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Married 30 years! Three kids all grown. I teach middle school special education during the day and Graduate courses in Instructional Technology and Special Education in the evenings. Great fun!

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Technology supports for special needs

Posted on August 2, 2007 at 9:12pm 2 Comments

I've spent 35+ years as a special education teacher. Each year I find that the more I use technology to support, bridge, overcome learning issues in my students, the more I and others see what they can do. The "dis" falls away from abled and they succeed. I wish I had learned this sooner.

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At 11:27am on April 24, 2009, Jack said…
Hey Sharon,

Our Brainyflix video contest just ended, and I wanted to thank you for helping us get the word out. We got 800 submissions from across the country!

That said, MIT was really happy with the results and will let us run another contest, so we're going for it! But this time, we're gonna have kids create Brainypics flashcards - which are images and sentences paired up with a one of our SAT/ACT words. The contest ends May 22nd, and there'll be iTunes and a cash prize like last time. To boot, we'll double the payout if the kids can hit a certain goal. More details at

Do you mind passing my message along to your HS colleagues again?

At 9:16pm on February 3, 2009, Ricky Yean said…
Hi Sharon,

We're a group of 4 students from Stanford University looking to help teachers by creating some useful technological tools. We saw that you participate in Classroom 2.0 and were wondering if we could interview you over the internet or on the phone about your job and how technology might come in play?

At 9:12pm on February 2, 2009, Jack said…
YES! That would be awesome
At 8:46pm on January 31, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Sharon,

Wiziq is a virtual classroom platform. It allows for audio and video presentation with an excellent whiteboard. The ppt embed is just a part of what it offers.
At 8:23pm on January 31, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Sharon,

With your work in Ed Technology, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.
At 7:41pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Sharon. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 2:46am on December 27, 2008, Evan Morikawa said…

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this virtual Ning network is no exception. My name is Evan Morikawa. I am a 20 year old student from Olin College of Engineering (near Boston). I am a part of a group of six Olin students who are taking a year off to pursue interests in education, entrepreneurship, design and technology, which brought us to the logical project of a business that designs collaborative software for schools! I found you in a search for "middle school" on Classroom2.0, and since our project is specific to middle schools and uses new learning technology, I thought you might be interested. Our company is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

We are working under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media and tools: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum, and internet-based software. We hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. More importantly, and unlike many of our competitors, our software will empower teachers to better integrate higher level thinking skills, individualized learning, goal setting, reflection, and effective feedback and evaluation. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools and individual teachers will want to use to improve their students' learning in and out of the classroom.

Our team is currently trying to win an idea competition on You can find us at We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start. Note that winning this contest will raise $10,000, a large and useful sum of money for a web-based company running on “sweat equity” and minimal costs.

Feel free to email me back, post on my profile, check out, or do anything you like!

Evan Morikawa
At 6:06pm on May 25, 2007, Diane Main said…
Maybe someday I will even be in one of your classes at SJSU! I want to do the Masters in Instructional Technology there, but it's a matter of time and money . . . I never have enough of either . . . right now.
At 2:34pm on April 18, 2007, Sharon Eilts said…
Thank you. I try to post resources and such for teachers
At 2:10pm on April 18, 2007, Hans Feldmeier said…
Hi Sharon, welcome! You´ve got a nice blog.


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