Assistive Technology Usability Pilot at Shimek Elementary

We’re excited that Shimek Elementary has been selected as a specially designed instruction (SDI) usability pilot site by the Iowa Department of Education.

As part of this pilot, we’ll be implementing some software that is new to the district:

  • uPar is a screener to assist in determination of a need for reading accomodations
  • Snap & Read is a reading accessibility tool that reads text aloud, works both online and offline, performs dynamic text leveling, translation into over 100 languages, along with other study tools
  • Co:Writer uses word prediction and speech recognition, along with content databases to help students better express their ideas in writing

We’re excited to implement this program at Shimek, and for the possibilities that the program’s success could mean for students in all of our buildings.