Weekly Digests

Over 100 Activities in One App: Save Time, Save Dollars

Oct

04

“The hardest part about my job is finding activities kids actually enjoy that target their specific needs. Identifying appropriate apps takes a lot of time during after school hours. SmartEdTech streamlines my productive time!” exclaimed Katelynn Kapki, MA CCC-SLP

Teaching Election 2016: Elect a Classroom Mascot

Sep

28

Analyzing candidates and hands-on balloting will help students understand the election process. Older children can analyze the current candidates and platforms, but younger children will learn better with examples that they can relate to. Enter the classroom mascot!

Strengthening the Connection Between Home and School

Sep

19

Newspapers, social media and education journals are voicing concerns about the value of homework in September’s “back-to-school” coverage. When a few teachers sent notices to parents that they would not be assigning homework, but instead recommended that families spend time together, the teachers were either lauded or vilified.

Exercise Adds “Spark” to Learning

Sep

13

An important book, Spark by John Ratey, MD has been “required” reading for many administrators, teachers and therapists for children with special needs around the country. Not a new book, it chronicles the measurable effect of physical education classes on TIMSS scores in Naperville, IL.

Why do we care? As education professionals, we need to be sure that our special needs children are getting enough exercise to stimulate their thinking processes. Better thinking means faster progress toward meeting IEP goals.

Anti-bullying Starts with Positive Action, Not Words

Sep

07

Most schools have anti-bullying programs, but for the most part they revolve around reading, lectures and discussions about “How would that make you feel?” Action seems to be restricted to “Report any bullying to a trusted adult.” Rarely do the programs focus on positive, inclusive action that students can perform.

A group of boys changed the life of a special needs child in their class - we can learn from their example in the two-minute video below.

Share Your Election 2016 Lesson Plans with SmartEdTech

Aug

30

Our special needs students often need help in wading through the election hoopla. How are you going to teach the election process? SmartEdTech plans to publish the “best of the best” teaching ideas in our newsletter in time for you to use them with your students in October.

From building a polling booth in your classroom to using polling software on your tablets, send an email to Cyndee@smartedtech.com with ideas to share. The email can be as simple as a few sentences to give an overview – include resource links if you have them.

SmartEdApp V 4.0 is What You Need For Back-to-School!

Aug

23

SmartEdApp will be the most valuable tool in your teaching toolbox for the new school year! Dozens of new activities, dozens of new features highlight Version 4.0.

Over 100 Activities in One App: SmartEdTech Releases Verson 4.0

Aug

19

With dozens of new activities and dozens of new features, SmartEdApp will be the most valuable tool in your teaching toolbox for the new school year!

Responding to a user survey, SmartEdTech added activities for both younger and older students: more vocabulary and language building, handwriting and letter identification, critical thinking and reasoning development.

Users Explain How They Use SmartEdTech and What Improvements They Would Like to See

Aug

09

SmartEdTech surveyed a cross-section of educators and therapists who use the app with special needs students on iOS and/or Android platforms.

“We are releasing a new version of SmartEdTech in time for Back-to-School,” reported Pradeesh Thomas, CEO of SmartEdTech, “and the survey verified that our update reflects what educators want and need.”

Kids with Special Needs from 6-16 Interact and Learn with Tablet Technology

Aug

03

SmartEdTech sent a news team to Gilroy United School District (California) to interview teachers and to film students using our learning management system. The program started with teacher Ramona Trevino, two devices and ten students. It has grown to include forty teachers, multiple devices and 400 students.

Boost Kids’ Summer Learning with SmartEdTech

Jul

26

Summer vacation doesn’t have to mean your students forget what they learned last year. Keep their education on track whether or not they are in class with you!

Share the link to SmartEdTech’s communication cards with parents and care-givers to retain the children’s learning throughout the summer, and to provide a fun activity for the children who are in their care.

Finding the Right Venue is Key

Jul

19

From classrooms and field trips to birthday parties, teachers and parents of kids with special needs have a lot to think about when planning special events. Several of our favorite bloggers have shared tips to build happy memories.

GET YOUR STUDENTS READY for RIO!

Jul

12

Combining current events with IEP goals is a sure way to engage your students in learning! Whether you are working with students this summer or you decide to review the August Olympics after school starts, you can mix and match SmartEdTech’s communication cards and app activities to enhance your lesson plans.

SmartEdTech Users Provide Input

Jul

05

Frequent users of SmartEdTech recently received a survey about how the activities in the app are currently being used, the age groups and skills that the education specialists focus on, what they like best and what improvements they would like to see in the new software.

“We are very pleased with the thoughtful responses that our users have submitted so far,” said Pradeesh Thomas, CEO of SmartEdTech. “We are looking forward to learning more as additional surveys come in!”

ISTE 2016 Offers Insights Into Special Needs Education

Jun

28

The International Society for Technology in Education (#ISTE2016) is meeting in Denver June 26-29. Several sessions address the education of special needs students.

Five Key Benefits of Mobile Learning

Jun

21

Statistics from a survey by Project Tomorrow show that teachers, parents and principals believe that mobile learning is an important factor in today’s education. With over 405,000 responses from over 9,000 schools, several key benefits were assessed:

SmartEdTech To Release Chrome Version in Time for Back-to-School

Jun

14

SmartEdTech’s learning activities for special needs students will be available soon for users of Chrome and Chromebooks. The learning management system was introduced for Android in 2013 and iOS in 2015; the company is scheduled to add Chrome to its product offerings in coming in 2016 fall.

“We are excited about being able to reach an even greater number of students with special needs,” reported Kathy Burdick, Director of Content for SmartEdTech. “Many school districts are using Chrome with their students, and we are looking forward to serving them."

FREE Download of SmartEdTech’s Version 3.0 Available Now

May

10

SmartEdTech has twenty new activities ready for your students! Children ages Pre-K to Grade 2 will have a great time sounding out words, grouping same/different objects, building compound words and spelling the names of circus animals.

Practice articulation, improve handwriting, build 3-4 word sentences using logic and reasoning. Learning has never been so much fun!

Reinforce Learning in the Classroom and Learning at Home

May

03

SmartEdTech has added a library of free printable communication cards for educators to use with their special needs students!

Download, print and laminate one (or all) of our Communication Card sets and use them with your students just like traditional SLP cards. The cards are 2”x2” and can also be used in the original Cranium Cariboo (™) game and with most communication boards.

Articulation, Phonics, Reasoning and Early Learning Activities Available Soon

Apr

26

SmartEdTech users will have over twenty new activities available in the next few days. Children ages Pre-K to Grade 2 will have a great time sounding out words, grouping same/different objects, building compound words and spelling the names of circus animals. Learning has never been so much fun!

With hundreds of options, SmartEdTech is your “go to” app! Select the appropriate activities by searching the app by age and skill area. Each activity is mapped to Common Core and other state standards, has “how to use” instructions and gives teaching suggestions – everything you need to simplify your lesson planning and develop your IEP’s!

Get Special Pricing for Schools and School Districts

Apr

19

SmartEdTech is offering special pricing to school administrators when they purchase the program in larger quantities. The program usually retails for $99.95 per year per device.

One of the largest US school districts has recently purchased SmartEdTech’s learning management system for the 2016-2017 school year. Educators/therapists will be using it with over 2800 students with special needs.

Education Bloggers Get Creative When Building Autism Awareness

Apr

12

Some of our favorite bloggers have published great ideas to build Autism Awareness. Check out these quick links to find some activities that may work for you!

Video Training Library Now on SmartEdTech’s Website

Apr

05

Training “when-you-can, where-you-can” is available on the SmartEdTech Website. Eighteen quick videos covering everything from customizing the learning experience (How to Create a View) to building graphs and charts for IEP reports (Student Reports) are just a couple of clicks away! You can be in the classroom or at home in your workout clothes, but these 2-3 minute feature videos will save you time and frustration!.

Great New Functions Available in SmartEdApp Download

Mar

29

iTunes approved SmartEdApp’s new functions in less than 24 hours, a process that usually takes at least seven days!.

Depending upon how you have configured your iPad, you can either connect to WiFi for an automatic update or go to iTunes and tap “Update”. Improved functions include:

Bloggers to Add Insights

Mar

22

Ten education bloggers who demonstrate a passionate concern for children with special needs and creative use of technology in their classrooms have been invited to give input re: SmartEdApp.

SmartEdTech subscribes to blogs and newsletters by special education professionals around the country, and we often shares links to their publications in our social media posts.

Join SmartEdTech’s Advisory Board

Mar

15

Do you have great ideas for reaching out to kids with special needs? But you don’t know how to be heard? SmartEdTech’s Advisory Board may be the opportunity that you are looking for. We are definitely looking for advisors like you.

Online Archives Help Users of SmartEdTech

Mar

08

Wondering how to make your IEP planning easier? How to get more training in SmartEdTech materials? What new activities have been added for your students?.

No need to scroll through your old emails! Back issues of our Weekly Digest are now available on our Website. Each week’s topic is listed and a quick click will take you to the edition that you need.

Share Expertise with Decision-Makers Your School System Can Benefit

Mar

01

Last week both ESchoolNews and EducationDive endorsed teachers and principals having more input into edtech purchases. Unfortunately district administrators rarely have time to investigate the many edtech options that are being used by individual educators.

Free “Printables” for Teachers of Special Needs Students Available Online

FEB

23

Eighteen sets of fun flashcards covering topics from ABC balloons to ending punctuation marks are available for download on the SmartEdTech Website. Each set of cards can be printed with photos on one side and the words on the back.

The cards are 2”x2” and can be used in the traditional Cariboo game and with most common communication boards. Each set is correlated to Common Core standards and Texas TEKS, and has teaching suggestions written by educators to help you with your lesson plans.

SMARTEDTECH Shares Research, Latest Blogs, New Ideas on Social Media

FEB

17

Following SmartEdTech on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest is a great way to keep up with news in the fields of of #SLP #Autism #SpecialNeeds!

Educators at SmartEdTech search for the newest tools, study the latest research, and read the leading blogs daily … then we share it with you! Follow us on social media, click on the links we provide to keep up to date on what is going on in the world of Special Education.

Sixteen New Activities for Students Ages 4-8 Are Added by SmartEdTech

FEB

09

Sixteen activities with topics ranging from finding lower case letters on soaring balloons for younger children, to detecting the “s” on plural nouns for the older ones, were released by SmartEdTech on February 3.

“The upload features exciting new activities for preschool through second grade,” reports Kathy Burdick, Director of Content for SmartEdTech. “Whether following directions with a game of Rover Says, patterned after the childhood game Simon Says, or learning how to segment and blend short a and e words – the new release is /f/, /un/.... fun!”

New Online Training Available for SmartEdApp on the iPad

FEB

02

“Spare time” is definitely a luxury for special ed teachers and therapists. The 2-4 minute videos at SmartEdTechU will help you to use your app effectively, and are designed for training “when-you-can, where-you-can.”

The tracking system lets you know which videos you have completed and which ones to access for new information. You can always restart a video and self-test to be sure you’ve “got it”.

SMARTEDTECH’s New Online Search Function Makes IEP Planning Easier

JAN

26

A couple of quick clicks are all you need to design lesson plans that fulfill education requirements when SmartEdTech activities are part of a student’s IEP. Each activity is correlated to Age, Skills, Common Core State Standards and Texas TEKS.

When writing your lesson plans, review the SmartEdTech activities online. If you are working on “Language Arts,” for example, select it from the drop down menu under Skills Category at the top of the page; tap “Search” and several Language Arts activities will pop up. Tap an activity; scroll down to find the standards.

SMARTEDTECH Celebrates the New Year with New Activities for iOS and Android

JAN

19

Start 2016 with great new activities for your students! When you connect to the Internet and open the app on your tablet, the activities will automatically update.

Spark discussions with school-agers by using idioms about general lifestyle and living things. What does it mean to be a “big fish in a little pond”? Help students participate in classroom discussions by introducing and reinforcing academic vocabulary for history, science, math and language arts

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