Educational software

iPads as Part of a Universal Design for Learning Toolkit

December 4th, 2012
4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) SETSIG (Special Education Technology Special Interest Group) offers a series of webinars, open to all.

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) SETSIG (Special Education Technology Special Interest Group) offers a series of webinars, open to all.

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Using Promethean Boards to include Students with Special Needs

Thursday, October 25, 2012
4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) SETSIG (Special Education Technology Special Interest Group) offers a series of webinars, open to all. This one is on interactive whiteboards.

In this ISTE SETSIG webinar participants will explore how to support all students using your IWB to build lessons that address the three principles of UDL. Using videos and SMART Notebook and Promethean Flipchart templates, Johnny Hamilton and Kendra Grant will explore curriculum examples that build multiple means of recognition, action and expression and engagement into every lesson. 

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Assistive Technology Software and People with Learning Disabilities

The term "learning disability" is usually defined as involving difficulties with reading, writing, math, memory, or other cognitive functions among people with average or above-average intelligence. Because there is such a wide variation among individual needs and preferences, people with learning disabilities are often best served by software with a variety of customizable features. These features may also be of use to individuals with more temporary needs, such as beginning readers and ESL students. This article talks about some of these tools and the needs they address.

Assistive Technology Strategies for Reading

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Cognitive Training Software

Cognitive training can be used to address behavior issues in children, memory loss in elders, and other cognitive skills. This article lists some software that's currently available and provides suggestions for what to look for when selecting cognitive training software.

Cognitive Training Software for Basic Skills

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Accessible Options for Art, Music, and Other Creative Activities

Creativity software can help users bypass the most difficult physical, sensory, and cognitive aspects of making art, while enabling expression and exploration. While there is not much high-tech hardware or software for making art specifically made for people with disabilities, there are a variety of mainstream options that can be put to this purpose. Many of these are particularly relevant to people with dexterity disabilities that prevent them from holding a paintbrush or strumming a guitar.

This article covers some of those options in:

  • Painting/Drawing
  • Making Music
  • Photography
  • Video and Animation

If you already have a creativity application, examine the interface, documentation, and online resources; you will usually find at least some of these usability and accessibility features:

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Creating Captioned Video

Adding captions to video is easier than it seems, and it's getting easier all the time.  The process consists of 2 or 3 elements:

  • The text of the captions, which should be an accurate transcript of what is said in the video, plus sound effects
  • Timing information, so the right caption shows up at the right time
  • Optional formatting information about where the captions appear on the screen, font, color, etc. 

This article covers the basic steps of adding captions to a video you are creating. In some cases the steps will depend on the video production system you are using.

Why Add Captions?

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Simple Language Makes Reading Easier

Clearly written information benefits any website visitor. However, it is particularly important to the many people who generally have trouble understanding written text. This includes:

•    people with cognitive disabilities
•    new readers (children and adults)
•    beginning English students

This article discusses a common method of measuring website readability, via several free tools. It also provides suggestions for improving your site's score.

Flesch Reading Ease

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Archived Webinar on Interactive Whiteboards

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) SETSIG (Special Education Technology Special Interest Group) hosted a webinar in October of 2012, allowing participants to explore how to support all students using interactive whiteboards to build lessons that address the three principles of UDL.

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Making a Measurable Difference with Accessible Instructional Materials

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm Eastern

Offered by the AIM Center, presenters Joanne Karger and Joy Zabala consider the impact of accessible instructional materials formats delivered in a timely manner and what impact that should be having on students educational outcomes.

Offered by the AIM Center, presenters Joanne Karger and Joy Zabala consider the impact of accessible instructional materials formats delivered in a timely manner and what impact that should be having on students educational outcomes. This webinar will highlight three aspects in which change would be expected to occur and consider ways to capture qualitative and quantitative data on these c

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