Teacher Review For My Video Schedule

My Video Schedule is pricey, but a good tool for students with autism

Emily S.
Technology coordinator
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Individual
Great with Special needs
How I Use It
This is a great tool for students with autism that need a visual schedule. My son is autistic; he is not very verbal and has limited receptive language. Like most kids with autism, changes in his schedule can be difficult. My Video Schedule is really helpful in planning out his day so he knows what to expect, even when he doesn't always understand the words we tell him. You can set up the schedule to include pictures or videos. There are many to choose from, and you can also upload your own pictures. This is a concrete visual, and it's very motivating! He loves to watch the videos of what will be happening in his day. When school starts again, I plan on taking short video clips of him throughout his day so that he can see himself performing the routines. He will love that!
My Take
This app was significantly more expensive than what I usually pay for apps. It cost $11.99, but it really is worth it for something I use with my son everyday, and it keeps him from having a meltdown when the schedule changes because he is prepared ahead of time. I would recommend it for any student that has trouble with changes in the schedule. Although it is very motivating, it does take a lot of time to set up. You can create recurring events, which is helpful, and you can use your calendar on your phone to add events. It makes you give a reward for each item on the agenda, which I didn't necessary like. Although I like the option of adding a reward, sometimes I just wanted it on the schedule. You can control the amount of time the reward lasts, and there are options such as a thumbs up which allow you to limit the stakes of the reward, but I would prefer the choice not to have a reward. There are pros and cons, but the bottom line is that I would recommend this app.