About Jason Carroll

Jason first learned of Assistive Technology while working on his undergraduate degree where much of his spare time was spent assisting a regional education centre with basic technology needs. Amazed at how this technology could benefit so many students (particularly those he grew up with) he was hooked and immediately became an expert at the centre. After receiving his Masters, Jason returned to the coop to serve as a full time Assistive Technology Consultant serving over 200 schools in the central Kentucky Region.

Since this time, Jason has trained thousands on Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning concepts throughout the United States and beyond. His focus is on integrating research based practices into the work he does and helping others ensure that what they are doing works. He specialises in assisting people to bridge the gap between operation of technology and actual implementation. Jason is a published author, has taught Instructional Technology and Universal Design for Learning at the University level, and spends a significant amount of time on e-Learning and blended learning initiatives. He is a graduate of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) from California State University at Northridge and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Currently Jason serves as Product Marketing Manager for North America at Texthelp Inc. where he oversees new product launches and speaks nationally on a variety of Assistive Technology topics.

Posts and Resources by Jason Carroll

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Introducing Teach for Google

Introducing Teach for Google

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com Over the last year I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking into what type of training is available to help educators get the most out of Google Apps for Education. On one end of the spectrum, I found plenty of “how-to” videos and articles that explain how to share a file, create …

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A Look at Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Ed

A Look at Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Ed

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com This week’s post comes from Marvin Williams, Assistive Technology Coordinator in the Services for Students with Disabilities department at California State University, Fresno. Marvin, myself, and Fresno State’s Alternative Media Coordinator Rima Maldonado will be presenting later this week at the 30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego, …

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3 Ways to Increase Collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets and Drive

3 Ways to Increase Collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets and Drive

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com If you are an educator (or student), chances are that you have to collaborate on tons of projects. Everything from serving on committees to working with co-teachers to modify assignments requires collaboration. While meeting in person is great, time rarely allows for this. And using desktop-based office suites to collaborate usually looks something …

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ATIA 2015 Recap

ATIA 2015 Recap

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com For those of you that didn’t get a chance to make the annual Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference I’m sure I’ll be one of the many to say that you missed a great show. With over 2600 attendees and 375 educational sessions it was the biggest (and busiest) conference yet. I’ve included …

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Get More Out of Google Searches – Infographic

Get More Out of Google Searches – Infographic

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com A while back I did a post on 7 Google Search Tips Worth Learning. While those 7 tips are still well worth taking advantage of, there are always new and additional ways to take Google searches to the next level. A great example of this can be found in the infographic below from …

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Give Customised Feedback Using Google Forms

Give Customised Feedback Using Google Forms

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com Last week I spent some time with a colleague showing teachers how to provide customise feedback to students using Google Forms. Typically Google Forms are used to create simple surveys or quizzes. The form results are then dumped into a spreadsheet that can be reviewed anytime. However, with just a few additional tweaks …

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3 Tips for Using Google Drive More Effectively

3 Tips for Using Google Drive More Effectively

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com If you are a teacher or student using Google Apps for Education, you are likely spending a significant amount of time in Google Drive. The new Google Drive was launched over the Summer of 2014 and has slowly been rolled out to users (including Google Apps for Education users) over the last few …

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Free “Intro to Google Apps for Education” Webinars Now Available

Free “Intro to Google Apps for Education” Webinars Now Available

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com I continue to be amazed by the number of schools throughout North America that have “Gone Google.” This past week at the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Nashville, TN was no exception. Teachers from across the US stopped by to talk about their Google experience and to learn more about what …

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5 Tools to Help Create a Distraction Free Environment

5 Tools to Help Create a Distraction Free Environment

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com The ability for students (and teachers) to be productive in the classroom, at home, or anywhere in between is no easy task. At any given time phones ring, emails chime, people interrupt you, or other disruptions occur. Unfortunately, aside from locking yourself in a soundproof technology free room, there isn’t a simple solution …

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New TeacherCast Episode Featuring Texthelp Now Available

New TeacherCast Episode Featuring Texthelp Now Available

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com A few weeks ago we listed a great educator resource called TeacherCast. TeacherCast is an Educational Media Network that hosts several podcasts, app reviews, training opportunities and more for educators. You can learn more about TeacherCast and Jeff Bradbury in our previous post. Earlier this week Martin Mckay, Texthelp’s CTO and founder, and …

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