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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Planets! in song and pics

Staring at the coastal California stars last night has taken my interest skyward. I was reminded of this charming song about the planets and some visual supports I made for a buddy of mine who attended Colonial House Preschool in South Pasadena. We tried to make the lyrics come alive for her with some visuals. 

Watch the original Planets song from the Blue's Clues program on (HERE, there are ads to endure)Buy the original recording of the Planets song for $0.99 at Amazon, CLICK HEREBelow is a special performance of the song with no ads, sung by Toni Braxton.

Visual supports (below is a preview, CLICK HERE to download PDF)

Well, the sun's a hot star... Mercury's hot too.
Venus is the brightest planet... Earth's home to me and you.
Mars is the red one. Jupiter's most wide.
Saturn's got those icy ring's, and Uranus spins on its side.
Neptune's really windy, and Pluto's really small.
Well, you wanted to name the planets, and now you've named them all! 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Visual Scene Display (TouchChat HD)

Visual scene displays (VSDs) offer a display option with a high level of contextual support for users who respond best to real photos. VSDs offer a way to (1) capture events in the individual’s life, (2) offer interactants a greater degree of contextual information to support interaction and (3) enable communication partners to participate more actively in the communication process (from AAC RERC).

TouchChat HD, my favorite AAC app for the iPad, can be used to create VSDs through a simple process I'd like to share with you now...(thanks to Terry Kappe, SLP for use of her toy shelf pic!)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A rose by any other name...Boardmaker Achieve Community has a new name, look, and search tools. Visit the all new Boardmaker Achieve site at THIS LINK.

Educational Standards!

It’s never been easier to find Common Core aligned activities for students with disabilities. Members can search by standards to find relevant activities and align the activities they share on the site. 
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Free Aligned Content!

To kick-start the community in aligning activities, we've posted dozens of free, professionally developed Boardmaker and Boardmaker Studio activities already aligned to Common Core State Standards. 
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New Search!

Find what you need, faster and easier! Type in your search terms, receive results, then filter your results down by Category, Grade Level, Activity Type, Language, and more! Also, pick the standards you want to work on with your student, and then filter the results down further if needed! 
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Friday, August 9, 2013

Tobii eyegaze video

Fun to watch this girl with Rett using her (off-screen) Tobii eye gaze system in this video I first saw on PrAACtical AAC...