Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, device or digital program used to enhance or enable all students to have the opportunity to access meaningful curriculum. Assistive Technology can be used to support all learners and can allow them to remain in an inclusive setting.
Is a multifaceted cloud-based program that facilitates students with reading and writing, learning English and research projects.
All readers and writers can use Read & Write's flexible set of support features within the programs and devices they use every day. Read and Write works as an enhancement to PDF and WORD documents, web pages and email.
Read & Write is assigned to students based on need and is used to assist students to become more independent. All students in RDPSD have access to the basic features in Read & Write (text-to-speech).
Digital Repository for Students with Special Education Needs
Alberta Education currently provides students with special education needs access to an online digital depository. This depository includes digital versions for grades 4 to 12 students. Alberta Education provides free access to basic textbooks for English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The depository allows students who would otherwise struggle to access the necessary material, the opportunity to learn along with their peers.
PDF files of all textbooks can be used by students, along with the text-to-speech software Read & Write.
However, access to this depository is limited to students who:
Have an Individualized Program Plan,
Are registered in the related course, and
Have a print copy of the related textbook.
Red Deer Public Schools is currently involved in numerous school initiatives that are focused on best teaching practices, in combination with the use of iPads. These initiatives are designed to foster and facilitate student learning and engagement, through the use of appropriate apps.
iPads are a dynamic assistive technology, that when used correctly, can greatly enhance the learning experience of all students.
Devices have been distributed to all schools in Red Deer Public to assist with a variety of student learning needs.
The electronic translation service is hosted by Google Translate. The quality of the translation will vary in some of the languages offered by Google. Google Translate is a free service and currently offers translation in over 50 languages, although an impressive number, this does not capture all languages or dialects. The basic translation’s goal is to capture the general intention of the original English material.
The Cobb County School District does not guarantee the quality, accuracy or completeness of any translated information. Before you act on translated information, the District encourages you to confirm any facts that are important to you and affect any decisions you may make.
The Cobb County School District is committed to parent, family and community engagement, and it is our hope that by providing this tool on our website that we are making our information more accessible to families whose first language is not English and thereby enabling better engagement in public education.