The Little Things: Transforming Education with the Data Driven Classroom

Francis McClure Elementary’s Danielle Chorick on ONEder and Celebrating Small Successes

By Anna Wolfe

Even the most creative and hardworking special educators find that assessing students with autism can be a challenge. However, this challenge is being met—one day at a time—by Danielle Chorick, an Autistic Support Teacher at Francis McClure Elementary in White Oak, PA. Danielle’s classroom is like a lot of special education classrooms across the country in that her students don’t fit into a tidy mold. She has to find a way to support (and keep track of) students ranging from non-verbal, with very little language and communication, to those who are “more on the social-needs end of the spectrum.” To do this, Danielle has been utilizing ONEder to create goal-oriented lessons that help her assess how her students are tracking against their IEP (Individualized Education Program) goals. (more…)

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What, How and Why? ONEder’s Chigozie Nnodim on Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Individuals bring a variety of interests, needs and skills to learning, and neuroscience demonstrates these differences can be as varied and unique as our DNA.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is as an educational framework  that helps guide the development of “flexible learning environments”: environments that can accommodate the different learning styles of individuals.  According to the National Center on UDL, Universal Design for Learning  is “a set of principles for curriculum development that gives all individuals equal opportunities to learn.” UDL provides a blueprint for instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments, and provides flexible approaches, that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.  Three primary brain networks come into play:

  • Recognition Networks (The “What” of learning): How we gather facts and categorize what we see, hear, and read.
    • Identifying letters, words, or an author’s style are forms of recognition.
  • Strategic Networks (The “How” of learning): Planning and performing tasks. How we organize and express our ideas.
    • Writing an essay or solving a math problem are strategic tasks.
  • Affective Networks (The “Why” of learning): How learners get engaged and stay motivated. How they are challenged excited, or interested.

UDL helps all children, not just individuals with learning disabilities, and offers multiple approaches for students to assess the same material, and allows students to use different methods to demonstrate knowledge.  The word “universal” may confuse people because it may sound as though it’s all about finding one way to teach all kids but, UDL takes the opposite approach. Its goal is to use a vocabulary of teaching methods to remove any barriers to learning and give all students equal opportunities to succeed. It’s about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every student’s strengths and needs.

UDL presents information in ways that adapt to the learner, instead of asking the learner to adapt to the information. It’s especially good for kids with learning and attention issues, because it gives them more than one way to interact with their material. UDL makes it easier for kids to use their strengths, and to improve their weaknesses. Universal Design for Learning is a framework for teaching and learning that includes proactive planning of curricula. Planning with UDL takes into account the variability of all learners. Now some people may ask, “isn’t UDL just for students with disabilities?”. The answer is no, all students can benefit from the types of supports that UDL provides. UDL encourages teachers to use different test formats, including oral presentations while also looking for different ways to keep students motivated.

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ONEder Academy provides first-class, online content, supported by a range of accommodations, all of which are tied to Universal Design for Learning principles!

 

 

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WIOA: Using Technology to Ensure Successful Transition From School to Life for Students With Disabilities

According to the Department of Labor, by 2020, there will be millions of jobs available without enough people to fill them. Conversely, by some estimates, nearly 85% of individuals with disabilities are under or unemployed. To help reduce those numbers, the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Education jointly finalized the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) in October, 2016.

The new regulations and guidelines are intended to encourage “innovative strategies that support coordination to improve workforce development, employment services, and vocational rehabilitation services.” These WIOA goals and initiatives are achievable by implementing evidence-based practices, collecting accurate and timely data, enforcing accountability measures, and increasing adult basic education and literacy education– many of which can be achieved through the expanded use of technology.

WIOA is a unique and under-utilized resource for schools, organizations, and agencies with transitioning individuals aged 14-21 as is the use of technology to help those transitioning individuals with special needs. “One of the most exciting aspects of WIOA is the way it encourages the use of technology to aid in the transition process,” explains Dr. Alice Parker, Chairperson of the ONEder Advisory Board, “WIOA almost mandates using technology, in the form of data collection, which is really essential to being able to demonstrate program effectiveness for accountability measures, or an individual’s preparedness for work.”

Technology Uses

As mentioned previously, data collection isn’t the only case for using technology in transition programs. Using technology in transition can also help to:

● Personalize instruction or training for individuals with disabilities, making content accessible for each learner at their level.

● Differentiate career and interest inventories or skills assessments so they both accurately evaluate an individual’s strengths and uncover interests as well as provide relevant resources for those pursuing career and technical education (CTE) pathways.

● Provide resources, such as visual schedules, GPS-enabled routing maps, or timed reminders to increase a user’s self-determination.

● Include accommodations, such as text to speech or enlarged text, that are automatically enabled, to increase independence for those with disabilities.

Benefits of Using Technology

There are many benefits to using these kinds of technology with youth with disabilities who are undertaking the post-school transition in the CTE field. According to Melanie Johnson, Executive Director of Brite Success in Texas, one of the most important benefits of using technology with her clients is the way it provides ongoing support and resources to ensure her clients are successful on the job. “By giving my clients a tool to refer to when they need it – whether it’s a visual schedule or tips for specific situations – we build self-determination, confidence, and enable them to become increasingly independent.”

Another benefit is increasing capacity. When the Arc of Northern Virginia created a travel curriculum (TravelMate) using the ONEder special education platform, they saw an eight-fold increase in the number of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) who were serviced by their partner organizations. Almost 100% of program participants increased their ability to travel independently to and from work with less support, while nearly half increased their ability to travel independently alone with TravelMate.

TravelMate project coordinator Kymberly DeLoatche, explains, “One of the hallmarks of this project is that it has changed the expectation of travel training for individuals with IDD. Before the project, everyone involved with people with IDD knew travel training was a necessary piece of transition to adulthood and employment from the school system, but no one knew quite how to accomplish it in a real or sustainable way. With the provision of TravelMate through The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Travel Training Program, which was developed using information from Easter Seals Project Action and WMATA’s own guidelines and resources, now teachers have a usable curriculum that is available in a way that engages these individuals and that they can utilize at home to practice so that the professional, the individual seeking to use public transit, and their family members are ALL empowered to work towards achieving this skill, which is so desperately needed for a higher level of independence.”

Finally, using technology allows individuals with disabilities to blend in rather than to stand out. “Imagine, how much more inclusive it is to have a smartphone or iPad – just like your peers – instead of having a job coach shadow your every move,” said ONEder Advisory Board member Dr. Alexa Posny. “By using technology just like everyone else, you bridge the gap between individuals with disabilities and their peers building an environment of true inclusion.“ “With my ONEder app, I can do more things without help and without looking like someone different,” explained PJ, a Brite Success client working in Walgreens.

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Automatic Accommodations: Now Available In ONEder!

The ONEder Player now includes the ability to provide students with automatic accommodations that will be automatically applied to every ONEder lesson they access! Once assigned, the accommodations become visible in the lower left corner of the activity pane:

From left to right, the pictured accommodations include a calculator:

Large print:

And highlighted text:

Each automatic accommodation can be toggled on or off as desired at any time!


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How To Reset Your ONEder Password

Did you know that, if you forgot your ONEder password, you can reset it yourself in a matter of minutes without having to call the ONEder Support Center? Just go to app.oneder.com and click the forgot password link on the login screen!

Enter the email address associated with your ONEder account on the next screen, then click Send. An email with instructions on setting or resetting your password will arrive in your inbox within minutes!


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Exploring A Career In Child Care // This Week’s Downloadable Oneder Lessons

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We’re excited to share the newest lesson added to the Oneder Shared Library. Each lesson and activity can be customized to support the needs of your learner or student.

Oneder lessons are a complete package of materials and goals to support each learner in all environments. Once downloaded, you can edit any aspect of the lesson to best support the needs of each learner.

Oneder lessons are available for free to all Oneder users.


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Lesson: Exploring A Career In Childcare
Location: Work
Domain: Vocational
Subdomain: Specific Training

In this beginner learner lesson the student will be introduced to basic interpersonal skills needed to become a child care worker, including a descriptive video, visual schedule and choice boards.

To download lessons from the shared library:
1. Click on the Shared Library tab on the left side of the screen in the Oneder Editor
2. Locate the desired lesson
3. Click ‘Download’ for desired lesson
4. The lesson will appear under your lessons in the teacher dashboard. From here it can be edited, assigned to students, and published.

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To differentiate this lesson
Intermediate Learner: Incorporate a choice board that will serve as a question activity with facts from the video regarding working as a child care worker.

Advanced Learner: Add a questionnaire for the learner with more questions related to his/her interest in such a position. You can also include different scenarios that can occur during a Child Care worker working day, and discuss different ways to handle them.

Goal targeted within this lesson
1. The learner will identify the needed interpersonal skills for becoming a Child Care Worker in (%) of the occasions.


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Prefixes And Suffixes // This Week’s Downloadable Oneder Lessons

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We’re excited to share the newest lesson added to the Oneder Shared Library. Each lesson and activity can be customized to support the needs of your learner or student.

Oneder lessons are a complete package of materials and goals to support each learner in all environments. Once downloaded, you can edit any aspect of the lesson to best support the needs of each learner.

Oneder lessons are available for free to all Oneder users.


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Lesson: Prefixes and Suffixes
Location: School
Subject: ELA
Grade: 3

In this Beginner learner lesson the student will learn to identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and suffixes.

To download lessons from the shared library:
1. Click on the Shared Library tab on the left side of the screen in the Oneder Editor
2. Locate the desired lesson
3. Click ‘Download’ for desired lesson
4. The lesson will appear under your lessons in the teacher dashboard. From here it can be edited, assigned to students, and published.

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To differentiate this lesson
Intermediate Learner: Create a visual story with details relating to prefix and suffix. Add a visual schedule as a task notebook with words student will have to complete by using Prefix or Suffix, and a choice board with examples of prefixes and suffixes.

Advanced Learner: Create a choiceboard of prefixes and suffixes. Add a visual scene with a table that will include different words that need completion with either a prefix or a suffix.

Standard targeted within this lesson
Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes. [3.RF.3a]


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Trick Or Treating // This Week’s Downloadable Oneder Lessons

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We’re excited to share the newest lesson added to the Oneder Shared Library. Each lesson and activity can be customized to support the needs of your learner or student.

Oneder lessons are a complete package of materials and goals to support each learner in all environments. Once downloaded, you can edit any aspect of the lesson to best support the needs of each learner.

Oneder lessons are available for free to all Oneder users.


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Lesson: Trick or Treating
Location: Miscellaneous
Subject: Other
Grade: N/A

In this intermediate learner lesson the student is supported in the situation of Trick or Treating. The learner is given safety tips regarding different aspects of the process, from leaving the house and until returning to it, using a video, a visual story, a schedule and a visual scene.

To download lessons from the shared library:
1. Click on the Shared Library tab on the left side of the screen in the Oneder Editor
2. Locate the desired lesson
3. Click ‘Download’ for desired lesson
4. The lesson will appear under your lessons in the teacher dashboard. From here it can be edited, assigned to students, and published.

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To differentiate this lesson
For a beginner learner, incorporate a video model showing appropriate behaviors while Trick or Treating, and include a choice board to support verbal expression.

For an advanced learner, promote independence by incorporating a schedule or a story with different examples of situations that can occur when knocking on a stranger’s door to discuss the recommended response.

Goal targeted within this lesson
The learner will use at least three safety tips in (%) of the time he spends Trick or Treating.


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Halloween Math Activities // This Week’s Downloadable Oneder Lessons

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We’re excited to share the newest lesson added to the Oneder Shared Library. Each lesson and activity can be customized to support the needs of your learner or student.

Oneder lessons are a complete package of materials and goals to support each learner in all environments. Once downloaded, you can edit any aspect of the lesson to best support the needs of each learner.

Oneder lessons are available for free to all Oneder users.


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Lesson: Halloween Math Activities
Location: School
Subject: Math
Grade: 5

In this intermediate lesson the students are both exposed to the human bones in numbers, and are challenged thorough a math question activity and a worksheet working on both adding and multiplying numbers.

To download lessons from the shared library:
1. Click on the Shared Library tab on the left side of the screen in the Oneder Editor
2. Locate the desired lesson
3. Click ‘Download’ for desired lesson
4. The lesson will appear under your lessons in the teacher dashboard. From here it can be edited, assigned to students, and published.

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To differentiate this lesson
For a beginner learner, incorporate a visual schedule to break down the word problems into steps.

For an advanced learner, add more complex questions that involve larger numbers, and more functions, such as subtracting.

Standard Targeted within this lesson
Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them.


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