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Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances: 8 Tips for Teachers — National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

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Level and nature of autistic intelligence: What about Asperger Syndrome?

Level and nature of autistic intelligence: What about Asperger Syndrome? | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
Autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome, have generally been associated with uneven intellectual profiles and impairment, but according to a new study of Asperger individuals, this may not be the case -- as long as intelligence is...
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The Brain Science Behind Learning

The Brain Science Behind Learning | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
Details how the infographic Brainy Approaches to Learning supports Personalized Learning.

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Audrey's comment, May 28, 2013 5:10 PM
I feel overwhelmed. There is so much to learn.
Johani Karonen's curator insight, May 29, 2013 3:01 AM

Lump or not - the brain always amazes me.

Laura Lubin, MS. Ed. HRD's curator insight, June 22, 2013 8:58 AM

Amazing view into the science and how to personalize learning with universality in mind. 

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How to Increase Higher Order Thinking | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets

How to Increase Higher Order Thinking | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
Parents and teachers can do a lot to encourage higher order thinking. Here are some strategies to help foster children's complex thinking.
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UDL and Common Core FAQ's - For ALL Learners

UDL and Common Core FAQ's - For ALL Learners | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it

Is UDL included in the Common Core?

 

"UDL is included in the section of the Common Core Standards called “application to students with disabilities”.  In this section the authors referred to the definition laid out in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (PL 110-135).   The reference to UDL in this section may give the impression that UDL is just for students with disabilities. However, UDL not only applies to students with disabilities, it applies to all other learners as well.  All students can benefit from the types of instruction used to reach learners “on the margins,” as the learning needs of all individuals vary a great deal.  As such, UDL should be used within inclusive general education classrooms."

 

What Aligns with UDL?

 

"There are many ways in which the Common Core Standards align to the UDL framework. Curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) designed using UDL put an emphasis on creating effective, flexible goals, and the Common Core Standards provide an important framework for thinking about what goals will be most effective."

 


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Executive Function Fact Sheet | LD Topics | LD OnLine

Executive Function Fact Sheet | LD Topics | LD OnLine | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
Children use executive function to plan, organize, strategize, pay attention, manage details, and schedule themselves. Read this fact sheet from the National Center for Children with Learning Disabilities for helpful strategies.
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A Toolbox of Reading Comprehension Apps for the UDL Classroom

A Toolbox of Reading Comprehension Apps for the UDL Classroom | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it

English with Mr. Borman - A place to reflect and share.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 27, 2013 2:51 PM

Mr. Borman surveyed 17 students in one of his classes and discovered that there were a few needs when it came to reading comprehension. He has put together "A Toolbox of Reading Comprehension Apps" that can support the needs of his students in his UDL classroom.  For each app, he has outlined "What it does", "How students can use it" and the "UDL Principles".

 

Check out the Toolbox:

> iBooks

> Popplet

> SyncSpace

> Odyssey (by Homer)

> Toontastic

> Explain Everything

> Ulysses

> Subtext

> Prezi

 

Thank you Mr. Borman!

Jane Strunck's curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:11 AM

Mr. Borman used Edmodo to survey his student's learning preferences and based on the results, identified apps that would support reading comprehension and promote UDL in his classroom.  Would love to know how students responded to the options.  Nice process, Mr. Borman!

Patrice Bucci's curator insight, May 6, 2013 9:46 PM

Useful suggestions for utilizing apps in the UDL classroom...

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Math Paper - Doing Math on an iPad: An App for ALL Learners

Math Paper - Doing Math on an iPad: An App for ALL Learners | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it

"Math Paper is by far the best option I’ve seen for doing math work on the iPad! Math Paper won’t do calculations or graphs, but it provides all the tools needed to do everything from basic computation to complex algebra. Math Paper has been developed with the principles of UDL in mind, so it’s a tool that can be used effectively and independently by anyone, including individuals with motor challenges or cognitive processing issues. Accessibility and ease of use have been addressed successfully.

 

Math Paper cost:  $19.99.  Paul Hamilton notes in his blog that this is an exceptional app and is worth the cost.


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:48 PM

Here is an app that gives students a maths workbook to use in class. I am wondering if it ever pops up as free on AppsGoneFree in order to test it. I am not sure it is worth the cost but might need to look into it. 

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Infographic: Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation

Infographic: Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it

When learning is personal, teaching and learning changes. Teachers' and learners' roles change. Last January, we created a chart comparing Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation and a report that explained the difference between these three terms including teacher-centered vs. learner-centered approaches. This chart has been downloaded tens of thousands of times from all over the world and prompted discussions around some of these questions:


> What does personalized or personal learning mean to you?

> How do you see teachers' and learners' roles changing?

> How does a school or district know they are Ready to Transform learning?

> What is Assessment AS Learning?

> Can personalization help close the achievement gap?

> Where are the conversations, models, and examples of personalizing learning?

 

These questions were part of an interview from Patricia Gomes, a reporter from Porvir in Brazil who wrote an article August 12, 2012 about the chart and resulted in an article and infographic in Portuguese.


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MikoAgenda's comment, December 14, 2012 6:16 PM
Genial!
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Transitioning Students with Disabilities into College and Careers | ED.gov Blog

Transitioning Students with Disabilities into College and Careers | ED.gov Blog | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it

“If it wasn’t for parental involvement, the IEP [Individualized Education Program], and IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act], it would have been very difficult to complete my education,” said Rich.


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Education, Social Media, and Ethics: Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, discusses the GoodPlay Project, an ongoing study that explores the ways in which young people’s use of social-networking sites, blogging, online...

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CAST UDL Lesson Builder

CAST UDL Lesson Builder | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it

Most teachers believe lesson plans are an important part of their job. Lesson plans help organize and develop a process for instruction and ensure as seamless as an approach as possible. Too often, teachers get busy with the many requirements of their day and lesson plans become something that is thrown together to satisfy the demands of a school administrator.

Use this CAST UDL Lesson Builder to create lesson plans that have real value. These lesson plans help educators develop the kinds of lessons that encourage participation, allow for diversity and, encourage options. The support provided by this lesson planning tool provides teachers direction and guidance in creating a barrier-free UDL.


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udltechtoolkit - Home

udltechtoolkit - Home | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it

Glogster presentation with free tech tools for classrooms


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Learning IS Personal

Learning IS Personal | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
Learning is personal. Each of us is unique. Because learners are so diverse, learning needs to start with each learner.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:39 PM

Thank you for sharing. If you follow Howard Garner's multi-intelligence theories, then learning is individual.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:56 PM

"Learners, not students":  Love it!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 3, 2013 11:54 AM

We have known for a long time learning is personal. It should have been important for a long time and not just in 2013.

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Decoding Dyslexia — A Grassroots Parent Movement on a Mission - NCLD

Decoding Dyslexia — A Grassroots Parent Movement on a Mission - NCLD | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
The Decoding Dyslexia parent movement is a great example of parent advocacy for kids with learning disabilities.
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UDL Guides Personalized Learning

UDL Guides Personalized Learning | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the process to personalize learning using the UDL principles.

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The UDL 2.0 Guidelines can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula. You can use the UDL Guidelines to help you determine your learners strengths, interests, and challenges and how they:

 

> prefer or need to access and process information.

> prefer to express what they know.

> like to engage with the content.

 

When learners know how they prefer or need to access information, engage with the content, and express what they know and understand, then they take responsibility for their learning. 

 

Access, Engage, Express is a trademark of Personalize Learning, LLC

 

Barbara Bray's curator insight, June 28, 2013 11:47 PM

UDL Principles guide learners to understand how they learn best. They determine how they prefer or need to access information, engage with content, and express what they know. 

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Reciprocal Teaching for the Primary Grades: "We Can Do It, Too!" | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets

Reciprocal Teaching for the Primary Grades: "We Can Do It, Too!" | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
Originally designed with seventh grade students, Reciprocal Teaching is a research-based strategy that teaches students to work in small groups to coordinate the use of four comprehension strategies: prediction, clarification, summarization, and...
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Response to Intervention (RtI) in a Personalized Learning Environment

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Response to Intervention (RtI) can target each learner's needs when they need it as they need it.

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Accommodations & Modifications | LD OnLine

Accommodations & Modifications | LD OnLine | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
LD OnLine is the leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences.
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When Older Students Can't Read | LD Topics | LD OnLine

When Older Students Can't Read | LD Topics | LD OnLine | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
Both students and educators become frustrated when students beyond 3rd grade display reading difficulties. These research-based reading strategies can build a foundation for reading success in students of all ages.
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Ideas on Universal Design for Learning | Ecology of Education

Ideas on Universal Design for Learning | Ecology of Education | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it

"In this Kappa Delta Pi Record article, Susan Trostle Brand (University of Rhode Island/Kingston), Antoinette Favazza (University of Rhode Island), and Elizabeth Dalton (TechACCESS) present ways that teachers can use Universal Design for Learning to make lessons accessible to students with a wide spectrum of learning styles and abilities:

 

> Multiple means of representation – Giving students options for perception, language and symbols, and comprehension"

 

> Multiple means for engagement – A constructivist approach can support active engagement through:

- Recruiting student interest

- Sustaining effort and persistence

- Self-regulation

 

> "Multiple means for action and expression – Varying physical action, expressive skills and fluency, and executive functions

 

> Multiple means of assessing understanding – This includes methods, formats, scope/range level, product and outcome, and feedback"

 

“Universal Design for Learning: A Blueprint for Success for All Learners” by Susan Trostle Brand, Antoinette Favazza, and Elizabeth Dalton in Kappa Delta Pi Record, July-September 2012 (Vol. 48, #3, p. 134-139), http://bit.ly/OeUOSF


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Part 2: 36 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class - Getting Smart by @JohnHardison1 -

Part 2: 36 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class - Getting Smart by @JohnHardison1 - | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it
In continuation of last week’s article, Part 1: 44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class, here is a new list of thirty-six additional ideas to help leverage the power of these tech gadgets in the learning environment.

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Useful Apple and Apps-Related resources from Spectronics’ Consultancy Team | The Spectronics Blog

Useful Apple and Apps-Related resources from Spectronics’ Consultancy Team | The Spectronics Blog | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it


Welcome to this comprehensive collection of “All-things-Apple-and-App-Related” compiled by Spectronics’ clever team of speech pathologists, teachers and occupational therapists! We hope you find these resources helpful as you implement use of iPads, iPhones or iPod touches in special education classrooms or therapy settings. Also helpful in regular ed settings for support of students struggling with reading, writing or organisational skills.


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Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it

We understand that many people visit this page seeking
resources on the topic of Dr. Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences.


We encourage visitors to review the FAQ on this site which contains his
reply to a number of common questions that have been asked
in the past years.

 

In addition, we offer a growing list of Adobe
Acrobat documents below.


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UDL Accommodations: ELL Student

UDL Accommodations: ELL Student | Special Education Resources, Information, Stories, and More! | Scoop.it

Michelle Meyer presents some excellent UDL strategies that can support the ELL Student. She describes a learner who has limited English proficiency and offers options to support that learner using the 3 UDL Principles with reference to specific UDL Guidelines and Checkpoints.

 

According to The Knowledge Loom, English language learners refer to students who have a first (home, primary or native) language other than English and are in the process of learning English. The article  states there are at least three factors that can affect the amount of time it takes for a student to attain cognitive and academic sufficiency in English:

> Age

> Immersion in English

> Similarity to English


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