ICYMI Quick & Easy Instructional Videos for Absent Students

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Tech Tuesday 1718

This week’s Tech Tuesday explored: So, you’re missing students during in-class instruction. You’ve got all the materials posted in Schoology but kids can’t “put it together. Schoology tells them what to do, not how to do it… how do you fill in the context? In this session, learn how to capture instructions in audio, a Read More …

Playlist: OneNote Class Notebook Setup on a Mac

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Office 365 for Educators

While Microsoft is doing a great job of providing OneNote resources for teachers at http://onenoteforteachers.com, I find that Microsoft’s efforts are still pretty Windows/PC-centric.  In an effort to “translate” the process of creating a OneNote Class Notebook to the Mac realm, I’ve posted a new YouTube series just for Mac-wielding students and teachers. Over the past Read More …

Safari Reading View

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

Reading web content can be very distracting.  In Safari, you can eliminate ads and design elements that distract students.  By using Reading View, students can read just the content of an article, blog post, etc.. 1. Before Reading View 2. After Reading View 3. Adjust Reading View 1. Before Reading View For example, this snapshot Read More …

Reading Supports in OSX

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

There are three main types of assistive technologies built into MacBook Airs running OSX that can help students with reading.  Since most reading is done in the web browser, Safari offers a Reading View that helps eliminate distractions for students.  There are also Text-to-Speech options available where the computer’s voice will read text found on Read More …

Assistive Technologies on MacBook Airs

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

I am opening a new series on my blog with a dedication to assistive technologies.  I’m no stranger to helping some of our students with disabilities find their means of connecting to classroom content and instruction (read more here about my work with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind; here on how we use accessibility Read More …

Two accessibility stories about how your first “one” needs to be the student, not the tech

Earlier this week, I attended an assistive technology workshop where I was barraged with tools that, as it turned out, we already had available thanks to my district’s device of choice, Apple’s MacBook Air.  You know the type of training: “Here’s the categories; here are the options; here are their limitations [because they are free]; Read More …

Assistive technology in OSX Yosemite for students taking NWEA’s MAP tests

Like many schools across the country, today we are beginning our MAP testing across English and Math classes.  At first glance into NWEA’s instructions, you would  think that the NWEA lockdown browser automatically provides accommodations.  And, if you’re in South Caorlina, you’re used to the End of Course exam software doing just that.  However, these Read More …