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Keywords: Presentation, Writing, Reading, Speaking, Listening, Technology
Subject(s): Social Skills, Technology, Autism, Special Needs, Writing, Speech and Language, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 9 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Washington High School, Fremont, CA
Planned By: Michele Pryor
Original Author: Michele Pryor, Fremont
Writing Objective: students will type 3-10 sentences that they dictate with or without looking at a written model

Reading Objective: students will verbally state or point to pictures (from a field of 3) to state what topic their peers spoke about

Speech: student will verbally read or use assistive technology about a preferred activity, person, thing to their classmates

Technology: students will cut and paste a favorite picture from the internet onto their word document; students will use Smartboard to present their writitng

Introduction: In a small group or with 1:1 support, students will look at pictures on the internet about activities, people, things etc. that they have a strong interest in.

Writing Activity: In small group or with 1:1 support, students will create sentences about their topic. Students are at various levels of independence: some student can write independently but need assistance with grammar and writing mechanics; some students dictate whole sentences or phrases but need to copy from a written sample; some students can pick out pictures to help communicate their writing ideas.

Next students will insert a picture that they think goes best with their chosen topic.

Presentation: Students will present their writing on the Smart Board, using the option to have the computer read their words (many of my students are non-verbal).

Social Skills: Students will clap for their peers.

Assessment: Students will match their peer to the topic they presented from a field of three pictures.

I've had the opportunity to use a Smartboard with my students this summer and we used it for a variety of learning activities. The students were engaged and visibly proud to be able to stand in front of their peers and demonstrate their skills. This technology really helped my students access meaningful, age-appropriate curriculum and skills.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Curriculum tailored to students with cognitive disabilities (Unique Learning Curriculum: Reading, Math, Science, etc), Interactive Math (graphs, pattern blocks, logic activities), and much more.
Invite their typical peers to view their presentations. This would be a great way for the general education students on campus to see how hard our students work and to share in their accomplishments.
Links: Touchboards
Materials: Networked Projectors, Projector Screens, Autism, Cause and Effect, Early Learning, Speech and Language
Other Items: 1 Star Board TE-SN65, $2,178.00 each
1 ELMO MX-1 Bundle, $369.00 each, total of $369.00