Hey Tek-ninjas! Living in Coronatopia, many of us are struggling with HOW to keep students engaged with hands-on activities that are access friendly and individualized. This is true, whether they are our own children, or kiddos we are serving remotely. Turns out Boardmaker has some great tools to help you deliver lessons that tackle these challenges.
Check out the Activities-to-Go, an online platform that helps you to differentiate learning in fun and engaging activities. Activities-to-Go comes in units, and each unit has three levels of books. Because each unit focuses on one topic, you can use materials from any level to extend, enrich, and customize learning. You can learn more in depth here.
There are over 200 interactive templates for hands-on learning. Learners can manipulate the activities you have created using a computer, iPad, or Tobii Dynavox device. Were I doing remote services, say with Zoom, opening these on a child's device, sharing their screen and working with them on this content could be a really powerful way to connect and teach. You can learn more about these hands-on learning tools here.
If we were doing this on their personal AAC device, we would need to make certain the device was "unlocked" so it could access the internet. The fee to unlock most devices is $25 these days. The family would need to contact the vendor to get it unlocked if they've not done so.
A significant aspect of these hands-on learning opportunities that I really love is that you can take into account access issues, and accommodate touch, scanning and eye gaze. This is explored more here.
Not everyone has Boardmaker online, but currently they are offering a free 90-day trial. If you don’t have a Boardmaker Online account, here is a tutorial to get that 90-day trial.
Wash your hands friends!!