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Catherine Holman McCabe

Language Therapist, Reading Specialist, Currently studying AT

BrightFingers. Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension. News Dust off those Bic ballpoints and college-ruled notebooks — research shows that taking notes by hand is better than taking notes on a laptop for remembering conceptual information over the long term.

Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension

The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Walk into any university lecture hall and you’re likely to see row upon row of students sitting behind glowing laptop screens. Laptops in class have been controversial, due mostly to the many opportunities for distraction that they provide (online shopping, browsing Reddit, or playing solitaire, just to name a few). But few studies have examined how effective laptops are for the students who diligently take notes. “Our new findings suggest that even when laptops are used as intended — and not for buying things on Amazon during class — they may still be harming academic performance,” says psychological scientist Pam Mueller of Princeton University, lead author of the study. Book smart; the unexpected health benefits of being an avid reader. Assesments. Snap&Read Universal: Making Printed Text Accessible *LIVE* with a Document Camera.

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Web Accessibility 101 series. As I eluded to in my post about getting accepted into the Guild of Accessible Web Designers, I had to make some edits to this site to strength its overall accessibility.

Web Accessibility 101 series

Some of these changes stemmed from WordPress limitations and others were just things I missed or wasn’t aware of. All in all, though none of the changes were out-of-this-world complex or obscure, it was an excellent learning experience for me. While this site’s accessibility no doubt isn’t “perfect” yet (is such a thing possible?) , I feel better knowing that I’ve made definitive strides forward. Here are some of the changes that were recommended to me by GAWDS: Skip Navigation option This is perhaps less of a must-have on a site like mine without header navigation, but it is advisable to provide an option at the top of your site for skipping straight to the main content.

What I did: I added the “Jump to Content” anchor link you see at the top right of this page. <?

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My Inner Life with Asperger's. SUPPORT FOR PARENTS. AT FOR SENIORS. Resources — clds. Welcome to Authentic Education. Teaching Materials. Learning Disabilities. Developing Vocabulary. Educational Leadership:Reaching the Reluctant Learner:Grade Retention. Jane L.

Educational Leadership:Reaching the Reluctant Learner:Grade Retention

David In this new column, Jane L. David shares with readers what research says about the effectiveness of current education reforms. In the coming months, David will examine the research behind such approaches as incentives to attract teachers to high-poverty schools and small learning communities. In framing the issues and drawing conclusions, she will draw on articles from peer-reviewed journals and reports from research institutions as well as her own 35 years of experience studying schools and districts.

We welcome readers' comments Today's expectation that all students will meet high standards has contributed to a backlash against "social promotion. " What's the Idea? Educators and policymakers have debated for decades whether struggling students benefit more from repeating a grade or from moving ahead with their same-age peers. What's the Reality? School systems cannot hold back every student who falls behind; too many would pile up in the lower grades.


Asking Good Questions. Public domain resources. Technology won’t fix America’s neediest schools. It makes bad education worse. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has pushed for more technology in classrooms.

Technology won’t fix America’s neediest schools. It makes bad education worse.

But computers aren’t the great equalizer that he suggests. (Brennan Linsley/AP) The following is an adapted excerpt from “GEEK HERESY: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology” by Kentaro Toyama. Reprinted with permission from PublicAffairs. “Technology is a game-changer in the field of education,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan once said, and there was a time when I would have agreed. But no matter how good the design, and despite rigorous tests of impact, I have never seen technology systematically overcome the socio-economic divides that exist in education. I didn’t always see things this way. My research team and I began by spending time in rural India’s government schools.

It was a perfect opportunity for innovation: What if we plugged in multiple mice per computer, each with a corresponding cursor on screen? Students loved it, and formal experiments confirmed its effectiveness.

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SETT. Assistive Technology. Funding for AT.