TRUCE Toy Guide Now Available

TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment) has released its 2008 Toy Action Guide, just in time for the holidays. In their own words, This guide is intended to help adults promote children’s creative and constructive play by making informed choices about toys, and by working with others at home, school, and in the community to promote positive play and toys. The guide includes indispensable  tips for  how to...

Homework Tips for Parents

I recently wrote a short article for parents on coping with their childrens' homework struggles and demands - a topic near and dear to my heart as I sit across from my own 9 year old who's struggling with his last assignment of the evening. The article is posted on our school's web page, along with additional links and resources, and I'm reposting it here: Homework Tips for...

SchoolNetAfrica.net

SchoolNetAfrica is a pan-African education portal for practitioners, policymakers and school communities across the continent with resources in English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Arabic. SchoolNetAfrica is made up of the African Education Knowledge Warehouse: SchoolNet Centre, which has tools and resources to support national SchoolNets Policy Centre, which provides resources and studies to support policy development on ICT integration in education Learner Centre, which houses resources for learners...

ConnSense Podcasts

Chauncey Rucker's ConnSense Bulletin has long been a favorite of mine for news, reviews and updates related to assistive technology. It's quality stuff, and he taps into key issues. In addition to online articles and an e-mail bulletin, ConnSense also has begun providing podcasts. Maybe I'm a luddite, but I've never quite figured out how or when to listen to podcasts. Still, I began browsing the ConnSense podcasts...

SchwabLearning and Sparktop to Close

Two of my favorite sites for families struggling with learning disabilities are closing. On September 21, Charles and Helen Schwab announced they will no longer maintain operation of their web sites, SchwabLearning.org and Sparktop.org. Instead they will focus on selective grant-making to other organizations. I am grateful for the wonderful work that the Schwabs have done and their contributions toward greater understanding of and success for students with...

5000+ Resources to Do Just About Anything Online

From the venerable Web 2.0 experts at Mashable comes the list of all lists... 5000+ Resources to Do Just About Anything Online. And they mean it!  Topics include: Blogging and Podcasting, Communications Tools, Photo and Video Tools, Tools for Work, Tools for Life, Web Browsing Tools, Web Development Tools, Web Search and Bookmarking, and Miscellaneous Tools.  They've done the hard work for you (and me) of checking out...

ATSTAR

ATSTART is an online curriculum for educators to learn more about Assistive Technology: Strategies, Tools, Accommodations and Resources, made with the help of many of the good people I know through QIAT.ATSTAR is an online curriculum designed to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities by helping teachers learn to use assistive technology in the classroom. Our core program is a series of online teacher training modules with...

Announcing The Web Catcher – my new blog!

I've started a new blog especially designed to record the best educational web sites I find for kids, called The Web Catcher. Check it out! Then don't hesitate to leave a comment about YOUR favorite web sites!

Give One, Get One – One Laptop Per Child Promo

Here's a new way to have it all and give it away at the same time. Share this with grandparents and other generous gift givers. Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptops—one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a...

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