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Summer Reading with AIM-VA and Reading Technology!

The more relaxed schedule of summertime is the perfect time to nurture those habits of reading for enjoyment and establishing lifelong good habits. Summer reading helps win the battle of the summer slide which frequently affects students with print disabilities. Reading for enjoyment is often not first on the list of fun activities for our students who struggle with literacy. They choose the easy route to avoid reading. As educators, we realize there are many benefits to reading, but how do we make sure our students have the opportunity to make the choice to read?

Let’s Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday!

William Shakespeare is a world renowned author of plays and poems that continue to influence readers today. It is believed that he was born on April 23rd. Many countries around the world use this day to celebrate and remember Mr. Shakespeare as one who continues to give to the literary world. He wrote stories of history, adventure, love, comedy, tragedy, and even fairytales. His use of language contains a variety of sentence structures, varied sentence lengths and use of metaphors; each, reading and writing features that our students learn and practice today in school.

Low-Vision Awareness Month

As children grow and develop, stories are a magical part of a child’s life, building imagination and curiosity while teaching about the surrounding world. Reading provides opportunities for children to engage in discussions and build language skills.

Welcome Back Awesome Educators

Virginia Educators are committed to transforming the educational experiences for students— where learning opportunities to innovate, create, and pursue passions become the norm rather than the exception. What possibilities await your classroom in 2018?

Text on the Screen Allows Students with disAbilities to Access the World!

Digital text or text on screen provides opportunities for students with disAbilities to be more efficient, productive, and independent in the classroom. Using text on screen can assist these individuals with many daily life activities. See what students are saying about text on screen.

AIM-VA’s Book Series Spotlight: Here’s Hank

AIM-VA has a library of over 10,000 accessible instructional materials including a wide variety of accessible formats of favorite reading books. As educators who become Digital Rights Managers (DRMs) order materials for students, these materials are housed in AIM-VA’s digital library, ready for others to quickly order and download for their qualifying students.

One popular book series with is Here’s Hank by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.

Making the impossible… POSSIBLE!

The use of digital materials and technology in the classroom allows students to practice these 21st century skills in the educational setting daily; building independence and preparing them for a career in the future. Incorporating digital materials and technology for learning provides opportunities for students with diverse learning styles and abilities to contribute to group activities in the inclusion classroom. These tech tools adjustably scaffold reading and writing tasks for struggling learners. Students with a disability are able to rise to a higher level of learning, becoming active learners in a group setting and building confidence and skills that are needed beyond the classroom.

AIMing for the 2017-2018 School Year

One of the central beliefs of the AIM-VA project is that accessible instructional materials should be provided to the students that need them in a timely manner; that all reasonable steps are taken in order to allow students with disabilities to receive accessible formats at the same time as other students receive instructional materials at school. To that end, AIM-VA has developed multiple systems to ensure that you, as a DRM, can prepare for the next school-year before this current school-year ends. Whether you’re a TVI requesting braille conversion and need a large amount of lead time, an elementary reading specialist that wants to convert an entire years’ worth of “short readers”, or you are just an educator looking to get a head start to ease the welcome-back workload; use the following tips to help yourself prepare for the 2017-2018 school-year.

Growing One Book at a Time with Summer Reading!

Schools and libraries across the country, as well as organizations, such as Scholastic and Barnes & Noble®, offer many reading challenges and activities for students during the summer. Public Libraries began actual summer reading programs in the 1890’s to encourage children to read during the months when they were not in school; receiving continuous exposure to literature and reading instruction. These summer reading programs incentivize students to keep reading in the summer to retain skills for positive reading achievement outcomes when returning to school in the fall.

It’s April! Celebrate D.E.A.R. with AIM-VA

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read), is a national month-long celebration designed to remind individuals of all ages to make reading a priority and to honor the Newberry Award winning author, Beverly Cleary. Mrs. Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in her book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8 which was published in 1981. D.E.A.R.'s sponsors are telling everyone to "drop" whatever they are doing, including chores or errands, and pick up a good book to celebrate our beloved author, her timeless stories, and the joy of reading during the month of April. Make sure your students have a good selection of D.E.A.R books to read on their digital devices so they can contribute to classroom conversations as well as practice their reading accommodations.