Tech Tuesday

I have been using an app called My Scene from MyFirstApp.com on the I pad provided by Crusade for Children to increase vocabulary knowledge and following directions with basic concepts.  This app is also an excellent tool for increasing verbal skills in requesting and describing for students as well as visual perception.   The students love to drag the colorful cartoon like characters onto the background scenes.  I have noticed students’ attention to task increases when using the I pad in addition to hands on activities.  Thank you to Crusade for Children for providing the I pad.  My students love using it in therapy.

 

–Amanda Hill, M.S.,CCC/SLP

 

Displaying Learning Targets

Melissa Gates shares:

I am required to display my “Learning Targets” in my classroom.  The general idea is that by displaying the learning targets, the students are clear on what we are learning and anyone walking into my room is immediately able to see what I am teaching.  This is how I do it…

I save the plastic lids that come on the top of raisin tubs, oatmeal tubs and almond canisters.  On the flat side I hot glue a cheap magnet.  I get the magnets at craft stores or reuse the kind that come attached to advertisements (pizza ads, cover of phone book, handouts at health fairs… I have even cut up the “my child is an Honor Student at …” car magnets).   I cut out circles from index cards that are smaller than the lid and write learning targets on them which I then glue to the other side of the lid.  Then I just put the appropriate “targets” on my white board (it’s magnetic).  You could also stick them on a metal door or a metal cabinet.  It’s super easy to switch them out with each session.  I used to keep them in a basket and let the kids find their targets but that took too long.  Now I just have them all on the board in a group and we slide them over at the beginning of the session.  I make targets for skills we commonly address (describing objects, sequencing ideas, naming categories, naming similarities and differences, answering WH questions, following verbal directions, using speech sounds, etc…).  You could have your area titled “we are learning to use improve our communication skills by…” and put your targets underneath but I just have a spot that says “Leaning Targets” and that seems to work fine for me.

Tech Tuesday

The students and I are grateful to be able to use the iPad! I have found the iPad and Technology Tuesday blog post to be very useful for speech and language therapy. I am enjoying seeing students’ faces light up when I share with them that we will have the opportunity to use the iPad this school year. Some apps I have found useful so far are described in the list below:

Farmyard: Students can make a variety of scenes with themes including farmyard, transport, pets, dinosaurs, fairy tales, safari, under the sea, jungle, outer space, and holidays. This app could be used to teach basic concepts, labeling, function, and compare and contrast. Students like the sounds it makes.

Photo Touch: This app can be used to identify nouns in real pictures, such as animals.

Categories with Splingo and Actions with Splingo: These apps can be used to teach categories and identification of verbs.

Little Builder: Students explore a construction scene with realistic sounds, moving vehicles, and moving people. This app could be used to teach actions, function, and asking and answering questions. Students can also describe the scene for a variety of speaking tasks to target articulation and fluency. The movement makes describing this scene more engaging than describing a picture scene.

Talking Pierre: This app gets quiet students to talk by repeating what you said in a silly voice. Students can practice a new skill with a creature on the iPad before they practice with other students.

Draw and Tell: This app is great for our artists. Students can retell, summarize, create personal narrative, and target articulation with this free app.

I look forward to trying out many more apps and enjoying a wider range of reinforcement activities that motivate students.

–Lauren Gillenwater