I wish I was as smart as our Paraprofessionals (Tara, Olivia) and COTA (Erin) at the school I work at! They demonstrated at a training how they have been creating Albums to show sequences of tasks or events, scheduled tasks (yes, just like using a visual schedule) for students using photos taken on the student iPads with iOS 5. Although we have some First Then apps on some of the iPad, not all of the devices were provided the app. But being the mother of necessity they created their own way of producing a visual sequence of photos for their students.
How did they do that?? Clever, but easy…
In your Photos icon using iOS5, you have the availability of viewing pictures in Photos or Albums. Select or tap on Albums.
When Albums is selected, an Edit button becomes available. Tap the Edit button.
After tapping the Edit button, a New Album button appears on the top left of the screen.
Tap or select the New Album button. A dialogue box allows you to name your New Album.
After creating a New Album, you are prompted to “Add photos to your New Album. Tap or select Photos button and tap or select the pictures you want added. Photos are copied and not cut from your Photos library. When you have selected all you need, tap Done.
Your selected pictures will be collected or stacked in the named Album. To review, tap on the first picture of your Album and they will be ready to view in the order you selected them. You can also play them like a slide show if appropriate. Paraprofessionals take picture of the scheduled activities, work tasks and name the New Album (Wednesday PM, Thursday AM) creating a visual sequence of activities to present to the student. It does not have as many features as an app as First Then, but it sure can get the job done!
I also like creating Albums with groups of worksheets or handouts of a theme or activity type that I may have found on the Internet. Taking screen shots of online free materials I might use with some students provide easy access, organization and display on my iPad without carrying around folders and hard copy paper.
A great tip from our support staff at school!
Adding to your OT iTool Kit!