Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Proloquo2Go Learning

I LOVED our opening discussion: Presuming competence! Assuming may be another word one could use too. The video was enlightening, made me reflect and since it was my second time seeing it, caused more of a reaction for me as a resource teacher and parent.


Here is a site that explains "Presuming Competence."

An interesting quote from the above link spoke to me:

"If you want to see competence, it helps if you look for it."

–Douglas Biklen
My experience as a parent of a globally delayed child was that educators presumed his incompetence. How clearly I recollect pleading with his resource teacher (in Ontario) to challenge him more, not to allow his E.A. to mother him and to have him be more independent. Unfortunately his physical challenges and the fear of his falling promoted co-dependence. His father and I did challenge him and he did and does 'rise' to accept what is presented to him.

Reviewing the document reminds me of how well proloquo2Go supports this positive approach to learning and communicating. I am looking forward to using this program. Bill and I have already discussed what students, at our school, would certainly benefit from this.

"Be sure to acknowledge the presence of a person with a disability in the same way you would acknowledge others." Nothing drives me more crazy than when a person treats my son as if he were different because of his global delays. ALL Persons have feelings, desires, wants and needs and it is our 'job' as educators and for me, as a parent, to ensure that we meet those basic rights and recognize that they exist.

Love the next link. It is short and sweet, but packs a powerful message!

Convergence of Technology: It is 'mind-boggling' to me how much change has occurred in my lifetime and how quickly now the convergences take place. I think of my parents generation and applaud those who are on facebook, use internet banking, have a cell phone/iphone and the list could go on. It makes me think of Tina Simpkin on CTV Morning Live - she calls her grandmother "Techno Granny." That is awesome, because this lady, most likely, went from a party line phone, banking at a bank, paying her bills by mailing a cheque or paying cash, watching a black and white television and playing records on a player that was the size of a chest.
This picture depicts, a bit, of what I am writing about:
A cartoon on this subject:

Well one has possibly heard of Letterman's top 10, here is a link regarding the Top 10 Disruptive Technologies:

Ultimately it is all about communication. It is very important to remember the 3 aspects of effective communication: have a partner(s), joint attention and a common language. Also important, is to recognize and acknowledge different modes of communication - the convergence of and disruptive technologies has made this extremely more accessible to those who were once silent, but do not need to be anymore. We must not presume competence.
Different  modes of communication are:
verbal interaction(s)
PECS (picture exchange communication system)
Go Talk
Text to Speech
Speech to Text
Social Networking: Facebook

This link provides a quick look: http://www.slideshare.net/jwoolson/modesofcommunication
Wikipedia also has an easy and comprehensive read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication

I feel like I could go on and on, but I won't :) . I am looking forward to the next class and doing our assignment. Learning how to help students communicate in a meaningful way is exciting!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

2nd Post with new reflections

Assistive Technology gets one from the desert to enabling dreams!

Last week we explored iooks Author. I found it difficult because I was frustrated with the technology not working, thus I became lost with the applications (in the beginning). I moved to my laptop and it did not fail me :). When I caught up to the class I really enjoyed this worthwhile program. As a resource and classroom teacher I recognize many uses for this app:
  1. specific subject stories tool for compiling information
  2. Assessment of Learning books versus 'old fashion' pencil and paper tests
  3. Accessible means to communicate ideas for non-verbal or verbally delayed students, especially presentations.
  4. Teachers can use iBook for long term absent students to provide lessons on the topics missed
  5. Teachers can utilize iBook for unit introductions, thus providing the key components to what is going to be taught. This app aids auditory and visual learners at the same time.
  6. writing skills, with the key words pre-done.

I have added this link as a reference on how to make an ibook author - for those who like to read.

This is a video that mac users may watch and learn from on how to use iBook on a mac.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The 1st Night

What an interesting night!
I really enjoyed learning about imovie. What a unique way for students and adults to introduce, recap and exhibit what one has learned or wants to learn. This would be an excellent option for students to employ and it certainly 'fits' with Gardner's M.I.

The UDL (universal design of learning) is something I had heard of, but the link explains it better than I can. universal design of learning     www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDvKnY0g6e4
AT not only enhances student learning for those with learning challenges, but embraces UDL for all learners.