|This second edition of Action Based Enterprises’ (ABE) e-newsletter features Dennis Harmon, one of our high school teachers, discusses the ways state-of-the-art technology is used to enhance our school programs, and highlights the work success of Cassie Beauparlant, a participant in our Employment Center. Future editions will focus on new developments at ABE and in the broad general areas of developmental, learning and behavioral disabilities.Dennis Harmon: A Teacher Who Makes a Difference
Dennis Harmon, is excited by “the opportunity to inspire and motivate the students to overcome their obstacles in learning and behavior.” “Every day brings a new challenge, a new opportunity to teach, learn and inspire,” said Dennis, who teaches in our high school.
ABE employs a variety of technological devices to enhance learning consistent with recent advances in learning theory. Technology is integrated seamlessly into classroom activities where students are taught to select the right device for the right learning activity. In addition to the traditional desktops and laptops that we have available for teacher and student projects, we also employ tablets and mini computers for use at a student desk or workstation.
Additionally, Microsoft Surfaces are employed to give students more of a capacity to do independent research in certain content areas, among other benefits. And we sometimes use Kindles for reading in large measure because they provide additional tools such as a dictionary and thesaurus that better enables students to interact with specific texts.
With the hands-on assistance and training of the Action Based Enterprises Employment Program, Cassie Beauparlant has been working effectively for 10 hours every week as a Sales Associate at Sears for the past 5 months. “I love Sears,” Cassie said, “I look forward to coming in for each shift.” She likes her co-workers and says that work gives her a sense of independence.