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As you may know, assistive technology (AT) means any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to enhance, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with impairments. Basically, assistive technology allows people with disabilities to compensate for certain incapacities, by promoting independence and reducing the need for additional support. In education, assistive technology is used for students with disabilities to overcome barriers due to reading, attention, organizational, memory and the physical demands of the tasks related to the coursework. Examples of assistive technology instruments include screen readers, speech to text, spell checking and mind mapping. Mind mapping as assistive technology Mind mapping transforms monotonous information and details into colorful, interesting and extremely structured graphs that act in line with your brain’s natural way of…

We just got back from Bring IT Together 2017, Ontario’s leading educational technology conference. We have been so busy getting ready for it that we forgot the ‘let’s meet and greet’ post. Still, we came back eager to share this great experience with you. The conference, which by the way has been running annually since 1979, was held in beautiful Niagara Falls, a vibrant city where we enjoyed all the amenities of a large urban center in a comfortable, livable community. There were three days jam-packed with keynotes, breakout sessions, training sessions and a buzzing Learning Hall. Most importantly, it has been a priceless experience because we got the chance to meet our users and the people we’d like to collaborate. No more struggling with email ping-pong in different time…

This time of the year gets everyone excited because the arrival of fall also means that Halloween is coming. Each year there are approximately 41.2 million kids who dress up and go trick-or-treating. While Halloween might be fun for most kids, there will always be a few exceptions. For example, kids with learning and attention difficulties. These kids might be more scared of this holiday than excited due to their oversensitivity. So, let’s see what you can do to make Halloween fun for them too: Costumes: The unusual clothing, the sensation of masks and the makeup can be a huge problem for kids with learning and attention issues. What you can do is have kids wear the costumes before the big day so they can get comfortable with them. If not,…

Writing good essays will definitely help you get through school. Writing outlines first makes the essay writing process easier and better organized because an outline provides a structure. The outline for an essay is like the skeleton for the body. As you probably know, there are many outlining tools to help you.  Mindomo also has an outlining functionality, apart from the mind mapping and concept mapping ones. Mindomo gives you two possibilities:  1. To turn your maps into outlines.  Create a Blank Mind Map if your ideas come into your mind in a chaotic way and you can’t put them in order from the beginning. Having all your ideas on the same page will help you see the connections in between, and you can organize them later on. Use the mouse+click to…

The technological revolution began when things like traveling, food production and medicine were becoming more and more time-consuming and harder to achieve. Now, the 21st century is fully digital, and blended learning acknowledges this and the fact that the ways we work, socialize and learn are constantly changing. We are now used to receiving a continuous stream of digital information at a fast pace and incorporating it into our daily working and social lives – so why should the classroom be any different? In this fast-changing and continuously evolving environment blended learning fits perfectly. But what exactly is blended learning ? The best way to think of blended learning is to see it as an additional element to the classroom and one which supports existing teaching practices. In short, it’s…