Thursday, December 17, 2009

Web 2.0 Innovations- Try Glogster!

This is the coolest thing. I encourage you to try this, the opportunities are endless for use in the classroom and library!

Check out the author Glog I made for Stephanie Meyer:

Have fun, I know I am.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

AT module #5

I liked the lesson plan ideas that were posted on the site. I think that the one with the "pizza slice" chart is an interesting way to do a visual presentation for kids.

  1. What one thing did you learn, and what will you do differently as a result?
I think that it is important to treat the person as a person first, and the disability second. The video of the able bodied man going to the job interview was the most powerful thing in this course.

2. Do you plan to recommend this tutorial? If so, please elaborate.

Not really, I might have people watch the video but would not have them do the rest. I would recommend a couple of the sites but they can be found without having to tdo all this.

3. Do you plan to read or recommend some of the Recommended Reading books or add them to your collection? Will you link our LibraryThing list to your blog? If you have a book recommendation or have read one of the books that does not include a review, please send us your own review so we can share it.

I think I will check out a couple of them and see what they are like. LibraryThing connected.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

AT module 4

The video was embarrassing to watch. I expected that it might show people being cruel but instead they were overly nice. I can only imagine how tiring it must be for a person with a disability.

The quiz was good - I am happy to report that I got an A. I did miss a few and I think it was informative to read all the rationale, even on those I was correct on.

Five websites that might be helpful:

This website is the Family Guide to Assistive Technology. It has a lot of stories of people who have gone through a lot of issues and advice for families to seek the technology and funding that they need.

This is a website put together by the Nebraska Department of Education and has sections describing the legal implications, incorporating AT into the IEP and dealing with issues in the classroom.

This website is the Center for Implementing Technology in Education. This website is dedicated to providing "evidence-based practices for integrating instruction technology to support the achievement of all students." It is really helpful because you can be alerted of new articles via facebook, RSS feed or Twitter.

This is a website to help with the implementation of AT in the elementary classroom. It has learning modules and tutorials to help make sure that students are recieving the help they should.

This website is for teachers. It contains tables of Assistive Technology devises that range from low to high tech and are ideas for teachers to get them started. It has web links to expand upon the information on this page.

This is an area that I feel I have been on the fringe of my whole life. My mom is a special ed teacher and I have grown up around her students. I think it was good for me to be introduced at an early age, as I feel more comfortable than I might otherwise around people with disabilities.