YouTube stream from VSTE including this presentation I did on Technology Driven Differentiated Instruction.
I had a great conversation led by Rae Pica and with
Dr. William Bender, Suzie Boss, Anthony Cody as we briefly discussed project based learning. It was an enjoyable conversation (but a fast one). If you want to pick up some quick conversations about important topics.BAM radio is a great one to add to your podcast lists for the ride to school. I'm finding a lot of gems there.
A method for facilitating student search using the i-search method. There are 4 phases of using this method and the website says that it is an excellent method for "alternative assessment, inclusion of students with diverse learning abilities, and technology integration." I found the method via a New York Times article on teaching students how to search.
It is important to read things even if you know from the title that you'll disagree. This article is sure to spark controversy and be embraced by those who want to keep a traditional classroom in rows where kids listen to lecture. While I'm not in an ivory tower, my experience in the power of the face to face classroom has convinced me that when I teach and integrate all different senses that students learn better. I've also seen (and quoted in Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds in the Choice chapter that discusses differentiation) that dual encoding (listening to words while reading them) improves the ability to learn to read. (I'll have to look in the book for the sources of research.) I do think, however, there are some good points here, although I firmly believe their conclusion that students are going to learn no matter how they relate to content -- is inaccurate. The lines are being drawn between those who want to change and use technology and those who want the status quo. Nonetheless, if you lose your ability to read things you do not agree with, and engage in thoughtful conversation, then you miss the point of being well educated. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on this study.
A contest supporting UDL principles. From Dr. David Rose in my email today.
Given your ongoing interest in and support for universal design for learning, I wanted to let you know about a contest sponsored by the National UDL Center that we hope will stimulate helpful conversation in the field on ways to make more effective learning environments for all. The Designing UDL contest aims to give educators at all levels the opportunity to share how they put UDL principles into action. Entries in four categories are eligible for prizes of up to $500."
So, if you do UDL - -win some prize money.
Excellent quote and research relating differentiation in business and education. Chock full of charts and thoughts.
Right now, the iPad is being hailed as the best mobile device for the blind because it has voice enabled navigation. This article discusses the iPad, the Kindle and accessibility issues and information on both.
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