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Studying on your computer or phone

back_to_school_appsTeacher’s often dread the presence of cell phones in their classrooms as tools of distraction and cheating on tests. But they don’t have to be. With the proliferation of mobile electronic devices there has also been the creation of some excellent tools students can use to study, takes notes and learn. Here is a list of a few that work well for any student of any age, whether they want to learn something new or just practice for an upcoming test. And all of these apps are free!

  • Evernote:
    This app allows students to take notes that can be organized into different folders (called notebooks) and can be tagged to create another level of organization. The notes are searchable, you can highlight and cross out text and the notes sync on the Evernote app across all devices!
  • Cerego:
    Cerego is a website and app that makes other flashcard apps seem rudimentary and ineffectual by comparison. Students can create many different types of flashcards depending on the subject they’re studying. Once the flashcards are created Cerego tracks how often the student studies, shows a countdown timer as a reminder of when to study next and gives an estimation of how many more times the flashcards need to be studied before the student has memorized them. Cerego is an excellent app for practicing good study habits! Cerego for learners
  • Doulingo:
    For students who are having a hard time learning a foreign language, Doulingo is an excellent resource. Duolingo teaches foreign languages by beginning with basic phrases and vocabulary and slowly adding more words and more difficult grammar. And the entire learning experience is set up as a game! Students answer questions to pass levels and receive experience points that allow them to progress. Students also receive bonuses for advancing levels or answering every question correctly, and can even play with each other. Duolingo has a feature for tracking how well students are learning individual words and to remind students to practice.
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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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