Blog Assignment #12. Between three of the four sources she quoted, they seemed to agree on three basic steps for successful peer editing. The focus remained on three steps: compliments, suggestions, and corrections. The video Peer Editing gives some examples how to execute these three steps properly. Tutorial Peer Editing is another source in Paige's blog used the same information, but presented it in a different way.
There are many different approaches to being a successful peer editor. This creative video, Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes, by a group of fourth and fifth graders shows the many wrong ways to go about peer reviewing. No one wants to be a Picky Patty or a Jean the Generalizer. As a personal tip, try to think of how you would want someone to critique your own work, and get an idea how far may be too far. Keep an open mind and always try to remember that peer editing is only making you a better writer.
In Assistive Technologies for Vision and Hearing Impaired Children, we are given an idea of how far technology is coming to provide children with some hope for their future despite the brick walls they face along their journey. Computers and devices like The Mountbatten provide blind students with the ability to type in braille while receiving audio playback that can send and receive files from a computer.
Other technology allows blind students the opportunity to carry out mathematic processes in the proper form, as seen in Teaching Math to the Blind. It is truly amazing to see such technology come to life to give children and adults with disabilities education and resources that allow them to tread a little closer to the line of "normal life", if there is such a thing. A long time ago someone asked me what the definition of "perfect" was. Perplexed, I sat there for a moment trying to think of a proper way to define such a broad adjective, but after a while I began to realize their point. Is there really a concrete definition of "perfect" or "normal", or is it really based on every individual being? What may be perfect to me could differ drastically to what you may view as perfect. This also leads me to wonder, are these people who live with disabilities actually that unfortunate? Or do they possess a view of how precious life is that some of us could never come close to understanding? These are our angels on Earth, and its heartwarming to see the world coming together to find ways for them to live every day a little happier and stronger.
Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts, Mrs. Davis explains that she wants her students to have access and knowledge to the available technology so that they can broaden their individual capabilities. She believes that, "children have trouble when you only have paper, and you only have pencil". I thoroughly enjoy how firmly she stands that there are many ways for students to learn that go beyond conventional education.
How can we expect the future generations to show their intelligence if we cannot provide them with the skills to look outside the box and search for the unknown? Every person learns differently, and as future educators, we must take a step forward and broaden education past textbooks and exams.