#zerotohero BlogRoll

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So. Our challenge, Day 13,  for the #zerotohero WordPress blogging challenge is to create a blogroll.

This is something I’ve been doing for a while — finding excellent blogs, organizing them, and sharing them in a blogroll.  I have found so many interesting blogs, that the blogroll filled up my sidebar, and one of our #zerotohero bloggers, Michelle W, suggested in a comment that I add Links page instead. 

So my Blogs of Interest page now holds these marvelous links, with categories of: Worth Reading, Educator Blogs, Connectors [ blogs that are communities connecting others ], How Tos [ how to blog ], and Transformers [ those who are transforming education ].  Categories are a great idea because others can quickly find what interests them.

So, create your blogroll as a page if there are many, and check in with the WordPress Blogroll support document or their “Build a Better Blogroll” tips. And by all means, share tips of your own!

 

Resource Rights

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Pause…

Let’s think about this:

Department of Ed Lays Down Law on Kindle E-Reader Usage

“The??United States Department of Education??andDepartment of Justice??have just issued a reminder calling for colleges and universities–as well as K-12 school districts–to make sure devices such as e-readers that are required in the classroom comply with accessibility laws…??Kindle devices aren’t accessible to students who are blind or have low vision.”

I believe all children can learn. I work with the Special Education Instructor to provide the least restrictive environment and lessons for special needs students. I’m helping her use her new computers with our students with special needs, and with those without special needs. Look at the classroom and all its visual requirements, all of which were “new technologies” at one time: textbooks, whiteboards, screens, notebooks, bulletin boards, etc.

So no one can use the devices because some of us can’t? We can only use in classrooms what every one can use, or that we can adapt so every one can use? No wonder people want out of public schools: who can innovate when government regulations prevent it?

Surely, those using the Kindle are providing alternatives.

All students have rights to resources, and those rights should not be diminished, or we prevent innovation that does support learning for those with special needs. Think about it: if we had denied the use of computers in the classroom because every one can’t use them, then would we even have universal access on computers?

And, the federal government is planning more for education… Oh my. ??

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Play…

Advocate. But advocate for innovation not restriction.

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I will continue to advocate for the rights of all students to have access to and participate in the world today, especially through and with the technology and its??protocols of etiquette??that are required of them now and in the future.

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