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10 Awesome Web Tools Teachers should Be Using Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is back to you with another list of some great educational websites. We have meticulously handpicked this compilation and we want those of you who, because of their time constraints or any other reasons, could not keep up with the sweeping influx of the web tools to have a chance to get to know some useful tools to use both for their professional development and with their students as well. You can also check our archive for other compilations. Before Special Ed: How Pre-Referral Works - Identifying a Learning Disability By Colleen Stump, Ph.D. If your child is struggling to learn, take time to find out about how the pre-referral process works at your school. When you become involved in planning with her educational team, your child will benefit. Purpose The purpose of the pre-referral process is to ensure your child tries reasonable accommodations and modifications before she's referred for special education assessment. Sometimes, a change in the classroom can turn her performance around and make it unnecessary to consider special education services.

Target the Problem! Welcome to Target the Problem!, a tool to help parents and classroom teachers understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. You'll find practical suggestions on what you (and kids themselves) can do to help students overcome or deal with their reading difficulties. Overview Target the Problem! in depth Langwitches Blog The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies), but writing did not seem part of what Middle School Math was about. How could “blogging” go beyond taking a digital image of a Math problem on paper or a quiz and writing about ”how the student felt about solving the problem or passing the test?”or ask themselves what they could have done better? One of the first steps was to bring more “language” into the Math classroom.

Art Lesson Plans Art Lesson Plans, Drawing Lesson Plans, Painting Lesson Plans, Sculpture Lesson Plans Drawing Lesson Plans A MONSTER'S WORLD Using texture, the student will create imaginary monsters. A UNIQUE DRAWING EXPERIENCE Students (and teacher) will see how with just one set of directions, everyone in the classroom will come up with very unique works of abstract art. Turn your picture into Cartoon Using Choggers Chogger is an awesome comic strip building platform. It looks like Pixton and Make Beliefs but offers extra services. Choggers has a good editing tool that allows users to create their own cartoons out of imported photos.

Developing an Accessible Technology Plan Although each organization is unique and has unique requirements, common steps are involved in developing a good accessible technology plan. Following is a proven five-step plan used in many technology development plans that has simply been applied to accessible technology. Many of the themes described here are based on the steps in Susan Conway's and Char Sligar's book Unlocking Knowledge Assets. (Conway, Sligar 2002). Thinking through your strategy and requirements will reduce costs and increase efficiency—reducing false-starts, ensuring compatibility with existing technology, and accurately addressing your organization's unique situation and needs.

iPads in a Junior Classroom Kia ora! The Virtual Learning Network (VLN), He kōtuinga ako ā-ipurangi, is an interactive resource provided by the Ministry of Education for all New Zealand educators. The VLN provides access to: The Learning Exchange is a brokerage site that enables connections between teachers and learners; joining clusters, schools, groups and individuals who are learning through online and blended programes. The VLN supports the work of the Māori Medium Kura Network and the VLN Community (VLNC), and promotes the concept of classrooms without walls, where learners and educators have the flexibility to connect with each other 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Skill Set Needed for Drawing WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED TO DRAW EVERYTHING? edges | cross contour | size angle proportion perspective | shading | negative space | holistic gesture seeing and drawing | color | pattern texture Once students learn these skills, they can draw anything that they can observe. I recently ran across and old tape and enjoyed listening to a talk by Betty Edwards at Calvin College in the 1980's. Among other things, she lists some skills that are needed to be able to draw. Dr. Rod Ellis: TESOL Written Corrective Feedback - Professor Rod Ellis, gave a presentation which is available on In it, he focuses on written corrective feedback. I’ve written a basic summary below. Get a drink, a snack, your notebook, make yourself comfortable and enjoy an allusive, informative explanation of the current state of affairs regarding written corrective feedback; the types and strategies, what we know, what we don’t know and what we should do. Running time: 1:09:08 Why do we give written corrective feedback?

Help for Young Learners: How To Choose AT? By: National Center for Technology Innovation and Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) (2006) Young children with disabilities need an enriched environment to promote their social and cognitive participation and growth. Technologies, from low to high-tech, can play a role in promoting their participation, but are often underutilized. Using iPads in the Primary Grades Recently, I was given the opportunity to go one-to-one in my first grade classroom with iPads. To say that my students and I were excited to do this would be a bit of an understatement. It has long been a dream of mine to go one-to-one and for the students it is, as they say, like kids in a candy shop.