Weekly Roundup: Edtech

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TechCrunch featured an article last week focusing on technological trends in education. Written by Sean O’Connor of mentored.com, the article covers edtech across all of education, from pre-K through continuing education. This breadth of focus includes pointing the reader to specific apps for all levels of learning and companies that are changing the edtech landscape today. Read more.

Resources

Check out our list of top five resources from our regular edtech roundups: Top 5 edtech resources. We regularly browse available online resources for our readers interested in edtech and these are our top picks.

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Top 5 Edtech Resources

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The roundup of our weekly edtech roundups! Below find our top picks for edtech online resources, listed across categories.

Blog

Tech Thursday, from Dyslexia Action. Edtech for dyslexics. This blog publishes how-to articles on using different technologies, all aimed at making life with dyslexia easier. You’ll find information on both assistive and mainstream technologies.

Reviews

Looking for the latest educational apps and digital tools? educatorstechnology.com has you covered, with reviews and lists of resources for teachers.

World View

How is technology employed in education around the world? Visit the World Bank Edutech blog for the global picture on educational technologies. The blog is written by Michael Trucano, the World Bank’s Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education.

Magazine

For browsing through the latest topics and trends in edtech, check out Edtech Magazine. The website will send you to one of its two sections according your choice of focus on higher education or K-12.

Giving Back

Finally, learn how to contribute to increasing literacy and furthering children’s education around the globe by visiting allchildrenreading.org. The foundation launches competitions and awards grants for innovative use of technology in education. Foundations, companies, and individuals are all invited to partner in these endeavours.

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wind turbineFor detailed guides on technological resources available to dyslexics, check out the Dyslexia Action blog Tech Thursday. Each week a new post dives into the use of a specific technology or features guidelines in optimizing use of those technologies. Recent posts include this one on how to format documents to make them easier for dyslexics to process. Advice covers the use of difference colors and image formatting.

The blog also reviews mainstream technologies such as the Kindle Fire and evaluates them for accessibility.

Tech Thursday publishes blog posts every second week according to the website, but recent posts have been appearing more frequently. To explore current and past articles, go the the blog website: www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/tech-thursday.

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Video Tutorial for Calcularis, Software for Dyscalculia

 

Calcularis includes seventeen different learning games, all them designed to help students with dyscalculia improve their math and number skills. The software selects which games will help a student learn best, based on that child’s strengths and problem areas.

The games work to develop a user’s number processing abilities and grasp of a mental number line, such as in the Landing Game where a falling cone must be landed as close as possible to the target number on a number line. Other games allow students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The Shelves Game, for example, breaks multiplication down into repeated additions.

For a quick introduction to Calcularis, check out the video below. You can also try the software for free on our website.

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Educational technology for dyslexia

Teacher and blogger Claire Lotriet contributed this article on special education needs and edtech to TES magazine in February. We only discovered it this week but it’s a great case study in how technology can aid children with learning differences.

The article focuses on Thomas, one of Claire’s students with dyslexia, and the technological solutions they found together to help him with writing. Check out Claire’s blog for more of her articles on teaching.

Mainstream technologies for learning disabilities

DO-IT is an organization based at the University of Washington, Seattle that looks to empower people with disabilities through technology and education, according to the organization’s website. They have a range of resources available on assistive technology, but one that especially caught our eye was this online brochure.

The flyer addresses readily available technologies, some of them mainstream, that can be used by people with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia. More details here.

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