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It’s always gratifying when something you write resonates with others. That’s particularly true when it’s something as big as a book (even a small book). I have had the wonderful opportunity over the past year and a half – thanks to series editor Bill Ferriter and the amazing folks at Solution Tree – to publish […]
The Internet #SUX because it was designed in a way that shows only “SOME USERS EXPERIENCE” matters.Slide from Billy Gregory's presentation at the Digital Inclusion ConferenceThis is the message shared on Global Accessibility Awareness Day ().In his talk he explains exactly what that means and what we can all do to make it better. Find out what hesaid by checking out the presentation he delivered at the hosted by in New York City.
I am pleased to announce that my book chapter in Multimedia Learning Theory: Preparing for the New Generation of Students is now available! My chapter is titled Multimedia Learning and the Educational Leader. Here’s an excerpt from the Systemic Improvement section of the chapter: One important role of principals and superintendents is ensuring that employee […]
I. A small leather case. Corners worn. Nestled inside is a small silver badge that reads: R. Cohen, Deputy Mayor of Hell’s Kitchen. II. It really is the small things that cut the deepest. For the last few days I have been decluttering and cleaning as I ready the house for sale. It’s a hard decision to leave the home Rob, Devon and I made here for nearly twenty years. But it’s time. It’s
Pages Sunday, May 19, 2019 Presentation Checklist: 5 Ways to Prepare for Presentations Innovative educators understand the importance of being prepared to give a great presentation to inspire and influence others. Keeping these five ideas in mind, will help ensure you don't fall short. Presentation Checklist Your turn Do you do you, or your students, do each item on the checklist before presenting? Any other tips, tricks, or ideas? Posted by No comments: Post a Comment Subscribe to: WELCOME Lisa Nielsen found school boring + irrelevant.
This past Thursday I created 25 professional learning ‘conversation stations’ for my principal licensure students. I printed them all out and spread them around our classroom (which is a school library). Each printed station contained a link or two – or a short reading (and a source) – and some questions to consider. The idea […]
Pages Friday, May 17, 2019 Learn about #DigitalAccessibility via #NYCDiCon19 LiveStream Thursday, May 16th was Global Accessibility Awareness Day (). On this day there were . If you missed it, don't worry. The in New York City captured their via . Check out the video below to learn more about topics like internet human rights, digital accessibility, and inclusion by design. Posted by No comments: Post a Comment Subscribe to: WELCOME Lisa Nielsen found school boring + irrelevant. That ticked her off.
Pages Thursday, May 16, 2019 5 Tech Resources for the Blind or Visually Impaired When thinking of ways to support those who are legally blind, two supports often come to mind. Guide dogs and Braille. It's no wonder. Guide dogs provide their owners with a sense of freedom, an increased level of confidence, and a feeling of safety. Blind people who know Braille and use it find success, independence, productivity, and are more likely to find employment. Surprisingly though, of the 1.3 million people in the United States who are legally blind, only about 2% have guide dogs according to .
In The Genius Myth, Michael Meade said: If each person has natural gifts and innate talents, then the true nature of education must involve the awakening, inviting, and blessing of the inner genius and unique life spirit of each young person. [Kindle location 371] In You, Your Child, and School, Sir Ken Robinson and Lou […]
Steps to make accessible photos in TwitterSocial media enables us to produce content for authentic audiences. However, it is also important to ensure this content is inclusive. That means making photos accessible. To do this, the creator of the post must include alternative text (alt text). Unfortunately, it's not baked into most platforms without taking a few extra steps. Adding Alt Text to Social MediaSource: What makes good alt text? Good alt text has a good description. Descriptions are usually one sentence.
Innovative educators can prepare for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) which takes place on Thursday, May 16th. GADD was launched in 2012 to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different abilities. This is particularly important for educators because they understand the importance of creating inclusive content for students and families. They also understand that to prepare today's students for modern careers, they too must understand how to create accessible content from basic documents and presentations to their day-to-day interactions on social media.
The topic of the #NYCSchoolsTechChat in May was hot to best provide inclusive digital content and environments for students and families. Members of the #NYCSchoolsTech community chimed in with powerful ideas and advice. Check out the Wakelet below to learn some of their insights.
By Deborah Veney, Director of Policy and Communications Nearly everyone has been inside a school. But, stepping into an innovativepublic school is a very different experience. It can make you rethink what learning looks like, and more importantly, what students are capable of doing. In an innovative public school, something magical happens. With passionate teachers whose development is supported, and features like open spaces that lend themselves to experiential learning, it feels like possibilities are limitless.
Storm on the Rhine (M.A.Reilly, 2019) I. Night has come on and Basel has grown quiet. In the distant, a siren sounds—familiar across all of Europe, and my mind calls forth images from old black and white movies set in WWII. The iconic siren sounding there too. Dev told me before we arrived that I had to be out in the city at 3 a.m. “There’s no noise. It’s completely quiet.” He is right.
This month's #NYCSchoolsTechChat will give participants ideas for how they can create digitally accessible and inclusive environments for students and families. Participants can chat here, then come to our in-person Summit on digital accessibility and inclusion on May 23rd. Details are at . #NYCSchoolTech teacher moderates with me (Lisa) throwing in my two cents. You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:Q1 How would you explain the difference between accessible and inclusive? #NYCSchoolsTechChat #NYCSchoolsDigIn #DigitalEquityNowQ2 What challenges are you facing in your classroom that get in the way of ensuring all of your students have digital access? #NYCSchoolsTechChat #NYCSchoolsDigInQ3 What approaches have you/your school implemented to address the problem? #NYCSchoolsTechChat #NYCSchoolsDigIn #DigitalEquityNowQ4 The #NYCSchoolsTech Summit on Digital Inclusion will feature Google, Microsoft, Apple, Smart / Teq, and BrainPop.
Innovative Educators will be excited to learn that Facebook has a mentorship program available to people within select groups with a focus on parenting, professional, or personal development. This means admins can offer this feature to members of their groups. Those who are members of groups using this feature, can offer or find support. Members can determine how much time they want to spend together and what goals you want to work towards.Here’s how it works:Group admins create a mentorship programAdmins can choose from a variety of template programs, such as career advancement, skill development, or encouragement and support, and select the one that best fits their community’s needs.
For 3-5 Years Old Browne, Mahogany L. (2018). Woke Baby. Illustrated by Theodore Taylor, III. New York: Roaring Brook Press. Holub, Joan. (2017). This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer. New York: Little Simon. Nagara, Innosanto. (2014). A is for Activist. New York: Triangle Square. Nagara, Innosanto. (2015). Counting on Community. New York: Triangle Square. Sanders, Rob. (2019).
Detail from Pablo Picasso’s “Crouching Woman.” I spent several minutes in front of this painting feeling the heaviness of her shadowed closed eyes. Today I took in the Picasso exhibit at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland. I have not seen an exhibit that more moved me than this one. It was exquisite even with the teeming crowds who were viewing. Picasso’s “Celestina,
Prayer (M.A.Reilly) Happiness There’s just no accounting for happiness, or the way it turns up like a prodigal who comes back to the dust at your feet having squandered a fortune far away. And how can you not forgive? You make a feast in honor of what was lost, and take from its place the finest garment, which you saved for an occasion you could not imagine, and you weep night and