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Thutong Learning Space for Inclusive Education

Thutong Learning Space for Inclusive Education | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

A web space of the South African Department of Basic Education where educators, parents and education officials can share knowledge and best practice in the field of
inclusive education.

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Marie Schoeman's comment, January 27, 2013 1:23 AM
This is an interactive learning space which welcomes contributions from followers and encourages debate
Helen Lucille McCormack Laas's curator insight, January 30, 3:07 AM

I love this idea, but how long is it going to take to implement from a practical perspective... how many children will pass through the system before we can implement?

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3 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning

3 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
With interactive tools like Kahoot!, Formative, and Padlet, teachers can engage their classes while assessing what students already know and still need to learn.

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Modern assessment strategies
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Kindergarten: While American Kids Read, Their Finnish Peers Play

Kindergarten: While American Kids Read, Their Finnish Peers Play | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Forget the Common Core, Finland’s youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom.
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Learning through play is more important in ECD than formal instruction.
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Addressing Dyslexia

Addressing Dyslexia | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
A toolkit for the identification and support of learners exhibiting literacy difficulties
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Useful guidelines for parents, teachers and learners with an overview of assessment and teaching strategies and assistive technology
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New Braille tablet could open doors for vision impaired professionals | RLSB

New Braille tablet could open doors for vision impaired professionals | RLSB | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Braillenote touch developed by Humanware, is hailed by the company as the World’sh first Google Certified braille tablet.

Sporting a refreshable braille display, the BrailleNote is powered by the Android operating system (OS), which means teachers and sighted professionals can see a visual representation of what BrailleNote users are writing in braille. Android integration also allows the support of third party Android apps.

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New possibilities for blind students.

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Basic Education Minister convenes 1st Early Childhood Development Roundtable Discussions

The recruitment of young qualified teachers in ECD; policy review in terms of children’s school going age; the strengthening of the ECD curriculum; and increasing access to ECD for learners with physical, sensory intellectual and neurological disabilities took centre stage during the ECD Roundtable Discussions. 
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Inclusive education starts at ECD level. All children should be able to attend their neigbourhood ECD centre and feel welcome there.
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ESOL Online / English - ESOL - Literacy Online website - English - ESOL - Literacy Online

ESOL Online / English - ESOL - Literacy Online website - English - ESOL - Literacy Online | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

ESOL Online is a site for primary and secondary teachers of English language learners in New Zealand and internationally. English Online and Literacy Online are sister sites of this site.

 

The principles that underpin the sites

All learners can achieve.


Content and pedagogical knowledge is essential for effective instruction.


Knowledge of students’ progressions is critical to meeting students’ diverse needs.


Students need responsive and personalised instruction.
Teaching decisions should be based on evidence of students’ strengths and needs.


Teaching and learning sequence tasks need to have a clearly defined pedagogical rationale.


Teachers’ ongoing inquiry into the impact of their teaching decisions is essential for providing effective differentiated instruction.


Ongoing inquiry into underachievement is a key to schooling improvement.


Practice is informed by contemporary research and thinking.


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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How to teach English in a differentiated way.
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Deaf children | Hi Hopes Early Intervention Programme

Deaf children | Hi Hopes Early Intervention Programme | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Centre for Deaf Studies at Wits University outreach for Deaf and hard of hearing children
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Valuable Service for parents of infants with hearing loss
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There's No Time to Differentiate: Myth-Busting DI, Part 2

There's No Time to Differentiate: Myth-Busting DI, Part 2 | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Make time for differentiated instruction with small learning teams, daily formative assessments, and managed activities that differentiated content, process, and products.

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50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning | Listly List

50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning | Visible Thinking, Paper & Pencil by FiftyThree, Amazingly simple graphic design, Noun Project
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Useful tools for tachers to respond to diverse learning styles in the classroom
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Education for All - University of Cape Town

Education for All - University of Cape Town | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Join this free online course to find out how inclusive education can work, especially where resources are limited.
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This course aims to help teachers, other professionals, and parents to tackle inclusion – in a practical way – in their own environment, by looking at the background of disability, and offering advice, frameworks, and policy guidelines on how to create an inclusive environment in your school or community. There are multiple contributors to the course, who each bring a personal voice to the issues of disability and diversity, and Education for All offers the opportunity for discussions with learners from all over the world in a flexible model which is designed to fit around other time commitments. Working through the course should take you about 3 hours per week, which you can do at times convenient to your own schedule.
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Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality education

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality education | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
How can women help ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all?
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 To achieve targets set in Sustainable Development Goal 4 requires that all learners, including girls and learners with disability have equitable access to a full cycle of education.


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Most people saw limits for this boy with Down syndrome. His parents saw potential.

Most people saw limits for this boy with Down syndrome. His parents saw potential. | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Most people saw limits for this boy with Down syndrome. His parents saw potential.
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Presuming competence should always be the principle when living and working with people with intellectual disability.

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7 Free Education Websites You Don't Want to Miss - Goodnet

7 Free Education Websites You Don't Want to Miss - Goodnet | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Home schooling is for grownups too!

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Access to knowledge is limitless for those who are connected.
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Teach n' Kids Learn's curator insight, May 3, 7:20 AM
This might be a short list but it has so many uses and depth of things to use.
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12 Steps to Get Students Talking #Studentdiscourse

As a beginning math teacher, I thought that student discourse happened when they answered my questions or asked me questions. Then one day I asked my students an interesting question, and it was like a Ping-Pong match erupted in my room. One student answered, another disagreed, and then the rest of the class chose sides and began debating back and forth! The level of engagement and thinking was incredible and wow, did we have fun!


In trying to replicate this kind of student talk, I have learned that the tools, lesson structure, and topic do not matter. What the teacher does to encourage discourse and communicate high expectations for the level of discourse matters. Consider yourself a maker of experiences more than a giver of knowledge, and train students to question authority and expect answers from each other. It sounds complex, but from research and my work with teachers, I offer 12 small steps that will help teachers transform their classrooms into centers of student discourse.


Via Teach n' Kids Learn
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Peer tutoring at its best.
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Care for children with mental health problems is woeful, say GPs

Care for children with mental health problems is woeful, say GPs | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Family doctors have condemned NHS care for children with mental health problems as woefully inadequate and warned that vulnerable young people are coming to harm during waits of up to a year for specialist help.
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Mental health services for children always tend to be inadequate in all countries whilst there is a growing incidence of cases.
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School places delay for thousands of special needs pupils - BBC News

School places delay for thousands of special needs pupils - BBC News | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Solicitors say thousands of pupils with special needs were not offered secondary school places, assessed to be suitable for them, by the official deadline.
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The danger of assessment being used to exclude children with disabilities.
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Helen Lucille McCormack Laas's curator insight, May 13, 4:15 AM
What happened to every child deserves an education?
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Zero Project | Brazil’s billion dollar National Plan for Inclusive Education

Zero Project | Brazil’s billion dollar National Plan for Inclusive Education | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The Brazilian National Plan of Rights of Persons with Disabilities ‘Living without Limit’ of 2011 is a national legally-binding policy that covers four areas: access to education, health care, social inclusion, and accessibility. Measures in basic education include: accessible school infrastructure and equipment, teacher training, accessible school buses, and the Continuous Cash Benefit School Programme.
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The Brazil Model could be replicated in Middle to Low Income countries to expand access for children with disabilities who are out of school.
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Call for research proposals in intellectual disability, autism and assistive technology -

Call for research proposals in intellectual disability, autism and assistive technology - | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Deadline for applications:  30th June 2016 ASSISTID is a €9M EU Marie Curie COFUND research programme which is funded by the charity RESPECT and the EU for 5 years from 2014-2019 and coordinated by the DOCTRID Research Institute. ASSISTID will fund up to 40 researchers to carry out individual projects …
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Differentiated Instruction Visually Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Differentiated Instruction Visually Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

There a wide variety of reasons that make differentiated instruction a necessity in the teaching pedagogy. Some of these reasons according to Knewton are:

Students have different learning needsThey come from various educational and academic backgroundsThey have different attention spans and interestsThey have different language abilitiesThey have different cultural and social backgrounds.

Have a look at the visual below to learn more about differentiated instruction


Via Ralph Springett
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An infographic that will make differentiation understandable to teachers
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Ralph Springett's curator insight, September 30, 2014 2:44 AM

Interesting to see how it scales using technology.

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Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
With delivery of instruction, one size does not fit all. John McCarthy launches his differentiated instruction series by busting three common myths about DI.

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Differentiation Is Just Too Difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part 3

Differentiation Is Just Too Difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part 3 | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Most teachers differentiate their instruction intuitively because not all students are the same. For those willing to commit to DI, the next step is intentional differentiation.

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Family focus - the social context of disability - Education for All - University of Cape Town

Family focus - the social context of disability - Education for All - University of Cape Town | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Enjoy free online courses from leading UK and international universities.
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Join the free open online course on Inclusive Education of the University of Cape Town. Week 2 starts today, but one can still do Week 1 if you have missed it.
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STEC: National Framework for Inclusion

STEC: National Framework for Inclusion | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
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The Scottish Teacher Education Committee would like all teachers to: Understand difference as an essential aspect of human development in any conceptualisation of learning; Believe that they are competent to teach all children; Work collaboratively with others in support of everyone in the learning community of the classroom.
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Make Google Drive Absolutely Awesome with These Tools

Make Google Drive Absolutely Awesome with These Tools | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Google Drive comes packed with smart features. And you can greatly expand its potential with third-party tools. Here we have compiled some of the best tools that plug into Google Drive.

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National Department of Basic Education > Minister Motshekga hosts USA delegation

National Department of Basic Education > Minister Motshekga hosts USA delegation | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The DBE and the USA have entered into a three year collaboration (2015 - 2017) to share expertise in improving efficiency and equity in inclusion and to address factors that contribute to the high dropout rate in schools, particularly for the vulnerable.
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40 Years after the passing of the IDEA, South Africa has a lot to learn from the USA.

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