Writing Supports

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

For students struggling with writing, Apple has built in Voice-to-Text and thesaurus features that can help students complete writing assignments.  In the following sections, learn how to use these features to support students’ writing. 1. Automatically Check Spelling and Grammar 2. Get Suggestions While Checking Spelling and Grammar 3. Start Dictation from Keyboard 4. Start Read More …

Look Up Words

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Assistive Technologies in OSX

A built-in dictionary and the Dictionary application can be used to look up definitions and words similar to those in a text.   This feature is supported in Safari as well as other apps following the same instructions. For more information: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21573 1. Trackpad Look Up – Dictionary 2. Right-Click Look Up 3. Dictionary App Read More …

ICYMI: ComicLife Pt 2 – Illustrating Your First Comic Book

This is a post in my ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) effort to follow-up on Tech Tuesday trainings I provide to my school.  I will do my best to upload materials and a short tutorial video in case you could not get away during your planning period this week.  Below, check out a 15-minute recap on Read More …

ICYMI: iBook Author Pt1 – Getting Started with Your Own Textbook or Writing Portfolio

This is a post in my ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) effort to follow-up on Tech Tuesday trainings I provide to my school.  I will do my best to upload materials and a short tutorial video in case you could not get away during your planning period this week.  Below, check out a 15-minute recap on Read More …

ICYMI: ComicLife Pt 1 – Scripting Your First Comic Book

This is the first post of my ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) effort to follow-up on Tech Tuesday trainings I provide to my school.  I will do my best to upload materials and a short tutorial video in case you could not get away during your planning period this week.  Below, check out the Read More …

Using online Word documents for IEPs

This entry is part 3 of 2 in the series Innovation Comes in Many Sizes

I was training some staff on using Office 365’s Word Online.  In demonstrating how to use Word to share authorship in live time on the same document, two special education teachers started glowing: this solved a big problem for them.  Instead of bouncing multiple versions back and forth via email attachment about the students they shared Read More …

building bridges with blogging: now connected to some great authors

This morning, I woke to the a Google Alert on my name to find that I had been mentioned in a recent post by author Vicki Spandel on one of her blogs.  I have written about some of Spandel’s work and also used it as a basis for my argument in my New Tech Network Read More …