A new report on assistive technology and universal design for learning…

Last week I attended one of my favorite national conferences, the annual National Technology Innovators Conference in Washington, DC. Many wonderful presentations, national speakers, and thought provoking discussions. The opening drew from a recent NCTI Issue brief that was shared in draft format and just released, http://www.nationaltechcenter.org/index.php/2009/11/16/rpt-innovation-for-assistive-technology/. Exciting to see that universal design for learning is one of the five top trends noted...
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The new and evolving “universal design” features of the iPhone/ iTouch

It is always a good thing when a senior IT staff member sends one an email to share cutting edge technology developments that address assistive technology. That was how my day evolved yesterday. Then, as I reviewed my Wall Street Journal, I found yet another article addressing these evolving new features in the new iPhone/ iTouch release this week. Bravo! As this review notes, the new 3Gs offers a number of tools such as voice over tools that can be controlled through the touch display. So, f...
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The Apple iTouch: A Very Cool Tool

I'm presenting on the Assistive and Instructional Technology Features of the Apple iTouch next week at the Virginia Educational Technology Leadership Conference. As I beef up my skills with this tool, I am increasingly impressed with the wide array of features available. The newest iTouch design includes an embedded speaker which makes playing video, audio, taped conversation, and interactive apps more appealing. An accessory headphone/ microphone allows me to listen to all of this privately and...
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Word “predicting”

Word prediction is an assistive technology technique that's been around for over fifteen or more years. It provides users with instant word selections as they type a first letter. An example can be observed with the new Firefox search feature that occurs when a user begins typing a web address in the search window. After a few keystrokes, Firefox "anticipates" what the user is writing and begins to offer choices. This technique can be maximized in tandem with word processing programs such as us...
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