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Language and digital identity

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More human beings can write and type their every thought than ever before in history. Something to celebrate or deplore?

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This is a great read.  It really got me thinking about how life and education has changed over time.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 29, 2013 4:54 PM

This isn't specifically about learning, but it's still a really good read.

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With a barrage of comunication outlets and a time slate that is often fragmented like a broken mirror, the de-evolution of longform thought and speech is a new bedfellow---but don't worry; he doesn't take up much room.

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Visual Schedules

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A visual schedule can help special education teachers prepare their students to be ready to learn.
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This will help students begin to develop an understanding of simple routines and familiar tasks as identified in the Systems outcome within the curriculum documents.

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Mary McLaren's comment, June 9, 2013 1:45 AM
I agree that visual schedules definitely help special needs students to cope with the rigid scheduling of schools. I am currently in the process of making one based on photographs rather then illustrations that can be used for choosing an activity, for example painting, iPad or Lego. Some of the illustrated ones are a bit vague for non-verbal students.
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Lesson 8: Design Briefs

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I have recently been introduced to the concept of a design brief and I must say i was impressed.  This site captures the effectiveness of using design briefs in the classroom to allow students to 'discover' their learning.

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James Buchanan's curator insight, May 12, 2013 12:30 AM

Problem solving can be seen as exercise for the critical brain. Design briefs can be used to pose a problem, but they have to be written effectively to be effective. This site offers a quick lesson in how to write a design brief, but the real trick is coming up with an authentic problem to solve. Design briefs will take practice and it may pay to build a database of design briefs for use in technology education. It is always interesting to see the variety of different solutions that children think of to the same problem.

 

Rebecca Ferlazzo's curator insight, May 12, 2013 3:56 AM

Design briefs. Help or hinderance in a classroom? While they can be a helpful and creative way for students to learn can they become a hinderance if they are not effectively written, clearly stated and directs or poorly designed? 

Joanne's curator insight, June 7, 2013 11:11 PM

This resource has been rescooped from my PLN, as I felt this is a vital skill that I need to develop. The lesson plan focuses on developing appropriate design briefs for technology students. The site provides activities that assist the user to determine the appropriateness of task statements for activities, formats for design briefs and various examples of design briefs.

This resource is a valuable tool in assisting tecahers to write effective design briefs that have a clear task statement and evaluation process.

The Draft Technolgies curriculum states that all young Australians should develop a critical appreciation of the processes through which technologies are developed, they will do this by evaluating how their own solutions and those of others affect users, equity, sustainability, ethics, and personal and social values (ACARA, 2013).

As teachers if we provide students with challenging and effectively written design briefs we will be better eqipped to contribute to achieving this goal.

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Mrs. Fitzpatrick's Blog: It's Snowing!

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I thought this was a great idea for a lesson outside the classroom in regards to decision making and routines.

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Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill for Everyone

Preparing students for their future in a rapidly changing world. A video from ISTE, CSTA, and NSF.


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Peter Albion's curator insight, February 16, 2013 10:20 PM

ISTE is promoting computational thinking as a skill for the digital age. That's a close match for at least some of what we can expect to see in the digital technologies strand in the Australian Curriculum: Technologies. This short clip is a useful pointer to the skills that might be important in the near future.

Ms Rachael's comment, March 9, 2013 6:45 PM
Students in special education need to be accomodated for within the curriculum, including the technology strands. This is one resource that may assist teachers with ideas around teaching special education students the skills surrounding digital technologies
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Perspectives on implementing a new technology syllabus in Queensland schools | ACQUIRE Repository (3.4.3)

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Using the Internet and Social Media to Enhance Social-Emotional Learning

Using the Internet and Social Media to Enhance Social-Emotional Learning | Teaching Technology in Special Education | Scoop.it
The news media is filled with horror stories about young people and the Internet, but what is often overlooked and not reported are the benefits that technology, the Internet, and Social media have...
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Language and digital identity

Language and digital identity | Teaching Technology in Special Education | Scoop.it
More human beings can write and type their every thought than ever before in history. Something to celebrate or deplore?

Via Nik Peachey
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This is a great read.  It really got me thinking about how life and education has changed over time.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 29, 2013 4:54 PM

This isn't specifically about learning, but it's still a really good read.

Vloasis's curator insight, May 29, 2013 7:10 PM

With a barrage of comunication outlets and a time slate that is often fragmented like a broken mirror, the de-evolution of longform thought and speech is a new bedfellow---but don't worry; he doesn't take up much room.

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25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher

25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher | Teaching Technology in Special Education | Scoop.it
25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher
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Ms Rachael's comment, May 30, 2013 7:45 PM
Really? I pose the question can the internet/google really change the way we teach and learn for the better? Now that the internet is so prelevant in our lives do we depend on it too much?
Mary McLaren's comment, June 9, 2013 1:42 AM
I found that a lot of the tips are really about accessing and organizing resources and information. It may not change the way you teach so much, but I think it will make you a better teacher to have clearly organized resources at your fingertips. I also like the collaborative ideas such as sharing your students' artwork in Google Art Project or using Google moderator or voice to get feedback from students.
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Mrs Helen Knowler - Graduate School of Education

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University of Bristol - person profile - Graduate School of Education - Mrs Helen Knowler -
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Interesting site for special education teachers in regards to inclusive classroom settings accross the entire curriculum.

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Color Psychology

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Maybe the colour of the classroom walls could change the mood of students within a special education classroom.  This could be used as a discussion starter around likes and dislikes with the students in the class.  Do they like the white walls of the classroom? Why, why not?  The students could then move onto creating an art piece reflecting their mood/feelings.

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Technology

Technology involves the design, engineering and production of innovative and creative products to meet the needs and wants of others.
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As you can see technology is not simply computers and ICT.  It has a much larger range.  Implementing the technology strand of the curriculum requires an understanding of what technology is. 

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How do special education students benefit from technology?

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Ms Rachael's comment, May 30, 2013 7:46 PM
This is more about ho digital technology can assist with teaching and learning in a special needs classroom. However still a good read with some great tips.