Currently in our curriculum, one of the tools I love to utilize is a program entitled Kurzweil. Kurzweil is a powerful way for students who struggle with printed text to access curriculum materials so they can keep up with assigned reading, learn critical study skills, and successfully complete writing projects and tests independently. Kurzweil is utilized at grades 5 through 12 in our district. The software can access virtually any document or publication-printed or electronic. It reads text aloud for auditory support while a patented dual-highlighting feature provides visual reinforcement of on screen text.For more about Kurzweil, check out their website: www.kurzweiledu.comSince "apps" have become part our vocabulary in the 21st century, here are some free apps that have been very helpful to students with disabilities:
Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages.myHomework is a great app to help students get organized, prepare for upcoming assignments, and develop a plan to study for assessments.Khan Academy features some incredible videos by experts hoping to educate viewers about anything and everything they might find interesting.Evernote Peek is a truly revolutionary notecard app. It takes advantage of the iPad 2's SmartCover. Simply close and peek inside for your question. If you lift it a bit higher you will see the answer.The age of technology is moving onward, and the race to become the Jetsons is greater than ever! Computers are getting smaller and faster, and we are finding more and more ways to computerize our lives (i.e. TV sets in our refrigerators!) Technology has begun to show itself in our everyday classrooms, and only will become more prevalant in our future. Check out the following presentations I have done on Assistive Technology, a concept that I truly believe can help any person in their everyday lives.
Click here to download a copy of Assistive Technology and Kurzweil PowerPoint Presentation - 4/17/2007
Click here to download a copy on Assistive Technology in USC Presentation - 12/8/2009
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