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Special Education | Academic Subject: Special Education

[eBook] Special Education: Boosting Success for Exceptional Needs Students

By: VariQuest Visual & Kinesthetic Learning Tools
May 17th, 2018

Effectively reaching students whose exceptionalities run the gamut of intellectual, communicative, sensory, behavioral and physical is a continuous challenge faced by educators. As schools move toward the ideal of an Individual Education Plan for each and every student, experts agree that differentiated instruction, which integrates the regular use of visual aids and manipulatives, is making learning meaningful and engaging for more students than ever before. We at VariQuest know how important research-based instructional strategies and educational aids are for special education, and we want to give you every tool possible, so we've created a free eBook dedicated to successful strategies in working with students with exceptional needs - and we'd like to share it with you! Boosting Success for Exceptional Needs Students contains...

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Featured Topics: Industry News and Trends | Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | Academic Subject: Special Education

Response: Where Ed Tech is Failing Special Education

By: Margo Ensz
March 12th, 2015

EdSurge recently published an opinion article titled: "Where Edtech is Failing Special Education." Kara Brooks-Odom, a teacher of 16 years, outlines her experiences with the education technology industry in how it meets, or, in this case, doesn't meet, the needs of her students and her classroom.

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How to Write a Grant eBook

How to Write a Grant eBook

This helpful guide includes an explanation of the grant process, including a checklist (with samples!), and useful links and resources to find funding!

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Academic Subject: STEM | Academic Subject: Special Education

Makerspaces for Students With Special Needs

By: Margo Ensz
December 13th, 2014

Reposted from Edutopia.org--original article (found here) by Patrick Waters Maker education is a new school of educational thought which strives to deliver constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units. Makerspaces can be full high school workshops with a bevy of high-tech tools, or as small and low tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. What defines a makerspace isn't just the tools and equipment, but the learning that happens as students begin making and creating projects. Educators need to design these spaces to reach a diverse set of learners, particularly populations underserved in STEM subjects, and students with neurological differences, learning differences, and special needs. Makerspaces provide a number of benefits and opportunities for typical students. It just so happens that the type of learning Makerspaces promote best is also the type of learning that students with learning challenges need most.

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Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | Featured Topics: Student Engagement | Academic Subject: Special Education

Using Anchor Charts in an Autism Classroom via The Autism Helper

By: Margo Ensz
May 27th, 2014

Visuals are a great way to differentiate instruction for students of all learning abilities, especially students with disabilities. We recently came across a super useful and creative website, The Autism Helper, which offers a blog with plenty of classroom tips, personal testimonials, printables, and lesson ideas from Sasha Long. The article below (all text and images) is a March 18th blog post titled "Using Anchor Charts in an Autism Classroom." There are plenty of other great posts like this one on the website, as well as posted on The Autism Helper's Pinterest account! The anchor charts shown and suggested could easily be made and customized using our Poster Maker or Perfecta. 

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Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | Featured Topics: Common Core | Academic Subject: Special Education | Featured Topics: Professional Development

Focusing on Common Core: Students with Disabilities

By: Margo Ensz
March 16th, 2014

VariQuest is excited to begin a series of posts and resources pertaining to the Common Core State Standards accompanying our eGuide, "School Environment & the Common Core." 

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400 | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Academic Subject: Career & Technical Education | Academic Subject: Special Education

Students Develop Career Skills with VariQuest

By: Lindsey Graff
December 13th, 2013

Each semester, Aaron Walls, teacher at Cactus High School in Glendale, Arizona, teaches a transition class for students with special needs. It began in 2009, when a group of special education students in his marketing class decided they wanted to start a student-run business. In considering their options, they learned about VariQuest Visual Learning Tools, and voted to decide they would be the best option for their student-based enterprise, called MACH Replica (meaning “fast republication”).

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Grade Level: Secondary (7-12) | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | VariQuest Tools: Awards Maker 400 | Academic Subject: Career & Technical Education | Academic Subject: Special Education | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510

Case Study: Minnesota Vocational Program Students Learn Real-World Job Skills, Build Confidence With VariQuest Visual Learning Tools

By: Lindsey Graff
November 18th, 2013

Osseo Area Schools District 279 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

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Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | Academic Subject: Special Education | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Activities for Students with Speech/Language Difficulties

By: Lindsey Graff
August 31st, 2013

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Featured Topics: Character Education | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Academic Subject: Special Education | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities

Activities to Promote Positive Behavior

By: Lindsey Graff
August 31st, 2013

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