- Usher's Syndrome Screening Training
- Working with the Experts: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- MATA-Sign Language Media EXPO 2011 - Florida
- Download YouTube Movies
- Save these Dates!
Welcome back to school! I think everyone is probably back in the groove by now. I hope you all had a wonderful summer. Please remember that Nada, Brian, and I are here to support you in any way that we can. Contact us!!!
Notice the two names I've added to our header above. Last year, we joined our services with FSDB's Outreach Services for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) and Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI). They had previously been working in small and rural districts only, but are now expanding their services. Diana is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and Visual Education Specialist for BVI. Mark works with parents and families of both BVI and DHH. Contact them if you have any questions or need any support.
Don't forget our August resources page. There are links to lots of Back-to-School Resources here!
USHER SYNDROME SCREENING TRAINING
In June, I told you about our upcoming Usher's Syndrome Trainings. We had to postpone our August training in Chipley. We are still looking for a date for that session, but all other sessions have been set up. Please check the link to the site above for information. Click on the site in your area to register. You should check with the ESE Coordinator from your district before registering. It would be best to have a team of three from each district: a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing, a teacher of the visually impaired, and a nurse. At least one person from every district should attend. Participants will be reimbursed for mileage over 50 miles round-trip for up to three participants per district. Additional participants from each district will be at the district's expense.
WORKING WITH THE EXPERTS: DEAF/HARD OF HEARING (WWE: D/HH)
We are working on dates and presenters for Working with the Experts, but the first was has been confirmed. Mark October 7 and 8 on your calendars. Connie Mayer from York University in Toronto will be speaking about Deaf Literacy. You can read a bio for Connie Mayer here: http://edu.apps01.yorku.ca/profiles/main/mayer-connie
Look for more information about WWE: D/HH in future Tech Notes. I will let you know as soon as we are ready to accept registrations.
Note: You do NOT have to attend all of the WWE sessions. Also, you do NOT have to obtain permission from your District Coordinator.
MATA-SIGN LANGUAGE MEDIA EXPO 2011 - FLORIDA
September 17, 2011 | Saturday | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Hall B | Osceola Heritage Park
1901 Chief Osceola Trail, Kissimmee, FL 34744
FREE ADMISSION! BEFORE September 7, 2011
Please register for your free pass ticket at the site given above.
ASL comedy shows and games
Raffle prizes contest. Chance to win!
Please email email@example.com or fax 951 346 5678 for more information.
MATA-Sign Language Media EXPO 2011 is coming back!!! MATA EXPO 2010 (Ontario Convention Center on November 5-6, 2010) was a huge success event and attracted to 7,123 participants.
"As the ever expanding US Deaf market continues to evolve and its purchasing power increases year after year, understanding its cultural factor, their unique behavior market, and utilizing the adequate mediums and technologies becomes key when targeting this market. Some of the approaches that have been successful include the use of social networking and affiliate marketing". This event mirrors society's increased awareness of Deaf people's media-tech-culture needs
About MATA EXPO
'MATA' means 'See you later or again" in the Japanese language and "Eyes" in tagalog language. Mata is a symbolic word "visual concept + small world" in the Deaf-related community.
MATA EXPO is considered one of the nation's largest multicultural marketing events in US Deaf history. It is an opportunity for companies, organizations, and individuals with talents to show off their deaf/hard-of-hearing products to thousands of people at once and make announcements about new products and services. It is also a showcase for deaf performing artists in various media types (deaf films, deaf celebrities and cultural arts presented from US nationwide and International). MATA EXPO empowers Deaf Culture, Diversity, and Media Technology.
A paramount emphasis will be on the changes and progress made in quality of life for Deaf-related, Deaf and Hard-of -hearing consumers.
Part of the show's focus will be a celebration of society's increasing awareness of the needs of the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing. Included will be a detailed look at the recent legislation passed and written into laws that positively impact the quality of life for the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing.
Open to the public, the show targets not only Deaf people but also their employers, friends and family, government and nonprofit organizations, as well as students enrolled in sign language and Deaf culture classes.
DOWNLOADING YOUTUBE MOVIES
I've talked about downloading YouTube movies before, but there are always changes.
Zamzar - http://zamzar.com/
You can paste the URL (web address) for the YouTube video you want to download in Step 1 (click on URL first). Be aware that you are limited to converting files that are less than 100 mb unless you subscribe to a paid plan. In Step 2, click on the drop-down menu. Scroll down to the video formats. If you have QuickTime and/or iTunes (free for both Mac and Windows), you can play .mov, .m4v, or .mp4 files. You can play .wmv files on Windows, and some Macs (use the free VLC player or QuickTime if you have the correct plugin). iPads use .mp4 files only. You can also choose iPhone or iPad from the list. Put your email address in Step 3. Click the Convert button in Step 4. They will email you when your file is complete. Click on the link in your email to download the file.
RealPlayer Downloader - http://www.real.com/
I've started using this method to download videos. When you download RealPlayer, you can also get RealPlayer Downloader. In RealPlayer, go to Window and choose Open RealPlayer Downloader. I usually just keep this running at all times. Anytime I watch a movie in YouTube, it shows up in RealPlayer Downloader. I can then click on 'Download' in the Downloader. It downloads the file to a RealPlayer Downloads folder inside my Movies folder.
[Note: This is how it works on a Mac. I assume it works the same in Windows. I will try it when I get a chance, and let you know if it's different.]
After you use one of thee methods to download your file, you can transfer the file to a flash drive or whatever way is best for you to take it to school with you.
Have you seen this Google tool? This tool is in beta, and they are going to phase it out on September 5. So think of any search tools you might want to use, and try it. You can export them as CSV files, and import into Microsoft Excel. Or you can export it directly to Google Docs (Spreadsheet). How do you use Google Squared? Go to the site and type in your search term ... like "dinosaurs". Google Squared AUTOMATICALLY builds a table for you with the Name, Image, Description, Class, Genus, Phylum, and Kingdom. You can even add your own columns, or delete columns you don't want. Try it!!!
Here are some that I made. You can use them in Google Docs, or download to use in Excel.
- Planets - http://tinyurl.com/3t6edq8
- US States - http://tinyurl.com/3k742o7
- Continents - http://tinyurl.com/3k742o7
- Countries - http://tinyurl.com/423jbsw
Quizlet is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 6 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. It's the best place to play educational games, memorize vocabulary and study online. And it's FREE!
This page explains word walls, and has many pictures to give you ideas.
More Resources for Word Walls
- http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/studentsupport/ese/PDF/MathWordWall.pdf (PDF File)
All Kids Network
All Kids Network is a network of websites dedicated to providing fun and educational activities for parents and teachers to do with their kids. There are hundreds of kids craft ideas, kids worksheets, printable kids activities and more. So far, there are two main sites - allkidsnetwork.com and kidslearningstation.com. Kids Learning Station is the website dedicated to printable learning worksheets for kids.
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that has created a library of over 2,400 FREE videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises. Unlike the last time I checked this site, the videos seem to be all captioned. Unfortunately, the videos are stored on YouTube's server. This means they may be blocked in your school/district. Check the Downloading YouTube section above for information about downloading the videos at home.
The School Bell
The School Bell has a lot of great information for elementary teachers. Check the pages on word walls, word games, number families, and Dolch words. There are also links for theme-based topics: science, dinosaurs, penguins, snow, etc.
50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story
This great wiki walks you through ways to tell a story, and links to many different online tools to do it.
Web 2.0: Cool Tools for School
This wiki introduces you to lots of Web 2.0 tools arranged by type of tool. Some of the tools have links to demos or tutorials. Great collection!
Free Technology4Teachers is one of my favorite sites. On this blog, they regularly review and share information about online resources.
Reading Is Fundamental
Check these sites for some online stories.
- Leading to Reading (Ages 0-5)
- Semillitas de Aprendizaje (Spanish version of Leading to Reading)
- Reading Planet (Ages 6-15)
- Leamos en Familia (Spanish version of Let's Read as a Family)
- Let's Read as a Family
WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 20,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7. Users can dive into their innovative directory or search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. [Note: These videos come from all over the Internet. Some may be captioned, but most are not.]
Flubaroo is a free tool that helps you quickly grade multiple-choice or fill-in-blank assignments. It works in conjunction with Google Docs. Besides being a grading tool, it computes average assignment scores; computes average scores per question, and flags low-scoring questions; shows you a grade distribution graph; and, gives you the option to email each student their grade with an answer key. The site gives step-by-step directions. Try it!
Would you like to have student response systems for your classroom, but don't have the money? Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
The Homeschool Creations blog has some free Animal Classification cards that you can download and print out (August 23, 2011 entry).
Before Five in a Row
This page is from the Homeschool Creations site above. She has created activity packs for 23 literature-based studies (some aren't finished yet). Some of these books may be some you're using in your classrooms: Caps for Sale, Angus Lost, Blueberries for Sale, The Snowy Day, etc).
This page is also from the Homeschool Creations site. Click on the country names under "Printables by Country" to find available printables and lesson plans. Go further down the page to find printable sheets for notetaking and research factsheets.
DotToDots.net Puzzles has 125 free downloadable dot-to-dot puzzles. You can choose puzzles that include animals, buildings, transportation, and more from nearly a dozen different categories. They're all available for free, and all you need is a copy of Adobe Acrobat or any other application that lets you open and print PDF files, and you're in business. You can download individual puzzles and activities for free, or you can download the entire collection all at once for $9.00.
SAVE THESE DATES!
Usher's Syndrome Screening Training
• September 21: Ft Myers, FL
• October 19: Jacksonville, FL
• November 3: Lake Mary, FL
• November 17: Tampa, FL
• Date TBD: Chipley, FL
Working with the Experts: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Session 1: Deaf Literacy with Connie Mayer
October 7-8, 2011
Location to be Determined
More information later ...
November 4-5, 2011
Westin Hotel in Lake Mary, FL