How to access audio books from RFBD

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic – For 60 years, RFB&D, a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, has produced accessible educational materials for students with disabilities that make reading standard print difficult or impossible. Titles available in every subject area and grade level from kindergarten …

TRUCE Toy Guide Now Available

TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment) has released its 2008 Toy Action Guide, just in time for the holidays. In their own words, This guide is intended to help adults promote children’s creative and constructive play by making informed choices about toys, and by working with others at home, school, …

Ning to provide ad-free social networking sites for educators

This is big news. I’ve been dabbling in Nings* for a few months now and my interest is piqued. I’m a part of the Classroom 2.0 and Assistive Tech Nings, which connect me with hundreds or thousands of other educators interested in collaborating and exchanging questions and ideas. The new …

SchoolNetAfrica.net

SchoolNetAfrica is a pan-African education portal for practitioners, policymakers and school communities across the continent with resources in English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Arabic. SchoolNetAfrica is made up of the African Education Knowledge Warehouse: SchoolNet Centre, which has tools and resources to support national SchoolNets Policy Centre, which provides resources …

ConnSense Podcasts

Chauncey Rucker’s ConnSense Bulletin has long been a favorite of mine for news, reviews and updates related to assistive technology. It’s quality stuff, and he taps into key issues. In addition to online articles and an e-mail bulletin, ConnSense also has begun providing podcasts. Maybe I’m a luddite, but I’ve …

SchwabLearning and Sparktop to Close

Two of my favorite sites for families struggling with learning disabilities are closing. On September 21, Charles and Helen Schwab announced they will no longer maintain operation of their web sites, SchwabLearning.org and Sparktop.org. Instead they will focus on selective grant-making to other organizations. I am grateful for the wonderful …

David Pogue promotes the XO Give-one-get-one laptop

I blogged before about One Laptop Per Child’s Give 1 Get 1 program. Kudos to David Pogue of the New York Times for putting the promotion in such a clear light, and for his review of the new laptop’s features, limitations and capabilities. My son and I were talking today …

ATSTAR

ATSTART is an online curriculum for educators to learn more about Assistive Technology: Strategies, Tools, Accommodations and Resources, made with the help of many of the good people I know through QIAT. ATSTAR is an online curriculum designed to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities by helping teachers learn …

Give One, Get One – One Laptop Per Child Promo

Here’s a new way to have it all and give it away at the same time. Share this with grandparents and other generous gift givers. Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time. For $399, you …