictures and talk about the story in your own words: What can you see in the multi-sensory room? Do you like the bubble tube or disco lights best? Touch the screen to see what happens next. Switch access for one or two switches is included for users with motor difficulties who need switch input.
Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup http://www.edutopia.org/assistive-technology-resources Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup
Edutopia's guide to assistive technology will help you navigate some of the available websites, resources, and tools related to assistive technology and accessible instructional materials: from getting started, to tips, to finding appropriate technology and need-specific resources.
Finding Assistive Technology | Tips and Tools
| Need-Specific Resources | Universal Design for Learning | Additional Resources on the Web |
Henry Evans and Chad Jenkins: Meet the robots for humanity http://bit.ly/1iwZFOs Henry Evans and Chad Jenkins: Meet the robots for humanity
ICT for Inclusion project http://bit.ly/1195khn ICT for Inclusion project
The European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education ICT for Inclusion project activities will run during 2012 and 2013. The aim is to collect information on the use of ICT for Inclusion – that is using ICT to support the learning of learners with disabilities and special educational needs in inclusive settings within compulsory education.
As a framework the project, the focus will be upon five key propositions that can be identified within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) in relation to the use of ICTs in education. These propositions are ...
ICT and SEN – a case study http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/ict-and-sen-a-case-study/ ICT and SEN – a case study
ICT has a powerful role to play in supporting the learning of children with SEN. Richard Harrold looks at the technologies that his school is using.
In my school, we use a variety of technological tools, both static and mobile, hardware and software, to engage our SEN students in deeper thinking and increasing engagement within the classroom.
The tools themselves, however, do not guarantee greater quality of learning, it is how the pedagogy changes to reflect new technology where the real difference is seen.
One switch. One head. The world. http://youtu.be/cSSgndQ5mVs An amazing collection of (ICT & SEN) videos made by Christopher Hills (icdhills) who has cerebral palsy, which means he cannot walk or use his hands.
Camera Mouse http://cameramouse.org/ Camera Mouse is a free program that enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head.
Camera Mouse was invented at Boston College to help people with disabilities use the computer. We make it available for free download, with no gimmicks or advertisements or registration, because we want to help as many people as possible.
MaKey MaKey http://www.makeymakey.com/ MaKey MaKey An Invention Kit for Everyone
We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits.
Before we created MaKey MaKey we worked on other creative tools and invention kits such as Drawdio, Singing Fingers, and Scratch.
What Can I Make?
That's up to you! First, load up a computer program or any webpage.
British Assistive Technology Association http://bataonline.org/ British Assistive Technology Association
To campaign for the rights and interests of those needing Assistive Technology.
To provide expert and impartial support and advice to government departments and agencies
Using Technology to Rise Above Disabilities http://bit.ly/PtfaHS The Connected Child: Using Technology to Rise Above Disabilities
The caregivers of a child with a rare genetic disorder use a range of technologies like tablets and smart phones to help her learn, track her care and provide consistent learning experiences.
50 Google+ Circles Teachers Should Know About http://bit.ly/GIgVxd 50 Google+ Circles Teachers Should Know About Special Needs
Special Educational Needs Portal Insight http://www.vital.ac.uk/portal-insight/special-educational-needs Special Educational Needs Portal Insight
The SEN portal will focus on practical help for classroom practitioners through sharing ideas, looking at what works and exploring affordable, often free, tools for supporting children.
We will try and offer something of interest to everyone, and bring ideas and opinions for them to consider and adapt to their needs. News, views, practical ideas!
TEL.A.VISION http://telavision.tv/ TEL.A.VISION is a proven Web 2.0 online curriculum and website that inspires youth, especially Special Education and At Risk youth, to create and share visions of hope and possibility through personal “vision videos.”
TEL.A.VISION personal vision videos will decrease the number of Special Education and At Risk dropouts by giving students a tool to create a new way of thinking positively about their futures, giving them more hope and more social and emotional support. As has been said many times, “Whether students believe they can or they believe they can’t, they’re right.”
inov8 http://www.inov8-ed.com inov8 Educational Consulting works with educators, families and their children with special needs, to integrate highly effective assistive technology tools into their lives at home and school. Assistive technology is software and hardware specifically designed to help bypass the difficulties associated with a disabilit
Verbally : iPad App helping with Speech Impediments http://bit.ly/hmIdad The iPad has earned itself a new useful function with the launch of the free app, Verbally.
Placed in the medical category, Verbally is an assisted speech solution that turns the iPad into a communication aid.
Verbally is listed as a potential communication aid for people with apraxia, ALS, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.
P scales Index (UK) http://www.theingots.org/community/pscales The P Scales are a set of criteria or performance descriptions "...for measuring the progress of pupils for whom the early levels of the National Curriculum are not appropriate."
"The performance descriptions have been written for use with pupils of all ages and with a range of special educational needs. The descriptions are not a full description of all that pupils might achieve. They are intended to provide a framework on to which the progress of pupils, measured using the school's own assessment scheme, can be mapped.
SEN Teacher http://www.senteacher.org/ SEN Teacher
SEN Teacher provides cost-free teaching & learning resources for students with special needs and learning disabilities. Many resources here may also be of use to educators of primary and elementary students.
Mobile Apps for the Disabled http://bit.ly/aVVDWI Mobile Apps for the Disabled
ThinkContacts is a new mobile application being developed by Nokia which would allow a disabled person to select a contact from a list and place a phone call to that person using only their mind.
iPhone Apps for (Special) Education http://bit.ly/cfpAMN iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education
Large Pointers (free) ... give your eyes a break http://bit.ly/g8NKc Large Pointers 1.0
Over 80 additional pointers and cursors for those with visual or perceptual difficulties. Icon styles include animated, coloured, large, I-beams and circles.
The pointers have been designed here at the ACE Centre, so if you have a need or a suggestion for a particular pointer style, please let us know.
y-accessibility http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/y-accessibility/ y-accessibility is a group where users of various Yahoo! services, such as Yahoo! Home Page, Mail, Search, News, Sports, Buzz, Finance, Tech, Weather, etc, can exchange their experiences regarding the accessibility features of these and other Yahoo! products.
This group will offer:
Updates from the Yahoo! Accessibility Team.
Tips and tricks on using various Yahoo! products.
Accessible Twitter http://accessibletwitter.com/ Accessible Twitter is an alternative to the Twitter.com website.
It is designed to be easier to use and is optimized for disabled users.
Google Web Search for the Visually Impaired http://www.google.com/accessibility/ Google Accessible Web Search for the Visually Impaired "We are committed to finding accessibility solutions that make our services work better for all of our users."
Wii Therapy for Special Needs Students http://bit.ly/58Dwai Wii Therapy for Special Needs Students
The popular Wii video gaming system has revolutionized how video games are played, but did you know that it also has a valuable place in special needs classrooms?
100 Useful ICT Tools for Special Needs Students http://bit.ly/V5KLx 100 Useful ICT Tools for Special Needs Students & Educators
With all of the new trends and tools in education technology, there’s no reason for special needs students and their teachers and parents to be left behind.
This list of 100 useful tools can help anyone with a learning disability like ADHD, dyslexia or test anxiety, as well as students with visual or hearing impairments, use the Internet and other technology systems to help them with reading, math, organization, social skills, and more.
The OATS Project Consortium http://www.oatsoft.org/ The OATS Project Consortium
Open Source Assistive Technology Software
OATSoft is dedicated to improving Assistive Technology and computer accessibility through the power of Open Source development techniques. OATSoft makes the best Open Source Assistive Technology Software (OATS) easy to find.
Assistive Technology Software allows people with disabilities to overcome some of the disabling effects of society and technology, including computer and web accessibility.
This iPhone is “Touchier” Than Most http://www.yankodesign.com/2008/12/01/this-iphone-is-touchier-than-most/ This iPhone is “Touchier” Than Most .. for the visually impaired
This Silicon Touch iPhone case works in tandem with an app to allow special accessibility functions like text to speech and moon type tactile feedback. The case is engraved with modified bas-relief buttons each corresponding to a modified home screen on the iPhone. None of the phone’s functions are compromised. Multi-touch and finger flick scrolling are all intact. BRILLIANT!
Assistive Technology Tutorials by Atomic Learning http://movies.atomiclearning.com/uk/assistivetechnology Atomic Learning's Assistive Technology Collection includes short, show-and-tell video tutorials that empower educators to use and apply assistive technology. The foci of these tutorials are:
| Special education software | Assistive technology devices | Software accessibility training tutorials |
Examples of tutorials: Boardmaker 6, Overboard, WordQ, SpeakQ, Co:Writer, Inspiration, Kidspiration, as well as accessibility features in Leopard, Windows XP and Vista.
My Computer My Way http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/myway/ My Computer My Way
Do you need help in making your computer easier to use? Let's look at the many ways you can make your keyboard and mouse, Windows, the internet and your favourite applications suit you and your needs...
Computer Technology in Special Education SEN http://www.closingthegap.com/ Computers are tools that can provide solutions to many problems facing people with disabilities today.
Closing The Gap, Inc. is an organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference and extensive web site.
The Oxford ACE Centre http://www.ace-centre.org.uk/acemain.asp The Oxford ACE Centre provides a focus for the use of technology with the communication and educational needs of young people with physical and communication difficulties.
We offer a wide variety of services including in-depth individual assessments, information, and specialist training for parents and professionals.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/ W3C published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) as a Recommendation in May 1999. This Working Draft for version 2.0 builds on WCAG 1.0. It has the same aim: to explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities and to define target levels of accessibility.
Incorporating feedback on WCAG 1.0, this Working Draft of version 2.0 focuses on checkpoints. It attempts to apply checkpoints to a wider range of technologies and to use wording that may be understood by a more varied audience.
web | accessibility | SEN | ICT | IT | disability | disabilities | guidelines |
A Wearable Aid for Special Kids http://www.wired.com/news/school/0,1383,52148,00.html Jeremy Rossiter was not able to speak when he first entered Lisa Zverloff's class for the multiple-handicapped. The third-grader, who is autistic, communicated by hitting and biting.
But with the help of a wearable computer, Jeremy learned to mimic, then utter, words and small phrases.
Zverloff says the durable, touch-screen portable computers have made her students more independent and confident. Some kids use it all day; others use it for specific activities. Several students are able to fully participate in mainstream classrooms while using the devices.
IT | ICT | SEN | special needs |
Sight & Sound Technology http://www.sightandsound.co.uk/ Solutions for people who are Blind or Visually Impaired and people with Learning or Reading Difficulties.
Products for people with Low Vision
MAGic Magnification Software with Speech
ZoomText Xtra Magnification Software with Speech Output
Aladdin Video Magnifiers (CCTV's)
BIGSHOT Screen Magnifier
MagniReader an alternative reading solution for people with low vision
Products for people who are Blind
JAWS Screen Reading Software & Cassette Tutorials
CONNECT Outloud The most exciting new access tool to get you started on-line today
Index Braillers Single & Double Sided Braille Embossers
Handy Tech Braille Displays
Kurzweil 1000 Windows Scanning Software
TECSO Tutorials' of 'Training Kits'
Victor A Digital Talking Book Player
SEN | ICT | blind | visual |
WorkPace http://www.workpace.com/ WorkPace monitors your mouse and keyboard use. Using personalised settings the software then displays small pop-up windows, suggesting the best times for taking regular breaks (micro and macro pauses). Warning messages are shown when the computer has been used more than self-determined maximums and at regular intervals a regime of onscreen exercises is displayed. All these are proven to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)*.
WorkPace also offers education on ergonomics, the ability to record and analyse many aspects of computer activity, and facilities for organising different settings for many users on large networks.
SEN | ICT | monitoring | software |
JAWS for Windows ® http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software_jaws.asp The most popular screen reader worldwide, JAWS® for Windows® works with your PC to provide access to today’s software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer’s sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information, education and job related applications. JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays, providing unmatched Braille support of any screen reader on the market. A training tutorial is included.
JAWS installs with an enhanced, multi-lingual software speech synthesizer, “Eloquence for JAWS”. Languages include:
American English, British English, Castilian Spanish,
Latin American Spanish,
French, German, Italian,
Brazilian Portuguese, and
Lighthouse International http://www.lighthouse.org/ Lighthouse International is a leading resource worldwide on vision impairment and vision rehabilitation. Through its pioneering work in vision rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy, Lighthouse International enables people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted to lead independent and productive lives. Founded in 1905 and headquartered in New York, Lighthouse International is a not-for-profit organization, and depends on the support and generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations.