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Win with ADHD: Donna Beckmann

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Some people throw a big party when they turn 50. Donna Beckmann boarded a jet to Africa and hiked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Her ADHD made her do it.

"I booked the trip without giving it a lot of thought, other than knowing it would be tough," she says. "Sometimes I don't think things through. I signed up for the...

Win with ADHD: Andrea Bilbow

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Andrea Bilbow admits that she lives in a state of "overwhelm-ness," but that didn't stop her from founding the United Kingdom's first and largest ADHD support organization, for which she was recently awarded the prestigious Officer of the Order of the British Empire medal by the Queen of England.

"I'm now an Officer of the...

10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

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Authors: Eudemic

There are a lot of ways the iPhone can (and probably does) make your life easier. For example, you can quickly whip out your phone and use it to discover new restaurants nearby using Yelp or perhaps find out where your son or daughter is using Find My Friends.

But there’s a lot going on underneath the shiny exterior of your phone t...

4 Tips for Teachers Leading Online Discussions

Authors: Eudemic

As a current college student, I regularly deal with “required” online discussions. In these discussions, teachers usually provide a prompt and require a certain amount of posts or sentences that a student must write to receive credit before a certain deadline. Often, replying to another student’s post is mandatory. Now that you u...

5 Ways Teachers Can Help Students Learn to Manage Their Emotions

Authors: Eudemic

The most valuable lesson for a student to learn inside the classroom is not science, or math, or communication skills, or artistic inclinations – but how to deal with others and society in general. Children and their emotional development at this time shapes the rest of their lives. Encouraging self-management over their own e...

6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together

Authors: Eudemic

Education is a pretty hot-button issue for so many people out there. The issues in education are numerous and varied, and interestingly, many people find themselves feeling pretty strongly about one or two issues, and could take or leave many of the others. So whether special needs students, public funding, gender equality in...

So Long And Thanks For All The Fun

Authors: Eudemic

imageTo the awesome Edudemic community,

A little over four years ago (the week the first iPad was announced), we started Edudemic because we saw so many interesting things happening in the education technology arena, and we wanted to share those things and some of our thoughts with a larger community than just between ourselves.

Edudemic...

A Handy List Of Resources For Teaching About September 11th

Authors: Eudemic

When you look at the US compared with the rest of the world, our history looks pretty darned short. We have the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and a handful of other significant events marking our relatively brief 238 year old history. Furthermore, for today’s students, these events are quite far flung from the reality they know...

People With OCD May Have Higher Odds for Schizophrenia: Study

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may be at higher risk for schizophrenia, a new study suggests. Still, the findings shouldn't cause undue worry in people with OCD, one expert said. "In the general population, about 1 percent of people are diagnosed with schizophrenia -- a...

10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom

Authors: Eudemic

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Instagram is a hugely popular social network for photo sharing. Though the use of social media in the classroom may have skyrocketed, Twitter and Facebook definitely reign supreme as the key social media tools for schools and teachers. Somehow, despite the widespread popularity of Instagram, few teachers are employing it in the...

Why Good Professional Development Is Like Learning How To Fly

Authors: Eudemic

Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of flight, but the...

8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students

Authors: Eudemic

There are many reasons a student can lose focus in school.

It can be bad grades that will discourage them to be inactive and to rebel. It can be the environment that can be stifling and suffocating for the students. It can be the fact that many of them don’t find it easy to see the meaning in their struggles in school.

Some students...

8 Great STEM Apps For Younger Students

Authors: Eudemic

When I think of STEM – especially the science and engineering arms of the equation – I too often think of the higher end, more complicated stuff. The cool, hands-on science experiments involving fire and acidic liquids. Building and programming robots. Unfortunately, this thought process often yields activities that are either too c...

Start School Later for Older Kids, Pediatricians Urge

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

U.S. high schools and middle schools should start classes later in the morning to allow kids some much-needed sleep, a leading group of pediatricians is urging. Ideally, the American Academy of Pediatrics says, the first bell should ring at 8:30 a.m. or later -- which is the case at only...

Kids With Autism Have Extra Brain Connections, Study Says

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Researchers report that children with autism appear to have excess synapses -- cellular connections -- in their brains compared with typical children. The scientists also believe it might be possible to reduce the number of extra synapses through drug treatment. Synapses are the points in...

Front-of-Head Hits Blamed for Nearly Half of Young Football Player Concussions

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

High school football players are more likely to lose consciousness after concussions if they get hit at the top of the head compared to the sides, back or front, according to a new study. And nearly half of all concussions suffered by high school players occur from player-to-player...

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Mental health coaching may help diabetes patients with depression and with lowering their blood sugar levels, a new study suggests. Many people with diabetes suffer depression, which can interfere with their ability to manage their diabetes through monitoring blood sugar levels, being...

The LD Link

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Authors: ADDitude.com

Andrew was 10 years old and in the fifth grade when I first evaluated him. He was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade and had been taking medication since that time. Andrew did well in first through third grades. But he struggled through fourth grade, and was having greater academic problems in the fifth grade.

During my...

Many Depressed Preschoolers Still Suffer in Later School Years

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Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Children diagnosed with depression as preschoolers are likely to suffer from depression as school-age children and young adolescents, new research shows. The investigators followed 246 children, now ages 9 to 12, who were enrolled in the study as preschoolers when they were 3 to 5 years...