April is Autism Awareness Month – How do we build agency in these special learners?
Are we considering how special learners....
process visual information?
process auditory information?
process text based resources?
engage with learning based on one type of input?
respond to different learning management environments and approaches?
are motivated and equipped to work through their learning struggles themselves?
Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks (including the Empire State Building), hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges, retail stores and hundreds of thousands of homes and communities will Light It Up Blue. Know New Ideas will be Blue as well as…
Posted by Dawn Crawford, M. Ed. on March 12, 2014 at 1:15pm
Hang with me. I am aware this may sound controversial. I'm also aware I am on my soapbox here. :)
I've been reading on Twitter and Facebook and in articles about the lead up to Digital Learning Day. There were all kinds of ideas about how to make it wonderful. There were links to sites with lesson plans guaranteed to be awesome. There were posts designed to get people to share what they were going to do for "Digital Learning Day". The more I read, the more bothered I became by the whole idea. Here's what I think.
1. Digital Learning "Day" encourages the idea that we should make a big deal out of something that should be the norm. Many schools are working toward incorporating technology into the way they teach students. By focusing on one day, we imply that we will not be trying to incorporate technology any of the other days. It also implies that the use of technology in the classroom has to be some spectacular show-stopping event. Digital learning is about…Continue
Are you ready to galvanize your students' 21st century skills?Galvanize: Verb. To StimulateThe gauntlet is down. Education, government and industry leaders desire and require today's students to be technically literate, ingenious, globally…Continue