Literacy For All - SET-BC's Accessible Book Program
The Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Education, celebrated International Literacy Day in September 2006 by providing 51,500 books to kindergarten students throughout the province.
SET-BC / PRCVI Collaboration with ThailandDecember 2006 - Traditionally students who are blind in Thailand receive only a very basic education in mathematics and the sciences. Secondary and post secondary education opportunities for students who use braille were limited to fields related to the humanities. However, in the past year a window of opportunity has opened for a few bright students in Thailand to pursue some mathematics and science programs at the secondary school level. Limited resources and trained personnel are available to support this new initiative.
SET-BC consultants support BC professional development
Each year, SET-BC consultants take part in the October province-wide professional development day by providing technology training opportunities for BC educators. This year was no exception.
Graham Cook - Teacher of the Year
Graham Cook, a BC vision teacher for School Districts 59 and 60, has been selected as the Braille Challenge 2006 Teacher of the Year. This international award honors a teacher of visually impaired students who demonstrates outstanding skills and abilities in teaching braille to children in elementary, middle or high school, and in so doing, promotes braille literacy.
PSAP Training Events Around the Province
This spring, school districts around the province hosted training events which focused on software they had acquired through the SET-BC Provincial Software Acquisition Plan (PSAP). Coordinated by the districts' SET-BC District Partner and supported by the regional SET-BC consultants, teams gathered in their districts for day long training on a variety of software titles including Kurzweil 3000, Clicker 4, Balanced Literacy, Simon Sounds It Out, Wordmaker, and SOLO.
Dynavox Training Workshop
Erin O’Halloran, Western Sales Representative for Dynavox is supporting SET-BC teams around the province with hand-on training workshops on the Dynavox and Enkidu product lines.
Kurzweil 3000 Foundations Workshop Fosters Networking & Resource Sharing
Participants discussing in ClassroomWendy Young, training specialist with Bridges in western Canada, recently presented a full day Kurzweil 3000 Foundations workshop in Penticton. This comprehensive workshop was co-sponsored by SET-BC and Okanagan-Skaha School District (SD67). There were a total of 32 participants, including classroom, special education and vision teachers, educational assistants, speech language pathologists, and an administrator.
SET-BC & Aroga Training Partnership
Over 3 days in November 2005, the SET-BC team on Vancouver Island hosted workshops presented by Steve Barclay and Elaine Holtham from Aroga. Based in Vancouver, Aroga provides SET-BC with assistive technology equipment, training and support for students who have low, or no vision and voice output communication aids for students who are unable to speak.
The Book Port Project
In February 2005, Special Education Technology - British Columbia and the Provincial Resource Program for the Visually Impaired launched the BookPort Project. The project provided the equipment, training, and resources for fifty blind or visually impaired secondary students in British Columbia.
2005 Summer Camps
Braille Literacy Camps
Teen Tech and Rec
2002 - 2004
- Summer Programs for Students 2004
- Virtual Voices 2002 Report (PDF)
- Engineering the Classroom: Deep Within the Trenches
- Assistive Technology for ASD
- SET-BC Promotes Pro Development
- The Learning Centre
- SEAs Explore Access Technology
- Emerging Braille Literacy Project
- Teen Tech/Rec@VisionTech
- SET-BC Technology Fair
- SET-BC Access Roadshow
- District Partners Day
- Gail Van Tatenhove - In Vancouver
- VisAble Video Telescope Project
- Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver
- Manon Dubé Visits Dawson Creek
2001 and Earlier
- Emerging Braille Literacy Project 2001 - 2002 (PDF)
- Virtual Voices Village Camp Report 2001 (PDF)
- Virtual Voices Village Camp 2001 Summary
- The BrailleNote Project
- Vision Technologies
- Reflections On @Virtual Voices
- Intellitalk II Workshop
- Out & About in Region Four
- The Summer Camps
- AAC Training On Vancouver Island
- Training Partnerships
- Connecting It All
- Accessible Books Project
- Odyssey 2001: New Frontiers
- Reflections on @Virtual Voices
- AAC / Minspeak Presentations with Gail Van Tatenhove
- Connecting it All
- Meet Paul Edwards
- The Summer Camps
- Winram Wins Big at CEC
- CEC Conference
- Focus on AAC Training
- Assistive Technology Team Training
- Variety Accessible Math Project
- Virtual Voices Day at Science World
- Region 2 hosts Intellitalk II Workshop
- Engineering the Classroom