Engaging Learners and Supporting Literacyusing Visual SymbolsHigh Impact Literacy Practices 2012Kimberly Kode Sutton, Ph.D.
This session will explore the various waysthat teachers can use Boardmaker softwareto strengthen their literacy programs and better engagestruggling learners.
What is Boardmaker? Commercial software that combines printed text with visual supports. Visual Supports are things that we can see that enhance the communication process. Body Movement Environmental Cues Written Words Visual Supports Pictures and Symbols serve as way to make language and literacy “visible.”
Who are these Struggling Learners? EnglishLanguage Learners Children with Disabilities Learning Disabled Intellectually Impaired Pervasive Developmentally Disordered Communication Disordered Emergent and Early Readers
English Language Learners Fastestgrowing subgroup of students in the United States Student subgroup with the highest dropout rate and lowest achievement scores McCardle, Mele-Mccarthy, Cutting, & D’Emilio, 2005 Predicted that half of the United States’ K-12 population will speak a language other than English on their first day of school by the year 2002 Eubanks, 2002
Children with Disabilities Approximately 11% of the population ages 6-17 is identified as having a disability In a typical classroom of 30 students, there may be 3 students with disabilities Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is often the regular education classroom U.S. Department of Education, 2007
Emergent and Early Readers At the beginning of their literacy development Could be ELL Could have an identified disability Could have an undiagnosed disability Could be an at-risk learner Could ???
Many of These Students Need Help With… Phonemic Awareness Alphabetic Principle Fluency Comprehension Print Conventions Concepts of Word Vocabulary Development Narrative Concepts
How Can Boardmaker Help? Can pair words with pictures From embedded visual supports From personal photo library Can read print Computer-generated Human voice Can adjust font size, style, and color Boardmaker can provide an age-appropriate, nonthreatening approach to literacy instruction and activities.
What Can You Make? Picture Exchange Visual Word Walls Communication (PECS) Personal Dictionaries Communication Boards Vocabulary Focus Classroom Organization Wordless Books Behavior Repetitive Phrase Picture-Letter Matching Stories Picture-Word Matching Adapted Books Sequencing Repeated Readings Sorting Personalized Stories
Let’s Get Started!1. Click on the Boardmaker Plus icon2. Open a Template3. Let’s look at the provided templates4. Open BM Calendar…
One More Thing… www.Boardmakershare.com Search for Activities Type of activity (which Boardmaker version) Grade level Curriculum/subject Can view on any computer Cannot download/use unless computer has Boardmaker software Create an account to download activities or create groups