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VIRTUAL TEACHING MATERIALS

The Virtual Teaching Materials provide a platform for educators to be able to run functional academic programs remotely when needed and doubles as a teaching tool for students to practice and reinforce critical skills in the classroom or at home.

FEATURES

  • Provide direct instruction LIVE​ ​from anywhere.
  • Preloaded with ALL Styer-Fitzgerald functional academic activities (approx. 5,000), covering multiple content areas.
  • Present flash cards using a choice of predetermined layouts to reach all students – those who are verbal and nonverbal – available on Windows, Android, OSX, iOS (tablet, computer, smartphone, etc.)
  • Student responses and teacher correction procedures are visible on both screens during live one-on-one teaching sessions.
  • Virtual material packs are directly linked to over 1000 independent activities that can be downloaded and assigned for students to work on between live sessions.
  • PLUS educators can customize and add their own cards.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Styer-Fitzgerald Virtual Teaching Materials are for special education students of all ages (Preschool – Transition). This particular toolset is designed specifically for students with moderate to severe disabilities; however, with the amazing versatility of the system, and the predesigned ability to customize, you will quickly find uses for other educators, students, and service providers.

The Virtual Teaching Materials provide a platform for teachers, paraeducators, related service providers, and other educators to be able to run functional academic programs remotely with students in special education. It doubles as a teaching tool that students will be able to use in the classroom and at home to practice and reinforce critical skills while teaching independence. Everything is directly linked to the comprehensive Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics.

The Virtual Teaching Materials come preloaded with over 2500 flash cards and meaningful activities, relieving teachers of stress and extra work. Materials are organized by packs and cover multiple functional content areas. Each pack contains numerous flash cards organized into decks. Cards and decks are then added to slides to create activities. Educators, supervisors, and administrators are able to easily add, modify, and customize their own content as desired.

​While engaged in remote teaching sessions, educators are able to provide reinforcement through built-in video conferencing and visible correction procedures directly on the student’s screen. Teachers and paraeducators can set up student preferences that are automatically stored for future sessions. Instant modifications, such as flipping, hiding, enlarging, moving, and shuffling can happen live during a session when needed.

As Styer-Fitzgerald  educators, you and your team are given access to over 1000 independent  activities. Practicing these activities often and in multiple environments will reinforce critical skills students are learning in each content area. These activities cover varying levels of independence and were created for a number of reasons:

  1. To teach and/or increase independence.
  2. To reinforce and practice the skills students have recently mastered.
  3. To free-up teacher/para time in order to provide more one-to-one instruction.
  4. To easily email and/or print and send home as homework or summer practice packets.
  5. To assist with remote teaching during extreme circumstances.
  6. To save teachers from having to create their own activities!

   
Each Virtual Teaching Materials pack contains a link to Supplemental Materials where educators will gain access to these additional activities.

The system is fully functional for remote teaching now and includes efficient ways to individualize programming for each student. As with any program that is strategically designed for special education, updates, enhancements, and adjustments over time will be necessary in order to keep up with the needs of such a unique and diverse student population. One of the best parts about offering a digital solution is that our customers benefit by instantly receiving updates once they are released. Some of the additional features we are exploring and are hoping to add in the near future are:
​Potential Additional Features
  • Automatic data collection
  • Multi-Select Feature
  • Basic addition and subtraction formulas
  • Live label editing
  • Dynamic calculator and clocks
  • Shared public folders
  • Online banking activities
  • Virtual activities designed for students to do independently when returning to the classroom (without a teacher on the other end)
If you would like to request a feature that is not listed here, please email [email protected] Your request just might end up on our wishlist!
Yes! Educators can add, modify, and create all their own cards, decks, and packs. This is in addition to what is already provided for them. Educators are also able to upload pictures and/or photographs in order to truly individualize for each student ​(as long as images meet copyright and usage rights requirements).

Yes! Currently, teachers and students are able to zoom in and out in order to adjust the size of the flash cards on the screen. Teachers are also able to change the size and color of the text and/or picture on a card as well as the color of the background in order to provide a more drastic contrast for students with vision impairments. Eventually, pictures will be able to be presented directly on the screen without the white card behind, which will also provide more contrast.

We are always open for suggestions! Please email [email protected] if you would like us to consider other accessibility options.

Yes! As a district you may choose to add parents as users in the system. Because the Virtual Teaching Materials are held within the cutting-edge UnitusTI data management system, administrators are able to assign customized roles to all members of each student’s IEP team. When parents are given access to the system, they will only be able to view their child’s profile so he or she can run activities at home.
As teachers first, the authors are committed to ensuring the successful implementation of all Styer-Fitzgerald products. We will be offering several training options via webinar and plan to provide prescheduled consultation sessions where teachers, paraeducators, and anyone else using the materials can join in for a live Q&A session and learn some tips and tricks. These sessions will be led by one of our trainers and/or a teacher who is currently using the system with his or her own students. The trainers’ extensive experience teaching students with moderate to severe disabilities makes them an invaluable resource for districts new to the Program. Staff are always on hand to meet with teachers, answer questions, and brainstorm next steps. In addition, the Virtual Teaching Materials come preloaded with a Quick Start Guide and easily accessible links to a help center for efficient guidance when learning to navigate the materials.

YES! The Virtual Teaching Materials contain a completely customizable manual data feature. You are able to collect data directly on your computer screen during local and remote sessions. You can track overall session data, data for an entire pack, data per slide, and data per step. Once your session is complete, a full data summary is automatically generated. You can easily print or save it as a PDF document.

Automated data collection is coming! There will always be certain activities and variables, such as monitoring behavior, that require manual data due to the nature of the response, but wherever possible, the UnitusTI technical team is working to integrate an automated data collection system, so data is taken automatically for you based on student responses.

The Styer-Fitzgerald Virtual Teaching Materials are designed to be accessed on any device (computer, laptop, tablet, iPad, Chromebook, etc.), through browsers such as Chrome and Safari.
The Virtual Teaching Materials have video capabilities built directly into the secure platform allowing educators to auto generate a real-time session as needed.
Yes! The Styer-Fitzgerald Program teamed up with UnitusTI to bring “cutting edge” cloud technology to special education. The shift to the online platform provides an exceptional layer of utility. First and foremost, the online program provides an added security and data protection layer that enhances compliance with national regulatory laws such as HIPAA, FERPA and GDPR. Information and data are safeguarded from natural disasters and power outages. Data is encrypted at rest and in transit within a closed operational environment. Having received iKeepSafe FERPA certification, schools, districts, and organizations are assured they can rely on the UnitusTI Styer-Fitzgerald cloud to adequately safeguard the privacy of student data.

You have 3 options to consider:

  1. Students and staff are added manually.
  2. A one-time upload via spreadsheet can be arranged.
  3. Auto synchronization with a third party system through a shared file is available.*

   
*The client must cover any applicable 3rd party charges; Syncs are performed once daily – additional fees may apply if the client needs specialized customization.

Currently the system is designed to work one-on-one with students. However, we see the value of this feature so we have added it to the roadmap for the application, although we cannot say when this might happen.
Generating a unique link each time a session is started is necessary in order to offer state-of-the-art, secure, HIPAA/FERPA compliant video conferencing directly within the Virtual Teaching Materials platform.

TRANSITION PLANNING

Life After School: Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities offers guidance with creating comprehensive transition plans for your students, developing real-world work experiences, and teaching community-based vocational skills.

The Transition Manual includes:

  • Section One: Creating Comprehensive Transition Plans
  • Section Two: Developing Real-World Work Experiences
  • Section Three: Curriculum for Teaching Community-Based and Vocational Skills
  • Section Four: Instructional Strategies for Teaching Community-Based and Vocational Skills

$195.00

MANAGING PARAEDUCATORS

Effective Strategies for Working with Paraeducators together with the Paraeducator Handbook is designed to help teachers provide a level of training and support that results in a cohesive, positive, and effective classroom benefiting everyone—administrators, teachers, paraeducators, and most importantly, students.

“The knowledge I gained working as a paraeducator in Suzanne and Candi’s special education classroom was so valuable. The positive work atmosphere as well as being a cohesive team allowed us to get the most out of our students and see them flourish. This manual is something that all classrooms should have!” – Holli Lawrence, Paraeducator

Teacher’s Manual: $24.99 each
Paraeducator Handbook: $9.99 each

INCORPORATING PEER TUTORS

The Teacher’s Guide to Peer Tutoring together with the Peer Tutor Student Handbook are designed to help teachers develop and maintain a successful and mutually rewarding peer tutor program.

“This experience helped me grow as a person. I wanted to do this so I could understand how to help others and learn different ways to communicate with different people. I started out being a peer tutor and teaching them, but I ended up being their friend.” 

~ Katy, Peer Tutor

“My favorite part was just being able to interact with students in the special education classroom and have fun and get to see who they were. They’re people just like us. They’re a little bit different but they’re still someone.”

~Peter, Peer Tutor

 

Hear more from Katy & Peter here!

Teacher’s Manual: $24.99 each
Peer Tutor Student Handbook: $9.99 each

To learn more about starting a Peer Tutor Program or to hear from more Peer Tutors, visit the Social Interaction with Peers page on the Washington Sensory Disability Services (WSDSonline.org) website. 

All of the students featured on this page were former peer tutors/students of author Suzanne Fitzgerald. 

See Peer Tutors in action!

Peer Tutors Implementing the Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics 

Pricing

SDES has teamed up with Mundo Pato, Inc., our cloud publishing partner, to create a simple and affordable solution for special educators to use during this critical time.

The Virtual Teaching Materials are a separate supplemental purchase that will greatly enhance the Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics ​or can be used on its own.

Virtual Teaching Materials Pricing 1st year: $1000 non-recurring configuration fee plus 12 x monthly charge.

Monthly subscription charge is based on a minimum of 100 students ​and increases by $125 per group of 25 additional students.

Scheduling Tip

Find a student in your classroom who can read and understand your master schedule. Assign them a job in the morning to help set up individual student schedules. See the video of Megan setting up the schedule.
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Suzanne’s student Megan was her Teacher’s Assistant first period during her junior and senior year. One of her jobs, among other clerical tasks, was to set up individual student schedules. It saved Suzanne prep time in the morning and was a great vocational experience for Megan.

SDES has teamed up with Mundo Pato, Inc., our cloud publishing partner, to create the full Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics in the cloud. *The Styer-Fitzgerald Program in the Cloud Start-Up Fee: a $6000 non-recurring start-up fee will be added to the first year subscription only.

Cloud Pricing

Monthly subscription charge is based on a minimum of 100 students ​and increases by $125 per group of 25 additional students.