Friday, July 07, 2006

Now that the week is over, the group blog is working...

Here is Holly's original syllabus for Cyber Summer School:


Teacher Recommendation

Summer School Registration

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to Government. I’m your instructor, Mrs. Schafer. We’ll be together for the next three to six weeks. In this course, we will come together to help you learn to examine current historical events in their political context.

Course Theme

“Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall – think of it, ALWAYS.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Course Goals

  • Provide an integrated look at how the geography, politics, economics, and history of a region affect their role in the world today.
  • Discuss relevant current events and apply them within a political context.
  • Compare and contrast political ideologies in Europe, Asia, Canada, Russia, and the United States.
  • Examine how politics affects the physical, human, and cultural geography of each region.

Methods of Instruction

A digital course is designed to provide individuals with the opportunity to work at their own pace to complete the assigned tasks. As the instructor, I will provide office hours once per week to offer help as needed. However, the bulk of responsibility rests upon the student.

Course Component Specifics

Plagiarism and cheating have no place in a community of scholars. Have the confidence in yourself to give your original best. This is all that is required of you.

The course is a self-paced class which requires a lot of individual preparedness on your part. Organization, time management, and personal accountability are skills necessary for success in this course. Please contact me as soon as possible with concerns or comments.

Attendance and Make-Up Work

All work is due at the end of the six week period. Remember, work can be turned in as completed, so be proactive in working ahead.

All students must attend Lakewood High School on two specific dates, June 15th and July 28th.

June 15th : Course introduction and instructor meeting. (4 hours)

July 28th: Course final examination and final grade distribution. (4 hours)

Course Requirements and Grading

Complete the 11 Chapters in the “Worldview U.S. Government” section on PLATO.


For each Chapter, you must complete the Overview and Study Questions. Print out Chapter Completions and place in Current Event Folder.

Current Event Folder: Due at the end of the term. Find one article per week day summarize the article and glue the article in. See Written Assignment sheet.

Book: Power Point or other format of presentation due at the end of the term. See Written Assignment sheet.

I will be checking your hours and completion times via PLATO. All materials are due on the assigned dates – NO EXCEPTIONS.

DO NOT WAIT if you need help

Office Hours

Monday (9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

How to Reach Me

See the information at the top of the syllabus. Please call if you have any questions or to make an appointment. If I am unavailable, I will get back to you ASAP, usually within 24 hours.

Required Text

The Kite Runner by: Khaled Hosseini

This book must be obtained on your own.


Week One:

PLATO Chapters 1, 2, and 3 _____

Buy/Loan Book _____

Start Current Event Folder – 5 entries by Friday _____

Week Two:

PLATO Chapters: 4, 5, 6 and 7 _____

Read Book – Begin Power Point _____

Current Event Folder should have 10 entries by Friday _____

Week Three:

PLATO Chapters: 8,9,10, and 11 _____

Finish Power Point and Turn in _____

Current Event Folder should have 15 entries by Friday _____


Here are the recommendations that our group came up with to make Holly's Cyber Summer School more universally designed:

Ableism: Cyber Summer School was originally intended for special education students who had fallen behind, but the design could easily be used with diverse learners of all kinds.

Blogging (Engagement): Blogs could be used for additional support, networking, alternative route to engage students.

Cultural (Representation): Multimedia representations (such as streaming video) could be used to enhance the information about Afghanistan that is supposed to be learned by reading "Kite Runner".

Reading Supports (Representation and Expression): Supports similar to those in Thinking Reader could be used to support learners during the independent reading that is expected during the course.

Assessment (Expression): Students should be given alternatives other than a multiple choice test in order to demonstrate their understanding of the content. Options could be PowerPoint, website design, poster presentation, etc.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Universal Design in Education - UDLGroup2

Welcome to the UDLGroup2 blog. This is a place for your group to share ideas, reflections, and resources that are relevant to the sessions and to your practice.

Group2 Facilitator
Charlotte DiStefano

Group2 Members
Linnea Nelson
Susan Steinhauer
Maureen Kilty
Holly Schafer
Beth Donnell-Kilmer
Beth Gonyea
Fred Balcom
Janet Balcom
Renee Finan
Rick Pelletier

Link to the Institute Blog at http://udlsummerinstitute.blogspot.com/