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If You Want to Accelerate Brain Development in Children, Teach Them Music

If You Want to Accelerate Brain Development in Children, Teach Them Music | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Music, the universal language of mood, emotion and desire, connects with us through a wide variety of neural systems.

We now know from controlled treatment/outcome studies that listening to and playing music is a potent treatment for mental health issues. 400 published scientific papers have proven the old adage that “music is medicine.” In fact, research demonstrates that adding music therapy to treatment improves symptoms and social functioning among schizophrenics. Further, music therapy has demonstrated efficacy as an independent treatment for reducing depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

Importantly, music education also appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, according to initial results of a five-year study by USC neuroscientists.

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Puzzles and Computational Thinking - Teaching London Computing

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Teaching London Computing in conjunction with cs4fn and support from Google have produced a series of fun activities and booklets based around puzzles that teach computing topics and computational thinking for use in the classroom, suitable for all ages.

Do the puzzles and  develop computational thinking skills as well as learn about some core computing topics.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, November 19, 2017 10:19 AM
Some great ways to explore patterns and other elements of computational thinking.
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Fun puzzles that  develop computational thinking skills
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Teens Are Being Bullied 'Constantly' on Instagram - The Atlantic

Teens Are Being Bullied 'Constantly' on Instagram - The Atlantic | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
No app is more integral to teens’ social lives than Instagram. While Millennials relied on Facebook to navigate high school and college, connect with friends, and express themselves online, Gen Z’s networks exist almost entirely on Instagram. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 72 percent of teens use the platform, which now has more than 1 billion monthly users. Instagram allows teens to chat with people they know, meet new people, stay in touch with friends from camp or sports, and bond by sharing photos or having discussions.


But when those friendships go south, the app can become a portal of pain. According to a recent Pew survey, 59 percent of teens have been bullied online, and according to a 2017 survey conducted by Ditch the Label, a nonprofit anti-bullying group, more than one in five 12-to-20-year-olds experience bullying specifically on Instagram. “Instagram is a good place sometimes,” said Riley, a 14-year-old who, like most kids in this story, asked to be referred to by her first name only, “but there’s a lot of drama, bullying, and gossip to go along with it.”

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we can now watch instagram stories without anyone realizing it. In my opinion awesome innovation we can also make a location search https://www.picstalker.com/
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Newsroom : Ontario Improving Access to Services for Children and Youth with Special Needs

Newsroom : Ontario Improving Access to Services for Children and Youth with Special Needs | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Ontario Improving Access to Services for Children and Youth with Special Needs Province Partners with KidsAbility in Guelph March 16, 2018 10:00 A.M.Ministry of Children and Youth Services Ontario is improving access to services for children and youth with special needs in the Guelph area.  Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, made the announcement today on behalf of Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services. The province is providing funding to KidsAbility to help families get the support they need under one roof by bringing services together through the creation of a new hub in Guelph. This will give families more opportunities to consult with experts and access a wide variety of coordinated services to help address their individual needs. Centralizing services will also help ensure well-informed, responsive treatment and case management plans for children and youth. Supporting children and youth with special needs and helping them reach their full potential is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation. Quick Facts Ontario is investing $201,500 in KidsAbility to bring services together into a new hub in Guelph Last year, KidsAbility served over 600 children and youth in Guelph. In 2016-17, the province invested more than $500 million in programs and services for children and youth with special needs and their families. Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy is helping children and youth with special needs get the services they need at home, at school, in the community and as they transition to adulthood. Additional Resources Quotes “Our government is working with communities to develop a more coordinated system to help children and youth with special needs receive timely, integrated services. With financial support for our partners at KidsAbility we have demonstrated our ongoing commitment to provide these children with the help they need to participate fully at home, school and in the community.” Michael Coteau Minister of Children and Youth Services “Supporting children, youth and families in Guelph/Wellington has always been important for our government. We invested $201,500 to create a dynamic, innovative and safe environment in a new hub where children and youth with special needs can thrive.” Liz Sandals MPP for Guelph
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Satisfaction with schools and teachers is on the wane, U of T survey finds | The Star

Satisfaction with schools and teachers is on the wane, U of T survey finds | The Star | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Only half say they are somewhat or very satisfied with the system, says Ontario Institute for Studies in Education....
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30 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning

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30 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning

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Vale la pena echarles una ojeada.

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The new Periodic Table of iPad Apps for Primary aged pupils

The new Periodic Table of iPad Apps for Primary aged pupils | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
I’ve always enjoyed thinking of ideas about how we can utilise technology for purposeful means in the classroom. It is often we see the simplest ideas making the biggest impact on teaching an…
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Three Ways AI is Changing Education - INC.com

Three Ways AI is Changing Education - INC.com | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Technology is everywhere, and one of the most promising new technologies of the age is artificial intelligence and its sister technology machine learning. AI and machine learning work together to make it easier than ever before to process large amounts of data. It's the same thing that Netflix uses to provide personalized recommendations based on the viewing data of every single user on the site.

Now, this might not sound like it has much to do with the field of education, but if you'll bear with us then we think you might just be surprised. In fact, AI and education go together like chalk and a chalkboard, and the rising new technology might just be what we need to overhaul the education system and to make sure that every pupil is given the best possible shot at academic success.

Here are just three of the main ways that artificial intelligence is set to come along and change the way we look at education.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 25, 12:26 PM

Estamos apenas en los comienzos de la aplicación de la inteligencia artificial en el campo de la educación. 

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Here Are Some of The Best Audiobook Apps for Teachers and Students via Educators' tech

Here Are Some of The Best Audiobook Apps for Teachers and Students via Educators' tech | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Rhesa Bagley's curator insight, September 26, 9:29 AM
Even if you're a great reader, it's so much fun to be read to every now and again.
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Jennifer Gonzalez: 12 Ways to Upgrade Your Classroom Design

Jennifer Gonzalez: 12 Ways to Upgrade Your Classroom Design | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I saw a picture on Facebook that stopped me in my tracks: It was the classroom of Michigan high school English teacher Rebecca Malmquist. It looked like a living room. Like a place you’d go to curl up and read a book, take a nap, or have a really good conversation. And yet it was a classroom.

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Jennifer Gonzalez: Podcast and resources for teachers seeking a better way to create a student centered classroom.

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To Connect Classes to Careers, Consider Erasing Grade Levels | EdSurge News

To Connect Classes to Careers, Consider Erasing Grade Levels | EdSurge News | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Back in the early 1900s, John Dewey promoted the “learning by doing” approach to education, which would later become the foundation of project-based learning (PBL). This framework allows for students to use knowledge from all areas of study to complete a project or task, a process that prepares them for the challenges that they may have to overcome in a future career.

Having a job may seem a lifetime away for a child. But by exposing them to different career paths, we can get them thinking about their life after high school before it’s too late.

As teachers, administrators, or parents, we know how important the future is for our students, and we want to give them an idea of what to expect when the next chapter of their lives begin. But how can we better prepare them for their lives after graduation?

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Literacy and Digital Technology - Observe Learn and Do #computationalthinking

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What does Possum Magic by Mem Fox have to do with computational thinking and digital technologies?
Possum Magic by Mem Fox is a story about a magic grandma that makes her grandson Hush become invisible.

To solve the problem they travel Australia looking for ways to make Hush visible again. Luckily the problem is solved for Hush as he consumes classically Australian foods. Strangely they need to travel to most of the capital cities to do it. 

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Establishing A Culture Of ‘Can’ In Your Classroom - TeachThought

Establishing A Culture Of ‘Can’ In Your Classroom - TeachThought | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
If a learner is to develop a sense of can, he or she must learn it. While some students have more natural confidence or initiative than others, can is slightly different than confidence. Can is a mix of knowledge and self-efficacy that has been nurtured through experience — by consistently meeting both internally and externally created goals judged by standards that are also both internally and externally drawn.

So how does this happen? Where does it come from?

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Establishing A Culture Of ‘Can’ In Your Classroom
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20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom

20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
In this post, you will find 20 Formative Assessment Tools for Your Classroom! Formative assessment is such an essential part of the learning process and student success, and many digital tools can help support this process. This list has a wide variety of features and options to help you solidify your formative assessment strategies! Many of the tools below are great for both formative and summative assessments.

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KidRex - Kid Safe Search Engine

KidRex - Kid Safe Search Engine | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Official Site. Fun and Safe Search for Kids, by Kids. Google Custom Search.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 16, 12:28 AM

A useful safe search site to use with your students.

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Coding & Computational Thinking in the Classrooom - TeachOntario

Coding & Computational Thinking in the Classrooom - TeachOntario | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
I am currently working in a Section 23 Kindergarten & Primary classroom in the Toronto District School Board, supporting students who have one or more exceptionalities.  In partnership with a multidisciplinary team, we develop an intensive program for our classes, which typically have up to seven students. I have found that one of the best ways to truly engage my students is by providing them with multiple rich, hands-on, STEAM experiences to develop their computational thinking and to help close achievement gaps. Our end-goal is to prepare the children for a smooth transition back into an inclusive classroom setting.

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How to Set the Stage for Student Engagement and Help Students Self-Monitor Their Readiness to Learn

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It may sound like common sense, but there are some basics that need to be in place in any classroom to engage students in learning.For starters, classroom teachers need to have their lesson plans ready and appropriate resources available, and students must also come …...
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Companies Supporting Special Needs Find Business Success

A friendship between two young men not only brings together two companies supporting those with special needs, but also results in the sale of a vehicle and ...
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Inclusive Classrooms: Looking at Special Education Today

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Integration is more the norm in schools today, and educators are learning to work together to meet the needs of every student in their care...
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Playful computing activities | Digital Schoolhouse

Playful computing activities | Digital Schoolhouse | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Computing is fun! It is possible to teach pupils through play and the activities listed below aim to do just that.

All the activities are available and used within the Digital Schoolhouse workshops and are embedded into a longer sequence of lessons. However, they also work as short standalone activities which can be dropped into any number of lessons; whether you are a computing teacher or not. 

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30 Storytelling Tips For Teachers: How To Capture Your Student’s Attention via teachthought staff

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30 Storytelling Tips For Teachers: How To Capture Your Student’s Attention

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Storytelling as MAGIC! Engage!

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17 Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom | EdSurge News

17 Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom | EdSurge News | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Here’s a slightly Orwellian way to check whether your students may have plagiarized part of their essays: the Chrome extension Draftback, which plays back the revision history of any Google doc you can edit—down to the keystroke.

That was just one of the many extensions, add-ons and hacks for the Google ecosystem shared at a pair of sessions packed to the rafters at the Spring CUE 2018 conference in Palm Springs, Calif.

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Great Google Classroom Hacks - Insider tips from CUE Palm Springs. 

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17 Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom | EdSurge News

17 Little-Known Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Using Google in the Classroom | EdSurge News | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Here’s a slightly Orwellian way to check whether your students may have plagiarized part of their essays: the Chrome extension Draftback, which plays back the revision history of any Google doc you can edit—down to the keystroke.

That was just one of the many extensions, add-ons and hacks for the Google ecosystem shared at a pair of sessions packed to the rafters at the Spring CUE 2018 conference in Palm Springs, Calif. The tools span everything from music to time-saving shortcuts and supports for struggling students or those with learning disabilities. Check out these educators’ top picks or explore a list of attendee favorites here.

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Wow great resources.
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Building authentic connections with high school students

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Four tips for building authentic connections with your teen students.

 


Teenagers who feel that you care about them will be more receptive to your requests and more respectful of you as a teacher. Bonus: Students who feel valued by you will be more willing to take risks for you, and we know how essential this is to the learning process.


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Scratch Game Design Curriculum and Professional Development | ScratchEd

Scratch Game Design Curriculum and Professional Development | ScratchEd | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Happy to share this 25-hour game design curriculum originally developed for middle school teachers during Boston STEM Week

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