Here are the 3 cool things I did this week:
1. WATCHED THIS GOOGLE HANGOUT:
I am totally loving the idea of using Extensions/Apps within Google Chrome. Adds a whole new way for our students to engage with, and learn from the internet! Here are some of the Google extensions mentioned in this Google-Hangout recording:
Tldr, Clearly, Shorten me, 1 click timer, Screecastify, Dragon drop search, Fokus, Read & Write for Google – search for these in the Chrome Web store now!
2. Used Aurasma when reading a book – for signing supports!
When we hovered over the repeated line in the story ‘But where is the green sheep?”…..
Up popped the video support of the Katie signing the sentence.
BUT, I loved the idea that came from the Mum while she was watching her son do this… She said, “I am going to get his Dad to make videos reading some of his favourite pages of his favourite book. Then, when Dad is away for work, he can still have Dad read the story to him!” Awesome! From one idea, many things grow!
PS: In the meantime I also found this cool video on how to use Aurasma. This might help if you haven’t tried it yet!
3. Left edit on and let the student have a go!
is a communication system for students with little or no speech.
When using Proloquo2Go with my students, I usually turn EDIT MODE off – to stop them adding and deleting and generally mucking around and making a mess of the vocabulary we have in the app. Well, this week, I changed things around! I enlisted the help of my friend Rupert, and asked him to help me make a page of buttons of Australian Animals. After showing him a couple of times how to add a button, he had a go and I managed to get a video (check it out below). He has only been using a keyboard independently for a little while and is only just showing us what literacy skills he has. This is the first time he has done this, so sure, he needed lots of prompting. And sure, it isn’t perfect. But it is exciting to see the possibilities – I can already imagine in a years time, that Rupert will be adding his own vocabulary that he needs for communication, and that, my friends, is TOTALLY cool!
What 3 cool things did you do this week?