The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) has updated its TechMatrix, a searchable database that enables educators and families of students with disabilities to identify and compare assistive learning software and technologies. Users can search for and compare more than 190 products that focus on improving the lives of students with special needs. Funded by the NEC Foundation of America and the U.S. Department of Education, the expanded TechMatrix allows users to generate a detailed report on customized searches within four areas of focus: reading, mathematics, writing, and assistive technologies. Users can search for products by subject area, technology feature, and/or product name, and they can compare the features and functionalities of similar software programs. The information contained on each product includes a brief description, cost range, populations served, and the operating technology platform, among other features. TechMatrix does not endorse the products it features, but it does supply user reviews, as well as a customer guide to help educators make more informed decisions. The site is updated on an ongoing basis and is accessible free of charge.

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