Newsela is a chrome app that publishes daily news articles at 5 reading levels from grades 3-12. You can explore a library of high-quality, engaging nonfiction text for your students. Topic areas include war and peace, science, kids, money, law, health, arts, and sports. Newslela is free.
Download Newsela in the Chrome App Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/newsela/bfpeiapdhnegnfcfkdfihabadngjagfj
The 4th Annual Virtual TechKnowledgy Conference 2014 kicks off November 5 with a keynote address by Kelly Fonner, “Broaden Your Students’ Educational Horizons through Assistive Technologies”. On November 6 & November 7 tune in to hear the sessions “Free Technology Tools for Struggling Readers” and “Free Electronic Books and Software for Struggling Students”. Registration is free. Future sessions will be held in February, April and September 2015.
For more information click here.
He obviously doesn’t have the phrase “I can’t do that” in his vocabulary.
Following up on yesterday’s post by a fellow team member. Such an ingenious idea and very low tech! Expand on that and add wiki sticks to the plastic cover and create a raised surface to help those students locate buttons or create a grid for a communication app, the options are endless and cheap!!
The CALL Center in Scotland has launched a new website for learning about AAC. Even though the website is from Scotland communication is universal! The website has AAC videos, resources and online modules. Check it out: http://www.aacscotland.org.uk/Home/
There’s an awesome resource for communication games. The activities are fun and creative and help students learn to use and practice using their AAC. It’s a free download under the resource tab!
Creating a video game bereft of any actual video might seem like an unusual idea. Video-less” games use a production technique known as binaural recording, to construct an immersive, audio-only world.
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28757186
The new school year is upon us. The frantic rush to set up the classroom, make communication boards, visual supports etc. but you don’t have the necessary program or money to purchase your own software. Check out these free resources for creating visual supports fast and free.
Quick Pics from Patick Ecker
Connect Ability, Create Visual Supports for your child, visual engine.
Picto4Me: An app for your computer that you can install to Chrome
This video gives you the perspective of two parents on the use of AT for their 3 year old son, Brian.
Be inspired by Annzie’s story, a struggling writer becomes a college student with writing as a career, thanks to Assistive Technology.
Today’s video is longer, so pour yourself a refreshing cool beverage and watch this webinar from Don Johnston on supporting students with significant disabilities learn become writers. It features the First Author Writing Software from Don Johnston.
[vimeo 75607425 w=500 h=375] <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/75607425″>Webinar: “Can Low-Incidence Students Become First-Time Writers? Yes!” (2013 Version)</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/donjohnstoninc”>DonJohnstonInc</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>