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The 21st Century Principal: 6 Strategies to Make Your School of District’s Office Paperless

This morning’s #satchat turned to a discussion about using technology to make the school administrator’s office paperless. I have actually always been “less paperful,” if I may coin a term, than other administrators because it is a by-product of relying heavily on technology, which I always have. I won’t go into the rationale for why one would want to have a paperless office because I think the reasons for doing so are rather obvious. Instead, let me just list some of my own practices that have facilitated being paperless as an administrator.
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Is the Internet changing how we read and think? What are the implications for those with dyslexia? For educators? (Find me on TWITTER: https://twitter.com/cdcowen. See my other SCOOP-IT pages http://www.scoop.it/t/dyslexia-diablogue-ida-examiner AND http://www.scoop.it/t/dyslexia-literacy )
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Why Don't Social Scientists Want To Be Read? - Neuroskeptic

Why Don't Social Scientists Want To Be Read? - Neuroskeptic | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Here’s the abstract of a paper just out called In pursuit of leanness: The management of appearance, affect and masculinities within a men’s weight loss forum. In a somatic society which promotes visible, idealized forms of embodiment, men are increasingly being interpellated [sic] as image-conscious body-subjects. Some research suggests that men negotiate appearance issues in …
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New Approach to Designing Ed Tech @CAST_UDL @iplante @lawrenceschool @ryan_Masa @cdcowen

New Approach to Designing Ed Tech @CAST_UDL @iplante @lawrenceschool @ryan_Masa @cdcowen | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
The crew at CAST felt that traditional lesson plans built around print were leaving too many kids out, frustrating some students while boring others.

So they flipped their approach. Rather than help individual students plug back into the classroom, they set out to transform the classroom itself. They built software and digital tools to pack lessons with flexibility, offering every student multiple ways to learn and to express that learning—including print, speech, graphics, music, and interactive games, among others. They called their new mission “universal design for learning,” and a movement was born. Spurred by the rapid advance of computers and broadband Internet in schools, UDL initiatives have sprung up in nearly every state in the last five years.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 23, 11:06 PM

Loved this post--CAST is once again blazing new trails.- Lou

 

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"Rose’s favorite new CAST projects is called Udio (the name’s a mash of UDL and studio), an online reading curriculum funded by the Department of Education. It’s aimed at kids in middle school, the grades where struggling readers start running into trouble in nearly every subject.

Standard reading supports focus on things like phonics and building vocabulary with simple sentences. The problem is that struggling readers aren’t the same as beginning readers. Research shows that these students feel a palpable sense of dread when asked to read a passage of text, measured as a physical stress reaction of sweaty palms and a rapid heart rate. “You realize, oh my God, these kids aren’t even in the same classroom. They’re in the savanna with hungry lions prowling, and you’re trying to teach them phonics,” says Rose.

“We’re not saying that intensive interventions for reading skills, like phonics, decoding, and fluency, aren’t needed,” adds Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann, CAST’s co-president and director of the Udio project. “But you can’t get traction with those skills unless you practice. And you have to practice with ardent intent. You have to want to do it.”

  
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Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
With information technology poised to transform degrees, students will be able to acquire credentials at a fraction of today’s costs.
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The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic

The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it

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Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, January 29, 9:37 PM

This is a great resource.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, January 30, 11:41 AM

Flujos de Información: Infografía Interactiva 

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8 Tools to Help Optimize Your SEO

8 Tools to Help Optimize Your SEO | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
SEO has become a cornerstone in content marketing campaigns as businesses look to establish a presence on the Internet. However, SEO is about more than just making sure you have the appropriate keywords placed in landing pages and blog posts. Search engines are getting smarter – specifically Google – which is constantly trying to keep the playing field leveled with every new update.
Google’s goal is to ensure that Web surfers are getting quality results each time they submit a search query, and you need to keep these guidelines in mind to make sure your company site actually reaches your target audience. That being said, it helps to know how to optimize your SEO strategy to make sure that you’re always tapping into the potential of the Web. Here are eight tools you can use to enhance your current SEO plan.
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Bloom's digital taxonomy Wheel and Knowledge Dimension

Bloom's digital taxonomy Wheel and Knowledge Dimension | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Very impressive digital animation, a must see...

 

Here the link: http://eductechalogy.org/swfapp/blooms/wheel/engage.swf

 


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Roberto Ivan Ramirez's curator insight, July 16, 2014 3:35 PM

La rueda taxonómica se irá enriqueciendo en la medida que las TIC sigan su propia evolución creativa e innovadora en lel proceso de implementación, evaluación y seguimiento en los entornos de aprendizaje físicos, virtuales y mixtos.

Al Post's curator insight, July 29, 2014 5:32 PM

Pretty cool...interactive Adobe Flash site. Click on an area to see additional information.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, July 31, 2014 7:20 PM

http://eductechalogy.org/swfapp/blooms/wheel/engage.swf

 

Interactive animation that breaks down the 'wheel' - includes suggested 'tools' that could be used for different related activities.

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30 Kids Walk into a Classroom, What Happens Next Will Change the Future of Business

30 Kids Walk into a Classroom, What Happens Next Will Change the Future of Business | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Whenever you see a group of kids frantically engaging with their mobile screens instead of looking at or talking to one another, it’s easy to brush it off because it’s not you or criticize their
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U.S. Students Score Above Average on First PISA Problem-Solving Exam

U.S. Students Score Above Average on First PISA Problem-Solving Exam | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
U.S. students scored above average on the first PISA assessment of creative problem solving but still lagged behind top-performing nations.
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Sociologists find emerging condition, 'cyberasociality' | Cornell Chronicle

Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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I can't figure out whether or not to take this seriously, but the points about dyslexia and the role of the environment in defining a "disability" are well taken.

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Five Myths About International Large-Scale Assessments

Five Myths About International Large-Scale Assessments | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Laura C. Engel and Michael J. Feuer of The George Washington University debunk five prevailing myths about international large-scale assessments (ILSAs).
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How to take advantage of the brain's preference of visual content & stories

How to take advantage of the brain's preference of visual content & stories | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
To make your Content Marketing work stand out you need to combine visual elements through storytelling. Read to learn more on data visualization.

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This, of course, applies to any messaging effort, not just marketing.

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Karen Ostenried's curator insight, March 12, 2014 8:09 PM

Remember people learn from you in 3 ways, audibly, visually and kinaesthetically. Which is why what you do with your body including your face is also so critical. 

Dave Wood's curator insight, March 14, 2014 6:58 PM

The first 2 sentences of this article sum it all up:

"On average, your readers will only read 28% of the words on a page.

Can you tell your whole story in 2-3 sentences? Probably not."

 

As graphic/visual coaches this reinforces the value of recording and working through visuals to support and enhance  the normal  talking and  note taking.

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, March 15, 2014 1:26 PM

Para aumentar a retenção na aprendizagem, a combinação de imagens e contação de histórias ainda são técnincas campeãs. Vamos pratica-las nas acoes educacionais ? 

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TY! @ATDyslexia 4 Intro 2:Google's Dyslexia Resources | @lawrenceschool @cdcowen @ryan_masa @_CLCook

TY! @ATDyslexia 4 Intro 2:Google's Dyslexia Resources |   @lawrenceschool @cdcowen @ryan_masa @_CLCook | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
This is the first article in a four-part series exploring how Google has entered the AT world and become a great option for students with dyslexia. It will explain the basics of how Google’s Chrome browser can be used in various ways to help with reading and writing. The second part will look at specific Chrome extensions that work in conjunction with various websites and the education tools of Google Drive. The third part will explain specific Chrome apps that can accommodate language difficulties. Finally, the fourth part will explore add-ons to Google Docs that can help with various writing and study skills.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 24, 12:35 PM

Thank you Jamie!

Lawrence now has introduced Chromebooks into our middle school. The google environment offers several robust strategies and tools to support students with dyslexia. As you point out, these are not device specific.  The bottom line has always been that technology is not a solution--it is a strategy or a tool.  At the same time, when we have the right strategy and the rights tools, the solution is within our grasp!--Lou

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No, Instagram Is Not Bigger Than Twitter

No, Instagram Is Not Bigger Than Twitter | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Facebook isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Instagram. The photo-sharing network, acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012, announced Wednesday that 300 million people now use the site each month. That’s up from 200 million just nine months ago—an astonishing growth rate for such a large service. It’s still...
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Written by Will Oremus of Slate (and son of my great friend, Earl Oremus!). 

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Dyslexia in the Digital World - Decoding Dyslexia | HealthCosmos

Dyslexia in the Digital World - Decoding Dyslexia | HealthCosmos | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Watch Dyslexia in the Digital World video and enter HealthCosmos for many more Dyslexia videos made by our experts and patients to provide you with all the information you need.
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Content Curation: The Art of a Curated Post [Infographic] | Content Marketing Forum

Content Curation: The Art of a Curated Post [Infographic] | Content Marketing Forum | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
What should a curated piece of content look like? Paint the perfect post with these five elements.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, January 15, 8:59 AM

Curation is something I have been slowly learning to do better and I really enjoyed the tips given in this infographic. Anyone using these tips already?

Gina Tucker's curator insight, January 15, 8:33 PM

How to maximize the imapct of your curated post! 

Liliana Suleiman's curator insight, January 19, 4:26 AM

#ContentCuration made simple.

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Design Beautiful Ebooks Using Powerpoint

Design Beautiful Ebooks Using Powerpoint | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
You don't have to have an art degree to make a beautiful Ebook! Here's how to do it in four, simple steps.

You spend a lot of time making sure the content that goes into your Ebooks is unique and of high quality, right? So why wouldn’t you do the same with your Ebook design?


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Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 29, 2014 10:33 PM

Using PowerPoint no less. 

Linda Jones's curator insight, August 1, 2014 11:47 AM

Looks interesting. 

Tony Guzman's curator insight, August 11, 2014 11:30 AM

Great tips to help you create an eBook via PowerPoint.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Science of Storytelling

INFOGRAPHIC: The Science of Storytelling | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Brand storytelling is big - and getting bigger. As we're all geeky about the content, stories and ideas that brands publish we thought we'd take a look at the

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Nacho Vega's curator insight, July 3, 2014 5:37 PM

Keep it short!

Edgar Mata's curator insight, July 5, 2014 1:37 PM

Cuenta cuentos

Miguel A. de Jesus's curator insight, July 6, 2014 12:16 AM

Great Infographic about the affects of Storytelling on the Brain .

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Maryanne Wolf: Teachers - YouTube

"Dyslexic Advantage - UCSF Scientific Symposium: Dyslexia Beyond Reading: Memory, Cognition, Expertise, and Innovation - Dr. Maryanne Wolf discusses some of the behaviors all parents can employ to help their child become a successful reader. Wolf also emphasizes how important it is for parents to realize the positive impact they can have on their child at a young age."


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Lou Salza's curator insight, May 10, 2014 10:55 AM

In less than two minutes with Maryanne Wolf; more wisdom than we find in two hours elsewhere.---Lou

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3 Ways to Use QR Codes to Connect School and Home

3 Ways to Use QR Codes to Connect School and Home | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Print communications can be enhanced with this digital barcode-like technology.
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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it

Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading

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What if there were no public schools?

What if there were no public schools? | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
It might not be as bad as you think
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A well written essay and intriguing thought experiment. 

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Social Media Network Guide (Dos / Don'ts) 2014

Social Media Network Guide (Dos / Don'ts) 2014 | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
Click here for a larger view!While the jury’s still out on a better way to pluralize don’t, it’s a very useful graphic. We’ve taken a look at 11 major Social Media networks and explain various ways
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Paul's curator insight, March 31, 2014 8:12 AM

Really useful reference chart 

Tom Pick's curator insight, April 2, 2014 8:13 AM

Great list, helpful reference to keep and share.

Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 4, 2014 5:46 AM

A look at 11 major Social Media networks and how they can be optimised for business. The Social Networks included in the infographic are:

 

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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology | Dyslexia, Literacy, and New-Media Literacy | Scoop.it
A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students' intellectual and cognitive development.  Too often individual learner's needs do not enter into...

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David Baker's curator insight, March 15, 2014 7:21 PM

This is the second perspective on Maslow's hierarchy I have seen in the past few weeks.  As we try to make learning more rigorous and more inclusive for all students the importance of meeting student needs in a variety of ways is very important.  This must include Social/emotional as well as technological.  

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 18, 2014 4:42 AM

A fresh perspective on Maslow's Pyramid of Needs

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 2014 5:43 PM

I really like this pyramid. It certainly makes the psychology of learning clear.