Tag Archives: Education

A Simple Tool for Dyslexic Students

Stefan is an incredible 12 year old who’s intellect far surpasses his age. He has dyslexia BUT when he learned to type at a computer keyboard using Keyboard Classroom, he found his learning disorder went away. He no longer mixed up his B’s and D’s and P’s and Q’s. The keyboard wouldn’t let him. His Mom says it has opened up a whole new world of opportunities and that once he received a Laptop for note taking in school, he has had NO problems keeping up with his classmates! See his story at: Stefan’s Story Keyboard Classroom is a unique typing program designed by educators at a school for learning disabled students.  Go to Keyboard Classroom to learn more about this simple solution!    

Out with the Old… In with the New!

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” John D. Rockefeller Doesn’t that say it all!  My new mission is to get schools to throw out their ‘old school mentality’ and embrace the new ways of doing things.  Students have a different mentality towards learning because of the way they were brought up with technology.  Their brains work faster, their learning style is quicker and they expect to multitask as they are learning. As Alan Cohen says: “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” … Read More

Time to get serious about the Typing Program you are using!

I read an article in The Hartford Courant about “allowing students to bring to school any online device they had- Smartphone, tablet or laptop- for use in class as teachers saw fit.”  Educators are realizing that it makes no sense to stop students from using the digital tools they use outside of school.” I totally agree with this but I do have one concern.  Why would you hand a student a laptop and NOT teach them how to touch type beforehand?  You don’t drive a car until you take driver’s ed….you don’t jump into a pool before you learn to swim….you don’t give a child a book without teaching them how to read first.  My point is that there are steps to learning how to do something.  You don’t start at step 10 and work backwards!  You start at the … Read More

You Need to Type to Tell the Computer What You Want

There is nothing magical about Touch-Typing.  Here’s how it works. Instead of watching the keyboard as you type, you watch the screen, and you type without looking.  You simply learn the position of each key on the keyboard, and through practice your fingers develop muscle memory and NOW you will always know where the keys are …without looking! Once the process becomes automatic you only have to think of a word for it to appear on the screen. I find it a very enjoyable way to work, because it’s less tiring, and you don’t have to keep shifting your eyes from keyboard to screen. Here are some amazing benefits to typing: Because you’re watching the screen as you type, you can instantly spot any typing errors and correct them straightaway. Touch-typing helps free your mind from the mechanics of what you’re … Read More

Creativity in the Classroom

I am still focusing on the need to bring creativity to the classroom.  I have read many articles, blogs and comments from teachers, parents and students about HOW to do this. One of my favorite articles was from Sir Ken Robinson.  The point of Robinson’s talk is that the current education system is designed to squander creativity . Children are steered away from unusual instincts toward the traditional skills that will lead to secure jobs.  He said “Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mine the earth-for a particular commodity. And for the future, it won’t serve us. We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we’re educating our children.  When children enter school, Robinson argues, they do so without a fear of being wrong. He tells the story of a quiet girl drawing … Read More

This is How Children Learn!

We all know education has changed since we last sat in home room. Educators have come to realize that not all students learn the same way. Sal Khan and I agree that mastery-based learning is where students will get the most bang for their buck! Read about the students in Ms. Cadwell’s seventh-grade class. http://www.fastcompany.com/most-creative-people/2011/sal-khan-khan-academy