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.
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!
The 4th Annual Virtual TechKnowledgy Conference 2014 kicks off November 5 with a keynote address by Kelly Fonner, “Broaden Your Students’ Educational Horizons through Assistive Technologies”. On November 6 & November 7 tune in to hear the sessions “Free Technology Tools for Struggling Readers” and “Free Electronic Books and Software for Struggling Students”. Registration is free. Future sessions will be held in February, April and September 2015.
Whether you are new to the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) or have been in the field for a while, here’s another great blog focusing on AAC. Featured are practical strategies, tips of the month, videos, personal stories and more. Check it out! PrAACtical AAC
Today’s video is longer, so pour yourself a refreshing cool beverage and watch this webinar from Don Johnston on supporting students with significant disabilities learn become writers. It features the First Author Writing Software from Don Johnston.
[vimeo 75607425 w=500 h=375] <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/75607425″>Webinar: “Can Low-Incidence Students Become First-Time Writers? Yes!” (2013 Version)</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/donjohnstoninc”>DonJohnstonInc</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Are you teaching extended school year this summer? Looking for creative lesson plans or perhaps you will be teaching a group of students you are unfamiliar with. Check out the free summer curriculum from the Unique Learning System. As an annual tradition, Unique Learning System is offering a free summer curriculum for students participating in extended school year programs. This years summer unit is focusing on summer camp activities. It includes activities for fine motor, arts and crafts, literacy and math development. Check it out. Download the lessons at: https://www.n2y.com/products/unique/summerRegistration.aspx
Here’s a great on-line tool for creating free visual supports. This site is funded by a grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities and uses picture symbols from the Boardmaker library. ConnectABILITY: http://connectability.ca/visuals-engine/
Maryland’s Assistive Technology connection hub (mATch up) (http://marylandlearninglinks.org/3815) is an excellent resource for finding AT strategies to help your students. Organized by categories with explanations, pictures and ordering information, it is a great site to refer all IEP team members to when considering the need for AT.