AAC Resources for the Classroom

AAC Resources for the Classroom

I’ve learned a lot about AAC technologies over the last 15 years.  I often say that I don’t know everything, but I can probably tell you how and where to learn more.  Because I provide direct technology support and training to educational teams for many students with impaired language and communication skills, I have gathered […]

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Google in The Classroom; Tutorial Help

Google in The Classroom; Tutorial Help

I love Google and all the great things they’ve brought us to use in the classroom, but it can be overwhelming to find and learn to use what may be appropriate for your needs, especially if you’re just getting started.  I always tell my training audiences, “I can’t know everything on every topic, but I […]

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All Things Google…

All Things Google…

I love my iPad as much as any tech specialist, but there’s also much to love about Chrome and the supports found in Google Classroom! It hasn’t been that long since districts were forced to choose between using Windows or Apple operating systems, but not today. Many of my schools employ both platforms for different […]

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Teaching Students with Autism sessions

Teaching Students with Autism sessions

Our educational cooperative hosts workshops across the state for teachers and clinicians working with the special needs population in our schools and I have to say that this has been one of my personal favorites.  Our speaker, Ms. Mo Buti, has been a special education teacher, administrator, and Coordinator for Autism services for Chicago Public […]

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Special World Magazine by Inclusive Technology

Special World Magazine by Inclusive Technology

I love Inclusive Technology!  This outstanding company creates some of the best software, apps, and accessibility products for children with special needs.  Although based in Great Britain, all materials are available through their US partner, Inclusive TLC.  Now they’ve gone even further toward offering support to teachers and therapists using assistive technologies in the school […]

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Bookshare Web Reader Update

Bookshare Web Reader Update

I love Bookshare, but I will admit that it takes a little work to learn how to use it.  That said, it is WELL worth the effort and will make you wonder how your students ever read without it! I was happy to learn today that they now offer an option for web reading without […]

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Boardmaker Tutorials and Guides

Boardmaker Tutorials and Guides

  Wow!  We’ve been out of school here in east Tennessee for 2 full weeks due to “snowmageddon 2015”. I missed seeing my students while trapped at home under ice and snow, but it gave me a lot of time to create new curriculum materials using visual supports. Take a look at our ready-to-print thematic […]

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PVC Pipe-Eye Gaze Frame

PVC Pipe-Eye Gaze Frame

Need a way to spread out picture supports and get them up at eye-level for those using Eye Gaze for communication?  This is a cheap and easy DIY project that comes together in a matter of minutes.  Made out of PVC Pipe, a few connector joints and a few stripes of Velcro, this particular frame […]

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Preparing our Learning Disabled Students for PARCC Testing

Preparing our Learning Disabled Students for PARCC Testing

  The times are changing … When Tennessee adopted the Common Core State Standards we accepted the challenge to change what we will teach and how we will teach it to reach new academic heights.  Along with that, we also changed how we will test for it and that part has made things a little scary in the world of special education… When PARCC […]

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Need help with Bookshare?

Need help with Bookshare?

If you are lost when it comes to using Bookshare or if you have questions about some of its specific features,  you’re in luck!  Bookshare has several tutorial videos available for free on their website to help you navigate and use Bookshare skillfully.  They also have over 35 videos on their YouTube channel uploaded by […]

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