SET-BC is excited to announce a new special project intended to support classroom teachers employing personalized learning (21st century) strategies and resources (www.personalizedlearningbc.ca) that utilize technologies to integrate students into the classroom environment and provide access to their curriculum. SET-BC is looking for 1 classroom teacher and 1 resource teacher from 10 different schools to apply for the project. Accepted schools will receive an unlimited site license to SOLO 6, along with the opportunity to request additional technologies deemed as necessary for effectively implementing the software in the classroom. SET-BC will provide 2 years of training and follow-up to the project teachers.
Solo 6 is a literacy suite of popular assistive technology supports: bundled within the software is a text reader, graphic organizer, talking word processor, and word prediction (Don Johnston Inc, 2012). This software is a valuable support for students’ reading, studying and writing in the classroom environment.
Birchland Elementary School in Coquitlam has recently highlighted the success SOLO 6 has had in impacting school wide student achievement. Birchland has attributed their school wide success with assistive technology integration as stemming from their participation in the SET-BC Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Project. The principles of UDL encourage classroom differentiation through the provision of multiple means of representation, multiple means of engagement and multiple means of expression (Cast, Inc, 1999-2011). Following their participation in the project, the school acquired a school license for SOLO 6, and integrated it into each of their school classrooms. The school staff report: “We finally felt we were able to deliver what UDL truly called for.” Classroom teachers utilized the tool in their instruction and allowed ALL students access to the software as they engaged in curricular tasks throughout the day. The school has reported significant gains in reading and writing achievement, decreased negative behavior and an overall increase in student engagement (Birchland Elementary School Report, 2011).