This site will be used to share ideas and resources from the June 23-25th UDL Institute at TU, co-sponsored by the Baltimore County Public Schools and Towson University Office of Academic Innovation!See More
"Yes! My word processing class in high school consisted of four computers, and we had to input codes to get to the program. When I went to college, I took my electric typewriter with me and thought I was hot stuff. In college, we had Word Perfect…"
"I agree with your last statement. I am not sure how much information that actually know because they miss so much with their heads buried in their devices. So many are lacking those social skills that we were taught when we were younger. I have…"
"I am a digital immigrant with native ways. In the 1980's while in high school, my family was one of the few in the neighborhood who had a computer--the Apple 2c. My teachers were most impressed when I would bring in typed digital images that…"
"Are you a digital native or a digital immigrant?
I am a digital immigrant with native ways. In the 1980's while in high school, my family was one of the few in the neighborhood who had a computer--the Apple 2c. My teachers were most impressed…"
"Kerri you bring up an awesome point about the frustration you get with teaching your parents about their technologies. It is pretty frustrating. My mom has recently gone back to school to pursue a college degree. She has asked me to do her FAFSA…"
"It's interesting that you bring up the attention deficits becoming more prevalent now a days. I also have found this to be true. What are your thoughts on the rise in diagnosis of ADHD, ADD, etc. in children these day? I happen to think that…"
"I believe I am a digital native and a digital immigrant. I grew up in the error of digital technology. However my family did not see the use of the upcoming digital platforms. We have a household computer for a brief amount of time when I was in my…"
"2. Are you a digital native or digital immigrant? How do you view teaching digital natives? After reading this article, do you see a need to change any of the ways you currently teach? Explain. After your initial post, comment on two of your…"
"I agree that we teachers need to take some responsibility for our students' habit of giving up too easily. In fairness, though, I feel that that tends to happen due to the curricular expectations placed on us. I would soooo rather spend…"
"I'm currently reading a book by Richard Louv called The Last Child in the Woods. He proposes that attention deficit and depression, among other disorders people have today, especially our youth, is attributable to what he calls Nature…"
"I am clearly a Digital Immigrant. It was painfully apparent to me even umpteen years ago when we had our first PC, a Compaq Presario, and my daughters could type faster than they could even talk. In the meanwhile, I was still plugging…"
"Wow. Kind of makes me wish I had held out to find a bit of this technological shangri-la when I first started teaching a few years back. The certainly do need to find out that not everything on the internet is true. A teacher buddy…"
"The all knowingness of the Google has produced many a success story and I agree with you that those Digital Immigrants who seem to enjoy remaining static or have no inclination to learning are limiting their potential. It seems so counter…"
I agree that there has to be staff development for teachers. I also strongly feel that our students will need training also. I am teaching 6th grade reading. the new curriculum has technology embedded in most assignments. Many of them don't have skills either to complete a rearch based assessment.
I have learned many ways to integrate technology into lessons this past year. Having access to a portable promethean board has greatly increased use of technology within daily lessons. Creating lessons for small groups of students with IEP’s provides more opportunities to interact and become actively involved in the lesson. Their interest level rises as they have opportunities to interact with the promethean board. Sometimes I teach a lesson to a small group in the general ed. classroom using the portable promethean board while the classroom teacher teaches the same lesson using the larger classroom size promethean board. Although the same lesson is being presented, there is more opportunity for student interaction with the promethean board which really helps them focus and learn. I really appreciate having the opportunity to spend time looking at all the data bases on the Baltimore County website. There are so many interactive tools that are available. I plan to use more of the Tumble Books, which should be a great resource for IEP kids with reading difficulties. I especially enjoyed browsing through the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. What a great way to show place value, fractions, and graphing. It was interesting to read the article, The Role of Technology in UDL and how David Rose described the 3 principals for the seed lesson. There were many parts of the lesson that we as teachers do regularly but are strongly supported as “low tech” for UDL. The Future is in the Margins article explained from a scientific viewpoint how differently each person’s brain is wired. Knowing how the brain modulates information in different ways further justifies how information needs to presented in different ways in order to reach all students.