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Video Games May Treat Dyslexia

Video Games May Treat Dyslexia | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

Honing visual attention boosts reading ability. Though small, the study bolsters evidence that dyslexia stems in part from problems in focusing attention onto letters and words in an orderly way. 


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media tweakers's curator insight, August 18, 2013 4:50 AM

I just love the way technology is used to help people.

Sarah Hibbeln's curator insight, November 14, 2013 9:01 PM

This article I thought was AMAZING! It intersted me a lot that video games might be able to treat Dyslexia people. The University of Padua in Italy found that 10 kids with dyslexia who played an action-filled video game for an 80-minute sessions increased their reading speed! These video games help Dyslexia people in focusing attention onto letters and words in an orderly way. Apparently, video games make you focus on the players to constantly redirecting their attention to different targets. The training worked on visual attention skills and reading hand in hand, and the reading improvements even exceeded those obtained in children after traditional therapies for dyslexia.  Dyslexia need to focus on building language skills, which video games improve. Finally, This article needs to get out more and help people in not only the U.S. but the whole world. 

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Understanding and Serving the Lifelong Learner (Part 1) | The ...

Understanding and Serving the Lifelong Learner (Part 1) | The ... | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
... Youtube Delicious Stumble Upon Digg · Start Here · Opinions · News · Research · Special Features · About Us · Contribute · Subscribe ...
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World Learning Supports Inclusion

World Learning seeks to create a more inclusive world by addressing the needs of and drawing on the contributions of all members of society. We hope you'll join us!
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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.


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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, July 24, 6:55 PM

Neurociencia

Chris Brown's curator insight, July 25, 10:31 AM

Consider when you feel learning takes place.  Neroscience has been studying how the brain reacts in certain situations and they have found that:

 

"...superior learning takes place when classroom experiences are relevant to students' lives, interests, and experiences. Lessons can be stimulating and challenging without being intimidating, and the increasing curriculum requirements can be achieved without stress, anxiety, boredom, and alienation as the pervasive emotions of the school day."

 

As learning professionals we should consider the impact of stressful or boring situations on the ability of our learners to be successful.  The article concludes with a call to action:

 

"Joy and enthusiasm are absolutely essential for learning to happen -- literally, scientifically, as a matter of fact and research. Shouldn't it be our challenge and opportunity to design learning that embraces these ingredients?"

 

Joy and enthusiasm are essential...how are you going to embrace these?

Andrea Stewart's curator insight, July 27, 12:09 AM

Not surprising. don't we all remember mor when we are excited about the situation? Involvement.

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Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable'

Traditional publishing is 'no longer fair or sustainable' | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

Chief executive of 9,000-member UK group argues that while 'authors' earnings are going down generally, those of publishers are increasing. 

After figures released this week showed professional authors' median annual incomes have collapsed to to £11,000, The Society of Authors' chief executive has claimed that traditional publishers' terms "are no longer fair or sustainable".


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Commerce 1, Creativity 0 .  

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 14, 8:31 AM

No surprises here.

Randy Nichols's curator insight, July 14, 10:16 AM

The "Book of the Future" awaits? And will it not be digital?

Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, July 14, 10:35 AM

All the more reason that all universities should move open access publishing of their research - using an open source system such OJS - https://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/ - with automatic listing in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - http://doaj.org/ ; :-)

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What Is Differentiated Instruction?

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So, how would you define differentiated instruction? In her newly revised book, The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition, Carol Ann Tomlinson discusses the meaning of differentiation and how teachers can modify their instruction to engage all students. The book highlights key principles of differentiation, including: An invitational learning environment that encourages and supports learning Quality curriculum Assessment that informs teaching and learning Instruction that responds to student variance Take a look at the infographic below that highlights some of the best and worst practices for differentiation in today’s classrooms. Post it in your office and share it with your colleagues as a reminder to refine your teaching strategies to meet the learning styles of all students. Want to read more? Pick up a copy in print or e-book format in the ASCD Online Store.

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For all my teacher friends.

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Best Apps for Special Needs & Learning Differences

Best Apps for Special Needs & Learning Differences | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Support students with special needs and learning differences with these great apps. Featured tools: Proloquo2Go; The Social Express Pro; Kids in Story Book Maker.

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Good apps for care givers, parents or Special Education teachers, especially multiple exceptionalities and developmental delays

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Finding a Way to Help Every Type of Learner: New Frontiers in Learning on ... - Huffington Post

Finding a Way to Help Every Type of Learner: New Frontiers in Learning on ... - Huffington Post | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
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Tackk - Simply create beautiful pages

Tackk - Simply create beautiful pages | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Quickly publish and share your message with one simple page. No signup, just easy, beautiful design.

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Looking forward to trying this and see what I can do.

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Herman van Schie's comment, July 11, 4:31 AM
You need a manual of Tackk. Look at http://ict-idee.blogspot.nl/2012/11/136-maak-een-een-pagina-website-met.html (Manual in Dutch. Translate-button on site).
Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, July 11, 7:59 AM

Tackk.

Julia Echeverría's curator insight, July 24, 5:34 AM

Compartiendo enlaces interesantes

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Murally: Sketching on Sticky Notes

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After many requests for a drawing feature, we’re happy to announce that Mural.ly now allows you to sketch your ideas out on sticky notes (and we’re pretty excited about it).


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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, July 8, 6:20 PM

infografico do caminho de desenho de serviços que vale como refererencia.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 9, 5:42 AM

Mural.ly has novel tools. Among other, you can add sticky notes inside.


Have a go for your infographics

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 10, 4:05 PM

Great addition to let you sketch on sticky notes.

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Best iPhone and iPad apps to help you learn a new language! - iMore

Best iPhone and iPad apps to help you learn a new language! - iMore | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

"Looking for the best iPhone apps and Best iPad apps to help you learn a new language? No matter what language you want to learn, there are hundreds of options available in the App Store. Whether you're getting ready to travel the world or just feel it's important to know another language, it's never too late to learn. Luckily, the days of having to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for online or tape courses are long gone. However, that doesn't mean all language learning apps are created equal. These are the language learning apps for iPhone and iPad that we think are the absolute best!``


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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 5, 11:21 AM

I'm thinking it may be time to learn Spanish. 

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Ebooks v paper - FT.com

Ebooks v paper - FT.com | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

Yet research has already told us a lot about how we read now. First and foremost, it emphasises that even using paper, there are many different approaches. Most of us probably have a settled style: you might be a skimmer, a skipper, a front-to-back completist, a keeper of the pristine page or an obsessive writer of marginalia. Whatever the case, our habits have probably been created largely as combination of childhood experience and how the medium we read in is nudging us.


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After years of paper, for reading and  study, Ebooks make the grade. 

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Nataliasterns's curator insight, July 3, 3:20 PM

lectura papel vs tablet

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, July 5, 5:15 PM

Ebooks versus papel.

Debra Evans's curator insight, July 10, 6:28 PM

Definitely worth reading this article. I have heard many teachers proclaim that reading a "book" is more beneficial than an ereader, etc. I have not necessarily bekieved what they say, but the evidence is just not there yet, however it is beginning to come and my own anecdotal evidence seems to resonate with what is being stated here. 

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Passion Driven Learning and the Technology that Supports It

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Over the past few months, I've shared many of the creations that my nephew has made including his most recent venture into puppetry. Today, I wanted to take a moment to break down some specific exa...
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When it grabs your interest, so much can unfold.  This is the record of a very positive, personal, non-school based learning experience.

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The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online

The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online.

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Feeling creative?  Want to share your summer holidays, produce a fun movie, or join the video crowd?  This might help you get started.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, July 10, 9:54 AM

Video Production

ChemaCepeda's curator insight, July 23, 8:34 AM

Buen listado. Ya no hay excusas para producir buenos contenidos de salud

BobbyO's curator insight, July 24, 6:56 AM

Good Curative video stuff.

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How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain

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Researchers in the burgeoning field of music neuroscience discuss the effects of music on brain development.
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OPINION: Who Needs Learning Relationship Management? We All Do - EdSurge

OPINION: Who Needs Learning Relationship Management? We All Do - EdSurge | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
OPINION: Who Needs Learning Relationship Management? We All Do
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... organizational theory and, in building our industrial system of education, forgot what our four-year-olds know: Learning doesn't work without relationships.
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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 11, 11:46 PM

Here's a bit of online facilitation wisdom: "The Two-Question Rule: This means to follow a question with another question that probes for deeper understanding."


Author/Blogger Professor Maurice Elias does a fine job of explaining how questioning helps deepen thinking. 

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, July 18, 1:45 PM

I like asking open ended questions to see how students think,

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Is It Therapy or Is It a Video Game?

Is It Therapy or Is It a Video Game? | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

Head-mounted displays, joysticks and surround sound systems may be coming soon to a therapist’s office near you.


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The near future, filled with digital paraphenalia!

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Micah Russo's curator insight, July 15, 2:03 PM

Applications of games continue to spill over into other fields.

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Four Scams Targeting Older Adults | Chicago's Geriatric Care ...

Four Scams Targeting Older Adults | Chicago's Geriatric Care ... | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
When I talk to people about advocacy and geriatric care management, they get that part of what we do in our professional role is look out for older adults and guard against abuse of a variety of sorts.
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Always be on the look out!

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Free Animated Backgrounds That Move For PowerPoint Presentation

Free Animated Backgrounds That Move For PowerPoint Presentation | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

Having a nice design slide for a presentation is one thing that so many presenters want to have. Adding the page with unique element such as moving image, transition, is a good idea.


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Doesn't hurt to keep animated.

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Vera Weber's curator insight, July 12, 11:09 AM

These look like very useful tools for making presentations that are engaging.

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, July 12, 1:23 PM

Bewegend beeld wordt steeds belangrijker

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, July 14, 8:10 AM

Something to put in your presentation tool box.  

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iTunes U update with iPad Course Creation, Student Discussions & more

iTunes U update with iPad Course Creation, Student Discussions & more | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

The new features will begin rolling out July 8 with the ability for teachers to create and manage previously uploaded lessons directly from the iPad. Apple says the course creation features will let teachers grab content from iWork, iBooks Author or “any of the over 75,000 educational apps available for iPad.” It will also let teachers use the iPad’s camera to include shots and video of real-world items in courses. The course creation feature will be available to educators in all 69 with the materials they create distributed in up 155 countries.


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sobrie01's curator insight, July 10, 3:07 PM

Picture creating your own async classroom and having the abilty to have different instructor contribute to the lessons. Very cool functions that are easy to use. Well Done Apple!

Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, July 11, 6:12 AM

The addition of discussions moves iTunesU from an elaborate textbook to something that involves collaboration - a good move. Pity it's only for private courses.

Fiona Price's curator insight, July 11, 12:18 PM

Exciting news!

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3 Key Concepts That Will Help You Understand Le...

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These three "gogies" of effective online learning will help you get a clearer picture of learning and eLearning in the digital age.
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Some more  useful terms to throw around when trying to inspire.

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Improve Your Vocabulary - VocabMonk

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VocabMonk is a virtual guide to improve your vocabulary skills. Test your vocabulary today and gain the extra edge required to crack exams like GRE, GMAT, SAT and CAT for free.


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It never hurts to expand ones vocabulary.

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Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, July 7, 8:17 AM

Fun! I wish this was leveled for elementary school students. 

Daniel Compton's curator insight, July 7, 10:25 AM

Another vocabulary builder- the standardized test features are a plus.

Wan-li Tsai's curator insight, July 7, 10:25 PM

Another interesting website to increase your vocabulary!

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New Frontiers for Corporate Education: the Self-Learning

New Frontiers for Corporate Education: the Self-Learning | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
What Self-Learning is and how it contributes to Evolution of Companies’ Culture The self-learning is a process that takes place every time we process information received from outside (what we read, we do, see and hear) through our knowledge and...

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Learning is a process that happens no matter what for those with any level of understanding and/or of intellect. Focused learning, whether self-directed, or institutionally driven usually proves to be useful learning.

 

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Book Review: 'The Upside of Aging' - Pensacola News Journal

Book Review: 'The Upside of Aging' - Pensacola News Journal | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
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Book Review: 'The Upside of Aging'
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Health, capability and interest, not age.

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What should the role of education be? | Parent Edge

What should the role of education be? | Parent Edge | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
What role should education play in a child's life, what skills should it teach? Is it enough to study subjects or do we need holistic development? ... What is learning? Let's take the bottom up approach.
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interesting.

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