Going Digital

May 2015

My goodness May certainly crept up on me. We are certainly in countdown mode to summer break with just 7 weeks left of school. However, it's not too late to learn something new to increase student achievement.

Last month I ask what you'd like to see in an upcoming newsletter. The idea of meeting the needs of a learners was brought to my attention. So, I thought about UDL (Universal Design for Learning) as the primary focus to this newsletter.

UDL uses a variety of teaching methods to removes any barriers to learning and give all students equal opportunities to succeed. UDL does not specifically target children with learning and attention issues. It is about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student's strengths and needs.

DIY PD: A Glance into UDL

UDL At A Glance
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Can't read that chart above, let me share a few other representations to break the barriers.

Sites to Bookmark

Kahoot: A game-based classroom response system shared in April ETMs.

Natural Reader: Free text-to-speech tool

Interactive UDL Wheel: Spin the wheel for additional UDL checkpoints and practices

ODL Teacher and Student Web-based Tools: This site lists countless tools, gives purpose for use, and provides appropriate grade level(s)

Good to Know

Monday, May 4: BCPS Night of Innovation 6-7:30 p.m. @ Chase, Halstead, Mays Chapel, and Rodgers Forge [I'll be at Mays Chapel at 6 p.m.]

May 4th-8th: PARCC EOY, grades 3-5 (ELA one unit, Math two units)

Wednesday, May 20: Tech Tips, 8:45 a.m. in library

May 21st- June 5th: Scheduled MAP testing, grades K-2nd (actual window May 5- June 12)

Wednesday, May 27: Blue Ribbon Tour of Excellence

S.T.A.T. Newsletter Archive

Amy Spencer, S.T.A.T. and Reading Specialist

Thinking ahead (and prize time)...

I'd like to keep the June newsletter super brief. Kindly share your favorite sites so we can build our own PGES repository.