Technology @ High Point, vol. 11
Tech for teaching and learning in our new space
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This Week's Tech Feature:
Who is it for?
- The large buttons are easy for student with fine motor difficulties to use.
- The bright colored buttons are easy to see.
- The iTalk4 can give specific communication options for simple activities around the classroom.
- The iTalk4 is great for students just starting with using communication devices.
To record messages on the iTalk4:
- Use the Level slider on top of the iTalk4 to choose the correct level.
- Press and hold the record button on the back of the iTalk4 until the light appears.
- Press and hold a big button on the front of the iTalk4. Start speaking after the beep into the microphone on the front of the device.
- Repeat for each button on the device you want to record a message. Total record time for all buttons is 6 minutes.
- Press and release the record button to stop recording.
This video below shows you how to record messages on the iTalk4.
There are some pre-made paper circles with icons in the Assistive Technology lab at High Point that you can help yourself to. There are also circle punches you can borrow to punch out your own circles you have printed. Please, return them when you are finished.
The iTalk4 uses 4 AA batteries. Turn off the device when not being used to preserve battery life.
This device can be wiped down with disinfecting wipes to clean.
Ideas for Using This Tech in the Classroom
What's the Weather?
Empower students to talk about the weather during morning meeting by adding weather words to the iTalk4.
Do a Science Experiment
Allow students to perform a science experiment to learn about transparent, translucent and opaque materials. Insert a battery interrupter in a flashlight so a switch can be used to turn a flashlight on and off. Connect the battery interrupter to one button on the iTalk4 so it will say, "Let's turn on a light" and turn on the flashlight. Have the student shine the flashlight through a variety of materials and use the iTalk4 to to say if they are transparent, translucent or opaque.
Play a Game
Students can use the iTalk4 to play a board game. One button can be connected to the All-Turn-It-Spinner for rolling the dice and the other buttons can say board game phrases like, "please, move my pawn" and "I win" and "oh no."