As summer begins, you may be wondering what you can do to get ready for a new school year and how to get better organized. I ran across this nice idea for organizing visual supports in a handy binder. This was developed by Tabi Jones-Wohleber, an SLP in Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland. Check out this All-In-One-Visual-Support Tool complete with pictures and directions.
Here’s a little technology humor for you! This video is from the Ellen DeGeneres Show and demonstrates magic with the iPad. Take a look just for fun!
Create a customized multiplication table using MS Word Graph Paper. Laminate them or put them in page protectors and use them with dry erase markers. Even better, cover a Pringles can with the separated chart. Twist the can to find the answers. Thank you Cynthia Feist and Tara Jeffs, Loudoun County Public Schools for showing this cool trick on your recent TechKnowledgy Conference Webinar, Making Math and Science Accessible for All – Differentiating Instruction with Low Cost Tools.
Today, Dr. Cynthia Feist and Dr. Tara Jeffs, AT specialists for Loudoun County Public Schools presented an incredible webinar for the TechKnowledgy Conference. This was a fast-paced webinar with lots of great ideas and resources about making math and science accessible. They demonstrated low to high tech AT for math and science instruction for students with multiple learning preferences and differing abilities, for little or no cost. Watch this webinar and learn how to create: accessible math and science resources for differentiated instruction, including: scientific process and math sequence ropes; customized graph paper; graphic organizers; item banks; electronic timers; mini-offices; virtual and physical manipulatives; file folder activities; shoebox work tasks; foldables, interactive lessons and quizzes with voice; adapted books and worksheets; and, templates and tutorials. Adapt and modify curriculum using instructional materials created with Microsoft Office, free interactive online resources including Web 2.0 tools and Internet downloads, and other inexpensive and widely available materials.
The Webcast will be posted within the week on the TechKnowledgy website. In the meantime, explore the wonderful resources they are sharing on their Google Drive (link posted on the TechKnowledgy website).
We love Tar Heel Reader for its collection of free, easy-to-read accessible books. You can even write your own book using the Flickr pictures in Tar Heel Reader. If you haven’t browsed the collection of hundreds and hundreds of books or written your own books, you are missing out on a valuable resource of high interest books for your students.
We are linking you to two blog posts that describe how to use Tarheel Reader in app mode on the iPad and how to put Tar Heel Reader books into iBooks with speech support. Now, Tar Heel Reader is even more accessible!
Fiona Bessey-Bushnell, Occupational Therapist, Chesterfield County Public Schools suggested that we share a link to a recent post in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. This post highlights a Google Drive Checklist for Teachers. This checklist includes sections to help students better understand Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Presentation, Google Forms, Spreadsheets and Drawing. Check it out!
We are taking a little holiday break and will resume AT blogging after January 5. Have a great holiday!
Susanne, Sharon, Mona, Jackie, Kelly, Linda
This personal story from Demian Lapointe is so poignant and it had me wondering how many other students have been in his shoes. He describes how he successfully used technology outside of the classroom for writing assignments, but when asked to complete an in-class assignment without his AT supports, he struggled. It’s a great testimony as to how using the right technology tools for writing as he says ” is the great equalizer.” Read Demian’s story
Thank you Jennifer Mitchell for linking us to this article in your TechKnowledgy Presentation today!
Sometimes it’s the simple AT ideas that make a big difference. We love this one! It’s a no cost way to help children or adults access the faucet.