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In depth interviews with professionals: Children of the Code - Index of Interviews

In depth interviews with professionals: Children of the Code - Index of Interviews | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

The mission of the Children of the Code Project is to help educators, parents, and all who care for children develop a deeper first-person understanding of the challenges involved in learning to read.

So far, we have interviewed over 120 leaders in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, linguistics, orthography, instructional design, child, adult, and family literacy, teaching, government policy, and many other fields related to understanding the code and the challenges involved in learning to read it. We have also interviewed more than 40 struggling readers ranging from 4 to 30 years of age.


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MIT launches student-produced educational video initiative

MIT launches student-produced educational video initiative | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Under MIT+K12, MIT students produce videos that are five to 10 minutes long on topics of their choosing; they can also develop video concepts requested by teachers, K-12 students and other users. In the three dozen MIT+K12 videos posted so far, students have focused on topics ranging from flying robots to basic chemistry to Earth’s rotation.

MIT+K12 also offers opportunities for K-12 students and teachers to communicate with the MIT students making the videos, and vice versa. “From the outset, MIT students wanted to know their videos would be useful to the students watching them,” Waitz says. “The only way to really figure this out is to put the groups in touch with each other.”

MIT is also working to make contact with students and teachers directly — such as through a traveling exhibit to be displayed April 27-29 at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.Original short videos, in collaboration with Khan Academy, aim to fuel K-12 students’ interest in engineering and science.


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Executive Skills and Your Child with Learning Differences

Executive Skills and Your Child with Learning Differences | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Executive skills develop gradually and at different rates for different people. Most children struggle at one time or another with planning, organization, and follow-through. Some will, through maturation, good teaching, and trial and error, independently figure out ways to overcome or compensate for their executive skills weaknesses.

Learning disabilities, though, complicate this development. Children with learning disabilities nearly always have difficulty with one or more executive skills. Descriptions of executive skill weaknesses often overlap descriptions of learning disabilities. And kids with LD will likely have trouble developing these skills on their own.

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects written expression. It makes the act of writing difficult. Individuals with dysgraphia can have difficulty organizing letters, numbers and words on a line or page.....

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Education Week: Project-Based Learning Helps At-Risk Students

Education Week: Project-Based Learning Helps At-Risk Students | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
An alternative school in Oregon offers students who struggled in a regular setting an unusual curriculum.
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Project Eye-to-Eye - Parent Resources for children and adults with learning differences

Project Eye-to-Eye - Parent Resources for children and adults with learning differences | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Project Eye-To-Eye's mission is to develop a coalition of mentoring programs for labeled students with learning disabilities and to empower these individuals to celebrate their differences.

 

"Help your child find their passions. Working in one's areas of weakness is frustrating and tiring and school can be a daunting task. Hence, it is important for your child to have things he or she participates in and looks forward to, enjoys and excels in to have the positive feeling of doing things at his or her ability level (e.g., hands-on science labs, sports, crafts, art projects). Knowing that they are good at something gives them confidence and builds self esteem. Make sure your child knows that you are proud of them regardless of how they perform in school, as this can be a life saving and life changing practice...."

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The future for some urban districts? Philadelphia Sch. District announces dissolution

The future for some urban districts?   Philadelphia Sch. District announces dissolution | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Philadelphia public schools are on the operating table, reeling from a knockout blow of heavy state budget cuts. It was too much to bear after decades of underfunding and mismanagement at the hands of shortsighted Philadelphians and mean-spirited politicians in Harrisburg. Forty schools would close next year, and six additional schools would be closed every year thereafter until 2017. Closing just eight schools this year prompted an uproar. Anyhow, the remaining schools would get chopped up into “achievement networks” where public or private groups compete to manage about 25 schools, and the central office would be chopped down to a skeleton crew of about 200. District HQ has already eliminated about half of the 1,100-plus positions that existed in 2010. This is all aimed at closing a $218 million deficit for the coming year, part of a $1.1 billion cumulative deficit by 2017. Charter schools will teach an estimated 40 percent of students by 2017......."

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Yale Center For Dyslexia & Creativity--All Children Can Be Taught to Read

Yale Center For Dyslexia & Creativity--All Children Can Be Taught to Read | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

“@DyslexiaYale: All children can be taught to read

One of the most exciting things to happen to your child between the time he enters kindergarten and the time he leaves the next spring is that he breaks the reading code. To do so he must solve the two parts of the reading puzzle: one involving spoken language, and the other involving written language.

To solve the first part of the puzzle, each would-be reader must begin to understand that spoken words come apart and that they are made up of very small bits of language. Once a child appreciates that spoken words can be pulled apart into distinct sounds, he is well on his way to solving the spoken language part of the code. For example, the word "sat" is made up of a sequence of sounds, represented by the letters, "s," or the "ssss" sound, "a," or the "aaaa" sound, and "t," or the "t" sound.

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Videolicious: Free app for editing video in 3 easy steps!

Videolicious: Free app for editing video in 3 easy steps! | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Students! be the first in your class to send  your composition in to the teacher  from your iPhone!This is a very useful, free tool which can be used to create and edit video on your iPhone or iPad. It's a great tool for project work as well as entertainment.


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Practice with feedback: combining old & new paradigms:Medical Manikins Simulate Real-Life Emergencies

Practice with feedback: combining old & new paradigms:Medical Manikins Simulate Real-Life Emergencies | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
They speak, breathe and even bleed. High-tech manikins are the latest trend in medical education that offer students and professionals alike an opportunity to practice under pressure. WSJ's Christina Tsuei reports.
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Mentis Foundation Awards Scholarships to Dyslexic Students

Mentis Foundation Awards Scholarships to Dyslexic Students | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

GREENWICH, Conn., April 23, 2012 The Mentis Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about dyslexia and supporting underprivileged youth with this learning disability, announced the winners of eight scholarships awarded to outstanding young students with dyslexia. These scholarships were funded from the hazard pay founder Will Gregory earned while serving in Afghanistan.

"As someone who struggled with dyslexia growing up, I understand firsthand the obstacles this learning disability presents and the issues these students face. The kids we are recognizing are incredible individuals who are overcoming these challenges and will no doubt have a profound impact on the world," stated Will Gregory, the founder of The Mentis Foundation.

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Brooklyn Letters: What's the difference between a Neuropsychological and a Psychoeducational evaluation?

Brooklyn Letters: What's the difference between a Neuropsychological and a Psychoeducational evaluation? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

April 23rd, 2012. Parents of children with learning differences are often faced with the decision of which type of evaluation will best meet the needs of their child. This decision is important to ensuring that a child is supplied withthe decision of which type of evaluation will best meet the needs of their child. This decision is important to ensuring that a child is supplied with the interventions/supports that will provide the greatest potential for success. ...

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HBO: I Can't Do This But I CAN Do That: Film for Families About Learning Differences

HBO: I Can't Do This But I CAN Do That: Film for Families About Learning Differences | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
The official website for the HBO Documentary Film I Can't Do This But I CAN Do That: A Film for Families About Learning Differences, featuring videos, images, interviews, resources and schedule information.
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10 minute video: Dyslexia An Unwrapped Gift (part 1 of 2) by Silva Productions

The film on Dyslexia is narrated by students and Tom West, Author of the "Mind's Eye" asks the question, is dyslexia a disability or a'gift''?  and goes onto to highlight research that suggests dyslexics possess strengths and affinities that are sometimes obscured by the language and academic difficulties associated with the condition.

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Top Ten iOS Apps to Keep Your Preschooler Happy on a Trip

Top Ten iOS Apps to Keep Your Preschooler Happy on a Trip | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Here are the best iPad Apps to keep your preschooler happy on a long trip, while you wait with them for a doctor or somewhere else.

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The ABCs of Early Childhood Education Infographic

The ABCs of Early Childhood Education Infographic | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Each year, the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) hosts Week of the Young Child, which focuses on bringing public awareness to the needs of young children and their families, and recognizes early childhood education professionals, services and programs designed to meet their needs. With this year’s theme being Healthy Minds! Healthy Children, below is a helpful infographic that takes a look into some of the key fundamentals to child growth and development.

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Thank you @cdcowen for: Education Reform for the Digital Era

Thank you @cdcowen for: Education Reform for the Digital Era | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"Will the digital-learning movement repeat the mistakes of the charter-school movement? How much more successful might today's charter universe look if yesterday's proponents had focused on the policies and practices needed to ensure its quality, freedom, and resources over the long term? What mistakes might have been avoided? Damaging scandals forestalled? Missed opportunities seized?

Can we be smarter about taking high-quality online and blended schools to scale—and to educational success? Yes, says this volume, as it addresses such thorny policy issues as quality control, staffing, funding, and governance for the digital sector. In these pages, the authors show how current arrangements need to change—often radically—if instructional technology is to realize its potential....."

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RSA Animate-- 10 minute video loop – the Divided Brain | Learning Differences, Cognitive ...

RSA Animate-- 10 minute video loop – the Divided Brain | Learning Differences, Cognitive ... | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Learning Differences, Cognitive Challenges, and Best Practices – Resilience Based Educational Therapy. In a nutshell, this fascinating video (text written by psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist) gives an overview of the two hemisphere’s in the brain, debunking the myth that the roles are clearly divided. We can’t have creativity without a left brain; there’s no ability to pick out important pieces and plan out the steps. Without the right brain, we can’t visualize or contextualize mathematical patterns. The right brain gives broad, sustained alertness, and the left brain gives narrow, sharply focused attention to detail. So many cognitive constructs important to learning are divided here – seeing things in context (right brain), emotional literacy (right brain), saliency determination and labeling (left brain)......

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Strategies for Meeting All Students' Needs - Education Week News

Strategies for Meeting All Students' Needs - Education Week News | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Strategies for Meeting All Students' NeedsEducation Week NewsBy Laurie Wasserman Whether you're a special education teacher or not, you likely teach students who are on the autism spectrum or who have learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety disorders, or emotional disabilities.
Differentiating instruction for such students can be challenging. But as an urban middle school teacher with more than 30 years of experience, I've identified some strategies that increase the chances that we're meeting all students' needs on a daily basis....

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Teaching Music to children with Dyslexia

Teaching Music to children with Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Many teachers will have encountered a bright, musical and motivated pupil who is not progressing as expected. There are many possible reasons for this, one of them being that the pupil might be dyslexic. A dyslexic pupil is not a slow learner in the ordinary sense even though progress may be impeded but lack of expected progress is, however, usually the first sign that something might be wrong. For many students with dyslexia, playing be ear is easier than reading music or musical theory. In this brief article, an experienced music teacher shares tips about working with dyslexic music students.

Here are some of the areas where problems might occur, together with ideas for coping with them. 


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TED [VIDEO] How Folding Paper Can Get You to the Moon: illustrating exponential growth

Can folding a piece of paper 45 times get you to the moon? By seeing what happens when folding just one piece of paper, we see the unbelievable potential of exponential growth. This lesson will leave you wanting to grab a piece of paper to see how many times you can fold it!


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Educational Innovation blog | online learning insights

Educational Innovation blog | online learning insights | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

“Yet undergraduate education changes remarkably little over time. My predecessor …. famously compared the difficulty of reforming a curriculum with the difficulty of moving a cemetery” Lawrence H. Summers, former president of Harvard University.

"I was inspired this week, I read about several educators that don’t appear afraid of change, in fact embraced change that has led to well…pretty incredible things. Though there are many, I’ll share just a few........"

 

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Innovation in education: are we ready for change?

Innovation in education: are we ready for change? | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
A disruptive technology is one that radically alters an existing market – the iPod displacing the Walkman, for example, or tablets eating into sales of PCs. In the same way, new technologies have the potential to disrupt the education system, bringing about major changes in the way pupils learn and challenging the way schools and colleges are run.

"We've been on the brink of radical transformation in education for about 20 years now," says Eylan Ezekiel, digital engagement consultant for ONSchool, a specialist innovation school he hopes to open in Oxford. "The question is whether there is the energy to turn some of the exciting innovations into something that has a broader impact."There is major investment in technology in schools but education could still miss out on its biggest opportunity in decades, writes Duncan Jefferies...

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A Collaborative Guide to Best Digital Learning Practices for K-12 | DMLcentral

A Collaborative Guide to Best Digital Learning Practices for K-12 | DMLcentral | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

To teach responsibly in a digital age, we have to respect what our tools can do to help us learn together -- and what tools alone cannot do. We need to be prepared to adapt them to our specific needs as teachers and learners. We need tools that are as open as possible, that are designed to encourage students to participate and not simply consume. And we need to support teachers who are also learning how to use new tools for the most innovative, imaginative, interactive teaching.


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Disney Star with Dyslexia, Bella Thorne, speaks to students about learning differences

Disney Star with Dyslexia, Bella Thorne, speaks to students about learning differences | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

This year, Bella Thorne showed up for the second annual, week-long “Every Kids Counts” program, which celebrates special-needs children and raises awareness for child disorders. Audiences were surprised to see Bella, who has appeared on Disney television shows, but has never made any real public mention about her struggles with dyslexia.

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Bi-partisan support for Ed reform: Cleveland legislation advances hope for Ohio kids

Bi-partisan support for  Ed reform: Cleveland legislation advances hope for Ohio kids | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

"The bills, one in the Ohio House the other in the Senate, will begin with bipartisan sponsorship in the legislature, and also have the support of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and the Cleveland Teachers Union.

Supporters say the rare alliances on such an important piece of legislation underscore how important it is for something to finally be done to change the dismal academic fortunes of one the state's worst performing school systems, where the number of dropouts outnumbers college-bound graduates."

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