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  1. Give It A Rest

    Give It A Rest

    In this Remarkable Idea, students will be allowed a few minutes to give their brains a rest in different ways.

    This activity addresses:

    • Cause and effect
    • Mental wellness
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    Preparation:

    Seventh Inning Stretch
    1. Set up the computer, Jelly Bean, and Hitch 2 so the student can activate the switch to start the video clip.

    Balloon/Beach Ball Time
    1. Blow up balloons or beach balls and have the students hit them around the room.
    2. Record “More!” to a BIGmack so students can let you know they want more balloons or beach balls.

    Box of Tricks
    1. Create a box or bag of tricks. For extra fun draw questions marks or other symbols on the outside.

    Would you rather?
    1.Record different scenarios to the Step-by-Step and challenge students to decide which option they would rather choose.
    Examples: Would you rather ski on ice cream or swim in Jell-O?
    Would you rather go to school or go to the doctor?
    Would you rather have super strength or the ability to fly?
    2. Record “The first one” and “The second one” to an iTalk2 with Levels so students can choose an option.

    Deep Breathing
    1. Record “Breathe in (pause 2-4 seconds) Breathe out” to a BIGmack.

    Musical Movie Time
    1. Find some classical music or instrumental movie scores for your students to listen to.
    2. Many classical songs can be found here: https://archive.org/details/Best100InstrumentalSongs
    3. Set up the computer, Jelly Bean, and Hitch 2 so the student can activate the switch to start the video clip.

    Simple Tasks
    1. Record simple tasks that are appropriate for your students to a Step-by-StepExamples: Touch your nose, touch your ear, stick out your tongue, etc.

    What to do:

    Seventh Inning Stretch
    1. Let your students get a good stretch. Choose a student to be in charge of starting the video using a Jelly Bean and Hitch 2 (set to space bar).
    2. Example clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxyjkXrUzdE

    Balloon/Beach Ball Time
    1. Begin with one ball or balloon. Students can use the BIGmack to ask for more balloons or beach balls. The idea is to get energy out, not necessarily to hit the ball to or at their classmates.

    Box of Tricks
    1. Pass out random objects from the Box of Tricks and ask students what they think it is, or come up with a different use for it.

    Would You Rather
    1. Choose one student to ask the questions using the Step-by-Step, and allow the students to answer using the iTalk2 with Levels and even discuss the questions.

    Deep Breathing
    1. Choose one student to lead the group by using the BIGmack to instruct students to breathe in an out.

    Musical Movie Time
    1. Explain to students that music can be very powerful, and can even tell a story.
    2. Choose a student to start the music by pressing the Jelly Bean.
    3. Challenge students to come up with a story to match what they are hearing.

    Simple Tasks
    1. Choose a student to call out directions for simple actions.
    2. Student activates the Step-by-Step, and the class follows the directions as quickly as possible.

    Script:

    “Everyone needs time to relax, and time to have fun. Even adults. We are going to do an activity where you don’t have to work. The idea is to relax, and have fun.”

    Additional suggestions:

    Turning the classroom lights off, when done safely, can add to the relaxing nature of these activities.
    The possibilities are endless for these types of activities.

    Keywords

    step-by-step | mental health | jelly bean switch | italk2 with levels | hitch | cause and effect | bigmack | alternative methods of access |

  2. World Traveler

    World Traveler

    In this Remarkable Idea, students will learn about other countries and cultures by “traveling around the world.”

    This activity addresses:

    • Geography
    • Social Studies
    • Cause and Effect
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    • Sponges
    • Tempera paint
    • Ink pad
    • Glue
    • Craft foam sheets
    • Wood block
    • Passport – (you can find many variations online if you search “kids passport activity” choose one that is suitable for your students)
    • Art materials –(crayons, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, scissors, glue, etc.)
    • Trays/containers (for paint)
    • PowerLink 4
    • Camera/iPad
    • Blue2 Bluetooth switch
    • CD player
    • Hitch 2 (optional)
    • Jelly Bean switch (optional)

    Preparation:

    Create the passports
    1. Take a picture of each student for the passport. Students can assist with this using either:
    The camera app on an iPad/iPod with a Blue2 Bluetooth switch as the shutter button.
    The webcam on a computer with a Hitch 2 set to mouse click and a Jelly Bean switch as the camera shutter.
    2. Print out their picture in a size that will fit in their passport.
    3. Print out a passport for each student.

    What to do:

    Each student, or group of students is assigned a country. Students should create brochures for their country that include information about it: flag, culture, notable landforms and bodies of water, music, history, type of government, money, language, etc.

    Creating your visa
    1. Create a stamp for each country’s unique visa. Stamps can be as simple as the first letter of the country’s name, or students can make their own. Using the foam sheets, have students cut out the stamp designs that will then be glued to the wood blocks.
    2. Using a mixture of 3 to 1 of tempera paint and glue to make “ink” for the stamp. Place a piece of sponge in your paint container and cover it with the “ink” of each country’s stamp.
    3. When tourists come to your country, be sure to stamp their passport!

    Creating your passports
    1. Have students glue their pictures into their passport, then sign and date them. Alternate ways to sign their name could include a name stamp, letter stamp, or digital signature.

    Travel Day
    1. Students can play music for their country. Using a PowerLink 4 and a CD player, have students take turns playing music from their countries.
    2. Presentations can be given to teach the travelers about each country. See Adapted Presentations Remarkable Idea for some tips.

    Script:

    “We will be taking a trip _____ (in the next few days, weeks, months) to various countries around the world to learn about different countries and cultures.”
    “Has anyone ever traveled outside of the country?”
    “There is a special book or document that you need to travel to other countries, does anyone know what this is called?”
    “When you arrive at a country you they give you a visa.”

    Vocabulary:

    Culture – a way of life of a group of people.
    Passport – a form of identification used when traveling to other countries.
    Visa – a stamp or document that allows you to enter or leave a country

    Keywords

    social studies | powerlink 4 | jelly bean switch | hitch | geography | cause and effect | blue2 bluetooth switch | alternative methods of access |

  3. Old Time Radio

    Old Time Radio

    Podcasts are a popular media in today’s society, but they are certainly not a new concept. In this Remarkable Idea, your students will create their own radio show or podcast.

    This activity addresses:

    • Communication skills
    • Technology
    • Teamwork
    • Critical thinking
    • Creative thinking
    • Fine motor skills
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    Optional Hardware

    • Microphone

    Free Resources

    • Sound Effects – YouTube or BoundBible.com (There are a lot of other sites, just be sure they are free. Sound effects can be expensive!)
    • Software – AudacityTeam.org (free audio recording/editing program)
    • Archive.org – listen to old radio plays (you can also search the internet for “old time radio”)
    • iTunes store/Stitcher.com – download/listen to free podcasts
    • genericradio.com – (free radio play scripts)

    Preparation:

    1. Decide on a format (Radio play, top ten music countdown, news show, talk radio, movie/book review, etc.) for your radio show, or a script from a radio play that is appropriate for your classroom and students. If you choose to come up with an original radio play, decide on some appropriate themes or settings for your students.
    2. Download “Audacity” from AudacityTeam.org to record and edit your radio show.
    3. Find some appropriate podcasts/radio shows for your students to listen to. This will give them an idea of what your lesson is all about.
    4. If you have a radio play in mind, you may wish to gather your sound effects and record them to your chosen communication device (SuperTalker FT/QuickTalker (7, 12, 23, Freestyle)/TalkingBrix 2/TalkTrac)
    5. Record the shows music intro to a BIGmack
    6. Record sound effects to your chosen communication device (SuperTalker FT/QuickTalker (7, 12, 23, Freestyle)/TalkingBrix 2/TalkTrac)
    7. Set up Audacity to record with the Hitch 2 and two Jelly Bean switches.

    • Open Audacity and go to preferences > keyboard
    • Change the shortcut for “Record” from the letter “R” to the number 0
    • Change the shortcuts for “Stop” and “Play” from the space bar to the number 3 (they share a shortcut)

    8. Plug in your Hitch 2 and Jelly Bean switches so the Recording Engineer can control the recording.

    What to do:

    1. Begin by discussing the history of home entertainment (video games, TV, radio, etc.)
    2. Play some examples of old radio shows. Ask the class if they know anything that is popular now that is similar; discuss podcasts.
    3. Play an example of a podcast.
    4. Assign roles to students and give them scripts (be sure to add symbols and marks so students know when it’s their turn to talk or to use a particular sound effect):

    • Recording engineer (the person who presses record and stop)
    • Sound designers/sound effect specialists (they will choose sound effects and add them to the show when necessary)
    • Actors/DJs/Show hosts
    • Writers (if applicable, maybe all students will be writers, maybe you will not have any writers)

    5. Record the shows music intro to a BIGmack
    6. Record sound effects to your chosen communication device (SuperTalker FT/QuickTalker (7, 12, 23, Freestyle)/TalkingBrix 2/TalkTrac)
    7. Do a read-through with your class so they can practice reading and using sound effects/music at the right time. (You may wish to record the rehearsal).
    8. On the Air! Record your show (you may need to record multiple times to get everything right.)
    9. Edit the show - you may wish to do this together as a class and ask their opinions. Do you need more/different sound effects or music? More commercials, less commercials? etc.
    10. Once you have a finished product, “export” your project from Audacity and allow your class to listen to their radio show.

    Script:

    “What are some things you like to do for fun when you’re at home?” Someone will inevitably say watch movies, TV, or play video games.
    “Before video games and television, people used to listen to the radio for fun. There used to be shows, kind of like the ones on TV that you would listen to and mentally picture.”
    “Podcasts are like radio shows that you can listen to whenever you like. They do not have a set time limit.”
    “We are going to be creating our very own radio show or podcast in our class.”

    Vocabulary:

    Podcast
    Soundscape

    Additional suggestions:

    To make recording easier for your and your students, consider recording everything separately and combining it later.
    - Record commercials in advance.
    - Record dialogue, sound effects, and music separately.
    Most if not all laptops have a built-in microphone or webcam. You can use this to record your show (Audacity will allow you to import audio from a video) or you can use an external microphone.
    Burn a copy of the radio show to a disc or distribute them digitally so your students can share the show with their families.

    Keywords

    technology | team work | talktrac | talkingbrix 2 | supertalker ft | quicktalker freestyle | quicktalker 7 | quicktalker 23 | quicktalker 12 | jelly bean switch | hitch | critical thinking | creative thinking | communication skills | bigmack | alternative methods of access |

  4. Showtime!

    Showtime!

    In this Remarkable Idea, students can take be part of the school talent show. Whether that be introducing the acts through a communication aid, or looking after the special effects. Here a Student can control the background pictures for the show as students perform.

    This activity addresses:

    • Cause and effect
    • Visual follows
    • Turn taking
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    Preparation:

    1. Create symbol for switch showing Projector
    2. Create symbol for Step-by-Step showing singing
    3. Record script on Step-by-Step
    The script really depends on the acts taking part, but examples could be:

    • “Let’s all welcome on stage _______ who’s going to perform for you a song called ________”
    • “Let’s all give a big hand in appreciation for a great song there by _______”

    What to do:

    1. Check the acts and scripts and design a PowerPoint slide show around this.
    2. Connect the projector, computer, Step-by-Step and switch to the Hitch. It’s important at this time to connect the switch to the correct port on the Hitch and assign the Hitch to the correct function for changing the slides.
    3. Record the introduction of acts on to the Step-by-Step.
    4. The student can now use the Step-by-Step to introduce the acts and the switch to change the slide show at the appropriate time. These tasks could be split and done by two students if more appropriate.

    Keywords

    visual cues | turn taking | step-by-step | hitch | cause and effect | alternative methods of access |

  5. Adapted Presentations

    Adapted Presentations

    Giving a presentation is a great way to share knowledge with a large group of people. This is also a skill that, through assistive technology, students of all abilities can participate in. This activity will demonstrate three ways to assist your students in making and giving presentations.

    This activity addresses:

    • Social skills
    • Turn taking
    • Public speaking
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    Preparation:

    1. Choose a presentation topic. Topics about what a student activities or about their family can help engage family members in your student’s education.
    2. Choose the appropriate presentation method: Poster, PowerPoint, SoundingBoard (iPad)

    What to do:

    PowerPoint
    1. Assist students to find pictures on the internet, or use pictures provided from home in the presentation (use a BIGtrack 2 for students who have difficulty with a standard mouse).
    2. Headings and short phrases can be typed into the presentation (use a BIGKeys keyboard with a rigid keyguard for students who have difficulty with a standard keyboard).
    3. Remember that any effects added to a presentation may require additional mouse or switch clicks. Too many extra clicks can make a presentation a daunting task for some students.
    4. Before presentation time, the student should decide what they want to tell the class. Chosen phrases or information can be recorded on a Step-by-Step or directly into the PowerPoint presentation (using a microphone) for presentation time. Playing audio directly from PowerPoint will require additional clicks and the student must be able to alternate between two switches to effectively give his/her presentation.
    5. These PowerPoint directions apply to PowerPoint 2013 - To record directly into PowerPoint click on the “Insert” tab, and towards the upper right hand corner click audio and select “Record Audio…” in this box you can name the audio file and record it.
    6. Once you have recorded your sound, move the speaker icon out of the middle of the frame so it doesn’t block the picture. Right-click on the speaker icon, choose style, then select “Play in background” this will play the sound upon opening the slide in presentation mode so the student does not have to click the
    play button.
    7. At presentation time plug a Hitch computer switch interface into the computer and set the switch to the “space bar”, this will allow the switch to advance the slides.
    8. In Power Point, launch presentation mode.

    SoundingBoard
    1. Assist students to find pictures on the internet, or use pictures provided from home to create a poster on the chosen topic (Doing this directly on the iPad will save time, but may be more difficult for some students. Pictures can be found on a computer and emailed to the iPad, or a services like DropBox can be used to sync pictures with the iPad).
    2. Before presentation time, the student should decide what they want to tell the class.
    3. Once all the pictures for the student’s presentation have been saved to the iPad and presentation dialogue has been decided on, open SoundingBoard App and click “+ Add Board” in the upper right hand corner (To make this easy for the students you can have them name each board in their presentation by number).
    4. Name your first board, and select a picture for the board (using numbers for the pictures as well can make giving the presentation much easier) by clicking “Select Image for Board List”. Choose Pick from Symbols Library (if using the number system), click “Numbers”, click the image of the “1”, and click save in the upper right-hand corner.
    5. You have the option to record a prompt message for your student at this point.
    6. Click the arrow in the upper right-hand corner to proceed.
    7. Click “Add Image”.
    8. Click “Add Image” in the upper left-hand corner then click “Pick from Photo Library” and add the first image the student would like to share with the class.
    9. Click “Message Name” to give the image a title that other students will see when the image is shown during the presentation. Click “Save” in the upper right-hand corner when finished.
    10.Record the first line of presentation dialogue to accompany the picture by clicking “Record Message” (the iPad will automatically begin recording) press top when you are finished recording.
    11.You have the option to record a prompt message for your student at this point.
    12.Click the arrow in the upper right-hand corner when finished. At this point, you have the option to add a second picture or save the board. If you add another picture the student will have to choose between two (or more) pictures while giving the presentation. If this is the best option repeat the process of adding an image and sound recording. If you want you student to only have one image on screen at a time you can click the arrow in the upper right-hand corner to save the board.
    13.At this point, your board should be visible in the “User Created Boards” list. To use other images in the presentation add another board by repeating the process. When ALL your boards are completed (In “User Created Boards” you will have 1, 2, 3, etc.) you need to click on “Edit Boards” in the upper Left-hand corner. Begin with 1, click the arrow in the upper right-hand corner (this first screen should not need editing).
    14.Click the image for the students presentation (not the “Add Image” button) choose Edit on the pop-up menu.
    15.Click “Link Message to Another Board” and choose “2” (or whatever you have named the second board in your presentation).
    16.Click the arrow in the upper right hand corner 2 times to bring you back to your main boards screen. Repeat this process until all your presentation boards are linked.

    Poster
    1. Assist students to find pictures on the internet, or use pictures provided from home to create a poster on the chosen topic (use a BIGtrack 2 for students who have difficulty with a standard mouse).
    2. Headings and short phrases can be typed on the computer (use a BIGKeys keyboard with a rigid keyguard for students who have difficulty with a standard keyboard).
    3. Print out pictures and cut them to size using the battery adapted scissors.
    4. Before presentation time, the student should decide what they want to tell the class. Chosen phrases or information can be recorded on a Step-by-Step for presentation time.

    Keywords

    turn taking | step-by-step | soundingboard app | social skills | public speaking | jelly bean switch | hitch | blue2 bluetooth switch | bigtrack 2 | bigkeys | alternative methods of access |