Involving young people

Enquire have a good document called “What’s the Plan?” explaining to young people about the support that’s offered to them to help them learn at school.  It informs them how they can get involved in their decision making process, on what support is needed and how it is going to be provided.  Terminology such as CSP, IEP and PLP is explained; advice on how to be pro-active given in a clear, concise way. 

You can listen to the audio version of this document here

Grid 2 Training opportunity

There are a few available places on a training course to learn about Grid 2 software.  The Grid 2 allows people with limited or unclear speech to use a computer as a voice ouput communication aid, using symbols or text to build sentences. In addition to this, you can send and receive email and sms messages, browse the web, listen to music and more.  The Grid 2 is accessible to everybody, accepting input from switches, headpointer, touchscreen, mouse, and other options too such as Eye Gaze.

Training is being held at Musselburgh Grammar on Friday 21 January starting at 9:30.  Please contact me if you are interested in attending or have questions about the software.  slawson@eastlothian.gov.uk

Edublogs Awards 2009

The nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards are open! Now in their 6th year, the Edublog Awards celebrate the achievements of edubloggers, twitterers, podcasters, video makers, online communities, wiki hosts and other web based users of educational technology. This year Classroom 2.0 is co-hosting the awards, and Elluminate is supporting the event.

In order to nominate blogs for the 2009 Edublog Awards you link to them. Full details are on the Edublog Awards site.

Nominations: Close Tuesday 8 December!
Voting: Ends Wednesday 16 December!
Award Ceremony: Friday 18 December!

The categories are:

  • Best individual blog
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best group blog
  • Best new blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best resource sharing blog
  • Most influential blog post
  • Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best librarian / library blog
  • Best educational tech support blog
  • Best elearning / corporate education blog
  • Best educational use of audio
  • Best educational use of video / visual
  • Best educational wiki
  • Best educational use of a social networking service
  • Best educational use of a virtual world
  • Lifetime achievement
Have some fun!
P.S . My personal blog happens to have been nominated for the Best Teacher blog here. Very flattering.