A Comprehensive List of Educational iPad Apps for Autistic Learners

December, 2014
Here is a very good resource of apps specifically curated for autistic learners. This is a spreadsheet created by a parent, an autistic adult and an SLP and features a very big collection of iPad apps for autism. The apps are arranged into different categories that include : art, books, communication, earliest learning, file sharing, games, general development, geography, history, language, math and pre-math, multiple activities, music, reading and spelling, puzzles, science, social skills, speech, and many more. Every app is supplemented with a short description, a video if available, review if available, and iTunes link.

Click here to access the iPad Apps for Autism Spreadsheet.

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The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014

December 19, 2014
After releasing TED in Ideas a few days ago, TED shared today its selection of the most popular talks of 2014. Some of the talks featured here were also part of an earlier list I created yesterday entitled "Best 5 TED Talks for Educators". TED's list of this year contains 20 talks  covering a variety of topics from overcoming adversity to the latest in technology. Some of the talks I really enjoyed in this list are :

Check out the entire list of TED's most popular talks in 2014.

A Good Chart Featuring Over 50 Educational Encyclopedias

December 19, 2014
So what other online encyclopedias do you know besides the popular Wikipedia? Chances are some few titles are popping up in your mind right now. In fact there are dozens of very good free online encyclopedias you and your students can use to search and access information. As an educator, I use and recommend my students to use these resources as springboards to initiate a broadened research perspective. Also, before using any kind of open freeware platform that crowdsource knowledge from multiple sources, students need to know how to critically evaluate and  question the veracity of information and to never take anything for granted. That being said, I am sharing with you this excellent list which features a variety of online encyclopedias. For every encyclopedia in this chart is annexed a short description, its language and whether it is free or not.

Check out the original chart from this link. Below is just a snapshot of a part of it.

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TED Released It's Year In Ideas Compilation

December 18, 2014
Year in Ideas is a new release from TED that highlights some of the powerful ideas TED speakers covered in their talks during this year.The short 8-minutes video below contains clips from each of these talks. For each of the themes featured in this list is annexed a playlist of talks that best represent it. The themes included are : Space and Sea,  Medicine, Power, Inequality, the power of big data, the right to privacy, empathy with those who suffer, creativity, and language evolution. You can access  and watch these talks from this page. Enjoy

The 5 Best TED Talks for Teachers

December 18, 2014
TED talks are invaluable resources for teachers professional development. They cover a wide variety of education related topics and provide a very good source of inspiration for teachers and students. Throughout the year we have been sharing with you some interesting talks from renowned speakers and educators and today we have had a look back at those talks and picked out 5 of the most popular talks within the education community.

1- Every Kid Needs A Champion by Rita Pierson

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

2- How to Escape Education's Death Valley by Sir Ken Robinson 

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

3- The Key to Success ? Grit by Angela Lee Duckworth

"Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success."

4- How Great Leaders In spire Action by Simon Sinek 

"Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers..."
5- The Puzzle of Motivation by  Dan Pink

"Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward."

Over 50 Academic Search Engines and Databases for Educators and Researchers

December 18, 2014
Wikipedia has this comprehensive list of major academic databases and search engines. This list has over 50 titles neatly organized based on the discipline they target. From sociology to agriculture, almost all disciplines are covered. These search engines are especially useful for teachers, educators, and academic researchers looking for  a quick access to  articles published in academic journals and other scientific publications. These kind of documents and articles do not normally have a high visibility in normal search engines. You might want to book the page and keep it handy to use whenever needs be.

Click here to check the original list.

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Personal Learning Networks: A Short Guide for Teachers and Euducators

December 18, 2014
A Personal Learning Network ( PLN ) is a way, a process, a network of interrelated connections you make for the purposes of discovering, collaborating and sharing ideas and resources. These connections are created based on your learning needs and can be made with like-minded people from all around the world. There are several web technologies and platforms that facilitate and nurture these connections. Below are some examples of web tools you can use to create and expand your PLN. But before that, let me share with you  two of my favourite videos on PLNs.

1- Personal Learning networks by Will Richardson 

2- Personal Learning Networks for Educators

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 Look for local meet ups of educators and establish in-person connections. Or create a meet up of your own.

Set up an alternate phone number that can email, text, and ring you on your own phone.

This collection is curated by high school librarian Tiffany Emerick.

This one is curated by ESL teacher Mª Jesús García San Martín.

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