Digitability's Professional Development Video Resources for Special Education

Learn how to help your students achieve positive outcomes and create an inclusive learning environment 

Digitability's library of professional development resources is designed to help you and your students achieve positive and healthy outcomes in an special education classroom through evidence based practices. This video series covers topics, like: Differentiation - Positive Narration - Behavior Modification - Positive Reinforcement - Peer Encouragement - Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and more!

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Digitability's Professional Development Resource Videos

How this Special Education Teacher Uses Differentiation to Teach Students Social & Work-ready Tech Skills

This video takes you into an inclusive special education classroom where Dawn uses Digitability and differentiation techniques to teach her students social skills and the context of technology and its use in the workplace.

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How to Use Peer Encouragement to Improve Learning in a Healthy Social Culture

Using peer encouragement is a powerful way to to create a healthy social culture and positive learning environment while developing positive behavior in your students.

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How to Use Probing Questions to Access Prior Knowledge to Teach New Concepts

Probing questions are often open questions used to elicit anecdotal experiences from your students. Probing questions are designed to access prior knowledge by adding context to new concepts.

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How to Use Positive Narration to Develop Positive Behaviors

Positive narration is the act of drawing attention to a desired positive behavior instead of misbehavior. You can reinforce these healthy behaviors in your students in a constructive, narrative way by using positive narration.

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How to Access Prior Knowledge to Increase Comprehension

Accessing prior knowledge allows you to connect your student's personal experience or background knowledge to new content. Accessing prior knowledge to teach new concepts and skills leads to an increase in comprehension.

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How to Use Visual Prompting to Target the Right Behavior in Your Students

Visual prompting is a powerful technique you can use to target the right behavior in your students, especially if they have limited verbal ability. Visual promoting includes using pictures, video and objects that provide information to your students about using the target behavior.

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How to Use Gestural Prompting for Class Participation & Classroom Inclusion

Gestural prompts allow you to help your entire class follow along and participate in an inclusive environment. Using gestural prompts enables you to connect symbols and clues to knowledge of a task by pointing to, looking at, motioning or nodding to indicate a correct response.

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How to Use Verbal Prompting to Engage in a Target Response & Elicit Correct Answers

A verbal prompt can be a word, set of instructions or questions that direct a learner to engage in a target response. For students who have difficulty with a question, you can use verbal prompting, stressing certain words and clarifying the question so your student is able to answer correctly.

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How to Increase Attending to Task & Student Independence

Attending to task is consciously focusing on completing a task, and becoming physically and mentally engaged in the current function. By increasing a student's attendance to task you elicit student motivation in a way that promotes their ability to become an independent learners.

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How to Use Physical Prompting to Help Task Completion

Physical prompting is a type of prompting involving physically touching a student in order to move them towards properly completing a task or correctly answering questions. Physical prompting can include moving a student’s hand towards a certain task, and is done by using hand-over-hand techniques.

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How to Use Positive Reinforcement to Teach Students Positive Behaviors

Using positive reinforcement can include presenting a motivating item or reward to your student after the desired behavior is exhibited, making the positive behavior more likely to happen in the future. Positive reinforcement can give students immediate gratification upon answering a question correctly or exhibiting a positive behavior.

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Demonstrating Knowledge of Students to Connect Concepts for Student Goal Achievement

Teachers don’t teach content in the abstract; they teach it to students. Using the 'knowledge of students' technique allows you to succeed in connecting concepts for your students by knowing what they like or how they contribute. With this level of student familiarity, you can help your students achieve their academic and socialization goals.

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