Learning games and data dashboards are trending in the 21 awards from the U.S. Education Department’s Small Business Innovation Research program.
Schools expect the technology they use to be accessible to students who are blind and have other disabilities, and those expectations are finding their way into contract language.
DeKalb county schools wants a single sign-on solution, and Phoenix Union High School District seeks a web-based writing platform with plagiarism detection capabilities.
New York’s state education department requests summer college-prep programs for deaf students, while an Alaska district is looking for a student information system, and a rural Missouri district wants new networking equipment.
Clark County, Nev. wants supplemental math and ELA curricula, while Indiana seeks alternate assessments and Township High School District No. 113, Ill., wants an LMS.
Washington State wants to develop a tracking and evaluation system for its “Grow Your Own” educator program. Dallas wants a case management system for special education and IEP data, and Charleston County School District, S.C., seeks an applicant tracking system for recruitment and hiring.
Lawrence Public Schools, Mass., want a management system for special education data. Santa Fe, N.M. schools seek social-emotional learning curricula, and Illinois’ Palatine Community Consolidated School District No. 15 wants a unified teacher and principal evaluation system.
Houston wants instructional materials and assistive technology for special education students, while Denver seeks literacy intervention curricula and a Utah district wants plagiarism detection software.
Fifteen companies have won a combined $1.5 million in grants to support work building the academic content and effective use of data for products to help students with special needs.
A tool for collecting data on special education student behavior can bring benefits to teachers and other students as well.