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Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

Using Teaching Tools to Support Participation in the Classroom

Article by Stephanie Ekis, M.S., CCC-SLP

Teaching Tools are pre-programmed pages available on DynaVox Series 5 devices.  They contain a variety of learning and communication activities that can support participation in the classroom.  You might find these pages to be useful when teaching new concepts or supporting on-task behavior.

HINT:    The Teaching Tools folder can be found in the Page Navigator of the Maestro, V+ and Vmax+.

If your child has a DynaVox Series 5 device, make sure that you spend some time exploring the Teaching Tools pages.  If your child doesn’t have a device, but you are interested in exploring the DynaVox Series 5 Software, download the free Semesterware 90-day trail.

TIP 1: USE THE READING, WRITING AND SPELLING PAGES TO SUPPORT LITERACY INSTRUCTION AND LEARNING.

The Reading, Writing and Spelling pages offer many activities to support reading and writing practice and exploration.  Activities include:

  • News from Home/News from School
  • Spelling Pages
  • Symbolate
  • Phoneme Keyboard
  • eBook Reader
  • Writing Templates
  • Word Families

TIP 2: USE VISUAL SUPPORTS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS WHO DEMONSTRATE OFF-TASK OR CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS.

  • Schedules
  • Positive Behavior Supports

TIP 3: EDUCATIONAL GAMES CAN SUPPORT THE CLASSROOM CURRICULUM AND PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A WAY TO PRACTICE NEW CONCEPTS.

Concentration Game

  • Math Reveal
  • Calculator
  • Skeletal System

 

To learn more about Teaching Tools and other classroom tips, please visit the AAC in the Classroom Learning Path available on the DynaVox website.

 

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