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December 18, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Student with physical disabilities uses Skype to attend class
    First-grader Gideon Egan, who has a joint and muscle disease that limits his physical mobility and sometimes calls for surgeries with extended recovery time, is using Skype to stay connected with his teachers and classmates at Campbell Ridge Elementary School in Alexandria, Ohio. Through the video chat program, Egan can answer student questions and participate in spelling tests. "I think it means a lot to them," special-education teacher Emily Knight said. "And it opens up a whole new world for them and Gideon." (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educator gives ideas of what co-teachers can do together
    Co-teachers work jointly on tasks, goals and staying on track even amid the excitement that precedes holiday breaks, writes special-education teacher Laurie Wasserman. In this blog post, she offers a glimpse of some of the lessons that she and her co-teachers in language arts and social studies classes do together. For example, the teachers arrange fun days before holidays -- students bring in breakfast and then participate in education games, such as a history-trivia contest. MiddleWeb/Two Teachers in a Room blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • A call to find your inner leader
    Schools need effective school leaders, but people don't always know what it means to lead, writes Peter DeWitt, an elementary-school principal in Averill Park, N.Y. In this blog post, he also writes about the growing connected-educator movement on Twitter, and the innovative ideas and calls to action that have resulted from the exchanges. While DeWitt writes that leadership is hard work, he notes that people who lead will not be disappointed with the results. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Mass. company develops game as attention therapy
    Massachusetts-based Atentiv has created a software program that uses sensors to monitor an individual's attention levels. The program uses the data to tailor a game to help users train their brain to concentrate better. The game stops when players get distracted, and allows players to complete tasks faster when they concentrate. "When you are able to concentrate and push distractions aside, you have success and the game becomes a little harder," Atentiv Founder and CEO Eric Gordon said. "What you're actually doing is creating new neural networks." American City Business Journals/Boston Business Journal (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Policy News 
  • Conn. tragedy highlights importance of school mental-health services
    Former special educator Jennifer Cerbasi writes in this commentary that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., highlights the need for more resources devoted to the mental and emotional health of students. Often targeted for budget cuts, all schools need full-time counselors and psychologists, she notes. "I believe children with special needs benefit from counseling to support their emotional development and enhance their understanding of the challenges they may face," Cerbasi writes. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • S.C. gym makes skill-building fun for students with disabilities
    An occupational therapist and assistant in Aiken, S.C., have opened a sensory gym complete with ziplines, swings and ball pits to help children with disabilities work on motor skills, strength and vestibular and sensory processing. Through their work in schools and with another company, Gina Hutto and her partner Lisa Robinson saw a need for a place for students to work on sensory issues. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • CEC in San Antonio: Happy Holidays!
    The CEC Convention & Expo will be in San Antonio, April 3 to 6, 2013, and our new blog is the place for attendees and exhibitors to get up-to-date information, fun facts and recommendations on all things convention and San Antonio. This week highlights new flights to San Antonio, as well as San Antonio's Holiday festivities. Subscribe to CEC's new blog today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • You're going to love Reality 101
    Novice and veteran special educators alike are getting to know CEC members Charmelle, Danielle, Jerry, John and Kaylie -- and falling for their humorous, honest accounts of what it's like to be new to the field. Follow along as they conduct IEP meetings, plan class field trips and attempt to find that ever-elusive work-life balance. You can even subscribe via e-mail or download entries as podcasts, so you won't miss a single post. Check out the Reality 101 blog today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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