Author: Sensory Edge

Understanding Learning Styles

In order to ensure that a specific curriculum is reaching students at a core level, it is imperative that they have the ability to relate to the material as much as possible. One of the best ways to do this is by finding programs to cater to their specific learning styles. Many students are visual or spatial learners that do best with visual prompts that they can see and handle. Others are better at learning things in an auditory manner through music and other audio avenues. Key Takeaways: Research shows that there are many different approaches to how a...

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So you think you understand UDL?

ESchoolNews recently published an interview with Katie Novak, an educator who literally wrote the book on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and its practical applications. UDL, at its most basic level, is the educational philosophy that every student has a unique mixture of strengths and weaknesses, and that educators should use this as an asset rather than struggle against it. UDL is based on the idea that providing more choices and customization can help students reach their full potential. Key Takeaways: The author states that he thought he had a good grasp on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) but...

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3 Tips For Keeping Class Content Current (Even If You Use Multiple Learning Management Systems)

Becoming familiar with the various mainstream learning management systems (LMS’s) is imperative when in the modern-day teaching world. There are several techniques to take heed of in order to make this learning experience as hassle-free as possible. One trick is to always choose traditional media sharing sites for embedding in order to avoid any content errors. Some mainstream sites would be YouTube for video-related content, or SoundCloud for audio files that you want to give your students access to. Key Takeaways: One can receive payoffs when they streamline content rather than move the content to multiple learning management systems...

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Raise a source-savvy kid in the age of fake news and internet hoaxes

We live in a technological age where we are constantly surrounded by fake news and hoaxes that can be difficult for adults to spot, never mind children. In fact, a study showed that approximately 82% of kids could not determine what was real and what was fake in terms of news reports. It is important to ensure that your child has maintained an adequate understanding of how to spot internet hoaxes so that they are not victims of potential hoaxing in the future. Key Takeaways: Many times our kids are wont to ask us if a source is good...

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How individualized supports for students with autism promote success in the mainstream classroom

Autism spectrum disorder is a processing disorder. Placing ASD students into classrooms and hoping they learn to interact just by watching is setting them up for failure. Schools need to ask why the student is being mainstreamed and find goals for the student. Each child needs accommodations and for some, mainstreaming might not be an answer at all. ASD students will be challenged with sensory issues and comprehension of language. Strategies such as visual lessons, organization milestones, consistent rules, and capitalizing on special interests can help increase chances of success. The school and student need to work together and...

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