Bridges Assistive Tech Camp

Bridges Assistive Tech Camp What student (or parent, for that matter) doesn’t dream of visiting outer space? At this year’s Bridges Assistive Tech Summer Camp, facilitated in partnership with a local school board, students got to do just that. Using assistive technology provided in school to support their learning, campers were challenged with choosing a… Continue reading Bridges Assistive Tech Camp

CoWriter.com and SnapandRead.com Go live

With the launch of SnapandRead.com and Cowriter.com, Don Johnston delivers new ways to access and manage your universal license for school districts, and easier and affordable options for individual users too. You can now sign up for a free trial for a Personal, Parent or Educator account for both Co:writer and Snap&Read. Single licenses are… Continue reading CoWriter.com and SnapandRead.com Go live

Quick and Easy Worksheet accessibility on Chromebook/GAFE

Chromebook users can be challenged by a printed worksheet – not all scanners and other peripherals work with the Google OS machines.  Even in a Windows environment, a lot of schools are going to cloud based apps for a lot of compelling reasons, not least of which is simplicity, low cost and anywhere access to… Continue reading Quick and Easy Worksheet accessibility on Chromebook/GAFE

“Look what he can do! Who knew?” BC High School conducts uPAR Pilot

It took no more than 10 minutes of using uPAR in a BC school to generate the first profound, goosebump-raising results. The team supervising the uPAR assessment called-up the screen of a grade 12 student (let’s call him Zack) working intently away. He was one of 22 students in the room ranging from grades 9-12… Continue reading “Look what he can do! Who knew?” BC High School conducts uPAR Pilot

Aidan and Eye Gaze – A New World of Possibilities 

Last week, we got this very short email: “I just had to share this video… We introduced the EyeGaze on Friday and again today.  This is day 2!  Oh My!  ;)” –Barb Welsford, Assistive Technology Specialist, Bridgewater The assistive technology team at South Shore Regional School Board in Nova Scotia sent us video clips that captured Aidan’s… Continue reading Aidan and Eye Gaze – A New World of Possibilities 

Extensions — What work is done in the Cloud vs. the local computer

  Most extensions take data from your computer and send it to their server in the Cloud to do the work. From a developer’s standpoint, that’s the easiest and cheapest way to create and run an extension. Extensions that look at the text or document you’re looking at — a text-to-speech reader, adblocker, a summarizer… Continue reading Extensions — What work is done in the Cloud vs. the local computer

Sine Keyboard — Another AT Tool Adopted by the Mainstream

I recently stumbled across the Siine keyboard app for speeding up messaging on a mobile device.  Siine is an on-screen keyboard for Android that uses symbols and icons to represent stock phrases, words, sentences, names that you’ll use over and over again.  For example, hit the bow-tie icon that says greetings and you spit out… Continue reading Sine Keyboard — Another AT Tool Adopted by the Mainstream