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10 Ingenious Inventions for People With Disabilities

10 Ingenious Inventions for People With Disabilities | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
These adaptive devices help improve the lives of people living with disabilities, and they illustrate how far assistive tech has come.

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Fascinating and useful developments, but this is worth looking at for the Dynavox Eyemax alone.  The ability to successfully communicate must lift a great burden off those unable to articulate or gesture their needs.

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Thomas Duclos's curator insight, September 13, 2013 9:04 AM

Cool ways technology is improving lives

robyns tut's curator insight, September 14, 2013 10:54 AM

This shows hoe growing technology increases to help people with and without disabilities. Compared to Rhodes that has limited access and help for the dissabled, these inventions offer great support overcoming these obstacles. A story can be done on why these objects are not made readily available to more disabled people.

 

-Tanah Rigney 

bancoideas's curator insight, September 17, 2013 9:01 AM

La creatividad no tiene límites y además permite romper con algunos!

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12 Good iPad Apps for Visually Impaired Students

12 Good iPad Apps for Visually Impaired Students | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!

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Donna Bownds's curator insight, February 17, 9:43 AM
Great infographic on Critical Thinking!
Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, February 17, 12:13 PM
Pensamiento crítico Guía
Carol Hancox's curator insight, February 19, 10:20 PM
critical thinking - not tech related but important 21st century skill
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Why Nurturing Student Creativity is Essential (and 7 Ways to Do It) by Lee Watanabe Crockett

Why Nurturing Student Creativity is Essential (and 7 Ways to Do It) by Lee Watanabe Crockett | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
by Lee Watanabe Crockett

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D. R. Hale's curator insight, February 12, 10:59 PM
Creativity is NOT overrated.
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How to create your own iPad recording booth for the classroom.

How to create your own iPad recording booth for the classroom. | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The creative power of an iPad in the classroom is limitless with its ability for students to show their learning in a multitude of creative ways that look professional. My students love nothing more than to share their knowledge in the form of an iMovie or by using a digital storytelling tool such as Tellagami or Chatterpix or narrating a keynote presentation. But the number one issue we have in the classroom is the background noise when we record these presentations. There is nothing worse than having a fantastic visual product that is let down by poor audio quality, but in a noisy school situation that is a difficult proposition to overcome. So this year we are using our own homemade iPad recording booths.

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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, February 7, 8:48 AM
This is a great idea. Sound is always an issue at our school when recording on iPads. You could even use regular boxes, cover them in cloth and experiment with different materials to line them with as part of a STEAM project.
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Ulf Neumann's curator insight, February 8, 7:58 AM
Clevere Lösung für ein verbreitetes Problem!
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14 Resources on Teaching a Growth Mindset

14 Resources on Teaching a Growth Mindset | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Research shows that teachers can greatly influence student mindsets. Learners who believe they can grow their basic abilities are more motivated and successful than students who believe their abilities are fixed. Here is a curated list of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource that show you effective feedback strategies and how you can create a risk-tolerant, pro-growth learning environment from top education experts.

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Moving Beyond Lego Walls - Worlds of Learning - Laura Fleming @LFlemingEDU

Moving Beyond Lego Walls - Worlds of Learning - Laura Fleming @LFlemingEDU | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

"Anyone who follows my work knows that I am passionate about creating makerspaces that are unique to individual school communities. I have said many times that:

No two makerspaces should be exactly alike, because no two school communities are exactly alike.


All too often, school districts just replicate what others are doing or base their decisions on makerspace trends. The goal should be to create makerspaces that are unique, meaningful and relevant to your school communities while ensuring that it is not only vibrant for now, but also sustainable into the future.  One such example is including a Lego Wall in a makerspace.  While Lego Walls certainly can be fantastic, I think many have become complacent and are simply putting Lego Walls in their makerspace because they feel that it is something they have to do because everyone is doing it. 


After going through the Makerspace Planning Process, if building a Lego Wall is right for your school's makerspace, then I say go for it!  In this post, however, I would like to push your thinking and offer high-tech and low-tech alternatives to a Lego Wall.  "


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Fun Games with S.T.E.M. Games for Kids - Building blocks

Today we are doing a S.T.E.M. activity. S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. For this activity we will need 1

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Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, January 23, 4:45 PM
Good ideas.  Start them young with STEM activities. 
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Interactive Storytelling and Coding

Interactive Storytelling and Coding | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Knowing that coding is an important skill for students to learn, I knew I had to come up with ways to teach coding skills. However, I knew nothing about coding, so I needed to learn a few basics. With my new found knowledge, I came up with so many fun ideas for integrating coding into my literacy lessons. Which is why I am so happy I get to share one of the first ever coding lessons I incorporated into the literacy curriculum AND it is just in time for the Mentor Text Lessons to Warm Up Your Winter Link-Up using the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner.

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, January 23, 11:31 PM
when coding came on the scene, I wasn’t sure how I could incorporate it into the literacy standards. Fortunately, I learned about interactive storytelling and coding using Scratch Jr., but there isn’t a lot of ideas or products to help me implement interactive storytelling with ease.
ELVIRA POLO ESCOLANO's curator insight, January 24, 2:07 AM
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Kurd Beon's curator insight, January 30, 6:01 PM
Everybody needs a good story! Especially me!
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What Kids Can Learn When Blocks Get A Tech Boost

What Kids Can Learn When Blocks Get A Tech Boost | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
PITTSBURGH — At Forest Grove Elementary School, along the Ohio River just northwest of Pittsburgh, the Rust Belt is giving way to educational innovation. In a windowless room in the library, first- and second-graders experiment with a strange teaching device that’s half computer and half wooden play table. A giant computer screen looms over the table, and a touch-screen tablet is built into the table’s surface. A dancing cartoon gorilla appears on both screens, while a disembodied female voice commands two students to erect towers. The children reach into two bins of colorful wooden blocks and oversized Legos and build.

Suddenly the table shakes wildly. The towers fall. Laughter ensues.

The kids rebuild. The table shakes. The blocks topple again.

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abdoss's curator insight, January 18, 9:05 AM
Technology that helps kids learn to build and work together.
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Video of the Week: A School-based Approach for Supporting the AT Needs of Young Children

Video of the Week: A School-based Approach for Supporting the AT Needs of Young Children | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Supports for language learning
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The Padagogy Wheel - It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy -

The Padagogy Wheel - It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy - | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The Padagogy Wheel is designed to help educators think – systematically, coherently, and with a view to long term, big-picture outcomes – about how they use mobile apps in their teaching. The Padagogy Wheel is all about mindsets; it’s a way of thinking about digital-age education that meshes together concerns about mobile app features, learning transformation, motivation, cognitive development and long-term learning objectives.

The Padagogy Wheel, though, is not rocket science. It is an everyday device that can be readily used by everyday teachers; it can be applied to everything from curriculum planning and development, to writing learning objectives and designing centered activities. The idea is for the users to respond to the challenges that the Wheel presents for their teaching practices, and to ask themselves the tough questions about their choices and methods.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 14, 10:53 AM
Des mots clés à l'aide du SAMR qui peuvent vous aider à trouver une nouvelle application.
Character Minutes's curator insight, February 13, 5:59 PM
An essential for every educator!

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Flipgrid. Ignite Classroom Discussion.

Video for Active and Social Learning: Flipgrid is simple yet powerful. Educators create grids with topics and students respond with recorded videos to discuss, reflect, and share via webcam, tablet, or mobile device.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 12, 11:58 AM

This looks like a nice tool for building online courses. The free plan is quite limiting, but worth trying.

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

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Learning is Personal not Personalized - Modern Learners

Learning is Personal not Personalized - Modern Learners | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
It's personal not personalized learning that we should focus on. We need to have more critical conversations about complex learning environments.

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9 free edtech ebooks

9 free edtech ebooks | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Here you can find links to free digital books and learning materials from around the internet.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 9, 10:47 PM

Some free ebooks.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, February 10, 12:39 PM

Some free ebooks.

David Alexander's curator insight, February 12, 6:21 AM
If you're going online with theological ed, you need tools. Nobody is going to encourage you on your first trip out. 
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Ways to Make Learning Relevant in Middle School

Ways to Make Learning Relevant in Middle School | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Hang out with middle schoolers and you’ll discover they want you to make learning relevant. They want their learning to help them reach a bigger goal.

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AR Flashcards

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AR Flashcards is the future of flashcards. An app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 2, 11:43 PM

I really like this application of augmented reality to flashcards.

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Try these 15 free educational apps for your kids

Try these 15 free educational apps for your kids | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
I filled an iPad with hundreds of learning apps for my students. Here are 15 of my favorites, plus some creative ideas for how to use them.

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8 Enticing Student Design Projects and Tools for Middle School

8 Enticing Student Design Projects and Tools for Middle School | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Student design projects come alive in any classroom environment with the right kind of tools. Seeing creativity and understanding blossom is the pride of every teacher. Kids love to show creative prowess in projects with real-world applications. To do this they need awesome digital tools to explore and work with. Here are 8 great projects for middle-school students to test their design mojo. Along with them are the perfect online tools.

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Donna Bownds's curator insight, February 3, 9:46 AM
Good resource for design.
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Content Chunking: The Basis To An Engaging And Well-Designed Course - eLearning Industry

Content Chunking: The Basis To An Engaging And Well-Designed Course - eLearning Industry | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Content chunking is quite similar – it is the process of breaking down content into smaller, bite-sized bits of easily digestible information that are easy to comprehend, learn, and commit to memory.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 21, 7:40 PM

Design Chunking: words to live by.  Read this 'nicely chunked' article to see when you should be using this technique and when you should not. 

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, January 24, 4:15 AM
A popular rehash of the insights that H.A.Simon gave us in The Sciences of the Artificial (1969, third ed 1996).
Mostly based on "het denken van de schaker" A.D. de Groot 1946 
 But still very valuable insights. 
Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 25, 3:42 AM

Useful ideas, nicely chunked, for writers, bloggers and course writers.

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What Kids Can Learn When Blocks Get A Tech Boost

What Kids Can Learn When Blocks Get A Tech Boost | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
PITTSBURGH — At Forest Grove Elementary School, along the Ohio River just northwest of Pittsburgh, the Rust Belt is giving way to educational innovation. In a windowless room in the library, first- and second-graders experiment with a strange teaching device that’s half computer and half wooden play table. A giant computer screen looms over the table, and a touch-screen tablet is built into the table’s surface. A dancing cartoon gorilla appears on both screens, while a disembodied female voice commands two students to erect towers. The children reach into two bins of colorful wooden blocks and oversized Legos and build.

Suddenly the table shakes wildly. The towers fall. Laughter ensues.

The kids rebuild. The table shakes. The blocks topple again.

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abdoss's curator insight, January 18, 9:05 AM
Technology that helps kids learn to build and work together.
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6 Good Tools to Differentiate Instruction

6 Good Tools to Differentiate Instruction | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The secret to Differentiated Instruction is that there is no such thing as “differentiated strategies.” Yes, there are sites and books that promote lists of “differentiated strategies,” and what is provided are tools to use in classrooms. The problem comes when those resources are placed in the hands of well-intentioned educators who are looking for a plug-in to make their lessons better for all students, but perhaps lacks an understanding the differentiated instruction is based on good classic instructional practices–something I address in an Edutopia article and on this blog regarding the Formative Assessment Cycle.

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12 Principles Of Modern Learning - TeachThought

12 Principles Of Modern Learning - TeachThought | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
12 Principles Of Modern Learning by TeachThought Staff What are the principles of modern learning? Well, that depends on how you defin

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 14, 11:44 AM
This is an excellent infographic on the 12 Modern Learning Principles: Inquiry, Self-Directed and Social Learning
D33ana Sumadianti's curator insight, January 24, 10:28 PM
Good visual to use as a self reflection on how teaching and learning happens in the classroom. Adding to it with the importance of visualizing thinking processes and developing attitudes towards a good global citizen. 
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How Do We Assess Student Listening Skills? via MiddleWeb

How Do We Assess Student Listening Skills? via MiddleWeb | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Monica Brady-Myerov of Listenwise reports on a reliable, research based method to test listening comprehension skills in the classroom using curated NPR content

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