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  1. 1. You’ve Got It Digitized Lucy Gray Lead Technology Coach The Center for Urban School Improvement at the University of Chicago 1 I'm supposedly an education innovator, and a concerned parent, and I had no idea about NIMAS. I'm here to help you think about educating the public and to show you ways that i use digital materials as a teacher and parents.
  2. 2. You want me to talk about what?!?! 2
  3. 3. A bit about me... • Taught in a variety of settings • Inspired and intrigued by technology • Newbie to assistive technology • Fairly savvy in the ways of Web 2.0 • Active in education communities • Parent of a child with a learning disability 3
  4. 4. NIMAS as I recently understand it... •National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard •Timely delivery of high quality accessible materials to students with print disabilities •A delivery system rather than a learning system 4
  5. 5. The Content is Already Here (and they are free) 5 People are publishing, sharing and remixing already. What is the publishing world’s response? How are publishers going to keep up? How can these worlds overlap?
  6. 6. Tools Teachers Are Using •social bookmarking tools •social network creation tools •media sharing tools •publishing tools 6 Ning You Tube Teacher Tube Wikispaces Blogger
  7. 7. My World •Field Trip 2.0 ALI Exhibit •Computer Science wiki •Classroom 2.0 ning 7
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  11. 11. Questions • How does NIMAS affect non-special ed children? What about kids who just learn differently? • How are students designated for clearinghouse access? Is a medical diagnosis necessary? • How are companies addressing the digitizing of other media? Google Earth, YouTube, etc. • How will teachers in the field develop an awareness of NIMAS’s existence? • Where is the content going to be delivered and presented? • Will NIMAS help bridge the digital divide or increase it? 11
  12. 12. Concerns •Training •Publicity •Access •All students 12 There are a lot of obstacles to innovation..... change is not something that people easily embrace. How are we going to address the issues that go along with change? What could be the tipping point here? Blended the training piece with other initiatives. Response for intervention. We have to translate for teachers... put it into teacher-speak. Call it differentiation.
  13. 13. Suggestions •Make it easy for parents and students to access materials. Break down the bureaucracy for people. •Take advantage of the viral qualities of ed tech social networks to spread the word. •Be media savvy. Use RSS feeds, podcasts, blogs, etc., to distribute information in a timely manner. 13 Below is what a parent at my previous school did for one of her son’s classes. Parents shouldn’t have to do their own research like this! http:// 1) Schedule and resources for 6th grade humanities Commercial on-line sources of audio and text files: Amazon Barnes and Books on Tape General resources for audio files (mp3, etc.): Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD) must become subscriber; audio CDʼs must be played on special/adapted player Telltale Weekly low-cost downloads of books, etc., with an ultimate aim of building a library of free text downloads, currently at the Spoken Alexandria site: General sources for electronic files (html, txt, pdf, etc.): Please note that the files can be pretty clunky and messy to use, especially from the free sites! Project Gutenberg oldest free e-book site on the web; 19,000 titles Bibliomania free on-line literature (lots of novels!), study guides, etc. Bartleby: Great Books Online free on-line access to lots of books, including reference books (dictionaries, etc.)
  14. 14. Ideas •What about a social networked text book? Is this happening already? How can we all be designers of curriculum that’s accessible and relevant to all learners? •A textbook is put online in digital format •Tools are embedded allowing classes around the country to communicate, comment, tag, question and build upon the content. •It’s about customized learning for kids. 14 Add-ons : Captioned videos hyperlinked text synopsis different languages embedded vocab interactive notetaking teacher monitoring
  15. 15. Ideas •What about an iTunes-like environment with digital educational material available at reasonable prices with flexibility in copyright? •What about kid-reviewed textbook adoptions? 15
  16. 16. Lucy Gray AIM, Skype, Twitter, Flickr, Ning username: elemenous 16