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Whoopi Goldberg Struggles with Dyslexia - The Power Of DyslexiaThe Power Of Dyslexia

Whoopi Goldberg Struggles with Dyslexia - The Power Of DyslexiaThe Power Of Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Over 40 million people in American suffer from dyslexia.
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John Chambers: Dyslexic CEO - The Power Of DyslexiaThe Power Of Dyslexia

John Chambers: Dyslexic CEO - The Power Of DyslexiaThe Power Of Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
John Chambers made the surprising confession that he suffers from the learning disability, dyslexia, to his daughter's classmates...
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Cool App - Storyrobe for StoryTelling:images on your device with a voice-over feature

Cool App - Storyrobe for StoryTelling:images on your device with a voice-over feature | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

 

 

Storyrobe is an exciting new digital storytelling application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Storyrobe lets you tell create digital stories using images and video from your camera or photo library. You can use the built in microphone, or any 3rd party microphone to create audio recordings with photos and videos. Use Storyrobe to tell, share, and add to others stories creating a Storyrobe™


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Filmmaker Harvey Hubbell V Unveiling Dislecksia: The Movie

Filmmaker Harvey Hubbell V Unveiling Dislecksia: The Movie | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Dislecksia: The Movie is a comic documentary on the serious and often misunderstood subject of dyslexia. The film showcases life as a dyslexic and seeks to raise awareness for the approximately 35 million Americans who struggle with dyslexia.
Litchfield, CT (PRWEB) May 31, 2012
After spending six years creating the most comprehensive documentary on dyslexia, Hubbell completed Dislecksia: The Movie, and the film has recently begun it’s run on the film festival circuit, taking home Best Documentary and Best Director at the Greenville International Film Festival as well as Best Feature Documentary at the Black Hills Film Festival.

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/business/press-releases/article/Filmmaker-Harvey-Hubbell-V-Unveiling-Dislecksia-3597992.php#ixzz1weZ73Cpy

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Top 10 Apps for the Visually Impaired

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This article presents 10 apps specifically designed to make Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch more accessible to users who are blind or visually impaired. 

 

10 ways that apps are leveling the playing field for the blind and visually impaired!


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Nine fun ways to stop summer brain drain - Macworld

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Nine fun ways to stop summer brain drainMacworld

You'll find games targeted to school-age children in its student section, Lumosity Scholar as well as some designed to help with specific learning differences like ADHD.

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Steps to identifying and treating dyslexia: prevent academic discouragement | Short Stories for Children

Steps to identifying and treating dyslexia: prevent academic discouragement | Short Stories for Children | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
When I ask parents if they know what dyslexia is, a large majority will say something like: “Isn't that when you read upside down and backwards?”

 

For Sarah, reading was a laborious chore, something that she avoided at all costs. Tensions were high each night around homework time. our assessment of Sarah showed that she had great trouble with decoding (phonics) and that she frequently substituted words while she read (e.g., “pricopinny” for “porcupine”), which interrupted the flow of meaning in the text. The results of the testing and Sarah’s history suggested that she was dyslexic, yet there were no signs of reversals or upside down reading.

Helping Sarah’s parents understand that Sarah had a legitimate problem was essential. Like most families in these situations, Sarah’s parents needed to lighten up on the homework-time tension, yelling and pressure about reading. they needed to understand that Sarah’s difficulties were not the result of her not trying hard enough.

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Dyslexia Untied: Dyslexia: How Children Learn to Read - Montessori ...

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Dyslexia: How Children Learn to Read - Montessori and Phonics. The skill of reading is special - and often difficult to acquire. The fact that anyone learns how to read is something of a miracle.

Spoken language develops both spontaneously and subconsciously. A 2-year old couldn't be taught sentence structure and grammar rules now matter how hard someone might try.

As Maria Montessori said, "The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!"

Reading is different. It must be actively taught and consciously learned. If it's not actively taught, then even a life spent surrounded by the printed word will not teach someone who is illiterate how to read.

When a middle aged person finally admits that they don't know how to read, they must start at the beginning just like a child does, learning sounds and sounding out words. Imagine how many printed words - street signs, store names, words on TV - they have seen in a lifetime. But they were never able to simply "pick up" the skill of reading the way a child learns to speak.

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Reading disabilities fly under the radar in public schools

Reading disabilities fly under the radar in public schools | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Thousands of students in the Chicago area struggle with reading.

For many of them, a learning disability is the root of the problem.

But within Chicago Public schools, where roughly 20 percent of students are at or above grade-level in reading, learning disabilities, like dyslexia, can easily go undiagnosed unless a parent demands help.

"There are a lot of things that people can do to help their kids for a lot of money, but… what happens when you just don’t have the money? That’s what we’re dealing with all the time," said Elliott Marks, an advocate at the Family Resource Center on Disabilities in Chicago.


Marks works with low-income parents who can’t afford to pay for private therapeutic schools or private tutoring, but need help getting special education services.

By law, public schools must identify and serve students who have learning disabilities, which includes dyslexia, dysgraphia and other reading-related disorders.

But Marks says public districts don’t exactly make it easy for parents to get their child the help they need.

“I joke sometimes that I had to learn all of my son’s medical stuff, and then I had to learn all his all his legal stuff, his legal rights, and then I had to learn about the teaching stuff. So, here, I had to become a teacher, a lawyer and a doctor to serve my own kid and obviously not everybody can stop and just do that,” Marks said.

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Dyslexia: a global concern! Demystifying some common myths behind dyslexia - Coastweek

Dyslexia: a global concern! Demystifying some common myths behind dyslexia - Coastweek | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- How would you react if your child is not able to write his or her name or even recite the alphabetical order even after a thorough lesson on the same?

This is a condition that has thrown many parents into a dilemma. Some panic thinking their children are abnormal and in many cases are lost on what to do.

Phylis Kariuki is such a parent. She could not understand why her son couldn’t write or read his name at four years even after taking him to school. Even though the condition known as dyslexia affects between 10 and 15 percent of school going children, only 5 percent of those affected get proper attention.

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Washington offers new way to education reform: All day Kindergarten-| The Bellingham Herald

Washington offers new way to education reform: All day Kindergarten-| The Bellingham Herald | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
Bellingham, under the leadership of Superintendent Greg Baker and the school board, decided to put valuable and scarce resources where they would benefit kids the most, into full-day kindergarten. The investment follows the overwhelming evidence that all-day kindergarten is critical to preparing kids to succeed throughout their school-age years. It was not an easy decision, but it was the right one and should be a model for how we move forward to improve schools around the state.

When children participate in high-quality early education, it leads to powerful results: they do better in school, they become healthier adults and productive members of society. We need to make sure all students in Washington receive opportunities like this and are prepared for work and life.

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2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter: From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter: From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
GiftedPhoenix Twice Exceptional Newsletter 29 May 2012: http://t.co/sseS9842 #2eKids http://t.co/7NTId6Vr...

Education Week noted recently that the use of RTI is spurring interest in how exactly to identify learning disabilities. The publication reports that the National Center for Learning Disabilities has issued new guidelines telling how it feels students with LDs should be identified, recommending a multi-pronged approach including assessment tools, observation, and screening out problems with vision, hearing, etc. Find the Education Week article. Or, go to the NCLD site.

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Chatter Busy: Bruce Jenner: struggles with Dyslexia

Chatter Busy: Bruce Jenner:  struggles with Dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

Bruce Jenner had to work really hard and persevere to overcome the obstacles in life. This special man who achieved greatness in sports, he quoted as saying: "I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.

Bruce Jenner is the host of Demystifying Dyslexia, a documentary that shows the challenges of living and learning with dyslexia.

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Billy Bob Thornton’s Dyslexia On and Off the Page The Power Of Dyslexia

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"So I'm Billy Bob Thorton and I'm a dyslexic," his interview begins. Thorton is talking to Harvey Hubble V in a Youtube excerpt from the comedy documentary Dislecksia: the movie....

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Education Rethink:From Compliant Kids 2 Ethical Thinkers:Compliance vs Conscientiousness

Education Rethink:From Compliant Kids 2 Ethical Thinkers:Compliance vs Conscientiousness | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it

A student walks in late to my class for the fourth day in a row. I pull him aside and explain authoritatively that I will not tolerate his misbehavior.

 

Listening is as important as speaking. Compliance is almost always about following rules rather than engaging in a dialogue, while empowering students begins with listening. You never know the whole story. Never. The best you can do as a teacher is to draw out the story through a conversation.
Change happens relationally and it requires trust. Humility is the catalyst for this type of change. On the other hand, compliance breaks down trust and causes students to hide.
The goal of classroom leadership should be empowering students to be responsible decision-makers. Or, to put it more simply, I want students to make wise decisions. It’s important to talk students through their decision-making process and their own sense of ethical development.
Humility and vulnerability are not signs of weakness, but signs of a mature teacher that students can approach with confidence.
Quit bribing kids for good behavior. Ethical people do the right thing because it's the right thing to do. I wouldn't stop by a stranded motorist and say, "I'm sorry, but I'll need a set of stickers before I help you out."


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In praise of misfits:Why business needs people with Asperger’s syndrome, ADD and dyslexia

In praise of misfits:Why business needs people with Asperger’s syndrome, ADD  and dyslexia | Students with dyslexia & ADHD in independent and public schools | Scoop.it
IN 1956 William Whyte argued in his bestseller, “The Organisation Man”, that companies were so in love with “well-rounded” executives that they fought a “fight against genius”. Today many suffer from the opposite prejudice. Software firms gobble up anti-social geeks. Hedge funds hoover up equally oddball quants. Hollywood bends over backwards to accommodate the whims of creatives. And policymakers look to rule-breaking entrepreneurs to create jobs. Unlike the school playground, the marketplace is kind to misfits.

Recruiters have noticed that the mental qualities that make a good computer programmer resemble those that might get you diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome: an obsessive interest in narrow subjects; a passion for numbers, patterns and machines; an addiction to repetitive tasks; and a lack of sensitivity to social cues. Some joke that the internet was invented by and for people who are “on the spectrum”, as they put it in the Valley. Online, you can communicate without the ordeal of meeting people.

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How Video Games Make Schools Better | Online Universities

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The April 24, 2012 Brookings Institute report, How Blogs, Social Media, and Video Games Improve Education, by Darrell West, examines research and best practices to provide an enlightening overview of the ways in which these popular technologies make education (at all levels) more engaging and effective


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Issues in Teaching and Learning:Rhode Island College Journal

Rhode Island College is producing a new journal in education, focusing on technology and online learning.  Check it out! 


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When Traditional Schools Fail: Homeschooling resources for children with ADD/ADHD: 7 slides

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The traditional approach to learning -- a teacher standing in front of children sitting behind desks -- is not the most productive for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) children who get bored easily. If your child is demoralized by his poor grades, receives detention for forgetting books, is looked down upon by teachers, or is bullied by classmates, he may be a candidate for homeschooling.

Melinda Boring, who started Heads Up Now!, a company that supplies information and products for parents, teachers, and therapists who work with hyperactive, distractible, and sensory-challenged children, home-schooled her daughter Beckie and son Josh, both of whom were diagnosed as having ADD/ADHD. “Josh rarely followed directions, and he became agitated when asked to sit still,” says Boring. “Sights, sounds, and even odors that most people didn’t notice bothered him. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to do what teachers asked of him, he just couldn’t.”

Josh graduated from home high school in 2006, and is working full-time and taking college courses. Beckie is a junior in home high school, and takes classes at the local community college. She earns A’s at both schools.

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Knees: The Mixed-Up World of a Boy with Dyslexia by Vanita Oelschlager ...

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Louis is in the fourth grade. He is a typical boy with bright, alert eyes and a kid-style smirk for a smile. Louis likes school—sometimes. School is not easy for Louis. He has a “mixed-up brain” that often sees things differently than the other boys and girls. Louis has dyslexia. No matter how hard he tries, words look backwards.

Sometimes, when Louis writes, reads, and speaks, the words get twisted and turned around. A “b” will look like a “d.” When someone speaks, the words can get garbled and difficult to understand. Louis needs extra time to get his work done. He has a special teacher to helps him learn. She must be understanding and patient, above all else.

Louis is actually in good company, though I doubt he would agree. Einstein, Edison, Walt Disney, Picasso, and Magic Johnson all are dyslexic. Dyslexia does not stop a kid from having friends, fun, and a goal. Louis’ dad told him “We’re all good at something. You just have to find it.”

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Memory Practice Does Not Help ADHD or Improve IQ - Psych Central News

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Memory training does not appear to be helpful for children suffering from dyslexia or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders.

Researchers also determined memory practice does not appear to provide significant benefit to healthy adults who want to improve school performance or enhance their cognitive skills.

“The success of working memory training programs is often based on the idea that you can train your brain to perform better, using repetitive memory trials, much like lifting weights builds muscle mass,” said the study’s lead author, Monica Melby-Lervåg, Ph.D., of the University of Oslo.

“However, this analysis shows that simply loading up the brain with training exercises will not lead to better performance outside of the tasks presented within these tests.”

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Reasearchers in Norway question use of computer exercises to improve working memory or treat dyslexia & ADHD

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Improving working memory won't help ADHDUPI.comOSLO, Norway, May 31 (UPI) --Lead author Monica Melby-Lervag of the University of Oslo and colleagues at the University College London said memory training tasks appeared to have limited effect on healthy adults and children looking to do better in school or improve their cognitive skills.

Several commercial, computer-based working memory training programs have been developed and purport to benefit students suffering from ADHD, dyslexia, language disorders, poor academic performance or other issues, Melby-Lervag said.

"The success of working memory training programs is often based on the idea that you can train your brain to perform better, using repetitive memory trials, much like lifting weights builds muscle mass," Melby-Lervag said in a statement. "However, this analysis shows that simply loading up the brain with training exercises will not lead to better performance outside of the tasks presented within these tests."

The meta-analysis involved 23 peer-reviewed studies with 30 different comparisons of groups.

The analysis, published online in Developmental Psychology, said the training might help one improve short-term memory when it's related to the task implemented in training but it won't improve reading difficulties or help a person pay more attention in school.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/05/31/Improving-working-memory-wont-help-ADHD/UPI-52661338522430/#ixzz1wXrsNrns

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Digital storytelling in the classroom

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When students create a movie or interactive slide show to tell their story, learning becomes personal. Students can improve their writing, show creativity, and have a voice.


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Tuba Angay-Crowder's comment, June 1, 2012 8:09 AM
I used the same picture at yesterday's digital storytelling presentation for a middle school:) Thank you
Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, June 1, 2012 1:51 PM
Digital Storytelling can be very powerful for many students addressing various types of learning styles and modalities. Digital Storytelling provides meaning to learning through the use of their auditory, visual and kinesthetic skills. Students are also required to use higher order thinking skills in their creativity of their stories.
However, much of the power of Digital Storytelling comes from the collaboration and teamwork process. In a collaborative environment, students are actively engaged in the exchange of ideas and are not only responsible for reaching their own academic goals, but the goals of others in the group. This provides opportunity for students
to think critically, which promotes life long learning.
Digital storytelling is an effective way to engage students in their learning. First of all, it asks for their perspective and validates it as important. Secondly, they get to work in a medium that is relevant and meaningful to their lives (computers). The ability to tell their story in a variety of ways - through sounds, music, graphics, photographs, and
original artwork allows them to express their creativity in ways other than just text. The skills used in creating digital stories requires them to build planning, organizational, and time management skills.
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50 Best iPad Apps for STEM Education | Online Universities

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"Educators and parents can help get kids interested and perhaps even hooked on STEM no matter their age with the help of the iPad and the myriad great educational applications it offers. Here, we share some of the best applications for STEM education, and with selections that work for students of all ages and abilities, you’re bound to find something that’s the perfect companion to any STEM lesson."

With schools falling behind in math and science education and companies unable to find enough qualified professionals to fill jobs in science and technology fields, pushing STEM education is more important than ever. 


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What is Twice Exceptional? #gifted #ADHD

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What is Twice Exceptional? Author: Matt Kelley Chicago Gifted Services www.cpsmagnet.com 2e, 

"Gifted students with disabling conditions remain a major group of underserved and understimulated youth (Cline, 1999). The focus on accommodations for their disabilities may preclude the recognition and development of their cognitive abilities. It is not unexpected, then, to find a significant discrepancy between the measured academic potential of these students and their actual performance in the classroom (Whitmore & Maker, 1985). In order for these children to reach their potential, it is imperative that their intellectual strengths be recognized and nurtured, at the same time as their disability is accommodated appropriately.”

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