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Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom

Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
Fed up with the sad reality special education students face, Neil Virani changed his students’ lives with technology.

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It's a change..
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I found this article very inspirational because it describes a teacher, Jane Good, who did not give up on her special needs students, as the school system was prior to her arrival. Before she came to her current school, her special needs students were placed in broken-down classrooms where they were given no attention and very low expectations. Good was able to guide her students in overcoming these obstacles with the help of a technology grant she received allowing her to supply everyone of her students with an iPad. These iPads allowed students to accomplish goals no one ever thought was possible for them. For example, one student who had never written before due to his lack of fine motor skills wrote his first word on the iPad. Similarly, three other students were able to learn to read though the iPad's stimulating and interactive features. After reading this article, I found that the iPad and other technologies truly helped children with special needs step outside the limitations previously established for them by the school system and make progress no one ever believed could be made. This alone shows me how powerful this tool can be in a special needs classroom. These students need to be stimulated through interactive learning and the iPad provides just that. I have found a lot of research that agrees with this article and proves that technology is a necessity in the special needs classroom. 

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30 Fantastic Examples of Parallax Scrolling Websites | Inspiration

30 Fantastic Examples of Parallax Scrolling Websites | Inspiration | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it

The very first website with parallax scrolling effect was designed by Ian Coyle in 2011. It was the site for Nike “Nike Better World”. These days parallax scrolling is overused by a wide range of websites. However, it’s a great tool that gives pleasant user experience and is a perfect solution for storytelling. In this roundup I put together 30 fantastic examples of parallax scrolling websites for your inspiration. Feel free to click on the images to see the parallax scrolling websites in action....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 21, 2014 2:44 AM

Lots of inspiration for website designers .

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Prezi + Aurasma: Add depth and engagement to yo...

Prezi + Aurasma: Add depth and engagement to yo... | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
“ “ Download Aurasma, then check out how to add depth and engagement to your Prezis using augmented reality.” (RT @Bcodesal: Prezi + Aurasma: Add depth and engagement to your presentations with augmented reality!”
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wwwatanabe: Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad

wwwatanabe: Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
"Digital storytelling http://bit.ly/1cs2x9O ; is an art form conveying a message. It uses images and voice narration to convey emotion with the message, and to ignite empathy from the audience. It incorporates storyboarding and writing a script. It is created with digital tools and published on the Internet."
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InsectARium - Beyond a Bug in a Box

InsectARium - Beyond a Bug in a Box | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
“ Haven't you always wanted to get closer to a Blue Weevil? What about a Western Hercules Beetle? Well now you can, thanks to an Augmented Reality experience developed by Arium3D Technologies LLC, a ...”
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Visual Recording on the iPad

A brief overview of how to use the iPad for visual recording/notetaking. Includes things to consider when doing this; how this is different from traditional ...

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Google Declares War on the Password | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Google Declares War on the Password | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it

Want an easier way to log into your Gmail account? How about a quick tap on your computer with the ring on your finger?

 

This may be closer than you think. Google’s security team outlines this sort of ring-finger authentication in a new research paper, set to be published late this month in the engineering journal IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine. In it, Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and Engineer Mayank Upadhyay outline all sorts of ways they think people could wind up logging into websites in the future — and it’s about time.

 

2012 may have been the year that the password broke. It seemed like everyone on the internet received spam e-mail or desperate pleas for cash — the so-called “Mugged in London” scam — from the e-mail accounts of people who had been hacked. And Wired’s own Mat Honan showed everyone just how damaging a hack can be.


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Great idea for easier handling

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Martin Gysler's curator insight, January 21, 2013 8:01 AM

A really interesting idea. 

What is your opinion ?

Matmi's curator insight, January 22, 2013 6:12 AM

Interesting to think that we could one day be using the rings on our fingers or our smartphones instead of passwords to access our emails . I think this probably makes us more vulnerable to hacking, phones/rings are very easy to loose - What are do you think ? Would you prefer it this way or the traditional password way ? - HK

malek's curator insight, January 22, 2013 10:58 AM

futuristic......say next year!!

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Chancengleichheit: Ich Arbeiterkind

Er ist der Sohn einer Friseurin und eines Kaminkehrers. Sein Lehrer traute ihm nicht viel zu und empfahl die Hauptschule. Unser Autor Marco Maurer erzählt, wie ihm

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unbedingt empfehlenswert -  ein Blick auf die (zum Großteil auch heute noch geltende) deutsche Bildungsrealität

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The Social Express (iPad) | Kids App World - iPad & iPhone Apps for ...

The Social Express (iPad) | Kids App World - iPad & iPhone Apps for ... | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
The Social Express is an engaging & educational app for children and young adults with social learning challenges. It's designed to teach your child how to.
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UK Education: Digital revolution bypassing UK education - eGov monitor

UK Education: Digital revolution bypassing UK education - eGov monitor | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
Public ServiceUK Education: Digital revolution bypassing UK educationeGov monitorTeaching and learning in the 21st century needs to be 'turbo-charged' by educational technology rather than using technologies designed for other purposes, according ...
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Redefine the Workplace of the Future with Social Learning - Elsua

Redefine the Workplace of the Future with Social Learning - Elsua | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
And if there is a topic dear to my heart around learning and education in general, specifically, in a corporate environment, that would have to be Informal / Social Learning. What else? That's why today I thought I would share a ...
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The Gamification of Education and Cognitive, Social, and Emotional ...

The Gamification of Education and Cognitive, Social, and Emotional ... | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
In 2011, Joey J. Lee, Ph.D and Jessica Hammer, an Assistant Professor and Graduate Fellow from Teachers College Columbia University in New York, published this paper on the subject, entitled Gamification in Education: ...
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Take 10 Teach 10 « Innovating Education

Take 10 Teach 10 « Innovating Education | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
I believe all the technology being developed today will not solve the problems of education if it does not deliberately and purposefully include the social element. And I believe in the power of open social learning systems to ...
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Useful WordPress Tools, Themes and Plugins | Smashing WordPress

Useful WordPress Tools, Themes and Plugins | Smashing WordPress | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
Super-awesome collection of WordPress themes, plugins, and tools to improve your website.
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e15 Interesting Infographics Web Designers Will Enjoy

e15 Interesting Infographics Web Designers Will Enjoy | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it

The bold visual design of Infographics makes it easy to digest facts and figures about a given subject. There’s some great infographics based on interesting topics related to web design, from articles explaining the benefits of responsive design to interesting statistics about the industry. Today I showcase 15 interesting Infographics that every web designer will enjoy. Give your scrolling finger some exercise as you browse through this lengthy post!...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 21, 2014 3:50 AM

Very creative!

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 21, 2014 3:55 AM

Very creative! Recommended viewing. 9/10

Paul Leslie's curator insight, October 21, 2014 4:17 AM

Some great ideas for our year 4 students on how to represent their data.

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Stepping up for the win [Pitching Transmedia]

Stepping up for the win [Pitching Transmedia] | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it

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For Luxury Brands, Instagram Blows Pinterest Away | MediaPost

For Luxury Brands, Instagram Blows Pinterest Away | MediaPost | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
A new report on prestige brands says that Instagram is the Superman of social media, especially in terms of engagement.“Instagram has demonstrated more traction than any other platform in 2013, and it registered the strongest year-on-year growth among mobile apps,” says Scott Galloway, founder of L2, a think tank for digital innovation, in its report. And with its clear strategy for monetization and “continual innovation, it's an obvious choice for consumer brands.”The survey of 249 luxury brands finds that 93% are currently on Instagram, up from 63% in July of last year. And while it is just one-tenth the size of Facebook (which acquired it back in 2012), it has 15 times the level of user engagement that Facebook does. And Pinterest, about a third of Instagram’s size, has only about a third of the level of engagement that Instagram users do. All that “makes Instagram arguably the best tech acquisition of the past five years.”“”
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44 QR Codes Resources For Teaching & Learning - TeachThought

44 QR Codes Resources For Teaching & Learning - TeachThought | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it

"We’ve taken a look at QR codes before–how they can be used to empower student voices, for example.

 

While the potential is great, in short a QR Code is a physical link that can be scanned by smartphones or tablets in mobile learning circumstances. The following list from listly user Marianna Talei offers a huge variety of QR resources, from QR code generators to attaching images and hosting QR code treasure hunts."

 


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useful Resource about QR Code

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Elaine Watkins's curator insight, October 27, 2013 10:30 PM

Some great ideas for the classroom :)

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Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom

Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
Fed up with the sad reality special education students face, Neil Virani changed his students’ lives with technology.

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Inspiring

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Gennon John's comment, July 21, 2013 7:18 AM
It's a change..
Julie Newman's curator insight, November 15, 2013 11:43 AM

I found this article very inspirational because it describes a teacher, Jane Good, who did not give up on her special needs students, as the school system was prior to her arrival. Before she came to her current school, her special needs students were placed in broken-down classrooms where they were given no attention and very low expectations. Good was able to guide her students in overcoming these obstacles with the help of a technology grant she received allowing her to supply everyone of her students with an iPad. These iPads allowed students to accomplish goals no one ever thought was possible for them. For example, one student who had never written before due to his lack of fine motor skills wrote his first word on the iPad. Similarly, three other students were able to learn to read though the iPad's stimulating and interactive features. After reading this article, I found that the iPad and other technologies truly helped children with special needs step outside the limitations previously established for them by the school system and make progress no one ever believed could be made. This alone shows me how powerful this tool can be in a special needs classroom. These students need to be stimulated through interactive learning and the iPad provides just that. I have found a lot of research that agrees with this article and proves that technology is a necessity in the special needs classroom. 

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10 Best Social Media Management Tools

10 Best Social Media Management Tools | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it

Social media is one of the most effective ways for you and your business to get more traffic and generate new leads. Having a presence on all the major networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is a necessity these days for any business. But what tools are the social media gurus actually using to manage these multiple accounts?


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best Management Tools ever :-)

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academiPad's comment, April 20, 2013 10:50 AM
I see... I am using the Mac version of Tweetdeck. Will have to check out these other hootsuite features again and digg deeper
Martin Gysler's comment, April 20, 2013 10:52 AM
Thank you for your very useful information Wendy. I think you said what many people need to know to find their way in the social media world where the plethora of tools makes things, sometimes, complicated.
Anthony Burke's comment, April 21, 2013 1:22 AM
All these tools keep "leap-frogging" each other in terms of functionality so I just keep an eye on several of them which is where this community comes in useful to see what others think and are using :)
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What are MOOCs all about? | Learner Weblog

What are MOOCs all about? | Learner Weblog | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
This is a continuation of my previous post on What theory best supports Future Education and Learning? Here is Stephen Downes nice post on MOOC. I found Stephen's talk resonating, especially when he says: I think that in ...
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The Impact of Learnist and "Social Learning"

The Impact of Learnist and "Social Learning" | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
Learnist joins Quora and Wikipedia as another outlet for online learning and makes social learning a thing of the future. ...
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Wiley and Blackboard Launch Combined Digital Learning Integration - MarketWatch (press release)

Wiley and Blackboard Launch Combined Digital Learning Integration - MarketWatch (press release) | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
Wiley and Blackboard Launch Combined Digital Learning IntegrationMarketWatch (press release)Nearly 2000 institutions have adopted Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1, Blackboard's flagship learning management platform, to take advantage of its improved ...
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Top Five Tips to Keep Your Young Kids Engaged in Safe Social ...

ePals, which operates the largest social learning networking site specifically designed for children and teachers, has been focused on creating a safe and secure education experience for children for more than 15 years.
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Donald Clark Plan B: Vygotsky (1896-1934) - social construction ...

Donald Clark Plan B: Vygotsky (1896-1934) - social construction ... | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it
Ultimately the strength of Vygotsky's learning theory stands or falls on his social constructivism, the idea that learning is fundamentally a socially mediated and constructed activity. This is a detailed recasting of Marxist ...
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Adobe announces Open Source Media Framework 2.0

Adobe announces Open Source Media Framework 2.0 | Socialnetducation | Scoop.it

Adobe has announced the launch of version 2.0 of its Open Source Media Framework(OSMF), an open software framework for building media players and applications, based on the company's closed source Flash platform. Kelash Kumar, Adobe Video Solutions Group Product Manager, says that the new version of OSMF includes a number of improvements aimed at helping developers "create even more engaging experiences" and notes that the developers have "reworked the inner workings of OSMF".

 

OSMF 2.0 includes changes to the Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) algorithm and APIs that improve overall performance, and updates the default Switch Manager, which determines when a bit rate change should be made and to what quality. Doneness support in version 2.0 means that the framework can now distinguish between HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) content streams shutting down due to server-side problems and shutting down because an event stream has completed.


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