" Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle. Here are “50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities:”
Teachers who are fighting for stronger tech integration in their schools often come against opposition from people who believe technology not have a positive effect on student learning. This is particularly true with iPads, devices that many people see as a device for content consumption, not creation. Below is a list of studies into iPads and learning, with dot points about what students the study relates to, the subjects involved and the results.
Since the brain and behaviors are forming at a rapid rate during the early years of life, early intervention can be helpful not only for the child but for parents that are in need of information about autism and sensory functioning.
This book is not intended to replace medical advice but instead is meant to help parents decide if they should seek a professional evaluation along with Leslie's personal story of how she came to get her two children's diagnosis.
April is Autism Awareness month and we wanted to give this book away FREE for 3 days between the 9th and the 11th of April.
This report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach that uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The report lists four elements constituting connected learning’s emphasis on bridging school, popular culture, home, and the community to create an environment in which students engage in and take responsibility for their learning.
Online discussion help students intellectually engage with a text. This screencasts talks about the most common use case, discussion of assigned reading, and describes some major advantages of using the powerful NowComment® [http://nowcomment.com/] interface and social commenting environment.
Do you often discover great apps that could help a struggling reader you know? Are you short on time to evaluate and catalog them for later use? As you may already know, trying to relocate them online again at a future date may often lead you into a circle of frustration and a great loss of time, never actually accessing the desired app at all. Sound familiar?
An initiative for 2014 is to get UK children to learn how to write computer code. The reporter talking about the idea shows her ignorance of technology, Jeremy Paxman shows he’s a technology luddite knows nothing about nothing, and the director of the “Year of Code” initiative, Lottie Dexter, says she can’t write any computer code, but you can learn it in a day!
We know making your dog talk with your own voice is entertaining and will get everyone laughing hysterically. With CrazyTalk 7 Pro you can take pets, sketch drawings, baby photos or inanimate objects to create fun and interesting videos in minutes.
You can communicate in a fresh way with visual messages, animated holiday greetings, or lively presentations that grab everyone’s attention. Upload your creation to the CrazyTalk app to share and animate on popular iDevices.
“Thank goodness CrazyTalk for Mac has been released. Now I don’t have to restart my mac into bootcamp. CrazyTalk has been the best tool for Facial animation on Jimmy Kimmel live for years for the simple reason: the script can always change at the last minute. CrazyTalk keeps up!” – Jesse Griffith, Animator – Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABCTelevision Group
“I LOVE the new CrazyTalk for Mac! It has finally arrived on the right platform for creatives to explore the boundaries of their imagination. CrazyTalk7 is an elegant and sophisticated facial animation app that will quickly become the secret weapon of animators and storytellers. Finally after a LONG wait CrazyTalk is available for the Mac!” – Eric Rosner, Illustrator
CrazyTalk7 is the most popular facial animation tool that uses sound and text to vividly animate facial images.
With this groundbreaking Auto Motion technology, you just need to import images, specify the facial feature points and record your own voice to automatically generate lip-syncs to create 3D life-like, talking videos.
"The November Learning team is excited to share a hot new literacy tool, introduced to us by a brilliant teacher, Laura Robertson, from The St. Anne's Belfield Studio School in Virginia. This intuitive and multi-functional digital literacy tool can transform the way
teachers approach close reading with their students, while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation." Students are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different themes or categories. Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. Prism helps to reveal patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text and can serve as the launching pad for any number of common-core aligned activities, projects and learning experiences."
How Twitter Can Take Your Teaching to the Next Level — from seven Milken Educators who have done it.
"The seven Milken Educators we interviewed have successfully used Twitter to:Connect on the topics they're interested inExchange ideasFind tips and resourcesStart collaborative projectsAugment in-class learning for studentsAmplify their own voiceGet their (and their students') work publishedAppear in a major Hollywood blockbuster (really!)"
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Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson, in the second half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, suggests that U.S. students are losing ground because educators put access and resources ahead of knowledge and learning.
"Most teachers and current textbooks offer varied approaches to the material to be learned so the teaching can be brain-compatible with the varied student learning styles. It is only logical that respect for these individual learning styles be incorporated into assessment forms."