quicktalker 12

  1. Bits and Pieces

    Bits and Pieces

    In this Remarkable Idea, students decipher clues and respond with answers as they prepare for an upcoming test.

    This activity addresses:

    • Study skills
    • Turn taking
    • Critical thinking
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    Preparation:

    1. Write the names of key people, events, or theories to be studied on the blank side of the large All-Turn-It Spinner overlay.
    2. Write a clue or question pertaining to each of the overlay entries on a sticky note; then cover each item written on the overlay with the note.
    3. Record the answers on the QuickTalker 12 or iPad with SoundingBoard app. You can record more than one answer per question.
    4. Create your symbols.


    What to do:

    1. A student can activate the All-Turn-It Spinner with the Jelly Bean switch to randomly choose a clue or question.
    2. When the All-Turn-It Spinner stops, read the clue written on the sticky note. The student then identifies the item he or she thinks it pertains to using the QuickTalker 12 or iPad with SoundingBoard app to reveal the answer.
    3. Students take turns reading clues and providing correct answers.
    4. When a clue is chosen a second time, students can add new information to what has already been revealed and take another spin.


    Additional suggestions:

    Use this activity for independent or small group study activities.
    Use a team format, dividing the class into two groups for friendly competition. Assign a number to each team and write the numbers on the small, blank overlay. Randomly select the group to respond with a spin of the All-Turn-It Spinner.

    Keywords

    turn taking | study skills | quicktalker 12 | jelly bean switch | critical thinking | alternative methods of access | all-turn-it spinner |

  2. Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day

    In this Remarkable Idea, have fun with your students by creating valentines for their parents, playing a custom game of guess who, and showing them you care with a heart shaped cake.

    This activity addresses:

    • Cause and effect
    • Social skills
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    Preparation:

    1. Create your “mystery valentine box”. Paint an empty Altoid tin using pink or red paint.
    2. Record attribute questions to the QuickTalker 12 for your mystery game (example: Is your valentine a boy? Is your valentine a girl? Does your valentine have black hair? Etc.) Or create a board using the SoundingBoard App with attribute questions.
    3. Record “yes” and “no” to the TalkingBrix 2.
    4. Create your symbol overlays.


    What to do:

    Valentine’s Day Cards
    1. Using an iPad, the Blue2 Bluetooth Switch, and the camera app take a picture of each student holding out their hand and making a fist (like they are holding a large candy sucker.)
    2. Assign a camera operator to be in charge of taking each student’s picture (don’t forget to take a picture of the camera operator as well!)
    3. Before putting the iPad away, take a second picture of each student to be used in the Valentine’s Day guessing game (a close-up of their face.)
    4. Print out the pictures.
    5. Using the picture of each student holding out their fist, poke a hole large enough for the sucker stick to fit through at the top and bottom of their first, slide the sucker through the holes (it should appear as though they are holding the sucker).

    Mystery Valentine
    1. Using the pictures previously taken, cut them to size in order to fit into the Mystery Valentine Box.
    2. Randomly select a Mystery Valentine and put their picture into the Mystery Valentine Box.
    3. Select a Valentine Recipient to come up in front of the class. They should open the Mystery Box and see who is inside (don’t let anyone else see!)
    4. The Valentine Recipient will answer questions the students ask, trying to identify the Mystery Valentine. The class can ask questions using the QuickTalker 12 or SoundingBoard App.
    5. The Valentine Recipient will answer yes or no using the TalkingBrix if necessary, until the Valentine is correctly guessed. Whoever is the Mystery Valentine will be the next recipient.
    6. Play until all Mystery Valentines have been guessed.

    Heart Cake
    1. Follow the directions from the cake mix to make 1 of each shape cake (circle and square). Use the PowerLink 4, electric mixer, and Jelly Bean Switch to allow students to assist with mixing.
    2. Once the two cakes are done baking and have cooled, place them somewhere where all the students can see them.
    3. Explain that we can use shapes to make other shapes, and that by cutting the circle in half or into two semi-circles, we can make a heart.
    4. Rotate the square cake forty-five degrees and place one semi-circle on each of the two top sides of the cake to make a heart shape.
    5. Frost the cake and enjoy.

    Keywords

    talkingbrix 2 | soundingboard app | social skills | quicktalker 12 | powerlink 4 | jelly bean switch | 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. Bowling Fun for All

    Bowling Fun for All

    In the Remarkable Idea, students will have great fun throwing a ball against the bowling pins to knock them down!

    This activity addresses:

    • Turn Taking
    • Numbers
    • Teamwork
    • Cause and effect
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    Preparation:

    1. Connect the leaf blower to the PowerLink 4 (have power link set to timed and adjust to suit)
    2. Connect the iTalk2 with Levels to the PowerLink 4.
    3. Record cheering and words of commiseration on the iTalk2 with Levels.
    4. Connect the iTalk2 with Levels to the PowerLink 4.
    5. Record numbers 1-8 on QuickTalker 12.
    6. Create your bowling pin picture symbol for the iTalk2 with Levels, and QuickTalker 12.

    What to do:

    1. Place leaf blower on the floor and place pieces of wood to form a track.
    2. Record numbers 1 to 8 on QuickTalker 12 with overlay showing 1-8 symbols for numbers.
    3. Set bottles/bowling pins.
    4. Place ball near blower and use the iTalk2 with Levels the blower on and BOWL!
    5. Count how many pins were knocked over and press the appropriate number on the QuickTalker 12.
    6. Use the iTalk2 with Levels to either cheer or commiserate depending on the number of pins knocked down.

    Additional ideas:

    Record “Get set and go” on the QuickTalker 12.
    You can record additional phrases like:
    “Wow how many did I get?”
    “That was great, can’t wait for another for another turn”
    “Wow great shot”
    “Ahh, that was close, better luck next time”

    Keywords

    turn taking | team work | quicktalker 12 | powerlink 4 | numbers | italk2 with levels | cause and effect | alternative methods of access |

  5. Mother's Day

    Mother's Day

    In this Remarkable Idea, students will make flower vases and paper daisies with a special message for Mother’s Day.

    This activity addresses:

    • Choice making
    • Fine motor skills
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    * iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.

    Preparation:

    1. If using a plastic bottle, carefully cut off the threaded top portion of it.
    2. Write “I love you because…” somewhere on the vase and make sure to leave room for the student’s handprint.
    3. Record different options for the students on the QuickTalker 12 or create a SoundingBoard. Some options could be: “you take care of me”, “you play with me”, “you are funny”, etc.
    4. Cut petals for the daisies (approximately 1.5-in. ellipses, 45 per vase) using white construction paper.
    5. Cut 1-in. circles out of yellow paper (unless you plan to make these using the computer)

    What to do:

    Vase
    1. Begin by creating the vase using the milk chug bottle/vase/mason jar. Have students put paint on their hands and make a handprint, or two if there is room, on the vase. Allow to dry.

    Flower Centers
    1. Using an iPad, the Blue2 Bluetooth Switch, and the camera app, take a picture of each student. Assign a camera operator to be in charge of taking each student’s picture. Don’t forget to take a picture of the camera operator as well!
    2. Using the QuickTalker 12 or the SoundingBoard app, allow students to choose 4 phrases for the center of the daisies.
    3. Using a computer, resize and print the student’s picture in the shape of a circle with a 1-in. diameter. Type the student’s chosen phrases and print them into 1-in. yellow circles, or write them in the center of the yellow circles.

    Flowers
    1. Begin making the flower stems by rolling green construction paper around the pencils. These will need to be long enough to poke out of the vase. Make one longer for the student’s picture.
    2. On the back of the flower centers, glue 9 petals on each center.
    3. Glue the stems to the back of the flower centers. Place the flowers in the vase.
    4. Crumple pieces of black construction paper and place your paper “dirt” in the vase.
    5. Use a hot glue gun to glue everything in place.

    Keywords

    soundingboard app | quicktalker 12 | fine motor skills | choice making | blue2 bluetooth switch | alternative methods of access |

  6. Father's Day

    Father's Day

    In this Remarkable Idea students will make containers with a picture and special message for Father’s Day.

    This activity addresses:

    • Choice making
    • Fine motor skills
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    * iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.

    Preparation:

    1. Record different options for the students to the QuickTalker or create a board using the SoundingBoard app. Some options could be: “I love you because you take care of me”, “I love you because you play with me”, “I love you because you are funny”, etc.
    2. Sand down and paint the Altoid tins using white spray paint.

    What to do:

    Interior Cards
    1. Using an iPad, the Blue2 switch, and the camera app, take a picture of each student. Assign a camera operator to be in charge of taking each student’s picture. Don’t forget to take a picture of the camera operator as well!
    2. Using the QuickTalker 12 or the SoundingBoard app allows students to choose 4 phrases for the special messages in the tin.
    3. Using a computer, resize and print the student’s picture to the size of a business card (3.5” x 2”). Print the student’s chosen phrases onto cards (3.5” x 2”).

    Tins
    1. Using an iPad, the Blue2 switch, and the camera app take a picture of each student. Assign a camera operator to be in charge of taking each student’s picture (don’t forget to take a picture of the camera operator as well!)
    2. Using the QuickTalker 12 or the SSoundingBoard app allows students to choose 4 phrases for the special messages in the tin.
    3. Using a computer, resize and print the student’s picture to the size of a business card (3.5” x 2”). Print the student’s chosen phrases onto cards (3.5” x 2”).

    Keywords

    soundingboard app | quicktalker 12 | fine motor skills | choice making | blue2 bluetooth switch | alternative methods of access |

  7. Know Your Friends Game Show!

    Know Your Friends Game Show!

    In this Remarkable Idea students will answer trivia questions about their classmates. This activity can be modified to allow for a review game of concepts taught in the classroom.

    This activity addresses:

    • Sportsmanship
    • Social skills
    • Turn taking
    • Alternative methods of access

    What you need:

    Preparation:

    1. Using student interest inventories, design questions about student’s favorite colors, foods, books, etc.
    2. Teacher can write these answers on index cards to save time during game play.
    3. Record team colors (red, blue, or green) onto the corresponding TalkingBrix 2, these will act as that team’s buzzer. Students can also choose a team name to be recorded onto their TalkingBrix 2.
    4. Record “A”,”B”,”C”, and “D” onto the QuickTalker 7, as well as phrases such as “I think the answer is…” , “I know the answer is…”, and “I’m going to guess…”, students will use this to select their answers.
    5. On the QuickTalker 12 record phrases such as “Let’s get started”, “Red Team”, “Blue Team”, “Green Team”, “Nice Try”, “Correct”, “That is incorrect”, as well as other motivating game show host phrases.
    6. On the All-Turn-It Spinner, write point values for each question (100, 200, 300, etc.)

    What to do:

    1. Designate a student to be the game show host and hosts assistant (jobs can be combined if necessary) and divide the classroom into teams.
    2. Each team will choose a player to go first.
    3. The “Assistant” will choose a picture or name card for the topic, and the “Host” will use the Step-by-Step to choose a question. (Ex. John and Favorite color)
    4. The students will “buzz in” using the TalkingBrix 2. The first team to buzz in will get the chance to answer first using the QuickTalker 7. If they are incorrect the other teams can buzz in and try to answer the question.

    Keywords

    turn taking | talkingbrix 2 | sportsmanship | soundingboard app | social studies | quicktalker 7 | quicktalker 12 | alternative methods of access | all-turn-it spinner |