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Training Ideas

We have heard from a growing number of you that you are using the Active Learning Space website to share ideas with others.  Families, teachers, therapists and other team members can benefit from watching videos, downloading handouts to make materials, and using some of the forms that are on the website.  Many of you have also been using the website in formal trainings and we wanted to share some ideas that may be useful. See our latest article on Training Ideas.

Active Learning Materials and Activities Planning Sheet


This planning sheet can be a helpful way to guide teams in their thinking.  It can be given to teams to fill out prior to a consultation visit or as part of a training.  It supports the move from theory to practice and can shift the focus to a specific child.


We hope that you have discovered the many videos that are on the site!  These can be divided into two basic categories:  lectures by Patty Obrzut, who is the Assistant Director at Penrickton Center for Blind Children, and demonstrations of learners using a particular piece of equipment or technique.  

Designs to Create Your Own Materials

Explore the designs and handouts available for download in the section on Things You Can Make.


Many forms are available to be downloaded from the website.  Visit the page on Forms for Documenting Progress to explore some of what's available, including observation forms, checklists, and progress forms.

Archived Webinars

We invite you to explore past webinars that have been recorded and are archived on our website.  It can be helpful to select a topic and watch one of these with other members of the team.

Let us know ideas you have for using the Active Learning Space site in trainings and consultations!


Sample Videos to Use in Trainings

We hope that you will use any of the videos you find on our site!  A few that people have highlighted in trainings are below.
Rylan Before and After is a great example of the way that placing Active Learning materials near a child can make a huge difference in engagement.
Learners who are asked to attempt tasks that are significantly above their developmental age often engage in some kind of negative behavior.  This video shows a typical 2-year-old girl presented with tasks that are too advanced for her age.
Videos can also be used to demonstrate different pieces of equipment, such as the HOPSA dress. In this video we see a teenage girl in a HOPSA dress on a resonance board.

Active Learning Podcast

eLearning to go iconPerkins School for the Blind featured a podcast with Charlotte Cushman, who provided a brief introduction to Active Learning.  Listen now.

Ideas from the Field

Anouk Dirkse-de Kort of from the Netherlands created a wheelchair mobile and sent us this photo.

Wheelchair mobile

Join Our Next Webinar!

The purpose of the Study Group this year will be to share case studies and discuss implementation of an Active Learning approach. Using student video and planning documents, participants will collaborate to design effective and meaningful instruction using active learning strategies. Each session will require one volunteer to share information and video of one of their students. These videos will NOT be posted online and will only be viewed during the live sessions with a closed group. The sessions will be from 3pm-4pm Central Time on 09/24/19, 11/19/19, 1/21/20, and 3/24/20. Interested parties are not required to participate in all four meetings, but it is encouraged. Drop-ins are also welcome!

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Upcoming Training Events

Nov. 11-12:  Patty Obrzut will give a two-day training at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.
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