Monday, April 24, 2017

Spotlight on Literacy

All Animated Step-by-Steps® expose students to print and provide numerous ‘teachable moments’, especially when using the pen tools of the interactive whiteboard. Lately, I’ve become interested in developing resources that offer a greater emphasis on literacy. Here are six fun ASbySs that offer a greater literacy emphasis.

Betty Botter is a great resource for exploring how vowel variation can alter pronunciation and meaning. “Betty Botter bought some butter. But she said the butter’s bitter. If I put it in my batter. It will make my batter bitter” etc.









Apples & Bananas also explores vowel variation using a nonsensical chant that varies the line, “ I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas” … I like to ote, ote, ote, o-pples and bo-no-nos.




CVC Mystery Balls is a guessing game. A colored ball rolls on the page. An auditory clue is provided. The contents of the ball is then revealed, e.g. cat/’cat’ and students are encouraged to provide the CVC letters for the mystery item. The final animation provides the correct CVC print.


Mystery Animals is similar to the former but targets the names of zoo animals and farm animals. A colored ball rolls on to the page and an auditory clue is provided. A print cue is also provided with only a few print cues inserted, e.g. z __ __ __ __. The mysttery animal is then revealed, e.g., zebra / ‘zebra’ and students are invited to fill in the missing letters of the animal’s name.





B-I-N-G-O & Friends  provides visual support for the Bingo Song and extends that framework to a variety of other farm animals (Cat-Kitty, Horse-Winny, Cow-Bessy, Goat-Lucky, Pig-Porky, Goose-Gammy, Duck-Daffy, and Chick-Jazzy).






Beat the Clock is a variation of the ‘hangman game’. Students are given 12 chances to guess the letters of a mystery word, i.e. __ __ __ __ __.  An alphabet chart is provided to strike off the letters used in the game.








All six resources are available in three formats (Regular, SymbolStix, PCS) from the Teachers Pay Teachers site. They are also available as a Literacy Bundle, offering six resources for the price of four! 

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©2017 Carol Goossens’, Ph.D.
Augmentative Communication Consultant
Speech-Language Pathologist
Special Educator

Monday, April 17, 2017

Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap is a wonderful clinical conference!!! This year's offering of pre conference workshops has just been released.

This year I will be co-presenting a pre conference lab on Using PowerPoint to Promote Literacy, Language and AAC in the Classroom with four wonderful colleagues: Caroline Musselwhite, Gretchen Hanser, Laurel Buell and Jeanmarie Jacoby. So if you are a professional or a parent who loves creating engaging educational materials for your students, please join us on Tuesday, October 17 from 8:00 am - 4:30. As this is a hands-on lab; enrollment is limited ... so sign up early!

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©2017 Carol Goossens’, Ph.D.
Augmentative Communication Consultant
Speech-Language Pathologist
Special Educator

Monday, March 20, 2017

Being Evaluated?

I periodically receive messages from teachers commenting on how well their internship/teacher evaluations went when they used an Animated Step-by-Step (ASbyS) on an interactive whiteboard as part of their lesson. Given the frequency with which this occurs,  I decided to devote some space to discussing why this might hold true.

Many schools have invested in technology, so of course, they are thrilled to see their interactive whiteboard technology being skillfully used with an ASbyS. ASbyS work beautifully on an interactive whiteboard and are a wonderful vehicle for allowing teachers to flaunt their ‘technology chops’ during their evaluation. Because the ASbyS is logically planned, the teacher is free to devote his/her creative energy toward conceptualizing the differentiated instruction that should occur during the activity.

When using an ASbyS, there is a clear visual focus to your lesson. The many animations/sound effects embedded within an ASbyS help to heighten engagement and keep students ‘on task’ and engaged.  Engagement is further enhanced by incorporating remote switch technology that allows students to trigger animations regardless of their motor ability. This eliminates the need to physically approach the interactive whiteboard, as students can activate the animations/sound effects via a switch presented on a board.(e.g., RJ Cooper Super Bluetooth Switch) Many classrooms have iPads so you can even incorporate the Attainment Switch App ($4.99), to use your iPad as if it were a switch! 





There is also considerable flexibility in the manner in which the lesson can be structured. For example, you many opt to read/animate each page/step, then physically perform that step as you progress through the ASbyS. In other classrooms you might conduct the ASbyS as a group lesson then encourage pairs of students to rotate through a work station where they are guided through the activity using the same ASbyS on an iPad. http://bit.ly/2iU2AWX







Being evaluated?  Hope it goes well!


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©2017 Carol Goossens’, Ph.D.
Augmentative Communication Consultant
Speech-Language Pathologist
Special Educator