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Designing Common Core Tests For All Proving a Challenge

Designing Common Core Tests For All Proving a Challenge | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Although more students with disabilities than ever are included in state testing programs, the task of giving these students high-quality assessments in the future that measure how adept they are at mastering the Common Core State Standards seems to have an endless number of hurdles to overcome before students face these new assessments in the 2014-15 school year.

 

And one of them has less to do with the test than with instruction, said Stephen N. Elliott, a professor of education at Arizona State University. Elliot spoke Tuesday at a U.S. Department of Education meeting addressing the challenges that remain in preparing new tests that all students are scheduled to take in 2014. This was the fourth meeting about the assessments.


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Inclusive Education: International Policy and Practice - Review

 

Armstrong, Ann Cheryl; Armstrong, Derrick and Spandagou, Ilektra. (2010) Inclusive Education: International Policy and Practice. London: SAGE

 

An overall strength of the book is that it takes a developing world perspective on the study of inclusive education.

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UDL Principle 1 - Multiple Means of Representation - Matt Bergman's UDL for ALL

UDL Principle 1 - Multiple Means of Representation - Matt Bergman's UDL for ALL | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"Our brain's recognition system helps us gather information and categorize it through what we see, hear, and read. When we recognize letters, words, or a particular writing style, we are using this part of our brain. So how do we help students learn with this part of our brain? When we present information in different ways, we stimulate our student's senses and their learning experience."

 

Matt Bergman includes a set of online tools that supports UDL Principle 1 that aligns to the related guidelines.

 

Thank you Matt for this great resource on multiple means of representation!


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UDL Principle 2 - Multiple Means of Action and Expression - Matt Bergman's UDL for ALL

UDL Principle 2 - Multiple Means of Action and Expression - Matt Bergman's UDL for ALL | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"Our brain's Strategic network helps students answer the "how" of learning through organizing, evaluating, planning and performing tasks. When our students have the opportunity to express their learning in different ways, they are finding different ways of action and expression. For example, students could write an essay, give a PowerPoint, or create a podcast about a particular concept."

 

Matt Bergman includes online resources that support UDL Principle 2 with alignment to the specific guidelines under this principle.

 


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Fixing education is long-term answer - Sowetan (blog)

Fixing education is long-term answer - Sowetan (blog) | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Sowetan (blog)Fixing education is long-term answerSowetan (blog)The state of youth unemployment has reached monumental levels in South Africa: 42% of young people under the age of 30 are unemployed, while more than 70% of the unemployed are aged...
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18 years post-apartheid, S.Africans struggle for education - Rappler

18 years post-apartheid, S.Africans struggle for education - Rappler | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
BBC News. 18 years post-apartheid, S.Africans struggle for education. Agence France-Presse JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) - A court ruling that the lack of textbooks in schools breached the constitution has returned to the fore the battle ...
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Teaching & Learning - Five Habits—Easy but Often Neglected Practices That Improve Outcomes - Magna Publications

Teaching & Learning - Five Habits—Easy but Often Neglected Practices That Improve Outcomes - Magna Publications | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Given the daily grind of teaching, it is easy to forget that little practices can make a big difference when the goals are more learning and better teaching. Here is a reminder of five easy habits to practice mindfully ("mindfulness" comes from the Latin word for having a good memory).


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Inclusive Solutions

Welcome to Inclusive Solutions!

We are national suppliers of Assistive Technology and AAC equipment (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) for people with physical and/or communication disabilities. We provide software, books, computer access devices, switches, adapted toys, eye control systems, communication devices and much more.
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Special needs budgets for parents

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Parents in England are to be given more financial control over support for their children with special educational needs.
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Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators as Curators

Presentation given at SXSWedu on March 6, 2012.
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Autism's mysterious rise - The Durango Herald

Autism's mysterious rise - The Durango Herald | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Autism's mysterious riseThe Durango HeraldAutistic children are like their peers in many respects but different in others. And for reasons no one completely understands, their numbers are growing.
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4Children responds to the Department for Education's Special Educational Needs and Disability Plans

4Children responds to the Department for Education's Special Educational Needs and Disability Plans | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
4Children welcomes the expansion of personal budgets, which give young people with special educational needs and their families the right to directly access services that provide the support they need. In our recent Family Commission, parents consistently told us of the struggles they had in finding the right support for their disabled children.
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Backwards Design with TED-Ed « TechKNOW Tools

Backwards Design with TED-Ed « TechKNOW Tools | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
In reviewing the current curriculum, it was apparent that a backwards design approach would be the most effective method for this instructional design project. In Understanding by Design, Wiggins and McTighe (2005) identify the key stages for  backwards design.
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Another kick in the guts for teachers | infonews.co.nz New Zealand's local news community

The National Government’s plans to increase class sizes but freeze teacher numbers will see a shortfall of 1,000 teachers over the next four years as a result of rising school rolls, Labour’s Education spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.

 

“Responding to questions in the House today Education Minister Hekia Parata admitted that her move to bigger class sizes will see 1,000 fewer teachers employed than forecast under the current class size model.

 

“As school rolls continue to grow the result will be even bigger classes. More kids per class means teachers have less time to interact with students on a one to one basis and classes have the potential to be more off-task,” Nanaia Mahuta said.

 

“Teachers and principals have already indicated that increasing numbers of children are presenting with behavioural or learning challenges and larger class sizes will do nothing to alleviate difficulties likely to arise from that.


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Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Other Resources for Teachers

Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Other Resources for Teachers | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Discover great ideas and strategies to use as a teacher with this collection of videos covering Math, Science, English, History and more.


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Stages of Learning – Knowing your Learners » Universally Designed

Stages of Learning – Knowing your Learners » Universally Designed | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Jason Gibson makes some important points about how to meet the need of ALL learners.  First and foremost, know your learners before you decide on an instructional  strategy and the technology you may use.  How do you do this?  Use the UDL Class Learning Profile.

 

"I wanted to share a foundational principle for meeting the needs of ALL learners. Before you select the technology, you must identify the strategy. Before you select the strategy, you have to know where your learners are in regards to the content/skill you are teaching! Knowing this will allow you to make the best instructional (including when, what, and how with technology) decision for each learner. Haring, et al., 1978 was one of the earliest to dive into these stages and it has moved forward with a few minor changes through the years. Here they are (drumroll please!): Acquisition, Fluency, Maintenance, and Generalization."


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17 Apraxia resources for concerned parents | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

17 Apraxia resources for concerned parents | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Resources for families and educators to learn more about apraxia, the different types, and strategies to support students with apraxia.


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Quick Brown Fox: A new racism in our kids' schools

Quick Brown Fox: A new racism in our kids' schools | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
On May 5, an American, Tim Wise, was a keynote speaker at the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB's) Futures Conference on Equity and Inclusive Education. Wise is a card-carrying member of the American far left who ...
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Court case highlights South Africa's lack of books - Herald Sun

Court case highlights South Africa's lack of books - Herald Sun | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Wall Street JournalCourt case highlights South Africa's lack of books. SOUTH African court has ruled that the lack of textbooks in schools breaches the constitution.
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How to “Flip this Lesson” Using YouTube and TED Ed | Online Universities

How to “Flip this Lesson” Using YouTube and TED Ed | Online Universities | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"When I wrote How "Flip This Lesson" by TED Ed Could Help Teachers More, on May 10, 2012, I got some push-back from tededlogan who wrote, "Hey there, Jumarqui. Thanks for doing this. I really enjoyed it, and it is helpful to hear and see a visitor interpreting the site out loud. However, I wanted to quickly point out that you didn’t click one of the more powerful features available on TED-Ed. The "flip this video" button."

This post goes on and provides a "video and step-by-step how-to guide for anyone interested in creating their own flipped lesson on TED Ed."


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The Trouble With Differentiating Differentiation - Huffington Post (blog)

The Trouble With Differentiating Differentiation - Huffington Post (blog) | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

It's that time of year again, those two weeks in May during which high school students around the nation are sitting their Advanced Placement exams. And this year we mark the 30th anniversary of the most celebrated AP class of all time: in 1982 a triumphant 14 of Jaime Escalante's 15 calculus students passed the end-of-year test, their achievement immortalized in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver.


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7 Ways To Keep Students Focused [and avoid distraction] While Using Technology

7 Ways To Keep Students Focused [and avoid distraction] While Using Technology | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

"When used effectively, technology plays an important role in enhancing the learning process. Teachers can use digital devices to present supplemental material for lessons or to encourage students to take a more hands-on role in their education. Even with all of the benefits of technology in the classroom, however, educators must use caution to ensure that students are focusing on the lesson and not giving in to distractions."

 

This post suggests seven ways that teachers can use to help students pay more attention when using technology.


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Flipping Blooms Taxonomy | Powerful Learning Practice

Flipping Blooms Taxonomy | Powerful Learning Practice | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

In media studies we often look at the creation of print and digital advertisements. Traditionally, students learn many of the foundational principles for creating a layout through a lecture or text book reading, and then eventually create their own.

What if we started with creativity rather than principles?


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Olga Boldina's curator insight, January 8, 3:05 AM

Моя практика показывает, что такой путь - верный!

Ulrike Grabe's curator insight, January 10, 3:56 AM

Who ever suggested Bloom's taxonomy as a pyramid that required to master the bottom levels before the top ones?

 

Putting 'creating' first is the logical manifestation of action-oriented teaching.

Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, January 10, 11:47 AM

Suena provocador comenzar por la creación y la creatividad en lugar de comenzar con la memorización de información.

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Dokters wen in saak oor Down-kind

Dokters wen in saak oor Down-kind | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
'n Egpaar het hul skadevergoedingseis teen twee ginekoloë in die hooggeregshof in Pretoria verloor nadat hul dogter met Down se sindroom gebore is.
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2012 Education Budget Speech, Minister Motshekga

In 2012, we are providing 54 million books to learners, at no cost to the parent or learner. This is history in the making and we are very proud of this achievement.

In line with our commitment to inclusive education, workbooks for Grades 1 to 6 were adapted and are currently being brailled. Grade 7 to 9 workbooks are also being adapted for Brailling.

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