Steve Gleason, Pearl Jam connect

Steve Gleason & Pearl Jam Connect and Inspire


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Summer Expectations…

Attendance & Participation: (150 points)

This course is designed around class participation individually and through group participation. Therefore attendance and participation is important to the success of the class. Students are expected to arrive before the start of class, not during. Students are expected to be respectful of the opinions of others in the class. Class participation is defined as making comments relevant to class discussion and showing courtesy and respect for your classmates and instructor.

Students will not be allowed any absences during the summer session. All absences will result in a loss of 15 points for each missed class.

Course Expectations:

It is expected that you are courteous and respectful to your classmates, instructor, and guest speakers at all times – even if you disagree with his/her opinions!

– Turn off all electronic devices such as phones, iPods, etc…. No Texting.

– Arrive on time – being late will annoy your instructor and cost you participation points.

– Absences will result in a loss of 10 participation points for each missed class.

– Late Assignments will not be accepted…for real.

This class will only be as FUN or boring as you make it!


Paper Requirements:Paper Image

Papers are required to be 12pt font, double-spaced, with one inch margins top/bottom/sides. Punctuation, sentence structure and grammar are evaluated somewhat in issuing a grade, but more importantly, your thoughts should be clearly communicated in your writings. These assignments should also include an introduction, body, and conclusion in the basic structure.

FYI – You will not earn full credit for a paper that is shorter than the required length.

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Welcome to UWW & STP 2013

WELCOME to UW-Whitewater and the Summer Transition Program. My name is Eric Mueller and I am your instructor for SpecED 494: Transitioning to College. Our class will meet Monday-Thursday from 12:45-2:45 pm in Hyland Hall room 2314. There are two main resources for course content. We have our course Desire 2 Learn page (D2L) and my blog: (which you are currently visiting).

The syllabus and other course content is available on both sites. The course syllabus can be located at this url:

I am looking forward to meeting all of you and working together over the next four weeks. If you have any questions or concerns prior to Monday please do not hesitate to contact me.

In celebration of the 4th of July please enjoy some unbelieve fireworks on new years eve from our Mates from down under!!!

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Next Generation Learning Spaces Take Off On Campus

Next Generation Learning Spaces Take Off On Campus

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By: Tom Smith

Radical improvements are seen in one San Jose State University class after tech makeover. “We’re trying to help students become the producers of their knowledge.”

Full article is located at:

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New Page!!!

I am quickly working on a new page titled “Eric’s Resource Corner” to have an enormous amount of resources for students that I work with at UWW. This page will have a plethora of resources for students with disabilities and other general resources for UWW students on-campus. I hope this page will help students access information with a one-stop-shop approach.

Eric's Resource Corner

– Eric

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The XX – “Fiction”


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How Samsung is out-innovating Apple

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Livescribe Sky WiFi

LiveScribe has quickly came out with a new smartpen that does not require docking or syncing. It utilizes the could and other mobile devices to pick up they written text and audio. As a post-secondary disability service coordinator the possibilities for a device like this are endless. My favorite feature is having the notes searchable through OCR (optical character regnognition). Additionally battery life is great, the pen was still at 30 percent capacity after 10 days, during which time we used it to record about 20 pages of notes and an hour of audio across multiple sessions.

For the entire @Engadget Livescribe Sky Wifi Smartpen Review please click HERE

Link to video:

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Livescribe Sky WiFi Smartpen

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IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say


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Earlier this week one of my younger co-workers entered my office and stated “WOW you have a lot of technology!” It started to make me think that I have far to many devices that have enabled me to be ultra-connected. Between my laptop, smart-phone, tablet, tablet PC and another tablet I was helping a student work on I began to think she was correct with her observation.

Like the millennial I am I jumped on a device (Android based tablet) and Googled the phrase “to much technology” and found this interesting article at by Matt Richtel. The article titled Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device was written based on a interview of a Facebook executive. He stated that there is a “pervasive demand of pings, rings and updates” which is “creating a profound physical craving that can hurt productivity and personal interactions.” I completely agree with this statement. I can reflect on my own life both personally and professionally and notice several conversations that are interrupted because of a device vibrating or beeping.

There has been ongoing research into the effects of individuals that are ultra-connected and if there are addictive qualities to this impairment. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual  for mental Disorders and mental illnesses, plans next year to include “Internet use disorder” in its appendix. This is the first step towards defining a disorder and impairment that is greatly affecting individuals and relationships worldwide.

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Here is a link to the NY Times article:



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