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On to MassCUE

On to MassCUE

It has been one heck of a roller coaster start to the school year. Lots of new tech to deploy, PD to develop not to mention new state standards to integrate and the likely hood of licensing changes.  It is a lot to take in. But October is here and things tend to get into a rhythm and it is time to connect with others and indulge in some personal learning.  I look forward to attending MassCUE our stated premier…

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MassCUE and my New Favorite Tools

MassCUE and my New Favorite Tools

I am putting the finishing touches on presentation materials for the upcoming MassCUE 2013 conference.  If you are in the area and able to attend it is a well run and worth your time.  I always walk away having learned new skills and strategies to promote deep learning.  I learn a lot and it keeps me thinking and reflecting on my instructional practice for months to come. This year I am co-presenting with Kristin Cannistraro at teacher of the visually…

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iOS 7 and Accessibility

iOS 7 and Accessibility

As we are all well aware iOS 7 was released earlier this week.  Change is inevitable; it is pure excitement and joy for some but not always easy for others. As any provider of tech support knows our focus is on the later. Apparently we know all the answers even though we are seeing the new iOS for the first time as well. Thankfully there are those excited to explore and test out the iOS and share their findings. Can’t…

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BLC 2013 Conference Notes

BLC 2013 Conference Notes

I had an opportunity to attend BLC 2013 in Boston for a day.  I always learn something while I am there, either in a session or conversations in the hall.  Below is a summary of the notes I have from the event. Thursday Keynote Dr Weinberg  Title of talk “Why hasn’t technology changed education?” Dr.Weinberg contents that is has not changed education but it has changed learning.  What goes through my mind, then education and learning are not connected. The…

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UDL & The iPad

UDL & The iPad

Over the last two weeks I have had the opportunity to attend some workshops on the iPad in general and for use with those who have special needs.  I have come away more solidified in my vision of the use of iPads in schools The iPad is a game changer when it comes to supporting differentiated instruction and universal design in learning.  I know there are other devices out there but Apple made a commitment to accessibility a long time ago and continues to…

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The Meet-Up

The Meet-Up

Social Media has enhanced my conference experiences and learning. It seems pretty clear that would be the case.  Before social media I attended lots of educational conferences and even some fun conventions (Star Trek and Comic). I  attended as an individual, read the program after arrival and tried my best to make the most of it.  I left with a bag of notes and a few contacts; but those connections tended to fade away as snail mail and later e-mail were the only means…

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Patriot’s Day

Patriot’s Day

We are at the end of April vacation in Massachusetts and Maine. April vacation always occurs the week of April 19th, Patriot’s Day around here.  A remembrance of the battle of Lexington and Concord, the start of the war that set us firmly on the road to independence from England. I have always been fascinated by the time period 1600 -1820.   There was a change in thinking which resulted in a change in governance, power and the world map. …

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