A Year (and a bit) with Assistive Technology

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This is a guest blog post from Deanna Toxopeus, an Itinerant Teacher of Assistive Technology at Ottawa Carleton District School Board. The original can be found on Deanna's personal blog: Muffins and Shenanigans.

A little over a year ago my son was diagnosed with as being gifted, with a learning disability. Specifically, he struggled with short term memory.  And, like many people with LD, organization is a challenge. I joke that God doesn’t even know where the papers my son is supposed to bring home from school have gone.  I then comment that apples don’t fall far from trees, as I am also gifted LD, although my LD is in spelling.

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Enable Accessibility in Locked Mode in Quizzes in Google Forms with Read&Write and EquatIO

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In case you missed it, to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google announced several new updates to promote digital accessibility and inclusion for students with learning disabilities. In particular, they highlighted new partnerships for locked mode in Quizzes in Google Forms. Locked mode was beta released in the Fall of last year, allowing teachers to create Quizzes without the worry of students being able to search the web. 

But what about students who need additional support for reading, writing and math during assessments? That’s where Read&Write for Google ChromeTM and EquatIO for Google® come in! Both Read&Write and EquatIO are now available for use while in locked mode.

Read on to learn more.

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EquatIO mathspace: it’s elementary my dear

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The overall goal of EquatIO is to make it delightful, intuitive, and fun for students to communicate their thought processes. While a lot of our initial EquatIO releases and updates focused on supports for Middle and High School students, we wanted to spend some time creating features that would support Elementary School students as well. Keep reading to see what we’ve come up with!

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