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  • Whether you're a therapist, or parent of children with special needs in learning, the educational resource based on concept mapping and the intelligent use of voice, will improve your daily work and will offer a wider perspective for your students and assisted children.

    Registration includes an educational license of Knowledge Master software, an integration resource.

Educational innovation for the different styles of learning and teaching

 in the 21st Century

Main receivers (list without order of priority):
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teachers of special education

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teachers of general education

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school principals

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course instructors, professional or private

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psychologists of leaning and neuropsychiatrists

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parents interested in helping their children to make them know the methods and make them be gradually independent


Characteristics of the course:

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Maximum number of trainees: 20

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Start date:  constant cycle

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Duration: 18 weeks

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Mean time to assimilate contents: 4 - 5 weekly hours

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Language: English

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Modality: E-Learning, web based

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Schedule: free, in your own place and at your own pace

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Course type: professional development and assistive technique

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Presentation format: Knowledge bases, concept maps, texts.

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Tutoring: Direct Chat 1:1 with the tutor on request; eventually, group discussions, e-mail exchange with tutors; question/answer.

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Includes a permanent license of Knowledge Master software

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Registration date: A week before course start date


Special technical knowledge is not needed, only being a good computer user and interested in course contents.


Notes about the proposed cognitive strategy

1. This method is used with success in many countries to achieve or improve learning with some learning limitations.

2. Being a genuinely cognitive technology, based on the principles of cognitive psychology, it can be used indistinctly by people with limitations or by the gifted.

3. Used at school, it becomes an integration resource, because students are not discriminated when using KM.

4. Nevertheless the advanced contents, the course is presented in a simple and accessible language. New terms are explained with detail and graphically.

Course Units

        Unit             Topics

Course topics


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Preliminary: An introduction to knowledge technology with KM   [1 week]

Essential elements in a cognitive map: concept, relation and proposition.

The multimodal interface in KM: notions for an immediate operability


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1. Learning and knowledge construction [2 weeks]
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1-1 Learning and knowledge.

           Information processing and its multimodal integration.
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1-2 The relationship between knowledge and its representation: the metacognitive dialog

           Thinking and cognitive processes: cognitive manipulation of mental representations


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2. Meaningful learning and the role of education [1 week]

    Education: the competence in learning cognitive process improvement and acceleration


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3. Analyzing KM concept maps: active and multimodal learning [1 week]

    From perception to cognition, learning with active maps.


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4. Learning and its limits: main deficit areas and their clinical evolution [1 week]

    Main areas of cognitive functioning in which learning and processing may be limited.


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5. Dyslexia and learning [2 weeks]
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5-1 Characteristics of information processing in dyslexics

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Decoding meaning: text reading and map "reading" compared.

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5-2 Technology reachable educational goals

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Maps as instruments for visual thinking development in dyslexics


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6. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and learning [1 week]

            Characteristics and cognitive style of people affected with ADD-H

            Educational path: progressive experiences with KM concept map functions.


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7. Mental retardation and learning [1 week]

            KM concept maps as cognitive processes stimulation tool.

            Effects on the mild mental retardation clinical picture. 

            Educational path: some specific proposals for learning through the interaction with maps.

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8. Sensorial deficits and learning [2 weeks ]

            8-1 Clinical picture and available resources en KM cognitive technology for deafness

            Deafness clinical picture, including paralinguistic deafness.

            KM technology learning resources for people with auditive deficit

            Educational paths: progressive experiences in leaning through the interaction with cognitive maps

            8-2 Amblyopia clinical picture and available resources

            Amblyopia clinical picture

            KM mapping technology resources for learning of subjects with visual deficit.


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9. Autism and learning [2 weeks]

            9-1 Characteristics of the autistic student

            Central coherence theory, Hyperlexia. Theory of Mind and autism. Asperger Syndrome and Highly Functional Autism.


            9-2 Autistic children learning

           Autistic children learning is based on his own abilities and technology. Collaborating with the autistic co-worker.


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10. Learning by constructing (or interacting with) KM maps [2 weeks]

       10-1 Reliably representation of our own knowledge

         Learning process phases related to educational intervention phases.

         The map development context: a concrete visual support for cognitive subject handling

                 10.2 The necessary cognitive processes for map construction

                        The conceptualization process.

                  From conceptualization to representation: from conceptual coherence to graphical and logical coherence.


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11. Experimenting map creation in education [1 week]

      Creating maps for different student typologies, starting from the same topic, prepared by the educator.

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12. Learning assessment and elements of meta-learning [1 week]

                Because the maps are cognitive processes development tools, it's possible to point out (and measure) special needs students advancements.

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