Day 26 (of 187) pushing my inclusive boundaries – thanks @tweetsomemoore
I got a great compliment the other day about my inclusive mindset. But today I had to overcome a fear. A worry that I wasn’t sure I could overcome to ensure I have inclusivity in my assembly.
I like to do “month in review” videos. They help me pop into classrooms and have students share their learning. I use sampling’s from a variety of musicians and it’s usually well received and even sometimes magical (and why I can’t listen to Fireflies by Owl City….)
But today. Today I had a challenge. I have two brothers – grade three and kindergarten. And they are blind. Not a little vision impairment – canes and clear hallways required. So I’ve been doing some thinking (and asking their mom for advise on my plan) to keep them included. How can a learner with a visual impairment take part in a video experience?
With Described Audio of course.
So I had to put on my “radio voice” and narrate the collection of video clips that are on the iMovie file. And being self conscious I wanted to censure myself. To do many do-overs. But I had to get over that mindset. So I practiced by doing my Friday daily blog as a vlog. To push me out of my comfort zone. To meet my kids where they are.
And as I was sharing this project with the brothers – on my laptop with an earphone splitter and “my” headphones (beats and monster because sound matters)….well, they weren’t sure how to take it….because it wasn’t the same as the others…..and he preferred to sit in the row with his classmates. He felt that the headphones were “too different” from everyone else…
Which is fine – because it is his choice – the same as everyone else. And the “described video” is ready when he is….
And our vision teacher came up to me after and reminded/informed me that the boys likely have not had much/any exposure to described video and that she will try again later. That she thought it was the right idea….so we will see where it goes….
A sample of what I put together (without images as per foipop) is here: https://youtu.be/VVanYGjVe7M
Any other thoughts/suggestions are also greatly appreciated!