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Optimizing the use of the app involves seeing how it fits into your work environment. For speech language pathologist it can become the therapy tool you pull out of your purse or for the early childhood educator it is an errorless learning tool with limitless repetition options that are paperless.
Today we will look at the interactive and sharable piece of iESLp App. For us interactive is about bringing the use of iESLp APP on the iPad into the everyday functional world of the child while creating human interaction with the child. It is were our personal interaction meets what technology can help the child do, communicate and learn from.
Interacting with a child while they are learning something new helps them solidify what they are learning. It provides opportunity to give direct corrective feedback and build on what is already established or it can provide errorless learning because of the prompts and cues we provide. This can become key to success for those that struggle with language or learning in general.
Making boards that are in game format provides an opportunity for interaction. We can check for learning while having fun with the child. Another way to create interaction is to make boards that are of a high personal interest. Using things from the child’s environment by taking a pictures and creating boards with these real world items opens the door for independence, word use and discussion.
Let’s say we are working on a vocabulary goal around clothing and sentence expansion. Since it’s winter and we want to make sure the child knows the words boots, coat, mittens and hat. We can take pictures of their personal items, use one of the in-app visual templates and create a check list for them. As they dress we can have them move a check mark or happy face to the item they are putting on, prompting them to say the word or use the word in a sentence. We could also have a picture of them all dressed up at the top so they can see what their end goal is before going outside supporting executive functioning skills.Using the app to create the board takes only a few minutes and can be done on the spot with the help of the child by asking them to get each item, placing it on the floor and taking picture of it with the iPad.(*This part can also be an evaluation of whether or not the child knows what the item is.) Children love to be involved in this way. It also creates a personal investment on the end of the child. They have ownership because of their involvement in the creation processes.
With the in-app share options you can quickly email or text the board to parents or others who work with the child so they can add it into their folder of boards for this child allowing the child to have access to this newly created board in a variety of settings.
Increase the opportunity to practice the new vocabulary and watch the language bloom.
Next week – samples of interactive boards
Here is another example, we used of getting dressed in the blog. A great thanks to my model she gave me permission to share her photo. Here are 3 examples of how to modify the board to fit your students.
Some people have asked me for examples on how it looks on the iESLp App app here is an example of a board created with a high interest area, including social thinking strategies. I am extremely fortunate with the educational support staff I work with and they come up with amazing boards to support our students. Here is a board created by an educational support staff.