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Closing The Gap 08

  1. 1. 26th ANNUAL CONFERENCE October 16-18, 2008 • Minneapolis, Minnesota Developing Communication in Young Adults Via Multimedia Technology & Assistive Technology Jonathan C. W. Jones Special Ed Instructor * Northeast Metro 916
  2. 2. Outline • What is Media Club? • Who participates? • What are we doing? • How are we doing it? • Why are we doing it? • What will we do next? • What resources will you get today? Remember: learning can be fun.
  3. 3. What is Media Club? Media club is a 50-minute club that exposes young adults with a variety of abilities to multimedia technology and assistive technology. Students are engaged in creating meaningful communication expressions for self and community. Purpose for communicative interactions: express needs & wants, develop social closeness, exchange information, & fulfill social etiquette routines. (Light, 1997) Remember: the lack of communication can decrease the quality of ones life.
  4. 4. Who participates? Students have varying disabilities: Developmental Cognitive Disabilities Physical Impairments Speech/Language Impairments Vision Impairments Autism Emotional Behavioral Disorders Remember: their disabilities do not define them as a whole person.
  5. 5. What are we doing? ✦ Transition video ✦ Low-tech communication tools ✦ Work site books ✦ Special Olympics ✦ Student of the month ✦ Program Activities ✦ Peer & staff training ✦ Quick sheets ✦ Teach a peer-day ✦ Teach a teacher-day ✦ Program yearbook Remember: make things of value for students & their communities.
  6. 6. What are we doing? Transition video Remember: make things of value for students & their communities.
  7. 7. What are we doing? Training Assessment of Standard Toolbar - Independent review of skills utilized daily Remember: make things of value for students & their communities.
  8. 8. What are we doing? Yearbook 2007-2008 Yearbook “Created by Young Adults For Young Adults” Northeast Metro 916 WELS South ­­­ Work Experience & Life Skills Program © 2008 Media Club Remember: make things of value for students & their communities.
  9. 9. How are we doing it? Step-by-Step Instruction Model - Instructor models task 2-3 times Prompt - Student does task with prompts Check - Student does task without prompts Draft Process Thinking * What things did I do well? * What things can I do better? Remember: Process is more important then product.
  10. 10. How are we doing it? Equipment: Multimedia & Assistive Technology Fisher Camera Head Mouse Recordable switch Go Talk Olympus Camera Large Key Keyboard MS PowerPoint Roller Trackball Remember: Process is more important then product.
  11. 11. How are we doing it? Process used: draft video Remember: Process is more important then product.
  12. 12. How are we doing it? Process used: revised video Remember: Process is more important then product.
  13. 13. How are we doing it? Equipment used Remember: Process is more important than product.
  14. 14. Why are we doing it? Develop & or enhance: ★ Technology skills ★ Self-monitoring behavior ★ Meaningful hands-on experiences ★ Social closeness with others ★ Express, & exchange information for self ★ Contribute to community ★ Increase task independence ★ Encourage initiation of communication ★ To be viewed as competent skilled people Case Study: Matt Remember: students can achieve through systematic instruction
  15. 15. What will we do next? ★ Program yearbook ★ Personal communication books ★ Student electronic portfolios (eFolios) ★ Program newsletter ★ Pursue outside grants (Tool Factory - Digital Wish List) ★ Develop summer technology camp for ESY ★ Adapt theme based lessons (Ablenet - Star Reporter) ★ Have more fun Remember: Passionate teachers = Passionate learners
  16. 16. Who do we want to thank? ★ Students & staff of WELS South Transition Program ★ Northeast Metro 916 Foundation ★ WELS South students & staff ★ WELS South Assistive Technology Library Remember: Today's students are of the digital world, surrounded by all types of media and technology. They have no fear of it; in fact, it's just a normal part of their lives...They view technology as a tool to socialize, express themselves, become informed and be entertained. As educators and professionals, it is in our best interest to use tools, such as iLife, to create learning opportunities that are stimulating in the digital world. - Mark Coppin - Bringing the Curriculum to iLife - AT In Depth - Jan. 08
  17. 17. What about the Resources? Check-out Display Table Pick-up CD ★Templates of technology projects ★ AAC Resources See ★ DVD created by students ★ Equipment used in club ★ Samples of student work
  18. 18. AAC Resources Beukelman, David R., & Mirenda, Pat.  2005.  Augmentative& Alternative Communication:  Supporting Children & Adults with Complex Communication Needs. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.   Glennen, Sharon, L.  and DeCoste, Denise C. 1997.  Handbook of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  Thomson Delmar Learning.   Light, Janice, C. and Binger, Cathy.  1998.  Building Communicative Competence with Individuals Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.   Light, Janice C., Beukelman, David R., and Reichle, Joe (Editors). 2003.  Communicative Competence for Individuals who use AAC:  From Research to Effective Practice.  Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.   Reichle, Joe, Beukelman, David R., Light, Janice C. (Editors).  2002.  Exemplary Practices for Beginning Communicators:    Implications for AAC.   Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.   AAC-RERC http://www.aacrerc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=53&Itemid=74 The AAC-RERC conducts a comprehensive program of research, development, training, and dissemination activities that address the NIDRR priorities and seek to improve technologies for individuals who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies. Northeast Metro 916 – Assistive Technology Library http://www.nemetro.k12.mn.us/special/atl.html The ATL offers educators, member districts and family members the technological resources needed to maximize learning and develop the interactions of learners with disabilities. Tool Factory http://www.toolfactory.com/about.htm Tool Factory publishes and distributes an extensive range of curriculum titles throughout North America.

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