Mathematica Builds Resources for Educators! With teachers and students back in school, finding educational interventions that help students succeed just got easier with the redesigned What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) website. Mathematica developed key features of the new site, a trusted source of evidence for educators, including a tool that lets users Find What Works. Find What Works helps identify programs, products, practices, and policies, and with the strongest evidence of effectiveness positively affecting student outcomes—an increasingly important goal in the era of evidence-based decision making. The powerful search function allows users to sort and filter their searches by gender, race and ethnicity, school setting, and grade level, and to compare interventions to find the right fit for their students. Read the remainder of this entry »

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More and more government services are going online, but if the website isn’t accessible to people with disabilities, then millions of Americans are being excluded from vital civic services.

by Kevin Rydberg; GT (Government Technology) 

Unplug your mouse. Now, try to log into your website and use your keyboard to navigate — try to fill in a form or download a document. How did that go? If you were on one of thousands of state, county or city government websites that are not accessible, it was probably quite a challenge. For reasons of practicality and efficiency, more and more government services are going online. But if the website is not accessible to people with disabilities — the country’s largest minority population — then millions of Americans are being excluded from vital civic services. Why Web Accessibility Matters… Read the remainder of this entry »

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A Comprehensive Guide to AT Services by CAST

Posted September 27, 2016 By Lee Learson

CAST has announced it’s new publication of “Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to AT Services” by CAST Professional Publishing. The book contains much of the information provided on the QIAT website in a comprehensive, concise format with everything in one place.  Other benefits are the inclusion of a research base for the Read the remainder of this entry »

Be the first to comment is an open, wiki-style Reference Database for Keyboard Shortcuts. Using Keyboard Shortcuts on a daily basis is the mother of all productivity techniques. With this project, is building an open Hotkey Reference Database with the goal to cover as many Applications on as many Platforms and in as many Languages as possible.

Their goal is to get millions of users out there to be more productive. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more how the site works and how you can contribute.

Here’s an example of what’s available on the site… Read the remainder of this entry »

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ATIA 2017: Network, Learn, Volunteer!

Posted September 12, 2016 By Lee Learson

ATIA 2017 will be here sooner than you think and now you can start planning your conference experience. The ATIA 2017 online session directory is live! Browse the education sessions you can attend and register by September 30 to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount and the early risk-free cancellation policy.

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App Ed Review was born when Dr. Todd Cherner was teaching a graduate-level literacy class at Coastal Carolina University. As part of that class, Todd set aside time for “app-etizers” that were mini-lessons about apps. Because the school district where the majority of his students worked provided each of them an iPad to use in their classroom, Todd’s students were very interested in these mini-lessons. Then, during one of these app-etizers, a student asked him, “What makes an app good to use in the classroom?” Read the remainder of this entry »

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BeSpoke™ Voices for Millions Who Cannot Speak

Posted August 26, 2016 By Lee Learson

VocaliD Launches First Personalized Digital Voices for Assistive Devices Company.

BELMONT, Mass/PRNewswire/ — VocaliD, Inc., a speech technology company that creates personalized digital voices for those living with voicelessness, launched its online BeSpoke™ voice studio.  The announcement was made at the Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) in Toronto.

Supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, VocaliD’s innovation is based on a discovery by Founder and CEO Dr. Rupal Patel and her colleagues that even a single vowel contains enough “vocal DNA” to seed the voice personalization process.

The BeSpoke™ process captures a recipient’s unique vocal identity and blends it with recordings from a healthy speaker — matched by gender, age and accent — within the company’s Voicebank of 14,000+ contributors. This blended voice is then used in the recipient’s electronic communications device — creating a BeSpoke™ voice. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Start Students’ Year with Inspiring Math Messages and Creative Learning Opportunities.

‘Week of Inspirational Math’ provides teachers, parents and students with five days of content-rich lessons and motivational videos

To help students in grades K-12 approach math with creativity and enjoyment, youcubed, a Stanford University center that provides research-based resources for teaching and learning mathematics, has released a series of free lessons in time for back to school. The Week of Inspirational Math (WiM) lesson series for teachers, parents, and students includes five lessons that offer students open, rich mathematics experiences that inspire creative thinking and a growth mindset. The lessons are accompanied by five motivational videos created by Stanford professor Jo Boaler and her undergraduate students. Read the remainder of this entry »

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An Icon-based watch – The Octopus by Joy

Posted June 27, 2016 By Lee Learson

Octopus is the first icon-based watch that teaches kids good habits and the concept of time. Octopus by Joy

  • It’s a watch. It gives the time with icons, making it the first clock that young kids can actually read and understand. It helps children conceptually link time to events.

  • It’s a scheduler for children, which helps foster responsibility, independence and self-esteem. Parents can program visual reminders from their smartphone that pop up on the kid’s watch (icon+vibration).

  • It’s an assistant that helps parents prioritize expectations and stay consistent with daily routines. It provides tips and personal notes. It also reminds you to remind your kids!

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MoneyGeek has posted some comprehensive information for increasing independence and productivity with everyday activities like driving and independent living.

The first is a resource related to driving. It includes information and costs related to vehicle adaption, insurance and funding resources. The second is information on getting a mortgage and home modifications. It also includes average costs for home modifications and funding resources. The third is a resource for workers with disabilities.

So if you drive, own a home or looking to buy a home, work or are looking for work, the following are worth checking out! Read the remainder of this entry »

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