At Conover School, Ms. Sandi Blevins, a Speech Language Pathologist, has begun introducing a new app to help students better communicate to others. It is called “Lamp Words for Life.” This is an augmentative and alternative mode of communication. The program is designed to integrate a method of communication with motor planning in mind. It can be used with single message selections (icon only says “what is” on the key) or progress to be able to sequence icons and create sentences. Each page can have up to 84 active icons, but is able to be edited to meet the needs of each student. She has currently been testing the program in various classes she works with and has been able to assist students in becoming as independent as possible!
About James Frye
James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.
September 30, 2016