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  • Leading From The Heart » Assistive Technology Helps Kids…Fixing a broken link
    Connecting 82 Day in a sentence 4 Featured 4 Inspiration 16 KidSpeak 2 leadership 13 Pedagogy 56 Podcast 8 Professional Development 31 Reading 2 Reform 24 Report Cards 3 Research 15 ShoutOuts 31 Student Poetry 4 Tech 68 Inclusive Education 5 Looking Back 5 Discipline 2 Examiner com 1 Testing 3 Parents 1 Sunday Synectic 1 Review 2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults Assistive Technology Helps Kids Fixing a broken link June 23 2011 at 3 23 pm filed under Classroom Inclusive Education Tech This article has been linked to via the Calgary Herald but somehow it leads to a broken link Thought I d patch that break here Assistive Technology Helps Kids with Learning Disabilities An Interview with

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  • Leading From The Heart » Assistive Technology Helps Kids with Learning Disabilities. An Interview with Andrea Prupas
    database of common errors that individuals with reading disabilities will make Our work has been primarily with families and children in the area of communication and academic skills We have students who have difficulty with organizational skills and knowing where to begin when it comes to producing a piece of writing Software that allows a student to visually organize their work prior to writing has been successful with a number of our clients We also have students who need picture support for reading and writing With this software a picture is inserted into the text as a student types maximizing comprehension We also have students who are using picture communication systems but want a more mobile and customizable solution with the iPad or iPod NextMontreal What are the best assistive tech learning apps on the iPhone iPad Andrea There are so many excellent educational apps in different areas so that s a really tough question but here are some of our top applications for five different areas Augmentative Communication Proloquo2Go is the most comprehensive and powerful communication app to date It is a full communication system in one app at a fraction of the cost of traditional communication systems that allows the child to communicate with pictures It s effective on both the iPod and iPad for different reasons the smaller devices allow for more mobility young students can carry it easily Installed on the iPad it allows students with fine motor difficulties greater access Behavioural Intervention A great application in this area is Model Me Going Places This app shows slide show models of children displaying appropriate behaviour It is based on research in video modeling that has been proven very successful with children with autism Fine Motor Skills IWriteWords is an excellent app that allows the child to practice writing letters numbers and words The child traces the letter on the iPod or iPad with his her finger This program is very well designed with excellent results some schools in the US have reported implementing them in Kindergarten classes for all students The progression is based on current research in teaching pre writing skills and the hands on interactive activities are excellent for students who have difficulty writing with a pencil Originally designed for the iPod Touch the iPad makes the application even more effective by allowing for more movement when tracing Kinesthetic and tactile writing activities are especially effective for students with special needs Voice Recognition Dragon Dictation is the premiere app in this area Originally designed as a business tool it will transfer spoken language into text on any of the Apple hardware and it allows you to then e mail your text or send it as a text message It is a very versatile tool that can be used on a laptop computer or mobile device It is amazingly accurate and a great tool for students who have reading disabilities or who are unable to write due to physical disabilities We use this software to work with students with learning disabilities who have great difficulty with the writing process Organization MyHomework is a great app This tool was not designed necessarily for students with learning disabilities but can be very effective with upper elementary and high school students who need to keep better track of their homework Reading Text to Speech The Read2Me App allows you to import your own text file even from the web into the iPod or iPad and will read the text aloud This is helpful for students who might be weaker readers but are able to understand the meaning of the text through listening NextMontreal How do you validate new software or apps to verify their benefits Andrea We follow assistive technology blogs in order to get the latest information on new apps and products We read reviews from both the technology and education sectors from parents teachers software companies university researchers consultants etc We also feel strongly about reviewing the research behind the software app to see if it is based on valid sound evidence We attend conferences in the area of assistive technology these are hands on conferences that allow you to try the hardware and software through training sessions Then we work with the software or app ourselves and we encourage our clients to try it before they buy it NextMontreal What kind of hardware is there in this space Can you provide some examples Andrea The hardware leader in the mobile device market has been Apple for the past few years Their devices range in cost and features to provide consumers with numerous options from the iPod Touch to the iPhone and the iPad However learning software for students with special needs is not limited to mobile devices Any desktop or laptop computer can take advantage of different software available to reduce barriers to learning NextMontreal How have you seen technology benefit children with special needs Andrea What motivated me to start this company is the enormous impact today s specialized assistive tools have on a student s learning I have seen technology benefit students in four areas Communication A communication tool allows a student to express his her wants and needs Children who are non verbal or with limited verbal skills can express themselves sometimes for the first time Autonomy When there is a good match between the technology and the student they become more independent and involved learners They are able to work through academic or social tasks with support from the technology Academic skills When technology is effectively applied for a specific area of difficulty academic skills improve For example we use specialized reading software for children with autism who need a different learning approach to reading When their reading improves skills in other areas improve as well Self confidence Children with special needs have sometimes struggled their entire school career with academic skills The effects on their self confidence and self esteem can be devastating These tools give them the opportunity to

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  • Leading From The Heart » Looking back: Why do the very best teachers ignore/subvert curriculum?
    2011 at 6 56 am filed under Looking Back Teaching As some of you know I ve recently had to put my blog content back together from scratch What a huge painful job that was At the same time it allowed me to become reacquainted with some of my old content that I still find relevant In looking back on it I thought it could be interesting to repost some of it and see if it can start some new conversations Here is one from not so long ago Click on the title link to see the original post with its comments from Feb 210 2010 Title Why do the very best teachers ignore subvert curriculum The very best teachers spend every day of their lives ignoring or subverting the curriculum Now why is this Why would people including myself think that the best teachers are the ones who ignore what many consider to be the main stuff of teaching My memories of my BEd program are filled with courses on curriculum Maybe one on Quebec education law One on learning disabilities But the rest were courses on curriculum How to create lesson plans based on curriculum how to manage your time to make sure the curriculum gets covered that sort of thing Curriculum can not be the main stuff of teaching It can t Do you hear me It Can t The main stuff of my job Wait I m getting sick of using the word stuff Let me be more specific The main point the essence the reason for my teaching is the students I teach I wouldn t say I ignore curriculum I know it s there And I use it as a starting point at the beginning of the year when I don t really know

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  • Leading From The Heart » 2011 » June
    Research 15 ShoutOuts 31 Student Poetry 4 Tech 68 Inclusive Education 5 Looking Back 5 Discipline 2 Examiner com 1 Testing 3 Parents 1 Sunday Synectic 1 Review 2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts

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  • Leading From The Heart » Spinning Report Card Comments
    2 Reform 24 Report Cards 3 Research 15 ShoutOuts 31 Student Poetry 4 Tech 68 Inclusive Education 5 Looking Back 5 Discipline 2 Examiner com 1 Testing 3 Parents 1 Sunday Synectic 1 Review 2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults Spinning Report Card Comments May 31 2011 at 8 41 am filed under Report Cards I m on the outside this term watching my colleagues grapple with report cards from facebook and twitter sidelines while I play with Jack who is now a little over 4 months old Look how cute he is One of my colleagues posted this video today and it made me think about those comments we come up with for those students who we sometimes

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  • Leading From The Heart » Another lesson from baby Jack about trying to do too much
    2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults Another lesson from baby Jack about trying to do too much May 25 2011 at 12 36 pm filed under Lessons from Jack Remember my post about how much I love tutoring Well I do love it The thing is I realized that I wasn t ready to be away from Jack for even a few hours I quickly began to resent the preparation not the tutoring prep that s fun but the having to pump milk driving him out to my parents and then the tired drive home in the evening And all the while just wanting to hang on the couch with my Jacklet because late afternoon is our best nap time So I ve decided to enjoy my time off with Jack until I really have to go back to work Have I

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  • Leading From The Heart » Clear eyes and a full heart go for teaching, too.
    15 ShoutOuts 31 Student Poetry 4 Tech 68 Inclusive Education 5 Looking Back 5 Discipline 2 Examiner com 1 Testing 3 Parents 1 Sunday Synectic 1 Review 2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults Clear eyes and a full heart go for teaching too May 17 2011 at 8 49 pm filed under Teaching Clear eyes Full heart Can t lose Trite football cheer from a tv show perhaps but all the same I d say it s how to be a good teacher in a cheer Clear eyes stay focused on what it is you need to do Teach kids work towards deeper understandings create learners Full heart love what you do and who you teach and work with

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  • Leading From The Heart » I love tutoring :)
    Sunday Synectic 1 Review 2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults I love tutoring May 5 2011 at 12 30 pm filed under News Cross posted at Camping out with Tracy Jack Oops I neglected to write about this I had forgotten how much I love tutoring I met Eunice and Eugene not their real names but if I ever have twins I may just need to torture them with those names delightful on Wednesday and the 2 hours flew by They are both very excited about their new lives in Canada Eugene was quick to show me the practice puck he managed to nab when he saw the Canadians win over the Bruins in game 6 maybe he should have brought his luck along with him and attended game 7 and said that he couldn t wait to learn how to play hockey Eunice was bubbling over with the French words she already knows though she was always quick to remind me that she doesn t understand it all that much I ve been to them now 3 times and they really are a delight to work with I thought that an hour would be too long for little Eunice who is 6 but actually the time allows me to be generous with the few minutes of downtime she

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