Evaluation Proposal for Ewing Public School District’s GCN Training Evaluation

(From evaluation proposal)  Success of a training program is not measured by the completion of its participants.  According to a self-assessment issued by the State of New Jersey, Ewing Public School District has been underperforming in areas of state compliance, specifically training for handling bullying and its consequential topics.  In order to ensure that each incident is handled properly by Ewing Public School employees, an evaluation of the training modules is needed.  The objective for the evaluation process is to gather insights to the training modules that are currently in place so that a determination can be made as to whether it needs to be modified or replaced completely.  The evaluation will assess the effectiveness of the full training process, from employee participation in the learning modules to their application of knowledge in the classroom.

Multimedia, Hypermedia and Music:  An Evaluation of Students with Special Needs

Individuals with special learning needs or developmental disabilities may have never had the opportunity to play an instrument due to physical or mental limitations. While music instruction is a broad topic, the focus of this paper will be on how an instructor can effectively introduce someone with a passion for music toward achieving goals of learning an instrument, interaction/collaboration, and personal satisfaction by means of hypermedia technology.

The Benefits of Digital Storytelling for Students with Disabilities

Twenty-first century classrooms are currently facing a difficult transitional period as students’ lifestyles are becoming acclimated to technology and social networking. Instruction needs to be developed to take the educational mindset of these “digital natives” into consideration. With the availability of powerful instructional tools and a growing teacher population that is as familiar with technology as the students are, education has begun to incorporate Web 2.0 tools to create more engaging and interactive learning. One of the most versatile tools is digital storytelling. Digital storytelling can be used as both an evaluative method or an instructional method and allows students to think and learn in familiar digital environments to develop more concrete thoughts and understandings. This method lends itself particularly well to students with learning disabilities, who often struggle with those very attributes. Many classrooms have already seen the effectiveness of digital storytelling, but there is little research on how it would assist students with learning disabilities. This paper surveys the many facets of digital storytelling, provides an insight as to how students with learning disabilities could benefit from such a method, and suggests potential scenarios for future research.

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