Virtual Worlds Best Practices In Education -3rd Annual International Conference- March 12,13, 2010
Once again, several of the PATINS Staff will be attending this free, online, virtual, international educational conference. I will also be presenting a session this year on the Friday.
“The Virtual World Best Practices 2010 focus is “Imagination Around the World”. From the North, East, West and South corners of the physical world what is evident is the collaborate nature of virtual world participants to share knowledge and experience. This 48 hour conference will indeed provide opportunities for sharing and further understanding virtual world technology.”
Teacher Collaboration Key to Student Success: “…Educators at the most collaborative schools reported the highest levels of morale, trust and shared responsibility for student success.”
Read more of this article here: edweek.org/tm/articles/2010/02/17/metlife.html?tkn=RYTCpFN0hFiRdFFlQZlSJRxR2BVFGEgdORIh&cmp=clp-ascd
Why Punishment Based Systems Don’t Work: I know this isn’t directly related to assistive or accessible technologies, but I do believe it’s related to UDL, but pay special attention in this article to the point #1 that Dr. Nunley makes: “1. In order for non-aversive techniques to work, the environment inside the classroom must be more desirable than the environment outside the classroom.” As an educator, have you ever asked yourself whether your student find your classroom more desirable than the world outside your classroom? You probably have and the answer for many classrooms is probably that most students would prefer to NOT be in the classroom if they had the choice. …but, have you ever asked yourself, as an educator, why this is? …or more importantly, what could you specifically do to move your classroom space toward being the more desirable location. For me, several things immediately come to mind that would make my classroom more desirable to students. A few of which include:
- making sure every part of my instruction, their responses and my assessment was accessible to all of my students (making it a fair environment)
- NOT requiring my students to “power down” all of the gear they use outside of the school when they come in (making it a relevant and engaging environment)
- Allowing my students to have an authentic audience for the hard work they put forth with blogs, podcasts, digital story telling, etc. (making it a motivating environment)
- Read the whole article on behavior here: http://help4teachers.com/punishment.htm
Get More From TWITTER with Twitter Apps! Check these out! Some certainly more useful than others …especially, TwitterCal to sync your google calendar with your twitter, and Twittonary, which will explain some twitter-specific words that may seem foreign at times!
A Couple Interesting Videos about Second Life as an Educational Tool:
- Breaking the Second Life Learning Curve: http://www.3outube.com/watch?v=88Dn0STScWk
- Second Life VWLEM 09 Conference Day Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-up0vG2qlI&NR=1
A Good Classroom Blog Example: A request came in last week from an educator wanting training on setting up a classroom blog and this educator pointed me toward this one as an example of what she hoped to do. I think this is one nice example from 5th grade teacher, Jay Monson in Minnesota! What a great resource for parents and students to subscribe to. Easy to set up and administer, relevant to the outside world (utilizing RSS) and creating an authentic connection between the worlds outside and inside the classroom walls. Check out Jay’s blog here: http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=59644&blog_id=&listclass=32377
RFB&D and ICAM February News for DRMs: Chance to win a FREE Mp3 player! The DRM who downloads the most books from February 22 through March 15, 2010 will receive a FREE Mp3 player and will be featured on the support site at www.rfbd.org/indiana in April. Download audiobooks today for your chance to win!
Register now to order RFB&D downloadable books. To register email your ID (ICAM####), name, address, phone number and email address to email@example.com! Need Technical Support? Visit the AudioPlus support site at www.rfbd.org/indiana.
Click here for News about your school’s Stimulus Dollars: In addtional to clicking the link to find out details on your schools stimulus funds, you might find it interesting that only 12-17% of them have been spent and time is running out! Several State Buys have been added to the PATINS website and more could be coming in the next couple weeks. Don’t forget to check this tab on our site before making purchases. Additionally, the PATINS staff is more than happy to help you spend your money! Actually, we just want to make sure that schools don’t forget about accessibility, that every student is different and that we have a nice collection of experience with MANY assistive and accessible technologies and are very willing to make suggestions, offer resources, training, etc. PATINS State Buy page here: www.patinsproject.com/buys.html
Don’t Forget these TWO FREE EVENTS coming up SOON!
- DAVID DAVIS presents: “Virtual Instruction and Assessment Environments: Addressing 21st Century Skills for Students with Disabilities” March 4th, 3:30pm EST, PATINS Second Life Island. More info here: www.patinsproject.com/SecondLife/DavidDavisFlyer.pdf
- PATINS TECH EXPO: April 20th, 9am – 4pm, Crowne Plaza Indianapolis (change in location). This is a free opportunity to come see the newest in Assistive Technology, ask questions of the vendors, attend presentations and build your personal learning network! More info here: PATINS Tech Expo Flyer 2010 Required Registration Here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/PATINStechexpo2010
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