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Vocabulary Cartoons - Learn a word a minute and never forget it!

Vocabulary Cartoons - Learn a word a minute and never forget it! | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Don't you love finding cool, new-to-you resources?

 

Vocabulary Cartoons can help students from the elementary level up to students about to take the SAT.

 

Humorous cartoons, rhyming link words and mneumonics are use to strengthen vocabulary skills.

 

                                    – Charmaine

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Look Back, Plan Forward Person-Centered Planning Tool

Look Back, Plan Forward Person-Centered Planning Tool | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

There are no coincidences...  here is a great planning tool for aging family members. 

My mom has been living with us for a couple of years and this will be so helpful!

 

Do you know someone who can use this?  Pass it on.

 

                                                    – Charmaine

 

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Virtual Manipulatives for iPad - App Store

Virtual Manipulatives for iPad - App Store | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

This is a great alternative to physical fraction bars. The virtual bars allow for more flexibility and provide options that physical pieces cannot.

 

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Development of Learning Theories |Centre for Research on Networked Learning and Knowledge Building

Development of Learning Theories |Centre for Research on Networked Learning and Knowledge Building | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Centre for Research on Networked Learning and Knowledge Building: Scientific background - University of Helsinki, Finland. Networked Learning explored. New metaphors of learning: going beyond constructivism - learning as knowledge acquisition, participation, knowledge creation, progressive inquiry; knowledge building, collaborative nature of learning and cognitive growth. A really worthwhile read!

 

                                                     – Charmaine

 


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Indiana Assistive Technology Blog

Indiana Assistive Technology Blog | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Mark your calendars for Fridays!  You can hear two pod casts each Friday about Assistive Technology and be in the loop for the latest AT devices and services for your child/students.

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Why You Need To Use Storytelling For Learning

Why You Need To Use Storytelling For Learning | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it
Storytelling can capture the imagination of an audience. Find out why.

 

I loved reading this article!  I encourage you to learn how powerful stories can be.

 

                   – Charmaine


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Widget- Point

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Looking for a way to make websites more accessible for visual learners?

 

Widget-Point is an online tool that can be used when the internet user is unsure of what a word means.  One can just hoover over any word and a symbol will appear to give a visual representation of the word.

 

Thanks to a fellow Scoop.it! blogger, Communica8GH for sharing this resource.

 

                                      – Charmaine

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WednesdayswithSam

WednesdayswithSam | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

 Integrating technology:  everything from art ideas to writing lessons.  Teachers, students and parents will want to refer to this blog for useful resources, links and project ideas!

 

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The Montessori Mafia

The Montessori Mafia | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it
Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that Montessori alumni lead two of the world’s most innovative companies. Or perhaps the Montessori Mafia of can provide lessons for us all even though it’s too late for most of us to attend Montessori.

 

Children following their curiosity, being self-motivated, encouraged to discovery their own learning...foundations of the Montessori approach...how can this be achieved in our public schools?

 

"Most highly creative achievers don't begin with brilliant ideas, they discover them."

 

Are we encouraging students enough to discover?

 

Click on the speech bubble icon in the lower right corner to add your comments.

 

                               – Charmaine

 

 

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Demibooks® Composer for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Demibooks® Composer for iPad on the iTunes App Store | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Create your own interactive books with this FREE (introductory price), easy to use iPad app. 

 

Add animation, sounds, images, and visual effects using the step by step directions.

 

Don't worry, you don't need any coding/programming experience to design your first book. 

 

You can even publish your book to the App Store.

 

Parents can write books for their children, teachers can publish books on a variety of professional development topics, or motivate students to become authors of their own interactive books!

 

What other ways can you think of to use this free app?  Click on the speech bubble icon in the bottom right corner to share your ideas.

 

                              – Charmaine

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Tikatok Across the Curriculum

Tikatok Across the Curriculum | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Writing lessons and project ideas for your K-8 classroom.

This free monthly series of activities, project ideas and learner worksheets integrates writing across a variety of subjects from maths, science, social studies, art, and more.

 

 

 

Bookmark this website and continue getting additional ideas every month.

 

                                         – Charmaine


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Caught in The Web?

Caught in The Web? | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

As parents or teachers, let’s focus on meeting the needs of students while simultaneously providing encouragement for students to dream, wonder, explore, discover, think for themselves, and more. And let’s provide each student with whatever tools are needed to ensure successful learning.

 

Click and read about new tools in my September Visions and Voices Together newsletter!  http://www.visionsandvoicestogether.com/newsletters

 

Click on the speech bubble icon in the bottom right corner to share what resource tools you have found helpful.

 

Become a Follower of this blog, just click on the blue Follow button in the top right.

 

                                            – Charmaine

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Sensational Senses

Sensational Senses | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Did you know most of the incoming information to your brain is discarded after 15-20 seconds, unless it is relevant or interesting to you?

 

Hopefully, you haven’t discarded this post yet!  You don't want to miss out on learning how a snake can be comforting for some students or why a slice of lime can make a world of difference in the school cafeteria!

 

All learners learn in different ways, relying on different senses. The more information is coming in through a variety of senses, the more likely it is that students will find some of it relevant or interesting.

 

The following tips are to stimulate your creativity – how can you introduce new concepts or skills through a variety of senses? Or how can you meet some of your students sensory needs so they are able to find the information you are teaching to be relevant or interesting.

 

VISION:

 

* Consider using photographs instead of PCS or icons. Some students will relate more to actual photos for their visual schedules instead of other images. Make it even more engaging by having the student take the digital photos.

 

* Comic formatted books can be very motivating for middle school students to read. An app for the iPad, Middle School Confidential: Be Confident in Who You Are addresses many subjects (i.e. liking who you are, not worrying about what others think, what to do when feeling stressed) that are on the minds of middle schoolers.

 

HEARING:

 

* Record social stories for student to listen to at listening center. Use Speech Journal app to combine recorded messages with your own images.

 

* Incorporate music to help with classroom transitions. This can be as simple as playing instrumental music, or teaching the students songs to sing when changing activities.

 

SMELL:

 

* A friend made a weighted snake for her son to wear around his shoulders to give him sensory input. She added the sense of smell by sewing the snake out of one her old bed sheets. Her son loves the comfort of “smelling” his mom at school.

 

* You’ve probably heard of cleaning your palate before courses at a formal dinner party. Did you know there is a way to clear the olfactory palate? How you ask? Put a cut up lime in a baggie and have your child smell it. This can be helpful if all of the smells in a school lunchroom are overwhelming.

 

TASTE:

 

* Some students love to explore objects by tasting them, chewing on them, and/or just putting them in their mouths. Instead of telling the students to stop this behavior, give them an alternative to chew on. It can be as simple as a piece of gum, or a piece of chew jewelry.

 

* It is fun to connect traditional recipes when studying different countries or cultures. For students who have reading challenges, or students learning English as a second language it may be challenging for them to follow a written recipe. There are some visual cookbooks available, but many times they do not contain the recipe the student wants to make. An alternative is to take photos of a person preparing the desired dish and begin making a customized cookbook!

 

TOUCH:

 

* Teachers have been providing fidget items (i.e. squishy ball, Silly Putty, variety of fabrics, etc.) for students to use to help them regulate. Chances are there are probably other children in the class that could also benefit from having a fidget item. Go to your nearest dollar store and purchase a variety of fidget items so you have enough for whole class. Put the items in a tub, bucket, or other storage container and offer them to any student.

 

* Continue providing math manipulatives so students can learn mathematics by doing mathematics. Even middle school students can benefit from having objects to help them move from the concrete to abstract levels of understanding. The brain is constantly looking for patterns; the use of manipulatives helps the student see the patterns.

 

How else can you incorporate Sensational Senses in your lessons? Click on the speech bubble icon below to post a comment.

 

                                  – Charmaine

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Inclusion: The Right Thing for All Students – SchoolBook

Inclusion: The Right Thing for All Students – SchoolBook | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Cheryl Jorgensen, faculty member at the Institute on Disability addresses the need for schools to be restructured so all children can be presumed competent and educated with their peers.

 

Read her Open Letter to the chief academic officer of New York City Schools.

 

Click the blue Follow button in the top right corner and join us as we share resources about making differences in the lives of children.

 

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Talk About a Road Trip!

Talk About a Road Trip! | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

 

Taking 27 second graders on a field trip from Colorado to Kenya was quite the experience! But what an engaging way to incorporate all academic subjects, the arts, and appreciate a new culture!

 

First, students wrote letters to their parents explaining where we were going, what we would be learning, and asking their permission to go. A few students were hesitant about flying over an ocean and being gone from home for so long. However, the excitement from the others convinced them it would be awesome!

 

Our math lessons centered around calculating the costs of the trip, miles we would travel, the time difference, schedules for each day, and money exchange.

 

We read books about Kenya, wrote stories of what we were most interested in seeing, created a class book of folklore stories from Kenya, and applied for passports.

 

Our trip was supported by all the specialists, my students created African art, performed African music, learned traditional Kenyan games in P.E. and researched topics in the media center and computer lab.

 

The weeks of preparation for our field trip extraordinaire to Kenya were some of the happiest memories of my career! Parents could not believe how motivated their children were to learn about a new country and how many reading, writing and math skills were incorporated. Of course the students were so exuberant and counting down the days until we would board our plane and travel to a new continent!

 

Oh, a minor detail, did I mention that this was a virtual field trip?

 

We did all of the activities I described. However, our plane was rows of chairs in our classroom, the flight attendant was the school counselor and the pilot (principal) announced our flight plan over the classroom intercom. The in-flight movie was Lion King and when we “landed” we had to show our class-made passports and exchange our money at the “airport”.

 

We continued learning about Kenya through a virtual safari, virtual tour of Kenya, having conversations with guest speakers, printing photographs of the people and landscapes of Kenya and writing stories of our adventures.

 

Looking for a way to still create the excitement of going on a field trip when the school budget has been cut, how to integrate all subject areas, and motivate students to continue to learn new skills?  Plan a cyberspace field trip!

 

Planning your virtual field trip is important.  You want to have enough pre and post activities to make the virtual field trip meaningful.  Here are some great planning tips.

 http://surfaquarium.com/IT/vftguide.htm

 

Here is a website with several virtual field trips. 

http://www.theteachersguide.com/virtualtours.html

 

After the trip, reflecting on the experience and completing an evaluation can be very helpful.  Here is a sample evaluation tool.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/evaltour.html

 

Consider a virtual field trip! You will be creating lasting memories for your students and yourself!

 

                                                    – Charmaine

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Goodnight iPad: A parody of our digital age | The Mommy Files | an SFGate.com blog

Goodnight iPad: A parody of our digital age | The Mommy Files | an SFGate.com blog | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Goodnight remotes
And Netflix streams,
Androids, apps,
And glowing screens.
Goodnight plugs

 

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DailyGood: A Tokyo Teacher's Lessons in Empathy

DailyGood: A Tokyo Teacher's Lessons in Empathy | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Do we take the time everyday to put aside the books

 

and create a safe place for children to learn heartfelt lessons from each other?

 

This teacher shows us the choices we have in how we encourage students to express themselves and how to model understanding and empathy.

 

Click on the article headline above and then click on "read more" to view the video. 

 

                                                         Charmaine

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Best Ways to Stimulate Creativity | Wisdom a la Carte Blog

Best Ways to Stimulate Creativity | Wisdom a la Carte Blog | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it
Explore 13 ways to stimulate creativity and apply it to writing, your business and your life. Creativity is often a key ingredient to success.

 

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Universally Designing Learning for ALL: Matt Bergman's Ed Tech 2.0 Blog: What's Holding You Back from Using Prezi?

Universally Designing Learning for ALL: Matt Bergman's Ed Tech 2.0 Blog: What's Holding You Back from Using Prezi? | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Tired of seeing and making PowerPoints?  Me too!

 

One of my goals this summer was to create my first Prezi that I could use when I speak at conferences.

 

By the end of August I had made a very basic Prezi.  I need to spend more time developing it before I could actually use it.

 

If you have any tips for us Prezi Novices, please click the speech bubble icon at the bottom right-hand corner and post your tip(s).  Thank you!  Thank you!

 

                               – Charmaine

 

 

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12 Ways to Teach Your Visual Learner | Education.com

12 Ways to Teach Your Visual Learner | Education.com | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

In many ways I am a visual learner.  How about you?

 

This article gives 12 tips in helping children who are visual learners be successful.

 

What tip do you have to share?  Click on the speech bubble icon in the bottom right hand corner and share your ideas!

 

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All Things Pumpkins

All Things Pumpkins | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

If you work with younger children you know how much fun they have with integrated learning.

 

How many subjects can you teach with pumpkins? 

 

You can measure pumpkins, sing songs about them, write pumpkin poetry, cook up yummy pumpkin recipes, learn how they grow, time how fast they can roll down a hill, figure out which gourds roll faster, decorate pumpkins...

 

Want to inject some new fun ideas into your fall lesson plans, check out this website.  Click on the title of the article and get whisked away in a pumpkin carriage!

 

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60 Second Book Hooks [Activity] - The Tempered Radical

60 Second Book Hooks [Activity] - The Tempered Radical | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Motivate students to read more! 

 

Have students write and produce their own video book reviews and recommendations.

 

Click on the title of this article and you will be taken to the original activity and be able to use the handouts to guide students through the writing process and how to upload their book review to YouTube.

 

I could see parent/community volunteers helping with this project, or older students mentoring younger students in producing their "book hooks".  What a great school-wide activity this would be!

 

                     – Charmaine

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daretodifferentiate - Home

daretodifferentiate - Home | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Whether you are new to learning how to differentiate instruction, or you are looking to refine your skills, Dare to Differentiate wiki is a fabulous go-to place!

 

The useful planning tools, variety of strategies, and informative articles will get you excited to make a difference everyday in your classroom.

 

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Special Saturday: Day of Learning

Special Saturday: Day of Learning | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

Looking for a FREE day of Teacher Professional Development?

 

http://simplek12.com/tlc/webinars

 

Keynote and all 6 sessions are FREE

 

Keynote: Own Your Classroom: The Business of 21st Century Teaching

 

Session 1: Jump Start Your Digital Footprint

 

Session 2: Online Activities for Younger Students

 

Session 3: Twitter for Beginners: The Basics of Setting Up Your PLN

 

Session 4: Google+ Guide for Educators

 

Session 5: Keep Yourself Organized with LiveBinders

 

Session 6: Organize and Share Your Favorite Sites with Diigo

 

All of these webinars are free and open to the public,
so make sure to share this registration link with your friends!


http://simplek12.com/tlc/webinars

 

                          – Charmaine

 

 

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Twenty Things I Never Thought I'd Say in an Elementary Classroom | Edutopia

Twenty Things I Never Thought I'd Say in an Elementary Classroom | Edutopia | Beyond Special Education | Scoop.it

You gotta have a sense of humor to be a teacher! 

 

Post some things you never thought you would ever say as a teacher.  Click on the speech bubble icon to post your comments.

 

While you are at it, click on the blue Follow button in the right hand corner and stay with us!

 

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