Lights, CAMERA, Action! Social Skills Through Video Modeling
My students need a video camcorder to learn and demonstrate appropriate social skills in the community.
This project expired on July 21, 2011.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Imagine going into a grocery store, gossiping with your friends at lunch, or meeting someone new without the social skills to do so. My students would love to participate in these simple daily social activities but need a camera to learn how!
My students range in ages from 11-16 years old.
We have four classrooms of students with multiple disabilities, which include students with Autism, Down Syndrome, and genetic syndromes. They are an energetic and hard working group of students, but struggle in various social skills situations. My students participate in Special Olympics and recreational inclusion groups at school. They have dreams of working in the community and living independently, and we work on daily living skills everyday so they can achieve their greatest potential. My students exceed my expectations on a daily basis and I am amazed at their continuous progress.
The Flip Video Camera will greatly improve our ability to teach structured social skills lessons.
Research shows that when students see themselves and their peers in typical social situations, they are more likely to develop appropriate social skills. The Flip video camera will allow us to break down skills into visual steps so students will understand situations easier.
Our special education department has worked long hours fundraising so we can go into the community, as our school lacks funds for technology and field trips. By helping my class, you will be preparing students for the real world and improve their ability to interact with others. My students' engagement dramatically improves when I bring technology into the classroom, and this equipment is easily adaptable to our classroom computer.
Please help us improve our social skills curriculum by supporting our purchase of a FLIP Video Camera.
Students will take greater interest and initiative in developing their own social skills through the use of this equipment. You will be helping an amazing group of adolescents who want to participate in the general community!
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