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So Many Tools, So Little Time...My Re-commitment to Blogging.

posted Oct 7, 2013, 7:21 PM by Tammy Lind   [ updated Oct 7, 2013, 7:21 PM ]
Well, so far, so good.  It's only been a couple weeks since my last a blog post. 

Many of you know already that I got hooked on this whole tech thing as an Assistive Technology team leader in my district--lots of years ago.  As more and more FREE web tools became available I got deeper into how we can use those tools to help ALL kids access the curriculum and experience success.  That is what gives me GEEKbumps.  That is why I love my job.  That is what challenges me. That is what makes me smile--watching a student that has struggled and struggled experience that "light-bulb" moment.  I began to move away from the intense A.T. programs and more to the free tools for kids.  My good friend Paula Walser and I compared geeky tool notes every time we got together at our Assistive Tech events and since then I've been hooked.

Now, don't get me wrong.  The intense programs that companies like Don Johnston and Texthelp put out are invaluable for many kids.  In no way am I trying to diminish the impact that those programs have had not only on kids that I worked with, but many more struggling learners.  I am simply saying that for many children a simple web tool may be just what they need to get reconnected to school and to realize that they can and will be successful.  

All that to say that I have decided that those tools will be the focus of my new and improved commitment to blog.  Every couple of weeks I will be sharing out 1-2 tricks/tips that we can use to help all students in our classrooms.  The first one that I will be writing about this week is simply using the Research pane in Google Docs...with a Twist.  Stay Tuned...