It seems I am always talking about edTech. Technology and learning was my undergraduate research project, and my minor in grad school; I can’t seem to stop talking about it. My latest article for the Yellin Center is no different. I took some time to brag about some of my favourite edTech companies changing the face of k12 education. They all just happen to me found in my own back yard. If you are a teacher ramping up for the new school year be sure to check out these awesome tools, or if you are a parent looking to help your child skill build in key areas these tools could make all the difference. Happy learning! Continue reading “5 NYC Ed Tech Companies Changing the Face of k12 Education”
My latest article is up at the Yellin Center Blog. I wrote about promoting mindfulness in children for my last Yellin Center article. After a resounding response to the article I am expanding on the idea of mindfulness by sharing some of my favourite resources for self-regulation. I hope you find them as helpful as I do! Continue reading “Strategies for Promoting Self-Regulation in Children”
I have another article out for the Yellin Center. This time I dig into how to use infographics in the classroom to differentiate your instruction and meet the core mandates of Universal Design for Learning. Below you will find my article where I discuss a few excellent, easy to use resources for making infographics. Happy Learning! Continue reading “Using Infographics in the Classroom to Differentiate Instruction”
My latest article for the Yellin Center is out. This time I explore NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman which received the Samuel Johnson Prize. Below you will find a copy of my article. Continue reading “Book on Autism wins the Samuel Johnson Prize”
One of my all time favourite aspects of blogging is connecting with other bloggers and professionals across the globe. In all my years working in education I have actually never set foot in a teacher store, nor have I bought a published curriculum book like a black line master (crazy I know!). I draw all my inspiration from the wealth of resources fellow educators and instructional designers share in their own small corners of the web. The way I see it teacher blog reading, Pinteresting and teachers pay teachers perusing should count at professional development credits.
So needless to say I was super excited to see one of my favourite teacher blogs, Teaching Blog Addict, showcase my Free Halloween Bingo resource! Teaching Blog Addict is an excellent resource to find great education bloggers and a plethora of rich resources. Head over and check out the new resources being shared today, as there are constantly new materials being showcased.
My latest post is inspired by a dear friend who is an even greater teacher than she is friend (and that is saying something). This isn’t the first time she has inspired me to write, but over the summer, Linh and I began talking about our professional goals as we headed toward the new school year. Hers was to create a paperless classroom leaving me in awe of her passion to tackle just a big feat. If any teacher can do away with pencil and paper Linh surely can. After a little research I discovered there are a variety of tools to ensure her success. You can head over to my article at the Yellin Center for Mind, Brain and Education, or find a copy of it below. Enjoy and good luck to all you tech-saavy educators out there making a difference in children’s lives and diminishing your environmental impact. Keep doing you! Continue reading “Tools for a Paperless Classroom”
The past month I had been asked by a few sources to cull my bookshelves and devise a list of my tried and true manuals for special education. One list I comprised for my former University will be coming out to showcase 10 exceptional resources. However, today, for the Yellin Center, I whittled and augment my list down to a mere five texts that make my life as a Learning Specialist a touch simpler. In my article, which you will find below, I elected to focus on technical texts, rather than teaching resources. The literature detailed in the article are resources on the current research and practical strategies for applying the best practices in learning theory. I hope they are as helpful to you as they have been for me. Continue reading “Top Five Resources for Special Education Teachers”
It has truly been a huge week! I had my first print article come out in Canadian Student magazine about life as an international student at Columbia University. Now I have had my second print article published- this time in Canadian Teacher magazine. Canadian Teacher is an amazing professional magazine aimed at discussing the current trends and methodologies in twenty-first century learning. My particular article focuses on a few of my favourite Ed Tech tools for empowering struggling writers. In the piece I dig into the advantages of using Storybird, Essay Express, Stationary Studio and Comic Life in the classroom. Each of these exceptional tools provide an engaging, dynamic way to engage reluctant writers, while building their skills in a personalized and differentiated manner. You can read my specific article, Beyond_Paper, or if you are interested take a look at the entire issue- there are a number of exceptional and informational articles in the Spring edition of Canadian Teacher.
My new article on Kindergarten Readiness is up on the Yellin Center Blog. So often parents are unsure how to gauge the readiness of their child, or if they are developmentally on course to being a successful kindergarten learner. Sesame Workshop, the amazing research engine behind Sesame Street, has recognized parents’ concerns and also the marked discrepancy in early learner readiness (their Kindergartners’ Skills at School Entry report released in July 2014 reveals 44% of children entering school with one or more risk factors that have the potential to impact their success in school). As such they have made public their research data on kindergarten readiness, as well as the robust Framework that they use to inform the creation of their exceptionally educationally sound programming. So head over to my article to read about the Kindergarten Readiness Framework, and how to use it to understand or prepare your child for school.
Another Ed Tech review is up on the Yellin Center Blog, this time about a suite of eBook and audiobook resources called TumbleBooks. You can head over to my review to learn about the ages each application is appropriate for, as well as all the teacher and librarian resources that are integrated right into the program.
However, what my review doesn’t elaborate is how vital eBooks and audiobooks are for developing the literacy skills of struggling or reluctant readers. Beyond being below grade level in reading ability, one additional challenge struggling readers have to combat is a lack of background knowledge. Often we glean vital information from texts that help us create connections, encode new ideas and enrich our learning experience across curricular areas. However, without exposure to this content struggling readers are unable to build a wealth of prior knowledge which can often lead to challenges in all academic areas. Therefore, when designing literacy interventions the lack of exposure to new vocabulary, a variety of content and diverse ideas needs to be accounted for. This is where audiobook and eBooks become an invaluable resource. These mediums allow students to access the same rich content as their peers, and build their knowledge base without hinging on their decoding or comprehension skills. I work with a lot of students with reading difficulties, and eBooks and audiobooks are two of my most recommended reading support strategies. Personally, I have witnessed a lot of success using alternative reading materials, but don’t simply take my word for it because research backs this evidence based practice also. So if you are looking to bolster your students interest in reading, as well as their content knowledge check out TumbleBooks because they offer a great variety of resources across grade levels and genres.