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Saturday, May 19, 2012

SET - Special Education Technology (Many thanks Canada!)

Special Education Technology in BC (British Columbia, Canada) has multitudes of resources to offer. Online. Free. (!) In addition to their 2003 doc (see last post) they delve into the following. Share your visual resources on the Picture SET site...
Created for BC students with perceptual disabilities.
  • Accessible Books are children’s picture books in accessible formats.
  • Books are scanned and images added to accessible software.
  • Text is recorded using digitized (human reader) or synthesized (computer speech) speech.
  • The graphics, text and narration are then available for reading on computer or touch devices.
  • The student uses assistive technology to access the books.
Books for the collection are chosen based on the following criteria:
  • Comprehension enhanced through pictures.
  • Recommended children’s literature.
  • Curriculum content at early reading levels.
  • Locally relevant content.
CURRICULUM SET - is a collection of resources that facilitate the sharing of customized technology-based content among educators working with students who use assistive technology. This searchable database enables educators to find, download, and customize activities, templates and public domain accessible books based on the ten areas of the curriculum as set out by the BC Ministry of Education. CurriculumSET resources are created and updated by dedicated professionals working with students in British Columbia.

PICTURE SET - is a collection of downloadable visual supports that can be used by students for both receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. This searchable database allows you to find a wide range of useful visual supports for different curriculum areas, activities, and events. PictureSET resources are created and updated by dedicated professionals working with students in British Columbia.

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