Originally posted on the Microsoft Education blog on 17th May by Jameson Lee, Assistive Technology Coordinator of Special Education.
At the start of the school year, our special education team established the goal to deepen the purposeful use of technology to support struggling students, especially for those with special education needs and disabilities. This goal was based on the belief that all students should have an opportunity to be a part of an inclusive learning environment, where diversity is embraced, celebrated and valued by all members of the school community.… Visit the author's original post
Today, Microsoft joins in marking the sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day dedicated to raising awareness around accessibility in the digital world. In honor of this day and to help create more inclusive school and classroom environments, the Microsoft Education Team would like to encourage all educators to explore a new Microsoft Educator Community training course, brought to you by Microsoft Innovative Educators who work in Special Education.
At the start of the school year, our special education team established the goal to deepen the purposeful use of technology to support struggling students, especially for those with special education needs and disabilities. This goal was based on the belief that all students should have an opportunity to be a part of an inclusive learning environment, where diversity is embraced, celebrated and valued by all members of the school community.
To identify specific strategies and tools to improve learning for all students, we needed to prioritize students first and technology tools second.… Visit the author's original post
Jeff Petty, Principle Program Manager, Accessibility Daniel Hubbell, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility
Microsoft Corporation Seattle
For students with unique learning needs – and their teachers – one-size-fits-all education tools don’t always work. It’s not a small problem. In fact, an estimated 1 in 5 students are dealing with dyslexia, and over 70 percent of classrooms have special education students or readers that span four or more grade levels. But thanks to the efforts of Microsoft’s Accessibility team, and team members like Jeff Petty and Daniel Hubbell, educators now have help.… Visit the author's original post
This latest extract from #TheFeed is written by teacher Gerald Haigh, the piece focuses on a special school, with the majority of the students on the autism spectrum. The school has just updated the way technology is used in the classroom to enhance learning in ways like never before.
More information about the schools, together with details and timetables of the CPD programmes on offer, together with information on booking are available here.
#TheFeed – Special Report: The Fosse Way Document, by Gerald Haigh
Fosse Way School, a special school for 209 pupils, a majority on the autistic spectrum, in Radstock, near the City of Bath has just had a complete update of the way technology is used for learning.… Visit the author's original post
#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.
This extract is from the Microsoft in Education team, and looks at the latest updates and additions to the Learning Tools add-in for OneNote, all within the context of a recent BDA study conducted with a Surrey school to see how experiences outcomes can be improved for SEND learners through the introduction of appropriate technology.… Visit the author's original post
Guest post by Robin Lowell. Robin Lowell is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, and a special education, science, and mathematics teacher, as well as teacher of blind and visually impaired students. She partnered with the Microsoft in Education team to deliver this accessibility training for members of the Microsoft Educator Community.
As a special education teacher, I am constantly trying to create an environment for my students with learning differences that is personalized, differentiated and yet as close to their peers’ experience as possible.… Visit the author's original post
Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer, who shares her tips on using OneNote Class Notebook. OneNote Class Notebook is a digital notebook that has a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities. If you are not yet using it in your classroom, we have great news: now all teachers can use the OneNote Class Notebook, even if you do not currently have Office 365.
Have you heard about the OneNote Class Notebook? It’s a digital notebook that has a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities. If you are not yet using it in your classroom, we have great news: now all teachers can use the OneNote Class Notebook, even if you do not currently have Office 365.… Visit the author's original post
Motivation is crucial to learning. Without motivation, students are prone to just memorizing information or crunching for an exam instead of immersing themselves to really learn about the topic. Ideally, with high motivation, surrounded by a culture of learning and supported by a community of experts, students can learn deeply, actively share information, and even create new knowledge. Read ideas on different ways of motivating students with digital learning tools and technologies.
Motivation is crucial to learning. Without motivation, students are prone to just memorizing information or crunching for an exam instead of immersing themselves to really learn about the topic. Ideally, with high motivation, surrounded by a culture of learning and supported by a community of experts, students can learn deeply, actively share information, and even create new knowledge.
Teachers are busy people. While juggling student instruction, assignment review, lesson preparation, and professional development, you need technology to work for you, not against you. Here are some nifty time-saving techniques so you can focus on the things that matter.
This is a story of struggle, perseverance, and ultimately, triumph.
Our story starts with a young Kyle Madinger, born on Christmas. “Kyle was a Christmas baby, and was always the youngest in the class,” his father Brent tells us. “So he was always a little behind developmentally.”
For Kyle, this presented itself through organizational and legibility issues in particular. His challenges led him into homeschooling and a special education classroom.
Then, in middle school, something life-changing happened: “One of his educators suggested a tablet as a way to get him better engaged with school,” says his father.… Visit the author's original post
Innovation is a word we use a lot here at Daily Edventures. Whether you’re a teacher or a school leader, pushing innovative learning is likely top-of-mind every day.
Spurring innovation is also top-of-mind here at Microsoft. For the second year in a row, Microsoft employees took time away from their day-to-day tasks to take part in a one-week, company-wide “hackathon” that brings together teams from across the country. This year, over 3000 projects were entered, each built to change lives for the better through the use of technology.… Visit the author's original post
Our global Office blog recently published an excellent article from a teacher in the US, sharing their experiences of using OneNote for students with autism. They found it supported their use of tablets and interactive whiteboards in the classroom, with the OneNote notebook allowing students with autism to engage in interactive exercises, and bringing together the learning journey for students and teachers across the different devices.
Alexis Parker, the teacher from Florida, introduces her students briefly before sharing her professional practice:
I am a special education teacher for kindergarten through 5th-grade students who are highly impacted with autism.
During the last week of July Microsoft employees around the world participated in our //oneweek Hackathon, where teams create projects with technology to solve small and big problems. Some of the ideas are just fun things that go nowhere, and others end up being built into products that you then end up using. It’s volunteering at it’s best because people get to forget their day job for a week, and do something they are truly passionate about. And many of the teams go all out - working for weeks in advance of the Hackathon, and then virtually living with their Hackathon team for the week whilst they code, test, sleep and eat pizza.… Visit the author's original post
The Internet allows us all to relive our glory days. If you celebrate Wayback Wednesay, Throwback Thursday, or Flashback Friday (with their associated social media hashtags, of course), some of the images, videos and memories might time travel you back to 1990.
If that’s a year that’s near and dear to you, perhaps you would fondly remember looking forward to an episode of a new cartoon called, “The Simpsons”, or maybe you waited with anticipation for the first imagines to come from the Hubble Telescope.… Visit the author's original post
The excitement of a toddler who has just said their first words is a special and treasured moment. Parents wait in anticipation to hear their child’s first comprehensible word and the thrill of hearing their precious child take their first steps into a world where they can communicate using words and sentences is always a happy moment. Granted, whilst many parents are disappointed to discover that their child’s first utterance is the dreaded “no”, their accomplishment of such an incredible milestone is always celebrated nonetheless.… Visit the author's original post
The Microsoft Support team run the “Microsoft Disability Answer Desk” service, and have just announced that it’s now available for Australian customers, to allow you to get telephone support from Microsoft for accessibility questions. This service allows you to call a toll-free number and speak with an expert who can provide support for accessibility questions and assistive technology.
Cortana is the intelligent voice-activated assistant on a Windows Phone - described as ‘your personal assistant in your phone’ - and it provides a new way of interacting with other people and your phone. I’ve been using Cortana on my phone for a while now, using the Developer Preview of Windows 8.1 and over time I’ve discovered some great things it can do for me (I most often use it to send an SMS as I’m leaving the office, remind me about something when I arrive somewhere, and to check information in my calendar).… Visit the author's original post
Score one for our visually-impaired learners. Windows-Eyes is a screen reader for Windows that reads everything on your desktop with voice or attached braille reading devices. The app supports a variety of languages to provide accessibility to new language learners. Additionally, Window-Eyes runs on every version of Windows since the venerable XP.
Watch the video below for a demo and more details.
I have purposefully buried the lead on this one. The app is available as a free license if you are already have a fully-licensed version of Microsoft Office 2010 or later. … Visit the author's original post
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