Sunday, February 3, 2013

Blog Post 3

Page Ellis's blog on peer editing was very informative and provided other resources to help understand how to properly peer edit. The first resource was a video titled What is Peer Editing. This video provided steps to take when editing another classmate's writing. The three steps to complete when peer editing is provide compliments, suggestions, and corrections. I enjoyed the slideshow, Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial, because it discussed each of the steps and offers examples of paragraphs that need editing.
The video, Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes, is very creative and humorous. The students gave examples on what not to do when editing another classmate's paper. Throughout the video they played different characters, and in doing so they relieved their poor editing techniques. Some of these characters were picky, bored, mean, loud, pushy, off topic, speedy, and defensive. I learned a lot from these resources on how to edit a peer's work properly. I also learned that when peer editing it is important to stay positive.

The Mountbatten Braille Writer is an amazing tool to use in a classroom because it was created for students who are blind. This tool is a modern day type writer with the ability to save files, transfer files to a computer, and receive files from a computer. The Mountbatten is a great tool to learn from because it produces braille, and it can be used to teach students braille. As a teacher it is important to introduce new technology to the classroom and I believe the Mountbatten Braille Writer would be a great tool to introduce.

In the video, Teaching Math To The Blind, Professor Art Karshmer spoke on the issue blind individuals have when given a math problem. For an example, he used a two dimensional math problem. When a blind student is given this type of math problem they would see it on one line instead of two lines. The device was brilliantly created to help the blind student understand the math problem like the other students. This device was built with grids to help place the small, numbered blocks in the right location for the math problem.
An iPad is a touch screen device that is very helpful with almost anything. As an iPad owner, I am very impressed with the numerous tasks you can accomplish without having to use the computer. Since I have gotten the iPad it has been a learning experience, especially after watching iPad Usage For The Blind. The iPad would need to be equipped with Voice Over, which is build into the iPad, to be accessible for a blind individual. This tool can open the door for so many possibilities when dealing with disabilities like blindness. When addressing this in my classroom, I would show the students the many possibilities technology has to offer.

Vicki Davis helped to reinvent the way students look at computers. In the video, Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts, the students would learn how to use different techniques on the computer and make discoveries. Vicki introduced her students and other educators to many computer programs with learning tools. She showed the students in her classroom ways to be creative with avatars and encouraged them to figure out something new they can do with the avatars.
She also introduced the rural students to people around the world by using blogs and other internet cites. The students were able to accomplish projects by the aid of another student they have never met in a different country. Technology has opened a door of communication throughout the world.

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