How I Do It: The All-in-One-Visual-Support Tool

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.

 

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Interactive Multiplication Tables

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.

 

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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).

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Using Tar Heel Reader on the iPad

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!

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Google Drive Checklist for Teachers

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 9.37.46 PMFiona 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!

 

Guided Access on the iPad

Do your creative and curious students navigate to forbidden areas on the iPad, change the settings, or move in and out of apps without completing an assigned activity?

Guided Access may be the answer for you.  Guided Access helps students with autism or other attention and sensory challenges stay on task. A teacher or therapist can limit an iOS device to stay on one app by disabling the Home button, and even restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. So wandering taps and gestures won’t distract from learning.  

To learn more about some newer accessibility features on ios devices, visit Apple’s Special Education area. 

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AT – The Great Equalizer

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!

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