Saturday, March 5, 2011

iPad proves to be a very helpful educational tool, especially for autistic children.

The iPad was shown in use at the Center for Communication Enhancement at Children's Hospital Boston, where it has been used to assist children with autism.

The video also highlighted how the iPad has been put to use in education, allowing students to interact with content in a new and unique way.

Your child can build their own story with ease.

 Little Bird Tales
allows a child to upload their own art work, sketches, drawings, photos and add their own voice to create a story. They can then share this with their friends and family.

  • Encourages creativity and self expression
  • Helps reinforce reading and writing skills
  • A GREEN alternative to books
  • NO ads, NO merchandising, NO external links
  • Made with kids in mind!
  • It's Fun and it's FREE for everyone!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Digital Media -New Learners of the 21st Century

Featuring the foremost thought leaders, innovators and practitioners in the field, 
Digital Media is a startling preview of a 21st Century education revolution.

3rd graders leave comments as if they are a rain forest animal!

This lesson is presents a great example of a persuasive text for young ones to experience and next provides a research task and then the students are expected to post a comment on the class blog as their animal persuading the loggers to save the tree.
First runner up in the 2010 Edublog Awards for 
                  Best Class Blogs

The Great Kapok Tree 
The story takes place in the rain forest of the Amazon. Throughout the story, rain forest animals try to persuade a logger to leave the kapok tree. The kids will love hearing about all the animals trying to convince the logger to save the tree.

This is a beautifully illustrated fable of interdependence in the rain forest. As a teacher, I use this story to teach about ecosystems here at home. Even though it is appropriate for younger children, I read it to my outdoor school students (5th-6th grade) on the day we study ecosystems to help them understand the inter-relationships we see and study in the field. I like to bring the story to life by giving the animals special voices (lots of hissssing for the snake, chattering for the monkeys, squawking for the birds, etc.) At first the students laugh and are amused by the voices, but when the tree frogs talk about ruined lives and being left homeless, they begin to get more serious, and by the time the sloth asks "How much is beauty worth? Can you live without it?" they are fully engrossed. After reading the story, I send the students out to find a "magic spot" to do a writing assignment: write their own story of "The Great ______"..

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Try this special browser!! I love it! So user-friendly!

Zac Browser is a totally free software package. ZAC-Zone for Autistic Children.  It is the first Internet browser developed specifically for children living with autism. It includes:
• A drawing board
• New sites
• New videos
• Compatible with the latest Flash
• Increased speed of the videos
• Color changes of the Browser
• "Smiley" in another category
• Added "Zac Crash Recovery"
• Shortcut to The Autism News
• Shortcut to our new forum
You will find a mass of important information along with the latest discoveries and open discussion on the autism spectrum.

Welcome to the official Zac Browser site – Zone..