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Special Educators / Learning Diversity

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WEBINAR: Recognizing and Successfully Teaching Twice-Exceptional Students

Recording is available ...Recognizing and Successfully Teaching Twice-Exceptional Students 3/29 #edWebinar w/…Continue

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THREAD/LIST: "Good Short Books" to build motivation, especially for those HS students who struggle finishing a whole text.

Teacher friends: I'm putting together a list of "Good Short Books" to build motivation, especially for those HS students who struggle finishing a whole text. Any "GSBs" that you'd suggest…Continue

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DOCUMENTARY: 'Right to Fail' by @FrontlinePBS & @ProPublica

A few years ago, thousands of people with severe mental illnesses won the chance to live on their own in NY. While many flourished, FRONTLINE &…Continue

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RESEARCH: Is Listening to a Book the Same Thing as Reading It?

Read to the tweet at the bottom to grasp some of the complexity and nuance here ...After reading about science, students remembered 81% of it. Those who listened to the same material only remembered…Continue

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Comment by William Zimmerman on March 12, 2013 at 9:28am has published a special free printable for Women's History Month at

It asks: Imagine that you could talk with any woman in history whom you admire. Who would that be and what would you say to her.

You are welcome to print it out and also pin it on your Pinterest page. Hope you will share with your students. 

Comment by Andrea Brown on August 3, 2010 at 12:33pm
I wanted to share a fabulous site... Sheppard Software has a ton of content games that look great on the SMARTboard. The kids and teachers here are loving it. We really like that the site has a lot of built in levels in the games, since many of our classrooms have kids of varying levels and abilities. Enjoy!
Comment by Ryan Goble on March 12, 2010 at 10:22pm
Interesting article in today's Chicago Tribune - Special ed student gives up on CPS
Honor student with cerebral palsy never got bus service
Comment by Ryan Goble on March 11, 2010 at 2:04pm
If you go to the Graphic Novels & Comics books, depending on your population, they might enjoy some of the comics creation software listed at the top of that forum!

Have you checked out Voice Thread?

Thanks for getting in here and starting a discussion.
Comment by Andrea Brown on March 11, 2010 at 1:59pm
Hi Everyone, I'm a tech specialist at a special ed school, and I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate technology into our classrooms. Any ideas floating around out there? We're doing some pretty awesome stuff with activity schedules on iPods and video modeling, as well as trying to get into the whole SMART Board thing. I'd love to hear what other people are doing!
Comment by Ryan Goble on December 18, 2009 at 12:17pm
Hey Everyone, so glad Mike put this group on the map. In response to Robert and Judy....

First off, yeah the People Speak is a great resource - see this post - FILM/ARTICLE/STUDY GUIDE: Howard Zinn's 'The People Speak'- with links to the study guides.

Echoing Robert, I do think that all good teaching is aligned with special ed goals, in that it is differentiated and multi-modal. I always find all kinds of music and media engages reluctant readers (hence Mindblue and this Ning)

To those ends check out these old posts as they might give you some more ideas.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Lesson Plan Archive & Summer Teacher...

See the info about Teaching Tolerance Films & free Civil Rights/Ben Harper Study Guide here: Making Civil Rights POP?

See these posts on history graphic novels:

COMICS: American & World History Ink


and this fun post on using photos -

RESOURCES & ARCHIVES: Photography, Looking At Images, Primary S...

Oh and since you're in Chicago - you've GOT to check out this animated This American Life Lost Buildings - in credible DVD - it is still for sale at the This American Life store and it is INCREDIBLE.

Hope these get you started on mutli-modal high interest history resources!!

Happy Holidays!

Comment by Robert Zenhausern on December 17, 2009 at 2:29pm
Judy, I have an example for you.

It is an audio/visual presentation of first person history. Very good for students who do not read well.
Comment by Robert Zenhausern on December 17, 2009 at 1:00pm
Resouces for LD students depends a lot on what the disability. In what way are the students disabled? I would guess their reading level is down. If the student could use text to voice reading would no be an issue. Are there other problems you need to prepare for?
Comment by Judy Pollack on December 16, 2009 at 2:22pm
Any ideas for LD resources for Social Studies at the HS level appreciated!
Comment by Lindsay Lombardi on December 16, 2009 at 11:29am
great group idea!!!

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