Technology

July 22, 2015

Free Webinars from well-respected sources are plentiful this summer. All found here advance the use of accessible educational materials and technology devices with learning supports. These go a long way to help students stay on grade, reach individualized education goals, and master district objectives and their state standards of learning. Accessible materials are the only way to close an...

July 24, 2015

From a reader:

Any thoughts on top 2 or 3 literacy concepts on which you would focus librarians? Grades 4-8?

My response:

Let me say how happy I am that you are available to students and teachers. As I make my way across the country I find fewer and fewer school-based librarians. Unfortunately, you appear to be part of a...

June 25, 2015

"Libraries play a catalytic role in the lives of people with disabilities by facilitating their full participation in society. Libraries should use strategies based upon the principles of universal design to ensure that library policy, resources and services meet the needs of all people," according to the School Libary Journal (SLJ).

Serving All

The publication bills itself as "the...

June 2, 2015

To be sure teachers and related services personnel offer top summer learning ideas that include accessible educational materials (AEM) here are suggestions from reliable resources that can stand up to learning demands all year long.

AT + UDL

The AT (Assistive Technology) + UDL (Universal Design for Learning) experts have a long list of suggestions in the...

June 1, 2015

Meet two ambassadors for summer reading who are advocating for high quality summer learning experiences that boost literacy and establish a habit of reading.

Hear ideas from Georgia Madsen, a second grade teacher, Rice Lake Area School District, and Katherine Elchert, librarian from the Rice Lake Public Library in Wisconsin as they make recommendations in the video embedded...

June 19, 2015

Of course, diversions from a schoolyear workload should be high on the "things to do" list when the summer break starts; but a knowing staff at the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) understands that a teacher's search for ways to support students and assure their success is never put aside.

June 9, 2015

Carol goes bug hunting with her three-year-old son Taylor, and realizes a great adventure can be had right at home, alongside bug-themed books and apps.

Our bug exploration started on Taylor’s last day of pre-school. As a parting gift, his teachers had put together a summer care package for the kids, a giant green bucket filled with goodies to use during the summer. To Taylor’...

May 29, 2015

Here's list to grow readers from the world of audiobooks, the format for learning that engages struggling and other readers when books in print do not.

The format, that is essential for students with print disabilities, helps learners access the same books that their peers are reading in print. The literacy that can result from "ear reading" creates "academic" knowledge and the "social...

May 22, 2015

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb is a trailer from Libro.fm. Viewing the video is a strategy that could engage readers with an audiobook and its author and or illustrator before listening....

May 19, 2015

Get in the groove for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 21st! Events, both virtual and live, are scheduled around the world for this annual event on the third Thursday of May.

Educators, designers, developers, usability professionals, and...

May 12, 2015

Summer reading can be painful when decoding problems and/or a slow reading rate means a child or teen will struggle to read traditional books in print. Instead, reading accessible book formats can turn the experience into something exciting—reading for pleasure.

Alternative Formats

Audiobooks, especially those that have built-in learning supports that some learners need, help to...

May 8, 2015

It is Mother's Day weekend. Reading books together can build strong connections between moms and their daughters, says the popular education and advocacy group that promotes safe technology and media for children.

In fact, Common Sense Media advises that in order to form those bonds a...

May 6, 2015

Lucky guests can set aside "author studies" today, May 6. They will learn about literacy from the masters when the authors of Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Jon Scieszka), The Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson), and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Kate DiCamillo) convene at the Library of Congress (LOC) for an event that is open to the public and sure...

May 5, 2015

So many special education webinars, so little time. It is hard to choose. But, podcasts can be a short, sweet, and entertaining opportunity to inform teaching and learning.

Jump On In

When Sharon Plante uses her combined expertise of technology in education and learning disabilities for her #spedchat "Learning Differently" podcast interviews, the BAM Radio Network's Special Education...

April 24, 2015

Young people with dyslexia and other print disabilities need the same opportunities for social-emotional learning as their peers. Some of this growth occurs as they read books. A student with a print disability needs the same benefit from literature; but this student requires an accessible version in order to access the text. This is possible at no cost and happening for students whose...

April 23, 2015

Interactive books and e-books in digital formats move readers who struggle with print beyond their decoding difficulties and their slow reading rates into a new world of learning.

Learning Digitally

Accessibility features increasing are improving in digital book editions, and they are built-in from the start. Interacting with curriculum content stands to enrich vocabulary and aid...

March 26, 2015

The SXSWedu Conference & Festival announced on March 12 that Zaption is the winner of the fourth annual LAUNCHedu startup competition. This instructional tool that aids project-based learning seems to have an equally valuable place for classrooms where differentiation or curriculum modification happens regularly. The problem with differentiating and modifying the curriculum is how...

March 11, 2015

Digital Learning Day on March 13 is an important time to remember that all digital text is not accessible. The focus for future digital purchases should be on products where digital text and images of all kinds are accessible to the widest range of students. 

Wise Buys

Buying accessible products – those that serve a diverse range of learning needs – is easier now as compared...

March 7, 2015

Digital Learning Day 2015 (#DLD) on March 13 is a chance to spread the important message that not all digital text is accessible. Moreover for the first time this year, educators can promote what "accessible digital" learning looks like by logging an activity...

March 6, 2015

Captioned films aid instruction for students who struggle with decoding text and/or understanding language.

This month accessible media enlivens Women's History Month. This annual celebration lead by the National Women's History Project...

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