SMART® Board and PowerPoint® Lessons and Activities
Every classroom at WPSBC is equipt with SMART® Boards to encourage students' use of residual vision. SMART® Boards are designed to promote accessibility by providing support for students’ visual, auditory, physical and mobility, as well as social and communication needs, increasing both social and academic interactions in the classroom. WPSBC educators share fun ideas for using this technology with students with visual impairment.
Idea: Sorting, Matching and Creating Patterns activity "School Supplies vs. Items not used at School"
Idea Submitted by: Kim Snair, TVI
- Smart® Board
- Smart® Notebook
- Seperate pictures of the objects used in this lesson (making sure the pictures are the size, colors, and level of complexity that students can see)
- 3 Containers
This is a lesson that asks the students to sort pictures of objects into one of two categories using the SMART® Board. The two catagories include things used at school and things not used at school. The things used at school consists of typical familiar objects such as paintbrushes, crayons, scissors and glue.
It also asks the students to use the pictures of the items used at school to create patterns.
Along with doing this activity on the Smart® Board students can sort the actual 3-D objects or the seperate pictures of the objects without the backlighting of the Smart® Board.
Students who are learning to use tactile input can sort real life materials. They can use touch to sort the 3-D objects. Provide them with a container to get the objects out of, as well as containers for each of the objects that they are sorting.
Students who use tactile input can also use organized left to right scanning to feel a teacher created pattern so that they can create a matching pattern.
A Velcro strip can be added to the bottom of the board so that students can copy the pattern from the SMART® Board with the actual 3-D real life objects, or pictures of the objects.
The students can also copy a pattern created with the 3-D objects with another set of matching 3-D objects using a felt board.
The students can copy a pattern created with 3-D objects using the pictures of objects or they can copy picture patterns by using matching pictures.
This SMART® Board lesson was based on a pre-school math lesson from the Unique Learning System Curriculum