Weblogging can assist students with disabilities

Each day, members of Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams support students with disabilities who have trouble writing. Many students with mild disabilities know that they want to write but have difficulty with the mechanics of translating those thoughts to paper. They often disregard language skills such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Some students’ thoughts move so quickly that their writing seems to jump haphazardly from one topic to the next. Other students spell and construct sentences but have problems generalizing and synthesizing ideas. (CEC Technology in Action Vol 1, Issue 6, May 2005, page 1)

My students are struggling writers, hesitant writers, in short, they abhor writing. They are the students whose score in SAT 9 range from below basic to below basic. They are diagnosed with either Learning Disability and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Every teacher in every school in every district leaves their profession because of these kinds of students. I was thinking of joining the band wagon.

But since the start of the school year, I was able to miraculously make my students with disabilities write meaningful poems about themselves, about social problems and current events. They were able to create beautiful illustrations for their wonderful poems too. Thanks to the DC Area Writing Project for giving me strategies in engaging students to write, and to Beth Olshansky for the Art-Literature based curriculum.

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Put a favicon into your blog

In some sites and blogs, you’d see an icon displayed before the website address in the URL field instead of the Internet Explorer icon or the globe icon in Firefox.

This is the favicon or the favorites icon. The icon is also displayed before the website’s name in your favorites list.

If you want to create your own favicon, follow these steps:

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Sun.Star blogs page

After going over so many themes, I’ve finally selected one that I’m happy with for the Sun.Star Blog Chronicles, a Sun.Star Network Online section intended to cover the blogging community. Thanks to Max, Sun.Star Cebu online editor, who suggested this theme and who took care of the necessary improvements.

The Sun.Star Blog Chronicles is not even halfway ready. In the process of putting it out, other tasks came up delaying the launch of the section. I am, however, forced to hasten its completion because contributor J. Angelo Racoma already wrote about it in his blog. I guess thanks to him, too, for speeding things up.

We’re still accepting bloggers into our pool and coming up with publication rules and guidelines. Some of the submissions will see print in Sun.Star newspapers.

Other things lined up involve sections with reader-generated content and contributors from outside mainstream media.

Blogging 101

Blog? Blogging?

If these words are alien to you, then you must have been stuck without an internet connection since the turn of the millennium. Blogs and blogging have been regarded in cyberspace as probably the next killer app of the internet after e-mail.

To illustrate, blogs are slowly integrating into mainstream society as a very powerful medium for information exchange.

Blogs have helped spark and sustain voters’ debates in the last U.S. presidential elections. Blogs have been used to extensively discuss issues pertinent to the 2002 invasion of Iraq. Blogs have been used to expose scandalous practices by politicians. And blogs have revolutionized the way enterprises and businesspeople relate to the public.

What’s the buzz all about?

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