Nikki is a veteran educator, librarian, Tutorial Technology Facilitator and ISTE Librarians Network President Elect. Voice Dream has turn out to be a well-known name within the assistive technology community due to Voice Dream Reader: a text-to-speech reader available for i OS gadgets Now the developer has launched a brand new app referred to as Voice Dream Writer which goals to help writers with particular needs. Voice Dream Author has options that may profit people with a wide range of needs including folks with dyslexia and people who are blind or visually impaired. People without disabilities also can benefit from the app. For instance, english language learners may benefit from spoken feedback and other options provided by Voice Dream Writer.

Throughout the first assembly, the superb particular training instructor shared the results of the implementation of a suggestion I made within the AT Evaluation she had acquired two days earlier. (She is that good; she wanted to try it BEFORE we discussed the recommendations within the IEP group assembly!) The scholar struggles with pencil control, letter and number formation and infrequently dictates to a scribe. He completed half the math worksheet using pencil (placing random numbers in correct order). The end result was illegible and incorrect. She then gave the coed the shared classroom iPad, as she had put in SnapType He took a picture of the worksheet, cropped it, added textual content bins and appropriately completed the remainder of the worksheet. It was beautiful and CORRECT. Eradicating the difficulty with number formation diminished the COGNITIVE LOAD and the student completed it ACCURATELY! Not only that, he did not want any prompts, something he wanted continuously to complete his work.

Makerspace time goes digital with these fun and engaging design challenges. All of us need our students to grasp technology instruments and use them to create unique works. Digital Makerspace tasks are designed to permit college students to discover digital instruments while creating something using the steps of the design course of. One of the best half is that nearly every topic and subject space might be included into these challenges, so they can be used as part of your every day educational actions, not as an extra thing to fit into your schedule.

The Promise – “When the Race to the High (RTTT) Assessment functions have been introduced, all applicants were requested to describe how they’d use the rules of universal design for studying (UDL). In the software that gained them the grant, PARCC made a commitment to universally design its assessment at each stage.” (1) Many educators who work with college students who’ve studying disabilities have been excited when we heard the new assessments could be delivered utilizing digital textual content. The playing field would be leveled utilizing ideas of Universal Design. Instruments like Text to Speech could be embedded, not an add-in. College students would lastly have entry to the tools which bypass their challenges, so essential on a high-stakes check.

Living proof. Over the summer season I was working with a couple hundred college leaders on digital leadership As the presentation started to concentrate on mobile learning initiatives a hand instantly went up. In a well mannered tone the varsity chief expressed his apprehension with allowing students to convey or use their very own units in school. His predominant worry was a concern that college students can be always off job texting or checking their social media accounts. I paused for a second to decide on an acceptable response. Herein lies some irony. For almost all of my presentation this school chief had been disengaged himself with his technology. As the majority of the group intently listed or participated in planned actions to use what had been realized this particular person and his buddies checked their e mail, surfed the web, and accessed their very own social media websites.