Internet Tools for Teaching

Education & Technology….YES!

Introductions

on March 14, 2013

Hi. My name is Amy Weinberger. I am a current Wilkes graduate student. I have had my own educational business, The Thinking Center, since 1991. My initial start was in  public and private school settings. I have had the good fortune to create, implement, and direct two private schools and two social skills camps for high-functioning Aspergers and AD/HD children and teens. At this point, I am full time director of The Thinking Center .

I have the continual opportunity to  differentiate curriculum  hourly. My company, The Thinking Center, has two divisions – interventions for struggling learners specializing in reading and language delays and educational strategic planning which includes 504 and IEP audits, curriculum and small educational business audits that lead to innovations, problem solving, and technology operations, collaborations with school systems, school placements for students, as well as, college planning for students in the arts and sports.
My original training is in 7-12 social studies, but my career has lead me down the path of sensory-integration, cognitive, reading and neuro-education training which I integrate daily via teaching, consulting or planning either 1-1 in person or via Skype or other online platform. I hope to take from the course more research-based outcomes of technology implementation for students with learning disabilities. My most recent project that I am involved in is the production and roll out of an online special needs advocacy training training course for graduate levels credits.
An advantage of entrepreneurship is the availability of new technology without permissions from a top down administration. Another advantage is the families that walk through the door are interested in making learning go easier for students. Technology is that cornerstone for most of our students. To the section addressing summarizing and notetaking from the instructional strategies categories, I would add the app Noteability (high school +), Educreations (elementary +) , and Showme (5years old +). I currently use all three for specific purposes. Most of the students we see have mild to moderate language delays. For example, Educreations is a whiteboard that allows students to record their voices while they read, import a picture and create, take and manage notes, and create presentations, and even practice handwriting. There are also feature lesson plans from other teachers to access. Under non-linguistics, I currently use Web 2.0 tools like Prezi in place of PowerPoint because it is more streamlined for students with sequencing difficulties. I was recently I introduced to the beta version of visualize.me for a graphic representation of resùmè development. For brainstorming, Mindomo has been effective particularly for 11 years old plus.
Regarding collaborative learning, I would add the following to the list: Google Hang-out, Skype, and/or gotomeeting.com ( more secure than Skype, but has a monthly fee). I currently use the latter two daily depending on the nature of the conversations. Finally, in the area of setting objectives and providing feedback, I simply recommend texting and Google calendar. For example, I homeschool our son. I use texting to help set goals for the day and Google calendar to confirm exams, tutorial sessions, and other appointments. As far as feedback, we share screens via TeamMeeting or Skype. TeamMeeting allows us to use use one cursor and edit together which allows me to be across the room from him and not over his shoulder. While it is similar toGoogle docs, it seems a bit more effective for our needs.

 


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