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The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom

The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

Over 12 years ago, as Todd Curtis and his teaching partner tried to get all of their eighth graders engaged in class discussions, they noticed a trend. Though students talked freely outside of class, they became silent in class. As an experiment, they jury-rigged their email system into a backchannel.


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This is something I had not thought a lot about, but with the growth of Blended Learning throughout our systems of learning, it makes so much sense to include this in our planning.  This article gives some great examples and ideas about tools and backchanneling for our learners.  I think this has great promise for reinforcing adult learning as well.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 23, 6:20 AM

Useful article about using backchannels (and we all should be) in class.

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Helen Teague's curator insight, May 24, 3:22 PM

meets the quality of participatory framework needed in Communities of Practice.

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Q & A with Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist: Our goal is to be the first state to fully blend technology into all schools - The Hechinger Report

Q & A with Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist: Our goal is to be the first state to fully blend technology into all schools - The Hechinger Report | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
The nation’s smallest state has embarked on an ambitious partnership with The Learning Accelerator, designed to make Rhode Island the first state in the nation to use blended learning in all its schools. TLA, a California-based nonprofit group, works to spread blended learning – an approach combining traditional teaching by an educator in a classroom …
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Not specifically about AT, UDL or mobile learning - but still an important article to share, since I live  and work in RI.  Here Commissioner Gist discusses the vision for RI to integrate Blended learning into EVERY School in RI - every single one!  It is a state-wide initiative in the smallest state in the USA - but could become a model for other states.... at least this is what the vision is.  Lot's to do -- and many challenges to overcome - but we are on our way!

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Universal Design for Learning Series

Universal Design for Learning Series | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

This session features CAST and district leaders discussing the UDL implementation process. It includes a description of the five phases of UDL implementation and examples of how districts apply the principles of UDL to decision-making and planning.

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I really like this video from CAST.  It stresses that the UDL framework is about variation, and the importance of varying your implementation approach of UDL to fit the needs and interests of both educators and students.  There is no one perfect way to implement UDL, and the video talks about this.  It's a good video to put in your UDL toolkit!

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Webinar - Make Learning Personal

Webinar - Make Learning Personal | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Join Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey, authors of the book, 'Make Learning Personal,' as they share research and pedagogy behind the term 'Personalized Learning,' along with examples, anecdotes, and stories from the classroom. Explore the differences in personalization, differentiation, and individualization and learn strategies for using the 'Stages of Personalized Learning' as a process in your classroom.
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Apparently, if you sign up right now the webinar is free, as well as their recent book on personalizing learning.  It's a great opportunity to learn from the experts!

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12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education

12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
  via Edudemic Are you a Google Drive / Google Docs fan? Do you take notes, compose papers, construct spreadsheets, and build presentations in real-time on the web while collaborating with oth...
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Here in Rhode Island, we are going state-wide in GAFE (Google Apps For Education).  The way I see it, I've been using the Google tools for years professionally, and if we can help our kids to learn them by modeling how we ALL can use them, then EVERYONE benefits!  The Google Apps associated with Drive are just so nimble - you're gonna love them!

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PresentationTube: Record & Share Online Video Presentations

PresentationTube: Record & Share Online Video Presentations | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
A free network for recording, uploading & sharing online PowerPoint video presentations
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I just started using JING - which is really easy and fun - but this site looks like it might allow a few more functions, and also recordings that are longer than 5 minutes.  I'm going to check it out!

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Three new developments in K-12 technology integration | eSchool News | eSchool News

Three new developments in K-12 technology integration | eSchool News | eSchool News | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
How is technology growing and how is it integrated in K-12 schools? A major annual survey (the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 2014 Vision K-20 report) has three top findings.
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Key findings:

1. Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives continue to increase across the nation;

2. More than half of respondents don’t feel “highly prepared” with enough bandwidth or adequate devices and hardware to support online assessments; and

3. Current technology integration levels are “static".

 

Educator PD is critical to change #3.  Let's get moving!!

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Fifty from ISTE: 50 new ed-tech services | eSchool News | eSchool News

Fifty from ISTE: 50 new ed-tech services | eSchool News | eSchool News | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
This year’s ISTE conference was the biggest yet, with nearly 20,000 participants; here’s a roundup of news from ISTE 2014 exhibitors.
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Take a look!  So many great new ideas here to use in your classroom or elsewhere that help to make education more accessible, more interactive, more diverse, more organized,  and and maybe even  more fun!  And we all love to have fun - especially as we learn and work to support learning.

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Technology Makes Reading Better. Here's Exactly How.

Technology Makes Reading Better. Here's Exactly How. | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Technology Makes Reading Better. Here's Exactly How.
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The post above also includes a link to "11 iPad Apps That Promote Close-Reading"

"Close-reading is the product of a dynamic and deeply personal interaction between the reader and a text. It is an active process characterized by questioning, adjusting reading rate, judgement thinking, and dozens of other “strategies” readers use to make sense of what they’re reading." (Terry Heick)
These are two very interesting posts about reading.  I wanted to share them, since pairing the process of reading with appropriate supporting technologies can open the process to a WORLD of children and adults who cannot deal with it otherwise - or just find reading so strenuous that it takes all of the JOY out of it.  Here, technology can REALLY make a difference for so many of these frustrated readers!

 

 

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Curation as a tool for teaching and learning

"A curator might be an individual or an organisation. Curators use their skills to create new meaning by combining content and context and their work is valued by those who they assist in making sense of information"


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A really great essay - with many excellent references - on the process of curation, useful digital tools, and connections to professional development in education.  Very informative.  

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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, July 14, 2:22 PM

Helpful insights on curation of information, lots of good source documents and a little video. 

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Who are the curators, what motivates them and what makes a great curator?

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 23, 11:01 AM

Nice essay about curation. A useful example of using storify

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Smallpdf.com - A Free Solution to all your PDF Problems

Smallpdf.com - A Free Solution to all your PDF Problems | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
Smallpdf - the platform that makes it super easy to convert and edit all your PDF files. Solving all your PDF problems in one place - and yes, 100% free.
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Here is another great tool - free PDF conversion to many different formats - quick and easy and FREE.  The only conversion that I didn't see was PDF into WORD - too bad, since that would be REALLY cool!

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A 1:1 iPad Menu For Guided Reading - te@chthought

A 1:1 iPad Menu For Guided Reading - te@chthought | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

"Choice boards are powerful tools for providing students with both choice and direction in their work.

 

The idea, creatively shown below from teacher/blogger Monica Evon in the form of a menu, allows teachers to guide students towards certain forms of academic practice, or demonstration of specific standards. If, for example, you want students to show they understand how to calculate the area of a circle from real-life applications, you can create 8 different ways for them to show it."


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A great example of how digital learning can offer differentiation and guidance that can be flexible and still appropriate in general education for ALL kids.

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No one does literacy quite like LeVar Burton

No one does literacy quite like LeVar Burton | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
The "Reading Rainbow" host stopped by ISTE 2014 to discuss the intersection of reading and technology with educators.
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And..... let's be sure that Reading Rainbow, if it does come back, is truly accessible for ALL - not just those folks who can access standard print.  Digital literacy MUST be for all, if we are to have a truly literate world.  Let's go there together!!

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10 Powerful iPad Apps For English And History - Edudemic

10 Powerful iPad Apps For English And History - Edudemic | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

" I have the resources to connect them with a real-world network of readers who authentically guide them to books they will enjoy through reviews and ratings."

"During the research process students have tools to keep their ideas organized, and their resources available to others with similar interests. What follows are my top ten picks for apps that support the writing process, reading engagement, critical reading skills, and research in the humanities."  (quotes from the author)

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Some good ideas for some powerful and flexible tools to support the writing and research process for ALL learners.  Apps are changing educational practice!

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Principles of Mobile Learning - App Evaluation

Principles of Mobile Learning - App Evaluation | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

Mobile devices are commonplace and mobile applications are being developed at an exponential rate. However, many mobile applications do not provide sound educational content or research-based instructional strategies. How do you determine if an application is worthy of your time or money?

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Here's an interesting and rich site - which discusses mobile learning in a very UDL way.  Curated by Kristi Shaw, Assistant Professor @ Marian University, WI, the main site has many great resources and links re: App Evaluation.  I found it to be clear, accessible to my learning style, and very informative.

 
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Student Engagement

Student Engagement | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

What strategies really work to involve students in their own learning? Discover and share ideas here in this special topic for Edutopia.

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Multiple means of student engagement is one of the 3 main principles of Universal Design for Learning.  In this special topic blog of Edutopia you will discover some great ideas and great resources for making your instruction and your classroom more engaging - and when students are more engaged, they just learn better! 

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TAKE A TOUR: LEARN ABOUT UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING | National Center On Universal Design for Learning

TAKE A TOUR: LEARN ABOUT UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING | National Center On Universal Design for Learning | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

Do you want to learn more about UDL? By navigating through the following questions and resources, you can build background knowledge of the UDL framework, learn how to apply UDL to your instructional practice, and make connections between UDL and other frameworks or initiatives.

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Just learned about a great new resource page about UDL, available through CAST and the National Center on Universal Design for Learning.  This is a GREAT site to begin an exploration of UDL, or to build your connections to solid UDL resources.  Thanks, CAST.

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Wellcome Images

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Wellcome Images is a medical picture library and the world's leading source of images on medicine and its history. Pictures cover a period stretching from ancient civilisations to modern day photography.
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If you'd like to access a wealth of free online images, in order to diversify your instruction and make it a bit more UDL, thus library of over 100,000 images - free to use in cooperation with Creative Commons - offers a wonderful resource.  It is connected to the Wellcome Library in London, a small (also free) museum based of the works of Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) - and operated now through the Wellcome trust.  A terrific resource!

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10 Free Education Apps for iPad

10 Free Education Apps for iPad | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
10 Free Education Apps for iPad
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This is a great collection of ideas re: Apps to explore for educational uses - a nice range of Apps, for reading writing, memory, languages, online learning, etc. etc.  Seems like a great place to start if you want to identify a few good Apps to focus on for use in the fall.  Have fun!

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What Teachers Want More than New Technologies? PD Opportunities To Learn to Use them Effectively - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

What Teachers Want More than New Technologies? PD Opportunities To Learn to Use them Effectively - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
If you are a school admin or decision maker and your teachers are struggling with the new technology or unhappy with its tech integration then here are some tips to help you out
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Amen.  After more than 30 years in educator preparation, I must agree that THIS is the critical piece - finding effective ways for teachers to continue to learn AS they are teaching - the ultimate applied learning experience.  Teachers know what they want to do - but we have a responsibility to create and support the environment to help this to happen.  New and interesting technology tools will continue to be developed, and we need solid, engaging, and meaningful PD to support their use with both teachers and students.

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Four special-education innovations from ISTE | eSchool News | eSchool News

Four special-education innovations from ISTE | eSchool News | eSchool News | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
These four innovations in special-education technology were shown at a special event during the annual ISTE conference in Atlanta.
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This happened through a great collaboration between the Inclusive learning Network of ISTE, CBlohmAssoc, the generous AT vendors represented, the Atlanta Braves, and Special Olympics.  It was a great evening of networking & learning & great food.  Sincere thanks to all.  Hopefully, we can have a reprise in Philadelphia @ISTE 2015!

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Thanks Elizabeth Dalton for sharing important articles on special education, UDL and mobile learning.

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Deadline Aug. 1, 2014 for Call for Presentations. The Assistive Technology Conference of New England

Deadline Aug. 1, 2014 for Call for Presentations. The Assistive Technology Conference of New England | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

Submit to be part of the Assistive Technology Conference of New England, taking place on November 20 at the Crowne Plaza Conference Center in Warwick, RI.  Call for Presentations deadline is AUGUST 1.  Go to Presentations on our website at www.assistivetechnologyconference.com to submit online.  Be part of this great day of workshops, vendors, demonstrations, and networking!

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Don't miss the deadline for submission to present at the Assistive Technology Conference of New England.  Submit online at www.assistivetechnologyconference.com - on or before August 1.

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Rethinking Rookies: Why Are More New Teachers Quitting Early? - Education Writers Association

Rethinking Rookies: Why Are More New Teachers Quitting Early? - Education Writers Association | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

"without emotional and professional support through (the induction) process, it’s no wonder teachers get frustrated and leave.... teachers are leaving before their schools ever gave them a chance to be the educator they wanted to be."

" it’s easy to look at the alarming trend of high teacher turnover and blame it on programs like Teach for America or other short term teaching tracks, but those teachers account for so little of the general population it’s a problem that spans across all teaching experiences."

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A bit of an extension in my site theme, but as a long-time educator in teacher prep, this article underlines the critical nature of the real basics for the profession - proper and supported preparation programs paired with proper and supported inservice mentor programs.  It's not rocket science - it's hard careful work that happens over time and through practical experiences.  That's how to build effective teachers!

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30 iPad Apps for Music Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

30 iPad Apps for Music Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it
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Let's always remember about how much the arts can support those who need diverse and alternate ways to express and show their strengths.  Here are quite a few ideas for Music Apps.  Enjoy the exploration!

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Learning by Universal Design

Learning by Universal Design | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

Neuropsychologist David H. Rose, a principal architect of Universal Design for Learning, says "classrooms need a richer mix of resources and more emotion."

Looking into the future 10-15 years, "we’d see kids who are learning to express themselves in a wide range of media. Some might be writing, some might be making movies, some might be producing plays, some might be doing interesting activities on social media, galvanizing the whole world to care about an issue they’re working on. "

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The name "David Rose" is practically synonymous with the concept of Universal Design for Learning.  Here David shares the background of UDL, its linkage with teacher preparation, and its potential impact on the future of learning and education.  Definitely a good read!

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UDL On Course: Home

UDL On Course: Home | UDL, mobile learning, and assistive technology | Scoop.it

"The resources on this site focus on how UDL can be used to address learner variability in postsecondary education settings in order to help ensure that all students receive a high-quality learning experience and are able to succeed."

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It is great to see that new resources on UDL continue to develop and grow.  Here is a great site that focuses on UDL and its role in higher education - assessment, selecting media, improving practice & policy, planning and teaching.  Can't wait to explore all that is here!

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