We ALWAYS feel like the time is right for innovation, and couldn’t feel more positive about that now. A panel at our Nov conference responded to the question, Is now the time for accessibility with the economic downturn and financial crisis? Panelists responded YES! This IS the time. There are solid plans for accessible technologies, ensuring all students are learning – especially in STEM areas, and money for innovation in the Dept of Education. The Issue Paper recommends five key action items for the field of learning and assistive technology developers, researchers, and educators:
The Issue Paper recommends five key action items for the field of learning and assistive technology developers, researchers, and educators to take advantage of global trends and reach more people:
Maximize the use of open source and Web 2.0 tools to access an international workforce and learning opportunities.
Partner with the expanding international market of consumer electronics to extend the reach of accessibility into mainstream consumer products, such as games, cell phones, and Internet browsers.
Boost the knowledge base by sharing domestic and global challenges, marketing research, and success stories with the larger community of learning and AT innovators.
Enhance learning and achievement by promoting a globally competitive 21st century education that integrates universally designed solutions, including AT.
Sponsoring a competition is one of the ways we put our $ where our agenda is. This is the fourth year of the competition and it has been a great success for us to promote research, get research findings out to the field quickly, and to understand how collaboration can work between researchers and vendors and settings such as schools and clinics.
You can find all the details on the NCTI webpage, the announcement is linked from the homepage. Due date April 6. Letters of Intent are appreciated but optional by March 23 rd . Awards will be made May 4 th – so we try to turn things around very quickly, too.
We have a lot going on, and almost all of it is communicated through our web site and our biweekly newsletter, QuickClicks.
Innovator Profiles are a signature piece of content on the NCTI web site. We conduct interviews w innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers who are working in the disability market, trying to keep abreast of developments as well as celebrate all the good work going on. Several presenters here this year at CSUN have been featured, so you might go look them up In fact, one of our guests, Dave Schleppenbach was featured in October.
We have a fabulous networking conference each November in Washington, DC with thought leaders from the educational and assistive technology field. This year, we are sure to have a policy panel, given all the focus in Washington on education and technology-enhanced 21 st century skills. In the meantime, you can experience the 2008 conference in session summaries, slide presentations, photos, audio interviews, and captioned videos of the panel sessions.
Efficacy of a Computer-Assisted Teaching Program for Children with Autism in a School Setting Working with young children with autism in LAUSD, TeachTown program helps teachers and others support a clinical-style intervention that then provides reports to that child’s behavioral clinician. (Debbie Moss there as guest) Exploring Accessible Computer Algebra System for Secondary Students with a Learning Disability or Visual Impairment These researchers are working with the teaching and learning of algebra concepts for students w LD or VI, using an accessible math program that incorporates text to speech (Dave there as guest) HOPEFULLY both guests will come by and take about 12 minutes each. Ben Slotznik might stop by.
Developing Fraction Sense Working with intermediate grade children on a fraction concept-learning program Point-and-Chat Created a new interface with specialized vocabularies for individuals using alternative augmentative communication (AAC) devices so that they could engage in instant messaging over the internet. Supported Video Project: Making Video Content Accessible to All Working with enriched captions for video viewers who are deaf and hard of hearing, especially science content-specific videos.
Video Games: Created a biofeedback mechanism that sits inside a baseball cap and allows the player to control the speed and accuracy of a race car – the idea being that students with attention deficits could be trained on biofeedback techniques while outside of a clinical setting Social Simentor: Used a virtual job coach to help students with cognitive disabilities practice job interviewing techniques and skills
Bridge Builder – created an accessible calendar program that was usable by students with visual impairments and their teachers Project SOLO – supported teachers to employ writing strategy instruction in the classroom in conjunction with the SOLO product by Don Johnston Signing Science Dictionary – originally developed and subsequently enhanced through NSF funds, this study looked at how teachers, parents and children were using the signing science dictionary to support science learning.
SOLO and Access – worked with teachers across a wide geographical area to take samples of children’s writing with and without/before and after access to the writing support tools in SOLO (spell checker, drafting scaffolds, word prediction, outlining, text to speech for reading and proofreading, etc.) Mathematical – used this research to develop an algorithm to determine the distinction in a students’ response time between delays in response due to motor control vs automatic recall, “automaticity”; worked with students with severe disabilities
Research on Emerging Technologies: A Panel Speaks about Research Funded by NCTI
Research on Emerging Technologies: A Panel Speaks about Research Funded by NCTI Tracy Gray NCTI Project Director CSUN 2009
<ul><li>NCTI is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). We seek to broaden and enrich the field by providing resources and promoting partnerships for the development of tools and applications by developers, manufacturers, producers, publishers and researchers. </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To cultivate a collaborative network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To promote innovative products that reach the marketplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To analyze needs, issues, trends, and promising technology innovation and transfer approaches </li></ul></ul>
The time is right for innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and leadership.
New Issue Paper: Learning and Assistive Technology: Thriving in a Global Marketplace
A Call to Action <ul><li>Expand the market for AT to include quality of life tools for students and adults on a global scale. </li></ul>
A Call to Action Inmagine <ul><li>Maximize the use of open source and Web 2.0 tools to access an international workforce and learning opportunities. </li></ul>
A Call to Action <ul><li>Partner with the expanding international market of consumer electronics to extend the reach of accessibility into mainstream consumer products. </li></ul>
A Call to Action <ul><li>Boost the knowledge base by sharing domestic and global challenges, marketing research, and success stories with the larger community of learning and AT innovators. </li></ul>
A Call to Action <ul><li>Enhance learning and achievement by promoting a globally competitive 21 st century education that integrates universally designed solutions, including AT. </li></ul>
2009 Tech in the Works Competition <ul><li>Intent: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To fund quick turnaround collaborative research that informs the development of learning and assistive technologies to improve educational results for all students, particularly those with disabilities. </li></ul></ul>
Congratulations! 2008 Technology in the Works Awardees Efficacy of a Computer-Assisted Teaching Program for Children with Autism in a School Setting Christina Whalen, TeachTown (vendor); Jennifer Symon, California State University, Los Angeles (researcher); and Connie Kasari, University of California, Los Angeles (researcher) Exploring Accessible Computer Algebra System for Secondary Students with an LD or Visual Impairment Emily Bouck, assistant professor of Special Education, Purdue University (researcher); Waseem Sheikh, research software developer, gh, LLC (vendor); and Dave Schleppenbach, president, gh, LLC (vendor)
2008 Technology in the Works Awardees Developing Fraction Sense John Laskarzewski, co-founder, Spotlight on Learning (vendor); Laura Susi, co-founder, Spotlight on Learning; and Dave Edyburn, professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (researcher) Point-and-Chat Ben Slotznick, president, Point-and-Read (vendor); Dave Hershberger, president, Saltillo (vendor); and Jeff Higginbotham, associate professor, State University of New York at Buffalo (researcher) Supported Video Project: Making Video Content Accessible to All Donna Horn, director, Universal Access to Media department, CaptionMax (vendor) and Lynne Anderson-Inman, director, National Center for Supported eText, University of Oregon (researcher)
Video Games: Enhancing Attention with NASA-developed Neurofeedback Technology Dominic Greco, President, CyberLearning Technologies, LLC (vendor) , Judith Pokorni, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (researcher) Social Simentor™: An E-learning Assistive Technology Lucy Baney, President and CEO, Access Technologies Group (vendor) , Leslie Walker Hirsch, M.Ed. Consultant, Christine M. Casey, Ph.D. Educational Consultant (researchers ) Congratulations! 2007 Technology in the Works Awardees
Bridge Builder Matthew Kaplowitz, Founding Partner and Director of Technology and Content Innovation, Bridge Multimedia ( vendor ) with Wendy K. Sapp, Ph.D., Consultant, Visual Impairment Education Services ( researcher ) Project SOLO™ Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( researcher ) with Don Johnston, Inc. ( vendor ) The Signing Science Dictionary Judy Vesel, B.Ed., TERC ( researcher ) with Edward M. Sims, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Vcom3D, Inc. ( vendor ) and Arthur C. Johnson, Ph.D., EduMetrics ( researcher ) Congratulations! 2005 Technology in the Works Awardees
SOLO TM and Access to General Education Curriculum George R. Peterson-Karlan, Ph.D., Illinois State University ( researcher ) and Howard P. Parette, Ed.D., Illinois State University ( researcher ) with Don Johnston, Inc. ( vendor ), and Sheri Piercy, Director of Special Education for Tri-County Special Education Association and Chair of HILIA Professional Development Committee Mathematical Automaticity for Students with Disabilities Arjan S. Khalsa, Chief Executive Officer, IntelliTools, Inc. ( vendor ) and Edward J. Murphy, Chief Technology Officer, IntelliTools, Inc. ( vendor ) with David J. Chard, Ph.D., University of Oregon ( researcher ) Congratulations! 2005 Technology in the Works Awardees
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