Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Technology for all

A report released last May from the United Nations states that "ensuring universal access to the Internet should be a priority for all States" and suggests that "[e]ach State should thus develop a concrete  and effective policy, in consultation with individuals from all sections of society, including the private sector and  relevant Government ministries, to make the Internet widely available, accessible and affordable to all segments of population." Read the entire report, at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/17session/A.HRC.17.27_en.pdf

Comcast, a broadband service provider, is offering a program called "Internet Essentials" to low income families. For a low monthly payment, Comcast delivers high-speed broadband service to the home. They also offer a computer at a significantly reduced price at the initial enrollment in addition to free training--online, in print, and in person. Learn more about this program at http://www.internetessentials.com/about/index.html

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mobile App Monday -- Model Me Going Places

Interested in an app that helps children learn appropriate behaviors when going out in the community? Try this free app: Model Me Going Places. Developed by the folks who produced the Model Me Kids DVDs, this high-quality app has six locations for children to explore and practice appropriate behaviors:
- Hairdresser
- Mall
- Doctor
- Playground
- Grocery Store
- Restaurant

To learn more about this app, visit: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/model-me-going-places/id347813439?mt=8

Friday, September 9, 2011

Differentiating Science Instruction and Assessment

Looking for help teaching all kids the wonders of science? Differentiating science instruction and assessment for learners with special needs, K-8 may be able to help. This book includes step-by-step instructions for using rubrics for revising and assessing activities, strategies and accommodations for those students who find science more challenging, and case histories and checklists for teachers.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu, or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Disability Rights Movement

Looking for a text on the history of the disability rights movement? Beginning with Franklin Roosevelt's time to today, authors Doris Fleischer and Frieda Zames look at the history of the movement from a research study perspective in their book, The disability rights movement: From charity to confrontation. This history is told through many first-hand accounts and descriptions of those who were there. One reviewer claims the book is "...an excellent primer on a wide variety of current disability issues..."

To check out this title, email us at cedir@indiana.edu. Or use worldcat.org to find the book in a library near you.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wondering what new titles we have received in the library? Well, wonder no more! CeDIR's "What's New" page has been updated to include all of the new titles we received last month--from Autism Spectrum Disorders to Universal Design.

To see the full listing, visit: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=2317

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Active Lessons for Active Brains

Looking for ways to keep active children engaged in lessons? Active lessons for active brains may be the book for you! With engaging lessons in math, language arts and science as well as classroom management strategies for new (or even veteran) teachers, this book offers something for every teacher including many examples, visuals, and reproducibles.

To check out this title, send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu, or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mobile App Monday - Zanny, Born to Run

Got a child who is always on the run? This book app is about a little boy named Zanny who simply cannot be still. Some of the features of this app include:

* Hand-drawn illustrations
* Interactive sound and movement touch features to hunt for and discover
(Make Cheerios fly across the page, frogs leap for joy, play kickball!)
* Pictures that move by touch and animate with gravity as you tilt your iPad
* Professional and lively audio narration
* Charming background music recorded especially by an award-winning producer
* Bonus game attached - "The Extra Special Feelings Game" is for young children,
or anyone who needs help with recognizing feelings and facial expressions.

For more information about this app, visit: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zanny-born-to-run/id409817073?mt=8

Friday, August 26, 2011

School's in Session!

School's in session--prepare to soar! Feeling a little skittish about teaching all those kids? Got a few that might need a little extra help? CeDIR has you covered with a web page devoted specifically for resources for teachers. Find resource guides on Inclusion, RTI, Classroom Management, and even resources for those in higher education. Check it out: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=2190

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction

Looking for help with formative assessment in teaching Math? Pick up Using formative assessment to differentiate mathematics instruction, grades 4-10: Seven practices to maximize learning. Reviewers laud this book as, "practical and thought-provoking," "a wealth of information," and "powerful." With ready-to-teach tiered lesson examples and resources galore, this book will have you ready to use formative assessment in no time.

To check out this title, email us at cedir@indiana.edu, or try worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Active imagination activity book

Written by a Board Certified Occupational Therapist, the book Active imagination activity book: 50 sensorimotor activities to improve focus, attention, strength, & coordination provides fun, easy, and imaginative exercises that will help build the skills necessary for your child to meet the challenges of everyday life at home, school, and out in the community.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu, or try using worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mobile App Monday - iCounselor: OCD

It's Mobile App Monday here at CeDIR, and today we're looking at an app for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. iCounselor: OCD is a useful app for trying to postpone, or even overcome, compulsive behaviors. The app offers many suggestions for preventing responses and changing thoughts. It also offers ideas for participating in calming activities which might help alleviate some of the anxieties associated with OCD behaviors.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Differentiated Reading Instruction in Grades 4 & 5

Differentiated reading instruction in grades 4 & 5 is a find for teachers with 4th and 5th graders. It offers differentiation strategies for every student, even those who don't struggle with reading, along with activities, organizational tools, and resources to help busy teachers make the most of their instruction time.

To check out this title, send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu, or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Collaborate, Communicate, & Differentiate!

School is now in session! For many teachers that means including students with disabilities in their general education classrooms. One resource that might help with inclusion is Collaborate, communicate, & differentiate!: How to increase student learning in today's diverse schools. Combining applicable research with strategies and ideas, this book covers all subjects, not just special education. Whether it is used in teacher training programs or professional learning communities, this book may well become a well-used resource.

To check out this title, send us an email at cedir@indiana.edu. Or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.