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Many struggling students, especially those with learning disabilities, find reading and writing very challenging. In order to help these students meet the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (ELA), teachers may need to incorporate a variety of embedded supports into instruction, including technology tools and Universal Design for...

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Using virtual manipulatives in mathematics instruction can help teachers to address the Common Core State Standard for mathmatical pracitice, particularly related to making sense of problem and abstract reasoning. This Tech Research Brief explores the benefits behind using virtual manipulatives, how to choose the right virtual manipulative, and the...

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Writing for the Web can help increase motivation for writing and help your students learn how to adapt their texts for different audiences, tasks, purposes, and disciplines. These writing skills can help students meet the College and Career Readiness Standards for Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. Explore this Tech...

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Many educators have found it beneficial to incorporate students' love of texting into classroom instruction. Texting can be used to help build critical foundational reading skills such as recognition and phonological awareness, and other important skills for meeting College and Career Readiness Standards in reading, writing, language, and speaking and...

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As students encounter more complex texts, they may need additional supports to meet the high expectations set by the Common Core State Standards. Multimedia reading materials and supports such as text-to-speech, voice regonition, animation, embedded dictionaries, and annotation tools are great ways to help students when reading content-area texts. This...

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With the increasing amount of online instruction and research, it is critical that students receive lessons in online safety and appropriate online behavior. These lessons are even more critical for students with disabilities, who may be particularly at risk online. This Tech Research Brief provides useful tips and strategies...

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Complex content-area texts are likely to present unique challenges for struggling students and those with disabilities. Technology tools, such as text-to-speech, that provide reading support and multimedia that encourages inquiry-based learning are a great way to build a students' content-specific vocabulary and engage them in multiple ways. Explore the Tech...

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Animated agents and tutors can help provide students with disabilities with targeted, just-in-time supports for learning. This Tech Research Briefs provides classroom examples of how to use embedded agents and tutors, as well as the research on how multimedia agents increase interest and lessen content difficulty, serve as an...

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Captions can provide struggling readers with additional print exposure, improving foundational reading skills. This Tech Research Brief provides examples of technology resources teachers can use in the classroom to help struggling students, especially those with language-based learning disabiltiies, improve reading skills, word recognition, and fluency.

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