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Your Samsung TV might be watching you

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A flaw in Samsung Smart TVs was discovered that could allow hackers to control the camera and watch users in their living rooms.

The flaws enabled hackers to remotely turn on the TVs' built-in cameras without leaving any trace of it on the screen.


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Be sure who's doing the watching!

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Travis Haggerty's comment, August 5, 2013 11:47 AM
hahaha oh god... chatroulette! nooo!!!!
François-Xavier Schaeffer's comment, August 6, 2013 4:19 AM
@Clay: I also have one… in my bedroom!
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Coding is the New Literacy - Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens - FRACTUS LEARNING

Coding is the New Literacy - Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens - FRACTUS LEARNING | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
There is no denying that coding is snowballing in importance across schools all around the world. Whether it’s Scratch, Programming Games or the Hour of Code, an understanding of software and the ability to code is fast becoming an essential skill for all 21st century learners.

At a recent TEDx event in Jackson Mississippi, Professor Marina Bers discussed her research into the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children’s positive development. How does this research manifest and present itself in the real world? Well programming robots of course!

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Scannable- A New Powerful App from Evernote ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Scannable- A New Powerful App from Evernote ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Here is a wonderful new app released by Evernote a few days ago. Scannable is an app that allows you to easily scan papers and save them to your Evernote or share them with others via email or text. The way Scannable works is pretty basic: simply point your iPad or iPhone camera at the document you want to scan (this could be a post-it note, information on a business card or notes on a whiteboard), Scannable immediately captures it and make it available to you in the form of a shareable document.

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One more way to assist iPad and iPhone owners involved in learning activities.

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The High School Chapter, Page One | Support for Special Needs

The High School Chapter, Page One | Support for Special Needs | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Schuyler started her summer band camp this morning, so I guess this is sort of the unofficial beginning of her high school years. Two weeks of 7am-to-noon rehearsals, a week of evening practices, and then ninth grade ...
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75 best apps for special education, special nee...

75 best apps for special education, special nee... | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
We asked special education teachers, OTs and SLPs to recommend their favorite apps for autism, speech and language, reading and writing, auditory processing disorder, executive functioning and more. Here is their list.
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What Your Smartphone Is Doing To Your Body & Mind

What Your Smartphone Is Doing To Your Body & Mind | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

On average, people pick up their smartphone 221 times a day to do things with it. It's no secret that we are getting more and more addicted to these handsets, but have you wondered what effect that is having on your mind and your body? Scientists are definitely curious and have a few ideas


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 19, 8:28 AM

A short light article but with lots of links to research data.


faith ward's curator insight, January 24, 8:39 AM

Research data in the article is very interesting. 

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9 Important Steps To Effective Home Page Design

Effective web design must begin with a clear goal or purpose for the website. When visitors enter a website they normally start scanning from the top left. …

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If you are like me and wanting to put out an interesting web site that draws visitors, there is some excellent information to get started with.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 13, 5:26 PM

These basic steps apply to both commercial and academic home page design.

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Using Minecraft to Challenge Students and Keep Learning Fun - Fractus Learning

Using Minecraft to Challenge Students and Keep Learning Fun - Fractus Learning | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Much more than just a video game, Minecraft is being used by thousands of educators to tackle learning concepts in an amazingly fun digital environment.

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Just so you know, games aren't all bad. They can, in fact, be powerful tools for keeping the mind exercised and the fingers dexterous.

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ropesemphasize's comment, January 14, 1:45 AM
Spectacular...!!
asli telli's curator insight, January 14, 1:46 AM

Now I feel more empathy for my son's addiction to MineCraft J

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, January 14, 2:03 AM

A good approach into using Minecraft with our students...

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6 Ways to Engage Every Learner Using UDL -- THE Journal

6 Ways to Engage Every Learner Using UDL -- THE Journal | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
In any given classroom, there are invariably learners who simply don’t connect with what’s being taught. Lectures can be easy to tune out. A textbook can feel dense and boring to finish. Even a video can pose limitations for learners with sight or hearing difficulties. When these are the only options available, some learners are bound to fall behind without requesting special support, while others will surge ahead. Differentiation is one way to bridge this gap, and another is adapting the curriculum to suit all learners, instead of adjusting it to support the needs of each one.


That latter approach, called Universal Design for Learning (UDL), operates under a handful of broad principles that mainly concern themselves with the what, how and why of learning.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 3, 5:27 PM

UDL - Universal Design for Learning promises to help us design so our curriculum can 'suit all learners'.   This is a lucid overview of an essential design principle. 

Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, January 5, 5:08 PM

Incorporating Universal Design concepts into e-learning projects can really help some people learn better.  I especially agree with the comment in this article where the author says you don't have to use all of the guidelines - start small and apply these ideas a bit at a time to additional lessons.  Eventually, it will become a way of thinking when designing instruction.

Ann Luzeckyj's curator insight, January 6, 5:37 PM

I know some staff here at Flinders already use this - but for those that do not...  happy to discuss with anyone wanting more info.

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'Silver tsunami' creates challenge for workforce - Philly.com

'Silver tsunami' creates challenge for workforce - Philly.com | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
BROUGHT ON by the earthquake of world war, this tsunami has been 70 years in the making.
By 2029, one-fifth of the U.S.
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Something else to wonder and worry about.  Like the disaster that happened when it turned 2000?

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Big Picture Tutoring - Compassion. Inspiration. Motivation.

Your child is more than a test score, a grade, a disability, or a skill level. Your child is a complex, dynamic learner who deserves to be encouraged and tre...
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20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning - Emerging EdTech

20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning - Emerging EdTech | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
There are so many good free tools for creating comics and cartoons on the web, as well as apps for tablets and smartphones. I’ve built out a list of fun tools I am looking forward to trying out over the upcoming holiday break. I can’t wait to brainstorm creative ways to leverage these in lessons!

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CDI Pyramides's curator insight, January 26, 3:27 AM

Des outils pour créer des BD !

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Afegeix el teu visió ...

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 27, 3:38 PM

Ca m'a plu de faire un bd au cours avec les élèves.

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8 Twitter Tools to Improve Your Sales

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Eight Twitter tools that help you analyze data, gain insights and boost sales. The result: you'll improve your marketing campaigns and keep your customers coming back for more. 


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Bonnie Burns's curator insight, December 9, 2014 1:12 PM

Twitter tools that help you analyze data, gain insights and boost sales.

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Who are Europe's unemployed and inactive? - Balkans.com Business News

Who are Europe's unemployed and inactive? - Balkans.com Business News | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Who are Europe’s unemployed and inactive? Why are they out-of-work? Why are some excluded for extended periods of time? What can be done to enable their active participation in the labor market?
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How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School - Jonathan Wylie

How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School - Jonathan Wylie | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
There are lots of great learning opportunities when you use green screen effects in the classroom. I’ve written about some of those before, but almost all of them involved green screen movies. What about green screen photography? Is that possible on an iPad? It is, because there’s an app for that.

Recently I was reminded of the ability to do green screen photography when I read a blog post by Dr. Wesley Fryer. He did a green screen photo booth at the Fall Festival of the school he works at in Oklahoma. Great idea. So how do you do it? It all starts with the Green Screen app by DoInk. The rest is easy! Here’s how it works.

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Khan Academy: now on your iPad more interactive and personalized than ever

Khan Academy: now on your iPad more interactive and personalized than ever | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

Back in 2008, Khan Academy started as a simple library of YouTube videos, but has grown to become so much more. Over 15 millions students per month are learning across the platform, and they’re lear


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ELDERS REACT TO OCULUS RIFT

Oculus Rift Bonus video on REACT channel: http://goo.gl/Abrl69 Watch all main React episodes (Kids/Teens/Elders/YouTubers): http://goo.gl/4iDVa Support TheFi...
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What is the potential for this device?  

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Why the modern world is bad for your brain - theguardian

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In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient

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More to worry about?!

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jose antonio gabelas's curator insight, January 20, 6:56 AM

añada su visión ...

Debra Walker's curator insight, January 21, 2:40 PM

Not just another reason to not drive (walk, talk, etc) & text.  Fascinating read, full of information

 

Tom Van Looy's curator insight, January 23, 12:36 PM

Scary ! I've always hated the humongeous number of emails except in the really early days at uni. Google's new Inbox is also something that I find eases the pain ...

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A New Kind of Social Anxiety in the Classroom - The Atlantic

A New Kind of Social Anxiety in the Classroom - The Atlantic | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Stress about a meeting that is still a week away, handwringing before talking to the cashier in the grocery line, worrying about seeing an acquaintance on the street—for people with social anxiety disorder, even the simplest task can prove challenging. The symptoms of social anxiety often set in around adolescence, when people place a new emphasis on social interactions and their place in their peer groups. But some academics fear that greater access to technology could exacerbate social anxiety among teens, particularly as smartphones, tablets, and computers become omnipresent in and out of the classroom. And even though teachers are increasingly exploiting the devices as learning tools, they also play an integral role in stemming the tide of social anxiety.

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Patricia Alvarez's curator insight, January 17, 8:54 AM

“Was it the use of technology that has created a heightened sense of anxiety about talking to someone face to face, or did it start with social anxiety that led to increased use of social media?”  <--- The most poignant statement in this article. What do you think?

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Speaky : The Next Level of Language Exchange

Speaky : The Next Level of Language Exchange | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Find and meet native speakers from all around the world. Browse our community to find your ideal language partner and enjoy improving your language skills.

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Worth a look, for sure.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 14, 4:36 AM

Could be interesting for learners of all languages.

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Plant-derived flavanol (−)epicatechin mitigates anxiety in association with ... - Nature.com

Plant-derived flavanol (−)epicatechin mitigates anxiety in association with ... - Nature.com | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Translational Psychiatry explores the more translational area between the research in neuroscience and conceptually novel treatments
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Anything to kill or at least slow down that Anxiety Demon.

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Here's What Some Teens Are Using Instead Of Snapchat And Instagram To Share Pictures In Class - Business Insider

Here's What Some Teens Are Using Instead Of Snapchat And Instagram To Share Pictures In Class - Business Insider | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

"I went home last week and did everything one normally does over the holidays: I got together with my family and, in the spirit of Christmas, grilled my teenage cousins about what apps they're using on their iPhones.

 

They named two of the usual suspects, Snapchat and Instagram. They laughed in my face when I asked what they thought about Facebook. "It's for moms," one explained to me. 

 

Insightful, but not out of the ordinary. Then my 13-year-old cousin asked me if I knew what AirDrop was."

 


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Njean Curl's curator insight, January 4, 10:43 AM

Out of the mouths of babes. In spite of Conserative efforts to promote the “Dumbing Down of America’s Youth’ still they rise.

Lee Hall's curator insight, January 6, 3:10 PM

Children are very useful if you want to find innovative ways to use something.

Larissa Bonthorne's curator insight, January 13, 3:52 AM

Useful for keeping up to date with new social networks used by teenagers.  It is important to do this so that educators and parents can teach students how to best use a social network, whilst also keeping themselves safe.

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Defining Moments: Sexuality and Care of Older Adults – National ...

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Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci is the Director for Geriatrics Education and Research at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), and Director of U-ExCEL (UNE~Exercise and Conditioning for Easier Living) ....
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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.

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heather bell's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:22 PM

Adding to our thinking around UDL and the opportunities we create for learning in our classrooms

Stacy Esch's curator insight, December 19, 2014 11:08 AM

Interesting. I wonder how many of these need to be taught in college?

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, December 29, 2014 4:50 PM

Great list!

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The 11 Skills Underlying 21st Century New Literacies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 11 Skills Underlying 21st Century New Literacies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The second major shift emerges with the uptake of the social networking sites and participatory technologies. Now, we no longer talk about a single literacy but multiple literacies. Literacies take many forms and encompass a varied body of social skills and cultural competencies. In their popular white paper "Confronting The Challenges of Participatory Cultures" Jenkins et al talked at length  about the development of these new literacies and how they come to shape the new learning forms that take place in the virtual space. According to Jenkins et al, these new literacies involve several social skills that are developed through collaboration and networking.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 29, 2014 1:15 PM

This overview article lists 11 literacy skills that resonate with me. As an online educator they all apply to my work. However the three that most closely describe the program I work in are:


6- Distributed cognition:
The ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities.


7- Collective intelligence:
The ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal.


10- Networking
The ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information.


I learn by teaching. My life as an educator has prepared me to be 21st Century Literate.   

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'Bridging the Gap': Technology in Special Education - EdSurge

'Bridging the Gap': Technology in Special Education - EdSurge | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Technology is often heralded for personalizing learning. But what has edtech done for students with disabilities, who may need personalized education the most?
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