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New LEGO Forma sets are supposed to help reduce stress and anxiety

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Danish toymaker LEGO has revealed a new set aimed at helping adults improve their mental wellbeing. Titled "Forma," the set uses LEGO pieces to create the skeleton of a fish, which is then finished with customizable skins. The idea behind the project comes from the view that combining organic forms and mechanical work could help reduce stress and anxiety.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 7, 12:10 AM

Gamification for the Win!

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Apple Releases Free Audiobooks Read by Celebrities - MakeUseOf

Apple Releases Free Audiobooks Read by Celebrities - MakeUseOf | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Apple has released six exclusive audiobooks just for Apple Books users. Five are classic titles newly narrated by celebrities, while the sixth is a collection of Winnie the Pooh stories as told in the style of Disney. All of them are available for free.

Apple Books is Apple’s all-encompassing digital bookstore. You can add your existing eBooks, buy new eBooks, and also buy audiobooks to listen to on the go. Apple gave Apple Books a fresh lick of paint for iOS 12, and the company is now giving freebies away.

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The ‘Minecraft Effect’? Educators Hope to Move Students From VR Consumption to Creation | EdSurge News

The ‘Minecraft Effect’? Educators Hope to Move Students From VR Consumption to Creation | EdSurge News | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The image of screens strapped to students’ faces is what the future of education looks like to some, but others see it as a passing fad that educators will look back on and say, ‘What were they thinking?’

Many proponents of immersive virtual reality in classrooms—using devices like Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard—say one question will be key to the fate of the tech in education: Will these new systems make students and professors content creators, or merely consumers?

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Why Your Students Forgot Everything On Your PowerPoint Slides | EdSurge News

Why Your Students Forgot Everything On Your PowerPoint Slides | EdSurge News | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Don’t fret, we’ve all been there: You’re up late the night before Thursday and you have to teach a lesson at 8 AM the next day. So, what do you do? Throw some text on a PowerPoint and get ready to talk through your points. Couldn’t hurt, right? You might not always read straight off of the slides—they’ll just help keep your lecture on track, and if you lose your place, the text is right there for you.

Unfortunately, whether you’re discussing Columbus with 4th graders or quantum physics with college freshmen, you may be hurting your students’ learning more than helping them.

Let’s explore why instructional design doesn’t typically work with students, or anyone’s learning for that matter, when you teach with PowerPoint—as well as how you can avoid it. It all begins with a little concept called “cognitive load.”

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5 Classroom Resources to Find Free Fun Unplugged Coding Activities | Tech & Learning

5 Classroom Resources to Find Free Fun Unplugged Coding Activities | Tech & Learning | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
These activities don’t require a computer or the Internet and get students to work together to complete tasks.

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Is Technology in the Classroom Outpacing You?

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Is technology in the classroom outpacing you? Here’s how to overcome that feeling.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 18, 2018 8:29 AM

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Challenge Overview | Ignite My Future in School

Challenge Overview | Ignite My Future in School | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Much of your life is likely spent using technology. Technology improves our lives by solving problems, making tasks easier, and by providing entertainment. Students are invited to submit their idea of a digital solution via video or written description. Learn more below.

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John Evans's curator insight, November 22, 2018 6:13 PM

Sorry, US based schools only! ;-(

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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 3:19 PM
Some great ways to explore patterns and other elements of computational thinking.
Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, October 22, 2018 8:19 AM
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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piyades's comment, October 15, 2018 11:58 AM

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

30 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
30 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, October 3, 2018 2:55 PM

Vale la pena echarles una ojeada.

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Using Social Media For Learning - Maker Maven

Using Social Media For Learning - Maker Maven | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

"Let's be honest, we all know that students are spending a lot of their free time on social media so let's look for safe and productions ways to use social media and technology with our students. Social media is a very useful learning tool because of its ability to bring learning experiences closer to the real world. In this post, we are going to give you several ideas for taking advantage of this increase in technology for better learning experiences. "


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Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019 (and What’s Overhyped) - The New York Times

Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019 (and What’s Overhyped) - The New York Times | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
A.I. that responds to your voice. Next-generation wireless networks. If this year’s biggest consumer technology trends have a familiar ring, there’s a reason for that.

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mjonesPhD's curator insight, January 3, 3:36 PM

Update for #educators

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What are the leading trends in technology in 2019?

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79+ Awesome Raspberry Pi Projects - Pi My Life up

79+ Awesome Raspberry Pi Projects - Pi My Life up | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Looking for some great Raspberry Pi projects to do? Then you have found the right place. On this page, you will find plenty of tutorials ranging from simple beginner projects right through to the more advanced projects that require a fair bit more work.
All these projects are a great way to learn more about both the fundamentals of the Raspberry Pi and also how a Linux operating system works. By doing some of these projects, you will even start to learn bash, PHP, Python and lots more programming & scripting languages.

You will learn how to install and use some great tools, entertainment software, and much more. A few examples of what you could do include things such as a retro game emulator, network attached storage, cloud server and so much more.

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Five Proven Benefits Of Play | MindShift | KQED News

Five Proven Benefits Of Play | MindShift | KQED News | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The nation's doctors are being enlisted in a new fight: reclaiming children's right to play. A research paper urges pediatricians to prescribe playtime.

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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Virtual Field Trips with Google Expeditions by @nflafave

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Virtual Field Trips with Google Expeditions by @nflafave | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
From the bottom of the sea to the moon and beyond, Google Expeditions enable us to take students virtually anywhere with just a mobile device.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 21, 2018 7:15 AM

Check this out! Thanks to Tom D'Amico. 

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DrawnToTheCore.com - Teaching beyond the point, click, swipe

DrawnToTheCore.com - Teaching beyond the point, click, swipe | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
DrawnToTheCore.com is built of fun video guided lessons from DrawnToDiscover.com teaching children how to draw math, science, language arts, biology, engineering, geography, history, peace, and more. These interactive lessons provide explicit instruction that can be differentiated to connect lessons and activities in the classroom and help increase student understanding and engagement.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 16, 2018 5:36 AM

A great tool to get students drawing.

Elise Ayoub's curator insight, November 24, 2018 6:30 PM
This tool teaches young children to make drawings related to different subjects like math,science,language ...Check it out.
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A Really Cool Database For Paper Airplanes - via Terry Heick

A Really Cool Database For Paper Airplanes - via Terry Heick | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
By Terry Heick

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GwynethJones's curator insight, November 11, 2018 9:05 PM

OMGosh, this is cool!  #Makerspace #PaperAirplanes #MakerEd

TWCLibrary's curator insight, November 12, 2018 10:12 PM
fantastic resource
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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, 2018 5:28 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

How to Set the Stage for Student Engagement and Help Students Self-Monitor Their Readiness to Learn | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
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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