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How and Why Accessible Coding for All Students

How and Why Accessible Coding for All Students

Coding is more and more a focus of many curriculum initiatives across Canada. Where team based problem solving, strategizing, logical thinking meets with technology, coding skills are essential in today’s world.

At ISTE 2018, Bridges’ Leanne Husk and Susie Blackstien-Adler presented on coding with special needs students.  Through coding students with physical and cognitive challenges can learn important life skills, and connect with the curriculum.  Bridges new Coding Kit and Accessible Coding Workshop makes teaching coding to students with challenges, easy.

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Readtopia: New Special Needs Reading Curriculum Coming

Readtopia: New Special Needs Reading Curriculum Coming

Preview new reading curriculum for middle to high school students with special needs called Readtopia. Combines documentary videos, texts, literature, graphic novels and direct instruction on decoding and comprehension, created by a team including Karen Erickson, Caroline Musselwhite and Jerry Stemach.

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HelpkidzLearn Subscriptions Now Available to Canadians

Bridges is excited to announce that Inclusive’s HelpkidzLearn site is now available to Canadians.  HelpkidzLearn -- www.helpkidzlearn.com  -- is a web-based subscription to fun, accessible games and activities designed specifically for young children and those with cognitive challenges. HelpkidzLearn was created by Inclusive and backed by their years of experience with such popular early learning software as the SwitchIT! series, ChooseIT! Maker and SwitchIT! Maker. There’s over 50 stories, creativity tools, games and early learning activities on the site right now, with more being added all the time.  Six more accessible games and activities were added over the summer break. Many are optimized specifically for switch and touch screen accessibility.  But there are also activities that specifically train on targeting with a mouse, trackballs or other mouse alternatives. [slideshow] A school license gets you full access for only $159/year. Parents can access a home subscription for only $16/year.   But you can get started with a free subscription -- play 10 games and activities for free just by registering. HelpkidzLearn also has links to all of Inclusive’s new switch accessible iPad apps, too. Check out HelpkidzLearn and find out why over 500,000 people from over 132 countries have accessed HelpkidzLearn this year alone.
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