Teachers -- Activity #5 -- Classroom or online
Promoting Technology as a MEANS not an END
Suggestions for Educators:
Demonstrate that success is the ability to participate
in functional activities of all types through two strategies:
Option 1. Have a discussion
about success with AAC
Option 2. Learn more about
the participation patterns of an individual
1: Begin a discussion on success.
Discuss the following questions:
a) What does success mean in your life? How would
you define success?
b) In your opinion, how would an adult AAC user define success?
c) How would a parent of a young AAC user define success?
d) How would a teen-ager who uses AAC define success?
e) Are there differences? Are you sure?
2: Learn more about the life of an individual
relying on AAC
Read the enABLES profile on Sharon Jodock King and all of her associated
video clips to understand the breadth of her life's activities. Sharon’s
profile and clips are at http://depts.washington.edu/enables/profiles/prof_sk.htm.
You should find the following activities:
Joking, e.g. at the pharmacy
Lobbying at the legislative session:
Worshipping at church
Creating, e.g. works of art
Advocating, e.g. for people with disabilities
Teaching, e.g. about art for people with
Learning, e.g. at a community college
Or, you can search for the clips on the search engine. To find these
clips, go to the AT/AAC enABLES Search page: http://depts.washington.edu/enables/searching.htm
Find the section of the search page that looks like this:
Click on the black triangle in the small box to the right to open
the drop down menu listing all the AAC strategies that are currently
available. Select the desired strategy, for example those shown
in italics in the examples above, then click on "Go".
All video clips that demonstrate that strategy will appear as
thumbnails on the next screen. You will usually see two versions:
“.wmv” for Windows Media Player clips and “.mov”
for Quick Time/MacIntosh clips. Click on the thumbnail once to show
the video clip.