This edition of Special Ed Tech is focused on improving student mental health and safety. An experienced teacher gives her tips on classroom management and the digital portfolio system she uses as a safety net for her students. We also have lessons on tolerance, tools for helping ELL students, a tool for helping kids get the jiggles out, tools for promoting student safety, tools for comprehending the news, and tools for helping students write and understand math equations. Enjoy!

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Using classroom techniques and digital portfolios to improve student mental health and self-esteem

Cari Wilson, Innovation and Technology Lead Teacher for West Vancouver School District in Ontario, works with children for whom coming to school is an act of courage, and/or for whom school is the only safe place in their lives, where they are fed and can relax. Wilson is well aware that students now experience heightened levels of anxiety compared with …

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Tools to prevent student suicide, bullying, and violence

Tools to prevent student suicide, bullying, and violence

School safety is a topic on everyone’s minds these days, what with school shootings and the fact that suicide is now the second leading cause of death for 10- to 24-year-olds. Thankfully, there are tools to help in a variety of ways. Teaching Tolerance, found at tolerance.org, and a product of the Southern Poverty Law Center, provides free resources for …

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ELL/ESL Aids: CommonLit and Widget Online

ELL/ESL Aids: CommonLit and Widget Online

CommonLit CommonLit is “a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially students in Title I schools, graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond.” Free to use and designed by teachers for teachers, CommonLit.org offers hundreds of fiction and nonfiction reading passages for students in grades …

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tidbITs: Newsela and Insert Learning

tidbITs: Newsela and Insert Learning

Newsela For good or for bad, now is an incredibly interesting and important time to follow the news. What with fake news stories and slanted reporting, it’s crucial that the news we read and give to our young people is reliable and that they understand it. Newsela is the solution. It presents factual, objective news stories that can be translated …

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PlayWorthy: GoNoodle

PlayWorthy: GoNoodle

Studies show that when students are allowed frequent breaks for physical activity, there is a marked decrease in classroom disciplinary events, and students perform much better in topics such as math. GoNoodle, (gonoodle.com) is a free website for families and Pre-K  to 8th-grade classrooms which offers videos that lead kids in brief bursts of physical exercise. Most are music videos, …

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MathTech: Math aids for students with dyslexia and dysgraphia

MathTech: Math aids for students with dyslexia and dysgraphia

ModMath ModMath is the first free iPad app that helps kids with dyslexia and dysgraphia do math by providing virtual graph paper that keeps problems legible. To create a worksheet, kids simply tap in a cell of the graph paper. As kids enter equations, the program aligns numbers and symbols in neat columns and rows. Kids can save their worksheets …

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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. Digital Curriculum Development: The Missing Time-Saving Link, Mon., Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. EST on edWeb.net. Perspectives on Educator …

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