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How Technology Is Helping Students With Developmental Disabilities

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Students with developmental disabilities are now harnessing the power of technology to offer them opportunities not typically seen in education.
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Technology is a real help to children with special needs.

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What’s So Important About Tinkering? | MindShift

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Check out Gever Tulley's TED Talk about the importance of tinkering. Read more about Brightworks, Tulley's San Francisco school, which opens this fall.
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Tinkering to become a problem finder

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DARPA Looks To New Form Of Computation That Mimics The Human Brain

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DARPA's Physical Intelligence program represents a potential major advance in artificial intelligence research, as the “physical intelligence” device would not require computer programming or the use of human controllers to provide directions, as with traditional robots. Instead, the device operates via nano-scale interconnected wires that send signals through synthetic synapses, just like the human brain. Such a system is capable of remembering information, meaning that robots might be able to act like humans in the foreseeable future.

 

Compared to traditional artificial intelligence systems that rely on conventional computer programming, this one “looks and ‘thinks’ like a human brain,” said James K. Gimzewski, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gimsewski is a member of the team that has been working under sponsorship of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on a program called Physical Intelligence.

The stated objective of the program is: "The analysis domain is to develop analytical tools to support the development of human-engineered physically intelligent systems and to understand physical intelligence in the natural world".


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Miloš Bajčetić
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We are closer to create artificial intelligence.Are we? A litle bit scary, no?

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Nacho Vega's curator insight, April 22, 2013 2:52 AM

DARPA has changed our world with Internet and now... Quantum computer

Marco Bertolini's curator insight, April 23, 2013 3:41 AM

Le Département américain de la défense étudie de nouveaux modes de calcul, basés sur le fonctionnement du cerveau.

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Blog Open Thoughts 2012 - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC): Women can have a family and at the same time excel in the sphere of innovation

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As manager of an organisation that uses technology to help changing the social acceptance of a terrible situation like sexual harassment in Egypt, Rebecca Chiao kindly agreed to put herself in front of the camera and give us her reflections on the main question of this blog. Chiao was one of the featured speakers atTEDxBarcelona Women event. We deeply thank the organisers for this contribution.

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Gender still matters

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Create HTML5 Interactive Presentations, Animations, infographics & banners - HTML5 Presenter by Easy WebContent

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Use Presenter to create free professional interactive HTML5 Presentations, animations, banners, Splash pages and more.
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Another tool to try

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Synesthesia - Numberphile

Talking about Grapheme to Colour Synesthesia with Alex from Bite Sci-Zed. Do you see numbers as colours? Leave a comment. Check Alex's channel at http://www....
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Stephen Wolfram Blog : Talking about the Computational Future at SXSW 2013

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Transcript of Stephen Wolfram’s SXSW 2013 presentation. Discusses his vision of what computation will do for people in the future. Not only as it applies to science and knowledge discovery, but also as it pertains to personal well-being.
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Free Educational Software And Games

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Listings, descriptions and reviews of free educational software and websites for school or home use. Categories include reading, science, math, typing, social studies, programming etc.
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What is MORIL

MORIL, Open Educational Resources (OERs) initiative by the Open and Distance Teaching Universities within EADTU. Free education and courses.MORIL is a leading-edge Open Educational Resources (OERs) initiative by the Open and Distance Teaching Universities within the EADTU membership. The MORIL initiative is a multi-country initiative, and is to make educational content more broadly accessible (by means of OERs) to a vast array of both (lifelong) learners and institutional users.
 
 
Open courses
 
A multitude of OER member courses (varying in size) is involved in the initiative, directly aligning with EADTU members' institutional strategy and development. All OER offers are special in nature and differ from the offers of conventional universities in the sense that they consist of pedagogically-rich learning materials, specifically designed and developed for distance learning and intended for independent self-study

 
 
International dimensions
 
Besides English content, many OERs are compiled in the national languages of the participating members within MORIL, making the initiative truly multi-country and multi-lingual: reflecting adequately the international dimension.
 

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Teach ICT - GCSE ICT - spreadsheet formulae, functions and cell references

Tons of free teaching, revision and learning material
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ICT for everyone

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What are the qualities of a good educational technology trainer?

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Whilst in the process of designing a unit of online learning I started thinking about the qualities and skills that a good educational technology trainer should have. After thinking of a few myself I decided to draw on the wisdom of my PLN and crowd-source a few more ideas.


Via Nik Peachey
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sarspri's curator insight, April 18, 2013 9:32 PM

An example of a crowdsourcing (social voting) tool, Tricider.  Plus an interesting (and growing) list related to training teachers to use technology.  Chime on in!

reuvenwerber's curator insight, April 19, 2013 3:30 AM

Do you have what it takes? Can you get it?

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Good idea and interesting tool
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10 Tools to Read Later What You Find on the Internet - ChurchMag

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Looking for a better way to consume online content? Check out this list of top 10 read later tools.

Via academiPad
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useful

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academiPad's curator insight, April 18, 2013 11:22 AM

This article is a great place to start when you are trying to get your head around all the different online options you have to manage your reading, information intake, notebooking and social bookmarking. Evernote, diigo, Springpad, Pocket, and many more information management tools are described here.

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Humans and Machines. The role of people in technology-driven organisations | The Economist


Via GRIAL Univ Salamanca. Aprendoenred., Peter B. Sloep, Miloš Bajčetić
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Very good comment from Peter Sloep

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Helena Capela's comment, April 18, 2013 6:54 AM
Very good comment.
Peter B. Sloep's comment, April 18, 2013 7:41 AM
Thanks Helena!
Maria Persson's curator insight, May 20, 2013 7:58 AM

Need more time to read with depth...reserving my right to not comment :-)

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Free eBook: 129 Tips on Using Technology in Virtual and Physical Classrooms

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In this free eBook from The eLearning Guild, experts provide 129 tips for educators and designers who want to make the best use of these technologies.
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It contains

Using virtual-classroom and virtual-world features effectivelyInstructional design and presentation skills for the classroomPros and cons of virtual classrooms and virtual worldsPros and cons of physical and blended classroomsGames for the classroomMobile and social learning for the classroom
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A Química dos Computadores Portáteis

Episódio da série a Química das Coisas.Pode parecer que um vulgar computador portátil e a química vivem em mundos diferentes, mas na verdade a própria existê...
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laptops and chemistry

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Inclusive Learning Design to Rescue One-Size-Fit-All Flipped Classrooms (#OER)

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In a world going digital, the accessbility of content does not seem to be a problem, right? Wrong! Many digital materials are NOT matching to different learners!  Watching videos is worse than read...
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Just flip the classroom is not enough

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Call for Papers | Journal for Innovation and Quality in Learning

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Second Call (Volume 1, Issue 2)Quality: Impact, effect, validation or transformation of learning – Where do we stand today?Background to the Call

The future of Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) depends on the passion and capability of educational professionals and institutions’ capacities. Given an ever-growing international market for TEL revealing a transition from an “early adopter” to a more common place application, it is critically important today to gain an understanding how TEL is applied most successfully. Almost two decades of TEL and a decade of intense development of quality criteria, methods and management approaches it is time to extract the scientific essence: Where do we stand today in quality development for TEL? What has proved working well? What is the orientation for the future? Which new and emerging fields and technologies are posing new challenges to quality development?


Via Alastair Creelman, Anne-Christin Tannhäuser
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There is a dedicated topic on "Quality and Open Education - Resources and Practices"

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Balabolka - A Text-to-Speech program (freeware)

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Balabolka is a text-to-speech program (freeware).

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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It seems interesting. Does it work well for other languges than english? Must try!

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 21, 2013 6:40 AM

The program uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation. This feature is useful when you want to change the spelling of words. The rules for the pronunciation correction use the syntax of regular expressions.


Balabolka can save the synchronized text in external LRC files or in MP3 tags inside the audio files. When an audio file is played with players on a computer or on modern digital audio players, the text is displayed synchronously (at the same way, as lyrics for songs).

alistairm 's curator insight, April 22, 2013 4:38 AM

Jisc TechDis, supported by colleagues from Dyslexia Action and RSC London, delivered a workshop on free tools to support reading, writing and planning. Download the support pack from the TechDis events archive (limited availability). 

Pricila Kohls's curator insight, April 24, 2013 11:56 AM

O Balabolka é um programa que converte texto para fala e pode ser salvo em arquivos de diferentes formatos de áudio.

O software possui versões e suporte em vários idiomas. Vale a pena conferir!!!

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Bill Fitzgerald: Open Educational Resources, Professional Development, and Public Money

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There are different levels of using open content; teaching lessons that use open content is the starting point. Remixing material that incorporates two or more openly licensed sources is a next step. Releasing that remixed version is the next step. Collaborating with other people to edit and remix content is an additional level of involvement.

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Ivan Begtin's curator insight, April 22, 2013 8:09 AM

Interesting about open education

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Find out The relationship between Facebook Use and Student Engagement ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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There is not a single time in which I posted here about the use of Facebook in education and did not get a torrent of angry emails from some teachers. For instance, Following the publication of Teacher's Guide to The Use of Facebook in Education, one of my readers wrote me "Facebook is a red line. I can think of using any form of social networking site with my students except Facebook."I do understand part of this concern but as I always say : the answer is not banning students from it but rather helping them use it for educational purposes.
What I have for you below is a study in which more than 2000 college students participated. The study investigates the relationship between Facebook and student engagement. Go through the stats and facts mentioned in this infographic and let us know what you think of it. Enjoy

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The + influence and - influence in facebook activities

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Free Technology for Teachers: gClassFolders Version 2 Improves Google Drive File Management

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Last fall I introduced many of you to gClassFolders. gClassFolders is a Google Drive script that will create folders for you for as many course sections as you need. The concept behind it is this; students have a "dropbox" folder in their Google Drive accounts that you have shared with them. To submit work students drag files into that "dropbox" folder. From there gClassFolders sorts submissions to the correct folder for each student.

The latest version of gClassFolders is part of gClassHub which includes other useful scripts like Doctopus. This means that after your students have submitted their work through Google Drive you can grade it, write feedback, and have emails sent to students from one spreadsheet in your Google Drive account.

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Creative ICT planning - Resources - TES

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A set of six ICT based teaching ideas, each with a four week rotation, utilising software that most schools possess and additional freeware or online application.
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ICT lesson plans

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A Simple Quote That Completely Defines Education - Edudemic

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This quote gets me thinking that anyone is capable of anything. It brings to mind the purpose and goal of education at its core. I just love it.
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What Happens When You Wring Out a Washcloth in Space

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Two students wanted to know what happens when you wring out a water-soaked washcloth in zero gravity. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was happy to oblige.
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20 Great Websites For Elementary Educators - Edudemic

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Some of the best websites for elementary educators are ones that save time, make you think, and inspire. Here's just a handful!
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good infographic

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