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Welcome to Virtual ExCEL Academy

APH Virtual ExCEL Academy

As our nation continues to adjust with some schools and students remaining in virtual instruction and others returning to brick and mortar buildings, APH will continue to provide the APH Virtual ExCEL Academy for students. Based on feedback from attendees during the spring and summer we will be offering FREE engaging lessons for students with a variety of abilities. We also hope to model ways that online learning may be used to supplement services. We understand that children’s needs are unique and that lessons may not apply to all kids, but we are dedicated to working out a plan to provide as much as we can.

Beginning January 12, 2021, the APH Virtual ExCEL Academy will be held at 3:00 ET, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To help with organization, our attendees suggested organizing the days grouped by age; therefore, we will work hard to provide classes as follows:

  • Tuesday: Focus from Birth to 6th grade
  • Wednesday: Focus from 7th to 12th grade
  • Thursday: Focus on students with multiple impairments

Once a student is registered, the link remains active from October 13 until May 27, 2021. Because we know students are not always able to attend during the scheduled hour, we will be recording these sessions so all have the opportunity to learn.

We also know that many educational professionals as well as college students preparing to enter the field will be participating in the webinars to watch teachers at work. Remember, you are able to observe but please stay in the background just as if you were in a physical classroom. We will not be able to provide you with ACVREP credit for this type of activity.

Upcoming Virtual ExCEL Academy Webinars

All times listed in Eastern Time. This world clock can help provide local equivalents.

  • Academy Audience
    K-6th grade
    Title of Webinar
    Multitasking with Music
    Date
    01/19/2021
    Time
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
    Description
    Music uses a lot of our senses at once, including hearing, sight, and touch. In this lesson, we’ll learn about each sense individually and how they can work together.
    Instructor
    Amelia Welsh
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Leisure activities and hobbies, music!
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    N/A
    Learning Objectives
    Students will learn how to use hearing, sight, and touch individually, and together in music.
    Material Needed
    none
  • Title of Webinar
    Up, Up, and Away!
    Date
    01/20/2021
    Time
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
    Description
    A guide to every stage of air travel
    Instructor
    Kaelen Penrod
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Independent Living
    Recreation and Leisure
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Computer and website navigation
    Money handling and performing transactions
    Planning ahead and following through
    Learning Objectives
    Familiarization with the process of air travel, including purchasing fare, packing luggage, navigating the airport and aircraft, and interacting with airport personnel.
    Self-advocacy if you get lost/stuck/confused
    Material Needed
    Supplies for taking notes, if desired
  • Academy Audience
    Pre Symbolic
    Title of Webinar
    Let’s explore coins!
    Date
    01/21/2021
    Time
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
    Description
    We will be exploring the properties of coins today! What do our coins feel like? What do our coins sound like? What do they look like? Do they have a smell?! Let’s sort our coins together.
    Instructor
    Jessica Chamblin
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Concept Development
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    None required
    Learning Objectives
    Students will be able to notice a difference between the sizes of coins.
    Students will explore the sounds of metal coins in various containers.
    Materials Needed
    Variety of coins (at least 10 of each if possible): Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters
    Variety of containers: Cardboard tube, plastic bag, cardboard box, metal pot/jar/box/tin, plastic cup/tub/box, Glass jar or bowl
    Paper “worksheets” for sorting coins if you are/will be a “print reader” or half of an egg carton (three and three to make a braille cell), or the printed braille cell worksheet if you are/will be a braille reader.
  • Academy Audience
    K-2nd grade
    Title of Webinar
    Money Masters
    Date
    01/26/2021
    Time
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
    Description
    We will explore the world of money, where we find it, how to identify it, how to use it, and begin learning how to count it.
    Instructor
    Kathy Bingham
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Independent Living
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Students will need to be able to identify rough vs smooth. Students will need to be able to identify the long and short sides of a rectangle.
    Learning Objectives
    Students will be able to identify penny, nickel, dime, and quarter by touch/sight.
    Students will be able to distinguish the difference between a $1 bill and a $5 by folding it.
    Material Needed
    5 pennies
    5 nickels
    5 dimes
    4 quarters
    $1 bill
    $5
  • Academy Audience
    7-12
    Title of Webinar
    Using Public Transportation as a blind person – 101
    Date
    01/27/2021
    Time
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
    Description
    In this webinar, we will be discussing “tips and tricks” about how you can use public transportation as a blind person. We will be discussing the 7 major components of bus riding: 1) Planning for your tip. 2) Locating the bus stop. 3) Boarding the Bus. 4) Riding the bus (communicate with the driver, appropriate seating, maintaining orientation), 5) Signaling to stop 6) Deboarding the bus. 7) Finding your final destination. You will hear from a COMS instructor as well as a blind high-school 12th grader who uses public transportation regularly.
    Instructor
    Michael Deolloz
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Orientation and Mobility
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    In order to use and apply the information in this webinar, students should have some knowledge of: Time/Distance, address systems, cardinal directions, street crossings, light business travel environments, and GPS technology.
    Learning Objectives
    How to research a bus trip to a preferred destination
    How to pay the fare on the farebox
    Material Needed
    Optional: Smart Phone, Tablet, Computer, Cell Phone
  • Academy Audience
    Middle School or High School Students with Multiple Disabilities
    Title of Webinar
    Taking Responsibility for our Environment: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    Date
    01/21/2021
    Time
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
    Description
    Learning the three R’s is a way of becoming a contributing member of the community and a valuable independent living skill.  We all have a responsibility to take care of our environment.  Our environment is our home, our community, and our Earth.  We can help keep our environment clean and healthy by reducing the amount of trash we create, by reusing items that are still good, and by recycling old items to make something new.
    Instructor
    Jay Humphreys
    Primary Core or ECC Area
    Independent Living and Career Education
    Pre-requisite knowledge
    Receptive language necessary to learn the concepts.
    Learning Objectives
    To identify our responsibility to the environment and our home
    To identify and demonstrate ways we can improve our home and environment
    Material Needed
    Computer, paper, empty can, plastic bottle, bucket

Virtual ExCEL Academy and Summer Camp Archives

Missed a chance to attend one of our webinars or just looking for more resources? Check out our ExCEL Academy and ExCEL Camp webinars on our YouTube Channel.