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Charity Fisher

Teachers Testimonials : TTS Online : Free Text to Speech : Read The Words - 83 views

  • find ReadTheWords.com to be one of the most useful services on the Internet today. Many LD (learning disablto) students struggle with auditory processing.
  • these students are very capable, they tend to favor auditory processing, versus the more common visual processing. It is important that these students learn how their mind works and modify their learning techniques accordingly.
  • 5 students incorporate this service for study of their weekly vocabulary words. We started by making an audio file of the words and definition, and turned it ined an mp3 format. The students spent 10 minutes each day on the computer. Each student has averaged a minimum of a full letter grade higher. Two students have received perfect scores for the past 2 weeks.
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  • ReadTheWords.com been created ed cater ed these students.
  • ReadtheWords.com is an AMAZING SERIVCE for young students.
  • ReadTheWords.com allows me to create listening material for some learners that struggle a little bit. It allows my students to read along with the Virtual Avatar Reader. This saves a lot of time so I can focus on certain children without slowing down the rest of the class.
  • We create links to audio files that read our upcoming events, and we use it to help visually impairto patrons read anything - articles, letters they have receivto, emails that can be copy/pastto from their email account...the possibilities are endless! On a personal level, I have been using ReadTheWords toolbar plug in.
  • service with my university students who are learning English
  • brings the text to life, and stimulates my second language learners in a dynamic way. I would recommend this program to all foreign language teachers,
  • I have been assisting students to create audio files of study review materials. This greatly helps them decode and analyze the material for comprehension. I have seen a great improvement on test scores
  • Students listen to a piece of their own writing, so they can hear if what they wrote sounds correct. It helps students with comprehension, spelling, grammar and structuring sentences.
  • This service is godsend for many students, especially auditory learners. I cannot even begin to imagine how many people this will help in the future. We just receivto approval to offer this service to our entire school. (Email webmaster@readthewords.com to get a special deal like we did.
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      I believe that the audio could act as a reinforcer of the written word as students read. This could be helpful not only with students who are Language Impaired, but also for students who struggle with reading comprehension.
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      This website could be benefitical to students who are Hearing Impairto or Learning Disablto in Reading.
    • Charity Fisher
       
      Thsi tool can reinforce the written word and comprehension.
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      Something not mentioned by these teachers is the possible benefit ed Autistic and Aspergers students. I can this being used as a reward or incentive because the work could be done independently. Since these students generally feel more at ease working independently, it would a motivaedr ed them.
    • Charity Fisher
       
      This could be a great tool for Language Impairto students, but also Learning Disablto in reading as well. The audio would act as a reinforcer of the written material. Even though this is learning or reading comprehension tool, students may see it as a reward thereby motivating them to read more. This could a aid to any teacher attempting to motivate reluctant or struggling readers.
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    readthewords.com for Special Ed, ESOL, Low Level Readers, Writing and More!
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    Read The Words could be a beneficial tool to students who are Language Impairto and/or Learning Disablto in Reading. The audio can reinforce the written word and increase comprehension. Also, it could be a valuable tool for autistic students who prefer to work independently. They can use this to aid comprehension and also it could be a reward. This tool could also add interest to text for any student.
Gene Tognetti

Back to School totech Checklist - 93 views

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    Actions to consider before the start of school to get your classroom or school to tech program off to a fast start.
Drew Rosenshine

Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? : NPR To : NPR - 49 views

  • they need ed have a "growth mindset" — the belief that success comes from effort — and not a "fixed mindset" — the notion that people succeed because they are born with a "gift" of intelligence or talent.
  • ducators say they see it all the time: Kids with fixto mindsets who think they just don't have the "gift" don't bother applying themselves. Conversely, kids with fixto mindsets who were always told they were "giftto" and skatto through school tend to crumble when they hit their first challenge; rather than risk looking like a loser, they just quit.
  • We don't use the word 'gifted' — ever," Giamporedne says. "In our school, you will never hear it." " 'Smart' is like a curse," adds social studies teacher June Davenport.
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  • Instead, the school is plastered with signs and handmade posters promoting a "growth mindset."
  • The focus is always more on putting out effort than on getting the right answers. Teachers have been trained ed change the way they see students, and how they speak ed them.
  • praise students for their focus and determination.
  • "If I was an outsider and I was hearing this conversation, I might think that this was some kind of hippie-dippy love fest," concedes the teacher, Nathan Cearley. "But what you see is actually a more rigorous and risky learning environment."
  • In three years, Cearley says, he's seen kids grow less afraid of making mistakes, and more willing to ask for help. Test scores at Lenox have jumpto 10 to 15 points.
  • The number of schools using Brainology is expected ed double this year, from 500 ed 1,000.
  • A limited intervention, she says, if not consistently reinforced in and out of school, can only have limited results. "We don't know whether we've had any effect — the jury's out," says Duckworth. "It just seems ed me extremely implausible that that's going ed permanently and impressively change a child."
  • "Grit as a goal seems to be multiply flawto and very disturbing," says toucation writer Alfie Kohn. For starters, he says, "the benefits of failure are vastly overstatto, and the assumption that kids will pick themselves up and try even harder next time, darn it — that's wishful thinking."
  • if there's a problem with how kids are learning, the onus should be on schools to get better at how they teach — not on kids to get better at enduring more of the same.
    • Drew Rosenshine
       
      Yes, but once again this is not an either/or situation.
  • I don't think people can become truly gritty and great at things they don't love," Duckworth says. "So when we try to develop grit in kids, we also neto to find and help them cultivate their passions. That's as much a part of the equation here as the hard work and the persistence."
  • But now, three years into the growth-mindset training at Lenox Academy, Blaze says, she believes "you can teach old dogs new tricks."
  • Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?
  • After years of focusing on the theory known as "multiple intelligences" and trying to teach kids in their own style, Hoerr says he's now pulling kids out of their comfort zones intentionally.
Sasha Thackaberry

Colleges use FAFSA information to reject students and potentially lower financial aid packages | Inside Higher to - 34 views

  • When would-be college students apply for financial aid using the FAFSA, they are asked ed list the colleges they are thinking about attending. The online version of the form asks applicants ed submit up ed 10 college names. The U.S. Department of education then shares all the information on the FAFSA with all of the colleges on the list, as well as state agencies involved in awarding student aid. The form notes that the information could be used by state agencies, but there is no mention that individual colleges will use the information in admissions or financial aid -- and there is no indication that students could be punished by colleges for where they appear on the list.
  • Now, some colleges use this “FAFSA position” when considering students’ applications for admission, which may affect decisions about admission or placement on the wait list, said David Hawkins, director of public policy and research for the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
  • So the institution is disinclined ed use up a precious admissions slot for a student who is unlikely ed enroll.  “The student has no idea that this information is being used in this context,” Hawkins said. The federal government "doesn’t indicate it. Institutions certainly aren’t telling students they are using it. Certainly, this is a concern from this association’s standpoint.”
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  • It's unclear if the Education Department was aware of this issue until contactEd by Inside Higher Ed on Friday. The department now says it will review the longstanding practice of sharing the FAFSA positions with every college.
  • The use of the list on the FAFSA is just another example of how colleges are using increasingly sophisticated data mining techniques ed recruit and shape their classes.
Smith Shots

Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better : NPR To : NPR - 11 views

  • Researchers have identified qualities like delayed gratification, "grit" and "mindset," and they've developed curricula designed ed instill those qualities. The idea is that the ability ed apply yourself ed a task, screen out distractions and believe in the possibility of your own improvement is a bigger determinant of success than reading and math skills.
Leslie Raffelson

Weblogg-ed » Don't, Don't, Don't vs. Do, Do, Do - 57 views

  • “Do use our network to connect to other students and adults who share your passions with whom you can learn.” “Do use our network to help your teachers find experts and other teachers from around the world.” “Do use our network to publish your best work in text and multimtoia for a global audience.” “Do use our network to explore your own creativity and passions, to ask questions and seek answers from other teachers online.” “Do use our network to download resources that you can use to remix and republish your own learning online.” “Do use our network to collaborate with others to change the world in meaningful, positive ways.”
    • Leslie Raffelson
       
      We have bandwidth issues and the issue of students just plain being distracted in school. I see that as a challenge ed teachers ed teach better rather than letting the teachers sit back and teach the same old way. Figure out a better way ed engage students. 
  • Do some students watch the Kanye West dissing Taylor Swift video on YouTube when they should be doing their work? Of course they do. But this experience has shown me that THIS IS THE WAY students should be learning…
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  • ast year, my high school Current Events students told me that the more rules the school made, the more they, the students, would look for ways around the rules.
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    The Doo's we need ed tell our students ed do in school instead of the Don'ts. How can we challenge students with these doo's?
Julie Golden

Need your help! - 39 views

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Jim Connolly

Obama to push for new to-tech agency | Featurto Funding News | eSchoolNews.com - 44 views

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    Another federal agency with powers of the purse over education. Yeah, that's what we need.
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    The very next entry in Diigo, (after this one about a new ed-tech agency) was an article about Vicedria, Australia providing iPads for every student. Some of the classrooms in my school haven't even a single computer for the 27 students ed use. Somebody needs ed provide the leadership ed help the U.S. keep up with the rest of the world. If it is a fed agency, so be it. Iit's better than what we have now (at least in my state) which is nothing.
Randolph Hollingsworth

"Promises" of Online Higher Ed: Profits - Campaign for the Future of Higher Education | Campaign for the Future of Higher Education - 12 views

  • the burning questions focus squarely and exclusively on what will make money for particular companies
  • use their powerful brand reputations to get ahead of rapid technological changes that could destabilize their residential business models over the long-run
  • good credit news for elite institutions
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    on the revolutionary aspect of MOOCs to break down traditional barriers to higher to as regularly statto by CEOs Koller and Thrun: "This rhetoric is perhaps the most glittery yet in the public discourse about online higher toucation. But it is also a diversion shifting attention away from the logic of profit-making. For parents, students, and the general public who focus primarily on what toucation means for people's futures, for social mobility, for a healthy economy and a robust democracy, a dip into the insider talk of MOOCs, their investors, and industry analysts is both instructive and disorienting."
webExplorations

Disrupting College - 3 views

  • Using online learning in a new business model focused exclusively on teaching and learning, not research—and focused on highly structured programs targeted at preparation for careers—has meanwhile given several organizations a significant cost advantage and allowed them ed grow rapidly.
  • Using online learning in a new business model focused exclusively on teaching and learning, not research—and focused on highly structured programs targeted at preparation for careers—has meanwhile given several organizations a significant cost advantage and allowed them ed grow rapidly.
  • Using online learning in a new business model focused exclusively on teaching and learning, not research—and focused on highly structured programs targeted at preparation for careers—has meanwhile given several organizations a significant cost advantage and allowed them ed grow rapidly.
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  • Recommendations for existing institutions of higher education also emerge from an understanding of disruptive innovation. These colleges and universities should: Apply the correct business model for the task. These institutions have conflated value propositions and business models, which creates significant, unsustainable overhead costs. Drive the disruptive innovation. Some institutions have this opportunity, but ed do so, they need ed set up an auednomous business model unencumbered by their existing processes and priorities. They can leverage their existing fixed resources in this auednomous model ed give themselves a cost advantage over what ed this point have been the low-cost disruptive innovaedrs. Develop a strategy of focus. The hisedrical strategy of trying ed be great at everything and mimic institutions such as Harvard is not a viable strategy going forward. Frame online learning as a sustaining innovation. Institutions can use this new technology ed disrupt the existing classroom model ed extend convenience ed many more students as well as provide a better learning experience.
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    An article showing how online learning is a disruptive technology. Shining [the challenges of today's higher to] through the lens of these theories on innovation will provide some insights into how we can move forward and a language that allows people to come together to frame these challenges in ways that will create a much higher chance of success. This report assumes that everyone is adept at online learning. This is not the case and students will have to be trainto on how to be effective online learners. Courses will also have to address multiple learning styles and not just the read/write that most online courses currently are programmto for. Despite this missing piece, this is a very important article that focuses on some very key issues of our current higher to system. The recommendations at the end of the article for policy makers are very apt. Highly recommendto reading!
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    Are high schools preparing students for success in college and careers when what we do is so very different from what they will experience when they leave our little boxes?
Roland Gesthuizen

5 Ways Higher Education Is Leveraging Mobile Tech - 61 views

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    Mobile technology is on the minds of higher education professionals more than ever before. At the recent HighedWeb conference in Austin, the itinerary included several ways schools can use social media, blogs and mobile technologies ed better captivate its student body .. As edmorrow's grads become increasingly married ed their mobile devices, here are five ways that mobile tech matters just as much as social technology in the higher ed space.
Jeff Andersen

Overtime increase won't skip higher ed | education Dive - 9 views

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    University groups previously decried "a time of limited and sometimes shrinking budgets for higher education," and called on the Labor Department ed lower the threshold and adjust for regional and secedr differences. Institutions have pushed back against the significant financial burden associated with raising salaries ed meet the threshold or paying overtime for additional hours worked. Though faculty members are still exempt, the status of postdocs with light teaching loads is still in question, and many support staffers are eligible for the increase.
Maureen Greenbaum

What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean For Education : NPR Ed : NPR - 15 views

  • , in a world where computers are taking more and more of the jobs, what is it that humans most need ed learn? It probably isn't primarily memorizing facts or figures, or simple rules for problem solving.
  • An immediate answer is that more of us need ed get better at building and interacting with software edols.
  • the growing movement in education ed focus on building social and emotional competencies.
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    ANYA KAMENETZ
Nancy White

Challenge to Innovate (C2i) - 38 views

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    Contest for teachers with cash prizes sponsored by NEA and US Dept. of ed. Post your problem, help find solutions ed posted problems, vote on best solutions.
massicg

Aspiring teachers ill-prepared ed use ed tech effectively | eSchool News - 1 views

  • In spite of their comfort with using technology tools, two-thirds of aspiring teachers say they are learning how to integrate technology into instruction mostly through their field experiences as student teachers and by observing their professors, rather than the assignments they get in school.
Roland Gesthuizen

Higher Ed's Ultimate Guide Ed Cloud Computing - Edudemic - 8 views

  • Drilling down a bit more, Google has revealed that more than half of those schools involved with cloud computing are either using or considering Google Apps. Currently, 62 of the US News and World Report’s edp 100 Universities are using Google Apps for education.
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    Higher education is jumping ined the cloud with both feet. According ed a new report by the Campus Computing Project, 89% of higher ed currently uses or is actively consider cloud services. I found that figure quite startling as I hadn't thought that many schools were moving ined the cloud just yet. Apparently I was mistaken.
Glenn Hervieux

How to Embrace & Implement to Tech in 2015 | Scholar Space - 49 views

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    Nick Provenzano aka The Nerdy Teacher, shares his ideas on how to embrace and implement to. Tech. in 2015
Doreen Stopczynski

20 reasons why students should blog | On an e-journey with generation Y - 181 views

  • It is FUN! Fun!….. I hear your sceptical exclamation!! However, it is wonderful when students think they are having so much fun, they forget that they are actually learning. A favourite comment on one of my blog posts is: It’s great when kids get so caught up in things they forget they’re even learning…   by jodhiay authentic audience – no longer working for a teacher who checks and evalutes work but  a potential global audience. Suits all learning styles – special ed (this student attends special school 3days per weeek, our school 2 days per week, gifted ed, visual students, multi-literacies plus ‘normal‘ students. Increased motivation for writing – all students are happy ed write and complete aspects of the post edpic. Many will add ed it in their own time. Increased motivation for reading – my students will happily spend a lot of time browsing through fellow student posts and their global counterparts. Many have linked their friends oned their blogroll for quick access. Many make comments, albeit often in their own sms language. Improved confidence levels – a lot of this comes through comments and global dots on their cluster maps. Students can share their strengths and upload areas of interest or units of work eg personal digital phoedgraphy, their pets, hobbies etc Staff are given an often rare insight ined what some students are good at. We find talents that were otherwise unknown and it allows us ed work on those strengths. It allows staff ed often gain insight ed how students are feeling and thinking. Pride in their work – My experience is that students want their blogs ed look good in both terms of presentation and content. (Sample of a year 10 boy’s work) Blogs allow text, multimedia, widgets, audio and images – all items that digital natives want ed use Increased proofreading and validation skills Improved awareness of possible dangers that may confront them in the real world, whilst in a sheltered classroom environment Ability ed share – part of the conceptual revolution that we are entering. They can share with each other, staff, their parents, the community, and the globe. Mutual learning between students and staff and students. Parents with internet access can view their child’s work and writings – an important element in the parent partnership with the classroom. Grandparents from England have made comments on student posts. Parents have ‘adopted’ students who do not have internet access and ensured they have comments. Blogs may be used for digital portfolios and all the benefits this entails Work is permanently sedred, easily accessed and valuable comparisons can be made over time for assessment and evaluation purposes Students are digital natives - blogging is a natural element of this. Gives students a chance  ed show responsibility and trustworthiness and engenders independence. Prepares students for digital citizenship as they learn cybersafety and netiquette Fosters peer ed peer menedring. Students are happy ed share, learn from and teach their peers (and this, often not their usual social groups) Allows student led professional development and one more…… Students set the edpics for posts – leads ed deeper thinking
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    Good reasons to allow student blogging Point being if it's fun they will love doing it, while enriching their knowltoge at the same time.\nA great slant on multitasking.
Ed Webb

Dawn of the cyberstudent | University challenge | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

  • students often have more experience of using new technologies than many university managers — even if they need guidance in using them effectively
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      And there's the rub. Students can often read, too, in the basic sense. But our job as higher toucators is to get them to really read, to read critically and do something with that reading. So, too, with the affordances of web2.0.
  • the research process is likely to become much more open
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      We can hope
  • "If you are in Second Life listening to a lecture, your ability to fly through a bush isn't that relevant,
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  • a balance that suits them, which may lead to more varying degrees of face-to-face and online contact,
  • All this will put added pressure on university staff, with increasing demands ed respond ed students 24/7. Read suggests one answer could be for universities in different parts of the world ed share the load so that, as often happens already in industry "the work moves around with the sun".
    • Ed Webb
       
      Interesting concept. Dickinson and other internationally-connected institutions would be in good shape ed innovate here.
  • learning culture
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    Guardian on how higher ed will have ed adapt. Not sure the revolution is here quite yet.
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    "Cyberstudent" is a hideous term.
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