I was laughing with a colleague this morning that, yet again, each of us made a resolution to engage in more mindfulness and not let the stresses of life take over. Last fall was busy for each of us and this upcoming winter is not slated to be any calmer. So I am looking to… Continue reading Meeting the challenges for returning from an extended school break.
I had earlier explored the comparison of Ginger and Grammarly on my iPad. Both tools have pros and cons but are useful tools to help with grammar and spelling checking. As I am typing Grammarly (paid version) is underlining words I am misspelled or have using incorrectly. It does not auto correct the spellings, rather underlines them in… Continue reading Ginger vs Grammarly in Chrome
Names are funny things when you think about it. Think of how you associate things with names of people, places, and things. We start life with our parents picking out a name before we are even born, how do they know if it will fit?! Actually, when I was born, my parents were so sure… Continue reading What’s in a name…
One of the paths my colleague Theresa Collins, an Orton-Gillingham Fellow, and I have been following is how to incorporate educational technology into small group structured literacy lessons to ease the organization for the teacher and increase student engagement. With the creation of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practioners and Educators (AOGPE) Classroom Educator level of… Continue reading Structured Literacy Instruction Meets EdTech
For my LD students, getting paper into an accessible format is a daily task. Despite being in a school for students with learning disabilities, some teachers still provide paper reading and/or to some students who do better with ear reading and dictation. Given that most of our students have iPads, we have found easy tools… Continue reading .@TextHelp innovating the world of accessiblilty in edtech: Part 2: Snapverter
I have to admit, the tools from TextHelp have me considering Chromebooks. I am a big fan of the iPad for my LD students. The built in accessibility and range of apps available are crucial for addressing a broad range of needs and building independence. Yet, TextHelp keeps finding its way into my Chrome browser and… Continue reading .@TextHelp innovating the world of accessibility in edtech: Part 1: Read&Write for Google
The use of technology in the field of special education is not novel, it is actually the area of education where the use of technology began with any regularity. I recall in my undergraduate studies in the early 90’s working at a preschool for children with special needs, learning programs that the speech pathologist regularly… Continue reading Blurring the lines between educational technology and assistive technology