Online Interactive Resource for 6-Trait Writing Process

From the web site: "This web site provides an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and improving student writing based on the Six Traits Writing model. The links below provide an overview of the model along with the scoring rubrics for each trait. Exercises provided here will give students and teachers a chance to read sample writings, rate them, and compare their ratings with ratings made by English teachers. This...

SchwabLearning – a Great Resource

SchwabLearning.org provides a huge number of free articles about helping kids with learning difficulties, including several articles on using technology tools and strategies (some written by Lisa Wahl, my friend & former boss in California!). It's called a parent's guide, but many of the articles have helpful insights for teachers, too. SchwabLearning.org - A Parent's Guide to Helping Kids With Learning Difficulties powered by performancing firefox

Believe it or not, I won something…

On a whim, I entered Kensington's contest on how people use their products.  I won a $100 gift certificate for their online store, with the following entry:"My students with disabilities have more independence and control with a Kensington trackball than with a mouse, and the programmable buttons streamline difficult tasks."This is really true, for many kids, since the trackball stays in place and doesn't get swiveled around.  And...

BookBox Downloadable Flash Stories

Have you seen Book Box? http://www.bookbox.com I just came across this web site recently - have no idea if it will be helpful or not, but the downloadable Flash stories are digitally narrated with simple animation and streaming text across the bottom - you see whole phrases, and the letters go from white to red as the words are spoken (called 'SLS' - same language subtitling). It may...

Switch-adapted Digital Cameras

Digital photography can be both a fun hobby and a great learning and communication tool. But how does a kid who can't click a tiny shutter button use a camera? With a switch! But, you need a switch adapted means to take the photos. A web cam will work... very cool, and easy to do. Most web cams have fairly low resolution for photos, though, so it depends...

Some Math Web Sites

NCTM Illuminations (http://illuminations.nctm.org/index2.html) has a host of online math activities, all tied to the standards, plus links to more math sites. This is rich... You can also search the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (http://www.enc.org/) for activities related to math & science. (now a paid subscription site, www.goenc.com)

A One-day AT Seminar?

1. If you were to give a one day workshop to special education teachers (from mild to severe) with computers available for each teacher, what would you think to be the essentials to cover? This would be to help them understand how to use technology to support student learning and needs. (If it were you or the staff you work with, what would you want to know or...

Free Searchable Symbols for Curriculum and Communication

Slater Software (http://www.slatersoftware.com) very kindly offers a search window on their home page (and a Mac OS X 'widget') that lets you search their site for symbols that 'may be freely used for non-commercial projects.'  They (like a lot of other vendors) also have a page of free stuff for educators and families that use their symbols.

Free Graph Paper Maker

For all low-tech lovers, Just stumbled across this free, online graph paper maker - makes pdf's of graph paper according to the parameters you choose - size, color, line weight and layout. You can choose squares, dots, triangles, hexagons, diamonds, horizontal lines with light verticals, and even 'axiometric perspective' (I had to ask, too.) If you scroll down further, you can also generate number lines, Cornell Note taking...

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