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Arcademic Skill Builders - Fun Educational Games for Kids

Arcademic Skill Builders - Fun Educational Games for Kids | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Fun and free educational games for kids in K-8. Featuring multiplayer learning games, math games, language arts games, and much more!

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ICTPHMS's curator insight, December 12, 2013 11:59 AM

Excellent resource!!! We utilize this website when we need a change of pace from our curriculum program. 

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OPINION: How Software Can Make a Differentiated Difference

Last weekend, I sat in a sewing class with my 10-year old daughter and was surprised to learn that ⅓ of our day would be dedicated to programming our sewing machines.
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ScratchJr - Programming App for Kids to Create Interactive Stories and Games - Fun Educational Apps for Kids

ScratchJr - Programming App for Kids to Create Interactive Stories and Games - Fun Educational Apps for Kids | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

With the evolution of technology today make sure you give a head start to your kids and help them learn and understand some basic programming skills. There are few apps on the market such as Tynker, Move the Turtle, Light-bot Hour of Code … and today, a brand new one ScratchJr by MIT Media Lab.


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Serum copper and zinc levels in autism

Serum copper and zinc levels in autism | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
New collaborative research from Mudanjiang Medical University in China and researchers based in Norway* have reported issues with the trace minerals copper and zinc to be potentially important for some people on the autism spectrum.

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FunPic: convierte tus fotos en divertidos cartoons

FunPic: convierte tus fotos en divertidos cartoons | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Si ya estás cansado de tomar una fotografía y compartirla en las redes sociales tal como la capturaste, es muy probable que debas probar FunPic.

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Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
When a student struggles to read, we look to factors such as socioeconomic status or access to books. But brain differences are also part of the equation and should not be overlooked.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 16, 5:30 PM

This infographic looks at the brain and how we learn. As more is learned about the brain it is clear that education is not a one-size-fits all.

* Learn how the occipital lobe, Wernicke's area, Broca's area and auditory processing impacts reading. 

* Read three examples that show brain plasticity (the ability of the brain to change over time).

* And find out how struggling readers can be helped at a neurological level.

Some additional resources are also included.

We have many students who struggle with reading. This infographic provides information that you may want to share with parents.

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Project SKIP: Screening Kids for Intervention and Prevention

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Teaching the Restless

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Teaching the Restless One School's Remarkable No-Ritalin Approach to Helping Children Learn and Succeed We've all read the stories about medicating hyperactive (ADHD) kids. The controversy shows no signs of ending, as parents and doctors debate the merits of diagnosing and medicating children at

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Encouraging Intrinsic Motivation in Your Students - Edudemic

Encouraging Intrinsic Motivation in Your Students - Edudemic | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

by Katie Lepi via Mia MacMeekin

 

"Intrinsic motivation is driven by an interest in or enjoyment of the material or subject matter. Students who are intrinsically motivated are what teachers are always looking for. You know the ones: they read more books than you ask them to, they ask probing questions, and they’re interested in finding out more about things. But intrinsic motivation isn’t only a natural thing: there are a number of things you can to do encourage intrinsic motivation in your students. The graphic below from Mia MacMeekin explores 27 ideas to encourage this type of motivation in your students. Keep reading to learn more."


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Teaching is done at the vulnerable intersection of public and private life (Parker Palmer, 2007). The first point is sharing who you are with students.

 

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Setting Clear Learning Targets to Guide Instruction for All Students

Striving for student accessibility as #CommonCore State Standards evolve #Hammill http://t.co/2APkYVexlj


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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Customize Your Characters in Storyboard That Comics

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Customize Your Characters in Storyboard That Comics | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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Monika Tusnady's curator insight, September 14, 1:52 PM

Starts with a great poster to share with students and their parents. Succint and applicable to all subject areas. 

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Exercising Before School May Lower ADHD Symptoms in Kids - Science World Report

Exercising Before School May Lower ADHD Symptoms in Kids - Science World Report | Autism Supports | Scoop.it
Science World Report Exercising Before School May Lower ADHD Symptoms in Kids Science World Report Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common attention deficit disorders that start in childhood and continue into...

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, September 11, 6:13 AM

"Back when I was a boy..." we could play on the playground before we could come in to school.  Some schools still have that. Others have kids who get off of the bus and step into the school.  It would be interesting to see a comparison of inattention/hyperactivity rates between schools that do have some outdoor time versus some that don't prior to school starting. 

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Sketch Nation

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This is a great iPad app which lets users design and play simple games by drawing the character and backgrounds.

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Three Good iPad Apps for Creating Picture Books...

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Three Good iPad Apps for Creating Picture Books ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Android and iPad apps for language teachers curated by Juergen Wagner (Android and iPad apps for language teachers - Three Good iPad Apps for Creating...
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Superhero with Autism Featured in New Comic Book // NBCNews via AutismAtFaceValue

Superhero with Autism Featured in New Comic Book // NBCNews via AutismAtFaceValue | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

"Extraordinary superpowers, high-flying villains and fearless, world-saving heroes are the stuff of countless comic books. But the newest star to hit the comic circuit is different than most.
 

Michael is a comic book character with autism - a hero with a mathematical mind, artistic gift and an abundance of compassion. Face Value Comics says he is the first"...

 

For full post and video, click on title above or here: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/making-a-difference/comic-book-stars-worlds-first-hero-autism-n190321

 

For more, check out Autism At Face Value: http://autismatfacevalue.com  


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5 Useful iPad Story Starter Apps for Your Students

5 Useful iPad Story Starter Apps for Your Students | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

Here is a list of some excellent iPad apps that you can use with students to get them into  'the creative writing mode'. Some of these apps provide story starters that students can draw on to build their stories, other apps provide writing prompts to spark students thinking and guide their writing responses.


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iOS 8 New Accessibility Features

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Detailed Description of new iOS 8 Accessibility Features!


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, September 17, 5:29 AM

Great Description, I hope all of these new features work well from the onset!

Now that you have the iOS 8 upgrade checklist, here are some new features of iOS 8 that we thought you may like.

Switch Control
Switch Control is an accessibility feature that was first introduced in iOS 7. Switch Control gives a user the ability to control almost any aspect of their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with one or two external switches. Here are a few of the important changes that we’ve noticed in iOS 8.

Scanning Pop-up Menu
When scanning and a switch is clicked, a pop-up menu of options appears on the screen. There are two important changes to this pop-up menu.

The amount of options that initially shows on screen has changed. In the initial click state, fewer options are presented to the user; typically Tap and one or two other options that would apply to the object that has been selected. The user can then scan to a second menu/screen of options. Overall, the amount of options available to the user has not decreased, but the logic behind how they are displayed has changed.

Inside of the menu, when there are multiple rows of options, only the row that is selected is highlighted/active. The other rows of options are grayed out until the scan reaches them.Gliding Cursor Speed
The speed of the gliding cursor has been greatly reduced at the lowest setting. In iOS 8 it takes approximately 15-seconds for the gliding cursor to get from one side of the screen to the other versus just 5-seconds in iOS 7. This slower speed will help individuals who are unable to react as quickly as other users.Bluetooth Pairing
There has been a slight change to the Bluetooth Pairing menu within the settings app. In iOS 7 all Bluetooth devices would show up in a section called My Devices and have the status of Connected, Not Connected, or Not Paired. In iOS 8, under My Devices, you only see devices that have previously been paired or are currently paired with the iDevice. For other devices that could potentially pair with that iDevice, they now show up under a section called Other Devices. This is important for anyone trying to pair the Blue2 Bluetooth Switch with their iDevice for the first time.Assistive Touch Enhancements
Access to the Notification Center and Control Center has been added to Assistive Touch.Word Prediction
Better word prediction is now integrated into iOS 8. Simply start typing and iOS 8 will recommend your next word based on your writing style and past messages. Word recommendations appear at the top of the keyboard and are easy for switch users to scan to and select.Third-Party Keyboards
A new API for developers is available to allow third-party keyboards to be used on iOS devices. This opens the door for more accessible on-screen keyboards to be created.Speak Screen
When Speak Screen is turned on, a two-finger swipe from the top of the screen will start a screen reader that will read back everything available on that screen. This is similar to the Speak Selection feature found in previous versions of iOS, but it will now read the entire screen instead of just a small selection.Alex
Alex is a new high-quality U.S. English voice that delivers natural sounding speech. Alex works well with the Speak Screen feature.Grayscale Screen
In addition to the Invert Colors feature, a new Grayscale feature has been added so that all screens on the iDevice show up in grayscale. Note that if you are using your device with an Apple TV, the grayscale screen will only show on the iDevice and not on the Apple TV.Zoom
The zoom options in iOS 8 have been greatly expanded to give the user more controlZoom Region
You can now select to have a movable zoom window on the screen or zoom the entire like previous versions of iOS. The zoom region (movable zoom window) can be resized to meet the users needs.Zoom Controller 
The zoom controller is a menu that appears on screen that gives you control of the zoom without having to go back into the Settings App.Zoom Level 
You can adjust zoom level from 1X to 15X.Guided Access Enhancements
Guided Access was introduced in iOS 6 and allows a user to lock an iDevice into a single app. With iOS 8, you can now set time limits on how long an app is locked and unlock Guided Access using Touch ID.Family Sharing
The key feature of Family Sharing is that up to six “family members” can share iTunes, iBooks, and app purchases.iMessage Enhancement
Within iMessage, you can now easily send live voice messages from within the iMessage app by simply selecting the microphone icon.Health App and HealthKit
The Health App and HealthKit API are going to make it easier for third-party app and hardware developers to track fitness and health data in one place on your iDevice. In addition, future Apple devices, like the Apple Watch, will be able to capture fitness and health data.HomeKit
The HomeKit API will enable third-party developers to better integrate their home automation hardware and apps with Apple devices. HomeKit will also make it easier for home automation devices to talk to each other and work in harmony. Because of this better integration, native accessibility features should be more widely available for users with disabilities and expand the amount of consumer options that are available for them to use.
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Digital mapping uncovers ‘super henge’ that dwarfed Stonehenge

Digital mapping uncovers ‘super henge’ that dwarfed Stonehenge | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

"Every summer solstice, tens of thousands of people throng to Stonehenge, creating a festival-like atmosphere at the 4,400-year-old stone monument. For the 2015 solstice, they will have a bit more room to spread out. A just-completed four-year project to map the vicinity of Stonehenge reveals a sprawling complex that includes 17 newly discovered monuments and signs of a 1.5-kilometre-around ‘super henge’.

The digital map — made from high-resolution radar and magnetic and laser scans that accumulated several terabytes of data — shatters the picture of Stonehenge as a desolate and exclusive site that was visited by few, says Vincent Gaffney, an archaeologist at the University of Birmingham, UK, who co-led the effort."

 

Tags: Mapping, geospatial, remote sensing, landscape.


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Using Contextual Cues in Social Situations

Contextual cues in social situations for persons with #Asperger syndrome #sped http://t.co/vJLDMbnHVa


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A New Obstacle for Students With Disabilities | The Chronicle of Higher Ed

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It is well documented that students with disabilities are facing barriers in their pursuit of higher education, and institutions are having a difficult time fulfilling their legal obligation to ensure equal access. So it was surprising last month when the American Council on Education, in a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin about the proposed reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, completely dismissed a provision that would make it easier for its member institutions to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

 

The provision, Sec. 931 of the draft document, calls for guidelines to ensure that students with disabilities have access to "electronic instructional materials and related information technologies" that are "consistent with national and international standards." Colleges that do not use materials that conform to the guidelines may opt out by showing that they offer students with disabilities access to instructional and technological materials that are equivalent to those usedby non-disabled students, a standard the institutions should already be meeting.


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What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction ~ teachthought

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What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 10, 4:22 AM

The opposite of differentiated teaching and learning is tracking which fits students and teachers into rigid categories. Differentiated teaching and learning are meeting students where each of them is in their learning.

 

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Great for pre-service teachers!

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Anxious Children have Bigger “Fear Centers” in the Brain

Anxious Children have Bigger “Fear Centers” in the Brain | Autism Supports | Scoop.it

The amygdala is a key “fear center” in the brain. Alterations in the development of the amygdala during childhood may have an important influence on the development of anxiety problems, reports a new...


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If You Are An Introvert (Or Love One) You Need This Book

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What is one of the country's best visual storytellers worried about? Meeting you.

Gabrielle Bell, the acclaimed cartoonist whom the New Yorker dubbed "a master of the exquisite detail," is nervous about you seeing her studio.

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Music Instruction Can Help Students Learn To Process Language

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A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.

 

Study Shows Music Instruction Can Help Students Learn To Process Language.

NPR (9/10, Turner) reports in its “Ed” blog a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that kids who took music lessons for two years were able to better process language. The study was “unusual” that it took place in the Harmony Project in Los Angeles, a nonprofit after-school program that teaches music to students in low-income areas. The study measured the brain waves of students at the center and found that their brains got more precise at hearing and processing the sounds of language over the course of the two years.


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