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New policy on Inclusive Education published for public comment - Department of Basic Education

New policy on Inclusive Education published for public comment - Department of Basic Education | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Call for public comments on the draft policy on Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support, 2014. Written submissions must be sent to the Department of Basic Education by 2 May 2014.

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This policy aims at overhauling the way in which children are assessed for additional support. The main aim is to ensure that all children receive support in their local neighbourhood schools.

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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
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Department of Basic Education > Home > DBE and partners launch virtual school application

Department of Basic Education > Home > DBE and partners launch virtual school application | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Learners will now have access to a virtual school in their pockets thanks to the ukuFunda Virtual School, which brings a wealth of education resources to their mobile devices.

A partnership between the Department of Basic Education, Mxit Reach and UNICEF, Ukufunda offers a wide-range of free, open and CAPS-aligned learning resources which can be accessed on more than 8000 mobile devices, ranging from basic feature phones to smart phones and tablets – through the Mxit instant messaging platform.

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Revolutionising education in South Africa

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Inventor Of ADHD's Deathbed Confession: "ADHD Is A Fictitious Disease"

Inventor Of ADHD's Deathbed Confession: "ADHD Is A Fictitious Disease" | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Fortunately, the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK, President: Otfried Höffe) critically commented on the use of the ADHD drug Ritalin in its opinion of 22 November 2011 titled Human enhancement by means of pharmacological agents: The consumption of pharmacological agents altered the child’s behavior without any contribution on his or her part.

That amounted to interference in the child’s freedom and personal rights, because pharmacological agents induced behavioral changes but failed to educate the child on how to achieve these behavioral changes independently. The child was thus deprived of an essential learning experience to act autonomously and emphatically which “considerably curtails children’s freedom and impairs their personality development”, the NEK criticized.

 

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New questions on the overuse of chemical drugs on children.

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Autism Symptoms & Early Signs: What to Look for in Babies, Toddlers & Children

Autism Symptoms & Early Signs: What to Look for in Babies, Toddlers & Children | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Guide to the early warning signs of autism and what you can do to help your child.

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Embracing diversity though multi-level teaching: For Foundation, Intermediate and Senior - Juta

Embracing diversity though multi-level teaching: For Foundation, Intermediate and Senior - Juta | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

What is White Paper 6 about?

How can I follow the curriculum when my learners have such different needs?

Can I prepare lessons in such a way that all learners can work toward the same theme and topic, but at different levels?

- See more at: http://jutaacademic.co.za/products/embracing-diversity#sthash.yRAMBv4w.dpuf

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Exciting new book with practical ideas for teachers and teacher trainers on how to differentiate the curriculum for a wide range of learners in the classroom

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Lagos Commits to Educating Disabled Minors - AllAfrica.com

Lagos Commits to Educating Disabled Minors - AllAfrica.com | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Lagos Commits to Educating Disabled Minors AllAfrica.com He highlighted some of the benefits of inclusive education as including attitudinal change, learning to have empathy and not sympathy for the special children and promote positive...
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African countries are aligning their education policies to Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge

School starting age: the evidence | University of Cambridge | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
In England children now start formal schooling, and the formal teaching of literacy and numeracy at the age of four.  A recent letter signed by around 130 early childhood education experts, including myself, published in the Daily Telegraph  (11 Sept 2013) advocated an extension of informal, play-based pre-school provision and a delay to the start of formal ‘schooling’ in England from the current effective start until the age of seven (in line with a number of other European countries who currently have higher levels of academic achievement and child well-being).
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Studies have consistently demonstrated the superior learning and motivation arising from playful, as opposed to instructional, approaches to learning in children. Pretence play supports children’s early development of symbolic representational skills, including those of literacy, more powerfully than direct instruction. Physical, constructional and social play supports children in developing their skills of intellectual and emotional ‘self-regulation’, skills which have been shown to be crucial in early learning and development. Perhaps most worrying, a number of studies have documented the loss of play opportunities for children over the second half of the 20th century and demonstrated a clear link with increased indicators of stress and mental health problems. - See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence#sthash.9i7tUqc4.mTf04lIX.dpuf

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten
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When reductions occur in elementary classrooms, evidence has shown that the extra individualized attention and instruction appear to make it more likely for these students to graduate at higher rates from high school.

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New See and Learn Saying Words app available

New See and Learn Saying Words app available | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Two versions of our new See and Learn Saying Words app are now available - for iPads and for Windows 8.1 tablets, laptops and PCs. This is the first of 17 new See and Learn apps due for release in the coming months.
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New products developed by Down Syndrome Education Enterprises to en hance early reading of children, including children with Down Syndrome

 

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Bridge of Hope NGO - YouTube

Bridge of Hope NGO - YouTube | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
«Հույսի կամուրջ» ՀԿ ստեղծվել է 1996 թվականին` օգնելու հաշմանդամութուն ունեցող երեխաներին ու երիտասարդներին և նրանց ծնողներին` հաղթահարելու իրենց մեկուսացվածո...
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Bridge of Hope transforms education in Armenia. Winner of the 2013 UNESCO/Emir of Kuwait Prize in Inclusive Education

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Alberta Education - Indicators of Inclusive Schools: Continuing the Conversation

Alberta Education - Indicators of Inclusive Schools: Continuing the Conversation | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
RT @cdsmeaton: Indicators of inclusive schools http://t.co/U98lpNf16Z Great resource from #abed Checking it out at #redcamp14 #hs4
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Indicators that serve as a guide for monitoring implementation can move the system ahead.

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Schools may not be able to reject disabled children - Times of India

Schools may not be able to reject disabled children - Times of India | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Schools may not be able to reject disabled children Times of India The draft policy on Education of Children With Special Needs (CWSN) released by the department of education (primary and secondary) recently, has seven non-negotiable principles...
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New legislation that  is aligned to Article 24 of the CRPD. "Not providing admission to children with disabilities in regular schools is a violation of human rights, which shall be penalized... Every educational institution shall have an accessible environment," reads the policy.

The policy states that all pre-service and in-service teacher-training programmes should give adequate weightage to theory and practice in inclusive education.

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Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers! | The Spectronics Blog

Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers! | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com
Last week, Texthelp announced through social media channels that a surprise was coming soon in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Today...

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Read&Write for Google is a Chrome extension that provides comprehensive reading and writing supports for Google Docs and the Web as well as PDFs, ePubs, and KES files stored in Google Drive.

These supports include:

Read Aloud with dual-colour highlightingWord PredictionTranslatorTalking and Picture DictionariesFact FinderHighlighters and ability to collect highlightsVocabulary Builder to easily create a list of words with text definitions and imagesAnnotations (PDF and ePub)Navigational tools (PDF and ePub)
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International conference on Policy and Practice in Inclusive Education

Open seminar for invited public. School Development through Inclusive capabilities towards higher achievement - Fundamental challenges and strategies. 15.10-15.30 Key note speech: Inclusion...
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Very stimulating address by Julie Allan on where we stand globally with the realisation of the inclusive education ideal.

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School Districts Stressed By Lack Of Trained Specialists - Disability Scoop

School Districts Stressed By Lack Of Trained Specialists - Disability Scoop | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
A shortage of psychologists and other highly trained specialists is driving some school districts to new extremes when it comes to hiring special education
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If this is true for a high income country it is even a greater challenge, in fact a disastrous situation in low to middle income countries

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Don't write off children with dyslexia - Edarabia

Don't write off children with dyslexia - Edarabia | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The findings suggested that the prevalence of features consistent with dyslexia is 17.6 per cent among female Emirati university students, that they experience these difficulties in both English and Arabic, and that they tend to choose courses ...

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Young people with disabilities campaign for the right to learn

Young people with disabilities campaign for the right to learn | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Post-16 education for those with physical or learning disabilities shouldn't be a postcode lottery
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Expectations for young people with Down Syndrome in South Africa are in general too low!

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The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - I...

The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - I... | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
It’s one of the most talked-about trends in education right now. Right behind the iPad and Common Core. Flipping your classroom is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
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Flipped classrooms go hand in hand with the use of ICTs in the classroom. Revolutionises the role of the teacher and leaves more time for individual support.

 

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Special Education Funding Lopsided, Report Finds - Disability Scoop

Special Education Funding Lopsided, Report Finds - Disability Scoop | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The level of federal special education funding sent to states varies widely thanks to an outdated model that favors some locales over others, a new report
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“For every year in which IDEA is not updated and revised, the formula through which federal dollars are distributed to the states becomes more outdated, and states are another year removed from the reality in which the formula was written." Developing funding formulae for equitable inclusive education remains a challenge for all governments.

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endoRIOT: List of 40 FREE Educational Websites

endoRIOT: List of 40 FREE Educational Websites | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Beat The System – 40 FREE Educational Websites
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There are many websites on the Internet that now offer FREE of charge learning materials. Now even the poorest people could afford to be better educated than many of Harvard’s graduates, all they need is access to a computer(does not even have to be personal one, it could be the one that the local library offers for public use)

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Indispensable iPad Apps for Teachers Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Indispensable iPad Apps for Teachers Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"The concept of teacher professional development has radically changed due to the boom in digital technologies and social media websites. The web now is replete with a variety of professional learning networks and communities of practice on almost any topic you think of. There is also another type of portals that have seen the light recently and which offer massive courses and trainings on different subjects, these are MOOCs. MOOCs are a great way for growing professionally particularly that most of the courses they offer are free. I have already featured some interesting MOOC resources that teachers can use for the enhancement of their PD and today I want to share with you some wonderful iPad apps that will allow you to pursue your PD on the go."


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Remove educational boundaries, encourage creativity and watch children soar — Larger Family Life

Remove educational boundaries, encourage creativity and watch children soar — Larger Family Life | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
We are so set in our opinion of what a real education is, that we' re missing out on the what-ifs. Eight-year-old Eddie has provided us all with one answer to the what-ifs.

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Hearing screening now child’s play thanks to Tukkies App

Hearing screening now child’s play thanks to Tukkies App | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Is it possible that a hearing screening test can be so quick and easy to do that even a toddler can perform it? Yes, it is, thanks to the hearScreen cell phone app that has been developed by audiologist Prof De Wet Swanepoel and his team from the University of Pretoria (UP).
It is set to be part of a major pilot study in which mHealth (mobile health) technology will be used to do school and community-based screening in Mamelodi.

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An incredible advance for the systems of early identification in South Africa

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Inclusive education best practices - Introduction - YouTube

Introduction to the DVD produced by Inclusive Education Western Cape (IEWC) highlighting best practice in South African schools (I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/bEGHQH6qw1 Inclusive education...
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The NGO Inclusive Education Western Cape has been implementing policy since 1996 gathering many examples of good practice to be shared.

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Apps for Literacy Support

Apps for Literacy Support | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Advancing Independent Achievement through Technology...

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Assisting teachers to choose from the miriad of apps that are available.

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Tools for Summarising Text | The Spectronics Blog

Tools for Summarising Text | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

I just returned from a wonderful week in Australia where I had the opportunity to present and sit in on a few sessions at the Inclusive Technologies Conference put on by Spectronics...


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Useful tool for curriculum differentiation. Enables teachers to reduce text for learners who struggle with long sections of written text.

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