I put this video clip together quickly to use with students at Wolfe, one of the programs I serve as a school psychologist. Wolfe school now has 11 new SMARTBoards and 2 slightly older Promethean interactive whiteboards, one for every classroom, including the room I usually use with students.
Most of our students have verbal communication deficits, and and disabilities such as autism. Most learn better through visual and multimedia presentation of concepts, along with related activities that provide hands-on experiences.
We have noticed that students who have difficulty engaging in more traditional learning, speech/language therapy, and social skills/coping skills activities do better when they have opportunities to interact with the interactive whiteboards. High definition video and high resolution photos look fantastic on the large displays, and this is important for many of our students who also have some degree of visual impairments.
The cool thing is that we've noticed that some of our students are interacting more among each other during activities that include the IWBs, and students who rarely speak are talking more during these activities.
Because we've seen progress with many of our students through the support of IWBs, I've been spending some of my spare time putting together videos that the teachers can use to integrate into lessons. Since most of our students listen to music as a strategy to self-calm, I decided to integrate calming music in the video clips I create.
The music on this clip was taken from iMovie.
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