Print Disabilities Webinar Posted! Many of you have been asking when and where the recording from the January 11th webinar, “Off The Page: Print Disabilities,” with Dr. Friedlander and Dr. Nellis would be posted. Well, here you go! On the ICAM Website, under the Resources Tab and then Archives! Or, just click HERE: www.icam.k12.in.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=archive&Itemid=6
Now, two things I’ve really wanted to blog about for a few weeks now and just haven’t had a chance!
First, it seems like I keep hearing references to the advice they give on airplanes about making sure your own mask is on before trying to help others. We also keep hearing on the news, in the blogs, on the radio, in the podcasts, that TEACHERS are THE #1 factor in determining student achievement and growth. So, I just wanted to share with you all one of my Christmas gifts this year from my wife…. perhaps one of the best ones yet! Yes, it’s a tennis ball. Actually, it’s a dog toy tennis ball. I have 3 of them. One for my car, one for my everyday computer bag and one for my home. I use them, by placing one between my back and the chair or seat I’m in or on the floor and gently roll those knots out of my back while I work, while I drive, while I watch TV, etc! Give it a shot. I can’t even tell you all how much this has helped me. So, take care of yourselves, de-stress a little bit while you work!
Additionally, consider using this as part of a sensory diet for some of your students. We know they often have as much stress as we do and we also know that sometimes all it takes for a child who needs to ‘fidget,’ is to allow them to fidget in a way that is more socially appropriate. For example, I used to do things as simple as placing velcro under a desk for kids to play with, or using a therapy ball for a seat, or even allowing them to chew gum and I can tell that for some kids, these little things made all the difference in the world to the amount of instructional time they were able to actively participate in. So, add the placing of a tennis ball behind their back to your list!
Now… a REALLY COOL APP for your iPads! …or iTouches:
Paperdesk Lite: Paperdesk Lite is a free app, with the option of upgrading to the pro version for $1.99. I have used the free one for several weeks now and decided that I liked it so much, particularly for working with kids, that I’ve just today purchased the $1.99 version. (It’s also on all the iPads available for loan from my lending library, by the way).
It looks like this (click image to see it larger): You can see that you, or a student, could create several different ‘notebooks.’ My daughter, here, has created one for practicing spelling.
When she touches the Spelling Notebook, it opens and she can access up to 3 different pages in the free version. More pages in the $1.99 version. Once in the book, she can bring up the keyboard and type, she can touch the pen tool and write with her finger, or she can touch the microphone icon and record her responses or extra notes verbally! You can password protect the notebooks. You can print right from this app and/or email pages! I like it. It seems to be the perfect balance between user friendliness and simplicity and functional, useful tools. (click image to see it larger)
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