TELL ME Virtual Classrooms
Today we kick off AAC Awareness Month 2020 and there’s no better way to do that than to share some resources with our AAC friends. Maggie Judson and Jeanna Antrim, guest authors of the TELL ME About It series, collaborated to build these virtual classrooms for those who are using the TELL ME program that I wrote with my colleague, ASD and reading specialist Lori Wise.
Click the image below to view a video where they explain this wonderful resource.
Direct link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRwRD2FlJIk&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=basscAAC
You can see what these virtual classrooms look like in the static images below.
There are a few different ways to use these resources, which, by design, are not editable. If you just want the static image to use as a virtual background you can use the pictures below.
But the magic is only apparent when you download the files and get the interactive version.
Each of these downloadable files can be used in a virtual environment that allows for screen sharing. If you are doing in-person teaching, you can project these on a smartboard. You can download the packet here.
Take a look.
From here you can navigate to:
- My video overview of the TELL ME program;
- Their guest post on the TELL ME Kits they create for their teachers;
- The guest posts they did with implementation ideas for each of the 11 TELL ME books;
- Symbol-specific classrooms for Wordpower 60 Basic, Snap Core First, and LAMP Words for Life; and,
- Templates for 26 alphabet books.
They created versions of the classrooms that align with 3 popular types of AAC symbols, SymbolStix, PCS, and Minspeak. Each of these has embedded links to a site where you can download the file for the communication board in that classroom. By clicking on the individual books, you’ll visit a read-aloud video with AAC modeling using that particular symbol set or system.
If you appreciate these resources, please take a few minutes to reach out to Maggie and Jeanna and show them some AAC love on their Instagram pages, The Bookish SLP and Speech Without Limits. From their profile pages, you can visit their Boom Card and Etsy Stores, websites, YouTube channel, and more. I know you’re busy, but it would be a really nice gesture if you popped over there to say hi.
Filed under: Featured Posts, PrAACtical Thinking
Tagged With: remote learning, telepractice, TELL ME
This post was written by Carole Zangari
I am a preschool special education teacher and love your blog. I was clicking through the TELL ME virtual classroom and was unable to get connected to the alphabet books. Is there another way to get access to those? I would greatly appreciate it. I discovered the TELL ME program earlier this year and about fell over because it is everything I have been looking for to help teach all my AAC users how to read. I am going to ask my school about purchasing it for our PSE programs. Thank you for all your resources!
Grace, thanks for stopping by to comment and for your kind words. The link to the alphabet book folder is via the keyboard on the ‘main’ TELL ME Virtual Background. Here is the link to make it easier: https://bit.ly/31D1ffc. Let me know if you run into additional difficulties.