Tuesday, March 26, 2013

B.Y.O.D or B.Y.O.T. or U.D.!?!?

Nothing like education to spit out endless acronyms, so if you are in the know, you are smart! While educators have been talking about Universal Design, and sometimes implementing accommodations, modifications, and technology into their entire classrooms so that all students can find what works to support their learning, we now have NO EXCUSE with ubiquitous technology and amazing software and apps! Bring your own technology or device - B.Y.O.T. - is here!  Let's use it! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ghotit At It Again!

Check out Ghotit, the spell checker especially useful for dyslexic learners.  Looks like they have added features to their software. Not only will Ghotit check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation, you can also listen to words and their definitions to help make your selection. Plus, there are other features, such as word prediction for writing....Let me know if you use this!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Using Audio to Support Reading Comprehension

Thanks to technology, integrating audio support for reading is even easier for classroom teachers to integrate as part of their Universal Design.  Check out Learning Ally - formerly RFB&D.  Multi-sensory input coordinates neural networks to more accurately process information.  Classrooms that incorporate iPads, or computers, can incorporate text-to-speech software as well as speech-to-text, to add tools for learning for each and every student.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Comprehension Strategies

I love the information available for us!  Here are a couple good articles on strategies for improving comprehension and working with students who have delays in the language system! Plus, these strategies are useful for all learners.  I love the LDOnline website as a huge repository of information and an excellent starting place for researching ideas.

Check out this article on Helping Children with Learning Disabilities Understand What They Read.

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