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Free Music Archive

Free Music Archive | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Are you...

- a podcaster looking for pod-safe audio?

- a radio or video producer searching for instrumental bed music that won't put your audience to sleep?

- a remix artist looking for pre-cleared samples?

- simply looking for some new sounds to add to a playlist?

 

The Free Music Archive is a resource for all that and more, and unlike other websites, all of the audio has been hand-picked by established audio curators.

 

Every mp3 on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era. These uses vary and are determined by the rightsholders themselves (please see the FAQs)


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education site. journal, Johns Hopkins

education site. journal, Johns Hopkins | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

education technology, neuroscience, neuro-education, special education, assistive technology, early education, reading instruction, math instruction, teacher preparation, museum education, arts integration, literacy, culture, journal submissions, ...


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Visions and Voices Together - Newsletter

Visions and Voices Together - Newsletter | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Making decisions takes energy.  The more time and energy spent reinventing the wheel can generate stress.  Stress can lead to exhaustion and an inability to make good choices.  The vicious cycle! 

 

When making decisions about students' education, one way to simplify the process is to use what has already worked. Click on the headline to continue reading this article and the complete newsletter.                                     

                                                           – Charmaine                                         

                                                               www.visionsandvoicestogether.com

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17 Apraxia resources for concerned parents | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

17 Apraxia resources for concerned parents | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Resources for families and educators to learn more about apraxia, the different types, and strategies to support students with apraxia.

 

                               – Charmaine

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How to “Flip this Lesson” Using YouTube and TED Ed | Online Universities

How to “Flip this Lesson” Using YouTube and TED Ed | Online Universities | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

"When I wrote How "Flip This Lesson" by TED Ed Could Help Teachers More, on May 10, 2012, I got some push-back from tededlogan who wrote, "Hey there, Jumarqui. Thanks for doing this. I really enjoyed it, and it is helpful to hear and see a visitor interpreting the site out loud. However, I wanted to quickly point out that you didn’t click one of the more powerful features available on TED-Ed. The "flip this video" button."

This post goes on and provides a "video and step-by-step how-to guide for anyone interested in creating their own flipped lesson on TED Ed."


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An Example of Digital Authentic Assessment (SlideShare)

This post links to a SlideShare presentation that looks at educator "best practice" as well as student choice and Bloom's Taxonomy when it comes to designing digital lessons for assessment. When we look at digital lessons our goal is to meet the standards, and the tools we choose should help us enhance, extend and reinforce the material. This is an excellent example and a rubric is included.


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Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School - Forbes

Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School - Forbes | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it
Be aware of the insidious and unspoken lessons you learned as a child. To thrive in the world outside the classroom, you’re going to have to unlearn them. Dangerous things you were taught in school: 1.
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Favorite Motivational, Educational Videos for Professional Development

Favorite Motivational, Educational Videos for Professional Development | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Favorite Motivational and Funny Videos for Educators


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Stages of Learning – Knowing your Learners » Universally Designed

Stages of Learning – Knowing your Learners » Universally Designed | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Jason Gibson makes some important points about how to meet the need of ALL learners.  First and foremost, know your learners before you decide on an instructional  strategy and the technology you may use.  How do you do this?  Use the UDL Class Learning Profile.

 

"I wanted to share a foundational principle for meeting the needs of ALL learners. Before you select the technology, you must identify the strategy. Before you select the strategy, you have to know where your learners are in regards to the content/skill you are teaching! Knowing this will allow you to make the best instructional (including when, what, and how with technology) decision for each learner. Haring, et al., 1978 was one of the earliest to dive into these stages and it has moved forward with a few minor changes through the years. Here they are (drumroll please!): Acquisition, Fluency, Maintenance, and Generalization."


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UDL Principle 1 - Multiple Means of Representation - Matt Bergman's UDL for ALL

UDL Principle 1 - Multiple Means of Representation - Matt Bergman's UDL for ALL | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

"Our brain's recognition system helps us gather information and categorize it through what we see, hear, and read. When we recognize letters, words, or a particular writing style, we are using this part of our brain. So how do we help students learn with this part of our brain? When we present information in different ways, we stimulate our student's senses and their learning experience."

 

Matt Bergman includes a set of online tools that supports UDL Principle 1 that aligns to the related guidelines.

 

Thank you Matt for this great resource on multiple means of representation!


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What Can Schools Learn from Best Buy's Continuing Troubles? - The Tempered Radical

What Can Schools Learn from Best Buy's Continuing Troubles? - The Tempered Radical | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

If Best Buy improved their customer experience, had employees with more training, and concentrated on selling less products would they be more successful?

 

If public schools improved their ability to reach all diverse learners, invested in their staff, and concentrated on helping students learn core subjects and apply their knowledge would they be more successful?

 

Read this recent blog from The Tempered Radical.

 

                                      – Charmaine

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Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really.

Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Grant Wiggins asks us to question what we know about curriculum in this piece...what would happen if we made a significan shift in how we look at curriculum?

 

"What if the earth moves and the sun is at rest? What if gravity is just a special case of space-time? Following both counter-intuitive premises revolutionized science and ushered in the modern world. Could a similar counter-intuitive thought experiment advance education from where I believe we are currently stuck? I believe so."

 

Wow!  What a thought-provoking piece!  I encourage you to read this and then share with colleagues.

 

                                                                 – Charmaine


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Shafeeq Husain's curator insight, September 26, 2015 11:06 PM

What else could a curriculum be, other than parcelling out learning in clear and logically-sequenced elements. 

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Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Are you looking for a rubric that would help evaluate educational apps? This article shares a number of rubrics looking at various aspects related to apps such as relevance, customization, thinking skills, engagement, sharing and more. Questions are posed that will make you consider what you want to do with the app, to see if it will meet the intended purpose and the needs of the student. 


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BYOD in the 21st Century

Wondering what BYOD means or if your school is ready for it? In this 8-minute Pedagogical Quickie, some of the many advantages and limitations of his concept for education are presented.

 


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Stacey Marten's curator insight, March 11, 2013 12:50 AM

Cute cartoon figures combined with a Star Trek analogy is a recipe for success. Thanks for passing on this BYOD gem.

Loretta VU's curator insight, April 25, 2015 3:01 AM

This is a very interesting video and raises some good questions but working in a school that is currently implementing a BYOD policy all we are seeing are students using their technology for social interactions and gaming. 

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Discovery Education: Curiosity in the Classroom

Discovery Education: Curiosity in the Classroom | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Spark curiosity in the classroom -- Discovery Education and Intel have teamed up to create Curiosity in the Classroom, a website designed to bring teachers, students and families on a journey through life's biggest questions.

 


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How Inclusive Are Preschools?

How Inclusive Are Preschools? | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

6.4% of preschoolers have been identified as having special needs. Research has made it clear of the benefits to many preschoolers of being in inclusive preschool settings.

 

Interesting, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in Washington DC defines inclusive preschool programs as ones having at least 50% of the participants not having special needs.

 

I would say an inclusive preschool would have the natural proportions of children with and without special needs, about 6% percent of the preschoolers would have special needs and about 94% of the students would not have special needs.

 

I remember when my son, Dylan was 3 years old and we thought it would be more appropriate for him to attend a community preschool class, vs. the district's special education preschool program that had a 50:50 ratio of students with and without special needs.

 

My husband and I had many meetings with the school staff about Dylan's placement. The school and district staff were recomending their special education preschool program. They believed their specially trained staff could best meet Dylan's needs. My husband and I contended that Dylan would learn much more with typical peers.

 

Finally, after not being able to resolve the issue of Least Restrictive Environment we filed for a due process hearing. Thankfully, we were able to reach a settlement in mediation. Guess where Dylan went to preschool?

 

It was Mother Goose's Preschool, a terrific community preschool with dedicated, caring teachers and typical peers. Dylan was the only preschooler with an idenitifed disability. Dylan had wonderful experiences there, learned a lot, and made friends he is still in touch with, 20 years later!

 

This was Dylan's first inclusive classroom experience.  He continued being a full time member of general education classrooms for kindergarten through high school.  After graduation he audited classes at the University of Colorado for four years.  His successful inclusive education, which began in preschool has shaped the person he is today!

 

                          – Charmaine

                          www.visionsandvoicestogether.com

 

 

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Reminder: Mastery and Performance are NOT the Same Thing [Slide] | transformED

Reminder: Mastery and Performance are NOT the Same Thing [Slide] | transformED | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Are students inspired to learn, or are they spending their time chasing after the answer the teacher is expecting?

 

                                   - Charmaine

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Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating

Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

What would happen if you were to flip Bloom's Taxonomy, if you were to start with the most complex skills at the base and move to the least complex? Shelley Wright raises this issue stating "Many teachers in many classrooms spend the majority of their time in the basement of the taxonomy, never really addressing or developing the higher order thinking skills that kids need to develop. We end up with rote and boring classrooms. Rote and boring curriculum. Much of today’s standardized testing rigorously tests the basement, further anchoring the focus of learning at the bottom steps, which is not beneficial for our students." She then goes on to ask if this "creates the impresson that there is a scarcity of creativity..."

An article that is sure to have you questioning your thoughts on Bloom's Taxonomy and perhaps change the way you teach in your classroom.


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Where’s the Beef? Adding Rigor to Student Digital Products

"When you reflect on digital products in your classrooms or see student work created with technology tools at conferences, try to peer past the technology glitz and ask questions about rigor. Does the content have substance worth sharing? Are your students’ digital products demonstrating what they know and deeply understand about the topic beyond existing facts? Or are their digital products primarily demonstrating the exploration and acquisition of technology skills?"


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The Socratic Process – 6 Steps of Questioning (infographic)

The Socratic Process – 6 Steps of Questioning (infographic) | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

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Belonging and Becoming

Belonging and Becoming | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Every day, teachers open their classroom doors to students with diverse strengths and needs. There is no prerequisite to belong; show up for school and you belong!

 

Teachers provide engaging lessons with appropriate instruction so every student can actively participate and become valued and respected learners.

 

Unfortunately, many students who are labeled with disabilities are not welcome in the general education classroom, and they’re not seen as competent learners...

 

Continue reading the rest of the article and the complete newsletter by clicking on the headline above.

 

                                                                   – Charmaine

                                                                       www.visionsandvoicestogether.com

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UDL Principle 2 - Multiple Means of Action and Expression - Matt Bergman's UDL for ALL

UDL Principle 2 - Multiple Means of Action and Expression - Matt Bergman's UDL for ALL | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

"Our brain's Strategic network helps students answer the "how" of learning through organizing, evaluating, planning and performing tasks. When our students have the opportunity to express their learning in different ways, they are finding different ways of action and expression. For example, students could write an essay, give a PowerPoint, or create a podcast about a particular concept."

 

Matt Bergman includes online resources that support UDL Principle 2 with alignment to the specific guidelines under this principle.

 


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The Difference Between UDL and DI

The Difference Between UDL and DI | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

What is the difference between Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction (DI)?  In this  explanation it appears that UDL often empowers the learner than relying on the modifications by the teacher.

 

"The significant differences between UDL and DI tend to dwell within the world of the how and when in addressing the diversity of the student and classroom. DI is the modification of the curriculum in order to properly educate the student with his/her specific learning needs or preferences. UDL contrasts this because it addresses the diversity of the student at the construction of the curriculum. UDL also integrates the methods for DI within the lesson or curriculum allowing the student the ability to become more educationally aware so that they are in command of their own education rather than having to rely on the possible crutch of the modifications made by the educator."


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DailyGood: The Importance of Imagination, by Esha Chhabra

DailyGood: The Importance of Imagination, by Esha Chhabra | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

"Imaginations challenge the norm, push boundaries, and help us progress."

 

What "impossible" things have you believed today?

 

                                              – Charmaine

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Five-Minute Film Festival: TED Talks for Teachers | Edutopia

Five-Minute Film Festival: TED Talks for Teachers | Edutopia | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Wouldn't it be great to see some outstanding examples of inclusive education on TED-ED?

 

Nominate a teacher and the TED team will work with him/her to record the segment.  Pretty cool.

 

                            - Charmaine

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