Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Using technology, creativity, and passion to construct Universal Design for Learning for moderate-severe students

The amazing crew of Robin Hooper's Mod-Severe 3rd-5th grade class at Hannalei Elementary really know how to use technology and Tier 1 tools to increase accessibility for academic instruction and provide a truly language enriched environment to their students with various disabilities and complex communication needs. 

Welcome Mrs. Hooper's class!
(from left photo to right) Robert Campbell, Lindsay Raasch, Robin Hooper (Education Specialist/Teacher), Annalee Gil, Donald Carl, Maria Aguilar, Stacie Kass (SLP).

See the video below to understand what makes this classroom staff a model example of how to truly integrate technology and tools for teaching to achieve success for their students:

Robin's class utilizes a mobile video HDtv with Elmo projector, video, and DVD player to interactively conduct whole class lessons to increase student engagement and understanding. Her classroom word walls use core vocabulary words from the current month's Unique Learning System's themes. The school SLP, Stacie, has even provided the staff visual supports for prompting reminders! On a non-tech note, Robin ensures that at the end of each day, all her students and staff provide at least one compliment to a peer or colleague before they head out the door. ICING ON THE CAKE!  This positive spirit is evident upon walking through the door, as all staff collaborate and are constantly supporting each other to be the very best they can be for their students. 

Click the slides below for more great ideas from Robin's classroom to support students within a mod-severe classroom:

NCCSE AT Team Supports Ability Awareness month at Mission Estancia Elementary

As part of Mission Estancia's celebration of Ability Awareness month, the NCCSE AT crew gave a presentation and hands-on learning experiences to students kinder-5th grade. To help achieve the goal of bringing true awareness of what it feels like to have a disability, the AT group showed videos of students who have learning challenges in the areas of reading, writing, and organization, conducted an activity demonstrating the difficulty in knowing what you want to say and not being able to express it,  as well as demonstrated what it's like to not be able to use your voice. The powerful videos and activities brought about thoughtful discussion of ways in which students can help students who might have difficulties at school. The AT group also shared technology tools and strategies that can help kids overcome these various challenges.  Take a closer look at the slides below: