From the Desk of Kay Ezzell Technology Resource Specialist at Resource Materials & Technology Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Materials & Technology Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing /FDLRS
207 North San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Shelley Popson Ardis
Welcome back to school! I know that most of you have already started. I hope all of you have a wonderful year. Remember that we are ready and willing to help you with your technology needs.
Looking for Back-to-School Ideas and Activities? Be sure to check
out our web site August
Links page with a list of links. Also check out some ideas from Scholastic
There are a lot of exciting "themes" coming up this year. I mentioned
Lewis & Clark and the Wright Brothers anniversaries in
the last newsletter in June. I'm sure there will be more to come on those topics.
See the information about Mars below. September is Hispanic Heritage
Month. The Summer Olympics will begin in August 2004 in Athens,
Greece. So we will get some information together before the end of this school
year so that you
will be ready to start the year with Olympics activities. I'm sure many more themes will pop up along the way. If you're planning to work on a theme this year, let me know and I'll try to help you find some online resources. Other teachers around the state might be interested in the same theme, so let's share! We know that many of you are searching for information about reading and literacy. Stay tuned. We're collecting information. Shelley is working on an online module on this topic and we're planning to share whatever we can find. Also plan to attend FEHI in November. Have a great year!!!
Go ahead and put FEHI on your schedule NOW. It will be November 7-8 at the Altamonte Springs Hilton in Orlando. We already know that Dr. Peter V. Paul will be our Keynote Speaker and his topic will be "Reading, Literate Thought, and Deafness". Reading and Literacy is a BIG topic these days and
will continue to be. If you're interested in presenting at FEHI, the call for papers went out in May. You can download a form from the web site. The deadline for the call for papers is September 15.
You can get information about the 2003 Conference here:
Conference 2003 - http://www.fsdb.k12.fl.us/rmc/fehi/Conference/agenda03.html
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On August 27, Mars will be less than 34.65 million miles away from us. That is the closest it has been to Earth in nearly 60,000 years. The view is supposed to be fantastic. So why not take this opportunity to learn about Mars? Here are some web sites to help you do that.
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The Florida Symposium on Early Childhood Hearing Loss will be October 3-4, 2003
at the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort in St. Augustine, FL with a pre-session
on Thursday, October 2. The pre-session will feature Mary Koch, M.A. CED, presenting
"Bringing Sound to Life: Principles and Practices of Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation."
Carol Flexer, PhD, CCC-A/SLP, Cert. AVT will present the keynote address, "Promoting Optimal Outcomes for Young Children with Hearing Loss." The concurrent sessions will have three strands of focus — medical issues, early intervention issues, and pediatric audiology issues. Physicians, pediatric audiologists, early interventionists, preschool teachers, speech/language pathologists, program administrators, university Students, and parents are among those who will attend.
The mission of the Florida Symposium on Early Childhood Hearing Loss is to
bring together those involved in detection, intervention, and education programs
for children with hearing loss to foster a common experience, to build a shared
understanding of issues, and to create an enthusiasm for
working together with these children and their families. Representatives from a variety of companies and organizations related to hearing loss will be on hand to display and discuss their products and services.
This is a joint venture between the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, the University of Florida, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health-Children's Medical Services.
For additional information and to get a registration form, please e-mail:
or Gail Strassel
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Clearinghouse on Mathematics,
Engineering, Technology, and Science -
This is an information dissemination project funded by the National Science
Foundation to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
education for deaf and hearing students. This web site provides many
resources, including informational pages and complete "workshops" on a
variety of topics, which can be used individually by teachers, in
pre-service teacher education courses as lessons, or as actual workshops for
in-service professional development programs to help teachers interested in
renewing certification. There is a K-12 link, so don't think that it's only
focused on higher level students.
Matters Curriculum -
This curriculum offers a combination of classroom experiences and/or a field
trip visit to the exhibit to promote students' understanding of the history
of the international monetary system, globalization, international economic
cooperation, and the work of the IMF (International Monetary Fund). [for
high school students]
Mania - http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/quiz/mm/eng/index.htm
Monetary Mania is an online game show that tests your knowledge about money and macroeconomics. [for high school students]
About Money - http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/students/ms/index.htm
Adrian, the mascot, takes you through a lesson plan preparations for a school visit to the IMF Center to learn about money, international trade, and cooperation. The entire package can be downloaded for use in the classroom. [for 5-6 grade]
in the World & What in the World is Money? -
So you think you know what money is? It's those little round coins and paper bills printed by the government with someone's face on one side, right? What if money isn't a coin or a banknote or even a credit card? They may be common now. But not everyone in the world has used these forms of money for very long at all. Throughout history and around the globe, many different things have served as money. Play this game to find out just what money has been. You'll need to keep your wits about you if you want to get home. . . .. [for younger students]
Around the World -
Play this game to experience the challenges and excitement of international trade. See if you can get the best price for the goods you sell and the biggest bargains for the goods you buy. Watch how the global economy is doing: the prices you'll be able to get and the deals you can make depend on how healthy the global economy is. [for younger students]
Perception - http://www.biols.susx.ac.uk/home/George_Mather/Motion/
This site has lots of QuickTime movies and animations to display different phenomena related to motion. To view the different features on this site, you'll need a QuickTime Plug-In on your computer.
Fresh Baked Fractions
To play this fun fraction game, pick the one fraction out of four that isn't the same. Choose from easy, medium, hard, and super brain levels.
Fractions - http://www.sosmath.com/algebra/fraction/frac3/frac3.html
This site covers a variety of topics about fraction math. It also features sample problems, and a list of fraction math rules.
Party - http://www.primarygames.com/fractions/start.htm
This "pizza party" game is meant to teach young students about numerators
of the American Civil Rights Movement - http://www.wmich.edu/politics/mlk/tm.html
This is a timeline of the civil rights movement by year. Each year has a link to a site with more information about the major event of that year.
Overcome - http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/
The Historic Sites Of the Civil Rights Movement site, as brought to you by the National Register of Historic Sites. Features an introduction, an online tour, a links section, and an online biography.
Tour of the National Civil Rights Museum -
A virtual tour brought to you by the National Civil Rights Museum.
MysteryNet's Kids Mysteries
A site of mysteries for your class of super sleuths to solve!
Sherlock Holmes on the
Web - http://www.sherlockian.net/
The Sherlockian page is a site dedicated to everything that is related to the great Mr. Holmes. Read about the history of Sherlock Holmes, the period in England in which he "lived," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and libraries dedicated to this Gentlemanly Detective.
The Nancy Drew Sleuth
Unofficial Web Site - http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com/
This is an in-depth site that has information about every aspect of the Nancy Drew mystery series, which has been popular for over 70 years.Benjamin Franklin and
Want to know more about Ben Franklin and his role in experiments with electricity? We suspect this site will have what you're looking for.
How Van de Graaff
Generators Work - http://www.howstuffworks.com/vdg.htm
Van de Graff generators and how they work. Includes some funny pictures.
Theater of Electricity - http://www.mos.org/sln/toe/toe.html
The Theatre Of Electricity Online--brought to you by the Boston Museum of Science. View different electrical gadgets and experiments.
Science Snacks about Electricity -
Science Snacks! These are easy, fun, and informative experiments relating to electricity. One favorite is electrical fleas.
Miami Museum of Science: The Atoms Family - http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/index.html
The Atom's Family site is brought to you by the science museum of Miami. It features 6 sections that list projects geared to electricity, from particles to conservation.
Geometry in Motion
Geometry in Motion! This site hosts a variety of interactive animations that display how different geometric theories and applications function.
Fraction Shapes - http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Patterns/
With this site, print out shapes to use with younger students, and teach
them about patterns, as well as hexagons, trapezoids, rhombi, and triangle.
Railroad Freedom Center - http://www.undergroundrailroad.org/
An interactive web tour/exhibition brought to you by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Underground Railroad @ nationalgeographic -
National Geographic's web tour places the viewer in the shoes of an escaping slave, and you get to make decisions along the way as to where you'll go, and you also read biographies of different abolitionists in different cities who would have hidden you on your way to freedom.
Tech Professional Development Program -
STAR Tech stands for Supporting Teachers to Achieve Results by Integrating Technology into the Curriculum. STAR Tech is an exciting research-based professional development program that helps teachers integrate a full range of technology tools into the curriculum. The Star Tech program is designed to help teachers improve the performance of students with diverse abilities and needs by using a variety of low-, mid-, and high-technology tools.
Carschooling - http://www.Carschooling.com/
Over 350 entertaining games and activities to turn travel time into learning time. Maybe some of these can be adapted for the classroom.
FindSounds - http://www.findsounds.com/
FindSounds is a free site where you can search the Web for sound effects and musical instrument samples. The categories include Animals, Birds, Holidays, Household, Insects, Musical Instruments, Nature, Noisemakers, Office, People, Sports & Recreation, Tools, TV & Movies, and Vehicles. These sounds can be downloaded and used in HyperStudio stacks, ClarisWorks/AppleWorks Slide Shows, and PowerPoint presentations.
Friends and Flags
Friends and Flags is a collaborative learning project which engages classes in a dynamic exchange with international partner schools. The main theme of this exchange is multi-cultural awareness which fosters mutual respect, tolerance. and communication. Upon registration (free), teachers have the choice of being placed in any one of the following international learning teams: Pair - 2 countries; Triangle - 3 countries; Square - 4 countries; and Circle - 6 countries. Partners are placed in international teams according to grade and age level and students from each country collaborate with their peers while assuming the role of young ambassadors.
EasyBib.com - http://www.easybib.com/
An online way to create a bibliography - fast!
Webcam Live - http://www.webworldcam.com/
Webcamgo.com whisks you around the globe courtesy of hundreds of Webcams. Spy on traffic intersections & tourist attractions one at a time, or watch continually updated scenes from four corners of the Earth simultaneously.
Take in the beauty of the African continent, including its wildlife & its sunsets, on AfriCam.com’s collections of Webcams. And if the ospreys & elephants aren’t active when you log on, you can always review highlights of the day’s events.
Project - http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/
Each year leaves behind fewer veterans to keep alive the memories of those who have fought & died for their country. This site provides video clips from interviews with soldiers of yesterday, as well as all you need to conduct your own interviews with the aging vets in your life for inclusion in this ambitious project.
Online: To the Moon - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tothemoon/explore.html
Go for an astronautical amble on the surface of the moon. With the help of QuickTime, PBS’ Nova provides you with a 360-degree view from each of the Apollo moon missions.
NASA CONNECT - http://connect.larc.nasa.gov/
NASA CONNECT is an annual series of FREE integrated mathematics, science, and technology instructional distance learning programs for students in grades 6-8. Each program has three components: (1) a 30-minute television broadcast, which can be viewed live or taped for later use; (2) an interactive web activity which provides educators an opportunity to use technology in the classroom setting; and (3) a lesson guide describing a hands-on activity. These three components are designed as an integrated instructional package. NASA CONNECT is FREE to educators. Registered educators will receive, via E-mail, the date of upcoming shows, a show summary, and a PDF version of the lesson guide.
Half the Planet - http://www.halftheplanet.com/
HalfthePlanet.com is the definitive Internet portal providing the disability community with the tools to lead independent, productive and exciting lives. With thousands of pages of content, including news, legislative issues, community boards, travel, arts & entertainment, and classifieds, in addition to thousands of resources. HalfthePlanet.com offers the disability community accessible support in one place, all day, every day.
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Florida Symposium on Early Childhood Loss
October 2-4, 2003
World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL
For information, contact Audrey Largent or Gail Strassel
Florida Educators of the Hearing Impaired (FEHI)
November 7-8, 2003
Altamonte Hilton, Altamonte Springs (Orlando)
Florida Educational Technology Conference 2004 (FETC):
Orlando - January 22-24, 2004 in the new section the Orange County
Convention Center. For more information, go to http://www.fetc.org/.
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