This week I've been investigating how technology can help support teaching social skills. I've used these tools before for various instructional purposes but I really love how they can be used to support students tackling social challenges in the school setting.
Using the Power Card Strategy
The Power Card Strategy
I love using the Trading Card Creator from www.readwritethink.org for creating Power Cards. It's free, super quick, and easy for a student to participate in the process. ReadWriteThink has several interactive tools that are great to use in the classroom, so make sure to explore the other tools on the website if you get a chance!
Allowing a student to help develop a comic strip to sort through social situations and feelings is another fun way to collaborate on problem solving skills. For more information, take a look at the following link: Comic Strips and Social Skills
There are certainly a plethora of comic creator tools available on the web and in app form...and I've tried several. The Story Me App (available to iPads running on iOS 6.0 or higher) is by far the most user-friendly, time efficient tool I've found. And it's free!
The Multi-Media Social Narratives Tool
I love using multi-media displays with students because it provides audio and visual cues. ProShow (available on iDevices and online) provides three different account options depending on your needs. This tool allows you to upload photos, video, text and music to create a slide show. I use a variety of slide show apps but I always come back to this one- I love how I can access it on all my devices and the many options for sharing my creations. For more information pertaining to social narratives, visit The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders.