The SD83 Individual Achievement Program (IAP) is designed to support students with diverse abilities reach their full potential and transition into the larger community. It is a program that aims to help students develop life skills (social skills, functional math and literacy, pre-employment skills, personal safety, nutrition, and self-care), leisure, and recreation skills.
Jessa Clark, Education Technology Helping Teacher, and Kathleen Miege, IAP Teacher at Salmon Arm Secondary (Sullivan), collaborated to create some helpful and motivating technology opportunities for students in the IAP program. Clark initially focused on Office 365 basics, accessibility features, and sharing documents, all skills the students will need as they prepare for transition out of high school.
The students also had an opportunity to do some computer programming with Clark using mTiny. mTiny is a coding tool that exercises student’s logical thinking and problem-solving abilities. It brings computer programming into real life, using coding cards and various themed map blocks to guide the student in exploring, perceiving, and creating through highly interactive, stimulating, and fun games. Using this coding tool, each student was able to work at their own level and have a lot of fun learning!
Thanks to Clark and Miege for facilitating this motivating learning opportunity for students in the IAP program.