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The Best of Visual Lessons from Share – June

Despite the close of the regular school year and the beginning of summer break for many, last month VizZle creators shared some awesome work. Scroll down to read about library activity and some of the moderating team’s favorite new lessons in Share (including some suggested keywords, ID numbers and links to browser versions).

For the Month of June

  • 399 new lessons were sent to Share
  • 250 lessons accepted into the library
  • 4,418 total public lessons available in Share (as of 7/1/2011)

What Did We Find Noteworthy?

The moderating team is always on the lookout for creative ways to present material, or subjects that haven’t been previously covered, or newbie authors making a splash. What follows are highlights edited from the VizZle Vets’ running list, introduced by comments taken from the moderators’ notes (in italics).

Created by jtimm1@lausd.net
Loved this because it’s a great example of adapting specific curriculum designed for typical kids and customizing it to meet special needs:

  • Brave as a Mountain Lion (Book), VizZle ID Number: 37778
    Images and text w/audio adapting the story Brave as a Mountain Lion, with embedded comprehension quizzes (the majority focusing on how the character felt in the situation), 16 pages, story text comparable to Open Court Resources (OCR) 2000 story
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)

Created by demodemo
Very cool! Errorless learning showing off some of Jeff’s new ASL assets:

  • ASL: Color Words (Matching), VizZle ID Number: 37467
    Text w/ audio of color word TO color swatch with video showing ASL sign for that color, field of 1 choice, 7 pairs
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)

Created by ncr2815@lausd.net
This definitely should be added to the “best of” for all ages for the 4th of July or other patriotic holidays (editor’s note: this creator also shared lessons on colors, counting, categorizing and vocabulary that would be the kid version of catnip for any fan of the wiggles [does that make them wiggglesnip?]—check them out by running a keyword search for “wiggles” in Share):

  • Symbols of the United States (Book), VizZle ID Number: 38010
    Images and text about the symbols of the United States of America, several popups with patriotic videos and quizzes (e.g., “What country do you live in?” TO map of United States and text “United States of America”), 10 pages
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)

Created by sst1@southshoretherapies.com
New AWESOME author alert! sst1@southshoretherapies.com totally rocks (editor’s note—this author created 12 out of the 33 lessons total that made the moderator’s “best of” list for June—check out all the submissions by running the username as a search in Share. Below are just 2 of many examples):

A lesson for a common speech therapy/ IEP goal well done:

  • What’s the Problem? (Book), VizZle ID Number: 38406
    Images and text question asking what the problem in the picture is, popups with same image (e.g., a girl running from a swarm of bees) and text question (e.g., “How is she feeling? What might she be thinking?”) w/ sound effects (e.g., someone yelling as if they are scared), 9 pages
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)

Great self-regulation skills story (editor’s note: as of this writing, there are 5 different versions of this lesson in the library—check out the variations by running a keyword search for “engine” in Share):

  • Engine (Book), VizZle ID Number: 39185
    Images and text w/ some sound effects about self-regulation, popup questions (e.g., “How is your engine running now?”), 20 pages, content comparable to The Alert Program by Therapy Works Inc, more detailed version of library activity ID 38804
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)

Created by sst4@southshoretherapies.com
Looks like sst1 has some in-house competition for “great creator” laurels! sst4@southshoretherapies.com has a couple on this month’s list as well, including:

  • People Don’t Like Bad Words (Book), VizZle ID Number: 39277
    Image and text about the effects using bad language may have on others, hotspots contain image and text question for further clarity and discussion (e.g., “What are some things that make you feel angry? Do you like feeling angry?”) and some sound effects, 12 pages
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)

Created by amsasseville@dadeschools.net
New author submitted some excellent work, like:

  • When I Go Out (Book), VizZle ID Number: 39392
    Image and text offering safety advice when going away from home (e.g., “I need to turn on my cell phone and take it with me.”), 9 pages
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)

Created by aderoia@kent.edu
What a fun format for articulation (has a silly-factor kids will love)!:

  • Initial Sound “l” (Book), VizZle ID Number: 39099
    Images and simple text with audio, numerous words with initial /l/ (e.g., “Liz licks a leaf.”), 9 pages
    (No access to VizZle? Click here for a browser version—remember to maximize your browser and click play at the bottom.)

As one of the moderator’s noted, “All in all, a great group of lessons this month.” We salute you all—and we appreciate that picking a “best of” list was so difficult!

Thanks to everyone who shared visual supports and lessons this month (extra bonus good karma points are winging your way)!

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