Technology @ High Point, vol. 7

Tech for teaching and learning in our new space

Fill Your Toolbox!

Well-implemented technology gives classroom staff loads of tools for teaching students with a broad range of learning styles. The time investment in learning new technology will make teaching easier and assist students in advocating for their life-long learning. This newsletter PD is intended to help you learn new technologies at High Point a little bit at a time, slowly filling up your teaching toolbox throughout this chaotic school year.

This Week's Tech Feature:

Three square, white talking brix with bright colored round buttons in the center.

Talking Brix 2

Talking Brix 2 are compact, recordable communication buttons for easy use any time and any place. Multiple buttons can be linked together to make a communication grid of any size. They are magnetic so can be attached to any magnetic surface. They have a clear cover so a printed icon can be placed underneath. Recorded messages can be up to 10 seconds long.

Who is it for?

The Talking Brix are great for switches users. Students must be able to access the 2 inch button as there is not a switch input jack. The buttons are in high contrast colors: red, blue and green. High contrast labels can be created in the Symbol Overlay Maker (included on your classroom iPad) or by using your Lesson Pix account.


If parents are looking to purchase talking buttons to use at home, these are a nice, reliable, affordable option at about $200 for 3 buttons. With the rechargeable battery, they will not have to purchase batteries in addition to the button.

Setup Instructions

Getting Started With The AbleNet TalkingBrix 2 Speech Devices

Maintenance

This switch can be wiped with Clorox wipes, as needed.


The Talking Brix have a rechargeable battery which can be charged with the included Micro USB charging cord. You can charge multiples at one time by connecting them together.

Ideas for Using This Tech in the Classroom