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.@TextHelp innovating the world of accessiblilty in edtech: Part 2: Snapverter

For my LD students, getting paper into an accessible format is a daily task.  Despite being in a school for students with learning disabilities, some teachers still provide paper reading and/or to some students who do better with ear reading and dictation.  Given that most of our students have iPads, we have found easy tools… Continue reading .@TextHelp innovating the world of accessiblilty in edtech: Part 2: Snapverter

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.@TextHelp innovating the world of accessibility in edtech: Part 1: Read&Write for Google

I have to admit, the tools from TextHelp have me considering Chromebooks.  I am a big fan of the iPad for my LD students.  The built in accessibility and range of apps available are crucial for addressing a broad range of needs and building independence. Yet, TextHelp keeps finding its way into my Chrome browser and… Continue reading .@TextHelp innovating the world of accessibility in edtech: Part 1: Read&Write for Google

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Blurring the lines between educational technology and assistive technology

The use of technology in the field of special education is not novel, it is actually the area of education where the use of technology began with any regularity.  I recall in my undergraduate studies in the early 90’s working at a preschool for children with special needs, learning programs that the speech pathologist regularly… Continue reading Blurring the lines between educational technology and assistive technology

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#atia16 Everyday #edtech can be #assistivetech #OGtech #LDtech

My friend and colleague Theresa Collins, Director of Language Instruction @EHSSouthport and I presented at the ATIA (Assistive Technology International Association) annual conference last week.  Our focus was on utilizing educational technology as part of multi-linguistic language instruction. (Orton-Gillingham approach meets edtech!)  Theresa and I have been working on this idea for quite a few months. She came from… Continue reading #atia16 Everyday #edtech can be #assistivetech #OGtech #LDtech

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Proof Being a Connected Educator Does Directly Impact Student Learning

Yes you read that correctly…I have proof!  So skeptics keep reading, if you get it, move on to another blog post, or send this along. If you follow me on Twitter or follow my blog and/or podcast, you know I work with students who learn differently.  I am a Special Education Teacher/Director of Technology at… Continue reading Proof Being a Connected Educator Does Directly Impact Student Learning

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#ATIA15 Reflection: Light years ahead of the past, but who is being left behind.

Sitting here looking out at the snow falling, reflecting on the fact that just two days ago I was sitting in sunny Orlando!  The only nice thing is the snow led to a snow day.  What brought me to Orlando was the annual Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference. This is my second year attending this… Continue reading #ATIA15 Reflection: Light years ahead of the past, but who is being left behind.