Apparently the EQAO is not just getting students thinking, but me as well. A few things came to my mind today as I was working with students as they fought so hard to do their best on their test.
#1 - Why have I not included a Special Education section on this site!?!
Seriously...what was I thinking? So clearly, I have now added a tab for Special Education, where I can start to share some handy links & resources that I have had shared with me. If you have any you want me to pass along, please let me know! Check out the link I added to the Parent Resource Page that is currently on our school website. This is a collection of sites from all of us in the "Special Services Department" (we can create our own department can't we?).
#2 - Why can't we allow kids to communicate with pictures more often?
Written pencil & paper tasks often make me wonder this. In response to this thought, I bring you the Infographics tab.
Also, be sure to check out the LiveBinder site Web Tools for Teachers under the Lesson Planning & P.D. tab.
And with that, I leave you with a visual, from the highly entertaining website Indexed.
Finally, I have an instant to add some more resources to the site. Every time I see something new, my first instinct is to figure out how quickly I can get it out there to everyone to share. There are so many cool ways to integrate technology into our everyday classroom practice.
Rick's desire to have his students create a virtual character from their novel study led us to seek ideas from people within the board. After posting a request for suggestions on First Class we were met with a variety of suggestions, some we were familiar with & others that were new to us. I've added those suggestions to the Online for Students section. Be sure to check out Bitstrips, Voki & Doppelme.
In the Lesson Planning & P.D. section I added a link to resources that Steve in eLearning added to the First Class Computers & Technology Conference. The link takes you to a livebinder site that contains many links to explore. I hope to take some time & explore the links there more closely so that I may point you all towards some of the ones that are the most applicable to elementary education.
Finally, if you click on Resources by Theme & explore the section entitled Diversity, Equity & Social Justice, you will find a PDF list of Canadian literature for young people that was compiled by Helen Kubiw, a Teacher-Librarian within our board. The list is extensive & amazing. Be sure to check out Helen's blog, which she devotes to Canadian Literature for children.
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