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Dyslexia Revealed - In Their Own Words

Hear right from the people who understand dyslexia best: a teacher, a neuropsychologist, a former public school superintendent of schools who now is the head...
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State Assembly approves bill to screen students for dyslexia - Press of Atlantic City

State Assembly approves bill to screen students for dyslexia - Press of Atlantic City | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it
State Assembly approves bill to screen students for dyslexia Press of Atlantic City A bill that would require the screening of young students who show signs of dyslexia or other reading disabilities was approved unanimously Thursday by the state...
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Center on Technology and Disability: Leveling the field for all learners

Center on Technology and Disability: Leveling the field for all learners | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it
Together, these partners strengthen the ability of individuals and institutions to understand and embrace evidence-based technology, tools and strategies that level the playing field for children and youth with disabilities in the ...
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"We are developing a web-based “Open Institute” that will use leading-edge tools to deliver a robust schedule of professional and personal development events, connect people and make available high-quality, accessible resources. This virtual institute will have three key components: a library, a café and a learning center. - See more at: http://degrees.fhi360.org/2013/12/center-on-technology-and-disability-leveling-the-field-for-all-learners/#sthash.SsCT15WL.dpuf";

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Opinion: That's no way to test students with dyslexia - NJ.com

Opinion: That's no way to test students with dyslexia - NJ.com | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it
Opinion: That's no way to test students with dyslexia NJ.com In her book “Overcoming Dyslexia,” Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning, wrote, “Under scrutiny these ubiquitous and influential tests do not seem to...
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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish - and how current education culture works against them.


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Collection of First's curator insight, May 30, 2013 1:23 AM

Inspired by his educational illustrations from the old school brigding to the social media empathetic driven education of the new age.

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YourNextRead: Online Book Recommendation Tool

YourNextRead: Online Book Recommendation Tool | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it

What should you read next? Check out YourNextRead.com, a handy online recommendation tool - for kids as well as grownup books. 

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The Abilities of Those with Reading Disabilities - Thomas West

The Abilities of Those with Reading Disabilities - Thomas West | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it

The first description of dyslexia occurred in 1896, when a headmaster reported that a student woud be the "smartest lad in the school" if the instruction were entirely oral. Since that time, experts have recognized the real challenges as well as talents associated with dyslexia.

Excerpt: "...we should expect the pace and direction to be set by strong visual thinkers and creative dyslexics who will often ignore conventional verbal descriptions--instead, putting themselves into their own mental models, talking with their hands.

And, perhaps a broader understanding of the importance of rediscovered spatial abilities, coupled with the greater use of sophisticated spatial assessment tools, might help prevent conventional educational systems from dropping by the wayside many of those who are especially well suited to emerging families of new visual and spatial tasks --whether in creating grand computer graphic illusions for Oscar-winning feature films or using scientific visualization and newly-developed analytic techniques to understand patterns in an elusive stock market or in many-layered ecological systems.

It is time to take a long, hard look at visual thinkers and creative dyslexics and begin to see how these individuals and our larger culture can benefit from new understandings about what we used to see mainly as problems."

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Do Private Schools Offer Better Support for Kids With ADHD and Dyslexia? | ADHD (ADD) - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Do Private Schools Offer Better Support for Kids With ADHD and Dyslexia?: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disord...
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What Does Dyslexia Look Like in a Gifted Child? - Stealth Dyslexia by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide

Gifted children with dyslexia may get by in school because of strong higher order thinking skills that allow them to comprehend longer passages, but they may still have problems with single word decoding and writing...

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Immersion Reading and Whispersync for Voice on Kindle Fires

Immersion Reading and Whispersync for Voice on Kindle Fires | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it

Pretty cool!  Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD now have an Immersion Reading program that allows listener / readers to listen to a narrated audiobook from Audible while seeing the highlighted printed text. This is an ideal situation for improving reading.

Whispersync for Voice has also improved the integration for listening-based readers that allows them to switch between where they were in an audiobook, watching a video, etc. 15,000 Kindle and audiobooks are available for Immersive Reading.

 

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DragonBox - Innovative Ipad App for Learning Algebra

DragonBox - Innovative Ipad App for Learning Algebra | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it

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"DragonBox is making me reconsider all the times I’ve called an educational app “innovative.” Many educational apps are some form of flashcard, a way to enforce rote repetition and memory with some veneer of interactivity and multimedia layered on top. To be honest, I’m pretty tired of interactive picture books — yes, there are definitely some fun ones out there, but they’re not really any more “innovative” than pop-up books read out loud by an adult. It’s just an extension of the medium.

 

Here, though, we have an app that is allowing kids to learn a tricky subject through a gradual introduction of new rules and concepts — just like playing through an in-game tutorial where you first learn to look around, then walk, then jump, then pull out your weapons and fire, and then you’re off and running and you never had to sit down and read a manual. When the developers tested their app with hundreds of students in Norway, they found that more than 30% of them were able to solve equations after an hour of playing the game, and that rate more than doubled after two hours." 

 

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LearnMe Calendar - help young students learn about calendars and ...

LearnMe Calendar - help young students learn about calendars and ... | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it
Educational Technology Guy. Free resources for teachers, educational ideas and tips, educational topics, Personal Learning Networks, Project Based Learning, Google, Evernote, Discovery Education and more.
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Best Ipad Apps for Dyslexia - Dyslexic Advantage

Best Ipad Apps for Dyslexia - Dyslexic Advantage | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it

Apple's Ipad is a great all-in-one resource for older students and adults with dyslexia. Check out our top 5 Ipad Apps for Dyslexia.

 

Briefly, they're: 

- VoiceOver / Ibooks

- Paperdesk

- Dragon Dictate

- Dragon Go

- Flipboard

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Common Modifications and Accommodations

Common Modifications and Accommodations | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it
Refer to this checklist of common modifications and accommodations when talking to the school about the best options for your child.
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Grades 4-12 must have accommodations if students haven't learned to read, write, spell by 3rd grade.  #dyslexia #ortongillingham #universal literacy

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American Teenagers Are Getting Worse at Math - TIME

American Teenagers Are Getting Worse at Math - TIME | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it
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American Teenagers Are Getting Worse at Math
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Learning how to read and write, work with others ( a skill), use a computer for basic job search, info research, etc.
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Southern Maryland group helps decode challenges of dyslexia - So Md News

Southern Maryland group helps decode challenges of dyslexia
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What many people know about dyslexia is that it means some people write some letters or words in reverse.
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Dyslexia Support Group of Southern Maryland and Decoding Dyslexia Maryland partnership

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Maryland takes on new Common Core role as ‘favor’ to Obama, Gov. O’Malley says

Maryland takes on new Common Core role as ‘favor’ to Obama, Gov. O’Malley says | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it
At Arne Duncan's request, Maryland is taking over from Florida a job involving the creation of new Common Core tests.
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PARCC testing -- now add money to the burden.

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The Ultimate List of Dyslexia Resources

The Ultimate List of Dyslexia Resources | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it

According to the NIH, 17% of our nation’s children have trouble learning to read. Come on in and find some of the BEST resources for diagnosing, treating and learning to thrive with Dyslexia.


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What is Dyslexia?

What is Dyslexia? | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it

What is Dyslexia?

 

dyslexia reflects broad-based differences in brain wiringtrade-offs exist between challenges and strengths in learning and thinkingchallenges in reading, writing, spelling, grammarproblems with attention, working memory, and rote memorydifficulty with sequencing and procedural learningweaknesses in 2D spatial orientation, but strengths in 3Dweaknesses in certain aspects of visual processing, but strengths in othersstrengths in a material and mechanical reasoning, interconnected reasoning, narrative or story-based reasoning, and dynamic or predictive reasoningstrong performances on tests of divergent thinking, like alternative usesstrong performances on tests of 3 dimensional navigation and spatial rotation
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Margaret Vidler's curator insight, March 8, 2014 4:25 PM

I think many people try and define dyslexia and oftern those that suggest dyslexia is just a term for "lazy" students clearly do not understand the impact it can have on a student, especially if they dont have it.

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Dyslexia Test - Things Everyone Should Know About Testing - Dyslexic Advantage

Dyslexia Test - Things Everyone Should Know About Testing - Dyslexic Advantage | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it

Although as many as 1 in 5 people have dyslexia, most will not be identified as children or adults because most schools and doctors recognize the most common symptoms...

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Dyslexia Accommodations for College - PSAT, SAT, and ACT - Dyslexic Advantage

Dyslexia Accommodations for College - PSAT, SAT, and ACT - Dyslexic Advantage | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it

What are the most common dyslexia-related challenges that require accommodations on college entrance exams like the PSAT, SAT, and ACT?  

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Speak Selection in IOS 6 - Reads and Highlights Text Aloud

Mac owners - do your free IOS 6 update!  It has speech selection that highlights text as its read aloud. Great for web browsing as well as helping students reading along while listening. Highlighting must be turned on in settings. 

 

It works on Ipad, Iphone, and Ipod Touch!  Thanks, Apple!

 

Direct link to video showing Speak Selection  here. 

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Assistive Tech for your mobile device

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Best Ipad Apps for Dyslexia - Dyslexic Advantage

Best Ipad Apps for Dyslexia - Dyslexic Advantage | Decoding Dyslexia Maryland | Scoop.it

Apple's Ipad is a great all-in-one resource for older students and adults with dyslexia. Check out our top 5 Ipad Apps for Dyslexia.

 

Briefly, they're: 

- VoiceOver / Ibooks

- Paperdesk

- Dragon Dictate

- Dragon Go

- Flipboard

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NJ school district teams with local university to train teachers in OG- NorthJersey.com

The school district has teamed up with an area university to train teachers in specialized reading instruction.

Superintendent of Schools James McLaughlin announced last week that the district has established a new initiative to have teachers trained and certificated by Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in the Orton-Gillingham method of reading education.

The 80-year-old approach, named after its developers, generally employs one-on-one instruction to help students with dyslexia or other disabilities use all their senses to recognize the elements that frame the structure of language – elements that mainstream students generally learn subconsciously through repetition and experience.

"[The approach] has been very successful in teaching students who don't...respond to typical reading teaching techniques," McLaughlin said during the school board's Sept. 18 meeting. "It is a multi-sensory, phonetics-based method of reading that – really in a discrete way – teaches children the rules of language in a way that probably none of us read, because we picked up on them or absorbed them in a much more natural type of way."

FDU has gained notoriety in recent years for its nationally accredited Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist training program and Project Read series of teacher training courses. Its school of education offers teachers 12- to 42-credit courses of instruction in the theory and practice of education tactics and intervention strategies associated with the Orton-Gillingham approach.


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