Self-Selected Reading in Our Classrooms

Self-Selected Reading in Our Classrooms

Self-selected reading is often seen as the easiest literacy block.  However, to develop a student’s love of reading requires careful resource curation and an awareness of their interests and preferences.  Below is a checklist I use with teachers in working through the self-selected reading block in their classroom. The two main guiding rules are: It isn’t self-selected if you don’t choose it yourself You can’t get good at it if it is too difficult Overall guidelines Do you have 20 or more books per student in your classroom? Do you have a mix of fiction and non-fiction? Do students have…

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Literacy Through Curriculum: Using the Australian Curriculum as a Springboard for Literacy

Literacy Through Curriculum: Using the Australian Curriculum as a Springboard for Literacy

It’s the final day of #AGOSCI2015 – I’m always sad when a fabulous conference ends!  But I love all the great ideas and tips I’ve learned that I get to go back and try!  And AGOSCI is always so practical – which is one of the reasons it’s one of my favourite conferences My last presentation for this year’s AGOSCI Conference was with Lorna Fenech. Lorna is the Deputy Principal at Adelaide West Special Education Centre and a very skilled teacher.  Lorna and students at Adelaide West are also featured in one of the Illustrations of Personal Learning on the…

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AAC and Literacy in Partnership to Develop Language

AAC and Literacy in Partnership to Develop Language

Today I was lucky enough to present at the AGOSCI 2015 National Conference with the amazing Helen Tainsh on using literacy and AAC intervention to develop language. Helen works in both early intervention at the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre and in private practice, where she supports a number of students in mainstream schools.  Currently, I’m working mostly with special schools implementing whole school literacy and AAC programs.  Despite the different work settings that we find ourselves in, both Helen and I are finding the literacy and AAC go so well together in developing skills in literacy and AAC – and…

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Self-Selected Reading: Books for Every Reader

Self-Selected Reading: Books for Every Reader

The AGOSCI Conference continued today.  My first presentation for the day was with the fabulous Sally Clendon on the topic of Self-Selected Reading.  As promised, the handout for the presentation is shared here. Self Selected Reading from Jane Farrall  And thanks to the wonderful teachers and students featured in the photos in this handout, particularly the staff and students from Willans Hill. Share this: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Email Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInEmail

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Do’s and Dont’s of Implementing Real Communication Through AAC

Do’s and Dont’s of Implementing Real Communication Through AAC

Today I was delighted to present with David Niemeijer from AssistiveWare on this topic on the first day of the AGOSCI National Conference.  As promised during the presentation, the handout can be accessed here.  For those of you who can’t be at the conference – check out lots of great information on Twitter using the hashtag #AGOSCI2015. Share this: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Email Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInEmail

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AAC: Systemic Change for Individual Success

AAC: Systemic Change for Individual Success

Last year I wrote a blog post about AAC: Systemic Change for Individual Success. This is something I feel very strongly about – so I also submitted it as a presentation for this year’s National AGOSCI Conference. The presentation was today, Day 1 of #AGOSCI2015 – and I promised those attending that I would share the presentation via my blog.  So here it is! Share this: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Email Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInEmail

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AAC apps list updated

AAC apps list updated

I’m very pleased to say that I have just updated the AAC apps list again! This time 106 of the existing apps have been updated and there are 23 new apps.  You can see a list of all the Additions and Updates by clicking here. There are a few trends that I noticed as I was updating the list this time that I thought were worth mentioning. Firstly, lots of the apps are now using the iOS embedded voices –  most of the apps that previously had poor quality or internet based voices are now using this option instead which…

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Switch Accessible Apps List: Updated!

Switch Accessible Apps List: Updated!

It has been quite some time since we updated our switch accessible apps list  – nearly 18 months in fact!  During this time we have been focusing on the Switch Control built into iOS and learning the range of options it now provides.  However we definitely recognise that there is still a place for those apps that have simpler switch options for individuals who are learning to use a switch and so we decided it was time for a long overdue update! Since the last (long ago) update, we have found 47 new apps with inbuilt switch options separate from…

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Keedogo & Keedogo Plus: Custom Keyboards for the iPad

Keedogo & Keedogo Plus: Custom Keyboards for the iPad

Recently Apple released iOS8 – and once again there were a number of accessibility features added with this update. For a round up of accessibility changes and additions check out the excellent summary from AbleNet – iOS8 Accessibility. One of the new features is the ability for developers to create their own onscreen keyboards for the iPad and iPhone.  There are several alternative keyboards already available – and AssistiveWare was very quick to release their own options, called Keedogo and Keedogo Plus. Keedogo and Keedogo Plus are large font, simple keyboards available in both QWERTY and ABC arrangements. They work…

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Using the AAC apps list

Using the AAC apps list

It’s October, so it’s International AAC Awareness Month. As a result I thought it was time to blog about one of the most accessed resources on this website – the AAC apps list. Earlier this year we needed to do some changes to the AAC apps list because it was getting too big for the previous format. Recent comments on the QIAT listserve made me realise that I hadn’t explained those changes – so this blog post will serve as the explanation. There is now a central page for the AAC apps list which can be accessed from the AAC…

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