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Students with Dyslexia Solve Math Differently

Students with Dyslexia Solve Math Differently | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
Interesting finding from the brain research lab at Georgetown. "The brains of children with dyslexia rely on unusual strategies to solve certain kinds of math problems, researchers report in NeuroI...
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Great quick read about how students with Dyslexia solve addition and subtraction problems differently from control students solving the same problems.

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Teaching without words | Matthew Peterson | TEDxOrangeCoast - YouTube

In school, the dominant way of conveying ideas is through words. Words can be great barriers to learning. Matthew Petersen shows and explains how we can lear...
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This concept sounds quite interesting and would be of benefit to many!

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Dyslexia

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Dyslexia Card for Teachers - from Dyslexic Advantage

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My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir: Samantha Abeel: 9780439339056: Amazon.com: Books

My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir

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My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir [Samantha Abeel] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this beautiful and chilling memoir, twenty-five-year-old Samantha Abeel describes her struggles with a math-related learning disability
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This book was an excellent quick read for better understanding a student struggling with math, spelling and grammar.  It explains Dyscalculia and Dyslexia from the eyes of a 13 year old.  If a student reads this book and can relate to this student, they should definitely share this book with their parent and teacher as well.

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Math is Fun - Maths Resources

Math is Fun - Maths Resources | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
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This website is an excellent math resource to bookmark on your computer.  It provides short tutorials, games, worksheets and activities.  I really like it for the simple and clear math explanations and I would definitely recommend it as a go to resource for students.

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ModMath - The first iPad app made specifically for people with dysgraphia and dyslexia.

ModMath - The first iPad app made specifically for people with dysgraphia and dyslexia. | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
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If your child struggles with math because they have difficulties lining up their numbers in the correct spaces, don't write legibly, or do not have the fine motor control in their fingertips to comfortably complete their math work, you may want to download this free iPad app called ModMath.  This app allows the student to keyboard their written math work, rather than writing it.  It can be used as "scratch paper" for students while they complete daily math curriculum.  The built in number pad/tool also allows students to demonstrate borrowing, division remainders ,etc.  Answers and work can be emailed and shared with teachers or anyone with an email address, as well.

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Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking

Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
Critical thinking. We all endorse it. We all want our students to do it. And we claim to teach it. But do we? Do we even understand and agree what it means to think critically?

According to Paul and Elder’s (2013a) survey findings, most faculty don’t know what critical thinking is or how to teach it. Unless faculty explicitly and intentionally design their courses to build their students’ critical thinking skills and receive training in how to teach them, their students do not improve their ski

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This articles provides a list of questions that help engage students in critical thinking.

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Ruby Day's curator insight, December 2, 2014 5:20 PM

The challenge with projects can be getting students to go into depth, think critically about their research - its relevance and the conclusions they draw and apply to the project. Some probing questions in this article to help.

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Useful insights - particularly that critical thinking skills can't develop in a knowledge vacuum.

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Remind | Learn about easy, free and safe text messaging for teachers with Remind (formerly Remind101)

Remind | Learn about easy, free and safe text messaging for teachers with Remind (formerly Remind101) | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
Learn what features make Remind (formerly Remind101) the choices of teachers to communicate with students and parents.
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Games Learning Society

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I was able to experience some of these games from the Games Learning Society at the WEMTA conference in Wisconsin last year.  The Citizen Science simulation what quite informative and challenging.  http://gameslearningsociety.org/projects.php

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The Best 8 iPad Video Creation Apps for Teachers in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best 8 iPad Video Creation Apps for Teachers in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it

"We have reviewed and shared over 200 educational apps during this year. Based on your interactions with these posts together with the popularity of these apps among teachers and educators from around the world, we decided to compile a series of lists featuring the best iPad apps to use for doing a variety of digital tasks with students. We will start with the video apps category and share with what we think are  the top  iPad apps that you can use to create educational videos and instructional tutorials for your class."


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There are a few in here that I definitely want to try.  I'm already familiar with iMovie and it's great!

 

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Henriikka Kaarina Laiho's curator insight, November 24, 2014 2:58 PM

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Visual Math Animations for High School

Visual Math Animations for High School | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it

Simple visual illustrations (animations and pictures) of math relationships - for Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus

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This is a nice animated website that provides visual explanations for high school level math concepts.

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Books on Dyscalculia | Ronit Bird

Books on Dyscalculia | Ronit Bird | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
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If you have a student struggling with math and demonstrating signs of Dyscalculia, these books are a good place to start your understanding and support of this learning ability.

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Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You?

Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You? | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
A new augmented reality platform is connecting students to their community and putting them in the driver’s seat of their learning experience.
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In “Dow Day,” an augmented reality game, middle school students walk the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus using mobile phones to view footage of Vietnam war protests that occurred in the same campus locations . . 


Great article on the educational application of augmented reality!

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Because I'm Dyslexic - YouTube

http://DyslexicAdvantage.org What Can You Do Because You're Dyslexic? David Hornik, Venture Capitalist, Peggy Stern, an Academy Award Winning Filmmaker, Larr...
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3 min. video that shares the professions in which other people with Dyslexia have excelled.

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Through Your Child’s Eyes

Through Your Child’s Eyes | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
Through Your Child’s Eyes tool from Understood: Interactive media to understand what your child with a learning disability or attention issue goes through.
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This is an excellent virtual simulation that can be shared with parents, teachers, coworkers, etc to help others understand specific learning challenges that an individual (Pre-K - Adult) may be experiencing in reading, writing, math, attention, and organization.  I have been to conferences that have shared these simulations, but it was really nice to find a free tool that I can share with others to experience in a virtual format.  

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Naomi Orlovsky's curator insight, February 14, 3:16 PM

This is an excellent virtual simulation that can be shared with parents, teachers, coworkers, etc to help others understand specific learning challenges that an individual (Pre-K - Adult) may be experiencing in reading, writing, math, attention, and organization.  I have been to conferences that have shared these simulations, but it was really nice to find a free tool that I can share with others to experience in a virtual format.  

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Dyslexie versus OpenDyslexic

Dyslexie versus OpenDyslexic | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
June 11th, 2014 Update: Dyslexie font is now FREE for home users. Click here to download. We recently heard a lot of about the now-famous OpenDyslexic font developed by Abelardo Gonzalez. The font ...
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These are the two currently available fonts for people with Dyslexia who may struggle with printed material.  Both are free to download at this time.  OpenDyslexia definitely takes some adjustment, as it is quite different through its use of thickened bottoms of letters for easier differentiation.  Dyslexie emphasizes more space in letter openings to help differentiate between letters.  This article provides samples of both fonts in a side by side comparison to allow readers to choose which font they may wish to try.  Which do you prefer?

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Dyslexia - YouTube

Dyslexia - YouTube | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
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This is a playlist of YouTube Dyslexia videos that I would recommend for students, parents & teachers.  I do disagree with one of the teachers in the Dyslexia documentary regarding a few of her comments, but the documentary overall is very helpful in teaching others to better understand how people have different brain strengths and weaknesses.

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ShowMe - The Online Learning Community

ShowMe - The Online Learning Community | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
ShowMe is an open online learning community where anyone can learn and teach any topic. Our iPad app lets you easily create and share video lessons.
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This is a free app that allows students to use a stylus or their finger to write or draw on a blank page.  They can also record themselves while using this tool, so if a student were having troubles with a math problem, they could complete the problem while recording to explain how they are solving the math problem as they do it.  They could then share this information with a teacher or parent.  ShowMe also has many subject area tutorials for students to go to, if they are stuck on a specific concept and would like to watch a short tutorial.

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AirServer® Universal for PC is the world’s first and only Miracast® receiver for PC.

AirServer® Universal for PC is the world’s first and only Miracast® receiver for PC. | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
AirServer® Universal turns your Windows PC into a universal mirroring receiver, allowing you to mirror your display using AirPlay and Miracast simultaneously to the same screen (patent pending). Users can collaborate using an iPhone, iPad, Surface, Windows Phone or Android devices that support AirPlay mirroring or Miracast.
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AirServer is a software download that allows you to mirror (or share) your iPad screen onto your PC.  I have used this process to screenshare my iPad apps with students in the virtual learning environment.  It is a wonderful and cost-effective screensharing option for iPad users!

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Kiddle - search engine for kids

Kiddle - search engine for kids | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
Kiddle - search engine for kids with illustrated results and safe search.

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This search engine seems to block any explicit content that may be visible in another search engine that does not have its settings adjusted from the start.  It will also block sites that contain bad words.  I tested this on a few searches, including a few YouTube searches, and I was not able to access anything inappropriate.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 2, 2014 2:33 AM

Children friendly... proper filters...a good initiative!!

Anabela Baptista's curator insight, December 4, 2014 5:10 PM

Google para crianças

Carla Manuela Nunes's curator insight, January 29, 11:32 AM

Ainda não tem possibilidades de selecionar idioma, mas já é um avanço

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Opinion – Record Podcasts, Edit & Share to Soundcloud

Opinion – Record Podcasts, Edit & Share to Soundcloud | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
Get Opinion – Record Podcasts, Edit & Share to Soundcloud on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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An iPhone and iPad friendly podcasting app.

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Be Part of the Largest Learning Event in History: #HourOfCode

Be Part of the Largest Learning Event in History: #HourOfCode | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
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In just under a month Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14) will be upon us, and with it comes one of the biggest education movements in history, Hour of Code.
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Beyond the Bubble

Beyond the Bubble | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
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This site, created by Stanford Univ., uses primary sources to inspire students to learn from living history.  Assessment tasks and rubrics are also available.

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Naomi Orlovsky's curator insight, November 22, 2014 1:18 PM

This is a site that can be used to find Primary Sources for Early US History.

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New movie on Dyscalculia - English subtitles

New movie on Dyscalculia - English subtitles | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it

New dyscalculia film from the University of Ghent in the Netherlands (English subtitles). What the filmmaker captures well is what how different one perceives school and education if you do or don't have dyscalculia. See more here.

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Read & Write for Google

Read & Write for Google | Educationally Insightful Minds | Scoop.it
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This text support and Word prediction software works with Google Docs, on the Web, PDFs and ePubs.

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