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Mobility disabilities

Mobility disabilities affect a persons use of extremities. Mobility disabilities are caused by a number of factors including an accident, disease neuromuscular disorders or a congenital disorder. Examples include arthritis, spinal cord injuries and amputations. There are certain technologies that can be used to help the person with a mobility disability. An example is a wheel chair or prosthetic device. Some other tools that aid people with mobility disabilities are specific keyboards, speech to text technology, book holders, adapted pencil grips.

If a student in your class has a mobility disability you may…(dependent on mobility disability)

  • Extended exam time or create alternate testing.
  • Offer note takers and assistants.
  • Create an accessibility in the classroom. This means allowing room for assistive technology like wheelchairs.
  • Have equipment being used within reach of the student.
  • Be sure if you go on a field trip there are accessible ramps washrooms ect..
  • Create lesson plans that allow the student to participate.
  • Have course materials available online in electronic format.
  • Have tools in the class that aid students with mobility disabilities. An example is page turners. 
  • Do not limit their activities or underestimate mental abilities.

Asthma

Asthma is when your air way narrows and your lungs produce extra mucous. This makes breathing difficult and may trigger coughing or wheezing. Inhalers are used to deliver medication to the body via lungs. The new smart inhaler technology is useful for students with regular respiratory issues. They use bluetooth technology to detect inhaler use and let the person know when they should be using their inhaler and keeps patients on top of their asthma. 

If a student in your class has asthma it is important to…

  • Allow students to take breaks during physical activity.
  • Make sure if you are going on field trips or bringing smells into the classroom that you are still providing healthy air quality.
  • Do not limit their activities or underestimate mental abilities.

Diabetes

Type one diabetes is where the body does not produce insulin and type 2 diabetes is where the body can produce some insulin but not enough. People with diabetes used to have to draw blood to check their glucose levels but now there is new technology. Continuous glucose monitoring has been created which is a tiny sensor inserted under skin that tests glucose every few minutes. Most of the newer models will send this information right to your phone. An alarm will sound when glucose levels are too high or low.

If a student in your class has diabetes it is important to… 

  • Be prepared! Inform the other students in your class if there is ever a situation where you are outside the classroom and your student starts to develop Hypoglycemia (low glucose levels) the students will know what to do. * I would recommend having juice boxes in your classroom so that if the student glucose levels are too low you can give them one.
  • Allow the student to have their device whether it is a phone or pump on them do not be upset if it goes off while you are teaching.
  • Permit lots of snack breaks throughout the day.
  • Allow the student to sit out of activities until their glucose levels become regulated.
  • Check up on students if it is a primary classroom the student may still be getting used to the machine and how it works make sure they are tracking their glucose levels.
  • Do not limit their activities or underestimate mental abilities.

Caution

It is important for teachers to explain to the other students how to best support the student with a health disability. The teacher should let other students know that sometimes the student will not be able to participate as much as other students or may need to participate in a different way. Although you must be careful when doing this because you do not want to make the child feel singled out and less capable it is simply how their body works. I will be researching diabetes, asthma, mobility disorders, visual impairment and auditory impairment.

Why is it relevant?

It is important to learn about these technologies as teachers need to ensure safety surrounding these technologies in the classroom. But mainly because teachers need to adapt lessons to ensure they are teaching the student with a health disability in a way that fosters maximum learning.

My Tech Inquiry

There are various learners in a classroom and each learner has their own needs. I have decided to have my presentation outlines students with disabilities related to their health. I will be explaining what the disability is and I will be giving a brief explanation of what technology students with health disabilities may use. Lastly I will explain how teachers can help the students in their classroom. This includes how to create an environment that will help these students learn. 

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Piano Final

Blog post: three

I find it a lot easier to practice piano on my own then play in front of people. Therefore I decided to challenge myself and get my friend to record me. This friend had laughed at me when I said I was planning on teaching myself the piano. He thought I couldn’t do it. Although I am no Beethoven I am able to play simple songs including Row row row your boat, twinkle little star, the Dreidel song, a blues scale and a slow version of Fur Elise. I had to get him to record me playing the song a few times before I got rid of my nerves and was able to perform the song with little error. If you had told me I would be able to play the piano by the end of the term I wouldn’t have believed you. I believe this experience has taught me a lot about inquiry and about music concepts. I have learned about personalized learning and how students can help structure their own learning. I am proud I learned to read treble clef and I learned to play some basic piano songs and one more advanced song. I tried to use my left hand for fun while playing Fur Elise to see if I could do both but it was too challenging. I plan to continue practicing the piano as I am really enjoying it. I am hoping to learn to play faster and to play with two hands. I am saving up to purchase my very own keyboard so I can continue to improve. Learning how to create music will help me in my future teaching as music is universal and everyone enjoys it. Music can take you on a journey and help you express yourself. I could play piano in my classroom with my future students. Playing the piano is useful to help students learn about many music concepts such as tempo. I could use piano to accompany my students. For example if I was teaching them how to sing a scale I could play the piano to make sure they were singing in the right key.

I attached two different videos of me playing Fur Elise…

Piano Final

Blog post: two

In class the other day we learned some important music skills that help me with my understanding of how music works. I now know that when playing a C on the piano you are not only hearing the C instead, you are hearing a series of notes vibrating. I also learned every note has an enharmonic note. For example is B flat is the enharmonic note for C. Lastly I learned the piano creates its sound from hammers rebounding off the strings which is a simple concept I never thought of. At the moment I am struggling to read treble clef so I have been using a youtube video that shows which keys need to be played for the song Fur Elise. I am going to try to learn to read the music although it might take some time. I have been filling out worksheets to help my understanding. Fur Elise is a challenging piece for me. I have been practicing the notes but I am unable to play the song at the speed it is supposed to be played at. Therefor I am learning a little slower version. In music terms I will be playing lento rather then allegro. I can play some parts of the song fairly fast but other parts I need to play slower. I decided it would be best to play the song in a slower tempo so I could play with consistency. Although I have found it can be rather challenging staying on tempo even with all the practice I have been doing. I have been practicing three times a week. I am still finding the song difficult to play as I am such a slow learner. It can be frustrating learning a new song luckily Fur Elise is fairly repetitive. When you do play a couple measures without mistakes it is a great feeling. One of the reasons people enjoy creating music so much is the immediate gratification you get after learning.

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