The 2012-2013 school year is quickly approaching! For incoming 6th graders, this means you’ll soon be receiving your District-issued MacBook laptop computer during 6th grade orientation on Monday, August 27.
Parents and students are invited to join us for an informational workshop to meet your new Macbook. We’ll explain the basics of using a Mac, tour some of the software students will be using, share tips for proper care and cleaning, choosing a home ﬁltering option, setting up a printer and review District policies for using school technology. Parents are encouraged to attend one of the three sessions. Bring your 6th grader and learn together!
The workshops will take place on the following dates (choose 1):
Tuesday, September 4
Wednesday, September 12
Thursday, September 20
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Salisbury Middle School Library
Space is limited!
Apple has always had a really impressive line up of features to help students with disabilities – vision, hearing, motor and learning. Simple adjustments can be made in system preferences to provide learners with the support they need. If you are interested in learning more about the capabilities of your laptop computer, be sure to check these resources.
- Snow Leopard Accessibility Features (DOC) – Created by Bill Ziegler from Bucks IU 22, the document reveals the array of accessibility features in Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for activating the features are included. Snow Leopard is the OS (operating system) currently on all student and teacher machines.
- Educational Software for UDL and Special Needs – Bill Ziegler also has a site containing reviews and links to several software tools useful for special needs learners.
Apple has resources that outline upgrades to accessibility features that appear in the latest OS – Lion (OS 10.7). The District plans to upgrade all student and teacher machines to Lion during the summer of 2012.
- Apple in Education: Special Education – The arrival of OS X Lion ushers in a new era of accessibility for students of all abilities. Every Mac comes equipped with dozens of assistive technologies — many of which you won’t find in other operating systems.
- Using Apple Technology to Support Learning for Students with Sensory and Learning Disabilities (PDF)- This white paper provides an overview of educational technology policy and practice with concrete examples of how teachers, students, and parents can use Apple technology to make a difference for students with sensory and learning disabilities.
Assistive technology features are not just for special needs learners. They can have universal appeal depending on your particular need. Be sure to check out these resources to learn the specific accessibility features available!