Curriculum Aligned ELA Content & Data Tracking

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We are excited to share the newest content added to the TeachMate365 and AutisMate365 community library. Each scene and or support can be downloaded separately and later customized to support the needs of your learner or student.

TeachMate365 includes in-app data tracking with automatic graphing of your student’s IEP goals. TeachMate365’s data tracking tool is accessed from within the application and can be tracked simultaneously with instruction and response.

Although data tracking is not a feature of AutisMate365, AutisMate365 users can also access the new content and target the same goals outlined below without the data-tracking feature.

1. WH Questions
Who is it for: Beginner Learner
Alignment: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.2
• Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Targeted Goals:
• Student will answer simple ‘who’ questions as it relates to the text given a field of 3 options.
• Student will answer simple ‘what’ questions as it relates to the text given a field of 3 options.
• Student will answer simple ‘where’ questions as it relates to the text given a field of 3 options.

To Differentiate:
• For intermediate learners: Increase the field to at least 6 and add addition pages to the story to increase the contents.
• For advanced learners: Incorporate real images to support generalization, as well as create an additional story to target additional abstract WH questions.


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2. Retell and QA Story
Who is it for: Intermediate Learners

Alignment CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2:
• Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

Targeted Goals:
• Student will retell the story given a visual schedule of each key detail of the text.
• Student will demonstrate an understanding of the central message by answering questions related to the text.

To Differentiate:
• For beginner learners: Incorporate basic questions to target who, what and where. Encourage the student sequence the story by pointing to photos in the schedule or verbally stating First, Next, Then, Last.
• For advanced learners: Incorporate abstract questions to target emotion. Encourage the student make predictions about what may come next at the end of the story, or how the boy in the story could have solved his problem differently.

Access the step-by-step visual aide to set up data tracking: TeachMate365 Data Tracking User Guide

To import from the community library:

1. Navigate to the community library
2. Tap on the scene you want to import
3. Tap on the import button

Your scene is now located in My Library under My Downloaded Supports

Add the scene to your desktop:
1. Enter edit mode
2. Tap on the green plus sign to add scene
3. Add scene from My Library
4. Select the scene you want to add
5. Tap import. Your scene is now imported to your current location.

Check back next week for our content on:
Job related tasks
Greeting the bus driver
Behavior management
Hand shaking during greetings
Describe feelings of characters


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Kitchen Appliances, Morning Routine & Data Tracking

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We are excited to share the newest content added to the TeachMate365 and AutisMate365 community library. Each scene and or support can be downloaded separately and later customized to support the needs of your learner or student.

TeachMate365 includes in-app data tracking with automatic graphing your student’s IEP goals. TeachMate365’s data tracking tool can be accessed from within the application and can be tracked simultaneously with instruction and response.

Although data tracking is not a feature of AutisMate365, AutisMate365 users can also access the new content and target the same goals outlined below without the data-tracking feature.

Watch a short video on how to the basics of data tracking. TeachMate365 Data Tracking Video Overview

1. Kitchen Appliances
Who is it for: Intermediate Learner

Targeted Goals:
• Student will receptively identity 10 kitchen appliances by tapping on the correct picture when verbally asked to “find ____”, by the instructor.
• Student will learn the functions of major kitchen appliances, as evidenced by selecting the appropriate appliance in a choice board once hearing the function.

To Differentiate:
• For beginner learners: Focus on 5 appliances to receptively identify and pre-teach functions of appliances through editing auditory output on choice boards.
• For advanced learners: Fade all outlined hotspots to invisible voice hotspots as needed. Incorporate additional function concepts by expanding choice boards to include kitchen utensils and other abstract kitchen appliances.


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2. Morning Routine at School
Who is it for: Beginner learners

Targeted Goals:
• Student will complete the morning routine at school using a visual schedule within 10 minutes.
• Student will select a lunch choice when prompted with 6 options on a choice board, each morning when he/she arrives at school.

To Differentiate:
• For intermediate learners: Incorporate additional steps to lengthen morning routine to include ordering lunch and allow the student to independently navigate the schedule.
• For advanced learners: Incorporate more general schedule and choice boards for the student to initiate conversation with peers during appropriate times in the morning.

To get started tracking these student goals in TeachMate365, log into the online portal using your TeachMate365 username and password. Add a new goal, and simply copy and paste the goal into the description and add a relevant goal name. Make sure you have checked off the ‘track’ button associated with each goal and save your changes.

Access the step-by-step visual aide to set up data tracking: TeachMate365 Data Tracking User Guide

To import from the community library:
1. Navigate to the community library
2. Tap on the scene you want to import
3. Tap on the import button

Your scene is now located in My Library under My Downloaded Supports

Add the scene to your desktop:
1. Enter edit mode
2. Tap on the green plus sign to add scene
3. Add scene from My Library
4. Select the scene you want to add
5. Tap import Your scene is now imported to your current location.


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Differentiating Instruction Using TeachMate365 and AutisMate365

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Differentiating instruction has gotten much easier using TeachMate365 and AutisMate365. We have included tips to help you identify the most appropriate visual tools for your different level learners.

Beginner learners:

  1. Use voice hotpots
  2. Represent voice hotspots with an outline
  3. Use real photos to decrease level of abstraction

To download an example of a lesson differentiated for a beginner learner:

  1. Enter edit mode
  2. Tap on the green plus sign to add scene
  3. Add scene from My Library
  4. Select Beginner Community Helper
  5. Tap import

Your scene is now imported to your current location.

Intermediate learners:

  1. Incorporate link hotspots to build associations
  2. Introduce choice boards for embedding language and creating teaching opportunities
  3. Utilize visual schedules to promote increased independence

To download an example of a lesson differentiated for an intermediate learner:

  1. Enter edit mode
  2. Tap on the green plus sign to add scene
  3. Add scene from My Library
  4. Select Intermediate Community Helper
  5. Tap import

Your scene is now imported to your current location.

Advanced learners:

  1. Introduce grid based communication using the sentence builder
  2. Use more abstract symbols
  3. Start to generalize skills by using the platform in the community for mastered skills.

To download an example of a lesson differentiated for an advanced learner:

  1. Enter edit mode
  2. Tap on the green plus sign to add scene
  3. Add scene from My Library
  4. Select Advanced Community Helper
  5. Tap import

Your scene is now imported to your current location.

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Early Learning Concepts, Calendar Skills, ADL, Receptive ID and more

We’re excited to share the newest content to the TeachMate365 and AutisMate365 community library. Each scene and or support can be downloaded separately and later customized to support the needs of your learner or student.

1. Early Learning Concepts and Calendar Skills
Who is it for: Beginner and Intermediate Leaners
Targets:
• Early learning concepts of counting and ABC’s.
• Create a personalized All About Me book.
• Expose learners to days of the week and months of the year.

To Differentiate:
• For advanced learners, incorporate a visual activity schedule to promote independence during individual work times.

 

2. ADL Pillowcases and Bed
Who is it for: Advanced Learners

Targets:
• Video model story to prompt learner through putting on a pillowcase.
• Video model of putting on a pillowcase.
• Personalized story of making a bed

To Differentiate:
• For beginner learners, embed voice hotspots to represent pillow, pillowcase, bed
• For intermediate learners, incorporate a choice board to target the function of objects (What do I sleep on? What do I put my head on?)

 

3. Fractions Introduction
Who is it for: Intermediate Learners
Targets:
• Introduction story on fractions
• Basics of ¼ and ½ fractions
• Distinguishing between what is a fraction

To Differentiate:
• For beginner learners, add a visual story to teach equal parts.
• For advanced learners, introduce more difficult fractions.


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4. Receptive Identification Facial Features
Who is it for: Intermediate Learners

Targets:
• Facial identification including nose, lips, chin, cheeks, eyes, neck
• Auditory output to reinforce correct response

To Differentiate:
• For beginner learners, use outlined hotspots for receptive identification
• For advanced learners, incorporate choice boards to target functions of facial features represented

 

5. Introduction to the Water Cycle
Who is it for: Intermediate Learners
Targets:
• Introduction to the water cycle
• Evaporation and Precipitation visual story to further teach concept

To Differentiate:
• For beginner learners, incorporate videos to reinforce weather concepts within the visual story
• For advanced learners, incorporate a choice board to answer questions based on the visual store.

 

To import from the community library:
1. Navigate to the community library
2. Tap on the scene you want to import
3. Tap on the import button

Your scene is now located in My Library under My Downloaded Supports

 

Add the scene to your desktop:
1. Enter edit mode
2. Tap on the green plus sign to add scene
3. Add scene from My Library
4. Select the scene you want to add
5. Tap import

Your scene is now imported to your current location.


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Video Model Schedules Support Skill Acquisition and Generalization

visual schedules assist with generalization and skill acquisition

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite features of AutisMate365– video model schedules! Video model schedules are visual schedules that allow you break down a sequenced task into its isolated parts and embed a video within each step.

If it sounds impressive, it is! If it sounds difficult, it IS NOT!

In AutisMate365, video pop-ups can be embedded within specific steps of a visual schedule. The video trimming tool within AutisMate365 makes it easy to trim videos so that more complex tasks can be broken down into their individual components. Utilizing the video model schedule provides a multifaceted approach to learning by combining text, real images, and videos to support skill acquisition and generalization.

Some benefits of using video model schedules:

  • Support chaining and shaping
  • Quicker skill acquisition
  • Promote generalization
  • Maintain skills at a mastery level

 How to create a video model schedule using AutisMate365:

  1. Using the video feature of the iPad, film the skill you are working on, in its entirety.
  2. In AutisMate365, go into edit mode by clicking the small pencil on the upper right hand corner of the screen. Then click the large pencil icon at the bottom left and choose “add a hotspot”.
  3. Select “schedule hotspot” and choose your representation of choice for the hotspot.
  4. “Choose” create a user schedule.
  5. Add an image into the schedule, and then click the image to add a video from user library.
  6. Choose your video, then trim the video to the specific step you want to insert by using the yellow rectangle arrows.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the entire task has been broken down into smaller, more manageable steps within your schedule.

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