Using technology to build a resource for the good of all.

Today's Washington Post has a wonderful review of Salman Khan's website entitled The Khan Academy. I was familiar with this resource but not the expansive story that unfolds in this piece. Here's a man who started using web-based technology to create a place where he could share his math expertise with his niece, scaffold her learning and continue to build and flourish this for all. His venture resulted in a website of over 2300 individual math tutorials that are apparently being used by many ar...
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Sharing the message about UDL

I always enjoy the opportunity to share information about universal design for learning (UDL) with others -- especially those who've never heard of the term. I'm also equally amazed when those who do not know about UDL are educators. Such was the situation when I spoke to a class of rising junior and senior future teachers at a local college class. As I discussed the framework of UDL and asked for questions and discussions, I heard comments that reflected the importance of "differentiation an...
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Learning without limits

Like many, I had the wonderful opportunity to be around little people over the holidays. As I watched several cousin's grandchildren and my 5.5 year old nephew, I was often reminded of their natural quest to learn, to explore and to discover. My nephew is an active soul who loves to be engaged in his learning. He loves the aspect of choice and the ability to guide what he is exploring -- yes, even at 5.5 years old. He is also very comfortable with technology and loves exploring these many de...
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Smart searching with a smart web resource

The LearningPort is a wonderful resource of professional development sources around the country. I especially like the way that "smart highlighting" is in play when I search specific keywords such as "universal design for learning" for the National UDL Center among their listings and look what appears! This type of targeted highlighting is wonderful for offering visual cues to a reader.
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When a Smartphone is really smart!

I've made a new committment...I've bought a smartphone. Mind you I'm also an iTouch and iPad carrier too. However, I'm a Verizon subscriber and for now, I'm staying with that carrier. Thus, I recently took advantage of an upgrade with my contract and chose the LG Ally and I am impressed. As a smartphone, the Ally has many of the same features as many such as a touchscreen interface with a slider keyboard, access to the Droid operating system of Apps, a nice camera a video recorder, and a 4 gb...
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An inspiring message from a technology innovator

It is always comforting when a seasoned technology innovator predicts that a technology of 20+ years is still in its infancy. That was the case last night on the 60 minutes show and the discussion from the inventor of the cell phone. I was pleased to hear this inventor discuss the importance of having cellphones that offered features that provided important functions---those that really addressed the needs of the user. In fact, I was amazed to hear that this inventor is also responsible for deve...
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