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Due Dates

Thursday, November 18th, 2010


We’ll have Show and Tell for projects in the last two classes Dec 2 and 7. Here are your time slots:

December 2

Sign language matching: Bethany B.
Faces: Philip B, Hunter C
Alphabet Sounds: Katy C, John W
Spell Man: Brooke D, Hunter P
Face Matching Cards: Erin H., Kelby L.

December 7

Tactile puzzles: Ashley A,
Tactile books: Kristin A, Alexandra A, Will B, Tyler D, Logan G, Jackie I, Matt K, William L, Claire P, Abel T
Face matching computer game: Rob D
Matching game content: Stephen H
Flip-it: Ethan O

I’ve grouped people doing similar things together but I understand that you may be working independently and you may show and tell independently.

You have about 10 minutes to present your project.

Your project is due to me no later than noon on 16 December .


Your papers are due to me on 3 December . I’ll get feedback to you by early the next week. Then your revised version will be due no later than noon on 16 December .

Projects and Papers

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

With about a month to go in the semester we better get going on projects and papers .

Discuss Through Deaf Eyes

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Discuss the video Through Deaf Eyes by adding a comment to this post. Due 9 Nov 2010.

You’ll find lots of good info at the PBS site including a transcript and discussion guide .

To help guide the discussion, consider these questions:

  1. Did your perceptions of deafness change watching this story?
  2. What segments did you like best? Feel free to use the transcript to help you remember them.
  3. Were you surprised that the students took over the school? That they hot wired the buses?

Feel free to include anything else that interested or challenged you.


Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Before class time on 26 October everyone must email me describing how you intend to fulfill your 30 hour service requirement.

Labeled Faces

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

We saw Temple Grandin labeling photos of faces depicting different emotions so she could learn to recognize them. For this assignment we are going to create a collection of faces labeled with emotions.

Flickr is a online picture repository that allows people to upload pictures they want to share. Some people select the Creative Commons license for their pictures; these are the ones we want. The following link will take you to a search page that will allow you to search for pictures with the license we want:

Emotions to include: happy, sad, confused, scared, angry, sleepy, surprised, disappointed, nervous.

Your mission is to find at least 6 pictures of faces for each emotion in our list. The easiest way to do this is to sign up for a Flickr account and add the pictures you find to a gallery for each emotion. I’ll demonstrate in class and you can read about it at the Gallery FAQ .

Submit the links to your galleries in a comment on this post. This assignment is due Thursday 28 October.

Respond to Temple Grandin

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Post your response to the video on Temple Grandin as comments here.

Including Samuel

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Respond to the video Including Samuel by posting a comment on this page. Come prepared to discuss it next time.

I enjoyed this quote

You can find some interesting supporting information here:

Ideas for Accessible Games

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The purpose of this assignment is get you thinking of ideas for accessible games.

Think of computer games you enjoy(ed). Pick one and describe it in sufficiently detail so that a person who hasn’t played can understand the game play and strategy. Include pictures or diagrams to help explain. What skills does a player need to succeed?

Then, think about variations on the game that would make it accessible to people with disabilities. Consider visual, motor, and/or cognitive impairments. Again, describe your variation in sufficient detail that a non-player can appreciate the new game play scenario.

Prepare your report as a PDF file and email it to me by 3 October.

Discuss Freedom Machines

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Yesterday we watched the video POV: Freedom Machines, a film by Jamie Stobie and Janet Cole. Post your reactions, questions, and discussion as comments on this page. Come to class on Thursday prepared to discuss it. I’ve included pictures of the people in the video to help you remember them.

Tar Heel Reader

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

This assignment will get you started with Tar Heel Reader . It has several parts.

Part 1: Due Thursday 9 September
Study the Beginning Literacy Framework .

Identify three reviewed books from Tar Heel Reader that you feel belong in the Transitional category, and three that belong in the Conventional category. That is six (6) books total. For each book, justify why you think it belongs in the category. Feel free to use the hidden index of titles at (That last number is the page number; you can edit it manually to be any number to probe into the space without having to hit next page. They go up to 118 at this writing). Use the last 2 digits of your PID or something to pick a place to start looking.

Come to class on Thursday prepared to share your choices and justification. Also, email your list of books including the URL, classification, and your justification for each to me before class on Thursday.

Part 2: Due Tuesday 14 September.
Sign-up to write books on Tar Heel Reader. I’ll give you the secret registration code in class.

Write at least one Transitional and one Conventional book on a subject that interests you. Imagine you were just learning to read, what would interest/motivate you?

Post your book titles and URLs as comments to this post.

Part 3: Optional
Volunteer to review books. Email me if you’re interested. I’ll need your id on Tar Heel Reader to upgrade you to editor status. Then we’ll work out an assignment system based on how many volunteer.

Service Hours
Keep a log of the time you spend on parts 2 and 3 of this assignment to count toward your 30 hour service commitment.