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Description: The Story of Movies is an interdisciplinary curriculum introducing students to classic cinema and the cultural, historical and artistic significance of film.
Description: School2Home is a program designed to help close the Achievement Gap and the Digital Divide by integrating the use of technology into teaching and learning at low-performing middle schools throughout California.
Description: NSTeens resources empower tweens (children ages 8 - 12) to make safer online choices through lessons taught in a series of animated videos highlighting the Internet-related adventures of a diverse cast of teenagers. Educators may reinforce the videos’ safety lessons through the use of accompanying activity cards. (The site is available in Spanish.)
Description: Journey North engages students and citizen scientists around the globe in tracking wildlife migration and seasonal change. Participants share field observations across the northern hemisphere, exploring the interrelated aspects of seasonal change. Journey North is a free, Internet-based program presented by Annenberg Learner, a division of the Annenberg Foundation. (Science)
Description: The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from the Beckman Institute's Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois supports K-16 classrooms worldwide. Bugscope allows teachers everywhere to provide students with the opportunity to become microscopists themselves—the kids propose experiments, explore insect...
Description: The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.
Description: Figure This! Mathematical challenges for families provide interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families. Funding for the project was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education.
Description: Gooru is a free search engine for learning that makes it easy for teachers to discover educational content, organize it into learning playlists, and teach and share it with students to study. (Discover your favorite Science, Math, Social Sciences and English Language Arts topics)
Description: The ICDL is a rich resource which can be used in a wonderfully wide range of situations by children, parents, teachers, librarians and others from all walks of life. Children can expand upon the stories to create games; parents can extract themes to help explain important lessons; teachers can utilize the multicultural nature of the collection to teach languages; librarians can enrich community outreach programs with tales from around the world and; of course, anyone can just open a book to read...
Description: CDC has FREE brochures, posters, fact sheets, and more for parents, health care providers, and public health professionals. These include: Hearing Loss Fact Sheet, Decision Guide to Communication Choices, Making a Plan for Your Child as well as Questions You May Want to Ask Your Child's Genetics Team or Medical Professional or Early Interventionists or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Doctor or Audiologist or Speech Language Pathologist (available in English and Spanish). There is also a Communication...
Description: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable...
Description: The newest AT in Action video, brought to you by FCTD and PACER, introduces Jared, a young man with cerebral palsy who controls his computer using a sip and puff switch. That computer access allows Jared to run a business creating dynamic graphics and websites.
Description: This reports on a group of high school students with learning disabilities who attend a dual-enrollment high school/college program that emphasizes the use of technology, including the Bookshare accessible library, to help students earn college credit while still in high school. The program offers a student-centered learning environment allowing seniors to complete required high school courses while accumulating college credits. Each student focuses on individual educational choices and academic...
Description: These practice items provide examples of the new content and increased rigor represented by the revised Standards of Learning (SOL) and illustrate the new Technology-Enhanced Item types for the mathematics, reading, science, and writing SOL tests. Technology-Enhanced Items (TEI) require students to indicate their responses in ways other than a multiple-choice format. Please note that the practice items are not intended to be a complete test and are not intended to cover all content for the grade...
Description: This lists the calculator model types that are allowed for each grade level. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: This symbol communication board was created as a tool to assist Paramedics and those in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in interacting with any individual for whom clear speech is difficult or impossible. Available in British English and dual-language American/Spanish. Who is it for? People with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Spoken language disorders, Poor articulation due to cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic injury, Non-English Speakers, Deaf individuals, Patients with Alzheimer’s...
Description: This symbol communication board was created as a tool to assist School Nurses in interacting with any individual for whom clear speech is difficult or impossible. Available in British English and dual-language American/Spanish. Who is it for? People with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Spoken language disorders, Poor articulation due to Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Traumatic Injury, Non-English Speakers, Deaf individuals, Patients with Alzheimer’s or similar syndromes, Lost or frightened...
Description: Boardmaker software is the premiere software among educators for creating printed symbol-based communication and educational materials. A drawing program combined with a graphics database, Boardmaker features more than 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) in both black-and-white and color, all in 44 languages. Ideal for creating printed materials! Click the link below to see all of the available downloads.
Description: This handbook may help guide your selection of Assistive Technology.
Description: The SETT Framework is a four part model intended to promote collaborative decision-making in all phases of assistive technology service design and delivery from consideration through implementation and evaluation of effectiveness. The SETT Scaffolds are a series of forms that, like architectural scaffolds, are designed to be used when and where needed. They are meant to be examples and can be adapted and changed to meet the needs of the people who are using them as long as credits to the...
Description: The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of personal digital assistants (PDAs) as task management tools in a sample of transition-age high school students with autism. Gentry, T., Wallace, J., Kvarfordt, C. & Lynch, K. (2010). Personal digital assistants as cognitive aids for high school students with autism: Results of a community-based trial. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 32(2), 101-107.
Description: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. This law applies to public elementary and secondary schools, among other entities. (parent, parents)
Description: This site contains a wide range of technology resource support sites, including information on apps, blogs, iPads, online tools, QR codes, screencasting, twitter and much more.
Description: Pepnet2 (pn2) recognizes the full range of postsecondary education and training options available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with co-occurring disabilities, and strives to enhance the capacity of those institutions to appropriately serve this diverse student population. Pn2 is a national collaboration of professionals with expertise in a broad array of content areas and a variety of environments, including research, technology, personnel development, media...
Description: On this website you will find books that have been adapted using the Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) and the Mayer-Johnson program BoardMaker©. The Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) are typically used by individuals who have difficulty being understood verbally or have severe difficulty with reading and writing. (AAC Resource)
Description: VDOE provides six-week facilitated online courses through a grant with Intel. These professional development courses are available to educators in Virginia at no cost. The courses are conducted all online (no face-to-face meetings needed) and take approximately 30 hours, or 5 hours per week, to complete. The courses are facilitated by Virginia educators. Participants will receive a certificate at the end that can be used towards 30 recertification points.
Description: This report looks at a variety of technology-based products and technology-assisted programs designed to improve the early literacy skills of children from birth through age 8. The report also provides information about available technologies for parents, educators and children, as well as what may be missing in current uses of technology by children.
Description: The revised Computer Technology Standards of Learning were approved by the Virginia Board of Education in February 2013. These standards outline the content and skills that teachers in Virginia are expected to integrate into their classrooms so that students are proficient in technology use.
Description: The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) works to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are hearing, including family members, service providers, and the general public.
Description: SMALL STEPS: A Parent-Infant Education Program for Families Raising Children who are Deaf,Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low Vision and DeafBlind...honoring the small steps that promote happy families... FREE services offered through The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
Description: A free public service, Virginia Relay connects people who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or speech disabled with standard telephone users, relaying the conversation between both parties. Relay services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with no limit on the number or length of calls a user may make.
Description: WonderBaby.org, a project funded by Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you'll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they've learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families.
Description: The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) maintains and promotes the Louis Database of Accessible Materials, named in honor of Louis Braille. Louis contains information on accessible print materials produced by about 160 organizations throughout the United States. These materials include books in braille, large print, audio, and electronic file format. Louis also lists products developed by APH.
Description: Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing...
Description: FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources. (This site is available in Spanish.)
Description: This site is intended to be an active community of graphics, pictures, and visual supports. Parents, professionals, and others can share graphics, pictures, and ideas to help individual students learn to use language and communicate the best they can. (AAC Resource)
Description: The Assistive Technology Network of Virginia addresses priorities of VDOE with centralized coordination, implementation, and dissemination of information about the laws which define AT devices and services, the process of consideration of AT by Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, and AT assessment and resources. It includes a section on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). In support of these priorities, the network has several initiatives which include: Developing...
Description: Cyberbullying is a growing problem and cannot be ignored by school administrations. To implement school-based cyberbullying intervention, administrators should use the three-tiered model—a model focused on prevention and intervention and incorporates a “whole school” approach to bullying prevention.
Description: Communication is an essential part of everyday life and is considered to be a profound and indisputable individual right. Impairment in communication is one of the diagnostic characteristics of ASD. This means that every student identified with an ASD will experience communication difficulties. It is now widely regarded that communication is an essential life skill and should be a primary goal for students with ASD.
Description: This site includes Books & Reading (Reading help, Book Lists), Child Development (Cognitive, Language, Physical), School Help (Grade-by-Grade Guides, Teacher-Parent Relationships), Activities, News & Blogs and Kids' Sites Early Learning Games.
Description: Nathan & Renee Charlan, parents of a child with special needs connected with and found insight from many exceptional families online through social networking, blogs and forums. This led to the creation of Exceptional Family TV, an online home destination for families raising children with special needs featuring an episodic online docu-reality series, along with blogs, news articles, a forum, and a place to connect. eFamilyTV focuses on parents/families/caregivers raising children with...
Description: This document highlights the correlation of Inspiration® with the 2010 English Language Arts Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - Middle School. The Inspiration Standards Match is designed to demonstrate the many ways Inspiration supports the standards and to give educators ideas for using this tool to meet learning goals across the curriculum.
Description: Theses resources for working with children with Blindness or Visual Impairment are available from the TTAC Lending Resources from the Kellar Library at George Mason University. No time to come to the library? No problem! Most items can be mailed to your school or home address. To see a list of resources, click on the attachment. (parent, parents) If you are interested in the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment, click the website listed beside "visit."
Description: This site is devoted to providing helpful information, tools, and resources for brain injury survivors, families, friends, and caregivers. Sections include: Learn about TBI, Recommended Books, Discussion Lists, Organizations, For Caregivers, Relearning for Daily Life, Managing Daily Life at Home, Work and Play About Assistive Technology.
Description: You can enable Restrictions, also known as Parental Controls, on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to prevent access to specific features. Learn more about the types of Restrictions that are available, as well as how to enable or disable Restrictions on your device.
Description: This website contains a wide range of resources with information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Description: Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) is working to ensure that students with disabilities receive assistive technology devices and services when needed to benefit from a free, appropriate public education.
Description: The Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) provides training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities. OTAP services are available to anyone concerned with the needs of Oregon's children with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one. The program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
Description: Established by Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education (CTE), the Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) provides assistive technology specialists information on the most up-to-date AT policies, practices, and devices.
Description: The WATI website provides the resource manual for Assessing Student's Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNA): the complete version and by individual chapters. The WATI Student Information Guide Process Forms (AT for Seating, Positioning and Mobility, AT for Communication, AT for Computer Access, AT for Motor Aspects of Writing, AT for Composition of Written Material, AT for Reading, AT for Mathematics, AT for Organization, AT for Recreation and Leisure, AT for Blind / Low Vision, AT for Deaf /...