Intriguing idea. Before students in Ms Yollis’ class are given their own blog, they must earn it by writing thoughtful comments on other student blogs. This sounds like a great way to gradually introduce skills about appropriate and responsible publishing on the Internet.
tuaw.com compares the iPad to other accessibility devices. I’ve seen an Eco up close and I agree that the iPad has more features by default, runs more reliability, and costs far less than the $7,000 – $15,000 price tag for the Eco. The article suggests that most devices are purposely limited to one function in order to qualify for Medicaid. That is disappointing if true, since limiting an expensive device to one feature seems to work agains accessibility.
Some pretty safe bets from Fraser Speirs. If we limit the scope of those predictions to education, I mostly agree with him. However, I think that for the foreseeable future we will continue to need more complicated and powerful devices. My colleague who teaches the CAD program at my school could not achieve the same results with iPads. His class will continue to need desktops.
Story summarizing findings presented by Project Tomorrow at the Speak Up conference held on October 29, 2010. The study shows that student access to mobile technology in the classroom has tripled in the last three years. Also, 62% of parents surveyed said they would purchase a mobile device for their students if they were allowed to use them in school. The full report is available, but it requires registration on their Blackboard site.
This is a great summary of the problems afflicting many K12 public education web sites. I’ve had to work around many of these pitfalls myself, which is one of the reasons I prefer to use my own domain and have autonomy for my classroom web site.
I must have purchased my first iPod in 2004. It was the 3rd generation, but it was a gray-scale screen, not the full color one that did photos. It lasted me about four years, because then I bought the 2nd generation iPod Touch in 2008. I hope the 4th generation iPod Touches I just purchased last four years.
Apple is now highlighting some special education apps in the App Store. It amazes me how some special education apps are so expensive.
There are a lot of other great sites listing accessibility apps: