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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 44- 2/29/12

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February 29, 2012
  • Intervention Planning: Review the Intervention Plan for asking “what” questions. Plan to complete 1 or 2 activities this month from this plan.
  • Teaching Materials Exchange: Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. Be a little Irish with your students on St. Patrick's Day. Use either the Powerpoint Show (which has 1 slide with animation) or the PDF Book and learn a little about St. Patrick’s Day. The Show and Book are coded with Pixons and icon sequences from Unity®45, Unity®60, Unity®84, and Unity®144.
  • Teaching Tip: At DeSoto Trail Elementary School is Tallahassee, Florida, Ms. Ashley Bennett, the teacher, mounted her Pixon wall chart on her classroom whiteboard using magnets. One way to do this is to attach adhesive business card magnets to the back of the Pixon wall chart. Simply remove the release liner on the front side of the business card magnet and attach to the back of the finished wall chart. These types of business card magnets can be purchased online or at office supply stores, such as Office Depot®. Use enough of the magnets to hold the wall chart securely and to sustain the weight of the remove-able Pixons.
  • Pittsburgh Language Seminar Series: Check your calendars to see whether or not you can attend one of the upcoming seminar series. March 13-15 features Jane Odom as the guest speaker, April 17-19 features Marilyn Buzolich, and May 22-24 features Gail Van Tatenhove. June will be the last of the seminars until they start up again in September 2012. All of these seminars are provided free of charge, with meals and lodging provided. Contact Renee McGough immediately at 412-885-8541 or email her at to register.
  • Announcements: Don’t forget to register for the ISAAC conference!

Benefits of Minspeak
Using multi-meaning icons.
The power of motor automaticity.

Use of Minspeak
Minspeak systems with different disabilities.
Minspeak and cultural-linguistic diversity.

The Power of Minspeak
Minspeak, language and literacy development.
Using Minspeak in the classroom.

Support of Minspeak
Strategies to support use of Minspeak.
Minspeak teaching materials.

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