Monday, February 4, 2013

Blog Assignment #3

Peer Editing

I really enjoyed learning from all three of the sources provided. For my peer it was really all positive. She wrote her blog well. I will offer suggestions publicly. I believe I can post suggestions in a manner that doesn't come across as "rude".

I learned a lot from the "What is Peer Editing?" video. I had never even heard the term, "peer editing", before. This video did a terrific job of explaining that peer editing is and what my job is as a peer editor. I like how it gave specifics of what to do. Compliments, suggestions, and corrections is a great method to do in peer editing.

The video, "Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes", was also great. I love the humor the kids used. They gave specific examples of bad peer reviewers. I can remember being in school and having a "Picky Patty" reviewing my paper. I've also been a reviewer for a "Whatever William". This video was so great because it was so simple and to the point.

Assistive Technologies

The Mountbatten braille writer is a terrific invention. I would definitely use this in my classroom. It's great, because it's useful for teachers who don't even know braille. I think this type of technology needs to be in every classroom for students who have issues with blindness.

This issue matters to me as a teacher, because I want every single student to have the opportunity to learn to the best they possibly can. When I was a student at the University of Alabama I had the privilege of helping with some special needs students at a local school. A few of the students there had a special iPad that had special software for them because they were blind. According to the teacher, it helped their students tremendously. I'm definitely open to use technology in the class room that is specifically geared towards helping a blind or death student.

The learning math video was great. I'm actually surprised how easy it is to use the tools. I feel that it will be a challenge to teach a blind student, but after watching these videos I feel relieved.


  1. Incomplete. Missing iPad tools, Vicki Davis.

  2. I thought the peer editing information was helpful too. It did make it a lot easier to remember what we need to do by breaking it down into the three categories. I have only worked with preschool special needs students. What age did you have an opportunity to work with? The main tools used in the classroom was a PC and a smart board system that can be utilized by children in wheelchairs. They used as a learning tool in the classroom. I would be interested to know what kind of programs the iPad offers for the blind. I enjoyed reading your blog. The only thing I can see that you might need to change is use to using in your paragraph about the Mountbatten. You may also want to add some pictures to your blog pertaining to what you are talking about.