I am so excited about starting this project with SETBC. Thank you SETBC for allowing me to expand my vision and belief in students. As we embrace 21st Century Learning, we must adjust our thinking and views on teaching we need to become the guide on the side, allowing students to learn in a method that fits their learning style and be allowed to demonstrate understanding in meaningful ways. We can no longer have the one size fits all model for learning.
Universal Design for Learning, www.cast.org has cemented the concepts that have been swimming around in my head for the last 25 years. With technology and the internet (not available 25 years ago) I have been able to differentiate learning and engage my students.
When students are given choice, flexibility and curriculum that is at their level, they are excited about learning and are successful.
CIA (Creativity, Integration, Accessibility) is the title of this project. This is not a finite project but an evolving, on-going, process of meeting the needs of the students. When I am able to engage my students I feel excited and want to learn new and different ways to expand learning and teaching.
I teach a grade 5 class with 15 girls and 9 boys. I also have two designated students that have equipment from SETBC. One of my SETBC students has just broken her arm. Thanks to SETBC, I was able to get her a remote mini-keyboard. She is now able to continue her studies. http://x2c.eu/dp
The project will incorporate the universal design for learning pedagogy. We will be using a projector, laptops, wikis, cloud computing, the computer lab, pod casts, software for differientiation and other tools.
Please feel free to ask questions and add comments as we go through our journey.