Ableism: My thoughts 1 year later… : May 1, 2009
Last January I blogged about my reflections following reading: New Directions in Education: Eliminating Ableism in Policy and Practice by Thomas Hehir. The following thoughts stuck with me and guided my practice over the past year.
- Hehir defines ableism as ” deeply held negative attitudes toward disability that are analogous to racism”.
Then I looked up “racism” according to Merriam-Webster racism is:
UDL Weblinks from the Birchland Team Presentation ~LATA : October 24, 2008
What a great day! David Rose was inspiring, really reminded us why we have worked so hard this year – and renewed our energy. We also had a great time sharing our Journey so far with those who came to watch our presentation. I want to blog so many things I learned today… the only problem is time – I must write my IEPs this weekend…
As promised, here are the weblinks that were shown in our presentation today – I hope I got them all. If I have missed anything either post a comment, or send me an email – there is a Contact Information tab above. I will update this post with any additions. Also, if you have some links you would like to share please post them in the comment section below or email them to me. Click on the site names below and the sites will open.
- Math PowerPoint Presentations: Nancy showed a PowerPoint presentation from this site about rounding numbers. There are many other concepts posted here illustrated by PowerPoint Presentations. (http://www.hcbe.net/itc/powerpoints/math.html)
- National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: Today Nancy demonstrated the use of a Java program that demonstrated place value through interactive manipulatives.(http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vLibrary.html)
- The Expanded Notation activity she showed can be downloaded from the SMARTTech website. You need SMART Notebook software for this file.
- Math Zone: The team has found many userful math activities here. (http://www.mathszone.co.uk/)
- Math Playground: This site is full of exciting learning activities that our teachers are using in their classrooms. (http://www.mathplayground.com/)
- Sheppard Software: Darryl showed us an activity in which the kids determine if an animal is an herbivore, omnivore, or a carnivore. There is also one about the food chain and many others that the kids enjoy. (http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/)
- BBC Schools: I am currently drawing a blank on what he showed from this site but I know there is lots of cool stuff here. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/)
- Jeopardy Template: Here is one of the sites where you can download Jeopardy templates (and a number of other game show templates). Playing the game is an excellent way to review facts in preparation for tests. It was really powerful also when the teachers began having the children build the games themselves by reading the chapter, coming up with questions, and then play the games as a class. They had to determine what were the important points and create the questions. Great activity. (http://www.murray.k12.ga.us/teacher/kara%20leonard/Mini%20T’s/March%20Mini%20T-Games/Games.htm)
- Kurzweil: If you are not already familiar with this software here is a link to more information. It can be purchased through PSAP for school use in BC.
- Into the Book: This is a new one Craig found — the one about the pirate. Great tool for working with Adrien Gear’s Reading Power to help students become more able to attend to the imporant aspects of what they read. The reading ‘powers’ on this site are: visualizing, summarizing, synthesizing, making connections, prior knowledge, inferring, evaluating, questioning. (http://reading.ecb.org/)
- Brain Pop: We ran out of time for this. It is a site to which we purchased access. You can look at some of the clips free however. The teachers have been using this one as part of their instruction in a variety of subject areas. They are also using it to help motivate thier students to write during their ’10 minute write’. (http://www.brainpop.com/)
- Iknowthat.com: Another great resource Craig found that he didn’t have time to show. (http://www.iknowthat.com/com)
- My Delicious Links: All of the above links and many many more are posted here.
- Do to Learn: This is a web site with a variety of excellent activities for early learners or students with special learning needs.
Thanks so much to all of you who attended our session. Please contact us if you have any questions.
ZoomIt : April 5, 2008
ZoomIt is a program that provides users with three tools. It runs in the background and is quickly activated by hotkeys. It allows you to quickly zoom in on any are of your screen within any program, to mark the screen using your mouse or touch pad (especially useful during presentations using any program), and to turn your computer screen into a countdown timer. Read more and download this freeware at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897434.aspx/.