Thursday, November 5, 2015


Happy Thankful Thursday! In continuing with our goal of communication for the school year, my co-teacher +Deandra Verest and I would like to kick start the month of November with a video we created of our students communicating. We hope you enjoy it! 


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

iCan use a Bigmack!

   At the beginning of the school year, my Speech and Language Pathologist approached me and asked what I was looking for as far as communication for my students. My response was simple: I want my students’s voices to be accessible and functional throughout the school day. In a Special Education classroom, with 13 students, 2 Special Education Teachers, 4 Paraprofessionals, 1 Nurse, and related service providers coming in and out of the classroom throughout one day, it is easy for materials to get lost in the shuffle, so the idea of having accessible and functional communication is essential. Our classroom focus for the year had quickly (and quite obviously) become communication. This year I will be sharing with you the journey of infusing technology and communication in our very special classroom.  

  My first share is introducing you to one of my 5th Grade students, Naomi. Naomi absolutely loves the television show, Hannah Montana. Using youtube on the iPad, we have made the show an accessible reward throughout her school day. We have been encouraging Naomi to request for the show by using a Bigmack device. The idea behind the Bigmack, although limited to only one choice option, is to encourage her hand movement for requesting, which will lead to multiple options given. We have met as a team with an outside Assistive Technology Consultant, Sandy Chiampas, from LADSE who explained that we need to teach Naomi the cause and effect idea that when she presses the button (the cause), we will respond to her needs and wants (the effect). The video below shows Naomi requesting for “more” Hannah Montana using the Bicmack. You can see how excited and happy she is after being able to communicate her wants to me for more Hannah! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Technology in Math

Our principal asked staff to create a presentation on technology in the classroom. This particular video will showcase technology programs and apps that we incorporate to develop math skills and concepts in our Special Education classroom. You may recognize some of the programs from previous blog posts. Follow the link to learn more about the Unique Learning Curriculum for Math, Photo Booth and Splash HD. 

Technology in Math

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

App Slam 2!

Hi Everyone! I have created another app slam for the latest app hits in my classroom this year! Check out this short video about some of my student's favorite apps. 

App Slam 2

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