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Accessing a Map of the United States for a Visually Impaired Student (no answers — just musings)

Accessing a Map of the United States for a Visually Impaired Student (no answers — just musings) (PILOT Reflections) If I wanted to use a map of the United States in a class that includes a visually disabled student, what would I do? For a low-tech solution, I’m sure there are Braille maps, or 3-D maps that show terrain and so forth. In “Cathedrals,” a much-anthologized short story, a rather cynical…

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Including the Student with Moderate Hearing Impariment

Including the Student with Moderate Hearing Impariment (PILOT Reflections) I know a smidgen of sign language. I once rode a bus from Virginia to Texas, and happened to sit next to a hearing-impaired young woman. (Hmm… I was young at the time, too.) I learned to sign the alphabet when I was in third grade, and she could read lips, so we had a good starting point. I learned the basic…

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Universal Design in Education

Universal Design in Education (PILOT Reflections) At the local Shop ‘n Save grocery store, after you swipe your credit card through the slot, the green LED’s light up with the message, “$9.95. Is this OK?” But there’s no “OK” button on the credit card machine. There is, however, a well-worn arrow, scrawled in black ink from a felt-tipped pen, next to the “Yes” button. The word “yes” does make sense as…

Revising Seminar in Thinking and Writing (with an eye on inclusion)

Revising Seminar in Thinking and Writing (with an eye on inclusion) (PILOT Reflections) In my first year teaching at SHU, I found the wide range of students I encountered to be eye-opening. My Seminar for Thinking and Writing class included top-notch students who showed up already knowing how to do college-level research, and it also included students whose fear of public speaking or whose dyslexia caused significant challenges. Since Seminar in…

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Promoting Instruction and Learning Opportunities with Technology (PILOT) project

Promoting Instruction and Learning Opportunities with Technology (PILOT) project (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I’m taking training in acessibility via Seton Hill’s Promoting Instruction and Learning Opportunities with Technology (PILOT) project. I’ll be blogging some of my thoughts on the “inclusion” unit of this online course. Revising Seminar in Thinking and Writing (with an eye on inclusion) Universal Design in Education Including the Hearing Impaired Student Seeking a Map of the United States…

How the British television licensing system unfairly affects those who do NOT have TV

This site is about TV Licensing? (the “television licensing authority”) . . . . . . and how they treat those who do not have television. I have not had a television for many years. One would think that would be an end to it, but it isn’t. One cannot simply refuse this entertainment service, without appearing to be dishonest in the eyes of TV Licensing? (a.k.a. the Television Licensing…

Getting back into the groove

Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln, Florence Nightingale and other characters from history may soon be able to speak again, as scientists perfect techniques to recover the sound from recordings that are far too delicate to be played. –Maggie Shiels –Getting back into the groove (BBC) Thanks for the suggestion, Rosemary.

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Guide to the Early Star Trek Novels

Today STAR TREK spans six television series, ten feature films and several interactive CD-ROMs. In addition, the STAR TREK afficionado had hundreds of novels to choose from with dozens more being published each year. It was not always thus. Those of us who were loving STAR TREK in the late 1960′s and into he early 1980′s remember a time when STAR TREK was not so abundant. In the years between…

Reading at Risk: A Response

The NEA’s recent “Reading at Risk” report, which concludes that there has been a 10% national decline in what it calls literary reading since 1982, with the drop-off even more precipitous among younger age groups, is surely of concern to anyone who cares about the future of literature and a literate populace. While the report suggests there are potentially a variety of factors responsible for this decline, it especially notes…