ADE ESS, Assistive Technology Internship, week 2

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January 14 and 15th I went to Phoenix for the Arizona Grant Team Trainings. A number of school districts from across the state apply to be a part of the grant teams and those that fit the requirements are able to attend a series of trainings in all aspects of Assistive Technology throughout the school year. The room held about 100 people from districts across the state. There were a few district names I recognized, but many I had never heard of, such as Continental Schools, south of Tucson by 40 miles or so.

The first day was taught by Tony Vincent, a former teacher from Iowa who now teaches across the country about apps and different educational programs for Apple, Ipads, Android devices, and PC computers. Having the same apps available on Android, PC, and Ipads in the same presentation was impressive and made it more accessible to all attendees.  I had ideas of bringing both Android and Apple devices with me to try to figure out both, but I had my hands full speaking with people, assisting the ADE ESS AT Team in their requests, and in taking notes and using my Ipad. The only thing I would have liked to have seen from the day training was examples of classroom implementation of these tools with students. Instead we took turns in large groups discussing different implementation ideas and how each app could be utilized in the classroom. I was especially curious how to implement QR codes in different educational settings. There are some notes below and pictures of the QR codes I created. Some of the images did not transfer and due to space on this blog I will not attach every single one, but you can find all of them on my Ipad in the Notability app, or else I’m happy to recreate these in person.

Thursday morning there was a training by Faye Gonzalez, a TVI and O&M instructor. I had spoken with her a bit over the phone in the fall and was very excited to hear her present. She has a great deal of experience and knowledge in many aspects of Vision Impairment and teaching, as well as with Assistive Technology and AAC. It was a really interesting and fascinating day and I learned a lot. My notes are below as well. I especially liked that her presentation included a number of videos and pictures of students using different pieces of Assistive Technology and strategies for teaching, and at one point we broke into pairs and tried out “hand under hand” with each other while blindfolded.

I had to leave after lunch to get back to Tucson for class that evening. It was an amazing two days in Phoenix and I’m really glad I was able to attend the Grant Team Trainings. Ann also introduced me to all of the Grant Teams in her territory, and I will look forward to working with them throughout my internship.

Grant team training January 14

Morning notes:


QR codes. create your own…
about qr codes:

Any QR website will work, some have adds, some don’t.

Application of QR codes: In a high school, especially college setting, could be useful way to relay information and share links, having students use websites and links, no literacy required. But could be exploited by malicious qr code sites and students could become unintentionally vulnerable.
qr code creator, makes text that appears when qr code is scanned.

Question: how can QR codes be helpful to your students. group answers:
embedded video clips for math worksheets so students can find them more easily and can be printed on every sheet.
group work links for social studies, articles, videos (different links for different student groups)
don’t have a bunch of qr codes together on same page if possible. stagger codes around page, or preferably 1 per page.
Therapy training videos for low-incidence students.-especially for summer to carry over range of motion exercises, feeding videos.
cheat sheet video links for AT devices, tech support questions
parent information links (but have to train parents on what qr codes are first)
instructions on use and assignment in chemistry for how to use a microscope
self checking after completing assignment (to confirm if they did it correctly or not)
links for additional information later.

“I could put a qr code on my webpage to go to my webpage”…
Generally not used online. Used as a means to get online instead., a free and safe way to find clip art photos.

Klingon keyboard plus other keyboard options for iPad

Assistive Technology Training, day 2- Faye Gonzalez-Vision Impairment

“over 40% of the brain is devoted to vision, so it’s common that damage to the brain also affects vision”

prompt hierarchy
hand over hand prompting
teaches VI students to passively tolerate their body being moved n way they don’t udnerstand.
Students attend to the back of their hand, NOT the task
who is doing the activity?
Too much verbal prompting
constant verbal directives causes overload
limits own internal thought process
reduces learning through “figuring it out”
promotes passivity

******Hand-under-hand modeling for students with VI
A technique for modeling a motor task to someone who can’t watch others doing it

currently ipad/apple products are more accessible out of the box than android/windows, but that gap should be closed soon enough

“Be a bridge, not a barrier”- when teaching students.

podd for auditory learners…

see through boards are visuallly challenging for eyegaze and aac with vision impairment

“do not use hide/show as a teaching method”

Classroom AT tools for literacy and communication need to be used differently for MD/VI students

visual, communication and motor needs are hard to separate….





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