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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dragon Dictation Available as Free App!

 For individuals struggling with writing or for those who may just find pressing all the little letters on their phone difficult, here is some exciting news! Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text content for everything from email messages to blog posts on your iPad™, iPhone™ or iPod touch™. 

I learned about this at the COABE conference last month in Denver (thanks to Patricia White and Klaus Neu from Arkansas) and tried it out last night. I spent the rest of the evening speaking info into my phone and texting, emailing, and Facebooking what I spoke! It was very cool, easy to use and FREE! Just search Dragon Dictation on your app store. I may even be able to Twitter now!

Is anyone else already using this for yourself or for your students? Please let me know how you're using it and if you have suggestions for educators in the field.

Thanks!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Lesson Organizer Database Now Available

Check out the SIPDC website which now houses a lesson organizer database filled with rich examples created over the years by educators participating in the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists.

http://www.siue.edu/SIPDC/Special%20Learning%20Needs/lesson_organizers.htm
 
Lesson organizers are a type of graphic organizer that has been designed and research has proven to be successful with and for students. A lesson organizer, also known as an advance organizer, provides a visual depiction of the information as it’s explained. Although it may appear to be a lesson plan, it is actually meant to be used for the student to enhance understanding and facilitate independence. A lesson organizer is part of numerous instructional strategies taught in the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists.

For more information on the Institute, or if you have questions about lesson organizers, email Sarah Goldammer at sgoldam@siue.edu. If you have additional examples of lesson organizers you are willing to share, please send them to Sarah.

For online training on advance lesson organizers, a one-hour webinar created by Neil Sturomski is available through the Illinois Community College Board iLEARN site. Email sipdctrainer@gmail.com for access to this and other online training.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Southern SLN Group Finishes Institute Training


 Congratulations to the following: 

Lee Ann George - Shawnee 
Miranda Tate - Olney Central College
Brenna Heidinger - Olney Central College       
Marsha Humphrey - Wabash Valley College
Lynn Gray - Olney Central College
Monica Waller - Lewis and Clark Community College
Mindy Ashby - Shawnee Community College
Lindsey Buck - Olney Central College
Chad Groves - Olney Central College
Tracy Gulovsen - Olney Central College
Not pictured: Brook Sloat - Olney Central College


 


Thanks to the above for making a difference in their students’ lives via increasing their knowledge and expertise by becoming credentialed Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Northern SLN Group Completes Training

Congratulations to the following for completing their SLN training last Friday at Waubonsee Community College.

Annette Barker - Waubonsee
Carolyn Markel - Moraine Valley
Sally Guy - Elgin
Dwayne Daniel - Safer Foundation
Heather Martin - Waubonsee
Alice Daniels - Rock Valley
Mandy Dwyer - Joliet
Kerry McCloskey - Waubonsee
Ginger McBride - Shawnee
Cathy Kramer - Waubonsee
Judy McGregor - Waubonsee
Luz Garfias - Waubonsee
Beth Maleski - Waubonsee
Tara Schwab - Waubonsee
 

Thanks to the above for making a difference in their students’ lives via increasing their knowledge and expertise by becoming credentialed Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists. 






Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Student Partnering Ideas for Understanding and Confidence



Thanks to Linda Zacchea from Waubonsee Community College and a participant in the northern SLN group for her enriching ideas.
 
Reading - I have students choose two characters from a story and write a letter from one to the other. They need to delve a little bit deeper into both the characters and their involvement in the story to be able to effectively do this.  

I also like to use the think/pair/share strategy when covering a new topic.  First you have individuals come up with some ideas and jot them down, then partners talk, then either one or both partners shares with the whole class. I think that students gain confidence in their ideas when they first have time to think to themselves, then talk about it  to one person, rather than the large group.

Thanks, Linda, and thanks for inspiring your students! These ideas are also great for enhancing post-secondary and work skills. Boosting our students critical thinking skills and confidence levels is a fantastic contribution to their future success.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Congratulations to Newly Credentialed Resource Specialists



Thanks to the following individuals for making a difference in their students’ lives via increasing their knowledge and expertise by becoming credentialed Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists. 

Christine Decker - Parkland College

Melissa Koke - Spoon River College

Janet Young - Spoon River College

Nancy Young - Lewis and Clark Community College

Linda Zacchea - Waubonsee Community College

Congratulations!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Word Warrior of the Week

Thanks to Nancy Young of Lewis and Clark Community College and a current member of the Central SLN group for her Reading/Writing strategy!

Brainstorm/discuss what they think this article or story might be about based on the title/picture.
Read the story aloud together.
Stop from time to time to check the brainstorming answers.
Confirm or debunk what they thought the article or story was going to be about.
Have the students go back over the material and come up with a vocabulary list (Always have a backup list)
Bounce the vocabulary words around the room to allow each student to use it properly in a sentence.
Begin the word war. This is where the students challenge each other to come up with grammatically correct sentences using multiple words. The student that uses the most vocabulary words in one sentence is the "Word warrior of the week".
Go back to the article/story and have the student do some analyzing and summarizing.
Identify descriptive areas and paint a verbal picture of what that looks like, so the student can "see" it in their mind.
Relate the article or story to the real world if at all possible.

Thanks, Nancy, for this fun, interactive, and real world reality check strategy!