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Looking for assistive technology for persons with disabilities or other special needs to give them access to today's technologically oriented world, perhaps for free? Then look to Premier Assistive Technologies. They have developed a complete suite of products that address reading and information transfer needs for individuals with visual and mobility challenges. And what's more is that they have a grant program for public schools to receive their software free. Just fill out a simple grant application for approval and be on your way to implementing assistive technologies for those with learning disabilities and limited English proficient students (LEP).
The TIE Project, Technology Infused Education, is a statewide initiative in Arkansas funded through an EETT grant. The purpose of this project is to offer consistency across the state for technology trainings. Each education cooperative in the state has trainers that help present sessions on various modules. They also help write modules based on their levels of expertise. Benefits of TIE include having a common language across the state, increased integration of technology, and help meeting the six-hour technology professional development mandate. One of the biggest benefits is technology “for teachers, by teachers.”
The education department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art created this highly interactive, free website that is both content and activity rich. Artists from the 20th and 21st century are explored through their work and lives within a historical setting. Activities are included for visual arts, language arts, and social studies. Content is appropriate for 4th grade through college.
This video clip runs about two and one-half minutes and provides an easy-to-understand overview of Twitter. Appropriate for personal use, you can also share with staff and parents who might be curious about what micro-blogging is all about.
VMath published by Voyager Learning gives students in grades two through eight on line access to an intensive math intervention program 24/7. Students work in a game like environment with a variety of supportive tutorials. Users can switch between English and Spanish. Teachers can assign specific skill levels and view on line progress reports. There is an annual subscription fee or individual users, classroom groupings, and site licenses as well. The publisher promises State specific test prep in the near future.
Public Broadcasting System (PBS) TeacherLine is considered an excellent website resource for PreK-12 educators who are seeking to advance their careers or enhance their skills with standards and research-based graduate level courses in a flexible schedule. Educators can join the organization for free. This website also supports districts by offering options to enhance districts’ professional development offerings. More specifically, PBS TeacherLine offers high quality online professional development opportunities for educators covering the core subjects (Math, Reading and Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and History) and Instructional Strategies, Instructional Technology, and STEM. PBS TeacherLine has been recognized for its excellence by organizations such as the United States Distance Learning Association, National Educational Association, and the Software and Information Industry Association.
Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Speciality K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context and include the use of technology.