Module 3 - Creating Visual Aids

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Welcome to the Visual Aids Module Support Page. On this page you will find some videos on how to create a support for a pupil in your care using SENteacher.org and Microsoft Word. The first video below involves creating a CVC word bank with images provided to allow the pupil to link the word with its meaning. 

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1. Creating a Customised Literacy Resource using SENteacher.org. This is the first in a series of videos - now on YouTube to allow any SEN teacher the opportunity to customise a literacy resource already created. 

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The second video again uses SENteacher.org - this time to create a customised numeracy activity endeavouring to assist the pupil with SEN to gain confidence at the quarter hour. Many different worksheets can be created at the same level, something that is very important for the pupil with SEN as they need extra time to gain concepts - SENteacher is ideal for this.

2. Creating a Customised Numeracy  Resource using SENteacher.org. This video was designed with Seesaw uploading in mind, hence when you click on the activity, it jumps over the introduction and starts at the SENteacher - Numeracy section.

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The second video again uses SENteacher.org - this time to create a customised numeracy activity endeavouring to assist the pupil with SEN to gain confidence at the quarter hour. Many different worksheets can be created at the same level, something that is very important for the pupil with SEN as they need extra time to gain concepts - SENteacher is ideal for this.

3. This is one of the videos made especially for the SNA Course and shows how to create a Visual Timetable using Microsoft Word - the version available to download from the St Angela's website when you log in using your username and password. 

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Creating Resources with SENTeacher.org - Step by Step Approach

SEN Teacher -  a super website that allows teachers to customise work for any particular pupil. Step by step instructions on creating a literacy worksheet for ss words only.
 

STEP 1 - Open SEN Teacher website in a new window by clicking here

STEP 2 - What you should be looking at is shown in Fig. 1

STEP 3 - Click on Printables (as highlighted in Fig 1) and select Literacy. Note that you may have to scroll well down the page to see Fig. 2 

STEP 4 - Click on "Word and Picture Cards" as highlighted.

STEP 5 - This will open as shown in second diagram in Fig. 2. Note the toolbar on top which allows the customization. 

STEP 6 - Click on Load Cards to view all the card sets available - in Phonics (Change Category with blue button on left) alone has 295 card sets currently (not 312 as on slide). 

STEP 7 - Select 'ss and zz' words from this page list and prepare to customize the resultant page (Fig. 4) by deleting all the zz words and adding "Mass" and "bless"

STEP 8 - To delete a word from this set - click on the word and it will open with a red delete button at the bottom (as in Fig. 5). Delete all zz words in this way. 

STEP 9 - To add a new word - click the blue "Add Card" button (as highlighted in Fig. 5) on the top left - this will allow you to decide on a label for the word "Mass" or "Aifreann" (if in a Gaelscoil) and search for a symbol at the bottom - search for Mass - select the first pic shown. The final image should look like Fig. 6  and for Mass and Aifreann - Fig. 7. 

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Fig. 2 - to get a closer look, click on the image above
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Fig. 3 - to get a closer look, click on the image above
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Fig. 4 - to get a closer look, click on the image above
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Fig. 5 - to get a closer look, click on the image above
 
Creating a Visual Timetable Using Word  - Step by Step Approach

Step 1 - Open Microsoft Word and select Insert - Table, drag over 3 columns and 5 rows.

Step 2 - Use the square on the bottom right (Fig 1) to pull the table down the page and increase the size of the rows/cells. 

Step 3- Click and hold the crosshair, (circled, top left) then drag down the page a little to make room for the title "Visual Timetable" (Fig 1)

Step 4 - Click in the first cell of the table, Note the new blue toolbars on top - Table Design and Layout. Select ALL cells and click Layout in or to centre align as shown in Fig 2. The cursor WILL flash in the middle of the cell when you click in the first cell (not until then).

Step 5 - Add in times in first column and actions in the second column as Fig 3. After each entry click tab key - top left of keyboard, to move on to the next cell. Note that Visual Timetable has also been added as a heading - as mentioned in Fig 1. 

Step 6 - Add the images for each of the cells in the third column. Firstly, click in the third cell. Click - Insert Picture, Online Picture - see Fig 4 below.  

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Step 7 - Type in "get up, cartoon" in the search box. Select one of the options. These are all licence free images - so fine to use. See Fig 5 below. Don't be put off by the huge change in the table cell - just reduce the image by grabbing the corners as shown in Fig 6. You will notice that there is a line of text at the bottom of some images (such as this one). You should click on this text (Fig 7) and press delete on the keyboard - top right corner. This will reduce any problems later.

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Step 8 - When the image is fully resized, ensure you click the "Wrap Text" as shown and select "Tight" - you should do this will all images in Word to make it easier to move text around them.

Step 9 - Copy the image to the other cells in Column 3. as shown in Fig. 8. Click on the image in the second row, right click then and click Change Picture as shown - from Online Sources...(Note: this option will not be present if the text under the image is not deleted before being fully shrunken to fit the table cell). Now, search for a suitable image for "eat breakfast, cartoon" and likewise for each of the other cells........

Step 10 - Save the completed visual timetable by clicking on File, Save As, filling in the name in the box as in Fig 9.

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