Archive for August, 2008

Try writing with switches

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

For this assignment I’d like you to experience writing with 2 switches. Go to the Tar Heel Typer page and you should see something like this:

Now you can use the “z” key to move between letters (and words) and the “x” key to choose. Type a short paragraph of about 50 words this way. It will be incredibly frustrating but stick with it. I suggest you imagine pressing the keys is really hard work. Notice also how hard it is to hold in your mind what you want to say with such a cumbersome input method.
When you’re done, you can copy and paste what you typed using your mouse. Paste it into a comment on this post. Finally, add your comments about the experience after the text you typed with the switches.

Due: 4 September before class.

Read about the Beginning Literacy Framework

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

In preparation for Karen’s visit on Tuesday read about her Beginning Literacy Framework .

Karen Erickson

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Dr. Karen Erickson is the director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies here at UNC. She will be talking to us next Tuesday. In preparation for that, check out her web site . The info and videos about Jake and Matthew are particularly relevant.

Discuss POV: Freedom Machines

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Comment on this post to discuss the video we watched today. What interested, impressed, or depressed you about the video. With which characters did you identify?

Person First Language

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Read about “Person First Language” and begin to use it in your posts and in our discussions. I don’t want to go overboard insisting on PC language but it is important to remember these are people we’re discussing.

Read: People First Language a commentary by Kathie Snow and The Language Used to Describe Individuals with Disabilities by John Folkins.


Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

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