Enhancing Special Education Reporting Through Integrated EdTech Solutions
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by Symeon Retalis
1M ago
Special education interventions supported by edtech solutions have become integral components of the educational landscape in the United States. With the rise of personalized learning approaches and the increasing reliance on technology in classrooms, the intersection of special education and edtech presents both opportunities and challenges. Challenges Faced by Education Leaders: Data Fragmentation and Accessibility: Education leaders often encounter difficulties in accessing comprehensive progress data for students engaged in interventions supported by edtech solutions. The fragmented natu ..read more
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Math Experts recommend a Multi-Sensory approach to Math Instruction
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by Symeon Retalis
3M ago
Did you struggle with Math when you were in school? You are not alone! Children in America score poorly on national measures of Math achievement and the problem is getting worse. According to the Hechinger Report, a non-profit e-newsletter, this may be due to more than just being behind due to the impact of COVID or from a societal lack of concern. There is actually a learning disability that impacts the brains’ ability to process numbers and calculations. Everyone is familiar with dyslexia. Schools usually screen and catch children with reading problems and provide remediation. According to t ..read more
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Using multiple representations in math teaching for elementary school children
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by Symeon Retalis
3M ago
Using multiple representations in math teaching for elementary school children can be highly beneficial as it caters to different learning styles and helps in deepening understanding. Here are some examples: Visual Representations with Manipulatives and Puzzles: Example: Teach addition and subtraction using physical objects like blocks or counters. Children can physically move and group these objects to understand the concept concretely before moving to abstract representations. Symbolic Representations in Worksheets: Example: Using worksheets you can introduce mathematical symbols and ..read more
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This School Year Let’s Move to Learn!
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by Symeon Retalis
6M ago
Author: Dr Christine M. Casey, Ed.D., Educational Consultant Some school districts have already begun the 2023/24 school year and some will begin right after Labor Day. This year I hope that administrators and educators embrace the importance of movement for brain development. One of the newest applications of the mind/body connection understands and respects the connection between the brain and the physicality of young children eager to experience the world through their senses and their whole body. Although for any elementary or preschool teacher, knowing that active movement is important fo ..read more
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Can Modern Interactive Flat-Panel Displays Help Teachers Take Their Teaching to The Next Level?
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by Symeon Retalis
7M ago
Currently, school districts are making several million-dollar investments in upgraded networks and devices, including new modern interactive flat-panel displays (IFPDs). School districts allocate resources to purchase IFPDs, aiming to create a socially engaging classroom environment. Market analysis reports such as the Futuresource report (released in Quarter 4 2020) and Zion Market Research (released in 2022) mention that the global sales volume of Interactive Flat Panel Displays and Interactive Whiteboards are experiencing a noticeable increase, and their overall value is also on the rise ..read more
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Kinems Learning Gaming Platform: A Perfect Match for Universal Design for Learning Principles
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by Symeon Retalis
8M ago
In today's diverse learning landscape, it is crucial to have learning tools that are aligned with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines. UDL promotes inclusive education by providing multiple means of representation, action, and expression for all learners. By incorporating UDL principles into learning tools, we can ensure that every student, regardless of their abilities or learning styles, can access and engage with educational content effectively. One such innovative platform that aligns seamlessly with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles is Kinems learning gami ..read more
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Remarkable school teachers
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by Symeon Retalis
9M ago
Throughout this entire school year, remarkable school teachers have consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their students' overall well-being. Their dedication and hard work have been truly remarkable. Teachers have played a crucial role in their students' lives, not only as educators but also as mentors, advocates, and supporters. We need to acknowledge that the role of a school teacher is multifaceted and demanding. A teacher .... Nurtures talent and skills Encourages effort Inspires imagination Cheers on their students Makes learning enjoyable Impacts children one at a time ..read more
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Learning Game Design for Each and Every Learner
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by Symeon Retalis
1y ago
Because every student learns differently, schools should be flexible learning environments that provide students with positive and engaging learning experiences to become successful, lifelong learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework that helps teachers plan learning to meet the diverse and varied needs of ALL students and provide them with equal opportunities to succeed. The three UDL principles are engagement, representation, and action and expression: Flexibility in representation: Learning environments should provide learners with a variety of ways to pre ..read more
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Important Research Demonstrates Enhanced Cognitive Performance in Children Who Play Video Games
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by Symeon Retalis
1y ago
A peer reviewed report of research from the JAMA network [Chaarani et al., 2022] showed “enhanced cognitive performance in children who played video games vs those who did not.” This study was part of the National Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Studies. It was a case controlled study of 2217 children. For the children playing video games, there were associated improved cognitive abilities in the area of working memory and response inhibition. Published in 2022, this study offers some interesting insights into benefits of playing video games. Certainly, there has been a continuing beli ..read more
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Valentine's Day Classroom Game-based Activities
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by Symeon Retalis
1y ago
Don’t you just “love” February? It’s a short month! We get time off to celebrate President’s Days and maybe even a mid-winter vacation! Best of all: Valentine’s Day! It’s a great time to discuss emotions. Catch your students “caring” and “being kind”. In this post, we highlight some games and resources for celebrating the month of “love”! Decompose numbers with Yummy Pairs Board Game Click on Board games at the Kinems platform to find the Yummy Pairs Board Game. Download/print/cut out. Make several page 8 copies to use. Two additional games to play: Find the hearts! Hide the cut-out hearts ..read more
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