Grackle Docs

One Click Accessibility for Google Docs

If you are not familiar with Grackle Docs you will want to check out this video. Grackle makes it easy to incorporate UDL principles into your documents. With this Add-on users can make their Google Docs fully accessible to low vision users. It scans your document, lists errors, and makes fixing them easy. It allows you to download documents into a PDF accessible file which allows Adobe Acrobat to utilize text to speech.

Guided Access

Although an oldie still a goodie. There are still many out there that are not familiar with this wonderful apple feature.

Online Testing

 Feeling a little panicked about the upcoming online testing? It is just another phase in societal development. We often forget that at one time overhead projectors, old rizo copiers, film projectors, and ballpoint pens were cutting edge technology. At the time they seemed daunting as well. Today however they are old obsolete beasts. History repeats itself. We are in a constant influx of learning both in content and in technology, and really would we want it any other way. After all who doesn't like Candy Crush and without the continual evolution of technologies our entertainment is also diminished. Fear not because our students are digital natives and what is change for us is all they have ever known. Our students dive into these technologies with excitement and vigor.

 There are lots of resources developing to tackle this new wave.

Online test prep sites
PARCC - This site is sponsored by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. MCAS 2.0 testing will follow this format.
Learnosity - This site models its online testing practice to simulate PARCC testing environments Tenmark - This site is specifically Math testing. It utilizes tools such as drop downs, input boxes, drag and drop, and check boxes. It supports the students with hints and videos. Students can earn coins and characters upon completion of assignments.
Edcite - This offers premade question in various subject areas and grades as well as the ability to create questions.

 Additional Sites
Prodigy - interactive math games that adapt to a students abilities.
Adapted Mind - provides pre-test, customization according to ability, and on-going assessment.
Newsela - Current events articles with options to level text to the readers ability and provides some comprehension questions.

Call Scotland

The site Call Scotland may have been developed to assist those is Scotland with disabilities but we can sure take advantage from across the pond as well. The site offers a wealth of information.
You can

  1. Attend and View Webinars
  2. Information and Resources on Specific Disabilities
  3. Download
  • Books
  • Reports
  • Papers
  • Posters
  • Leaflets
  • Info Cards
  • Quick Guides
  • Newsletters 
  • Presentations
Here is just one sample of the downloads available

Now if only I can find a way to attend courses offered by Call Scotland at the University of Edinburgh!

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Shelly Terrell's 30 Goals

Our Assistant Principal at Northbridge High School, Jeff Lizotte, continually adds great information, articles and videos to his weekly newsletter/ blog. This one was included this week and I thought it was worth passing on.

Dwell Buddy for Windows OS

DwellBuddy uses intelligent analysis of your mouse movements. If DwellBuddy detects that you are pointing at a target where a click is the only good choice, then DwellBuddy will just click for you. However, if there are other reasonable possibilities - like dragging or double clicking, then a menu is displayed where you can dwell on the kind of mouse operation you want.