On the Go: What Consumer Products Can Do For You (If You Know Where to Look!)By Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd)
Publication Date: 2006
Article explores the capacity of everyday electronic devices to function as assistive technologies. As students are increasingly adept with the standard technologies in cellular phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and iPods, educators have begun incorporating the devices into the classroom. Products mentioned for PDAs and smartphones include Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries; Palm’s Quick Guides, providing introductions to topics in math, science, music and social studies, and offering a list of compatible programs for special-needs students; and Avant Go, a free service which synchronizes mobile versions of websites to smartphones and PDAs. For cell phones, Google Maps is a free download combining directions, maps, and satellite imagery to find local hangouts and businesses across town or the country; and VoiceSignal develops speech solutions for wireless mobile devices. Products for iPods mentioned include iTunes and Audible.com audio books, magazines, and newscasts for MP3 players; and iPREPpress, offering downloads including study guides, foreign-language lessons, test prep, reference and travel aids as well as a Merriam-Webster dictionary. This is a Tech Works brief from the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd).
Assistive Products Discussed: AUDIBLE DIGITAL AUDIOBOOKS
Published by: Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) (Website:http://www.cited.org)
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