All Hail the parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities who never give up hope! Special Ed teachers toil every day to teach students with a variety of disabilities. Some children, like the one in this news piece, may seem hopeless. Day after day, teachers teach…but may never know if they are even being heard. They may wonder, as these parents did: ”Is he even in there?”. Imagine finding a way to communicate with people after being (seemingly) uncommunicative for nearly 20 years!
It is wonderful that the iPad released Watson from the prison of his disability. But it was the parents and special ed teachers who never gave up that allowed Watson to recognize and use the keyboard letters to type out a message. He obviously knew how to read and write. He was just physically incapable of doing so until the iPad. It was his teachers who taught him to be literate. The iPad simply allowed them to see the fruits of their mighty efforts! Technology, no matter how wonderful, will never replace the Annie Sullivans of this world with their relentless efforts to stream light and sound into seemingly closed worlds.
You might be aware of a controversy over a recent Cheerios commercial featuring a bi-racial family. The commercial is cute and, before I heard about the controversy, it had not registered in my brain that this was a bi-racial family. When someone mentioned that there was a controversy and a lot of nasty stuff being said on YouTube, I could not imagine what on earth it was all about.
Anyway – when I looked up the commercial to find out what the fuss was all about….I discovered a really great parody video that I have to share.
FIRST – the original video:
Cheerios Commercial – Just Checking
NEXT – the parody:
Cheerios Parody “Just Checking” Response to Haters
I will be presenting a webinar sponsored by EasyBib on May 1 at 3 pm and May 2 at 4:30 pm. I have added a section on an exciting new adaptation of my teaching methods, aimed at older students and created by my successor at Gananda. Other than that, the content is similar to my last webinar. When it is ready, I will add a link on this page to the whole webinar, including the new information.
Meanwhile – here are the details about the webinar.
Has retirement made an old codger of me? (Have you noticed that there appears to be no female counterpart to the word codger? Men can be irascible and loveable. Women apparently are just “old bags”!) Have I been reduced to starting all my sentences with “Hmmmpff!”? Have I become ….gulp!…. a Republican? You know – resistant to a changing world, unable to embrace anything new, paralyzed in the past? Sorry – my political prejudices are showing. Don’t hate me. Some of my best friends are Republicans….but my Irish-American and British Labour Party forebears would turn over in their graves at the very thought.
OK – it is with much disgruntlement that I embark on giving Feedly a go. Mainly I was ticked off at Google for giving so little notice. Doug tells me that we have till June 1 – but the message I got before I commented on his blog was that we had to make the switch by March 20. Perhaps I misread it. Failing eyesight you know…
Interesting take-away as I transition from GR to Feedly…. I am struck by the preference of graphic literacy vs print literacy. All of the feeds default to “magazine view”. I much prefer title view as this allows me to quickly scan the titles to decide which ones to read. I am evidently able to “drink in” and digest great hunks of text in seconds. The graphics are pretty – but they confuse me. I am obviously very graphically illiterate. The riot of color and images just muddles my mind.
As near as I can figure – I have to change EVERY SINGLE BLOG feed to “title view” one at a time. If anyone knows a way to do this in “one-fell-swoop” – please share. The flip side of my annoyance of having to go through the feeds one at a time is that it gives me the chance to weed-out the defunct blogs.
Where does a defunct blog go? Bleaven? Blell? Blurgatory? Blimbo? How does one mourn the death of a blog? I SO miss Alice In Infoland’s Blog! I did NOT delete it. There is so much there to go back to and savor….