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From the Classroom: What Does Blended Learning Look Like? | Edutopia

From the Classroom: What Does Blended Learning Look Like? | Edutopia | Selection Toolkit | Scoop.it

I would like to think that my students are just a bunch of gifted, enthusiastic readers, but the truth is that all of them are LD learners with severe dyslexia, disorder of written expression, and various forms of speech and language difficulties.Reading is neither pleasurable nor natural for them. Technology isn't a fun extra at my school; it's a voice for dyslexic readers, an essential communication and social device for autistic students, a tool for the dysgraphic, and an organizational must-have for everyone. Is technology in the classroom worth the hype at my school? Absolutely.


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Technology Tuesday – Supporting Differentiation in the Classroom

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This would be great when searching for materials for struggling readers and for the gifted students who need more of a challenge. The have their own scale system ... than random sites.

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Lisa M. Snyder's comment, April 15, 2012 2:11 PM
A great resource! Creating an effective differentiated curriculum is a real challenge for many teachers. This site offers some great suggestions.
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Reading Article | Students with Dyslexia and ADD Can Be Gifted Speed Readers written by Advanced Reading Concepts

Reading Article | Students with Dyslexia and ADD Can Be Gifted Speed Readers written by Advanced Reading Concepts | Selection Toolkit | Scoop.it
An interesting article about Reading written by Advanced Reading Concepts.

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Is Empathy the Antidote to Bullying?

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This idea of empathy is one that will not only have a bearing on our children's school lives, but also on the adults they will grow into being. The culture of bullying extends way beyond teasing in the schoolyard and far into the reaches of how our society operates.

 

Corporations bullying the planet and its resources for profit, politicians bullying citizens for control and dominance, police bullying peaceful protesters out of fear of revolution, countries bullying countries in the form of war. Many people excuse both bullying and this type of destructive systemic geopolitical activity as "human nature," but according to Jeremy Rifkin, author ofThe Empathic Civilization, empathy is our natural state of being.

 

Toni Nagy

 


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It Gets Better: Recommended Reading for LGBT Teens - Huffington Post (blog)

It Gets Better: Recommended Reading for LGBT Teens - Huffington Post (blog) | Selection Toolkit | Scoop.it
I can't speak for teens today, but in the early Noughties I can remember feeling quite under-represented in the fiction available in my school library and on the shelves of my local bookshops.

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Can A Video Game Encourage Kids To Read The Classics?

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"Ever since tiny Game Boy consoles began colonizing students' backpacks in the 1990s, most teachers have viewed video games as the enemy of schoolwork, games as the opposite of books. That may well change next year as a New York-based education start-up rolls out the first of more than 1,000 book titles, most of them classics, with video gaming at the heart of the reading enterprise. Lexica, a massive role-playing game for young teens that invites them to interact with characters from great novels and read the books outside of class if they want to get ahead in the game. Based on the motivational theories of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, the game encourages students to assess themselves not on how smart or talented they are, but on how hard they work. And the reward for completing quests with characters is significant: Help the Cheshire cat from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and he'll help you turn invisible so you can sneak through the virtual world a la Harry Potter and his invisibility cloak. 'The more characters from literature you get to know, the more powerful you become,' says Schell. 'We're not designing homework here,' says Amplify CEO Joel Klein, a former New York City Schools chancellor. 'These games will improve learning not because kids have to play them for school, but because they want to play them in their own free time.'" | by Greg Toppo


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Lizeth Jimenez's curator insight, December 15, 2015 10:55 AM

This article is about video games that students can play to enhance their learning and also help them want to learn.

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Using mp3s with visually impaired students - Resources - TES

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This case study highlights the effective use of audio technology to support visually impaired learners.

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Middle School – Reading Comprehension Apps for special needs children by Nancy Barth

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Note to the users: This Part#2 of the list (Part#1 link)is generated by Nancy in response to the requests from our FB users for apps that are for older kids who are in developmental level of the younger kids.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Prereading and ELLs: Let's Take off the Training Wheels

Shanahan on Literacy: Prereading and ELLs: Let's Take off the Training Wheels | Selection Toolkit | Scoop.it

Helpful post here not only for frontloading information for ELLs prior to reading complex texts, but also why multiple reads are important for all students. 

 

In the past, we tended to read a text once in classrooms, so the reading had to be maximally productive. We had to make sure the kids got the information. It wouldn’t be fair otherwise. The premium was on the information and teachers were just making sure that students at least heard the information.

 

In contrast, the idea being stressed these days is that students SHOULD read the text more than once. What you don’t get the first time, you might get the second. Instead of front-loading the first reading, you could try front-loading the second or third—after the kids had a chance to pedal the bike themselves. If they ask a question about what they don’t understand, by all means answer. But don’t always assume that they won’t get it… give them a chance to fall… who knows they might just surprise you.


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Connecting Gifted Readers to Great Children’s Authors

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As adults, what children’s books do you remember vividly? Which authors stood out to ...

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Gifted Readers and Reading Instruction | Hoagies' Kids & Teens

Literacy and Diversity


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Diamond Releases List of #CommonCore Graphic Novels at ALA

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Diamond Releases List of Common Core Graphic Novels at ALA Publishers Weekly Kuo-Yu Liang, DBD v-p, sales and marketing said the list represents Diamond's longterm commitment to support and promote “graphic novels as legitimate teaching tools.


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Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

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A guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources for combating bullying.

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Traci Walker's curator insight, November 3, 2013 11:45 PM

Ways to prevent bullying

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SLJ’s Bullying Prevention Roundup | Resources

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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, when organizations and groups nationwide unite to raise awareness on how, with education and support, bullying can be obliterated from schools and communities.


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YALSA Hub Challenge: Friends with Boys — Good Comics for Kids

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Our fifth title from the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge is Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks.  Friends with Boys was highlighted as a Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten title for 2013 .

As a quick refresher, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection list showcases titles “recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens,” and every year they also select the top ten titles from their longer list.

What did everyone think of this top ten pick?


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Reading Raven | Apps For Children with Special Needs

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Reading Raven is an extremely fun and engaging learn-to-read educational game that provides step-by-step reading lessons designed to help young children build a solid foundation for reading.

FEATURES:
✔ Self-paced lessons take kids all the way from pre-reading to reading sentences!
✔ Eleven types of super fun games/activities that teach critical sub-skills!
✔ Fully customizable by age or reading level!
✔ Speed and tolerance dynamically adapt to motor control ability!
✔ Sticker rewards that reinforce what was learned!
✔ No pressure tactics!
✔ Extremely effective voice instructions and feedback!
✔ Free form letter and word writing!
✔ Children can pause and save their progress anytime!
✔ Beautiful hand-illustrated artwork!
✔ No third party advertising!
✔ No external links to social network sites!

With the Reading Raven companion guiding them along, children will go on delightful fun-filled adventures where they will encounter fly eating frogs, caterpillars that turn into butterflies, circus acrobats, ball balancing seals, underwater sea creatures, snow monsters, flying penguins, space robots, rhyming rockets, and much more!

 


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Reading 101 for English Language Learners | ELL Topics from A-Z | Colorín Colorado

Learning to read is a complicated process, and can be particularly challenging for English language learners (ELLs.) Here are some highlighted strategies to guide reading instruction for ELLs.

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Free Apps to Support Vocabulary Acquisition by ELLs

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Developing a strong vocabulary is an important area of focus for ELLs who are building their reading comprehension. Educators use a variety of strategies to grow readers in their classroom, and there are many free iPad apps that support vocabulary acquisition.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 9, 2013 3:22 AM

Just four apps mentioned here, but that's probably a good start.

Blake Turnbull's curator insight, May 13, 2013 5:19 PM

We all know who important vocabularly acquisition is, and so free apps to aid in this process are certainly a bonus!! This article looks at 4 apps: Kids' Vocab by MindSnacks, English First High Flyers, Flashcardlet, and Futaba, with details about them all and the way in which they can support vocabulary acquisition.

Jhon Stiven Hernandez Gutierrez's curator insight, August 1, 10:57 AM
The article highlights the importance of integrating technology and language learning. The author mentions that students can develop their language skills by engaging apps which include differents games. The first app, which is called Kids' Vocab, is a tool for helping children increase their vocabulary. New words are presented by categories and learners can practice them by playing games. The second application is called EF high flyers, and it enables language learners to practice new vocabulary by the use of flashcards. This tool includes audio, images and quizzes. The next app is Flashcardlet and is similar to the previous one in that students can practise vocabulary through flashcards. And, the last app is called Futaba, and it is targeted to younger learners since they learn by playing games. This tool includes visual material so students can interact by matching pictures with definitions.