One of the paths my colleague Theresa Collins, an Orton-Gillingham Fellow, and I have been following is how to incorporate educational technology into small group structured literacy lessons to ease the organization for the teacher and increase student engagement. With the creation of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practioners and Educators (AOGPE) Classroom Educator level of… Continue reading Structured Literacy Instruction Meets EdTech
I will confess that I am a die hard Apple device fan. In my school, they’ve been using MacBooks for quite a number of years, which is how I got converted. About five years ago we started a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program, and what came in was a whole lot of iPads. At this… Continue reading Tale of two devices: iPad vs Chromebook
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
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
I am a creature of habit. There is ease in doing things that have always been done a certain way. A few years ago, my husband and I jumped from tent camping to the RV world…and I will never go back! We can now weather, rain, snow, cold, and heat without having to suffer or… Continue reading Staycation: Having to Change Mindset & Try Things Differently-personal lesson for an educator.
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