Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What Teachers Need to Know to Help Left-Handed Students Succeed

WeAreTeachers.com has come out with another great article that I would like to share.  
I think it is safe to say that we all know someone who is left-handed.  My dad is left-handed and I have a few cousins that are as well.  WeAreTeachers.com has published an article that contains some great tips and strategies to help lefties be successful in your classroom.
Check out What Teachers Need to Know to Help Left-Handed Students Succeed  (https://www.weareteachers.com/left-handed-students) for more information.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Twitter as a Tool

Twitter (twitter.com) can be used as a great tool for professional development, teaching tips and communication with students and parents. There are a variety of teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists and Universal Design for Learning professionals that post on Twitter.

Check out a few hashtags for yourself, you can start with:
You can also follow me at @Kendra_Jean7791 as a starting point for your Twitter learning experience.

Creating a classroom hashtag, to use as a parent communication tool, to let parents see some of the great things you and your students are doing in the classroom, is also a great way to use Twitter as a Tool.

Get started on you Twitter journey today!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

DF Tube (Distraction Free for YouTube™)

DF Tube (Distraction Free for YouTube™) (https://tinyurl.com/yd3x2lag) is a Google Extension that is used to hide the video recommendations sidebar and the related videos that appear at the end of videos. It also removes the grid of recommended videos that appear on your homepage.  All of the settings in DF Tube are configurable and allows you to hide comments and disable playlists sitewide.

YouTube™, as a company, is directly incentivized to create views and get as many ad clicks as possible.  Because of this we are often overwhelmed with thumbnails and advertisements from every angle.  While this is good for someone looking to kill time, it is not so good if you are trying to focus on educational content, do research, or find some relaxing music to groove to.

Give it a try for yourself and see how much more productive you can be!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Math Games

Even though the word technology is in the phrase Assistive Technology, it is not always about high tech.  Using low tech options, such as manipulative, can be helpful for all students when teaching math concepts.  
In the article 16 Fun and Free First Grade Math Games and Activities  (https://tinyurl.com/w6gspte) from WeAreTeachers.com there are a variety of hands on math activities, some of which can be adapted for higher level math concepts.  Many of these activities could be used as indoor recess game options as well, such as 100 chart battleship, dot arrangement bowling or Shut-The-Box.  
Take a look at these great math game and activity ideas to determine how you can use them in your classroom today.