This sounds great- immersive glasses that allow the legally blind to see ( must have some residual sight)
Thanks to Dave Banes for this post:-
Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology of the Week 32/17 – Natural Reader
Natural Reader is a well established text to speech technology that works across a variety of platforms. Windows, Android, iOS and online.
NaturalReader Online is a text-to-speech web application with high quality premium voices for personal use only. Login from any computer to convert any written text such as MS Word, PDF files, non-DRM eBooks, and webpages into spoken natural sounding speech.
Windows and Mac
NaturalReader is a text-to-speech software for personal use. This easy-to-use software with natural-sounding voices can read to you any text such as Microsoft Word files, webpages, PDF files, and E-mails.
I usually write about ICT and SEN but found this article interesting both as a teacher and a researcher. I feel that collaborative inquiry amongst teachers from similar disciplines a great way to engage and motivate teachers and students. It sounds simple but the usual excuses of not enough time or finances seems to impede such things. So why not consider the long view and get senior management teams to consider planning a three year programme. MirandaNet can help put the academic element together with you and this would benefit the school in several ways:-
- relates the the real issues of classroom practise
- combines theory and practise whilst teaching a theoretical method to those unfamiliar with it.
- sense of achievement through being in control of the research
- joint ownership of the approach that is…
- .. non-threatening due to peer mentoring
- fresh ideas and new directions can emerge through the process of research
- and a nice carrot of a certificate or outcome that is tangible would be good but I am sure not always certain.
Anyway, why not read for yourself and make some enquiries from Dr Gary Jones, University of Bristol, about it as an alternative to your usual CPD:-
Having seen a live feed using this app I was impressed by the way it makes using Facebook as a webinair tool a possibility. You can use one or two cameras which means you can have one camera showing the slides while the other camera can show how to do a task.
This makes running a live presentation a doodle and comments about the presentation can be fed back instantly to the user. It really is a powerful tool on the iPad and something I wanted to write about.
For more details take a look at:-
There is a 14 day free trial. I like the way you can make comments as you do the presentation,
It’s tough for parents to find out their child might have a learning disability. Especially if it’s not something the parent has ever experienced before. Of course, there is so much information to sift through that it can become incredibly overwhelming, especially if the diagnosis is unexpected or comes later in the child’s academic career. Fortunately, there is an abundance of expertise available to help children and teens with learning disabilities overcome their obstacles.
To help eliminate some of the frustration parents face, I’ve gathered a list of resources. I think there is some great information here, and I’m hopeful you think your readers will benefit from what I’m sharing. This post is shared at http://aas123.org/online-resources/?
I hope you will find these resources useful and informative. Parents need all the information they can get, but parents with special needs children more so.
Submitted by Kathleen Carter , Educator Labs
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The link below takes you to AbilityNet’s website where Alex is being demonstrated via a Yotube video, Read and learn how Alex could be used as an Assistive Technology tool:-