This week I had the pleasure of trying out my first “no print” activity. On the surface, this type of product looks just like any other, however, it works just like an app!
Jess from Figuratively Speeching was kind enough to give me a copy of her Associations: An Interactive No Print Activity.
There’s a variety of ways that you can use the activity; I chose to use it on my Smart Board. Don’t worry – if you don’t have a Smart Board you can use it on your iPad, laptop, or even your iPhone!
(For something like this, it’s handy to have it saved on your iPad or computer. If you’re wondering how to save such a thing on your iPad, Dropbox is a great app for such a thing! Go download it!)
I chose to use this activity with a group of moderate to severe language disordered students who all happen to have autism. All are at a different level, both receptively and expressively, but this was easy to adapt to each student’s ability and goals.
When you first open the file (a PDF), the cover page will pop up. I used this opportunity to give one student a direction: Touch the white flower next to the cat.” (And he did it correctly!)
The next page to appear is the directions page. I had read this before I started, so again I had the student click “next” to get to the first question.
My first student needed tons of help to answer this question. (He didn’t even know what bacon was! Poor kid is missing out!) After I prompted his threw it, I was also able to follow up the question with, “When do we eat bacon and eggs?” Again, he needed a lot of help to avoid echolalia and answer this when question.
For the next aspect of the activity, I moved on to a different student whose language skills are a little higher. I clicked the “MC” that you see on the right side of the screen. He had a multiple choice choice for how bason and eggs go together. After reading his choices, he was able to answer it correctly! If you simply click the correct go together, you are taken to the main page which has links to all of the questions in the activity on it.
I used this opportunity to ask him how they go together again. Without having the written visual in front of him, it was a little more difficult and he needed prompting.
For another student in this group, associations are too high level. Instead of having him select the go together, I asked him a question about object functions. The associations question asked what went with “cookie”; I asked, “Which one do you drink?” In the field of 3 given, “milk” was the correct answer so I just covered the question and let him choose according to my question.
My students, especially my ASD population, LOVE anything that has to do with interactive technology. This activity is versatile, portable, and affordable! I was able to target, not only associations, but wh- questions, following directions, and object functions. Not to mention, my students worked on taking turns and sitting patiently while working their classmate go.
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At one of my schools, I have a smartboard. The kids absolutely LOVE using this in therapy. I don’t use it very often, but I’m learning!
Mary, did you see the post below? It’s how I use my SmartBoard most often!
I love to use my iPad for articulation. There are some great apps. For my younger kids, I love the Toca Boca series. And of course who does love to get rewarded with Angry Birds or Temple Run. 🙂
At the present time, the kids love the iPad! Hoping for a smartboard some day!
I am so lucky to have an Interactive White board in my therapy room, and my New Year’s resolution for 2014 was to use it more–so far this year, I have used it almost every day at least once, and some days in almost every group! I discovered that the “No Print” activities would work on it, and I only have 2 of them, so I am needing to beef up my collection to include more activities and more groups.
I love to use my iPad by using apps, no-print activities, or with PDF docs. I have an adapter for the VGA cord so I can plug it into my projector, which is aimed at a regular whiteboard. That way all the students in the group can see what is on the screen, and we can complete worksheets or draw on images, even if the app doesn’t have the capability for that.