Thursday, October 22, 2015

Temple Heights Elementary (VUSD) Creates Access!

Heather Love-Fleck (5th grade teacher), Alyssa Prouty (Paraeducator) and Penny Stephenson (Education Specialist) worked as a team this week to discuss ways to make the curriculum more accessible for a student!

Mrs. Love-Fleck uses technology regularly in her classroom.  The students have access to iPads and can retrieve and submit assignments via Google Drive.  The team met to discuss additional ways to give more access to a student that has difficulty with fine motor skills.  He is capable of producing written language, but his fine motor skills present a barrier.  Some of the ideas that the team came up with include:
  • Access to worksheets (including district assessments) using an app called Notability.  This app was purchased by the district for all students.  The app allows the student to annotate on the document and then submit it to his teacher using a shared folder in Google Drive.  He will also do this to create math journals!
  • Mrs. Prouty learned how to use the "Scan to PDF" feature on the school copier in order to get the worksheets into the student's Google Drive account. 
The team plans to have collaborative meetings like this on a regular basis to discuss how to create access on upcoming projects/assignments.  Way to go team!!!

Alyssa Prouty scanning worksheets to send to the student's
Google Drive.
Penny Stephenson & Heather Love-Fleck
                              

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Ability Awareness at Richland Elementary (SMUSD)

The "Talking Station" Lydia, Shannon & Hilary
   
Lydia shares how and why students use
Augmentative and Alternative Communication

 
  Jeff shows how speech-to-text can support students with fine motor
difficulties.
Richland Elementary School had their 2nd annual Ability Awareness week Sept 28th - Oct. 2nd. On September 30, 2015 we were invited to participate.  Members of our AT team shared how we support students by providing access and tools for communication.  The students got a chance to use some of the devices and programs.  It was a wonderful event.  Way to go Richland team! 
 
Students accessing a reading passage via text-to-speech..  Denise helps students understand
what it's like to have fine motor difficulties.  The goggles help them understand what has more barriers.