Accessibility, Equal Access, and the ADA (part one) Just to get us started, check out these simulations that let you experience the web as a person with a visual disability would: blindness and colorblindness . If a simulation isn’t your thing, you can check out the Web Accessibility Initiative’s draft paper on How People with Disabilities Use the Web . Or you can read this wrap-up on how instructors should respond when a student has a speech impairment. You can also take a quick glance at an article reviewing the accessibility of different college and university websites:
What do you use to collect your notes? I use my Moleskine for my day to day notes, especially for meetings. However, when it comes to electronic notes, I turn to Evernote.
Web 2.0 tools can be useful for any situation where discussion and content sharing is desired, and where accessing current information in certain topic areas can be advantageous for learning. This case study examines how and why Lubna Alam from the University of Canberra used the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) as a central hub that both provided her students with easy access to the class blogs, wiki and Twitter, and a place where information from the different technologies was amalgamated. The integration of web 2.0 technologies into the learning process is examined, highlighting how this can improve student engagement, communication and collaboration.
The dynamic processes of Wikis allow teachers to engage their students in science. Students of all levels will find this online technology useful for learning science. A Wiki, Hawaiian for quick or fast, offers science teachers the ability to manage their science classroom curriculum and activities, along with providing interactive information for their students. Wikis also provide teachers the ability to work collaboratively with their students on project based learning activities. Teachers can provide students with online group study guides, resources, and links to podcasts. Also, students are able to work on group assignments or submit individual assignments.
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It’s been years now since I’ve written anything here, but a conversation today on the Eighteenth-Century Questions Facebook page made me realize I ought to update my reports from Wikiland . I’ve been using PBworks for wikis since shortly after they began the site in 2005. (NB: I have almost always participated in “private” wikis, not anything searchable, and I guarantee to students that, no, a future employer is not going to read their notes on Moll Flanders .)
Continuing our monthly Educational Apps series , a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. STORYLINES : The educational games-maker Root-1 has released its latest app into the iTunes store this week. StoryLines ( iTunes ) is a bit like the game of “Telephone.” Players are given a sentence or phrase to illustrate using the touchscreen on the iPad. That illustration is given to the next person, who writes a sentence, captioning the drawing. You can determine how many “links” in the story you’d like to see, and when you’re done, Storyline replays the illustration and writing process.
These days you can find all sorts of things online, from audio books to flash files, from sound effects to CSS templates. Below we compiled a list with over 100 download sites that serve that purpose. We will also try to keep the list updated, so if your favorite download site is not here, let us know about it with a comment. Audio Books
Downloading a document only to find that you do not have the application to open it can be frustrating. Thankfully however there are numerous web apps that help you out of this predicament. We have gathered 50 such online tools that help you convert not only digital documents but also images and various other media files.
Last year I spent of lot of time creating QR codes to bring student work to life. Students attached videos to artwork and classroom displays and created book trailers which could be watched by scanning the QR code attached to the book. Aurasma is a new Augmented Reality tool which will make QR codes a thing of the past. Now you can activate various types of media (videos, photos, 3D images, etc) just by opening the app and pointing your device at a photo, object or landmark. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
When I first started blogging with my class, I simply used text and images in blog posts. As my skills and confidence grew, I started using different forms of media to make the blog posts more interesting and interactive. Using a range of online tools is a great way to showcase student work. Tips
Some of my notes on ePortfolios from “ Innovate to Educate: System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning .” There are 5 Essential Elements of a Personalized Learning System Flexible, Anytime/Everywhere Learning Redefine Teacher Role and Expand “Teacher” Project-Based/Authentic Learning Opportunities Student Driven Learning Path Mastery/Competency-Based Progression/Pace ePortfolios are a collection of digital resources that:
From Wired How-To Wiki You don't have to be an engineer to program a computer. In fact, programming is like learning another language, which just happens to be easier the younger you are.
The city is ruined. Bored and frustrated residents patrol the night streets, windows are smashed, buildings ransacked – there is no will or desire to fix anything or to understand its value. There is no sense of community any more… A year ago, journalist and author Jim Rossignol approached Channel 4 's education department with the idea for a game – a game about broken cities. In 2008, the channel's then head of education, Janey Walker, had made the decision to switch much of the education spending from TV to online, putting aside a significant budget for the development of interactive, web-based projects with an educational remit.
The challenge: race the sun and hand out as many insecticide-treated bed nets as you can to African families. The more virtual nets you deliver – before the mosquitoes come out – the more lives you save . Want to do more? We need you and your NETwork. Together we’ve raised enough to send nearly a million nets to Africa, but we still have a long way to go to cover the continent!