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The Power of your Amazing Brain

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, January 13, 2013 10:30 AM

How we use our brains, how we keep our brains healthy, how we learn and critically think, all have significant impact on our career success.

Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, January 13, 2013 10:32 AM

How we use our brains, how we keep our brains healthy, how we learn and critically think, all have significant impact on our school success.

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Differentiated Instruction, Understanding by Design and Universal Design for Learning: A stable planning approach - ETEC 510

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, March 6, 2013 10:31 AM

UDL is prevalent in the writings on Common Core. How does UDL, DI and UbD work together to provide a model for implementing Common Core? This article is an excellent primer as a response to that question.

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24 iPad apps to support Bloom’s Taxonomy

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Fantastic Ways to Use Flipboard

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, June 28, 2013 12:05 AM

?So, I use Scoop.it. Why would I use Flipboard? Does anyone have some insights to share? What's the difference between the two? Is one better for use in the classroom?

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Classical literature can boost your brain power

Classical literature can boost your brain power | The Technologically Enhanced Classroom | Scoop.it
Original texts help more than simplified versions, says study

Using scanners, scientists monitored the brain activity of volunteers as they read pieces of classical English literature both in their original form and in a more dumbed-down, modern translation, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported...

The experiments showed that more ‘challenging’ prose and poetry set off far more electrical activity in the brain than the pedestrian versions."


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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:55 AM

This is a thought provoking bit of research, especially, since there are those that would make a sound argument that many students can't read the original texts so the only way for them to benefit is to create a version in modern vernacular. That said, there's also an argument that Shakespeare was not meant to be read at all. It was meant to be heard, acted, and reflected upon. Possibly, the best solution is to dramatize the text in original form so that it can be experienced by all students no matter their reading level.

 

Then, I had a most outrageous thought. Would business benefit by encouraging their employees to participate in book studies to exercise the brain just as they encourage employees to excercise their bodies to maintain physical health?

 

 

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Common Core Standards FAQs | National Center On Universal Design for Learning

Common Core Standards FAQs | National Center On Universal Design for Learning | The Technologically Enhanced Classroom | Scoop.it

A snippit from this article:

What might not align with UDL?

Unfortunately there are also areas of the Common Core Standards that do not align with UDL, or would not be very good goals for a UDL curriculum unless certain terms (e.g. writing, listening, speaking and explaining) are interpreted in their broadest sense to make the standards flexible enough to remove barriers for certain students. Previously we mentioned that the teachers should not confuse the means and the goals. There are certain standards that do just that.

For example: "Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks" (Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Grade 1, Measurement and Data, 1.MD, item 3, p.16). The problem with this standard is that it requires students to write time. This presents some learners with a barrier because the act of writing is difficult for them. In this case, express would be more appropriate than write, as it allows flexibility and avoids confounding the expectation with tasks that are superfluous to the actual goal. Or, the standard would align with UDL if “write” were interpreted to permit other forms of expression.


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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, March 8, 2013 7:16 AM

I have some concerns about how the interpretation of the Common Core Standards will impact students with learning disabilities and special needs. This article sheds some light and provides some solid clarification.

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Apple - Education - Special Education

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Every Mac is designed for Universal Access, with dozens of assistive technologies built in.

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Bloom's Apps

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To view the full spreadsheet as a webpage, click here . iTunes links are included in my Top App Picks .

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, June 28, 2013 11:34 PM

App Learning Tasks By Brad Wilson www.21innovate.com