The Challenge of Reaching All Learners in the Digital Age

Sarah K. Howorth, Assistant Professor of Special Education Mia Morrison, Lecturer of Instructional Technology Vignette Ms. Jones is a 4th-grade teacher who has been teaching for 25 years. However, lately, she has been struggling to adapt her instruction as her district has embraced a 1:1 device program with e-textbooks, a vision for increased inquiry-based learning, … Continue reading The Challenge of Reaching All Learners in the Digital Age

Future Game Designers Come to UMaine through University and K-12 Collaboration

On Thursday, April 25, Jennifer Gilman, an upper school mathematics teacher at the East Grand School in Danforth, brought six students to the UMaine Immersive Mathematics in Rendered Environments (IMRE) Lab for a game design workshop. The IMRE Lab investigates the potential for emerging technologies to transform STEM education. The East Grand students that participated … Continue reading Future Game Designers Come to UMaine through University and K-12 Collaboration

Preservice Teachers Jumping into a PLN

  Monday night I was loving the conversations that @jodi_teacher prompted through her thought provoking twitter chat questions focused on assistive technology for everyone. As per usual, for every question posted I paused, reflected, drafted a response, edited, and hesitated for one second before hitting “tweet”. After years engaged in social media and other online learning/sharing … Continue reading Preservice Teachers Jumping into a PLN

Supporting Appropriate Technology for Early Learners

What the Research Tells Us The foundation of early childhood education is Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), a concept that brings together knowledge of child development, the development of the individual child, and the culture of the child (Copple & Bredekamp, 2009).  The importance of using DAP for digital technology in an early childhood classroom is … Continue reading Supporting Appropriate Technology for Early Learners

Accessible Educational Materials

Accessible Educational Materials Please note that the terms Accessible Instructional Materials and Accessible Educational Materials are used interchangeably throughout the post.  Accessible Educational Materials is the more current term. Curricular content in print-based, video, and other multimedia formats present significant barriers to students with learning, physical, sensory, and other disabilities.  Meanwhile, the availability and purchase … Continue reading Accessible Educational Materials