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Description: Smartphones and tablets have only become ubiquitous in the last decade — but now, most of us can’t imagine life without them. Mobile devices have changed the way we communicate, access information, and learn. The possibilities they’ve opened up have also changed the way we interact with and think about subjects many people have trouble with, like math. Happily, there are a now multitude of mobile apps and computer programs that make numbers fun for all ages, and provide the...
Description: The following kids app reviews represent some of the best kids apps found in iTunes and the Android marketplaces. We cull the app marketplaces, talk with kids app developers, pay attention to the app buzz, and download and play 1000s of children's apps every year. We don’t spend much time writing about kids apps that we don’t think are worth your child’s time, thus most kids apps reviewed on this site get a rating of 3 stars or higher. That said, not all of these apps have...
Description: The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.
Description: Explore our Web site to learn how we are living our mission to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. The DCMP is an idea that works thanks to funding by the U.S. Department of Education and administration by the National Association of the Deaf. Services The DCMP provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf,...
Description: The vision of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (hereafter known as The Departments) is that 1) all young children will have adults in their lives who are well-informed on how to use technology to support learning at various ages; and 2) all young children will have opportunities to learn, explore, play, and communicate through a multitude of approaches, including the use of technology. The purpose of this policy brief is to:...
Description: All students in tested grade levels and courses are expected to participate in Virginia’s assessment program, unless specifically exempted by state or federal law or by Board of Education regulations. Virginia’s assessment system includes students with disabilities and limited English proficient (LEP) students. Students with disabilities and LEP students may take Standards of Learning tests with or without accommodations or they may be assessed through alternate or alternative...
Description: School success depends on a student’s ability to plan, organize and prioritize tasks, materials, and information; separate main ideas from details; think flexibly; memorize content; and monitor progress toward completing tasks. This webcast will introduce strategies using low tech to high tech tools for developing these executive functioning skills for students on the Autism Spectrum.
Description: Learn24VA is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia529 College Savings Plan. This portal aggregates digital tools, content, and resources to support teaching and learning 24/7. The site quickly searches for Virginia-approved online courses by subject. For example, when you type "German" in the search box, all of the approved German courses would appear in a list.
Description: This site includes: Low Tech Options, App Organizers, Chrome Extensions, and Computer Options.
Description: Designed for educators, AT specialists, and therapists on a shoestring budget, this webcast integrates low to high tech AT into math and science instruction for students with multiple learning preferences and differing abilities, for little or no cost. Learn how to create: accessible math and science resources for differentiated instruction, including: scientific process and math sequence ropes; customized graph paper; graphic organizers; item banks; electronic timers; mini-offices; virtual and...
Description: These include: Universal Design for Learning: From Theory to Practice, Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning, UDL Myths & Misconceptions, CAST and Project OPEN Present UDL On Campus, UDL Now!, A Discussion on UDL and Learner Variability, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, A Book Discussion, UDL Implementation: Are You Ready?
Description: This 2014 multimedia book, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, can be accessed at no cost.
Description: It is a place to browse and build resources, lessons and collections. You can use and share these materials to support instruction guided by the UDL principles.
Description: The Assistive Technology program prepares you to expertly engage with people who have disabilities and offer them innovative options for home, work, school or community. This 100% online graduate program is from the Top 20 ranked special education division at George Mason University (GMU), where assistive technology has been a special focus of research for more than 30 years.
Description: Founded in 2009, the National UDL Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information UDL Basics, Advocacy, Implementation, Research, Community, and Resources.
Description: The UDL Guidelines, an articulation of the UDL framework, can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula.
Description: For many educators, applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles is viewed as a philosophical approach for designing curriculum, shaping instruction, selecting instructional materials/technology, and developing assessments that provide greater access to learning for all students. Designing curriculum and instruction for diverse learners using the principles of UDL at the outset enhances the classroom environment and requires less retrofitting and adaptation by classroom teachers.
Description: VDOE provides targeted professional development through Mathematics Institutes. Since 2009, the institutes were framed by the following five goals: students of becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, making mathematical connections, and using mathematical representations to model and interpret practical situations. Resources are available from the 2014 through 2009 Mathematics Institutes.
Description: TED-Ed is a site dedicated to lessons worth sharing. TED, which is known for their stunning video lecture series, has launched a new service that focuses on lessons and education. Teachers, other experts, and pretty much anyone can send an audio file which TED-Ed will animate and place on their site to share with the world. It is a stunning effort powered by real educators and volunteer animation experts. The results are fantastic and engaging. This is another strong entry for those teachers...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is providing additional information to further clarify the eligibility requirements for students who are identified with a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction to receive free accessible instructional materials through AIM-VA. (Superintendent's Memo- January 9, 2015)
Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching, learning, curriculum development and assessment that uses new technologies to respond to a variety of individual learner differences. IDEA 2004 defines Universal design using the same definition as the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. (The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, ECTA)
Description: The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the addition of new resources to the Standards of Learning (SOL) & Testing Web site. These resources have been developed to support school divisions as they prepare for the implementation of computer adaptive testing.
Description: If your child has a special need or learning difference, you've come to the right place. Common Sense Media gets lots of requests for product recommendations from parents whose kids struggle with traditional learning. Some of their kids have a hard time with schoolwork; others have trouble staying on task or find it difficult to express their feelings.
Description: Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) is committed to helping the families and caretakers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective. Our aim is that these videos, along with relevant information and advice from an independent source you can trust, provides valuable insight into whether a...
Description: BridgingApps is a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston that provides access to educational and therapeutic tools—anywhere, anytime—allowing parents, teachers, and therapists to effectively use mobile devices and apps to target and improve individual skill development to help children and adults with disabilities reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development.
Description: As an interim measure in advance of issuing tactile-enhanced Federal Reserve notes, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals.
Description: EconEdLink is the leading source of online economic & personal finance lessons & resources for educators, students and afterschool providers.
Description: A critical part of improving developmental and educational results for children with disabilities is using effective practices in early intervention, wherever services are being provided—an agency setting, the home, and across the child’s natural environment.
Description: Teachers around the world use the visual Time Timer as their classroom timer. The intuitive visual countdown helps students of all ages see and understand the passage of time. The quiet visual countdown can help the whole family make every moment count.
Description: This site brings together the range of web-based content available through Perkins School for the Blind for teachers, families, and others interested in the education of children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with deafblindness or additional disabilities.
Description: Our products are developed to teach reading, writing, math, safety, social skills, self-determination, communication, and work/life skills to children and adults with special needs. Using interactive software, our educational programs combine instructive lessons with games designed to engage and challenge learners with special needs at any age. Our learning materials, software, and AAC (augmentative alternative communication) devices offer cutting-edge solutions to help children and adults with...
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Description: Released tests are representative of the content and skills included in the Virginia SOL tests and are provided to assist in understanding the format of the tests and questions. Some items on the mathematics tests released in spring 2014 were replaced with items of similar content to preserve the integrity of the test item bank. In addition, test item sets rather than full released tests are being provided for History & Social Science tests in 2014 to protect these item banks. The answers to...
Description: Many school divisions are working to improve student performance on standards of learning tests, yet few are thinking about the power of assistive technology. How can you bust the barriers to the use of AT in these endeavors? Dr. Reed will draw on research from many fields to suggest critical actions that you can use to gain support for assistive technology. Participate in this webinar and become a barrier buster! Note: You will need to sign in to your TTAC Online Account to access this Archived...
Description: This section includes information on: Accommodations Assessment Assistive Technology Behavior and Discipline Child Find Critical Area Self-Assessment Questions Disability Specific Documents Educational Interpreters English Language Learners Extended School Year Services Funding and Grants Health Guidance IEP Inclusion Resources Instruction Paraprofessional Prior Written Notice Parent Involvement Section 504 Resources Secondary Transition Services
Description: The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational programs to help: POLICY MAKERS use evidence to make informed choices. PRINCIPALS choose proven programs to meet state standards. TEACHERS use the most powerful tools available. RESEARCHERS find rigorous evaluations of educational programs. ...because all children deserve the best in education.
Description: The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for math instruction (K-12 emphasis).
Description: NCTM Illuminations provides quality standards-based resources at no cost for teaching and learning mathematics, including over 100 interactive tools for students and instructional support for teachers. Our Resources Lessons and interactives searchable by NCTM’s Principles and Standards and by the Common Core State Standards. Over 700 lesson plans Over 100 activities; these are virtual manipulatives, applets, and games 13 Calculation Nation® games Play online math...
Description: The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. Our goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions. We focus on the results from high-quality research to answer the question “What works in education?” Topics include: Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Behavior, Children and Youth with Disabilities, English Learners, Teacher...
Description: Resources for this handout were collected from numerous recommendations from colleagues,students, SWAAAC team members, and personal research. Whenever possible the description from the iTunes store was included. Apps are generally categorized by the most appropriate association. It should be noted that many apps could fall into more than one category. (iPad, iPads, iTouch, Time Management, Math, Music, Reading, Writing, Art, Science, Social Studies, Communication, Vision, Hearing)
Description: Ever-evolving mobile technologies offer hope to students who have a learning disability like dyscalculia or dyslexia. My daughter (who has dyslexia) and I researched and/or tested all of the apps, and we think they’re especially helpful to the student with LD in dealing with math – whether it’s for schoolwork or some other kind of everyday challenge (like figuring out how much something really costs).
Description: This company provides a variety of talking calculators that range in price.
Description: All of the free trials are fully-functioning versions of the products but each is limited in the number of times it can be used. These include: Worksheet Wizard, Write Now, Literacy Productivity Pack, Talking Word Processor, PDF Equalizer, E-Text Reader, Universal Reader Plus, English Talking Dictionary, Scan and Read Pro, Text-To-Audio, Text Cloner Pro, Magnify It (Available for free), Talking Calculator (Available for free), Literacy Productivity Mac Pack, and English Talking Dictionary Mac.
Description: Figure This! Mathematical challenges for families provide interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families. Funding for the project was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education.
Description: Gooru is a free search engine for learning that makes it easy for teachers to discover educational content, organize it into learning playlists, and teach and share it with students to study. (Discover your favorite Science, Math, Social Sciences and English Language Arts topics)
Description: The newest AT in Action video, brought to you by FCTD and PACER, introduces Jared, a young man with cerebral palsy who controls his computer using a sip and puff switch. That computer access allows Jared to run a business creating dynamic graphics and websites.
Description: This lists the calculator model types that are allowed for each grade level. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: Boardmaker software is the premiere software among educators for creating printed symbol-based communication and educational materials. A drawing program combined with a graphics database, Boardmaker features more than 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) in both black-and-white and color, all in 44 languages. Ideal for creating printed materials! Click the link below to see all of the available downloads.
Description: This handbook may help guide your selection of Assistive Technology.
Description: The SETT Framework is a four part model intended to promote collaborative decision-making in all phases of assistive technology service design and delivery from consideration through implementation and evaluation of effectiveness. The SETT Scaffolds are a series of forms that, like architectural scaffolds, are designed to be used when and where needed. They are meant to be examples and can be adapted and changed to meet the needs of the people who are using them as long as credits to the...