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Monday, 26 September 2011

RWG Flash - Sept. 26 Grade 7 & 8 lesson

The SEA Assistive Technology team provides professional learning opportunities in the form of Learning Communities and Job Embedded Professional Learning (individual class and whole school models). We support teaching and learning by working closely with teachers in partnership so lessons are constructed with assistive technology strategies in mind.

One of the programs we support is Read and Write Gold in schools.

Here is the first of a series of  Read and Write Gold flash lessons that we would like to share with you.

The AT team's continues to develop a collection of RWG lessons that have been constructed to connect specific grade level and subject area expectations of the Ontario Curriculum. The RWG flash also directly suggests ways to make curriculum connections using the Read and Write Gold program to enhance student learning and achievement.

We will periodically post a RWG flash to share with the Assistive Technology community.

This specific lesson is: Point of View and Podcasting - Grade 7 & 8 Language. Overall and specific expectations have been outlined in the lesson. Feel free to adapt and change to suit the grade level and expectations that addresses your classroom's needs. Our lessons are creative commons (non-commercial, attribution) - free to share and reuse for non-commercial use, with attribution to the AT SEA department at TDSB.

Click the above icon or the following text: RWG flash grade 7 & 8

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Read and Write Gold for TDSB schools

On-site training for Read and Write Gold software will continue to be available to schools that have not completed their training.  

Click here to view the flyer to learn how to access 5 hours of free in-school training for students and staff at your school.
Note: Read and Write Gold 9 (P.C. version) supported in schools.

Study skills/highlighter tool
Homophone checker

Monday, 12 September 2011

Hello from the two newest members of the SEA team

Hello from the two newest Itinerant SEA Teachers:

We are both looking forward to be part of a dynamic team, working with our Interactive Whiteboard Learning Communities, and providing support in schools throughout our diverse Board. We come from different backgrounds but we both have a passion for weaving assistive technology into our teaching and look forward to resource for our colleagues.

Itinerant East:
I have experience teaching in every panel. I am a former MART, Resource, HSP, classroom and high school teacher. I also ran the language lab and a demonstration classroom.

Two of my favourite quotes are:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Ignore and ignorance come from the same root.” ~Katherine Erskine

When I’m not teaching you can find me running, reading or spending time with my family.

Itinerant West:
I have experience at the elementary, middle and high school level. I am a former MART, Resource, HSP, LD, ESL, homeroom and computer teacher.

19 years into this career I love teaching more than ever -- especially teaching reading! I love using assistive technology to help children who are struggling with reading so that they can access all the wonderful books and texts that their peers enjoy!

My other loves are family time, animals, enjoying the outdoors, books, swimming and walking.

One of my favourite quotes is:
"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something!" (author unknown).

This poem by Forest Witcraft has always helped me to keep my focus on what matters most:
One hundred years from now
It won't matter
What kind of car I drove
What kind of house I lived in
How much money I had in the bank
Nor what my cloths looked like
The world may be a little better
Because, I was important
In the life of a child.

Itinerant Central:
It's exciting to continue in the SEA department. I joined the team mid-way through last year. I share a similar educational background and experience as my colleagues. We are a solid, enthusiastic and energized group.

When I'm not thinking about student learning, social media, Science and on-line learning, I'm an avid volunteer, photographer and reader (a mix of non-fiction and fiction). I've travelled extensively and enjoy exploring locally and internationally.

A favourite quote:
 “It's not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.” - Francis Bacon

A website I enjoy is from the United Nations World Food Programme:
Free Rice

Interactive Whiteboard Learning Communities (IWB LC)

There are 20 new Interactive Whiteboard Learning Communities this year. Each community will be meeting four times during the year at their nearest Learning Centre – either Terraview (East) or Burnhamthorpe (West). (Our department also offers training on a variety of software at the Centres. To remind you of their locations please click here.)

Interactive Whiteboard Learning Communities (IWB LC)
Between each Learning Community session, we are also excited about LC teachers participating in the In-Class sessions this year. We invite teachers from our Learning Communities to volunteer as the Learning Community Host (LC Host) for a session. The LC Host will co-plan and co-teach a lesson with an itinerant SEA teacher with his/her own class. Other members of the LC observe the lesson, which showcases ways to accomodate for their students and to imbed differentiated instruction strategies using the IWB, that was learned in the previous Learning Community session. Following the modeled lesson, the itinerant, LC Host and LC Observers debrief, discuss and reflect on the day's lesson.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Summer reflection - Boys Literacy page -- using Glogster

Over the summer a reflection was created to illustrate the Boys' Literacy project. It was created using the program Glogster.