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Public education reform: Lessons from the US on what not to do - rabble.ca (blog)

Public education reform: Lessons from the US on what not to do - rabble.ca (blog) | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
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Most charter schools limit their enrollment and are less likely to enroll students with special needs and English language learners.
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A voice of sanity in the confusing world of education.

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12 Great Classroom Management Websites for Teachers

12 Great Classroom Management Websites for Teachers | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Looking for some educational websites to help you with the management of your class instruction? The list below has you covered. These are some some popular web tools we have reviewed in multiple instances in the past which you can use to perform a wide variety of tasks. These include: creating interactive video lessons, collect formative assessment and provide real-time feedback to students, enhance students learning through the use of digital games and flashcards, create online classes and share with students assignments and learning resources, organize students into appropriate learning groups and many more. Links to these websites are under the visual.

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Get Free Kids' Coloring Pages Using Google Images

Get Free Kids' Coloring Pages Using Google Images | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Psssst. Want to make your kid think you’re a sorcerer? I’ve got a trick.

First, you will need a magical machine called a printer. Then when the child is near your computer, ask, “Hey, what would you like to color right now? It can be anything. Your favorite character? Spain during the Cold War? A hot dog?” Your kid might respond with skepticism, but tell him to trust you. Then do a Google image search of his selection, and under Tools, click “Type,” and select “Line drawing.” Choose a high-resolution image, print it out, and hand it to your child with some crayons.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 19, 1:14 PM

This is interesting! But it's good to add the usage rights -- Non-commercial with reuse or modifications and then try it. And also, maybe be ready for maybe inappropriate stuff to show up - or make sure SAFE SEARCH FILTER is on -- because you know! A search for hotdog could possibly bring up stuff + fandom drawings can be racy.

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Free icons - SVG, PNG, & Icon Font - Thousands of free icons

Free icons - SVG, PNG, & Icon Font - Thousands of free icons | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

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Licensee may use the Work for any illustrative purposes in any media, including, but not limited to, websites, web banners, newsletters, PDF documents, blogs, emails, slideshows, TV and video presentations, smartphones, splash screens, movies, magazine articles, books, advertisements, brochures, document illustrations, booklets, billboards, business cards, packages, etc


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 14, 1:47 AM

Great collection of free to use icons for materials design or student projects.

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The Twice Exceptional Movement: Supporting Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties

The Twice Exceptional Movement: Supporting Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
A new book highlights the growing twice exceptional (2e) movement, dedicated to helping those who have extraordinary strengths coupled with learning difficulties.
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Tim Tebow Hosts 'Night to Shine' for Special Needs Kids Around the World | CBN News

Tim Tebow Hosts 'Night to Shine' for Special Needs Kids Around the World | CBN News | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Thousands of people around the world are coming together for one purpose: to honor young adults with special needs and disabilities.   
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A New Web Tool for Creating Educational Posters to Use in Class - Educator's Technology

A New Web Tool for Creating Educational Posters to Use in Class - Educator's Technology | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
DesignCap is a new web tool you can use to create awesome posters and visuals. The tool is free, simple and easy to use. We have been tinkering with it for a bit and we think it is worth featuring here in our blog. As a teacher, you can use DesignCap to create educational posters to use in class and share with your students. You can do this in three easy steps: choose a poster template from the gallery. There are tons of professionally designed templates to choose from. Browse through the collection to find the one you like then click on it. Next, customize the layout and content of your poster. You can change things such as poster background, text fonts, add clip arts, upload your own photos and many more. You can enhance your posters by adding elements from DesignCap’s library such as clipart images, shapes, fonts…etc. When your poster is ready you can share it with others in social media websites, save it to you computer, or print a copy

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10 education trends for 2018

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Industry leaders offer insight on top education trends school leaders will see in 2018, including more online learning and tech integration.

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Create Talking Animations With These Free iPad Apps - iPad Apps for School

Create Talking Animations With These Free iPad Apps - iPad Apps for School | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Making animated movies is one of my favorite video creation projects for elementary school students. Students love hearing their voices bringing to life an animated character on the screen. You can have students create animations to tell stories from their own lives or to animate short stories that they have written in your classroom. The following three free iPad apps enable elementary school students to create talking animated movies.

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legendofcibola's curator insight, January 14, 11:29 AM

https://goo.gl/x91hJD

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, January 15, 4:17 AM
Good resources for ESL or foreign language lessons in general!!
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Why Assessments Don't Really Measure Understanding

Why Assessments Don't Really Measure Understanding | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Why Assessments Don't Really Measure Understanding

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 8, 2017 6:09 PM
This is an excellent thought provoking article. I have always used assessment as a teacher feedback tool. For the student, it included a rubric with the criteria required by the educational institution's  "curriculum" for accreditation. I prefer competency benchmarks, capstone projects and project/ problem based learning because of the no "barriers" in learning process.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 8, 2017 7:56 PM
Undertanding is not the same as knowing. The latter can be rote learning and memorization.The former is appropriating what is to be learned and describing it a new way.
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6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom | Modern Education

6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom | Modern Education | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom by Irena Nayfeld, TeachThought PD Inquiry Workshop Facilitator Teachers of young children juggle a lot

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21st Century teaching and learning environments include 6 strategies for creating an Inquiry-driven classrooms.
David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 22, 1:31 AM

Thanks to Rob Hatfield.

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20 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pi - MakeUseOf

20 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pi - MakeUseOf | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
You’ve been thinking about it for a while, and you’ve finally taken the plunge: you’ve bought a Raspberry Pi. Looking at the device, you know you can use it for so many projects… but you’re not sure how. Can this little device really act as a desktop PC? As a server? As a radio station?

Yes, it can. Simply by installing an operating system on the SD card you’ll have a number of awesome uses at your fingertips. Occasionally, a specialized operating system is required, but overall the process is the same: boot up, configure your Raspberry Pi (or pre-configure with PiBakery), install some software, and enjoy!

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Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market - EdSurge News

Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market - EdSurge News | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
It’s terribly confusing, but perhaps no coincidence, that three of the world’s most prominent consumer technology companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft—each boast a “Classroom” tool aimed at K-12 educators and students. After all, what better way to secure a foothold in the market than impressing one’s brand to future consumers at a young age?

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 9, 12:08 PM

Here's an overview article to help you understand the current k-12 online classroom environment. 

Frank Napoli's curator insight, January 11, 8:55 AM
This is a battle that most systems are having 
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Using Flippity for Makerspace Challenges

Using Flippity for Makerspace Challenges | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, January 8, 9:13 AM

When you check out Flippity, you will find there are lots of other ways you can use it as well!

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20 Free Fonts With Special Characters (02/2018 Edition) | NOUPE

I don't think anyone would say that there were too few fonts on the web. The problem is that most of them don't support special characters. Thes
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How to manage Cell Phone use in your Classroom

How to manage Cell Phone use in your Classroom | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

In today’s technological world, there is no escaping the smartphone phenomenon. The average person uses their smartphone anywhere from 8 to 10 hours a day. Most people are even checking their phones every 15 to 20 minutes while they’re awake. The ways in which smartphones have become such an essential part of modern life is staggering, and something to be aware of when teaching in a classroom.

Smartphones can be both a great educational tool and a great distraction in the classroom. It should come as no surprise that almost every child in the US owns or has access to a smartphone. Statistics show that 56 percent of children age 8 to 12 have a smartphone. That number jumps up to 88 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 17 have or have access to a smartphone. And a whopping 91 percent of middle and high school aged students primarily access the internet via their smartphones.

This change in the way we interact with technology and integrate it into our lives has come dramatically and fast. It’s sometimes hard for teachers, many of whom grew up in an era with no mobile phones or even the internet, to adapt to this fast-paced technological generation. While smartphones can easily be the downfall of your students’ attention spans and performance, they don’t have to be. More and more educators these days are incorporating modern technology and students’ own smartphones into their classroom to engage and excite students about learning. Below you will find useful tips on how to manage cell phone use in your classroom, and use it for your teaching benefit.


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 16, 2:24 AM
This article will shed some light on the use of mobile devices in our classrooms when we are still thinking if it is a good option. It is not an option, it is a need, but some things must be seriously analysed.
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How to manage Cell Phone use in your Classroom
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8 Ways to Build a More Inclusive Makerspace

8 Ways to Build a More Inclusive Makerspace | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Award-winning library media specialist Gina Seymour provides tips and resources for how to welcome and accommodate all users in your makerspace.
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This is Lucas, the first Gerber Baby with Down syndrome

This is Lucas, the first Gerber Baby with Down syndrome | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
This cutie with a contagious smile is 18-month-old Lucas Warren
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Why pay for Office and Photoshop when you can get these alternatives for free? Popular Science

Why pay for Office and Photoshop when you can get these alternatives for free? Popular Science | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
We rely on expensive computer programs to edit photos and video, deal with office work, and protect our computers from malware. But they're not our only options. Often, commercial studios will offer the most basic versions of their products free of charge. In other cases, volunteers who believe that software should be free will develop open-source alternatives. Between them, you can find free programs to cover just about any computing task.

However, not all free apps are created equal. We've narrowed down the plethora of options to highlight 10 of the finest free alternatives to pricey computer programs.

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How online education benefits introverted students (essay)

How online education benefits introverted students (essay) | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Joe told me that after his high school graduation, he’d put off college because of his fears of the classroom environment. He’d decided to enroll in this, one class at his local community college, because he had the option to take his courses online. Joe loved the online environment, and rather than feeling like it was his second-best option or that he was a second-best learner, he was empowered and eager. I imagined him pursuing his degree while maturity had a chance to do its job, gaining confidence in his ideas in written form first so that he could begin to take more extroverted baby steps in the future.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 18, 12:23 PM

An important essay by Karen Costa on the benefits of online learning for introverted students. 

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An important essay by Karen Costa on the benefits of online learning for introverted students. 

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, January 19, 9:57 AM
Interesting read. There are pros and cons to everything, but in this case, I agree that extraversion gets more respect than its due.
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Are Schools Doing Enough To Prepare Students For Life After Special Ed?

Schools are legally obligated to create meaningful post-school plans for students with disabilities, but the experiences of many young people show how hard it is to get the process right.
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Ten of the best websites for free teacher resources

Ten of the best websites for free teacher resources | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

"Teachers may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the multitude of resources available online. It might take one a tremendous amount of time to sift through and locate required materials to use in class, which is a taxing task for the already overburdened teacher ..."

Khan AcademyReadWriteThinkCommon Sense MediaCK-12Smithsonian Learning LabOER CommonsDiscovery EducationTed EdEdshelfSymbaloo EDU
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Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think

Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The challenge is not information storage but information processing. It's not about information itself but how to use information. The teaching of creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and a love of learning itself will be critical to transitioning from the industrial age to the automated age.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 3, 2017 1:26 AM

Have to agree with this.

Fiona Leigh's curator insight, October 3, 2017 4:50 PM
All educators need to examine their practice to motivate learners to want to learn
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 6, 2017 8:45 AM
The 21st Century teaching and learning environment teach students how to think vs. what to think.
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8 Things Parents Need to Know About Helping Their Kids With Math - The New Family

8 Things Parents Need to Know About Helping Their Kids With Math - The New Family | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

"Math can be a real point of tension between parent and child. Here’s how to encourage math learning in everyday life and how to cope when stress mounts over math homework."


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Changeable Magnetic Marble Run #makered

Changeable Magnetic Marble Run #makered | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Okay, here we are with yet another marble run, but this one is our favorite one yet!  Actually, I’d say this marble run is equally as cool as the other one we posted recently.  (I’ll discuss the strengths of each at the end of this post for anyone who cares!)

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‘When’ Does Learning Happen Best? Dan Pink on the Science Behind Timing and Education - EdSurge News

‘When’ Does Learning Happen Best? Dan Pink on the Science Behind Timing and Education - EdSurge News | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, January 6, 12:16 PM

More breaks. Later school starts. Better synchronized learning. More efficiency in the morning than in the afternoon. I doubt much of that will come as a surprise though I bet students would be more effective in their learning in the afternoon if their school day started later and if they had more productive breaks. I'm not counting the times they line up to go to the restroom and then spend 10-15 minutes being told to stand still in a line while their classmates play around in the restroom. I don't think that's an actual break. Schedulers have to work around specials--art, music, etc.--so it's not an easy problem to solve for all students, and all teachers.