Friday, December 5, 2014

fMRI, UDL, 2e, PE...

BRAIN IMAGING IDENTIFIES AUTISM. A group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University combined brain imaging with "machine learning techniques" to accurately differentiate subjects with high-functioning autism from a control group. The differentiation depended on the degree of activation of a certain brain area when the subjects thought about concepts related to social interactions, such as "adore" or "hug." Read more.

UDL. We've blogged before about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a possible teaching method to help not only twice-exceptional students but all students. An article in THE Journal offers tips for teachers who want to implement UDL in their classrooms. Find the article.

"GIFTED" IN THE CLASSROOM. An educator writing at the site of Reading.org muses on two forms of "gifted" readers he has observed in his classrooms. One is the the concrete thinker (close to what we traditionally consider gifted) and the other is an abstract thinker who can "think outside the four corners of the text" to gain understanding. Find the article.

2e VIDEOS ON FACEBOOK. We've posted a couple of our 2e videos on our Facebook page; they had been solely at YouTube. If you're interested, check them out at www.facebook.com/2eNewsletter. (They've got thousands of "reaches" in a short period of time.)

PE AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. They're linked, as you probably know. An issue of the journal Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development contained articles documenting the positive effect of exercise and activity on school achievement. Read about the issue is you want evidence to bring back PE. 

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