“GetAutismActive” my mobile digital technology program is growing wings!
To date, the digital champion journey has been one of interesting content refinement and establishing meaningful contacts in other Departments. Claire (Fennell) and I explored what needed to be done from my perspective and we set up an agenda and timeline to consider deliverables.
“GetAutismActive” is my baby in earnest. I have been working my way through the content of the mobile digital technology program. This has involved running a full day workshop with teachers and parents to get them actively engaged in using the program. This proved particularly useful. We were able to follow the video footage, use each of the pointers for skill development and finally look at the opportunities for incidental teaching and learning that occurs within each session. Further, participants were able to use the aspects of skill breakdown as a type of checklist which we will now include in the program. We have also been collating feedback from teachers, parents and individuals with autism on their experiences of using the program. So far the feedback has been very positive, with all enthusing about the variety of teaching and learning modalities and the accessibility of the program from a digital perspective.
Claire and I went on a further technical journey and set about framing a basic application for the program. This was very informative as we were able to use the components of each skill presented and set them up as a check list like a pre-test. We also did three short introductory videos with Michael in audio-visual to set the scene about autism, fundamental movement skills and “the where and why of “GetAutismActive”.
The next leg of our journey was collaborating with our colleagues in Computer Science
where we recruited Sabin and Sarah to take on the actual app design from their perspective. We plan to have a version of the app ready for display on our Digital Champions presentation day. So all in all the process is going very well with good people on board.