Apps for Autism

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Good article in the New York Times titled Finding Good Apps for Children With Autism. It has pointers to multiple sites that categorize and describe apps. References include a post titled iPad Apps for Autism, a site named Special Needs Apps for Kids, a site named Apps for Children with Special Needs, and a site named iAutism (iPad, iPhone, Android … and Autism).

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Self-Directed Learning Lesson Plan

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment

The New York Times has a great article titled Independence Day: Developing Self-Directed Learning Projects. It’s organized around having students consider what their learning would look like if they designed it themselves. The article has a 15-minute YouTube video on The Independent Project attached. I found a link to this article from a post on Peter Pappas’ Blog, Copy/Paste – “Dedicated to Relinquishing Responsibility for Learning to the Students.”

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Teacher vulnerability engenders trust

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Interesting post on “Vulnerability as a Connection Tool … in Distance Education” – there’s a 6-minute video clip and the following description:

Today’s hot topic deals with teacher’s  & trainer’s vulnerability in distance education. This is a very important subject as many of us at times feel vulnerable and cannot come up with the correct answer on the spot.

In this video I share 5 strategies that help me feel vulnerable and safe at the same time in a distance classroom.

  • Strategy # 1:  Turn your competitive disadvantages into your best-selling points
  • Strategy #2: Confidence is overrated. Keep doing what you are doing, and confidence will come
  • Strategy #3: Be authentic and vulnerable
  • Strategy #4: Change your role online
  • Strategy #5: Don’t give away your power

I appreciate any comments or additional suggestions for Karen! Please provide your insights under the video.

She’s talking to recent graduates and grad students, but much applies more broadly. She talks of graduate students needing to learn how to teach themselves about topics of interest. I believe that we should encourage this in students from the earliest grades.


Special Ed

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Shelly Wier, Arkansas State Consultant for School-Based Speech-Language Pathology Services, has lots of links to information relevant to special education. See her favorite websites, relevant reading, and the site archives.

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Praise effort, not intelligence

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

BBC News reports on research showing that praising a student’s intelligence can diminish their motivation to perform, whereas praising their efforts can do the opposite. This is related to a “fixed mindset” versus a “growth mindset.” The former attitude is that talent is inherent – one has it or not; the latter attitude is that talent increases with practice and effort.

Creative Commons

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Creative Commons is a way of retaining rights to material between full copyright and public domain. They have a search page that allows one to limit the results returned (see check boxes at the top of the page) by Google, Google Images, Flickr and other sites to ones with specific rights to re-use. Cybraryman has a web page with lots of related links, including a link to 30+ Creative Commons Sources.

Technology Integration Matrix

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Florida schools are using a Technology Integration Matrix that has down the side types of engagement with technology – Active, Collaborative, Constructive, Authentic and Goal Directed. Across the top are levels of engagement – Entry, Adoption, Adaptation, Infusion and Transformation. For each box in the matrix, there is a description and links to further material – one link each for 1-to-1 and shared access computing environments.