We have been slowly chipping away at the stack of games and toys got to adapt through a grant. The most recent game has been Pop-up Pirate. I am still figuring out how I am going to adapt the actual game pieces (maybe some built up handles) but I went ahead and adapted it for a touch screen on Boardmaker. Click on any of the pictures below to download the file from Boardmaker Share.
As part of our “Read The Sentence” predictable chart writing lesson (you can find the 5 plan here), we have been using tap-lights and a Boardmaker activity to increase student engagement. The tap-lights can be purchased on Amazon, hardware stores, CVS, etc. and you can lay out one tap light for each word (the words can be on or above the light). During the lesson, the student says each word and turns on the corresponding light. Our tap-lights decided to give us a little trouble so I made a back-up Boardmaker activity (download here).
The title page introduces the activities and allows students to turn a light on to practice.
The first page has the sentence with the final word blank. Each box will turn yellow and the text will turn black when it is selected. When the board is in “use” mode you can type in the message display bar and when the box surrounding it is selected it will light up.
In the spirt of Thanksgiving, here are the top five AT products we are thankful for!
- Language Based AAC Systems – Of course those made it to the top of the list! We are so grateful to see our students using devices like the Accent 1000 with Unity 84 Sequenced, Spanish Unity, or CoreScanner; the iPad with the LAMP WFL app; and the Tobii I Series.
- TAP-it – We first saw the TAP-it at Closing the Gap in 2014 and have been thankful ever since! It’s an adjustable touch accessible learning platform that differentiates between unintentional and intentional touch! Because it is adjustable (height and angle), has a military grade screen, and is on wheels; it has been an amazing asset at our school. It allows students with severe physical disabilities to access a touchscreen they would otherwise be unable to reach!
3. Classroom Suite – A great way to make switch accessible activities for your students. We have had a great time making and using switch accessible books! We’re also thankful for this alternative pencil for our students with severe motor issues.
4. Loc-Line – We love this budget-friendly way to mount our AAC systems and switches!
5. Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically Pro – What SLP isn’t thankful for Boardmaker?! It’s the go-to for making print based materials with picture supports and with Speaking Dynamically Pro you can make awesome interactive materials!
What AT products are you thankful for?
*Thanks to Whimsy Workshop Teaching for their Thanksgiving ClipArt!*
Board games can provide opportunities for literacy, numeracy, communication, and social skills instruction. In order for students with special needs to access these games, we have to adapt the materials.
When Amanda told me that she bought 2 Don’t Wake Daddy game boards, I was excited to see how they could be adapted for our students. Unfortunately, the theme song from the 90’s TV commercial was stuck in my head the entire time.
Continue reading to see how we adapted Don’t Wake Daddy. This posts contains a free PowerPoint download and ideas for communication opportunities while playing the game.
A YouTube video can be an excellent addition to a lesson. When used at the beginning of a lesson, videos can grab student interest and provide context for what the students will be learning about. Videos can also be used to enhance the meaning of text, maintain lesson momentum, and provide additional opportunities for communication.
Many schools prevent users from accessing video websites. In order to circumvent this problem, you can convert the video to a file format that can be saved and embedded in programs such as PowerPoint, Boardmaker, and Classroom Suite. There are hundreds of websites that have this capability but my personal preference is Online Video Converter.
Continue reading to learn how to convert YouTube videos for classroom activities.
When creating interactive activities in programs such as Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically Pro, PowerPoint, and Classroom Suite, including sounds can:
- capture student interest
- provide access to the content for students with visual impairments
- support the meaning of text
- embed feedback for correct answers
- provide opportunities for communication (e.g. commenting and directing actions)
SoundBible.com is an excellent source for free sound files. Continue reading to find out how to use SoundBible.com files in your lessons.