This edition of SpecialEdTech has some great ideas for how to engage inclusion students, resources for resolving difference with parents, as well as wonderful tips and tools for ELL and autism. Enjoy!

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Successfully using gamification with inclusion students

Successfully using gamification with inclusion students

Have you ever struggled to engage inclusion students who act bored or don’t pay attention? Gamification can be a good engagement tool, but must be used carefully or it will have the opposite effect, said Stephen Russell, special education teacher at Arbor Preparatory High School. Russell wrote his capstone research paper on this topic in 2018 and presented his findings …

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Resolving differences with parents of students in special education

Resolving differences with parents of students in special education

by David Gruber Executive Director, Special Education Mediation Services Teachers are a school’s front line in talking with parents. The quality of communication between them is important for understanding a student’s needs and progress. It is also important in maintaining the teach-parent relationship over time. That relationship is a key to student success. Conversations with the parents of students with …

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Speaking is the solution: Encouraging ELLs to speak in the classroom

Speaking is the solution: Encouraging ELLs to speak in the classroom

In the United States, students who learn to speak, read, and write well in English improve their chances for success in all other areas of the classroom. English Language Learners (ELLS) are the fastest growing school-age population in the United States, and are projected to account for 25 percent of the student enrollment by 2025, up from 10 percent in …

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Affordable apps for autism and AAC

Affordable apps for autism and AAC

These apps were awarded high ratings on the BridgingApps.org website, which features over 3000 apps for people with special needs. Communicating CoughDrop, an AAC app with a free two-week trial, gives a voice to those who cannot speak vocally for themselves. It is used in collaboration with image boards and can be used with a switch or eye tracking. It …

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ELL/ESL Aids: All Kids Learn and a4esl.org

ELL/ESL Aids: All Kids Learn and a4esl.org

Here are a couple of websites to help with ELL and ESL students. All Kids Learn gives teaching strategies, games, accommodations, and resources for ELL students. Take special note of the ELL Games page, which has useful links to four valuable websites. a4esl.org has a host of online activities for ELLs, including crossword puzzles and bilingual vocabulary quizzes in the following …

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PlayWorthy: RoyTheZebra.com

PlayWorthy: RoyTheZebra.com

Perfect for emerging readers, RoyTheZebra.com is free and offers guided reading stories, songs, worksheets, and games on: alphabetical order capital letters days of the week grammar double consonants (ff and ss) period usage long vowel phonemes (oo sound) months of the year question marks singular and plural nouns rhyming words and compound words. In addition to being playable on full-size …

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tidbITs: Rewordify.com, SpeechTX.com, and AACLanguageLab.com

tidbITs: Rewordify.com, SpeechTX.com, and AACLanguageLab.com

Tools for reading and speech Rewordify.com Do you ever wish that you could automatically simplify a passage of text for your students who struggle with reading, and while you’re doing it, provide definitions of each challenging word? You can at Rewordify.com. Simply copy and paste the text into the field provided, and Rewordify.com will replace difficult words with simpler words …

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Level Up: Online CE classes for special education and more

Earn CE certificates via many of these free and low-cost webinars, courses, and seminars. All webinars are recorded and can be seen at a later date. See altshift.education/events, edWeb.net, EduPaths.org, Kent County ISDs PD Hub, CECatalog, and ADDitudemag.com for additional instruction. SEL and Principal Leadership, K-8, Tues., April 2, at 4 p.m. EDT on edWeb.net. Picture Inclusion! Snapshots of Successful …

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