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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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Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction

Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Differentiated instruction (DI) is a vast system in which it is difficult for many teachers to find a foothold for supporting students in a meaningful way. Teachers want and expect everyone to succeed, yet the means to that end can be foggy at best. How can we ensure that planned learning experiences have a significant and positive impact on student learning? We can answer this question with three important guidelines that will transform student learning experiences through meaningful differentiation.

 


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Every guideline helps to make teachers more skilled in curriculum Differentiation

 

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A Decision That Helped Shape Michelle Obama

A Decision That Helped Shape Michelle Obama | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
For the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Michelle Obama will head to Topeka to talk about a Supreme Court ruling that affected her life.
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Only 60 years ago.

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T-Systems, Cisco help to solve South African education challenges - ITWeb

T-Systems, Cisco help to solve South African education challenges
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Education is a basic human right for all citizens of all ages, and as such, improving education service delivery is one of South African government's top priorities.
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Depression top cause of illness in world's teens, WHO reports

Depression top cause of illness in world's teens, WHO reports | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Depression is the top global cause of illness and disability for adolescents, the World Health Organization says http://t.co/0NvXBPzuzr
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In South Africa the depression and Anxiety Disorder Group does a lot to support teenagers who have depression.

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What’s So Scary About Smart Girls?

What’s So Scary About Smart Girls? | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The greatest threat to extremism isn’t an army. It’s girls reading books. Want to stick it to Boko Haram? Help educate a girl.
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Why are fanatics so terrified of girls’ education? Because there’s no force more powerful to transform a society. The greatest threat to extremism isn’t drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.

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10 Awesome iPad Apps to Engage Students in Hands-on Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Awesome iPad Apps to Engage Students in Hands-on Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"Here are some great iPad apps to boost students creativity and get them engaged in hands-on learning tasks. Using these apps students will be able to carry out a variety of creative activities including : making talking avatars,  creating digital books, recording screenshots and tutorials, creating pic collages,  and making videos and audio clips . All of these apps and many more are included in this wonderful visual from Tony Vincent."


Via John Evans
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These  apps are proving to be very useful in stimulating learning of children with learning difficulties. Teachers need training to integrate the use of assistive technology in their lessons.

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Vera Weber's curator insight, May 1, 10:27 AM
This looks like a wonderful arsenal of apps for creating engaging lessons!
WEAC's curator insight, May 1, 10:52 AM

From creating digital books to screencasting to animations, these tools will help you connect with your students and make learner fun.

Character Minutes's curator insight, May 1, 11:04 AM

Check out book creator and animatoranimator

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Accessible publishing guide

Accessible publishing guide | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

This resource was conceived and created by @alistairm of Jisc TechDis to support the Publisher Accessibility Action Group's presentations at the 2014 London Bookfair. 


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A useful guide for publishers on how to go about making publications accessible for people with print disabilities in line with the Marakesh agreement.

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Anthony Beal's curator insight, April 11, 6:54 AM

A useful interactive guide asking:

 

Why does it matter?

What is accessibility?

Where can I find out more?

alistairm 's curator insight, April 15, 5:18 AM

How do you get all the key accessibility messages you want publishers to have in a mobilephone-friendly way? This worked..

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Electronic Braille technology will make learning much easier for the blind - YouTube

Electronic braille technology has made it possible for a visually impaired grade 9 pupil from the Western Cape to attend a public school. 14 year old Pieter ...
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A new era has commenced for learners with visual impairment. With schools that are welcoming and supportive together with assistive technology everyone can attend their local neighbourhood schools.
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Apps for Autism: Communicating on the iPad - CBS News

Apps for Autism: Communicating on the iPad - CBS News | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
60 Minutes on CBS News: Apps for Autism: Communicating on the iPad - Autistic people whose condition prevents them from speaking are making breakthroughs with the help of tablet computers and special applications that allow them to communicate (Apps...
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Schools that go the iPad route must ensure that teachers are trained to integrate technology ino their lessons
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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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Celebrating excellence in education for people with disabilities | UNESCO

Celebrating excellence in education for people with disabilities | UNESCO | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Two organisations have been recognised on 26 May for their achievements in inclusive education. The Armenian NGO Bridge of Hope and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development of the Government of New Brunswick (Canada) were awarded the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

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Much can be learnt from both laureates about sustained and  systemic change towards inclusive education

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Virtual conference on vocational pedagogy: teaching and learning in Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Virtual conference on vocational pedagogy: teaching and learning in Technical and Vocational Education and Training | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
UNESCO encourages international peace and universal respect for human rights by promoting collaboration among nations. Its mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue.
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Relevant in a time when countries are exploring technical and vocational education and training as a means of addressing skills shortages and reducing unemployment.

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(Podcast) How Long Can We Wait For Inclusive Education? with Cheryl Jorgensen

(Podcast) How Long Can We Wait For Inclusive Education? with Cheryl Jorgensen | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Cheryl Jorgensen and I discuss why it has taken so long for inclusive education to catch on in the United States and what needs to happen to break the barrier for it to become part of best practices for education. She even gives me advice on whether I need to quit my job or not. You will not want to miss her surprising answer.
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Inclusive education programmes from Armenia and Canada win the 2013 UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Inclusive education programmes from Armenia and Canada win the 2013 UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Inclusive education programmes from Armenia and Canada win the 2013 UNESCO Prize http://t.co/12tny2o998
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All countries have learnt from the systemic transformation processes in New Brunswick and Armenia has shown how inclusion requires radical school and community culture changes.

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.

Via Dennis P. Garland
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Another plea for recognising diversity and creating an educational culture where individuals can flourish. Less government control, less standardised assessment and greater freedom for teachers to creative.

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Marianne Gunn's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:15 PM

Again, it may not pretain to special eduaction exactly but it can still apply! 

Denver Leigh Watson's curator insight, December 18, 2013 8:53 AM

#TED Very funny and totally true ... #NCLB ... #diversity vs. #conformity. Thank you, @sirkenrobinson and @TEDtalks #EdChat

Denver Leigh Watson's curator insight, February 4, 10:18 PM

Incredible insight from one of today's most amazing speakers and leaders of progressive thinking. If you do not know of Sir Ken Robinson, please allow me to make this introduction.  

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How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples

How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"It’s tempting to say that no matter how much technology pushes on education, every teacher will always need to know iconic teacher practices like assessment, curriculum design, classroom management, and cognitive coaching.

This may end up being true...Below are 15 tasks that are less skill-based. and a bit more conceptual, collectively representing how teaching is changing."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 5, 9:50 PM

I suspect that every teacher has seen major change over the last few years. This post provides a look at changes that have happened, or are in the process. The first seven provide the change and a look at the old, the new, the difference and a short summary. One example from the post is quoted below.

Personalization

The Old: Administer assessment, evaluate performance, report performance, then–maybe–make crude adjustments the best you can

The New: Identifying, prioritizing, and evaluating data for each student individually–in real time

The Difference: Precision

For more information click through to the post.

Rudy Azcuy's curator insight, May 6, 8:38 AM

How do you see education changing? How prepared are our schools for these changes?

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Graduation Rates Fall Short For Students With Disabilities - Disability Scoop

Graduation Rates Fall Short For Students With Disabilities - Disability Scoop | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
More Americans are graduating high school than ever before, but students with disabilities remain far behind their typically-developing peers, a new report
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The number of learners with disability who write and pass the National Senior Certificate in South Africa is also dropping. Does this have to do with low expectations on the part of teachers rather than the ability of the learners?

 

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The Revised SEN Code of Practice has Arrived - Special Needs Jungle

The Revised SEN Code of Practice has Arrived - Special Needs Jungle | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
It’s somewhat more than fashionably late and let’s hope, as I said the other day, that the reason is because it has been carefully crafted to be so good that no one can raise a single objection. Branded by both … Keep Reading... →
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It would be wonderful if the SIAS Policy call for public comment could elicit 700 responses. That is proof of lively public engagement with government policy.

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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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