Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mark your calendars!

Had enough of Biden vs. Ryan? Obama vs. Romney?  Well, mark your calendars for a kinder, gentler debate: Burg vs. Petra.  Join the creators of Google Lit Trips (Jerome Burg) and Real World Math (Thomas Petra) for a conversation on Google Earth's role in education.  We'll be discussing the development of our websites, favorite features, strategies for implementing geo-lessons, the future role of Google Earth in education, and much more.  This is a Google Edu On-Air Hangout that takes place on November 2 at 7pm Eastern on Thomas Petra's Google+ page.  You can post questions live during the Hangout or tweet them in advance to @RealWorldMath or @GoogleLitTrips. Use the Twitter hashtag #earthedu.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Chrome Apps for Assistive Technology

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I could use a little help with this one.  As you can see above, I'm going to be presenting a different type of topic than Google Earth in a Google+ On-Air Hangout on October 16.  The subject is Chrome Apps for Assistive Technology and it falls under my current role as an Assistive Technology teacher.  Assistive Technology is a growing area in the field of Special Education.  It involves finding applications and devices that can enrich the lives of children with special needs.  With the present boom in technology, there is a rapidly changing amount of possibilities.

In the Hangout, Christine Rosario and I will be highlighting a new website,, and its list of Chrome apps for Assistive Technology.  The site was built by John Calvert and Mark Surabian.  It reviews a number of apps for vision impairments, hearing disorders, ESL, developmental delays, and more.  To watch the Hangout, go to my Google+ page on October 16 at 6pm Eastern.

 Please pass this post on to any Special Education professionals or other interested persons that you may know.  Most often there are helpful tools that exist but people just aren't aware of them.  So please help me spread awareness of this great new resource.

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