Last week we highlighted our guest bloggers from Loudoun County Schools. They shared their strategies for adapting books for all learners. This week our hats go off to two other members of the Loudoun County Assistive Technology team, Tara Jeffs and Cynthia Feist. Tara and Cindy host an accessibility blog on the Microsoft Partners in Learning Blog. This is an excellent source for finding information about meeting the needs of diverse learners in your classroom. Check out recent posts on developing MathLit kits and Strategies for Improving Organization and Time Management Skills. All of the posts contain photos, videos and web links. This blog is worth bookmarking and sharing far and wide!!
These apps were designed to provide meaningful and fun access to Reading, Writing and Mathematics for those with motor challenges. The apps combine Universal Design for Learning as well as independent access for individuals using an iPad. We have been challenged for years for students to show their work in math and perhaps Panther Math Paper might meet this challenge? These apps are still being perfected and will be available for purchase on iTunes. Keep checking the App Store and let us know what you think!
Unique Learning System + Classroom Suite=Student Success
IntelliTools® has combined efforts with N2Y, Inc. to deliver fully accessible computer-based Classroom Suite activities aligned to many of the core skills development lessons contained within the scope and sequence of the standards-based Unique Learning System curriculum. It’s great to have two wonderful learning tools combined into one unit.
ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8 is here, offering full support for the Windows 8 operating system, including touch screen devices. It’s compatible with Office 2013 and Internet Explorer 10. The magnification of text is crystal clear!
Check it out!
We love doing fun things with cubes. We use the styrofoam floral cubes you can get from the dollar store. Or you can build your own cube as they did hear with this Activity Cube idea. If you have kids that have a hard time sitting still for long periods and just need a break and a chance to move, consider integrating this idea into their school day. It can help the student develop self-regulation and self-monitoring as they learn how monitor their need for movement. Share with the families of your students too! Directions for making it can be found here: http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2011/04/physical-activity-cube.html
Many of us have long been concerned about the amount of time our toddlers and young children spend on computers and iPads, decreasing the amount of time for manipulating materials and exploring their environments. Several apps have been introduced over the last year or so that attempt to bridge the digital world and real manipulative activities. Here is another app that attempts to do just that by introducing the use of puzzle pieces with iPads. Tiggly.com
Did you know when you Google Search “30 Second Timer” it will automatically bring up a timer set for that amount of time. You can change the time (minutes and seconds) and it will set the Google Timer for that amount of time. Instead of searching for a time timer or other physical timer to use with your students, try the online Google Timer. Note: This Google search will also bring up other online timers. Check them out!
Found a great site with fun cool ideas for the classroom. Many teachers use whiteboards to engage students in learning and also to check for knowledge. Here is a fun way students can easily write and wipe their boards by using hot glue to attach a pom-pom to the end of a dry erase marker.
Check it out! You won’t be able to resist it!
A recent article highlighting the need for increased accessiblity in airports reminds us that certain features are critical everywhere for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Here are the suggestions in the article that we can generalize to school and work settings:
- Position way finding signs at the right height
- Equip check-in desks with hearing loop, Flight Information Display Systems with video in International Sign Language and captioned information
- Departure Halls and gates must be fitted with Flight Information Display Systems featuring video display of verbal announcements (speech recognition technology).
Here is a great resource of iOS apps created by Barbara Welsford that was shared on the qiat listserve and posted in the resource bank on the qiat website. This interactive resource maps apps with core UDL principles. Each icon is linked to the iTunes preview description of the app.