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How technology can improve or assist executive function skills in a person with a learning disability or ADHD.
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SAMR Model Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Developing Teenagers’ Executive Function

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Developing Teenagers’ Executive Function “Students in my classes over the years have blurted out highly inappropriate comments only to have maturity catch up… (Checking out "Developing Teenagers’ Executive Function" on School Leadership 2.0:...
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Revisiting the inner lives of teenagers with ADHD three years later

Revisiting the inner lives of teenagers with ADHD three years later | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects 8.4 percent of school-age children in the US. If you have ADHD, you already know what that means. It makes
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One of the important threads in this brief discussion is getting to a point where you have found your voice.  This is an aspect of education that is missing most of the time.  Again, we focus so much energy on the WHAT of learning, to the detriment of HOW and WHY we are learning...For an ADHD or LD student to "know thyself" as a learner when they leave high school is a tremendous gift. 

 

The notion of a GAP year is also one that should be considered for ADHD/LD students.  Having the time to mature, further refine interests, and make better life decisions is priceless.  

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10 Free Web Resources For Math Teachers And Students - Edudemic

10 Free Web Resources For Math Teachers And Students - Edudemic | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it

"If we can instill a love of math by making it real for students and offer some resources for math teachers, they will use it to solve the problems of the universe".--Dawn Casey-Rowe


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Lou Salza's curator insight, July 19, 2013 9:25 AM

Good reminder  about the importance of of numeracy and problem solving in the great scheme of things!--Lou

 

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"...When math is separated into columns and rows, some students struggle. This is why this week’s Learnist feature is all about math. It’s designed to showcase some of the useful web resources for math teachers as well as students..."

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Great List of Critical Thinking Internet Links

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Cybrary Man's great page of critical thinking sites around the Internet.


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The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it

A powerful talk by Tony Wagner attempts to uncover the 7 skills students must have in order to prepared for the future.


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If we evaluate the 7 skills listed in this article, and attach the processes of executive function where applicable, one could conclude that developing EF skills is essential to greater academic and life success.  In our education system, we attend to the knowledge needed to make it in our workforce, but very little on HOW to learn efficiently and effectively, and what to do with what we know.  

 

EF development can begin in pre-school and should be an essential element of graduate behaviors, as we launch young adults into university settings and beyond.

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Don't Make Your Children the Exception to Every Rule

Raising conscientious children is definitely not the most fun part of parenting, but protecting them from the consequences of every failure is the biggest parental failure of all.
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Power Matrix: Raising Awareness About New Energy Through Gaming | Social Media Today

Power Matrix: Raising Awareness About New Energy Through Gaming | Social Media Today | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
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This could be a great addition to a unit on energy sources.....

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10 iPad Apps to Help you Stay Organized ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 2.0 Content-Curating 3.0

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Problem Of Math Educational Software Needs Solution - InformationWeek

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Problem Of Math Educational Software Needs Solution InformationWeek Developing executive function by giving students a rich experience of choosing and using problem-solving strategies might be the single most important thing that required math...
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Technology Gives Students with Disabilities Access to College Courses | Education News

Technology Gives Students with Disabilities Access to College Courses | Education News | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
Last week, I met with a group of high school students with learning disabilities who attend a dual-enrollment high school/college program at Mission Middle College in Santa Clara, California.
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This is the type of support that is critical for a student entering a post secondary environment---not to mention middle through high school, but that's a different article..... The fact that these students are still in high school, is such an added bonus.  The first year of any college experience is full of distraction, which is a less desirable time to be introduced to new technologies that support learning.

    Now I would like to read about programs such as these adding executive function education, and strategies that address planning, prioritizing, organizing, self-reflection, and supporting working memory.....these build essential study skills for both the student with a learning disability and those with attentional issues (ADHD).

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Teaching kids time management, planning, and organization - Mama OT

Teaching kids time management, planning, and organization - Mama OT | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
Some kids really struggle with time management, planning, or organization, aka- "executive function skills". Here are some simple tips to help them out.
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InBrief: Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning

InBrief: Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
Being able to focus, hold, and work with information in mind, filter distractions, and switch gears is like having an air traffic control system at a busy airport to manage the arrivals and departures of dozens of planes on multiple runways.
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ADHD and Executive Function | Link Between Attention and the Brain - NCLD

ADHD and Executive Function | Link Between Attention and the Brain - NCLD | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
ADHD and executive functioning: What’s the link? Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (problems with focus and impulsivity) is related to brain functions like organization.
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2013 Learning Disabilities Innovation Symposium — Landmark College

2013 Learning Disabilities Innovation Symposium — Landmark College | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
The 2013 Learning Disabilities Innovation Symposium spotlights cutting-edge research, technologies, and tools, while linking innovators and practitioners in the fields of education and technology.
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More free time: Tech gadgets and time management tools to help students get more done | Citations

More free time: Tech gadgets and time management tools to help students get more done | Citations | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
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Apps for Students | Dysgraphia & Writing Difficulties - NCLD

Apps for Students | Dysgraphia & Writing Difficulties - NCLD | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
Apps can help students and adults who have learning disabilities like dysgraphia or dyslexia with their written expression. These are LD-friendly.
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Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it

Though some teachers are still adamantly holding onto traditional formal lectures, many others are considering whether this is an ineffective and outdated model that no longer works in the information age.


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Yale study could lead to early dyslexia diagnosis | WTNH.com Connecticut

Yale study could lead to early dyslexia diagnosis | WTNH.com Connecticut | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
A Yale study on dyslexia could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective intervention.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, June 29, 2013 2:24 PM

If only early diagnosis guaranteed early effective instruction or intervention!--Lou

 

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"..NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Yale study on dyslexia could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective intervention. 

Teachers typically are the first to recognize a child is having a tough time reading, spelling, reading aloud and understanding what is being said.

"This is a map of the human genome," said Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, Yale School of Medicine.

Now, researchers at Yale School of Medicine have identified two genes, that together, increase the risk for dyslexia and language disabilities.

"This is the second dyslexia risk gene," said Dr. Gruen. "It has a huge effect for risk of dyslexia, that can actually increase the risk for dyslexia almost 8 fold in the general population."

What Dr. Gruen and his research unit have pinpointed could lead to an even earlier diagnosis of kids with dyslexia and impaired language skills..."
 

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, June 29, 2013 9:28 PM

Very interested in where this may go ahow how it will change the face of identification.

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TY! @anniemurphypaul for: why you're choosing the wrong role models

TY! @anniemurphypaul for: why you're choosing the wrong role models | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it

"...Modeling ourselves on the most accomplished individuals can have another drawback: it can actually make us less motivated. In an article published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, psychologists Diana E. Betz and Denise Sekaquaptewa note that women in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—are often labeled "unfeminine," an image that may discourage female students from pursuing these fields..."


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I see the possibility of using this a a "meta" moment as we work alongside our students.  Bringing to light the possibilities is important; showing our students examples of "regular Joe's" making life happen in a positive way is critical! Not a bad idea to also bring learning examples of those not making good life choices, as well. Sometimes we are all able to learn from what we know we DON"T want for our lives.  

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Lou Salza's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:26 AM

Søren Kierkegaard once wrote: "Life is understood backwards; but must be lived forwards." 

 

We continually hold up extraordinary stories of success to inspire our students-- and it seems a good thing to do. The Brilliant Report here publishes data that should give us pause.  Maybe we should focus more on less well known people who have been able to embrace dyslexia and incorporate the traits and qualities, the problems and charateristics that challenge or strengthen their activities. Let's give kids something real to reach for.

 

I am coming to the understanding that dyslexia Iinforms and illuminates my thinking about my life as I learn more about it through my lifespan. I will not let it define me. I am more than my dyslexia. Who among  us will ever  own a controlling interest in the UK as Branson does? Who among us is an 'Einstien'?

Even Albert Einstien wasn't an 'Einstein' when he was a child!--just sayin'--Lou

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"If a role model relationship is to help you think and act more intelligently, you'll have to choose the right person to emulate—and as is so often the case, science has some surprising and counter-intuitive insights to contribute here. The right role model may not be the brightest light in your field, but rather someone more humanly flawed.

In an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, for example, Jerker Denrell of the University of Oxford and Chengwei Liu of the University of Warwick counsel us to model ourselves on solid, second-tier performers, not the flashy types who come in first. The researchers reported on the results of a game played in many rounds. Over time, the most skilled players came to inhabit a second tier of reliable competence. Those who succeeded spectacularly—who took their places in the first tier—were often not the most skilled, but rather were those who got some lucky breaks early on or took big risks that happened to pay off...."

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 9, 2013 2:53 PM

Applying this to our current crop of celebrities might make the concept clearer.  Manyof our celebrities are not positive role models. -Lon

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Push for more iPads in Watertown schools - Watertown TAB & Press

Push for more iPads in Watertown schools - Watertown TAB & Press | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
Push for more iPads in Watertown schools
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Teachers said the technology accommodates student's individual needs and pacing. Teachers also ...
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I'm scooping this article because I am interested in placing value on when learning can take place outside of the traditional learning environment.  Does having a device available, on demand, improve knowledge acquisition?  If I am a reluctant learner and I am doing my homework and get interested in understanding something more deeply, will this device help me to activate?  

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Trades Alberta: Welder with learning disability proved naysayers wrong - Edmonton Journal

Trades Alberta: Welder with learning disability proved naysayers wrong - Edmonton Journal | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
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Trades Alberta: Welder with learning disability proved naysayers wrong
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Patrick Dufault remembers many people telling him he would never be able to become a welder because of his learning disability.
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Resilience, tenacity, motivation, technology and self-advocacy skills make the perfect recipe for achieving goals.  Note the role technology had in leveling the playing field.  It is essential-and in a perfect world would become as common as procuring a pair of glasses for a visual issue.  Imagine the possibilities if this gentleman would have been introduced to text to speech in the elementary years.....

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic]

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic] | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it

Most of us write a little something everyday. It might be a grocery list, a poem, or a write-up on the infographic of the day. As we go through this daily ritual, however, we are probably not aware of the effects writing has on our brains.

According to this infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.


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Claire Williams's curator insight, September 26, 2013 7:01 PM

Although this artical does not have any background in being credible, it does give somoone who hates writing the incentive to do so. In the artical it takes about how writing can relive stress. No matter what type of writing it is (yes as much as i hate to say it even writeing for a class is benificial)

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Why “Motivation by Pizza” Doesn’t Work

Why “Motivation by Pizza” Doesn’t Work | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it

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John Michel's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:46 PM

Many people don’t feel motivated at work, and there’s a very simple explanation for this: The motivational techniques used by most managers don’t work.


GRIDEL Sergio's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:52 AM

Manager, c'est aider le collaborateur à développer sa propre motivation, ce qui lui permettra de goûter à la bonne part de pizza ! L'engagement le plus fort'est toujours celui qui vient du plus profond de nous même.

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Special Needs Digest: What "I Love Lucy" Can Teach Us about Executive Function

Special Needs Digest: What "I Love Lucy" Can Teach Us about Executive Function | Executive Function and technology | Scoop.it
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