Newton Speech-Language Technology Integration Wiki

This page is designed as a space for our community of SLPs to share ideas related to using technology in speech and language assessment and intervention. The idea for this page grew from a research project conducted by one of the SLPs, and you can see that project here.

We hope that this page will grow to be an interactive "activity exchange" similar to what is offered by boardmaker, intellitools, and speakingofspeech.com, but more specifically linked to the curriculum of our district.

Some DO's of the wiki:
Please DO visit often, as we hope others will be contributing
Please DO feel free to contribute even an idea that you think is small and not-so-flashy. All contributions are BIG.
Please DO reference a few IEP goals/objectives or curriculum standards that your activity addresses. These links are key in motivating us all to use your activity.
Please DO feel free to leave comments, questions, or constructive feedback about activities here.

Inclusion Team Pages can be accessed (under construction).

Standards can be found at the Newton and NETS-S websites.

Note from Sean: I made a lot of the initial postings using screencasts. This was an easier and more visual way to show how to use some tools. Please don't think you need to make one of these in order to post here. Please also do not think my voice is as high and squeaky as it sounds in a few of the screencasts--I think the uploading speed can affect the frequency at times.


The following is a general format to use for posting to this wiki:

Activity Title:
Contributor:
Date:
Short Description:
Standards or goals:
Links or Resources Needed:
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Wiki Info
Click here for a screencast on how to join the wiki--all you have to do is click and the short movie will play in your browser.
Click here for a screencast on how to contribute to the wiki.

Activity Title: Narrative Rubrics
Contributor: Narrative Affinity Group
Date: 5/6/08
Short Description: These are the rubrics the group created
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Activity Title: Newton's systemic technology integration resources
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/8
Short Description: The curriculum and technology specialists in Newton have done a great deal of work to provide us with resources to help us with our teaching and integration of technology. Check out their site--the Database in particular is helpful. Look up a specific curriculum unit and see what resources are listed. Most of these resources would be very helpful in targeting the language of the curriculum.
Standards or goals: ALL
Links or Resources Needed:
Newton's Online Resources
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Activity Title: Using PowerPoint to target language goals
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/7/07
Short Description: PowerPoint is a multimedia presentation program that you can use for more than just consultation. It is designed to present information in short chunks with visual supports, so it is a great venue for presenting content information to our students. You can create new PPTs or use existing ones, and interact around the text and pictures as presented, or perhaps use a graphic organizer to help the students process the information. PowerPoint can also be used to create interactive or living books for earlier developmental levels. Please see the links for further information.
Standards or goals:
NETS-S
  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
Newton
  • Reads selected fiction, traditional narratives, poetry, dramatic scripts, and nonfiction, which connect cultures and across the curriculum
IEP
  • Identifies main idea and related details
Links or Resources Needed:
Ready-Made PowerPoints on curriculum topics-
NEBO PPT Archive
Pete's PowerPoint Station
Toolbox for using PowerPoint in education

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Activity Title: Concept Mapping for Language Development
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/7/07
Short Description: Concept mapping, or use of interactive graphic organizers, helps students to visualize categories and other relationships, such as cause-effect. The use of software such as Kidspiration or Inspiration is referenced in the professional literature (Coufal, 2002); these programs can be downloaded for trial here , and licenses for the software are available at many schools. These programs allow students to enter in and manipulate graphics and text to forge connections in learning. This entry provides some examples of curriculum-related activities as well as links to websites with other activities for downloading. A screencast on how to use Kidspiration is also provided.
Standards or goals:
Newton-
  • describes the relationship between the earth, the sun, and our moon
  • demonstrates knowledge in a variety of ways, for example, oral retelling, summarizing, writing, drawing and graphic organizers
  • retells events of a story in sequence and with adequate detail
  • uses diagrams and descriptions to compare and contrast life cycles
Links or Resources Needed:
Activity related to Secret Life of Trees Website (section)
Activity related to Earth, Sun and Moon online PowerPoint
Kidspiration Activity Resources
A Screencast on using Kidspiration
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Activity Title: Using WebQuests for Project-Based Learning
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/8/07
Short Description: WebQuests are activities where a lot of important concepts meet: constructivist learning, project-based learning, critical thinking, social interactionist therapies, pragmatics, and Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development. A webquest is an activity that is outlined on a series of webpages--created by teachers--where the process and/or end product involve using technology in the form of web resources or other applications. Westby (2002) writes how WebQuests help students to develop the dynamic literacy skills necessary to use computers independently in meaningful ways. Taking that a step further, they also provide a situation in which the adult mediation helps the student to communicate about what he or she is learning, access language related to the curriculum, organize and present ideas, and solve real-world problems, all while working in the context provided by the technology. Because students work in groups to accomplish the task, they also provide a good context to work on pragmatic skills.
Standards or goals:
NETS-S
  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.
  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
  • Students use technology tools to process data and report results
Links or Resources Needed:
A few good examples-
Tantalizing Adjectives Webquest
An Insect's Perspective
If you want to look for more-
webquest.org
Tips: Look at these projects as things to modify to suit your needs
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Activity Title: PowerPoint Templates for Social Behavior Maps (Michelle Garcia Winner)
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/8/07
Short Description: These templates are PowerPoint slides that you can use to make SBMs when working with students. A great consultative tool, or good to use in the classroom for a whole-class lesson with LCD projector. Sometimes it also just provides a hook to keep the student engaged as you process the social information.
Standards or goals:
IEP
  • Student will exhibit appropriate communication, social thinking, and social skills across a variety of learning situations
Links or Resources Needed:

Michelle Winner's Page
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Activity Title: Providing Audio and Visual Feedback for Speech and Language Production
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/8/07
Short Description: These two screencasts show how to use two already available (or free) software programs to motivate students and provide feedback for speech work or language practice. GarageBand is on most Macs at this point, and allows you to easily record, play back, and edit segments of speech, with capability of eventually burning a CD for the student quite easily. PRAAT is a free download that functions just like a VisiPitch to provide feedback on pitch, prosody or loudness.
Standards or goals:
IEP
  • Students will use strategies to speak fluently/with accurate articulation/with appropriate loudness/with varied intonation.
Links or Resources Needed:
Watch the screencast on GarageBand
Watch the screencast on PRAAT
Download PRAAT for free
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Activity Title: Talking about the Weather (lower elementary)
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/8/07
Short Description: Weather is a key science curriculum area that is revisited a number of times during elementary school. It is fairly accessible, because kids experience it everyday, but still the vocabulary involved and the categories (types of weather, seasons, months, clothing, seasonal activities, holidays) can be elusive to our students. Here are some activities for K, 1 or 2 (or later) I actually modified the seasons fashion show WebQuest after showing a clip from Project Runway so the kids knew what a fashion show was, and the whole thing was a blast.
Standards or goals:
  • compares and contrasts daily weather and seasonal changes
  • diagrams and describes the repeating characteristics of day and night and the seasons
Links or Resources Needed:
BBC Schools What is Weather
Seasons WebQuest

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Activity Title: Talking about the weather (upper elementary)
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/8/07
Short Description: See above. Things get more difficult in 5th grade, obviously. Some activities I have used include the Weather Channel climate website that is good, though a lot of langauge, to use for working on listening skills, key word generation, etc. Using multiple video forecasts online can be great for building a schema: what do they all have in common? I also did a fun project where the kids make up a "fantasy forecast" using the schema, then I take little digital pics of them and paste their pictures onto the weather forecasters bodies, along with a sketch of what their fantasy day would look like on TV, then make the whole thing into a book. Have fun with weather!
Standards or goals:
Newton-
  • connects forms of precipitation to weather conditions
  • describes the ways in which the jet stream affects our weather
  • differentiates between weather and climate
Links or Resources Needed:
Climate Code Listening Activity
Video Forecast Example

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Activity Title: Robert Munsch Author Study
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/8/07
Short Description: This activity is an example of how to use the screenshot technique to create materials that extend the use of a website to a "post" activity. Robert Munsch is a fun author whose books have a great narrative structure that can be used to teach story grammar. There are also many temporal, causal, and adversative relationships that can be used as opportunities for complex sentence formulation. Munch's books can be viewed on Tumblebooks, a subscription service that is however available for free from many public library websites. I took screenshots of the books as they played to make a cut-sequence-glue-retell activity (cut the printed ppt slide in half). The recent ASHA conventions had several studies that showed the value of retelling for language development, and we all know that the kids are expected to retell in comprehension activities. These activities are particularly suited for use of the Story Grammar Marker or other story mapping technique.
Standards or goals:
Newton
  • retells a story using the correct order of events and important details
Links or Resources Needed:
Go here and click on Tumblebooks, then find the Munsch stories in "StoryBooks"

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Activity Title: Solve your bookmark problems, and easily share bookmarks with others
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/8/07
Short Description: Ever lose all your bookmarks? Have trouble keeping them organized? Ever want to share a website in consultation with a teacher but you are not at your computer and cannot remember the link? Wish you had some way to increase your collection of bookmarks by looking at others? Watch this screencast about del.icio.us, a free website that lets you keep it all in one place.
Standards or goals:
NETS-S
  • Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
  • Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.
  • Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
  • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
Links or Resources Needed:
See Screencast
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Comments

Activity Title: Using Google Earth to target geographic concepts, categories, and following directions
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/8
Short Description: See screencast to learn about Google Earth, a free program that will make the language of geography come alive for your students.
Standards or goals:
Newton
  • uses conventional map-making terminology and symbols to show physical and political features on maps of the New England region
  • identifies city, state, country, continent, and hemisphere on maps
Links or Resources Needed:
See Screencast on Google Earth
Download Google Earth for OS 10.3.9
for 10.4 and above
to download and take a MA tour
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Activity Title: Online study skills resources
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 12/8
Short Description: Howtostudy.org is a website with a wealth of resources for study skills, and would be particularly helpful at the secondary level.
Standards or goals:
IEP
  • Will apply strategies to learn curriculum content
Links or Resources Needed:
Howtostudy
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Activity Title: Sean's Webpages
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date:1/12/08
Short Description: These links go to Sean's homepage, which is used for parent communication, and his hotlist which just serves as a jumping off point so that students can easily navigate to a linked page.
Standards or goals: Various
Links or Resources Needed:
Homepage
Hotlist
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Activity Title: 2 worksheets: Articulation Scavenger Hunt, What Every 4th Grader Should Know
Contributor: Marion Pollock
Date: January 12, 2008
Short Description: Sean and Christine inspired me to post these, I am going to use the Scavenger Hunt for several children who I monitor for artic issues. After working with a large 4th grade group I was dismayed that the students were still lacking in general knowledge. I will have the students radomly number the work sheet 1-16 and write these numbers on small pieces of paper. The children will take turns pulling a number and answering the question, then marking off their corresponding box...4 in a row wins.
Standards or goals: Various
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Activity Title: Big Problem-Little Problem
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 1/14/08
Short Description: These Boardmaker files are a list of problems that can be used with students when exploring the concepts of big problem, little problem, and glitch (from Michelle Garcia Winner's Think Social). They especially lend themselves to being used with The Incredible 5-Point Scale.
Standards or goals: Students will determine size of problems and suggest solutions.
Links or Resources Needed:
problems1 problems2
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Activity Title: Observation Form for FM Systems
Contributor: Lori Franzella
Date: January 25, 2008
Short Description: These are forms I created to for documentation to determine effectiveness of FM sytem trials. One is for teacher/support staff to use, the other is a simple student rating scale.
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Links or Resources Needed: Observation Form.FM.student rating.doc Observation Form.FM.teacher.doc
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Comments: We have trialed the Front Row to Go system and are now trialing the Edulink.

Activity Title: Secondary Affinity Meeting Notes
Contributor: Katy Batterton
Date: 5/14/2008
Short Description: Attached are the notes from our two meetings this year. I have also attached a sheet from Sarah Ward that is helpful to facilitate communication between student and teacher. We agreed as an affinity to address self-advocacy from middle school to high school.


Activity Title: School- Age Fluency Assessment & Treatment
Contributor: Christine LaFleur
Date: 8/25/08
Short Description: This is the powerpoint from the inservice I did last January
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Comments:Below I have posted some of the tracking sheets I use with my fluency students. They could be adapted for all kinds of sp/l topics.
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Activity Title: Tracking/Rating Sheets for Fluency Goals
Contributor: Christine LaFleur
Date: 8/25/08
Short Description: these are sheets students can use to track their speech, feelings, experiences and home practice.
Standards or goals: Student will improve their stuttering management skills.Student will generalize skills to new experiences.
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Comments: These can also be adapted to other sp/l goals

Activity Title: Social Story Examples
Contributor: Christine LaFleur
Date: 8/25/08
Short Description: These are social stories I have written to address some school transition issues, such as going to speech, vacation, etc., plus one on looking at the teacher.
Standards or goals: Student will demonstrate appropriate social behaviors in school situations.
Links or Resources Needed:
Tips: These can be adapted/edited for specific circumstances.
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Activity Title: Speech Room Posters
Contributor: Christine LaFleur
Date: 9/15/08
Short Description: Posters I created to help reinforce parts of speech and listening strategies
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Activity Title: Constitution Day/3 Branches/MCAS Review
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 9/16/08
Short Description: To observe constitution day, modify curriculum around social studies, or review for MCAS, these activities use abstract vocabulary and categories within a sorting task. Students view a Schoolhouse Rock clip and then sort (click/drag) words into "SuperGrouper" categories in Kidspiration.
Standards or goals: Social Studies, abstract categorization, curriculum vocabulary
Links or Resources Needed: You need Kidspiration (can download demo from their website), web browser.
YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5I2KFENjS8
3branches.kid
lyrics: http://www.schoolhouserock.tv/ThreeRing.html
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Activity Title: Using Google Earth to provide visuals/interactive experiences re: Social Studies
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 1/14/09
Short Description: The free-to-download program Google Earth can be used to support the curriculum for 3rd-4th grade Social Studies. In both grades, students need to learn features and important places within MA (3rd) and the USA (4th). Google Earth Tours can be set up that provide a more interactive, visual, language-rich and memorable exposure to this content.
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Links or Resources Needed:
Google Earth can be downloaded to your Mac for free:
http://earth.google.com/#utm_campaign=en&utm_medium=ha&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-sk-eargen&utm_term=earth%20download
for earlier Mac OS (10.3.9):
http://earth.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=68021
The tours are a pre-programmed list of links with supporting text, so that students can click on each link and explore the important areas. Download the tours from:
http://www2.newton.k12.ma.us/~sean_sweeney/MassachusettsTour.kmz
http://www2.newton.k12.ma.us/~sean_sweeney/NortheastTour.kmz
http://www2.newton.k12.ma.us/~sean_sweeney/SoutheastTour.kmz
http://www2.newton.k12.ma.us/~sean_sweeney/MidwestTour.kmz
then double-click the file and it will install into your Google Earth program.
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Activity Title: LOW TECH! Activities for targeting curriculum content, spatial (map) concepts and following directions
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 2/09
Short Description: These two activities are map-creation activities to use with 4th/5th graders studying US geography and world explorers. They are print-out activities that present complex directions to create a map, and will require scaffolding. These may be a good opportunity to practice the Empower "circle-and-underline" strategy with each direction.
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Links or Resources Needed:
4th grade activity:
5th grade activity: click here
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Activity Title: Google Earth for Earth/Sun/Moon (2nd Grade)
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 2/09
Short Description: This is a string of links in Google Earth to provide a short tour of the Earth, Sun and Moon. This will help students visualize and review the concepts of the unit. The tour is written as a "story" from the perspective of each place (i.e. "I am the Earth"). When downloaded, the tour will install into Google Earth in the "places" area. As an extension activity, there is a Kidspiration activity in which ideas are sorted.
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Links or Resources Needed:


Tips: Google Earth is required. It can be downloaded free here.

Kidspiration is required. A free demo can be downloaded here.

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Activity Title: Using Movie Trailers to Develop Narrative, Expository and Presentation skills
Contributor: Sean Sweeney
Date: 5/8/09
Short Description: Sheila and Mary Ellen at Mindwing (the people who make Story Grammar Marker) published a lesson idea of mine on their website! You can see it here (scroll down to the last lesson picture, with the film icon):
Standards or goals:
-will retell a narrative at the abbreviated episode level, with reference to character, setting, initiating event, response/feeling, and plan, and use of complex sentences connected with "glue word" conjunctions (who, when, but, so, because)
-will identify elements of genre and format these as an expository "list," using key words to organize ideas (one, another, also, additionally)
-will use basic graphic organizers to analyze/formulate ideas.
Links or Resources Needed: http://www.mindwingconcepts.com/page.asp?page=lessons
Tips: Can be done with classroom or small group; great end-of-year project!!
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