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November 30, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Can video games help students with disabilities learn geometry?
    Educator Brian Kenney at Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., is using commercial video games, such as Minecraft, to teach math concepts to students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are paired with peers from Kenney's video game design class to work on building virtual homes with blocks, a process Kenney says helps them learn geometry. While research on the effectiveness of the approach, teachers and students are enthusiastic, with Kenney saying, "They actually come in on Saturdays and they can't get enough of it." The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • What makes a good teacher team?
    Strong teams can help educators feel connected to their colleagues and build emotional resilience in a job that is getting tougher to do, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes. In this blog post, Aguilar shares five ideas about what makes a good team such as creating a "safe space" for professional learning. "There are many reasons for which those of us working in schools might gather in a team but I believe that all of those reasons should contain opportunities for learning with and from each other," she writes. Edutopia.org/Elena Aguilar's blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Technology Trends 
  • How technology creates more opportunities for inclusion
    The increasing variety and affordability of assistive technology devices is making it easier for people with disabilities to participate more fully in life, Stephen Bennett, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy, writes in this blog post. Offering examples of devices and software developed by UCP, Bennett writes about how a man with cerebral palsy uses a $199 software program to write books and poetry. "Technology has increased this independence, helping to build bridges toward an inclusive society," Bennett writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • U.S. Education Department's civil rights official resigns post
    Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary of civil rights for the U.S. Department of Education, will leave her position today, education reporter Lesli Maxwell writes in this blog post. Ali announced her departure Thursday during a conference call with civil rights advocates on the day of the release of a four-year review of her office's work. The department has not announced who will replace Ali. Education Week/Learning the Language blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some states' graduation rates lower with new calculations
    The U.S. Department of Education used a common metric to calculate graduation rates for all states and the District of Columbia for the 2010-11 school year -- the first time it has done so. The statistics, released Monday, show the rate at which first-time ninth-graders earn a high-school diploma within four years. Arkansas had the highest graduation rate for students with disabilities at 75%, while Mississippi and Nevada had the lowest at 23%. Many states reported lower graduation rates than revealed in past calculations, and the data also show gaps in achievement among students. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (11/26), The Huffington Post (11/26), Education Week/Politics K-12 blog data chart (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Danish company builds on strengths of adults with autism
    The unusual talents of focus displayed by his son, Lars, who has autism, lead Thorkil Sonne of Ringsted, Denmark, to started a company to employ people with autism as technical consultants. Employees of Specialisterne often perform data entry and software testing, areas which require focus and attention to detail. Sonne's company has prompted five similar startups, and he will soon start hiring for the company's U.S. headquarters in Delaware. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Magazine (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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