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Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Students

Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Students | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Scaffolding can work for teaching any complex subject, but it certainly applies to math. Especially with math, it is often very important when introducing a new procedure to provide an example of what kind of question the procedure is used for, then proceeding through the steps - talking aloud as much as possible. Tips #4-6 are also very important for many dyslexic students - pre-teaching vocabulary, using visual aids, then providing plenty of time to pause, ask questions, pause, then review.


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Robot sees living brain cells: may be be useful studying schizophrenia, Parkinson's, autism & epilepsy

Robot sees living brain cells: may be be useful studying schizophrenia, Parkinson's, autism & epilepsy | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Researchers at MIT and Georgia Tech have developed a way to automate the process of finding and recording information from neurons in the living brain.  The researchers have shown that a robotic arm guided by a cell-detecting computer algorithm can identify and record from neurons in the living mouse brain with better accuracy and speed than a human experimenter.

The new automated process eliminates the need for months of training and provides long-sought information about living cells' activities. Using this technique, scientists could classify the thousands of different types of cells in the brain, map how they connect to each other, and figure out how diseased cells differ from normal cells.

The project is a collaboration between the labs of Ed Boyden, associate professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, and Craig Forest, an assistant professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

"Our team has been interdisciplinary from the beginning, and this has enabled us to bring the principles of precision machine design to bear upon the study of the living brain," Forest says. His graduate student, Suhasa Kodandaramaiah, spent the past two years as a visiting student at MIT, and is the lead author of the study, which appears in the May 6 issue of Nature Methods.

 

The method could be particularly useful in studying brain disorders such as schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease, autism and epilepsy, Boyden says. "In all these cases, a molecular description of a cell that is integrated with [its] electrical and circuit properties … has remained elusive," says Boyden, who is a member of MIT's Media Lab and McGovern Institute for Brain Research. "If we could really describe how diseases change molecules in specific cells within the living brain, it might enable better drug targets to be found."

 

ROBOTICS: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=robotics

 

NEUROSCIENCE: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=neuroscience

 

 

 

 


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NYT: Career or Deep Learning? Pondering the Purpose of College

NYT: Career or Deep Learning? Pondering the Purpose of College | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
What exactly is a university education for?

 

"Is it, narrowly, to ensure a good job after graduation? That’s how Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, views it. He has made waves by wanting to shift state financing of public colleges to majors that have the best job prospects. Hello science, technology, engineering and math; goodbye psychology and anthropology.

And Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, has introduced the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, which would require, among other things, that students have access to data on university graduates’ average annual earnings.

Or is the point of a university degree to give students a broad and deep humanities education that teaches them how to think and write critically? Or can a college education do both?In the early 1980s, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in just about any subject “opened up lots of jobs,” experts say. Oh, how times have changed."

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Train Your Teachers Before Deploying More iPads!

Train Your Teachers Before Deploying More iPads! | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Last week an educator asked the question, “What digital learning technology can my school district invest in that will not become obsolete?” The answer… teacher training technology! Technology teacher training must go beyond how to turn-on a device with a brief overview familiarization of its features and apps. It must also include teaching “behavior changing” strategies and techniques to be truly effective in the transition to a 21st century digital learning model. The correct answer to overcoming technology obsolesce… make teacher professional development a key part of every technology purchase!.."


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Helpful iPad Apps for Autism and Other Related Disorders | Autism Key

Helpful iPad Apps for Autism and Other Related Disorders | Autism Key | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"It’s been a while since we posted an iPad apps for autism list, so here’s our 2012 version of some newer (and older) apps to consider for individuals with autism and other related disorders:"


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Mario Morino's City Club Speech: Relentless: Leaders who stop at nothing to achieve greater social impact

50 minute video presentation: Mario Morino is the Chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners in Washington DC. He is also a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic and the Lawrence School. Here he  discusses the importance of  leadership in the changing social sector landscape at City Club Cleveland; the oldest Civic Forum in the US. Both the Cleveland Clinic and Lawrence School  are featured in Mario's talk.

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Ohio ODE - Dyslexia Pilot Project

Dyslexia Pilot Project Information and Background
The pilot project must operate for three full school years, beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. The specified goal of the pilot project is to evaluate the effectiveness of early screening and reading assistance programs for children at risk for reading failure including those students exhibiting risk factors associated with dyslexia and to evaluate whether those programs can reduce future special education costs.

The state Superintendent will select six school districts to participate in the pilot project on a voluntary basis. At least one of the districts must be located in an urban setting, one in a suburban setting and one in a rural setting. To be considered for the pilot project, a school district’s proposal must:

Identify a method of screening children for low phonemic awareness and other risk factors for dyslexia;
Provide for the enrollment of children identified as having risk factors in a reading program staffed by teachers trained in evidence-based reading instruction and multisensory structured language instruction; and
Include a methodology for evaluating the reading program's effects on the children's identified risk factors.

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Wilson Reading Program took student to the head of the class: Dealing with dyslexia proactively

Wilson Reading Program took student to the head of the class: Dealing with dyslexia proactively | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

“They succeeded with Sammie,” she said. “It worked and we couldn’t be happier. She’s a kid they said would never graduate.
“Dyslexia will never go away, but she has the tools and she’s learned to adapt. She knows how to turn things around so they make sense to her. She was a smart little girl, it just too long for people to realize it.
“And I don’t want that to happen to anyone else,” said Beth.


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The International Dyslexia Association Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy

The International Dyslexia Association Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
From January through March 2012, IDA conducted independent and objective reviews of university-based teacher preparation programs in reading, and evaluated their alignment with the IDA Standards. Three highly qualified, independent reviewers were assigned to each university. The review entailed a thorough look at course syllabi and other course materials and requirements, along with a site visit to the school.

“Learning to teach reading, language and writing is a complex undertaking. The competence and expertise of teachers can be nourished with training that emphasizes the study of reading development, language and individual differences,” said Dr. Louisa Moats, Chair of IDA’s Standards and Practices Committee. “If teachers are better prepared, the impact of reading difficulties, including dyslexia, will be lessened, and many more students will receive the instruction and support they require to reach their potential.”

The IDA Standards emphasize the need for teachers to be trained more deeply in the structure of language, including the speech sound system, the writing system, the structure of sentences, the meaningful parts of words, meaning relationships among words and their referents, and the organization of spoken and written discourse.


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Step X step video walk through:create 'screen cast' lessons, using presentation and screen capture software

Step X step video walk through:create 'screen cast' lessons, using presentation and screen capture software | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Applications used, in order, to enhance learning in a single lesson...

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Living with Dyslexia: Anna Franz story | Kaleidoscope - UAB Campus News

Living with Dyslexia: Anna Franz story | Kaleidoscope - UAB Campus News | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"When Anna Franz, a 23-year-old UAB exchange student from Munich, Germany, was in elementary school, she desperately told her mother: “Mommy, I think there is only space for one word in my head.” She realized that she had much more difficulty learning how to read and write than most other children of her age.
Franz is one of several persons in her family to struggle from dyslexia, a reading and writing disorder.
Despite Franz’s fight with orthography and reading, she has been successful in school. Unlike many other people with the same symptoms, she graduated from high school in 2008 and is currently studying biology as an exchange student at UAB....."

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Review: The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia

Review: The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The Newport Beach Film Festival has brought some great films to local audiences and one of my favorites is The D Word: Understanding Dyslexia.

I viewed the 52 minute film at Island Cinemas and enjoyed how well it explains the difficulties people with Dyslexia deal with on a daily basis. Filmmaker James Redford -- whose son Dylan also has Dyslexia-- said the film presents an opportunity to help others living in turmoil and I would have to agree. I felt it did a good job at providing specific examples about the learning disability, and it shows rather than tells by bringing the audience into peoples' personal lives.

The film includes interviews with young Dyslexics and there are some famous faces in the film too, who share their experiences about living with Dyslexia including Richard Branson who says he copes by "keeping things simple and saying what you mean.”

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What Do Today's Students Think About the Future of Higher Ed? You Might Be Surprised

What Do Today's Students Think About the Future of Higher Ed? You Might Be Surprised | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"In the last month, I have talked with students at six institutions that represent nearly every corner of our diverse higher-ed system.

Face-to-face education matters even more now. Because these students see the world through screens (mobile, tablet, and laptop), I expected them to embrace the idea of online education. Just the opposite. They want to engage with a professor and with their classmates More career exploration is needed before college. When describing how they picked their majors, many of the students described it either as a random process or a last-minute decision. That's in contrast to the extended, thoughtful plan some of them had for choosing a college. Majors don't matter. Perhaps a better question is why we force students to pick a major at all. Thenumber of majors on campus has proliferated in the last two decades, but some academics, such asMark Taylor or Roger Schank, think we should abolish our traditional notion of majors and build the undergraduate curriculum around broad ideas or problems we face, like water and food production...."

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Review of Tips and Tricks - iPad Secrets

Review of Tips and Tricks - iPad Secrets | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Join us as we do a Review of Tips and Tricks - iPad Secrets, an eBook type app that covers iPad basics and more.


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8 Coexisting Conditions in ADHD Kids - ADHD Center - Everyday Health

8  Coexisting Conditions in ADHD Kids - ADHD Center - Everyday Health | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
ADHD is common in children, and so are a slew of other health issues — from depression to dyslexia — that tend to accompany the attention disorder. Could your kid be affected by one of these often underdiagnosed concerns?
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Best 5 Ipad Apps for Dyslexia - Dyslexic Advantage

Best 5 Ipad Apps for Dyslexia - Dyslexic Advantage | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Why Buy an Ipad 2 if I have Dyslexia?
 
#1. Great Text-to-Speech:   We found the Triple-Click Voiceover function the easiest to use.


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Tech Transformation: Technology Levels the Educational Playing Field

Tech Transformation: Technology Levels the Educational Playing Field | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The traditional picture of college includes 18-year olds to 20-somethings living on or near campus, registering for classes at the Office of the Registrar, buying your books at the campus bookstore and attending lectures in large classrooms. Advances in technology have made this scenario outdated. It’s comparable to waiting for the morning newspaper instead of checking the Internet for news updates, or comparison-shopping by driving around town instead of using a smartphone app to locate the lowest price


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Parenting help: How will dyslexia affect my child’s life?

Parenting help: How will dyslexia affect my child’s life? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"How Dylexia affects a child’s life is largely proportionate to the way they are taught to view themselves and the disorder.
No one can successfully predict what the outcome of anyone’s life will be, with or without dyslexia. Regardless of what they may have been told during childhood about their disorders, many celebrities have risen above dyslexia and gone on to be very successful people. Among them are crowd favorites Jay Leno and Tom Cruise. Although occasionally Jay will trip up while reading his monologue, he does an excellent job as a talk show host and were he not so open about his dyslexia, no one would suspect him of having the disorder. And no one thinks of either star as a “dyslexic” nor should children be defined by disorders.."


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Ask Melinda Gates Your Question About Education Reform

Ask Melinda Gates Your Question About Education Reform | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Next week, Melinda Gates will sit down with PBS NewsHour Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan to talk about the Gates Foundation's work in the field of education and we'd like to hear your suggestions.

Do you have a question for Melinda Gates about the projects they've funded, lessons learned, their priorities and where they plan to focus their funding in the future? Send us your questions in the comments below or tweet them to @newshouramgrad.

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A Charter School's Journey into Assistive Technology * Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

A Charter School's Journey into Assistive Technology * Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

".....As we delve more into the world of assistive technology and find strategies and devices, we understand we don’t know all the answers or have all the strategies. But, more important, I think we’ve taken the initiative and finally have the guts to experiment with technology, using AT to help kids see the academic growth they have the potential to make. They are learning that they are curious and creative scholars and that their disability is not always detrimental--it can be an asset. And that’s what makes a special piece of paper, an iPad, a word processor, or any enabling device a miracle."


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International Dyslexia Association Recognizes Nine Universities for Meeting ... - Sacramento Bee

International Dyslexia Association Recognizes Nine Universities for Meeting ... - Sacramento Bee | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
International Dyslexia Association Recognizes Nine Universities for Meeting ...Sacramento BeeBy International Dyslexia Association BALTIMORE, May 3, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) announced today that nine university...
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Nine steps to quality online learning: introduction - Tony Bates

Nine steps to quality online learning: introduction - Tony Bates | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

I’m going to suggest a series of practical steps towards implementing such standards.
I’m assuming that the previous analysis of why an online approach is required has already been done.
Here in brief are the nine steps (outlined incidentally in my recent presentation to the University of Sherbrooke). I will do one short post a day on each of these nine steps:
Decide how you want to teach online
Decide what kind of online course you and your students need
Work in a team
Build on existing resources
Master the technology
Set appropriate learning goals for online learning
Create a strong online course structure/schedule
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Innovate and evaluate.


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Kildonan School: iPads fully integrated into the curriculum by Fall 2012.

Kildonan School: iPads fully integrated into the curriculum by Fall 2012. | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 "Kildonan School (RT @KildonanSchool: They're here! “@ATKSMan: New iPads arrive @KildonanSchool !

 Over the past several months, members of the administration and heads of departments have been investigating the potential of iPads in our curriculum and the many benefits offered by incorporating tablet technology (including Assistive Technology applications, iBooks textbooks, and a reduced reliance on and use of paper). Thanks to a generous donation, we will be moving to an iPad-based platform over the summer, which will be fully integrated into our curriculum by Fall 2012. This marks an important step for the school as we continue to look for ways to provide the best learning environment for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences."

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NYT Bestselling Author Directs Random House Donation to Low-Income Schools in Seattle and NYC

NYT Bestselling Author Directs Random House Donation to Low-Income Schools in Seattle and NYC | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

With more than 150 million copies of her books in print, author Debbie Macomber has come a long way from her childhood diagnosis of dyslexia. This is part of the motivation behind Debbie's recent choice of World Vision's Teacher Resource Centers (TRCs) as the designee of the generous donation her publisher Random House made to the charity of her choice.

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important and disturbing: The Economics of Sustainability

http://www.ted.com Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of...

 

This provocatively title TED talk would be an excellent resource for discussing sustainable development.  What are the economic, environmental, political and cultural ramifications of suggested policies that seek to lead towards sustainable development?  What are the ramifications of not changing policies towards sustainable development?  


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:02 AM

 I found this video very interesting because it spoke about how there is so little space and more and more people are having kids. But there is no space because everyone likes having a lot of room to expand that is why because everyone in the world could fit in the state of California. So there is space it is just not spread out good enough that everyone could fit comfortably.