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December 24, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Wash. school uses video to teach students with visual impairments
    The Washington State School for the Blind based in Vancouver, Wash., has been recognized by the Partnership in Learning Global Forum for using Microsoft Lync's audio and videoconferencing features to teach math to students with visual impairments. The program interacts with assistive devices, such as Braille readers, and allows students to seek immediate feedback through instant messaging and submit work in multiple electronic formats. The system also allows the school to teach students at multiple sites throughout the northwestern U.S. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Leadership 
  • Ky. district provides collaboration, coaches for teachers
    Professional development is called "professional learning" in the Lexington, Ky., public-school system, says superintendent Paul Ash, who credits its ongoing program with improving student test scores. The program offers a mix of seminars, workshops and classes with continuous development opportunities such as teacher collaboration teams, coaches and peer mentors. "The evidence is overwhelming -- professional learning turns a good school system into a great one," Ash said. Wicked Local/Lexington, Ky. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Are students logging too much screen time?
    Teachers should work together to ensure their lessons do not rely too heavily on digital media, suggests Maurice Elias, a professor at Rutgers University. In this blog post, Elias writes about research showing that students are spending too much time in front of screens -- a trend that can affect their social and emotional learning, as well as their health and sleeping habits. Elias' blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Ohio mandates autism insurance benefits starting in 2014
    Ohio will require insurance companies to cover services for children with autism beginning in 2014. Gov. John Kasich recently announced the move, which received praise from disability advocates and criticism from business stakeholders. Still, he says he will stay the course. "With early intervention, kids with autism do better at school, find employment and become more independent, connected adults in our communities," Kasich said. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Eye on Exceptionalities 
  • Utah students with disabilities extend animal shelter internship
    Two Utah students with disabilities still are volunteering at the Salt Lake County Animal Services more than a year after completing their high school's transition-to-work internship assignment at the animal shelter. Both Chelsea Phillips, 21, and Andy Finnegan, 22, balance work at the shelter with school and other jobs and recently were recognized with volunteer service awards. "I would never stop coming. It makes me happy. These animals need a home," Finnegan said. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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