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Learning Tools untitled Special Educator's Web Pages Educational toys and games for special needs children untitled Teaching Special Kids: Online Resources, Special Education Curriculum Finding strategies for working with special needs students can be a challenge for full-time special education teachers, let alone teachers who work on a part-time basis with kids facing challenges . Education World understands the problems you face and offers online resources that can help you better understand -- and help -- students with special needs. Today, almost every classroom includes a number of students who are dealing with a disability -- either physical, educational, emotional, or a combination of all three. As a teacher, you probably find yourself looking for information and resources that will help you effectively teach those students and help them learn successfully. The number of special-education Web sites for teachers can be overwhelming, however. Education World has searched the Web for sites that provide information about specific disabilities and suggest activities for classroom use. Office of Special Education

CSADP - Special Education websites Special Education The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): An international organization that is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. Disability Rights, Education and Defense Fund (DREDF): A national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC): ERIC EC (Gifted Education) gathers and disseminates the professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted. IDEA PRACTICES: An organization that provides teachers, school administrators and related services professionals in implementing recent changes to the nation's primary special education law.

Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills I've been trying to use Google Docs to good effect in my ninth grade history classroom. It's a critical tool in that it lets me see the students puzzle out answers to their questions (especially with a heavy reliance of the "see revisions" function). I've viewed classroom technology as the means to sharing knowledge, in addition to acquiring or manipulating it. Yet I find that not only has the computer itself become something of a distraction, but the students aren't making enough use of the tech’s "share-ability" -- that is, they struggle to work effectively together on it, and to have their ideas cohere in an intelligible way. It occurred to me that co-editing in a Google Doc is a skill that itself needs to be taught and practiced before it can become effective in the classroom. I also started thinking that perhaps one fault of technology is that it brings the world to the student, rather than spurring the student to get up out the chair and go find it. The Power of Post-it Notes

National Association of Special Education Teachers: Teachers Teaching Exceptional Children What You Can Learn About Learning Through Video Game Play Shakalaka boom! Yeah, well done! Way to hold your ground! Cool base design! Thanks for the bombers! How do you hoard loot if they keep stealing if from you? Don't worry about trophies if you are trying to get loot. Sounds strange? I invited the cousins and nephews to get involved and we made our own clan. For those that are not familiar with the game, the point is to gather elixir, and gold to build your base to Level 11. Discoveries After playing this game, there's nine things that I have learned about education and learning: #1. #2. #3. #4. #5. #6. #7. #8. #9. How do I justify spending time on a simple game?