Monday, February 13, 2017

Simple Tools, Transformational Learning

Today's blogger is Kelly Hudson. She is the District Technology Coach and Special Education Coach at DeKalb Central Schools where they are 1:1 with Chromebooks K-12. You can find her on Twitter @khudsonDekalb and on Google+ at +Kelly Hudson.

Special education teachers.. it’s time! It’s time for students to be in charge of their IEP. It’s time for students to set goals for themselves. It’s time for students to learn the power of

Yet. 

Putting students in charge of their learning by switching to student led case conferences allows for students, not the special education teacher, to own the data. Students’ language begins to switch from “I can’t do this” to "I don’t know how to do this yet.” During a student led case conference, the students run the conference. Each student has a varying degree of leadership based on their age and ability. Students share their testing data, their strengths, and overall present levels. The student explains how certain accommodations help them. Goals developed by the student are discussed and are a part of the IEP.

Utilizing Google Slides allows for students to create their own presentation from scratch or work from a template that the teacher has created. For students with difficulty reading and reading fluency or oral communication, screencasting over the Google Slides presentation is a great option. This allows the students to rehearse what they want to say without feeling embarrassed or nervous at the conference. Students can play the screencast during the conference, stopping and starting their video for questions and discussion. Screencasting also allows the video to be shared with other case conference committee members that are unable to attend. Simply transformational!

CLICK HERE for a how-to on the screencasting tool we use called Screencastify.

CLICK HERE for a link to Google Slides Help.

CLICK HERE for a student led case conference Google Slides template (Mild Disabilities, Elementary) Courtesy of Sarabeth Bankert, Country Meadow Elementary.

CLICK HERE for a student led case conference Google Slides template (Functional Skills High School) Courtesy of Laura Atkinson, DeKalb High School.

CLICK HERE for a planning page to help students plan what they want to say Courtesy of Sarabeth Bankert, Country Meadow Elementary.

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