Virtual Reality & Autism: Part 1

This is Part 1 of a series of blog posts around a new endeavor for our program, exploring immersive virtual reality (VR) and it’s potential in our setting. Several weeks ago I had the pleasure and luck to cross paths with Jaclyn Wickham. Jaclyn is a former classroom teacher-turned-technologist exploring the potential of technology to enhance teaching and learning. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree.

Learn 2 Learn Legos, Stop-Motion, Autism

The beauty of learning and technology is that the sky really is the limit. Here we use Lego’s Learn to Learn sets and have students build while doing Stop Motion video. Not only are students being exposed to the technology and maker-ed principles, they also can work on essential skills of turn-taking, communication, socialization, waiting, sequencing, and more. I cannot wait to use this more but wanted to share the.

Full Circle…Like the Universe.

One of my latest endeavors is creating a PD series called “Dings in the Universe”. These may take the form of a short movie clip, iBook, or other form. Basically, they will be quick-hitting PD resources that show/teach/share, etc. Essentially, a ding is a small mark in space…but many dings can make a big difference. I like the quote and the idea because it shows that even small contributions when.

Autism Awareness App-ril!

Over the past couple of months, I have collected apps used with students with autism from educators, therapists, families, and students themselves. Each day I will feature an app or 2 with some information about the app. While there are 1000s of apps out there, this will be focused so that by the end of the month you have some new apps and/or new ideas on how to use apps.

MacBooks at a Whole New Level…and a new iPad?

At our school, the MacBook cart is a frequent flyer in the HS. Classrooms sign out the laptops to do a whole host of PBL and other work. With 16 classrooms at our main school location and only 1 computer lab, the cart has been very valuable. The past few weeks, one of our younger classrooms, class 4, started integrating the MacBooks into their daily instruction. When I was invited.