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Dyslexia-ville

WELCOME TO DYSLEXIA-VILLE.COM: The comprehensive website that will become the launching pad to success for millions of dyslexics. The two web series Shooting Stars and Word of Mouth will be the cornerstone of the D-ville site. Episodes will be designed to elicit dialogue and inspire children to interact with each other over their shared issues.

Watch a preview below of Aidan's story. Aidan was diagnosed with dyslexia in 2nd grade, which took a toll on her self esteem, and confidence as a learner. Thanks to Aidan's hard work, her parents support, and help from The Churchill School in New York City, her story can be seen as an inspiration for other kids who struggle with dyslexia. (Video)


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Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! | Video on TED.com | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
TED Talks In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
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AccessApps is the original (and still most popular) software collection within EduApps. It consists of over 60 open source and freeware Windows applications which run from a USB stick.


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Education: Waiting for the dam to burst - Daily Maverick

Education: Waiting for the dam to burst - Daily Maverick | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
If you need any more evidence that South Africa’s basic education system, and perhaps government, is in the throes of a full-on crisis, look no further than a few of the cases the basic education department has been hauled before the courts to answer. One case relates to the lack of adequate schools infrastructure, another to the late delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools and a third to an apparent administrative bungle relating to how the department deals with textbook publishers.
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Designing Common Core Tests For All Proving a Challenge for Students with Learning Disabilities

Designing Common Core Tests For All Proving a Challenge for Students with Learning Disabilities | 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.


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Ways Universal Design for Learning Can Benefit All Types of Learners - Five UDL Tips for Teachers

Ways Universal Design for Learning Can Benefit All Types of Learners - Five UDL Tips for Teachers | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

The authors of this excellent article on how UDL can benefit all types of learners present a universal design lesson for educators: 

 

"If we think about and plan the best way to deliver the information for all students, not only will our instruction improve but it will also be accessible to everyone in the classroom.

 

For UDL to be both effective and properly implemented, the practitioner needs to know the difference between accommodating and modifying learning."  They illustrate this distinction through a fishing tale. 

 

They go on to describe 5 effective UDL Tips for Teachers that when used effectively as accomodations will cultivate a group of learners capable of experienceing success beyond the classroom.

 

1. Provide digital notes

2. Use screen readers/audio books

3. Allow extra time

4. Use noise-reducing technology

5. Differentiate assessments

 


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The best iPad apps for special needs kids

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Speech-language pathologist makes her picks for kids with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. "These are the most expensive versions of the apps because they have the most options for individualizing them to a child’s particular needs. In some cases, there are less expensive versions. These apps cost far more than most, but they are cheaper than traditional communication systems and equipment that parents of kids with special needs may have bought in the past."


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Test yourself for Aspergers Syndrome

Test yourself for Aspergers Syndrome | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Aspergers Syndrome has only been recognized since about 1995, we call ourselves Aspies. Try this test http://www.rdos.net/eng/ make sure you follow t...
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Peltola brings inclusivity to classroom

Peltola brings inclusivity to classroom | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Dale Peltola teaches students more than just the curriculum.
The Sir William Mulock Secondary School physical and special education teacher ensures every student has an inclusive high school experience and is well known in the school and community for actively promoting equal access and full inclusion for people with a disability.
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The Seeing Ear - Books for the Blind Online Library

The Seeing Ear - Books for the Blind Online Library | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
This is the website of The Seeing Ear, a U K charity dedicated to helping people who want to read, but cannot read ordinary books. It may be that the print is too small, turning pages is too difficult, - whatever the reason, we can help.
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How To Maintain Classroom Discipline – Good And Bad Methods ...

Maintaining Classroom Discipline (1947). Good and bad methods of disciplining inappropriate classsroom behavior. This was a very well made instructional movie for teachers. While there are new & different problems in the ...
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Preparing Quality Teachers of Mathematics « First Person ...

Countries that do well in international studies of mathematics achievement, such as Chinese Taipei and Singapore, have strong teacher education programs and quality assurance arrangements. They ensure that teaching is ...
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The Finnish experience of empowering teachers - Times of Malta

The Finnish experience of empowering teachers - Times of Malta | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
The Finnish experience of empowering teachers? The teacher training curriculum has a strong emphasis on multiculturality and the prevention of learning difficulties and exclusion, as well as on the understanding of learning,...
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Phonological Awareness Training: What Works Clearinghouse

Phonological Awareness Training: What Works Clearinghouse | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Phonological awareness training was found to have potentially positive effects on communication/language competencies for children with learning disabilities in early education settings.


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3 Shifts to the Paradigm of Online Professional Development

3 Shifts to the Paradigm of Online Professional Development | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Professional development has been something that is “done to” educators for far too long. We are in an era where teachers are rapidly moving to social media for learning while recognizing the irrelevance of traditional continuing education courses.
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10000 say special needs units vital - The Aucklander

10000 say special needs units vital - The Aucklander | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
10000 say special needs units vitalThe AucklanderEducation Minister Hekia Parata says the Government "aims to build an inclusive education system where all learners with special education needs are welcomed and supported in all schools.
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It is a pity that this mother is not considering the long term benefits of socialisation for her son if he is included with his peers. Parents need to welcome this reform!
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Authentic Assessment

The case for authentic assessments, "intellectual accomplishments that are worthwhile, significant, and meaningful." This video provides an overview of authentic assessment and also provides rationale for its use in the field of special education. 


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The Top Apps for Learners who Struggle with Text!

The Top Apps for Learners who Struggle with Text! | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Paul Hamilton lists the top apps for students who struggle with text. Just 13 more ways to level the playing field!

 

> Paperport:  Note-taking app with audio and voice recognition

> Text Grabber:  Turn hard copy to readable PDF

> Cloudon:  Do equations and other math on the iPad

> Type on PDF:  Complete tests on the iPad; import PDF's form Dropbox

> Abilipad:  Word prediction with TTS

> Nebulous Notes:  Text editor; integrates with DropBox

> AudioNote:  Combine typed and handwritten notes with built in mic to record voice.

> Dragon Dictation:  Easy to use voice recognition; use "Speak Selection" to read dictated work.

> vBookz PDF Voice Reader:  TTS for reading PDF files

> GoodReader:  Offers TTS for text files; works with DropBox

> Idea Sketch: Create mind map and turn it into an outline.

> Book Creator: Create and share multimedia projects on the iPad

> Side by Side:  Split iPad screen into up to customizable "windows"

 

 


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How Should Students With Learning Disabilities Be Identified?

How Should Students With Learning Disabilities Be Identified? | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it

Who are students with learning disabilities? It depends on what state or school district you live in.

The combination of a surge in the use of response to intervention and a lack of consensus about how much of a role cognitive assessment should play in an evaluation prompted the National Center for Learning Disabilities this month to issue a new set of guidelines on its view of how students with specific learning disabilities should be identified.


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Many disabled not at school - Sowetan LIVE

Many disabled not at school - Sowetan LIVE | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
THOUSANDS of disabled children are still not in the school system. This is despite meeting the target for the number of full-service schools nationally. According to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), at least 400,000 disabled children of school-going age are not in the system.
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Samantha Ravelli, girl behind state Reading Disability Task Force, making her way in high school

Samantha Ravelli, girl behind state Reading Disability Task Force, making her way in high school | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Samantha Ravelli, the Ocean City student who inspired the state Reading Disability Task Force, is now a high school freshman slowly working her way through “Of Mice and Men” for English class.
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The Benefits and Administration of Alternate Assessments

The Benefits and Administration of Alternate Assessments | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Alternate assessments are given to eligible students who are unable to perform proficiently on regular state assessments because of their disability.
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Accessible practice with open educational resources

Accessible practice with open educational resources | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
Google is poor at finding good quality resources licensed for use in education. Repositories are a better starting point. Some suggestions are Jorum, MERLOT, Open Knowledge Repository, OU Learning Space, UoN Open ...
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South Africa: Limpopo Education explains "Selowe primary school" saga.

The Limpopo Department of Education has moved to put across certain facts with regard to a Sunday media report about the...
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5 Tips For Assessing What Students Know

5 Tips For Assessing What Students Know | Inclusive Education | Scoop.it
It is not enough to teach students how to understand information and communications technology. At...
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