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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, 2014 8:31 AM

No surprises here.

Randy D. Nichols's curator insight, July 14, 2014 10:16 AM

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

Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, July 14, 2014 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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Free Technology for Teachers: Vizia - Create Interactive Video Quizzes

Free Technology for Teachers: Vizia - Create Interactive Video Quizzes | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Vizia is a free tool for creating video-based quizzes. On Vizia you an import a video from YouTube or from Wistia and then add questions along the timeline of the video. You can ask multiple choice questions as well as short answer/ open-response questions. Adding a poll question into the video is also a possibility in Vizia. All of the responses to your questions are collected in a spreadsheet that you can download and or open in Google Sheets.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 28, 11:12 AM

Video quizzes? Yes, Please!

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, Today, 7:52 AM
Looks very handy for having students interact with video.
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Curious about classroom Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started.

Curious about classroom Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started. | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Makerspace is a rapidly growing trend in schools across the country, but to be honest, I've never implemented one myself, and I can't quite picture the
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Video games that improve skills for kids with special needs

Video games that improve skills for kids with special needs | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Strengthening skills through play is a proven strategy. For kids with special needs, video games can offer opportunities to practice everything from communication to organization.
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Educat - Education PSD Template

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Educat – Education PSD Template.PSD files are well organized and named accordingly so its very easy to customize and update. Total 12 PSD files have been included. We have included bes
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Teens with autism practice driving in virtual reality - Futurity

Teens with autism practice driving in virtual reality - Futurity | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Surveys suggest about 30% of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder either drive or want to drive. A new virtual reality simulator could teach them how.
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Dango - Your Emoji Assistant

Dango - Your Emoji Assistant | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

Dango appears in any messaging app, and helps you quickly find emoji, stickers, and GIFs, by understanding what you type using deep learning.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 27, 12:45 AM

Seems strange to connect deep learning with emojis! Anyway, you can play around on the site typing in messages and seeing how the site converts them to emojis or you can download the app and see if your studemts can communicate with emojis and no words.

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Why We Need Learning Engineers

Why We Need Learning Engineers | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

Education technology serves only as a delivery vehicle. All technologies can deliver effective or ineffective instruction. The key question is what you ask students to do and how you help them do it, not what tools you use.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 23, 10:41 AM

Yes. Absolutely.

Noemi Valencia's curator insight, July 25, 10:17 AM
A new way of looking at education!
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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery

How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The Turtle Art project, and the concept of “doing” or “making” before any explicit instruction has been given, is part of the school’s attempt to shake up its teaching. Lighthouse Community Charter has to cover the same standard curriculum as district schools, so teachers have to choose carefully the times when they’ll spend a little more time and creativity on a difficult subject.

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**UPDATED** Andy Helps You Read is not a "fly-by-night" learning tool.

**UPDATED** Andy Helps You Read is not a "fly-by-night" learning tool. | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Bottom Line: This app can be a handy addition to any special needs classroom at home or in a traditional setting as long as there is adequate guidance and support given to the student.
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Steve Snyder: A Practical Approach for Increasing Students’ In-Class Questions

Steve Snyder: A Practical Approach for Increasing Students’ In-Class Questions | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

Steve Snyder:

 

I usually offer a few parameters as well:

Avoid yes/no questions.Be specific in terms of ideas and passages (i.e., specify page numbers).Ask about the areas or ideas you struggled with and/or those that really aroused your curiosity.


The latter point is key. The best questions usually arise from a sincere questioner.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 13, 2:32 PM

Thanks to Steve Snyder for this Faculty Focus article on how to develop students' questioning skills.  This applies to both traditional classroom instruction and to discussion forum participation in online classes.

Character Minutes's curator insight, July 22, 11:01 AM
Great prompt sheet included!

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Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change

Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

We might live in a time of digital abundance, but our digital memories – our personal memories and our collective memories – are incredibly brittle. We might be told we’re living in a time of rapid technological change, but we are also living in a period of rapid digital data decay, of the potential loss of knowledge, the potential loss of personal and collective memory.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 18, 9:16 AM

Rather long but interesting article.

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BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy English Teachers

BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy English Teachers | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Free printable worksheets and lesson plans for every busy teacher. Find printable worksheets on any topic: vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 18, 1:10 AM

A great resource for teachers.

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Nigel Coutts: The Future of Education

Nigel Coutts: The Future of Education | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
From a convergence of technology, understandings of how we learn and from an understanding of new purposes for education the most consistent message is that education must increasing become learner centred. Our goal must be to put the learner at the centre of our understanding and they must be the focus of all we do.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 10, 2:01 PM

"Put the learner at the centre" ~ Nigel Coutts puts his finger on it for the 21st Century.  A student at the center must be a learning agent. To be so, a student must learn how to learn.

 

The skyline of Florence reminds me that the silos of learning in today's universities haven't changed much since the renaissance. We still operate within our discipline while the world around us demands flexibility and the ability to to learn on demand. 

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Ignite Teaching - Take the guesswork out of group work. The ultimate tool for Project Based Learning.

Ignite Teaching - Take the guesswork out of group work. The ultimate tool for Project Based Learning. | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Students can work on the same project at their own pace, in the classroom, at home or wherever they have network access. Separate Teacher and Student accounts make it easy to keep track of progress and submissions. Ignite's patent-pending Spark Analytics Engine keeps track of who made every contribution across every project so teachers never have to guess when grading group work again.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, Today, 12:34 AM

This looks like a great tool to get students creating projects collaboratively. It's not free but it is very cheap and there is a 30 day trial.

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CIBC releases banking app for people with special needs

CIBC (CM) (CM) has teamed up with MagnusCards, to help produce free step-by-step visual guides that help individuals with special needs bank on thei
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Guest Post: Teaching English Language Learners With Special Needs

Guest Post: Teaching English Language Learners With Special Needs | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
I published a two-part series on teaching English Language Learners with special needs in my Education Week Teacher column in March. Unfortunately, I just discovered that I had misfiled an importan…
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The New Age of Cross-Platform Mobile App Development - DZone Mobile

The New Age of Cross-Platform Mobile App Development - DZone Mobile | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
When dealing with the ever-elusive goal of true cross-platform mobile app development, here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to reach for the stars.
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Hardware Store-Turned-Solar-Firm Invents Solar Wallpaper | Sustainable Brands

Hardware Store-Turned-Solar-Firm Invents Solar Wallpaper | Sustainable Brands | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Sometimes innovation comes from unexpected places — a father-son duo in Qingdao, China has transformed a family furniture business into Sunflare, a solar energy company that produced solar “wallpaper,” among other high-efficiency PV products.
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Cardboard Challenges: No Tech/Low Cost Maker Education - @JackieGerstein

Cardboard Challenges: No Tech/Low Cost Maker Education - @JackieGerstein | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
I believe in the importance of participating in ongoing and continuous reflective practice as an educator. This is my reflection on my Cardboard Challenges Maker Education Camp that was taught to twelve 5 to 10 year old learners for five days, 2.5 hours each morning.  My Cardboard Challenges webpage of ideas can be found at http://www.makereducation.com/cardboard-challenge.html.

This post is divided into three sections: (1) a rationale for using no tech, minimal cost materials, (2) some of my general observations about how the learners interacted with the materials, the projects, and each other during the camp, and (3) a description of the specific cardboard activities along with my observations how well they worked with the learners.

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Maptia · A World of Stories

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Join Maptia to discover a world of remarkable stories, told by some of the most inspiring photographers, writers, and adventurers on the planet, and to publish and share your stories as part of our thoughtful community.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 24, 2:53 PM

Amazing content to build lessons around.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, July 26, 2:44 AM
A beautiful website where we can read some captivating stories about the world around us. The creative part is also present as we can be the ones publishing our own. One mor challenge for our students!
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Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My! – Teacher Reboot Camp

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My! – Teacher Reboot Camp | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Students can experience new cultures, history, and understand the world in better ways with virtual reality, augmented reality, and wearables. Teachers are using these technologies to send learners on virtual field trips or getting students to keep track of their steps, cardio, and health with fitness bands. These technologies help engage learners by providing sensory learning and sparking curiosity and imagination.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 25, 12:06 PM

Virtual Reality!  This in-depth presentation is a resource goldmine.  It can be expensive on the cutting edge. It is also endlessly fascinating. Learn more about it all!

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SmartyReader

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SmartyReader is an interactive eReader platform that pairs award-winning content with challenging comprehension questions and active vocab acquisition.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 22, 8:47 AM

This looks pretty interesting.

Mark A J Ellis's curator insight, July 23, 2:57 PM
Looks like this could be worth a try...
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Why Making Is Essential to Learning @Edutopia #makered

Why Making Is Essential to Learning @Edutopia #makered | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Making is as old as learning itself. While the maker movement may only be about a decade old, the human desire to create dates back to the earliest forms of human activity, from making stone tools to drawing on cave walls (Halverson & Sheridan, 2014; Martinez & Stager, 2014). Thinkers such as Pestalozzi, Montessori, and Papert helped paved the way for the maker movement by stressing the importance of hands-on, student-centered, meaningful learning. Instead of viewing learning as the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student, these thinkers embraced the idea that children learn best when encouraged to discover, play, and experiment.

More recently, maker education is being used as a way to connect do-it-yourself informal learning to classrooms. Driven by new technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, and kid-friendly coding, making is emerging as an effective way to introduce students to STEM, particularly women and minorities. By incorporating elements of making into the classroom, educators can bridge the gap between what students are passionate about and what they're learning in school.

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Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team (EdSurge News)

Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team (EdSurge News) | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard of the student-led “Genius Bar”, which is generally a team of student leaders that provide technical support for the technology devices and programs in their schools. What a great way to utilize and develop student knowledge and skills, right? I couldn’t agree more.


Busch's student tech teams have four sub-committees: the “Newcast Directors," the “iPad Consultants," the “Makerspace Mentors," and the “Cyber Squad."
But what if we took the opportunity to develop young, skilled learners a step further, and asked those student leaders to support, collaborate with, and mentor teachers and their peers with in-class technology projects? What if we asked those student learners to create informative, instructional digital content that is accessible to all? After all, many of us would agree that the students are the ones who are usually the most knowledgeable, up-to-date resources for what is the latest and greatest with technology, so why not tap into their large knowledge base and cultivate their leadership potential?

Our school here in Wisconsin did just that, and the results have been astounding. Here’s how it happened.

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Games and the Future of Education | ABUNDANCE

Peter Diamandis: Learning needs to be less like school and more like Angry Birds. We need get kids addicted to learning while they are having fun. http://xprize.or


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 11, 1:23 PM

The future I dreamed of as a young teacher is happening right now. The next 20 years will be profoundly interesting for all teachers and learners.