Changing The Game: Using Minecraft to Address 21st-Century Learning For Student With Autism

This post was originally a guest post for EdSurge. Power of Play Renowned philosophers and educators throughout history, including Plato, Comenius, Locke, Rousseau, Froebel, Piaget, and Papert, have lauded the power of play in teaching, especially for young learners. Modern research continues to demonstrate that playful learning, especially when digital and multi-modal, improves educational outcomes. It’s baffling that I still have to … Continue reading Changing The Game: Using Minecraft to Address 21st-Century Learning For Student With Autism

24 Insights From NYSCATE

It does seem strange that in my decade-plus of educational technology instruction that I have attended multiple national conventions like ISTE, but I had never, before this year, attended NYSCATE, New York's equivalent EdTech conference. There are a number of reasons for that. It's a 6-hour drive to Rochester in the cold close to Thanksgiving. … Continue reading 24 Insights From NYSCATE

A New Accessible Math Game From PBS

This was originally part of a guest post on the WNET Education blog. Introduction Educators have long been familiar with PBS as a go-to source for educational materials, and teachers like me striving to create a playful classroom environment enjoy their wide selection of learning game from Mission U.S and Nova Labs for older students … Continue reading A New Accessible Math Game From PBS

Accessible Tech With Tobii Dynavox

Introduction While major companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google are making greater efforts to improve access to learning for students with disabilities, there are some companies like Tobii Dynavox whose sole focus has always been on providing accessible tech for those who most need it. They provide AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) hardware and software for people … Continue reading Accessible Tech With Tobii Dynavox

Microsoft Accessibility

You can find a related post on Apple's accessibility efforts and tools available for accessibility for Google as well. Background I remember a time early in my teaching career where Microsoft was the only place to go if you wanted technology to be accessible. It wasn't necessarily the Microsoft was committed to it or that … Continue reading Microsoft Accessibility

Google Accessibility

Google Add-Ons & Extensions For Accessibility

While Google is leading in many areas when it comes to connecting classrooms with educational technology, they are a bit behind other tech companies when it comes to making those learning opportunities accessible to all learners. Their recent efforts at spoken feedback, voice commands and more have long been standards on other platforms. They have made … Continue reading Google Add-Ons & Extensions For Accessibility

Accessibility With Apple

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kbNkklu45g Apple’s commitment to accessibility generally and to special education specifically has long been the best amongst major technology companies. I have seen that impact first hand in my district and my classroom where students are literally given a voice, mobility, and independence they wouldn't have otherwise. Those efforts have even been featured on the news several times. That … Continue reading Accessibility With Apple

Accessible Tech With Don Johnston

Don Johnston is a company that was created to help students overcome reading and writing challenges using technology. They have several tools available to help emergent and struggling readers augment their learning, improve their literacy skills, and increase independence. Their suite of tools includes books, web readers, apps, AAC products & more. I want to focus … Continue reading Accessible Tech With Don Johnston