Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blog Assignment 3

Paige Ellis' Blog Assignment #12
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What is Peer Editing?
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In this video, I learned the three steps to editing your peer's writing. The first step is giving compliments. The second step is making suggestions. The third step is making corrections. It is important to stay positive and be specific when peer editing. Comment on your peer's work like you would want to be commented on yours. Make sure to have a good balance of uplifting things to say and constructive criticism.

Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial
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When complimenting your peer's writing, tell the writer what you think he or she did well. Say things like "I like the way you...", "Great topic", "The details you included were good", "My favorite part was... because...". When making suggestions, give the writer ideas for improving his writing. How could the author better organize his writing? Does the author stay on topic or include wandering thoughts? When giving corrections, check the peer's writing for spelling and grammar mistakes. Watch for punctuation problems and wrong sentence structure. Remember to stay positive when peer editing. That will make all the difference.

Top Ten Peer Review Mistakes
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This video highlights the types of peer review partners that can make peer reviewing a challenge. For example, there is Picky Patty who takes corrections to a whole new level. This type of person over emphasizes things that really do not affect the paper. Whatever William does not really care AT ALL, and Social Sammy only cares about anything other than the goal of peer reviewing. Jean the Generalizer is not specific enough, and Speedy Sandy is concentrating on being finished instead of helping her peer with corrections. As a peer reviewer we should try to be as helpful as possible and stay goal oriented.
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My C4C Assignment
In my peer editing for this class, I tried to give advice that would be helpful for my classmate in her next blog posts. I was very specific by quoting things she said then making my comment about what I liked about it or how it could be improved. I included compliments on things she wrote that were interesting. I also gave a minimum amount of corrections that I felt needed to be stated. I included some suggestions for making her post better like including links for those who view her post and want to watch the videos.

Technology in Special Education
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"Technology in Special Education" by Lacey Cook shows how technology has helped her special education students. She showed how work was hard for her students before technology and how they struggled with their assignments. Then she talked to them about the ways technology has helped them complete those same assignments faster and more efficiently. With these different types of technology, students can work better by themselves instead of having to have constant help from a teacher or specialist. For example, students who needed someone to read to them can use an iPod and listen to audio books. This makes students feel more independent, and they can also be in the class with their classmates.

In the video, there were students who could not speak. The computer was a way for the students to communicate. Also, computers make it easier for the students who have trouble with their writing skills. The students who have trouble with vision can use technology like zoom-text to magnify the words so they can read.

Using technology in classrooms for special education students also helps prepare them for their future. They will be more prepared to go out into the work force. Knowing how to use and communicate through these technologies will make them stand out to employers and give them a better chance of being hired. Yes, there are barriers when working with special education students - there are barriers when working with any students for that matter - but as educators we cannot let that keep us from our job. Using technologies like those shown in the video would help break the barriers. Using technology is a way to create better futures for special education students.

How the iPad Works with Academics for Autism
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In this video, parents were working with a child who has autism. They were using an iPad to help the child with counting. When the child selected an object it would say the number aloud. They were also using the iPad to help him with his writing skills. The child's dad mentioned that before he started using the iPad the child was not motivated to learn at all, but the iPad made it more fun for him. I found an app called Scene Speak at Apple.Education It would be a great tool for nonverbal students. It enhances receptive language and visual memory.

Scene Speak is an app that creates interactive visual scene displays and social stories. It edits images with “hotspots” which are areas of the screen that can be selected and used as a means of communication. They are edited to add sound, text labels, or link to another visual scene. Scene Speak allows you to add custom imagines, record your own voice or use preloaded voices, and create social stories. Also, a scene can have text added to the bottom of the page. This app would be helpful in the classroom for language arts in particular. Student's could use this when reading stories or even use this to learn how to take turns or learn the playground rules. It could be used to teach body parts. When you touch on a body part it could say the name of the body part aloud. This would be a great tool for students, especially since you can share the scenes with a person with the same application.

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
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This video shows how Vicki Davis uses digital media in her classroom. She encourages her students to collaborate not only with their classmates but with students from all over the world. She does not let her rural location in South Georgia keep her class from being connected to the world. She lets the students teach based on what they learn and discover about different software. She teaches them how to blog effectively, use wiki, collaborate effectively, and become comfortable with all types of technology.

She does not feed her students every bit of material. She lets them look it up and figure it out. Sometimes, she even learns things from her students that she did not know before. She encourages her students to be thinkers. She wants to empower them to share and experience with each other.


  1. Thorough, Thoughtful, Well Done! Thanks!

  2. I think you did a great job with detailed information about the videos you watched. Specifically, "The Top Ten Peer Review Mistakes", truly described the characters in the video. Using their names gives it great detail. The picture you posted went well with that post. I did find that you left the comma before "but" out, in the last post,second sentence in the first paragraph. Other than finding that mistake, I think this was a well written, detailed blog assignment!