Resource Roundup: More Internet Finds Are Uncovered, Compiled, Shared
Prospecting for accessible instructional materials never disappoints. Recent finds cross the curriculum.
AT/LD Resource Rollout: On June 4, Twitter-ers hosted a joint session online. Meeting for the first time, #ATChat met #LDChat. One of the special education teachers in the mix was special education teacher Annie Krut. She believes that happiness can be taught and makes this part of her instruction. She nicely rounded up and posted 11 recommended resources from the chat. From Voice Dream and DyslexiaQuest to Corkulous and Little Memory find all 11 on her site: Happy 101.
Media-ites The Way There: I taught in Virginia for eleven of the last 12 years, but in my early career, I was a special education teacher in the South Bronx, South Jamaica, Queens and East Harlem. That unforgettable school district, the New York City Board of Education, for years has freely posted educational resources of all kinds. The practice continues today. Check recent ones that prepare students to communicate with smarts using social media. Log in at: schools.nyc.gov/socialmedia for the Parent Guide, a Teacher Guide, plus fantastic infographics on the topic.
QIAT's list of free digital tools 4 struggling learners was created for assistive technology specialists and posted recently on Twitter by Valerie Chernek. She is an advocate and curator for teachers and for children with special needs. The QIAT Community is a nationwide grassroots group that works on identifying, disseminating, and implementing a set of widely applicable Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services in school settings. The list is long but divided into categories that are primarily aimed at struggling readers and writers. Also see:
- Summer Learning Guide: Best Summer Ever! Digital learning from Common Sense Media
- Fun and Free Summer Reading Resources from Edutopia
- Get summer reading tips texted to your phone from Reading Rocket and Start With A Book
- Mobile Technology Fact Sheet from the Pew Research Center via the National Center for Accessible Instructional Materials, and
- Great Teaching Is Not Available On The App Store via Tony Vincent, a former teacher who is now an Arizona-based mobile and digital learning specialist