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Review of C-Pen Reader – Reading Support Device

Review of C-Pen Reader – Reading Support Device

Introduction The C-Pen Reader Pen is a portable handheld assistive technology that helps users with dyslexia or other literacy difficulties, essentially when reading printed text. The C-Pen is for users with dyslexia or for people who struggle with certain genres of text or who are just poor readers, learning to read, people with ESL needs, LOTE users who …

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Boardmaker Online – Training videos

Boardmaker Online – Training videos

Here at Spectronics, we are super excited to bring you Boardmaker Online (you can read just how excited we are HERE!) We all know that to use our technology efficiently we need to upskill ourselves…. So this blog post is designed, as your go to place, to access all the links and training videos, so you can learn everything …

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Boardmaker Online – Jump on board!

Boardmaker Online – Jump on board!

In our ever changing world of technology, it is ALWAYS exciting to see something that we already love, just get better and better…. This is the case with BOARDMAKER ONLINE. Boardmaker continues to be one of the most commonly used and popular software programs in Australian and New Zealand schools and centres. Even parents all over Australia use …

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Digital Directions #2 – My Top Picks

Digital Directions #2 – My Top Picks

What the literature (both printed and online) is telling us Research in Learning Technology Research in Learning Technology is an international journal of the Association for Learning Technology, and is available free and online. All articles to Research in Learning Technology are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication. The journal aims to raise the profile …

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Digital Directions #1 – My Top Picks

Digital Directions #1 – My Top Picks

This is the first of a new, regular blog post, highlighting current directions and understandings in the use of technology in the classroom supporting the learning of all students. Each blog post I will seek to highlight key or emerging articles and research, technology tools and practices, and innovative and emerging technologies.¹ What the literature is telling us …

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Wearing possibilities on your sleeve

Wearing possibilities on your sleeve

QR (quick response) codes and augmented reality (AR) applications are technologies being embraced by teachers, and others, as they provide new possibilities for supporting learners in the classroom and beyond. These technologies were not initially developed as a classroom or instructional tool, but teachers have come to realise their value in supporting teaching and learning programs. For example, just google ‘QR …

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Using a simple eyegaze option with your special education software classroom

Using a simple eyegaze option with your special education software classroom

If you have always thought using that eyegaze with your students with physical disabilities would be way too time consuming and far too complicated to get going, the new Inclusive EyeGaze Foundations with myGaze Eye Tracker bundle from Inclusive Technology in the UK may help to change your mind! Its ease-of-use was certainly very popular at our Inclusive …

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T10 and Compass FAQ

T10 and Compass FAQ

Following the successful “Meet the DynaVox T10 workshops” during August we have had a number of queries about the T10 and the Compass app. We thought we’d put them all together in one post and we’ll add to them as we receive more. If people purchase a T10, how many iPads/iPad minis/tablets can it be loaded on? With …

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Get them talking about the BEAMZ!

Get them talking about the BEAMZ!

It’s been exciting month here at Spectronics! We have seen lots of BEAMZ Interactive Music Systems going out into schools. I have had one in my clinic to “play” with as well. And everyone on the Specco team has been learning how to set them up and use them. If you haven’t seen the BEAMZ yet, jump over to …

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Make amazing music in ALL classrooms for ALL students

Make amazing music in ALL classrooms for ALL students

Imagine your students making unbelievable sounding music by simply moving their hands through laser beams! Play in a group or on their own Record and share their performances With no complicated learning curve to get started – for them or for you! Meet the Beamz Interactive Music System and read on for more info about how it's great …

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