Thursday, April 1, 2010

My one minute message on Education Today

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Again- an awesome Web 2.0 tool!


Here's a link to this album by Swedish Band Kammerer

Spanish vocab for students with Language Disorders

I have had students with language processing disorders and tryign to explain the disability to parents in Spanish is very difficult. The technical vocabulary is incredibly complex and hard to understand. What makes this even more difficult is that many times these parents have a limited education which makes it very hard for them to understand what is ailing their children and how to help them at home.

I decided to use this blog to create my own glossary of technical words to help me better understand and hopefully memorize terms for future reference. This way I can access the glossary from anywhere and maybe help other educators who are experiencing similar difficulties in communicating with Spanish speaking paretns about these disorders.

trastorno - disorder
language disorders- trastorno de lenguage
aislar- to isolate
aislarse- to cut oneself off
repercursiones educacionales- educational repercusions
discapacidad- disability
retraso- delay
padecer- to suffer, undergo
adquisicion- aquisition
patologo de habla y lenguaje - speech pathologist, speech and language pathologist
proporcionar- to provide or supply with
facilitar - facilitate, to make easier, to provide
asesores- advisors
asesorar - to advise, to act as a consultant
entorno- setting, environment
destacar- to emphasize, to stress
restringir- to restrict
contrarrestar- to counteract
potenciar- to promote, to boost
comprension comunicativa- comprehension of communication
fomentar- to boost, to encourage, to promote
propiciar- to favor or bring out

Monday, January 25, 2010

BP13_201025_LInk to comment on Nat. Howard

Link to post on Natalie Howard's blog

BP12_201025_One Minute Message 2

View my One Minute Message for xTimeline

BP11_201025_Web 2.0 Tools 3

x Timeline! What a fantastic Web 2.0 tool I found. This is a super duper online tool that all of your students and teachers can use alike. It is completely free and only requires that one create a profile. (What web tool doesn't require a sign up these days?) After you create your profile, password, personal info, photo of yourself, etc., you are free to create your very own timelines.

If you would rather use a timeline that has already been created. There is are six categories of content areas to choose from. These include the arts & entertainment, history, science & technology, biographies, organizations, and a random category called "other". I really like that there are a few broad categories because it makes it a bit easier for younger students to search through. Sometimes they can not handle too many choices- it gets to confusing for them. Now if you are the type that prefers more refined searches, there is a tag cloud available to use in your search. The "other" category is also nice because it allows you the freedom of creating a timeline in any content area you wish. You are not limited to creating a timeline solely in the categories listed.

The best feature of Timeline is the ability to include text, images, and videos to you timeline entries. You are not just limited to making a timeline with dates and a few words. You can hyperlink your entries to further descriptions of the entry and to images or videos that pertain to the subject. This is especially great for students who need visual aids for low comprehension, Language Learners, or students with special needs requirements. Students are also sure to enjoy using multimedia in their timeline creations.

Timeline encourages writing and researching skills in a variety of content areas. It also aids students in comprehending when and where events in history occur. I encourage you to go to and check out some of the timelines that people from all over the world have posted. I even saw a timeline about the Beatles in Spanish! Very cool and a great way to expose students to Web 2.0 application that people from all over the world can use collaboratively.

BP10_201025_Link to post on Thourn's blog

Here is my blog post on Thourn's blog.