Date
20 June 2024

Provide options to create, learn and share

Provide flexible options and tools so students can show their learning and share with others.

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Use multimedia tools

Use multimedia tools

Introduce ākonga to a range of tools and technologies they can use to express their ideas and tell stories.
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Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Personalise learning

Personalise learning

Provide opportunities for students to learn in ways that suit their needs and preferences.

  • Set realistic, ambitious, and achievable personal targets.
  • Create opportunities where students can personalise learning tasks and projects to build on their culture, knowledge, experience and strengths.
  • Discuss with students the different ways they can share their thinking and demonstrate understanding.
  • Develop success criteria with the students and present them with clear visual supports.
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain confidence using a range of media so they can select the most appropriate way to express their learning.
  • Offer a flexible learning environment with a variety of seating and working spaces.
  • Offer a reader-writer or assistive technologies to support success in assessments.

Offer options for sharing learning

Offer options for sharing learning

Offer a range of ways for ākonga to express what they know.

Support success in assessments

Support success in assessments

Discuss with students what support they need to demonstrate their understanding in tests and assessments.

Talk about:

  • possible barriers created by the physical environment: unfamiliar layout of a room, lighting, temperature
  • possible barriers created by the design of materials: cluttered presentation, hard-to-read diagrams, unclear layout, hard-copies only
  • ways to manage time allocations such as using visual timers
  • negotiating breaks and extra time
  • managing anxiety through mindfulness, positive self-talk, and identifying solutions to anticipated problems prior to the assessment
  • using digital technologies such as text-to-speech and predictive text or a reader-writer
  • pre-teaching specific test skills, such as how to approach multiple choice questions.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Visual scene displays assist children having difficulties developing verbal skills.

These displays can be particularly useful for autistic learners who are emergent communicators.

Website

Visual scene displays: Creative ways to promote communication

Read time: 7 min

An explanation of what visual scene displays are, ideas on how to use visual scene displays, and the benefits for students with learning difficulties.

Publisher: The TalkLink Trust

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Website

Scene Speak

Scene Speak is a customisable app for iPads that provides a framework to create interactive visual scene displays and social stories.

Publisher: Good Karma Applications, Inc.

Price: One off charge $0.00

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8”:

Return to the guide “Autism and learning”

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