Click on http://wac.osu.edu/conferences/emrc08/free_at.html for some links to AT for access to computer content. Links to free solutions like Fire Vox, System Access To Go, NVDA, WordTalk, LetMeType, Power Talk and Click-n-Type are included.
If you want your students to focus, changing the color and text around them can be helpful. Read more about using colors to meet special needs by clicking on the link below.
Remember how wonderful it was to hear a great story? Your favorite teacher would share the details, page-by-page, and create that visual that might last forever. Digital storytelling builds on that theme but also allows the user an opportunity and means to share their story, their work, or their project. Here’s a great resource for creating and telling stories through the process of digital storytelling – Center for Digital Storytelling, http://www.storycenter.org/.
Click on http://www.assistiveware.com/podcasts.php for “exploring the frontiers of assistive technology.” This is a series of vodcasts (video podcasts) with people who are using AT to communicate, express their creativity, play games and just live their lives. There are a few episodes per year, each starring a different person. It’s Mac-focused and covers a range of topics.
The American Foundation for the Blind has updated this guide to reflect detailed profiles of over 280 products for people who are blind or visually impaired, including more than 30 new products. This guide includes a list of products, product comparisons, suggested guidelines for purchasing an accessible cellphone, and specifics about GPS products.
Click on http://blind-students.suite101.com/article.cfm/plustek_bookreader_v100
for a review of the Plustek BookReader V100, and http://www.plustek.com/product/bookreader_v100.asp for the manufacturer’s website.
There are many web sites that will help students study smarter, one such website is StudyBlue.com You will find academic and communication tools to help students study more efficiently. Follow the link below:
The very cool folks at AT Maine have a new episode out: http://www.atmaine.com/topic/atshow/2009/05/14/now-available-the-assistive-technology-show-for-may-13-2009/
Topics in the May 13th show include: One handed keyboards, Braille watches and other timekeeping devices, adaptive products on Ebay, Amazon and other places, a demo of Moshi, a clock totally controlled by voice, using mobile phones as wireless access points, and OCR software.
You might be interested in the following that was just released from the National Center for Technology Innovation:
“Web 2.0 tools are now in use at most schools, and teachers have been largely responsible for making this happen, according to a national K-12 technology survey National Online Survey of District Technology Directors Exploring District Use of Web 2.0 Technologies. But of all the various applications of Web 2.0 technologies, social networking remains the outcast, with the vast majority of districts reporting that few or no teachers engage in this type of communication. The two most significant reasons cited were security concerns and lack of know-how on the part of teachers. According to the researchers, teacher-generated online content will be the “the next area of growth in the use of Web 2.0 technologies.” To read more or get a free copy of the study, click here: http://www.nationaltechcenter.org/index.php/2009/05/14/teachers-lead-adoption-of-web-20-but-perceptions-stifle-social-networking/
A new book has been published to assist with assessment of students who are blind or visually impaired. Assistive Technology for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Guide to Assessment (2009) by Ike Presley and Frances Mary D’Andrea might be worth checking out. Assessing this group of students can be challenging and this book provides suggestions for technologies for accessing print, electronic information and producing written communication and materials in alternate formats and ideas for an effective assessment process.
If you would like to read more about it go to: