Each year SET-BC supports a small number of provincially coordinated classroom technology projects. These projects are designed to investigate and explore how new technologies can be used to support students’ IEP goals or how to extend the use of existing technologies within students’ educational programs. For more information on any of these projects, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adapted Novel Studies
Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 wrote abridged versions of novels for use by students not able to access the full versions. Five versions of three novels were produced – the versions included PowerPoint, Clicker 5, SwitchIt Maker, Pictello and Kurzweil 3000. The novels include “Sarah Plain and Tall”, “The Twits”, and “Harriett the Spy”.
Ancient Civilizations Innovation
Students in a Grade 7 class used Clicker 5 adapted content on Ancient Civilizations as well as materials from ARC-BC and general internet research to identify influences and contributions of ancient societies to present-day cultures. The students used Kurzweil 3000 to support their writing and worked together to create a multimedia presentation that contained video interviews, a Clicker 5 book and a PowerPoint presentation.
Canadian Identity Video
Students in a Grade 5 class produced a story board movie that highlighted the contributions of significant Canadians. Students used technology to gather information about the Canadians, script the video using a story board and then assign classmates roles. The video produced was edited and shared with a peer audience.
Creating a Model of Technology Integration in a Life Skills Program
Students in a secondary life skills program explored elements of social skills, daily news, weather, sports, and their community while practicing and integrating functional reading, writing, and math skills. They collected and shared news and information using digital photos, sounds and videos captured in their class, school and community and then used a variety of multimedia software programs including Clicker 5, PowerPoint and SwitchIt Maker to create and share their talking books with peers, family and friends.
Creativity, Inclusion, Accessibility (CIA) in the 21st Century
Students in a Grade 5 class used a classroom based wiki to learn new material, store information and collaborate with peers. This project was not based on a single assignment but on the ongoing classroom activities and tasks so that all students were engaged and their needs met.
Examining the Efficacy of iPads to Support Students with Written Output Challenges
Students in Grades 5 and 6 worked together with teachers to collaborate on goals and assessment measures for using iPads as a writing tool to support curricular based learning assignments and weekly journal entries. Students then taught their peers skills developed during the project. The project team developed a plan to implement iDevices as writing tools within the classroom, school, and district.
Exploring Relationship Circles
Students in an intermediate Life Skills class used technology to build a visual presentation depicting social boundaries in their lives. The Circles program provided a basis for the students to help organize and delineate social relationships. Students in this project created a photo-library of individuals in their circles and edited the photos using iApp tools. Audio was added to their presentations and the final products were shared in a variety of settings in the school.
Exploring Universal Design for Learning Through Novel Studies
Students in a grade 6 class conducted studies on novels such as Parana’s Journey using both a traditional and UDL approach. Students used laptops and Kurzweil 3000 as well as other software (e.g. iMovie, Clicker 5) to express their learning and understanding of the story elements.
Greek Mythology and Poetry Units
Students in a middle school explored a variety of poetic styles and had a choice of creating a video, digital illustration or song that used the poetic devices learned. A second theme, “Mythology”, was then introduced and students created a variety of products including digital comics, songs, electronic trading cards and presentations based on their own original myths.
How Did We Get Here?
Students in a Grade 4/5 class learned about the cultural identity of their community by exploring personal family stories and the relationships between these histories and the evolution of diverse communities. Using internet and a primary source of information, students explored their family heritage through interviews – each student photographed, wrote and orally described an artifact associated with their family. They then worked in small groups to compile personal histories in a pod or videocast that was shared on the school’s website.
Literacy Project for Intermediate and Primary Buddies
Students in intermediate grades identified and produced either a fiction or non-fiction visual presentation that included photos and text and/or illustrations. Their presentation products were shared and read with a group of primary students.
Personalized 21st Century Learning
Students in a Grade 6 class created meaningful and thoughtful representations to communicate a personal response to a topic of their choice. Working collaboratively in pairs or small groups, students gathered information and created a multi-modal product using Web 2.0 tools, iPads, laptops and digital cameras. They shared their presentations with a student audience.
Students in Life Skills classes researched a variety of topics on the internet to solve problems and to answer critical questions. Using software that supported written output, students developed a variety of literacy skills and used online personalized stories and videos to develop their social thinking.
Supporting Organization for Students with Asperger Syndrome
Students with Asperger syndrome investigated the use of iPod Touches for prompting/cuing and for scheduling tasks and events. The team determined if the use of these devices is appropriate for this student group and what iApps were helpful in supporting the student’s IEP goals for improved organization.
Students in a Grade 1 class used computer software to create journal entries on topics of their own choice. The writing was shared with the entire class using a SmartBoard.