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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Minspeak E-Newsletter - 11/14/11
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Award Winning Program: The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Science was impressed with a WQED TV segment on Minspeak entitled “Beyond Boundaries: Minspeak.” The segment, which aired on May 11, won an Emmy in the Health Program Feature or Segment category at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards ceremony in Philadelphia. Watch it today.
Pixon Update: Rosemary (Rosie) Portera, from Martin County School District (FL) offers this idea for using Pixons. “I wanted to share a great resource that I am using that fits well with the implementation of the Pixon Project, especially as part of a home program for the students. Reading A-Z offers download-able leveled reading books. These books can be printed out or projected and teachers love them. Most exciting are the books that focus on high frequency, core vocabulary words. Every two weeks I send home a new book that relates to the classroom theme or the core words that have been the focus of my lessons. It allows parents a format to practice Pixons, become comfortable with their child’s new Pixon manual communication board and, most importantly, increase their confidence as they integrate Pixons into their routine.” Thanks for sharing that Rosie!
Teaching Materials Exchange: Rosie also contributed this: “I found a book called “A Dog for Each Day” and adapted it as a PowerPoint book with animation, sound, and Pixons! My hope is that if a different dog is associated with each day, it may make the name of each day more concrete for students learning the days of the week (along with pictures of the dogs added to the classroom calendars). The Pixons are added so that students can say something about each page using their Pixon boards. Two teachers that I work with are ‘launching’ the book this week.” Again, thanks Rosie for your contribution.
Intervention Planning: Don't forget to go to the Minspeak website to download intervention plans! Use them in therapy or share them with teachers and families.
Announcements: The Pittsburgh Language Seminar Series has been a big hit. Registration for the November series is full, but you can still register for December's series, featuring Dr. Tracy Kovach as the guest presenter. Contact Debbie Witkowski for registration information for this and the upcoming 2012 series.