It's a good ramble... I think you would find the UNC-C NWP folks aligned with your teaching ethos. They're good people, and very encouraging. They're interviewing right now for their (free) Summer Institute.
I noticed your interest in UDL. Thought you might be interested in how Huffington has been following this: http://www.huffenglish.com/?p=502#more-502
I live and teach in Yadkin County. My husband teaches in Iredell-Statesville Schools. Not too far north of you. I haven't had time to explore this place. I;ve been working with Edusims and trying to get it running on my SmartBoard. Have you found anything interesting here?
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Hi Lynn, I'm up north of you, near Roxboro (a little ways from the Virginia border). I'm new to North Carolina and haven't been to Charlotte but I've loved learned about American history since moving here - we've visited Manteo and Wilmington. They were both FABULOUS.
I posted this on my blog and thought I'd share this resource with the group:
The people at Simply Entertainment/ 7-128 Software, make "mainstream, family-friendly, computer games that are designed from the ground up to be accessible to gamers with a variety of special needs, including: blindness, low vision, color blindness, deafness, and motion impairment".
They recently added a free on-line service for people searching for free or low-cost accessible computer games suitable for learning or rehabilitative environments.
According to the website, the Accessible Learning through Entertainment and Recreation service provides the following useful information:
* Where to get those games, at low cost, or for free
* What to look for in selecting those games, quickly and with fewer costly mistakes
* How to apply those games to your learning objectives, without a lot of mystery
* Who to go to for free help
"This information will be updated over the course of 2008, especially the growing series of How To articles."
Another resource on the Simply Entertainment/1-129 Software website is a section dedicated to links to 25 highest-rated websites that focus on games that are accessible for people who are blind. Many of the linked websites offer free on-line games.
Thanks to John Bannick and his colleagues at 7-128!