5 September 2013

Assistive technology team gears up for another year - it's September!

Another school year has begun and the Assistive Technology team is busy. The differentiated professional learning tasks they are fervently preparing include curriculum, Learning Community and technical software files and workshops to support special education staff at the Toronto District School Board.

The following blog entry is a snapshot example of what a Learning Community member experiences during one of the in-class sessions at Terraview Learning Centre (East) or Burnhamthorpe Adult Learning Centre (West). While the four 2013-2014 Learning Community sessions are limited to teachers, whose programmes received the Special Education Amount (S.E.A.) Interactive Whiteboard  group claim this year, the Learn 360 website highlighted in this entry, is one of a number of digital resources that can be found on the TDSB's Virtual Library.

Supporting Teachers through Multi-Media 

Teachers at the second Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) Learning Community (LC) session last year were very excited to learn about and receive an ActiView Document Camera. They explored how to show live displays of various materials, from literature to 3D objects. Then from these images they created higher level thinking questions to scaffold their students learning. Along with this, they also discovered how to use the ActiView to make videos. They practiced using video to model things such as: task completion, self-regulation strategies, introducing new concepts, etc., as well as to use video to capture student learning. Finally, they were taught how to insert video, both their own and videos acquired from www.learn360.ca, into their lessons.
Learn360 is a ministry licensed multi-media educational site that “supports the learning and interests of students within a wide range of ages and grades. “ On this site, they have over ”63 000 media resources from trusted educational publishers and producers, which will ENGAGE your students, ENRICH their learning experiences and drive them to EXCEL both inside and outside of the classroom.”

ActiView camera
Teachers being shown the use of the document camera.

Teachers exploring the use of the ActiView Document Camera at a Learning Community Session.

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