Instructional & Assistive Technology

Instructional Technology

Advances in technology have changed the way students live, play, and learn. Now more than ever, Florida educators use their ingenuity to adapt to both the ever-changing technology and the needs of today’s students. In many cases, educators are preparing students for jobs that do not yet exist. This is a formidable challenge; however, by teaching students essential 21st century skills through the merging of effective technology tools and best practices of instruction, transformative teaching is happening in Florida schools.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

Online Resources

Visual Supports 4/25/2018

Introduction to Bookshare 4/9/2018

Prodigy Parent Webinar- 1/16/18

Learning Ally Parent Webinar 11/30/2017

Introduction to Lesson Pix Screencast 10/26/2017

Introduction to Learning Ally Webinar-10/11/2017 

Introduction to Prodigy Math Webinar-10/16/2017 

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) Learning Modules:

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper Online Learning Modules A and B 

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper Online Learning Module C

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper Online Learning Module D

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper Online Learning Module E

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper Online Learning Module F

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper Online Learning Module G

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper Online Learning Module H

AT and UDL Loan Library

Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project

Florida's Positive Behavior Support Project

MTSS Home page

Learning Ally YouTube channel 

Statewide Centers

FDLRS Statewide Network

FDLRS FIMC-VI

FDLRS RMTC-DHH

FDLRS Administration/HRD Project 

Online Modules, Tours, Tutorials and Demos

Classroom Tools

  • Center for Accessible Technology in Sign (CATS) - Dedicated to providing accessibility to learning via sign language to enhance language, literacy and general world knowledge by providing tools which make text, captions, video, web pages, and multimedia accessible to deaf users, particularly children.
  • Discovery Kids - Videos, games, puzzles and fan sites.
  • Education World "The Educator's Best Friend"- Information on lesson planning, professional development, school issues and technology integration.
  • RMTC-D/HH Resource Materials & Technology Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Interactive websites for the classroom for all grade levels and subject areas.
  • Funbrain.com - Fun learning activities and games for students and recourse materials for teachers.
  • Lesson Planet - Teachers... Find Online Lessons Fast! Search from over 80,000 online lesson plans that are teacher-reviewed and correlated to state standards.
  • LiveBinders- Jessica Callaghan's LiveBinder containing hundreds of online resources for Universal Design for Learning, iPad, visual supports, and many, many others. Updated frequently, so keep checking in for new resources.
  • PBS Kids- Learning tools and adventures for your students with characters they know.
  • PBS Teacher Source - Free Pre K-12 resources to support learning at home and at school.
  • Scholastic - Scholastic.com is an award-winning portal for school-based professionals including teachers, administrators, librarians, as well as families and kids.
  • Starfall.com - Where children have fun learning to read.

Educational Technology

The sites below are very active containing the latest trends and news on products and resources being used in our classrooms today.

  • Apple Education
  • ATIA - Assistive Technology Industry Association
  • Closing the Gap - Assistive Technology Resources for Children and Adults with Special Needs.
  • Edutopia - The George Lucas Educational Foundation publishes stories of innovative teaching and learning through a variety of media -- a magazine, an e-newsletter, CD-ROMs, DVDs, books, and this Web site.
  • eSchool News Online - A monthly print newspaper providing the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the Internet to transform North America's schools and colleges and achieve educational goals.
  • Microsoft Educational Resources - Provides links to educational competencies, lesson plans, case studies and more.
  • Reading Rockets - A national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Resource Centers

  • Center on Technology and Disability - Assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) allows children across the ability spectrum to participate fully at home, in school, and in the community. The Center on Technology and Disability provides a wealth of free resources – personal and professional development webinars, articles, guides, training materials and more. 
  • Georgia Project for Assistive Technology - Implementation and Integration / Assistive Technology Resource Charts.
  • Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) - Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education.

Grant resources

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