Recent posts blocks

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

iPad presentation - teacher presentations

Each teacher presented a story about iPad use. The audio is  taken from the June 17 TDSB presentation of the 2010-2011 iPad in Asperger Spectrum Disorder classrooms. Data packages were also presented.

 See Prezi link for the outline of the project (previous post).



Earl Grey SPS


Buchanan P.S.



Finch P.S.



Cedarvale P.S.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

SLP in KELI classrooms sharing - June 10, 2011 - part 2

Part 2: Another set of KELI SLPs share their team's use of the Interactive Whiteboard: Fairmount JPS, Golf Road P.S. and Warren Park P.S.


Final part 3: KELI SLPs present: Westmount P.S. and Yorkwoods P.S.



Reflections - Celebration by Speech-Language Pathology dept. - KELI SLPs

Part of the June 10th, year-end meeting by the Speech-Language Pathology department included Kindergarten Early Language Intervention (KELI) SLPs sharing one example of their use of the Interactive Whiteboard in curriculum planning to support language development.

On hand to facilitate the sharing were Speech-Language Pathology Special Education Chiefs, David Haffner (East) and Sharon McWhirter (West).

There are 10 KELI sites across the TDSB. The following video contains examples from eight of the participant schools.

Here is a video - divided into three-parts - of their sharing.
Part 1: Baycrest P.S., Blake P.S. and Dovercourt P.S.


Click to view Part 2: Part 2
Click to view Part 3: Part 3

The AT team was also on hand to share literacy strategies for later language learners using the interactive whiteboard. Some examples given included: activate background knowledge and learn new vocabulary , sequencing, retelling and summarizing skills, as well as phonological and phonemic awareness.




Monday, 20 June 2011

Engaging boys in literacy - Forest Hill - session 6: June 6-8 Student feedback

Here is a Wordle (word cloud) of student feedback regarding the Literacy project.

Friday, 17 June 2011

iPad in ASD Classrooms - Celebrations year-end presentation. June 17

This is a Prezi-style presentation of the outline of the celebrations presentation held at the TDSB Boardroom on the morning of June 17th. Before each video each teacher presented a story about the iPad and a student.

Audio will be added next week.

Please wait for the Prezi to load and then navigate forwards and backwards. For full screen, click on the bottom right hand corner.


Thursday, 16 June 2011

iPad in ASD Classrooms - QR code (scan for link)


You may have seen these two-dimensional (2D) designs around. These are called quick read codes (QR codes in short). A QR code contains a wide variety of information. The one below is the direct link to the home page of the iPad in ASD classrooms pilot project link. 


All you need is a bar code/QR code reader and your phone.
After the code is scanned by your camera on the phone (four points are read and interpreted), you will have the direct link to save to your phone. Or, you can share the link by e-mail.

Informative and fun! 

(We have a variety of QR codes on our blog. Did you see them? 
We'll be adding more as the blog develops.

Engaging boys in literacy - Forest Hill - session 6: June 6-8

Session Six – June 6th – 8th

Session Six focused on student presentations of the culminating projects. The students communicated their ideas in a variety of ways using audio texts created with Read and Write Gold or their own voices, video podcasts, graphic texts, visuals and written text. Students combined all of their texts into presentation software of their choice. Students chose Notebook, iMovie or a student created Website to present their culminating assignments. Following each presentation, students evaluated their peers’ projects focusing on the criteria in the student generated rubric.

Student Comments: It was a good learning experience and it was fun. We got to learn about many computer programs.

It was very good to learn about multiple computer programs for further work.

Link to wordle containing student feedback: Wordle.

 Using the iPod Touch: Communicating Information with Video




 Bitstrips and Notebook: Communicating Information with Graphic and Audio Text



 Student Project Created with iMovie


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

iPad in ASD Classrooms - Kensington C.S. June report

Part 1: Ms. L discusses the progress made by her student during the iPad pilot.
Part 2: Ms. L discusses other gain by her student in developing routines with and without adult prompting in iPad use.
Ms. L and Ms. C discuss the evolution of the student's token system from physical board to the iPad.

Monday, 13 June 2011

iPads in ASD Classrooms - Finch Public School - sharing the iPad


In this video Ms. U (left)  and Ms. B (right) discuss how they shared the iPad during the school's pilot.

iPad in ASD classrooms - Earl Grey P.S. - student use of iPads

Here is a montage of student use of the iPad.


In this video, Ms. M and one of her students discuss his iPad use (interpersonal learning style).


iPad in ASD classrooms - Shaughnessy P.S. - videos part 2

Using student and teacher designed checklists to help access strategies for interpersonal and intrapersonal interactions.


Comparing the iPad as a tech tool to a laptop or desktop computer. The students gives his opinion of the iPad's usefulness.


Another strategy for communication, the student explains what an "I message" is and how the iPad helps him to compose them.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Engaging Boys in Literacy - Fisherville P.S. researching using iPods


Engaging Boys in Literacy using AT and Media - Fisherville P.S. planning

Here students are exploring the criteria for:  "What makes a person famous?" and "Which elements are required to create an effective presentation?".

Engaging Boys in Literacy using AT and Media - Fisherville organize slideshow

A variety of presentation formats were chosen by students.
Here is a sample of students using their research to organize presentations using one of the following software: bitstripsforschools, Power Point, and ActivInspire software (flipcharts).


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

iPad in ASD classrooms - Winchester P.S. - motivation and behaviour

Ms. D speaks about how a student's positive behaviour has increased since the introduction of the iPad in the class.



The iPad as a motivational tool.



Monday, 6 June 2011

Engaging boys in literacy - Forest Hill - Session 1 Student samples

Here are two sample podcasts students created using the Story Robe app.

Pierre Trudeau


John McCrae


Read and Write software professional development - 10 things you should know

Here the itinerant teacher provides P.D. to help teachers link the use of Read and Write software with students' access to curriculum - reading, writing and research skills.

Top 10 things you should know - Part 1:


1. Works with other programs
2. Text-to-speech capabilities
3. Word and spelling prediction

Part 2: Research skills.


4. Fact folder
5. Study skills (highlighter)

Part 3: Other RWG aspects to know.


6. Speech Maker
7. Scanning
8. Video Tutorials
9. TDSB staff and student Licensing Information
10. Resources

Saturday, 4 June 2011

iPad in ASD classrooms - Finch P.S. student transitions

Here Ms. B discussed one of her student's positive response to change since using the iPad during the school day.


Friday, 3 June 2011

iPads in ASD classrooms - Shaughnessy P.S. - models of integration

Mr. W discusses two ways the school team is incorporating the iPad and the communication software Skype to assist in ASD student integration at the school.


The student is outside the class but can maintain contact with Mr. W via Skype and the iPad.



Mr. W discusses how the school's entire junior division is working on integration strategies for students via Skype and the iPad.




IWB Implementation: Learning Communities - Visual Literacy to promote Critical Thinking

Interactive Whiteboard Learning Community - one session divided into five parts: to view examples please click on each section to view.
Setting the Stage
Guiding critical thinking: using 
questions to promote deeper thinking.

Examples of Learning Community
members working with images.
Instant questions with response 
systems to promote discussion.
Connecting with Library Learning
Resources.
The above QR code is the direct link to the TDSB school library public site. 

Thursday, 2 June 2011

iPads in ASD classrooms - Shaughnessy P.S. - models of integration

Mr. W discusses two ways the school team is incorporating the iPad and the communication software Skype to assist in ASD student integration at the school.


The student is outside the class but can maintain contact with Mr. W via Skype and the iPad.



Mr. W discusses how the school's entire junior division is working on integration strategies for students via Skype and the iPad.




iPads in ASD classrooms - Cedarvale P.S. - Managing Transitions

Moving from subject to subject, or from location to location, can be difficult for many students. Here Ms. D discussed how the iPad has helped one of her students with transition times.



iPads in ASD Classrooms - Finch Public School - sharing and interpersonal skills


iPad use exploring apps to engage students' individual interests.

When working with the iPad in the class, students share and communicate with their peers.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

iPad in ASD classrooms - Buchanan P.S. Reading Buddies

The use of the iPad to aid reading comprehension - teacher's point of view.


The use of the iPad to aid in learning and practice student's social skills and communication - student's perspective.