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November 13, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Educators offer advice on teaching students with disabilities
    Educator Larry Ferlazzo compiles in this blog post advice from four teachers on helping students with disabilities in an inclusive classroom. Among the ideas offered, Michael Thornton, primary-grades teacher and blogger from Virginia, and Gloria Lodato Wilson, associate professor and director of special-education programs at Hofstra University, write that students need choices and multiple means to show what they know. "I believe the best way to promote equity for all learners is by allowing every student a voice in the classroom," Thornton writes. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational Leadership 
  • School's environment is a key factor in achievement
    Successful turnarounds of struggling high schools hinge on fostering environments where teachers and students are supported, and parents and community members are engaged, suggests Charles Payne, a University of Chicago professor and affiliate of the university's Urban Education Institute. "You can create all the pockets of good instruction you want, [but] if the organizational environment doesn't support [the change], it is likely to destroy it," he said. Culture change requires a combination of teacher collaboration, community connections, rigorous instruction, supportive leadership and safe environment, he said. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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SmartReport on EdTech: The Back-to-School Issue
SmartReport on EdTech is your back-to-school guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
  Technology Trends 
  • Students who are nonverbal learn to communicate with iPads
    Over a three-year period, students with autism, who are nonverbal, increased their attention span up to five minutes by using free and low-cost mobile applications on iPads and other tablet devices to communicate with teachers and peers. Students used the apps to point to pictures and words to communicate ideas ranging from what snack they wanted to answering "yes" and "no." Some critics warn that such devices are a good starting point but could further isolate children who already struggle to socialize. The Toronto Star (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers: iPads improve reading for people with vision loss
    People with vision loss because of disease increased their reading speed by 42 words per minute by using an iPad, according to a study conducted at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. Researchers examined reading speeds of 100 patients with vision loss using paper, Kindle tablets and iPads. The iPad's larger type size and backlighting improved reading over a Kindle, which, in this study, had smaller type and no backlighting. Both devices performed better than paper text. ZDNet (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Ontario school offers teens with ASD a "safe" place
    Educators at Streetsville Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, credit a program that gives students with autism spectrum disorders, a "safe" space with its inclusion success. Called Room 150, the program uses a series of interconnected rooms that offers students space to socialize, find a quiet place to complete class assignments and calm down when something overwhelms them. Students in the program are expected to complete the same coursework and pass the same standardized tests as their peers. The Toronto Star (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CEC Spotlight 
  • Here's your Tool of the Week
    This week's tool, "Exploring Science: Sticky Fingers," comes from "U-STARS~PLUS Family Science Packets," and includes a family science activity that explores the properties and composition of matter through collecting data, communicating, experimenting, interpreting data, observing, predicting, and more. Subscribe to Tool of the Week, and you'll find a free tool in your inbox every Monday morning. Get your Tool of the Week. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ethical principles and practice standards for special educators
    CEC members are committed to upholding and advancing the CEC Professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards, including protecting and supporting the physical and psychological safety of individuals with exceptionalities. Get a copy of What Every Special Educator Must Know. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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