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Keywords: Self expression, collaboration, support for learning styles
Subject(s): Art, Photography, Video, Social Skills, Technology, Autism, Special Needs, Speech and Language
Grades 10 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Somerset Losee, Las vegas, NV
Planned By: Jennifer Bruggeman
Original Author: Jennifer Bruggeman, Las vegas
Most of my special needs kids have never even heard of an iPad. First, we introduce the technology and how to care for it. We create our seesaw acconuts and use an icon to identify ourselves. I then review and either accept or request a new icon for each student. We then choose how we are going to upload our personal statement. Some students choose to create a rap song telling me who they are. Some create art that expresses themselves. Some choose to just write it down, and some choose to find a photo. These kids have learning disabilities and canít create in a usual
Way. This technology allows them to express themselves digitally
Ina variety of mediums. They are then expectedly to upload their file and comment on three other student contributions. This creates a family
In the classroom and allows interactions that would otherwise not be possible. I always have rights to review and reject either submissions or
Comments by other students. Kids
Donít all learn the same way and the joy is that the assessment can also
be done in a variety of ways. Not everyone can write 10 paragraph essays.
Assessment also includes the interaction between students. They have to
comment on each other. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, this technology and lesson plan connects parents and families with their students. Seesaw is an app that students use to create their portfolios and their families can see what they are learning.
This is an awesome first week of school projects. These special
Needs kids have to learn to use technology, but in a style that can utilize. This lesson plan creates a feeling of safeness, of team building, collaboration and healthy self-expression to a group of disadvantaged kids in a low economic area.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Art, music, photo, writing, video.
Have them pull up digital portfolio and have a discussion on the results. Feelings and thoughts.
Materials: English/Language Arts, Reading, Literacy, Writing, Clip Art, Screen Capture, Video Tools, Assessment, Integrating Technology, Autism, Dyslexia, Speech and Language