Today I have enlisted a guest writer for the Rapid Fire Blog. Mr. Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. The book was written 1865 and you might think he won’t have any insight in reference to assistive tech. I mean really, the typewriter wasn’t invented until 1873, the hearing aid in 1880! Still, you might be surprised.
“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”
There are so many aspects of education where this quote has meaning. None more pertinent than back to school time where we are reminding our students of what they already knew while encouraging them forward into a new knowledge set.
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
For students with AT there always seems to be a time where they want to try to fly without their supports. The need to grow and push is the center of their existence. As professionals, it is our job to encourage this growth and exploration while maintaining a safe path back to their supports. Perhaps it is not just a personal choice. As students change grade levels, new technology becomes the standard while old friends are left behind. iPads give way to Chromebooks and as their support, we need to know where to find the tools they need across platforms.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
A subtle reminder to consider the Student, Environment, Task, and Tools. (Joy Zabala SETT Framework)
“Curiouser and curiouser!”
This is the goal for all of our students. We hope that they want to learn and access more and more information! Recently I stumbled upon a site that just might help fuel that curiosity, Wonderopolis. It was created by the National Center for Families and Learning and currently holds 1501 Wonders of the Day and 436 Wonder Guides. According to their website, http://wonderopolis.org/ “our Wonders of the Day® will help you find learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.” Wonderopolis has won many awards and contains engaging information and text supports for students.
“Have I gone mad?” “I’m afraid so.
You’re entirely Bonkers.
But I will tell you a secret,
All the best people are.”
You may wonder this, or confirm it, through this school year, but remember we are here to help!
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