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Helping ALL Students Learn


Fusion Portable Keyboard Video TutorialsFusion is a North American built laptop alternative that's loaded with the latest technologies, including text to speech, word prediction, wireless data transfer, and a large graphics-capable screen. 

Fusion's unprecedented focus on curriculum based learning outcomes is influenced by an ongoing process of  consultation with teachers, special needs workers and other dedicated educators.  Fusion is manufactured by Advanced Keyboard Technologies, of Paso Robles, California. 

Besides being designed by educators, Fusion is a perfect fit for the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework.  It's also priced so reasonably that more students can benefit from a laptop alternative than ever before.  Perhaps one of the greatest needs of today's youth is the need to stay focused on their writing--not Facebooking, My Spacing, YouTubing, and Online Gaming.  This is why they need something like Fusion.  It avoids the distractions of a laptop, provides tools and assistance that students appreciate, and allows teachers  to better teach to diversity. 

  
To explore how Fusion may fit in your UDL framework, please check out these links:

Why UDL?  As an educator, I believe that Canada is capable of becoming "the best-educated, most literate jurisdiction on the continent." As educators who are teaching to diversity know, that goal is most likely to be met if more teachers and schools utilize the Universal Design for Learning framework and familiarize themselves with UDL and other resources that will help their students.
 

Why this Site?
This site makes it easier for educators to learn about and assess potential resources that fit or complement the UDL framework. Using video demos & tutorials, plus reviews, and feedback from other knowledgeable users,  this site provides practical information that people need to know when considering  these resources.   The growing collection of informative provided here is often not found anywhere else, so by returning frequently - and by submitting "resource information requests" for additional details--you can help keep this site growing and disseminating useful UDL resource information for teachers, parents, and students everywhere!
 

 -- Reading Fluency and Comprehension --

My Reading Coach Video Tutorials

Videos of Fluent Reading Trainer

MindPlay Educational Software's My Reading Coach is a structured, flexible, mastery-based, multi-sensory program that provides a virtual reading specialist and speech pathologist to every student.  Embedded Teacher Intelligence™ individualizes instruction to help each student reach grade level in the skill areas of Phonemic Awareness, Phonics Sounds and Rules, Vocabulary, Word Structure, Syntactic Processing and Reading Comprehension. This program is designed to actually teach "reluctant readers" how to read confidently and fluently.
 
Fluent Reading Trainer (FLRT) is a brand new fluency training tool that quickly helps students increase reading speed while improving reading comprehension. FLRT trains the eyes to move from left to right efficiently and to sweep in one movement enhancing visual memory, silent reading skills, speed and reading comprehension. For students who use FLRT, school becomes easier, reading becomes more meaningful, vocabularies explode and higher education becomes attractive and attainable.  Students improve their reading speed from 50 to over 300 words per minute.
 

Click to see Reading Plus in action.

Taylor Associates' Reading Plus® is a comprehensive, evidence based software solution for reading assessment and improvement that develops foundational fluency skills for students of all ages. It is the result of over 70 years of research and development in the area of reading improvement technology. Reading Plus® addresses all the elements of reading cited by the National Reading Panel including: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Comprehension and, what is most important, Fluency. A summary of the research that relates to the Reading Plus® program includes:
30 Studies containing treatment and control group
27 Studies published in journals and presented at conferences
7 Doctoral dissertations involving our approach to fluency development
13 Studies involving the Visagraph™ and standardized tests
36 Research Reports demonstrating gains
11 Unpublished studies not specifying a control group.

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Assistive Technology in Action!
AbleNet is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by creating products and ideas that make teaching students with disabilities easy, fun and fulfilling. They believe that all children deserve the tools to help them learn and interact with those around them. Their dedicated staff of educators, parents and other professionals are working to simplify real-life challenges, both in and out of the classroom, with innovative and easy-to-implement technology and ideas.

Thanks to the International Business Division of AbleNet Inc., I am pleased to share 17 excellent demo videos of their exciting new products.  Click here to view.

UDL Resources from AbleNet

 

The best & latest Universal Design for Learning resources come from companies like these...

Video Tutorials of Fusion Portable KeyboardVideo Tutorials of My Reading CoachBoardMaker InfoMindPlay Literacy Products
Taylor Associates' Reading PlusEssential Skills infoUDL Resources from AbleNetGreat Talking Box Website

Laureate WebsiteUDL Resources from AttainmentBlack-framed logos lead to video tutorials and other information on this site. Red-framed logos link to manufacturers' websites.  


New and updated UDL information is being added frequently to this site. This is Pro-D material that is difficult or impossible to find anywhere else on the Internet--ranging from video tutorials to FAQ sections to product reviews/comparisons. If there's a particular resource or resource type that you would like to see, please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll do my best to get it posted here as soon as possible.