Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Conferences, AT, Evaluations, and More

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY. New Yorker Jenn Choi provides some useful leads for technology in an article at her site Toys Are Tools. The article, titled "Technology, 2e Kids, and the Pursuit of Happiness," gives her choices for tools that help with reading and writing. She also offers her perspective as parent; for example, she's got a problem with the term "assistive technology" that will make sense when you read the article. Also in the article: a gif of a hilarious "Useless Box" toy. Find the article.

CAROL DWECK gave a keynote at an Education Week conference earlier this month, and Ed Week has posted a summary of that talk on its site. Included are six "tips" from the talk, for example "A growth mindset is not a panacea, but it does empower [students] and help them learn." Find the summary and pray that you haven't used up your free Education Week reads for the month.

SENG CONFERENCE REGISTRATION is now open. The annual conference, scheduled for July 22-24 in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, promises "pre-conference activities, four keynote addresses, 88 general sessions, a children's program, an exhibitors hall, and more," according to the organization. SENG is always, in our experience, a good event for those in the 2e community. Find out more.

TECHNOLOGY AND SELs. An article in THE Journal describes a new report on the use of educational technology to help develop social-emotional learning. The article summarizes the benefits and opportunities in using technology to teach SELs, and points to a full, free, PDF version of the report. Find the article.

WRIGHTSLAW says, "Before educators can design an effective remedial program for your child, they must understand the exact nature of your child's weaknesses." The current issue of Special Ed Advocate, focusing on evaluations, tells what the law requires for evaluations, the benefits of an evaluation, and how to find an evaluator. Read Special Ed Advocate.

NEW TOOL FOR DEPRESSION? A chemical discovered at the University of California, Davis, may be a new, innovative tool to control depression, according to information released by the university. The research involves studies of an inhibitor of soluble epoxide hydrolase in rodents. Soluble epoxide hydrolase, or sEH, is emerging as a therapeutic target that acts on a number of inflammatory or inflammation-linked diseases. Read more. SEPARATELY, an article at the site of the Dana Foundation describes "the search for the signature of depression." A marker or biological predictor of depression would help identify those at risk for depression and would also guide later treatment. Find the article.

ADHD: FOLLOW-UP. We wrote last week about a study indicating that the youngest children in a kindergarten class are more liable to be diagnosed with ADHD. This week, the Child Mind Institute has on its site an article on avoiding misdiagnosis when a child is young for his or her class. Find it.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION has a new head, John King, whose nomination was approved by the Senate last week. Policy wonks may find information on the confirmation at the site of the CEC. If and when we find out where Secretary King stands on twice-exceptionality, we'll pass that on.

HOW WORKING MEMORY WORKS. Interested? Read how in Science Daily.

AND FINALLY, THIS -- nothing to do with 2e but which might be of interest -- a description of "seven under-the-radar family travel destinations" in The Washington Post. We can personally vouch for a couple of them, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mesa Verde. Planning summer? Find the article.

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