Saturday, January 3, 2009

Include Me

I'm gathering data for a graduate school project titled, Include me, that I am working on with my college peers and district colleagues: Amy Thomas and Valerie DiGirolamo. If you're a special education teacher, we would love if you would take the time to complete our survey.

11 comments:

loonyhiker said...

Great survey Christine! I wish it applied to me but now that I teach on the University level, it doesn't. I will pass it on though. I did notice your self contained options gave numbers. In my state, none of the numbers apply. Our self contained classes are 18:1. Just thought I'd let you know.

Christine Southard said...

Thanks for your input Pat. We left an optional fill in space for classes that might fit that category.

Paul Hamilton said...

I think this is a great survey. I wanted to fill it out, but it doesn't apply to me as an itinerant K-12 AT consultant, who has also been a teacher for many years. I wonder if people who find this and fill it in online may skew your data. Here in BC, where I work, any special ed teacher who would find this and fill it in online would be far far ahead of the general curve. I support many special ed teachers, and the vast majority wouldn't have a clue about what Web 2.0 is or about most of the tools you ask about. I'm trying to help, one conversation at a time and in workshops that I offer; but I find it a very sad situation. --Paul

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I did do the survey, but just wanted to add a comment. When it asks about technology in my classroom - I only have internet, one desktop PC, and an ActivBoard in my room. I do have access to other things such as a video camera, laptops,etc. but it's a bit of a process to get them and they are not always available when I want them. My school is really trying to move forward with the 21st Century and we are doing quite a bit to get all the teachers on board - a daunting task sometimes. Everything does not always go over so well with our student population either.
Thanks!
Diane Aronow

Anonymous said...

D C here - filled out the form and just wanted you to know that I have 8 stand alone computers in my room but I have access to 20 laptops - portable Mac Lab - but have to have permission with the lesson plan and full details which you would have to help me with for your project that you want me to implement for your research. Thanks. Would love my kids to do podcasts about recent books they have read - giving thumbs up or down. My digital camera will video as well so we could do something with that but would need help learning how. Thanks -

David said...

Great survey! I hope that everyone sees how they might benefit from the collaborative project even though they are not a classroom teacher. I would love to see some principals and CSE Chairs be part of the collaboration. Is that part of what you intended for your graduate project?

Christine Southard said...

We're beaming with all of your responses. So far, we've had many tech savvy special educators answer the survey. Please share this survey with your less tech savvy peers so that we might establish some leveled groupings based on experience. Then we can consider groups based on grade levels and/or interest in a particular online tool.

Thanks for your comment Dave. We created the project/assignment as a grass roots effort to reach and connect special education teachers. Once we get rolling, however, we could connect more with other service providers and share our results/findings with administrators.

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Deloris said...

I love the survey. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher in Portsmouth, VA. Because I was a special education teacher for 13 years before becoming a ITRT, my supervisor has assigned me to work with the Special Education Department in our district. I tried to fill out the survey; however, the Submit button would not become active for me to submit the survey. I was able to copy and paste my survey in Word. I will be assisting the Autism Team with activities and ideas for integrating technology in the classroom. Please let me know if I can assist with your Project. My Blog address: http://ppsblogs.net/nutt/

Our district is using all of the Web 2.0 tools that were listed on the survey. I am working hard on getting the special education teachers to see how they can use each tool to help with their students. I wish I had access to the tools when I was a special education teacher.