Archive for May, 2014

Technology Tips for Oral Administration

Special Education teachers spend a lot of their time reading tests and quizzes out loud to students, not to mention regular classroom lessons and assignments. For some students, this is an unavoidable part of their instructional plan. But we think that, for many students, technology tools can provide an equally good, if not better, approach […]

Does He Really Need an FM? – Part IV

Yes! He really does need an FM!  Now what?  Before purchasing that FM system, you may want to complete a trial with the student.  ESC Region 13’s Assistive Technology Preview Center is here to help.  Our motto is “Try before you buy”.  We have a limited number of FM systems available for short term loan […]

Does He Really Need an FM? – Part III

In addition to being able to hear speech in a classroom, the added critical component of course is being able to understand that speech.  Speech recognition in noise is a skill that is developed by about 6th grade.  Adults with normal hearing score better on speech understanding in noise than children with normal hearing.  Children […]

Does He Really Need an FM? – Part II

As previously stated, the three common obstacles to a clear speech signal reading the person with hearing loss are: Distance, Reverberation and Noise.  Let’s take a quick look at each of these and how FM systems mitigate these effects. Distance. By wearing a microphone (transmitter), the teacher’s voice is made to sound as if it […]

Why learning math facts is so important…

If you are worried this will happen to your students, come to To Drill or Not to Drill: Factastic Math Strategies training. July 25, 2014, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at ESC Region 13 (5701 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78723). Learn research-based strategies for teaching students basic math facts and receive 2 set of Factastic […]

Does He Really Need an FM? – Part I

Hearing technology today is better than ever with digital hearing aids and cochlear implants. They give the wearer tailored access to the sounds of speech.  So if a student has this great hearing aid, cochlear implant or BAHS, why does he need an FM system?  These personal amplification devices are designed to amplify the sounds […]

Rachel Simon to Keynote Beat the Heat 2014

Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister, will be the keynote speaker for Beat the Heat 2014.  She is an award-winning author and a nationally-recognized speaker on issues related to diversity and disability. Riding the Bus with My Sister is Rachel’s memoir of the year she spent riding the bus with her sister, Cool Beth. […]

Accelerating Instruction

Accelerating Instruction through “Data-Based Individualization” Region 13’s Access to the General Curriculum team will review slides from the National Center on Intensive Intervention’s webinar “Introduction to Data-Based Individualization”. The webinar will last 60 minutes: 45 minutes with the slides and 15 minutes for questions and comments. The webinar will be recorded and archived for future […]

Beat the Heat 2014: Registration Is Open

Registration is open with 4 registration options available! ESC Region 13’s Beat the Heat is a three-day professional development opportunity for educators who work with children 3-5 and children with significant disabilities ages 6-21. Pre-Conference: Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  Back by popular demand this day provides day-long, in-depth learning opportunities at a more advanced level. […]

Beat the Heat 2014: Call for Proposals

  Beat the Heat Main Conference June 26 & 27, 2014 Your expertise is valuable!   Education Service Center Region 13 invites you to share your knowledge and expertise as a presenter at Beat the Heat 2014.   This is a professional development opportunity for educators who work with children ages 3-5 and children with […]

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