Sunday, September 16, 2012

Blog Post 3

Editing, your chance to make a contribution to the world of literature.
Peer Editing
I've never thought there were steps to peer editing. This was not a topic I learned about in detail at school until now. My mom taught me that you always say nice things, even when you don't want to. I personally don't take criticism well because of my mother's teachings. I feel like nice words should be said despite the circumstances. However, after watching those videos I learned that criticism can be positive and if done correctly, by following the steps, it can also have a positive outcome.
The main focus for the videos is self improvement. The Slideshow,Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial, is constantly reminding you to stay positive. Paige Ellis' Blog,What is Peer Editing? video, and the slideshow focused on peer editing but they only skimmed the surface by only hitting the high points; staying positive, beginning with a compliment and warning you against what not to do. The video,Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes, went into detail. This video was cute but yet very informative. The class making the video talked about every aspect of peer editing from Loud Larry to Social Sam. They created cute names to identify each probable mistakes in peer editing that could cause a student to be embarrassed.

Technology in Special Education
Technology in Special Education
Technology has improved the special education classrooms in many ways. It helps engage the students in their lessons. It helps them turn in work faster and it also is used as a communication device for the non-verbal students. Even though these students have cognitive delays they are using technology like; computers and iPods to show the world that they too can learn.
The technology that I learned from this video that can be used in my classroom is audio books by iPod touch. This will help the students that need help reading silently to read the books they have been assigned. Another technology that I liked in this video was the application on the computer called zoom text. This will help students that have trouble reading small text by zooming in on the word, making it larger and easier to read. New technology comes out daily, I am excited to see the advances I will have at my disposal when I graduate.
ABC pocket phonics is the app I researched. This app teaches students letters, sounds, and writing. You can customize each student's profile on this application based on the student's needs. Some students are unable to write but are able to use their fingers. This app allows them to trace the letter with their fingers, while tracing the letter the student will hear the sound each letter makes.
Harness your Students' digital smarts
In,Harness your Students' Digital Smarts video you see the students learning how to use technology so that it may be applied to their everyday lives. In this video, Mrs. Davis' students are teaching the class how to use Open Sim. The class along with Mrs. Davis are learning this program together, they are teaching each other.
Mrs. Davis helped create a site called Digiteen. This site allows the students to communicate with each other, to research and discuss topics online. Digiteen allows to communicate their opinions on certain school topics. Mrs. Davis also helped create the flat classroom project. This project allows students to experience the advances of information technology. Mrs. Davis is making an impact on these students because technology is growing and we all need to adapt.

1 comment:

  1. "I feel like nice words should be said despite the circumstances." Should they be honest? Or, must they be honest?

    Interesting. Thoughtful.