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Demand for disability services increasing - The Australian

Pro Bono AustraliaDemand for disability services increasingThe AustralianA report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Friday showed governments spent $6.2 billion on services under the existing National Disability...
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Donate to help people with disability living in poverty | CBM International

Donate to help people with disability living in poverty | CBM International | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Help CBM in its mission to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in low income regions of the world...
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Ten Tips for Classroom Management

Ten Tips for Classroom Management | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Learn how to improve student engagement and build a positive climate for learning and discipline for grades K-12.
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Secular, inclusive education - Winnipeg Free Press

Secular, inclusive education - Winnipeg Free Press | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Ontario province doesn't have gay equity policy, it has equity policy that promotes acceptance of all types of diversity -- physical, ethnic, sexual and spiritual. It's all contained in Ontario's new anti-bullying legislation, a progressive if imperfect attempt at making schools a welcoming and secure environment for all children. A father wants to be allowed to have his kids removed from class whenever issues involving sexuality and family come up. What's next? Someone doesn't want his kids exposed to learning about different world religions, say Islam? Someone doesn't want her kids to learn about diverse ethnicity -- excused? Another parent doesn't want his kids learning about Wiccans, or Harry Potter for that matter?
Ontario's public-school curriculum and programming is designed, as it must be, to err on the side of inclusivity and respectful secularism. And based on public reaction to Tourloukis's actions, that's a view widely if not universally embraced.
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Lofty education ideals narrow to a system driven by test results - Mail & Guardian Online

Lofty education ideals narrow to a system driven by test results - Mail & Guardian Online | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Lofty education ideals narrow to a system driven by test resultsMail & Guardian OnlineThird, there is a demand for greater accountability in the education sector, which has led to the introduction of achievement targets, benchmarking, indicators...
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The Case for Inclusion: Does All Really Mean All?

The Case for Inclusion: Does All Really Mean All? | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Things were so simple before. If a student was struggling in your classroom…there obviously was something wrong with them. Not your teaching methods (or curriculum for that matter). Things are not so simple anymore…nor were they ever…really.
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Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life.

 

But a study published last month is the first to show that music lessons in childhood may lead to changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop.


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A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children

A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
My daughter was one of tens of thousands of students isolated or restrained by teachers.
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Scaffolding

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A web page that lists a number of useful sites on scaffolding of learning as a mechanism to support learners who experience barriers to learning.
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France, news for disabled pupils

France, news for disabled pupils | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
the recruitment of 1,500 additional social workers and a newly established profession, the so-called assistants de scolarisation, with the task of assisting more students simultaneously, with mild disability. The measure was necessary not only to cope with the disabled students that within seven years increased by 33% (227,000 in 2012, according to estimates of the Ministry), but also to ensure a higher level of professionalism in the care of disability in schools, long claimed by parents’ associations.
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CAST UDL Lesson Builder™ provides a template for creating lessons using UDL

CAST UDL Lesson Builder™ provides a template for creating lessons using UDL | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
This free online tool teaches educators to customize standards-based curriculum to meet individual learning needs.

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Gender Differences in Mathematics-What brain science tells us

Gender Differences in Mathematics-What brain science tells us | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"For decades, boys have consistently scored higher than girls on standardized mathematics tests, such as the SAT and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). High school and college mathematics classes usually contain more males than females. Those seeking to explain this gender disparity have typically put the blame on outmoded social stereotypes. Recently, however, they have added discoveries in brain science as potential explanations."


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For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution

For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"Elizabeth is a college freshman who has severe dyslexia that makes it impossible for her to decipher printed materials. Nearly every night for 12 years of school, Elizabeth’s mother would sit down and read her daughter’s school work to her because that’s the only choice they had. But a few months before starting college, Elizabeth discovered an online library called Bookshare.org, run by a small non-profit called Benetech."


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Inclusion Made Easy | CBM International

Inclusion Made Easy | CBM International | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
A guide for programme staff in international development organisations on how to ensure programmes are disability inclusive...
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Children | a research/policy nexus

PAN:Children Portal is an online knowledge-hub complemented by dialogue and capacity building activities. We seek to provide timely and up-to-date information on child rights and equity. A partnership between the HSRC and UNICEF, this platform aims to provide a consolidated digital repository on the situation of children in South Africa. Please see the “About Us” page for further information.

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School gates closed for disabled children - West

School gates closed for disabled children - West | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
In Moldova from 2010 to 2011 only one-fifth of children with disabilities went to school. Of 15,321, only 3148 received an instruction of any kind. Amnesty International stresses the urgent need to make changes to the law on guarantees of equality and anti-discrimination, entering into force from January 10, 2013,
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Inclusive Education for the disabled: A Myth in India? - Hill Post

Inclusive Education for the disabled: A Myth in India? - Hill Post | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
17 years since the promulgation of the Persons with Disability Act in 1995 which demanded that children with disabilities be given an equal opportunity to join and pursue studies in mainstream educational institutes, statistics note that 9/10th of disabled children in India still find themselves excluded. Putting this into perspective means that 90% of the estimated 40 million children with disabilities in India are unable to pursue even primary education. The root cause of the problem is multifarious.
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As in South Africa, legislation and policies do not gaurantee inclusive education for children with disabilities.
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Getting started with Key Word Sign | The Spectronics Blog

Getting started with Key Word Sign | The Spectronics Blog | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The “little red book” is now available! For those of us who support people’s comprehension and expression through the use of Key Word Sign, this newly available resource, “Getting...
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Introduction - Inclusive Learning Design Handbook | Education Technology Today

Introduction - Inclusive Learning Design Handbook | Education Technology Today | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The Floe Inclusive Learning Design Handbook is a free Open Educational Resource (OER) designed to assist teachers, content creators, Web developers, and others in creating adaptable and personalizable educational resources that can accommodate a...
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Forget disability, we are concentrating on ability - Faces of Spina Bifida

Forget disability, we are concentrating on ability - Faces of Spina Bifida | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Derry Journal | Original Link by Andrew Quinn Derry, UK —The eyes of the world have been transfixed on the Paralympic Games in London for the last few weeks but ...
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The Effects of an Empathy Building Program on Bullying Behavior

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The Effects of an Empathy Building Program on Bullying Behavior.

 

This article discusses the development, implementation, and effects of a middle school empathy building program that was designed to reduce bullying behavior. Results show that participants in the intervention group reported engaging in significantly less bullying behavior as compared to the control group, and the program was particularly effective for the female participants. (Contains 2 tables.)


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Top Websites that provide Educational Video Tutorials for Teachers

Top Websites that provide Educational Video Tutorials for Teachers | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"Video tutorials are great way to stimulate students cognitive capabilities and elicit more engagement from their part. But not all the teachers have the necessary skills or time to go about creating tutorials for their students and this is why we should always make sure we have a bunch of ready-made tutorials at our disposal for rainy days."


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Game On: Increasing Learning Through Online Games

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This site provides resources for teachers, parents, and students who are interested in educational games on the Internet. It looks at the value of using games for learning, and provides game suggestions for several subject areas and grade levels.


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The Myth of Learning Styles: What do we know from research and what do we believe?

The Myth of Learning Styles: What do we know from research and what do we believe? | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"There is no credible evidence that learning styles exist. While we will elaborate on this assertion, it is important to counteract the real harm that may be done by equivocating on the matter. In what follows, we will begin by defining “learning styles”; then we will address the claims made by those who believe that they exist, in the process acknowledging what we consider the valid claims of learning-styles theorists. But in separating the wheat from the pseudoscientific chaff in learning-styles theory, we will make clear that the wheat is contained in other educational approaches as well. A belief in learning styles is not necessary to incorporating useful knowledge about learning into one's teaching. We will then discuss the reasons why learning styles beliefs are so prevalent. Finally, we will offer suggestions about collegiate pedagogy, given that we have no evidence learning styles do not exist."


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Linda Alexander's comment, July 9, 2012 8:29 AM
While many valid points were certainly made, the article doesn't bust any myths. Foremost, too many folks are capitalizing on learning style books and programs that are not grounded in scientific evidence and may actually harm the way we "think about thinking" and classroom learning. We need to move beyond popular psychology, left and right brain divisions, and attempts to number specific learning styles; theories and programs not thoroughly vetted by evidenced-based research or the cognitive sciences. The brain is far more complex, holistic and malleable than generally believed today. The continual efforts to divide and conquer brain functionality limits the way we view human intelligence, creativity and sparking individual potential. Nonetheless, most of us readily admit we've generally advanced in our thinking with kudos to some of the early learning styles and multiple intelligence myth busters. Moreover, we continue to learn more about processing skills, learning and intelligence in ways that will open doors for children and serve positive purposes in classrooms....
Ken Morrison's comment, July 14, 2012 8:45 PM
HI Mr. Dempsey.
Thank you for the many rescoops. It looks like you have a few great Scoop.it sites started. Best of luck to you. I will return to your sites in the future. I like what I see.
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Teaching for Meaning (Math)

Teaching for Meaning (Math) | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Teaching mathematics in a way that makes it meaningful for students is imperative. Recognizing that meaning is a criterion for long-term storage, teachers at all grade levels should purposefully plan for meaning in their lessons. Closure is a valuable strategy for helping students attach meaning to their new learning. Here are two basic ideas, with examples, about how to teach arithmetic for meaning using models...


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Kimberly Wynkoop's curator insight, January 26, 2014 9:14 PM

I think this article contains the one of the most important ideas in education,"recognizing that meaning is a criterion for long-term storage."  We as teachers should hope that what we are teaching is going to stick with our students however many times meaning is missing so the learning is only short lived.