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++E-ACCESS BULLETIN. - ISSUE 72, DECEMBER 2005.
Technology news for people with vision impairment (http://www.headstar.com/eab/). Sponsored by RNIB (http://www.rnib.org.uk).
+03: 'Podcast' on Assistive Technology for Schools Goes Live.
A series of monthly online audio broadcasts or 'podcasts,' informing teachers, students, parents and administrators on the use of assistive technologies in schools and colleges, has gone live.
The service, entitled Building Educational Success Through Technology (BEST - http://bestpodcast.blogspot.com ) provides ideas and resources on assistive technology in education including news and product reviews. It can be played online using a media player such as 'real player' or 'itunes' or by downloading it onto a personal mp3 player, allowing listeners to hear shows at any time they choose.
"Podcasts are an innovative way of providing global access to information and are available to anyone who has access to the internet," said Brian Wojcik, Coordinator at the Special Educational Assistive Technology department at Illinois State University. The department collaborated with local education authorities and a Chicago-based cerebral palsy charity.
In future, a 'call for help' feature will be added, Wojcik said. "The aim of this is to provide a way for listeners to call in with questions or issues they are facing regarding using assistive technology with children in early childhood, in secondary classrooms or the home. We will attempt to provide answers or provide a forum for others to."