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Practices and the work they do

I remember my colleague and friend Dr. Sheldon Loman said that he likes to support practices that work and not necessarily get into the brand names of the educational approaches that gather these practices up into packages. I think his view is interesting because it makes you think about the elements of an educational intervention package and not get caught up with an amorphousness of something that is the latest craze. With our recent weekend …

Henry the Labrador dog headshot

Just do it

I remember one time someone important in my field said, you’re really an idea guy aren’t you. I remember smiling and thinking, well yes certainly I like to think and share ideas, so yes I’m an idea person! Then for a while I thought, aw man idea guys are silly, because they just think.Then, I learned that it is through generating ideas that we can find novel solutions to try out. When I first learned …

uLab members on beach with sunset

Thoughts

As we start the new academic year here in Portland, I would like to take a moment to express thanks for the amazing individuals, families, professionals, and uLab team members that have made the previous year so meaningful and productive.

New Education Features in iOS 9.3 Open Many New Doors

Have you seen the new iOS 9.3 features for education?  You can read about them here on the Apple Education Preview site. I had been hearing rumors of this and Apple has been publicly sharing about some of these great features, but they’re finally here. These are some of the key new features of the 9.3 update: Shared iPad for students “Students can log in to any iPad in any classroom and make it their own.”  This is terrific …

The SETT Framework

At the Universal Design Lab, we absolutely love the work of Dr. Joy Zabala. Specifically, we have been working very hard using her Student, Environment, Tasks, and Tools (SETT) Framework.

Working with Graduate Students

It is terrific working with graduate students. Currently, we are working with a really excellent group focused on a diverse set of projects including AAC intervention, Functional Communication Training, Universal Design for Learning, emotion regulation, and simulation experiences in education. It is quite rewarding to see them working so hard and we are all learning so much. A few weeks ago, I met with a really smart designer who shared with me about how he …