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Dyslexia & related topics in literacy, learning differences, and neuroscience. (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-and-new-media-literacy)
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Cogmed improves working memory scores but not attention or academic skills « Understanding Minds : Blog

Cogmed improves working memory scores but not attention or academic skills « Understanding Minds : Blog | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it

ADHD and learning disabilities (LD) co-exist in many children. Many of these students have problems with working memory. Although a little crude, the best description I have for working memory is that it is a set of cognitive functions that help you keep your s@#* together while performing a complex task.

Working memory predicts parent ratings of inattentive behaviours and has been found to be below average in LD and ADHD samples in a large number of studies. It has also been shown to be a predictor of academic success. Previously it had been thought that working memory was a fixed trait. However, recent evidence (see for e.g., Klingberg, 2010; Klingberg et al., 2005) is suggesting that it can be modified via a computerised memory training program called Cogmed. Note that the claim has been that Cogmed improves working memory when all we can really conclude is that a period of training using the program leads to improved scores on tests of working memory. There is an important difference between these two claims.

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Cogmed working memory training: Does it actually work? The debate continues…

Cogmed working memory training: Does it actually work? The debate continues… | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it

The debate goes on .... New article concludes that evidence does not support the claims of Cogmed Working Memory Training.

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Neuroscientific studies of intervention for language impairment in ...

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Worth a read: "The Science of Bad Neuroscience"

Worth a read: "The Science of Bad Neuroscience" | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it

One of my all time favourite bloggers, Oxford Neuroscientist Prof. Dorothy Bishop, or DeevyBee as she is known on Twitter has performed an amazing open access lecture focusing largely on the misunderstanding of neuroscience (click down to the “Emanuel Miller Lecture” to play the video). The talk is incredibly informative and digestible, even those with no understanding of neuroscience or psychology whatsoever will take a great deal away. The problem of the poor understanding of neuroscience is one of the main reasons why I started this blog, so if you like this blog then you’ll love this lecture.

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Google Apps Aligned with Bloom's Taxonomy

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Kathy Schrock, has aligned Google Apps with Bloom's Taxonomy. Please visit her site to access the amazing interactive map she has assembled, then submit a quick form to add your ideas and justifications for why you might have students use these tools in the respective cognitive areas in which they appear.


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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it
Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability.

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 In schools across Australia there is strong support for linking learning in Technologies with learning literacy skills. Learning in Technologies places a high priority on accurate and unambiguous communication (ACARA, 2013).Implementing digital technologies in learning areas such as English allows special education teachers to facilitate and accommodate the learning needs of students. This is achieved through integrating assistive devices such as the iPad and its applications to develop critical literacy skills needed in the 21st century.  Consequently special education teacher have a better opportunity to develop important General capabilities such as literacy (LIT) to allows student to become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently for learning and communicating in and out of school and for participating effectively in society (ACARA, 2013).

 

 

This website suggests various applications that can be used on the ipad to assist special needs students. The list of  applications were selected to improve and develop students reading, writing and spelling. They engage the students through making the activities, fun and engaging, which I think is important when teaching special needs students.

Patricia Christian's curator insight, March 22, 8:53 PM

You can never have enough resources to pull from when working with mainstream or challenged students. 

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Why Third Grade Is So Important: The 'Matthew Effect'

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Children who have made the leap to fluent reading will learn exponentially, while those who haven't will slump...
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High-Level Group on Literacy: reading between the lines of literacy policy

High-Level Group on Literacy: reading between the lines of literacy policy | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it
Given the common literacy-related challenges facing Europe and the need for a coherent EU-wide approach to tackle the root causes of this phenomenon, the European Commission decided to seek expert advice. The independent High-Level Group on Literacy – which was chaired by UNESCO's Special Envoy on Literacy and Development, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands – brought together European academics, policy-makers.

Together, the Group's members examined relevant research, consulted leading stakeholders, gathered evidence and analysed successful literacy programmes and policy initiatives from across Europe. Based on this, they mapped Europe's literacy landscape, identified changing needs and requirements, and recommended the best ways of bridging the literacy gap.

 

The report: http://bit.ly/UvRq6r ;


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Steven Spielberg on unlocking 'tremendous mystery' of his dyslexia

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Movies helped Steven Spielberg cope with his dyslexia , the director of "Jaws" and "Schindler's List" said in a rare interview about being diagnosed with the learning disability five years ago.
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50 Useful Apps For Students With Reading Disabilities

50 Useful Apps For Students With Reading Disabilities | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it

While there are numerous technologies out there that can help students with disabilities, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike.

Here, are just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle.


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NJ school district teams with local university to train teachers in OG- NorthJersey.com

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The school district has teamed up with an area university to train teachers in specialized reading instruction.

Superintendent of Schools James McLaughlin announced last week that the district has established a new initiative to have teachers trained and certificated by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in the Orton-Gillingham method of reading education.

The 80-year-old approach, named after its developers, generally employs one-on-one instruction to help students with dyslexia or other disabilities use all their senses to recognize the elements that frame the structure of language – elements that mainstream students generally learn subconsciously through repetition and experience.

"[The approach] has been very successful in teaching students who don't...respond to typical reading teaching techniques," McLaughlin said during the school board's Sept. 18 meeting. "It is a multi-sensory, phonetics-based method of reading that – really in a discrete way – teaches children the rules of language in a way that probably none of us read, because we picked up on them or absorbed them in a much more natural type of way."

FDU has gained notoriety in recent years for its nationally accredited Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist training program and Project Read series of teacher training courses. Its school of education offers teachers 12- to 42-credit courses of instruction in the theory and practice of education tactics and intervention strategies associated with the Orton-Gillingham approach.


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The International Dyslexia Association Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy

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Fascinating Q&A with Dan Pink: http://www.interdys.org/QandAwithDanPink.htm

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History of the Internet [video]

"History of the internet" is an animated documentary explaining the inventions from time-sharing to filesharing, from Arpanet to Internet. 

 

Check out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hIQjrMHTv4&feature=related

 


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ScienceDirect.com - Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition - Cogmed working memory training: Does the evidence support the claims?

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EMANUEL MILLER LECTURE: Intervention for Language impairment: can neuroscience help? - Professor Dorothy Bishop

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EMANUEL MILLER LECTURE: Intervention for Language impairment: can neuroscience help? - Professor Dorothy Bishop

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Literacy in the World | Visual.ly

Literacy in the World | Visual.ly | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it
Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all and essential for poverty eradication, gender equality, maternal health, child mortality reduction...

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Many-to-One vs. One-to-Many: An Opinionated Guide to Educational Technology — The American Magazine

Many-to-One vs. One-to-Many: An Opinionated Guide to Educational Technology — The American Magazine | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it
There are many horses in the educational technology race. Which ones are worth betting on?

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How The Brain Rewires Itself

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"FOR DECADES, THE PREVAILING DOGMA IN neuroscience was that the adult human brain is essentially immutable, hardwired, fixed in form and function, so that by the time we reach adulthood we are pretty much stuck with what we have. Yes, it can create (and lose) synapses, the connections between neurons that encode memories and learning. And it can suffer injury and degeneration. But this view held that if genes and development dictate that one cluster of neurons will process signals from the eye and another cluster will move the fingers of the right hand, then they'll do that and nothing else until the day you die. There was good reason for lavishly illustrated brain books to show the function, size and location of the brain's structures in permanent ink.ut research in the past few years has overthrown the dogma. In its place has come the realization that the adult brain retains impressive powers of "neuroplasticity"--the ability to change its structure and function in response to experience."


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Exclusive Video Interview: Steven Spielberg on his Dyslexia

Exclusive Video Interview: Steven Spielberg on his Dyslexia | Dyslexia DiaBlogue® | Scoop.it
In this exclusive video interview, Steven Spielberg discusses his dyslexia for the first time ever, with Quinn Bradlee of Friends of Quinn.
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Student Scientist: How I Overcame Dyslexia and Am Pursuing My Dream

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Education Nation is a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America.
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The Writing Revolution

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The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.
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Independent Schools Should Share What They Know

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In spite of being labeled "elitist," independent schools have something to offer public school leaders, Peter Gow writes.
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The International Dyslexia Association Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy

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Neuroscience meets Twitter at International Dyslexia Association conference http://www.interdys.org/NeuroscienceMeetsTwitter.htm #...

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In praise of misfits

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IN 1956 William Whyte argued in his bestseller, “The Organisation Man”, that companies were so in love with “well-rounded” executives that they fought a...
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