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The Textmapping Project
A resource for teachers improving reading comprehension skills instruction
Classroom Teachers: We receive emails from teachers like you every day. They link to us from their classroom pages - like this from Share to Learn and this from Classroom 2.0. And they send us lots of comments as well. We love to hear from you! Here's how you can contact us.
London Metropolitan University: Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
Georgia Department of Education: Framework for English Language Arts, Fifth Grade.
Infinite Thinking Machine: first segment, first episode!
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: in Differentiation in Practice: A Resource Guide for Differentiating Curriculum, Grades 9-12, by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Cindy A. Strickland.
Creative Commons: Featured Content of the Week, 8/23/03
National Council of Teachers of English: Hot Topics Spotlight
University of North Carolina School of Education: lesson plan
State of Michigan: MiCLASS training program for middle school teachers
Syracuse University: Tutoring and Study Center
and many more...
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We use the World Wide Web Consortium's free HTML Validator [http://validator.w3.org] to check our pages for errors and non-standard code. You can check to see if our HTML coding complies with open standards and is error-free by clicking on the "HTML 4.01" logo at the bottom of each page. The validator will check the page you are viewing, and will instantly provide you with an answer. For example, you can check this page now:
Web Accessibility is, first and foremost, about making the web accessible to people who have physical or cognitive disabilities. Secondarily, it's about making the web work for all of us - and one of the benefits of accessible web sites is that they tend to be more usable for everyone. On the flip side of this argument, web sites that are not accessible are silent (even if unintentional) contributors to the growing Digital Divide [http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/dn/html/anationonline2.htm]. Accessibility is particularly important in education, because learning is driven by access to information and ideas - which, in turn, is a critical ingredient for citizen-participation and job success.
We're doing our best to keep up with new developments in accessibility. Browser technology is evolving rapidly, as are code standards and design techniques. Our goal is to ensure that this site stays current with WAI [http://www.w3.org/WAI/] accessibility guidelines. Having said that, we realize that the current guidelines are neither complete nor comprehensive, and that our implementation of them may be lacking. The real test of a site's accessibility comes when disabled users try to use it. If you are a disabled user, your feedback would be particularly appreciated. You can tell us what you think by emailing us at . We will do our best to incorporate your suggestions, as well as to quickly resolve any problems that you identify. Thank you for your help.
We use the single user version of Bobby [http://bobby.watchfire.com/bobby/html/en/index.jsp] to check our pages for accessibility problems. You can check to see if our HTML coding complies with WAI [http://www.w3.org/WAI/] accessibility guidelines by clicking on the "AAA Bobby Approved" logo at the bottom of each page. Bobby will check the page you are viewing, and will instantly provide you with an answer. For example, you can check this page now:
Open Content licenses are a less restrictive alternative to standard copyright. They are an outgrowth of the free software [http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html] and open source [http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php] movements, which operate under an ethic that includes making content (such as the source code for software programs) "...freely available under liberal licensing terms and with no licensing fees, so that others may take that software...[or content]..., make changes to it, and use or distribute the resulting modified versions as they see fit." [Hecker http://www.hecker.org/writings/setting-up-shop.html]
The CCPL [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0] is not a true Open Content license because it prohibits commercial uses. (This is a limitation that we wanted to impose). It does, however, implement the other key elements of Open Content, namely it allows users to freely (though only for non-commercial purposes) copy, modify, republish and redistribute content, and requires that all redistributions and derivative works be offered to the public under the same licensing terms under which the original source content was offered.
Our purpose for offering our content under these terms is to guarantee free - i.e. "at no cost" - access to this information, and to encourage the unfettered non-commercial use, improvement, republishing and redistribution of information about Textmapping. Our hope is that Textmapping, and information about it, will be developed and improved upon by its users - teachers, researchers and homeschoolers. If this collaborative development model is interesting to you, read about how you can collaborate [http://www.textmapping.org/collaborate.html] with us.
The Open Source model for software development is interesting because it points to the potential of Open Content licenses to drive the development of free, high-quality content. Open Source projects have produced some of the best software running today, including:
For more on Open Content, see Learning More About Alternatives to Standard Copyright on our copyright page.
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Unless otherwise noted, the content on this web page is © 2002-2007 R. David Middlebrook, and may be freely used for non-commercial purposes under the terms of the CCPL.Use of the information on this web page constitutes acceptance of the terms of the CCPL and agreement to adhere to the Guidelines for Using Our Content. For more information, see our copyright page.We hope that you share our concerns about plagiarism [http://www.ilstu.edu/%7Eddhesse/wpa/positions/WPAplagiarism.pdf]. Please provide proper attribution.. Please support this site.
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