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Beyond Ramps: Universal Design Enhances Learning for All Students

Steven Christopher, ACC Director of Special Populations at Austin Community Colleges explains universal design and offers tips to faculty on how to incorporate Universal Design in their instruction.

 

> "Use delivery methods that recognize a range of abilities, backgrounds, and previous experiences. Don’t rely solely on lecture; incorporate, discussion, hands-on activities, case studies, and projects.

> Use a consistent, intuitive format for all print and electronic materials. Print materials should be available in electronic format; webpages should include text descriptions of graphics. Presentation materials should be legible with sufficient spacing. Videos should be closed-captioned.

> Promote different types of interaction with your students – not just face-to-face, in-class discussion, but also online interaction.

> Offer frequent and flexible options for students to demonstrate knowledge – not only tests, but also group work, portfolios, and presentations. Make sure feedback is uniform and frequent.

> Ensure that classroom, labs, and fieldwork are accessible for a range of physical abilities. Minimize the need for unnecessary physical travel by making materials available online or allowing work to be submitted electronically."


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Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, With Alan Alda’s Help

Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, With Alan Alda’s Help | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The former star of the television show “M*A*S*H” helps teach a way to explain complicated concepts in a clearer way."
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Happy Talk History

"This assault on young people’s intelligence is anti-American. If you believe in American exceptionalism, then empower students with the critical thinking to defend it."
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7 things every kid should master

7 things every kid should master | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A noted Williams College psychologist argues standardized tests are useful, if they measure the abilities students really need."
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Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Newly released documents show the extent of the links between corporate interests and the published work of Wei-Hock Soon, a Smithsonian-affiliated scientist who has tried to debunk the consensus about global warming."
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To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Dennis Richards's insight:
"More than 20 years ago, the psychologist Arthur Aron succeeded in making two strangers fall in love in his laboratory. Last summer, I applied his technique in my own life, which is how I found myself standing on a bridge at midnight, staring into a man’s eyes for exactly four minutes. • Let me explain. Earlier in the evening, that man had said: “I suspect, given a few commonalities, you could fall in love with anyone. If so, how do you choose someone?'"
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Lynching as Racial Terrorism

Lynching as Racial Terrorism | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A new report aims to force Southern towns and the nation to confront an era of racial terror directly and recognize its ramifications today."
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Adnan Syed from 'Serial' granted appeal

Adnan Syed from 'Serial' granted appeal | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The US man jailed for killing his ex-girlfriend and made famous in the top podcast "Serial" wins the right to appeal against his conviction."
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Blended Learning - what is it, pros/cons, tips and resources

Dennis Richards's insight:
"The blended classroom is designed to meet the individual needs of student by allowing teachers to personalize instruction. This strategy can be used for any subject and any grade level. Blended learning combines face-to-face and online instruction. It allows students to work with teachers in school and have online resources at home. It is similar to the flipped classroom, but with more emphasis on in-class work with the teacher over video/home content. Project Based Learning is a type of blended classroom. Students work on projects at home, and in class. In class, they can ask the teacher for help, and continue on the project at home, with online materials for help. By having online materials available, students have access to support when out of the classroom. Students access some material at home and complete some work at home, while leaving more time during class to get into deeper context with the teachers. "
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What's in Those Supplements?

What's in Those Supplements? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"New York’s attorney general said that tests on popular store brands of herbal supplements at Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC found that roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on the labels."
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The Rising Costs of Youth Sports, in Money and Emotion

The Rising Costs of Youth Sports, in Money and Emotion | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"'All you need to do to see what sport gets wrong is flip that scenario indoors and make that coach a French teacher,” he continued. “Your French teacher is inches away from your child’s face and screaming because she can’t conjugate a verb? Parents would stand by and allow that? No, they’d be incensed.”

Mark Hyman, an assistant professor at George Washington University who has written books on youth sports, said that parents whose goal is to give their children the best chance in life or to get them a scholarship to college were not looking at the statistics.

“Parents think these investments are justified; they think it will lead to a full ride to college,” he said. “That’s highly misinformed. The percentage of high school kids who go on to play in college is extremely small. In most sports it’s under 5 percent. And the number for kids getting school aid is even smaller — it’s 3 percent.”

His advice? “What I tell parents is if you want to get a scholarship for your kids, you’re better off investing in a biology tutor than a quarterback coach,” he said. “There’s much more school dollars for academics.'"

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For Auschwitz Museum, A Time of Great Change

For Auschwitz Museum, A Time of Great Change | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum observes the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps, it is focusing on new generations of visitors."
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Protest head quits amid 'Hitler' row

Protest head quits amid 'Hitler' row | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The head of Germany's "anti-Islamisation" movement quits after disparaging anti-refugee comments and a photo showing him apparently posing as Hitler emerge."
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Make School a Democracy

Make School a Democracy | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Children will learn better. Look at rural Colombia. • "ARMENIA, Colombia — In a one-room rural schoolhouse an hour’s drive from this city in a coffee-growing region of Colombia, 30 youngsters ages 5 to 13 are engrossed in study. In most schools, students sit in rows facing the teacher, who does most of the talking. But these students are grouped at tables, each corresponding to a grade level. The hum of conversation fills the room. After tackling an assignment on their own, the students review one another’s work. If a child is struggling, the others pitch in to help. • During my visit to one of these schools, second graders were writing short stories, and fifth graders were testing whether the color of light affects its brightness when seen through water. The teacher moved among the groups, leaning over shoulders, reading and commenting on their work. In one corner of the classroom were items, brought to school by the kids, that will be incorporated in their lessons. The students have planted a sizable garden, and the vegetables and fruits they raise are used as staples at mealtime, often prepared according to their parents’ recipes. • During the past four decades, this school — and thousands like it — have adopted what’s called the Escuela Nueva (New School) model."
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Is there life beyond Earth? Do we even want to know?

Is there life beyond Earth? Do we even want to know? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Researchers want to send messages toward newly discovered planets in deep space. But some worry we may contact Klingons instead of E.T."
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Libraries of Life

Libraries of Life | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Specimen libraries are vital for biology. So why are museums being forced to cut their funding?"
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36 Questions on the Way to Love

"Grab a partner — friend, love or stranger — and get intimate with this free mobile app from The New York Times."
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Guerrillas call in Miss Universe

Guerrillas call in Miss Universe | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Rebels from Colombia's Farc invite the country's newly crowned Miss Universe to assist their peace negotiations with the government."
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Is Your First Grader College Ready?

Is Your First Grader College Ready? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Mock applications at age 6, campus tours at 10. More and more elementary schools are introducing college awareness. Is it ever too early to plan for the future?"
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To Stop Violence, Start at Home

To Stop Violence, Start at Home | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Men who become killers often begin by attacking their wives and children."
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Harper Lee to publish Mockingbird 'sequel'

"An unpublished novel by Harper Lee is to finally see the light of day, 60 years after the US author put it aside to write To Kill a Mockingbird."
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Alexander the Great’s Legacy Stirred Up by Excavation

Alexander the Great’s Legacy Stirred Up by Excavation | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A dig at an ancient tomb in Greece and a possible link to Alexander the Great have captured the nation’s imagination."
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Man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

"93-year-old has admitted to serving as SS guard at Nazis’ Auschwitz camp"

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Wasting Money on Whiteboards. . .

"Blogger’s Note: I’m a bit worked up today, so this post has rant written all over it. It’s heavy on the Radical and light on the Tempered. Read at your own risk."
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