Technology in School

SPECIAL NEEDS

News, products and trends relevant to education technology designed to support students with special needs.


A Supply of Special Education Apps
GET YOUR HEAD IN THE SPED GAME: We don’t see enough special education resources out there, but when we do, we love to share ‘em. Here’s a solid one: check out this free website (aptly-titled “SpedApps”) for exploring apps for special education. Search apps by criteria like price and content, or review the collection and suggest new apps for the database...
The Realities (and Difficulties) of Teaching Special Education
SPED NATION: Becoming a special education teacher takes deep commitment and real grit. It’s not just about being creative with challenging students--it’s about coping with a staggering amount of paperwork. This week, NPR went into Utah teacher Stephanie Johnson’s special education classroom—and chronicle how administrative duties, diagnostic and IEP’s force her to face an “extremely difficult decision” every day...
Why Autistic Students May Be More Successful in Tech
REFOCUSING AUTISM: The singular and intense focus of autistic individuals is well-documented. What isn’t as widely known, however, is the prevailing unemployment among autistic individuals: 35 percent of young adults with autism have never had a job. A growing number of educators think the tech industry may offer the right jobs to end autistic underemployment, and companies like Microsoft and SAP are making pledges to hire autistic employees...
Google-Related Tools for Students with Special Needs
THE GOOGLE SPIN ON SPED: Here’s a handy list that you’ll want to bookmark: Ohio teacher Eric Curts compiled an 8-page collection of useful Google-related tools and features for users with special needs. From the beginner teachers (“Useful Websites”) to the Chrome-obsessed (“Classroom Management Extensions”), there’s something in this guide for everyone--and every student...
Rethinking Dyslexia: Tools to Help Kids in the Classroom
IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION: In a recent HBO documentary “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” teacher Kyle Redford discusses life with her dyslexic son, Dylan, and her efforts to bring about more awareness of the disorder. MindShift sat down with her to explore how technology has changed the game; this article includes 6+ tools to support dyslexic students in the classroom...
Florida Teacher's Resignation Letter Over Testing Goes Viral
I'M OUT: When Wendy Bradshaw of Willow Oak, Florida, posted her resignation letter from Polk County Public Schools on Facebook, she simply said, "Feel free to share if it strikes you as important." So far, 65,000 people felt it was just that.
University of Wisconsin Wins $20M Grant to Improve Tech for Disabled Students
DISABILITY INNOVATION: The Department of Education has awarded the University of Wisconsin a $20 million federal grant to pilot the Automated Personalization Computing Project (APCP). The project aims to  improve devices' capabilities to adjust to the user's preferences and abilities automatically, which would allow them to activate an interface tailored to their needs on any computer or software...
A Five-Step Approach to Special Education and 'Universal Design Learning'
FOR THE SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS: Just as there are different paths up Yosemite’s Half Dome—for climbers of all levels—so too should there be different paths to help “atypical” students be successful. So argues edtech startup, Goalbook in a recent white paper, “Different Paths Up the Same Mountain...