It’s hard to know how much involvement to have in assignments when your child has no chance of doing it on their own.
A lot of the assignments to date have been more about me teaching Mac the concept of choosing topics, researching and then deciding what to include – I guess this is probably much the same for everyone.
That being said… I wasn’t overly thrilled when he brought home the requirements for his assignment on “organs”. He had been assigned “the liver” and was to present to the class as if he was ‘the teacher’.
Ugh, the liver, I thought. How are we going to find age appropriate stuff and avoid the obvious drug, sexually transmitted disease and alcohol damage issues that seem to feature ‘way more prominently’ on the internet than any other.
With some focussed searching we did OK. We watched some cool videos, found some good websites. Mac had to decide what he wanted to include in his assignment. I showed him how to change up the information so it sounded like something he might say.
We decided to go with a Powerpoint presentation so he could progress it with his switches while ‘taking the class’.
We created his own avatar using the WeeMee Avatar Creator app (we like it because it has a wheelchair accessory).
We popped his Avatar into his CrazyTalk 2D animation software so it could speak with his dialogue.
We decided to use the Acapela-Box to download the voice. We had to pay for some credits to use this despite having his Dynavox. Thing is the Dynavox doesn’t really ‘hold its own’ for long tracts of speech. It gets crackly and breaks up a bit too much for our liking. With Acapela Box we can use the same voice he uses on his Dynavox but with greater clarity and no chance of it failing mid-sentence.
I poked around on the internet and found some pictures, bought some stock images to include and created some of my own elements. I discussed with Mac what his images might look like, what we could include and importantly made him choose the ‘liver’ image he liked the best. From memory… I think he over-ruled my first choice for making “liver dude”
Here’s the video version of his Powerpoint presentation
(you’ll need your sound turned on & be sure to read on after you’ve watched it).
THE LIVER by Mac Burns
Did you learn anything new?Oh, and for those super-observant folk…
Disclaimer: no M&Ms were harmed in the making of this assignment… but, that’s not to say a few weren’t hacked 😉