K-12 Spaces

Five Top Technology Trends in Special Education

Source: Education Week

Source: Education Week

Source: Benjamin Herold, Education Week

Greater Personalization

Google is expanding its web-based Chromebooks for K-12 students. Here, students can sign into their profile in the G Suite and have the same accessibility setting from any device. These settings include, “Select-to-speak” features, which highlights a given text and has it read back to the user. Also, there artificially intelligent tools that can help predict and translate for writing and reading.

Early Screening

Researchers are the University of California, San Francisco and Boston Children’s Hospital are leading efforts in developing new mobile early-screening apps used in houses and health-care facilities. These products will screen for delays in a child’s development with motor skills, language, social-emotional abilities and cognitive processing. The main point that all researchers, especially the one’s from start up company, Babynoggin, stress is that these resources are here to make sure less children fall through the cracks of being without being diagnosed.

Virtual Reality

By using literature written on “effective ways to develop social competencies and skills” for students with autism and learning disabilities, Sean J. Smith at the University of Kansas believes is a virtual-reality environment that can be effective. Multiple environments and scenarios have been created to allow students to interact with avatars and situations where they must respond. These real-life examples can help children to understand and feel more comfortable is certain settings.

Making Computer Science Accessible for All

Incorporating a computer science curriculum that is more inclusive can help all students develop their skills. This includes programs that allow students unable to use the mouse, still enjoy and learn. The goal is to eventually create a “toolkit” that will be integrated into a large portion of programs that can read code aloud in different languages.

Making ‘Open’ More Open

CAST, a nonprofit that helps to spread principles for universal learning has a five year grant to hep tackle problems concerning open educational resources (OER). One goal is to create tools that will make it easier for OER creators to put their content and information on more accessible formats. CAST wants to develop a tool that helps students to learn what kind of customized, built-in digital learning works best for them. Also they want to make it easier for users to have a text-to-speech option.

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Alisa Verratti