“Wii Can Do It!” Students Bring Technology to an Adult Day Health Center (and create a sensory room!). A Community Service Learning Project Gretchen Werle, RN, MSN Franklin County Technical High School. Some Questions to Start. What do you know about community service learning (CSL)?
“Wii Can Do It!”Students Bring Technology to an Adult Day Health Center (and create a sensory room!)
A Community Service Learning Project
Gretchen Werle, RN, MSN
Franklin County Technical High School
"Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities." -From the National Commission on Service-Learning 2001
Build upon the existing service learning partnership between Franklin County Technical School and a community- based adult day health program.
Through working with instructors and adult day health staff, students will build the following skills:
• Design developmentally-appropriate activities using high-quality resources
• Introduce activities which involve technology and promote physical activity and healthy eating habits
• Interact with elders/ adults with disabilities in a variety of settings
• Apply theory learned in the classroom and build knowledge and skills experientially
-Students will achieve scores of at least 80% on all work related to this project- journal entries, conferencing, projects, evaluations.
-Students will demonstrate progressive leadership, communication, and project planning skills as measured by teacher observation and recorded on a weekly evaluation tool.
-Adult day health participants will benefit from increased socialization and the introduction of technology, physical activity, and sensory activities to the center schedule as measured by participant verbalizations and increased engagement of all participants in activities led by students.
-Adult day health center staff will have a positive perception of student involvement as measured through evaluations completed at the mid-point and the end of the funded period.
Apply strategies to enhance effectiveness of all types of communications in the workplace
Demonstrate respect for diverse orientations
Demonstrate safety techniques used in caring for clients
National Education Association - Student Achievement Grant.
$5,000 to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter.
The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.
Students were responsible for finding and reading reliable data on:
The use of the Wii in therapeutic and recreation settings
Elements of a sensory room
Gathering information on:
Location and date for picnic
Items to purchase for sensory room, picnic, activities, and technology
Build budgets (according to grant guidelines) for:
Sensory room materials
Submit materials lists within budget for each area according to timelines
Materials for all areas of the grant were compiled by students, orders were placed and the implementation phase of the project began.
Students set up and introduced the Wii to Adult Day Health (ADH) participants, as well as documenting activities and progress using a digital camera and the new computer station.
Students began work on creating a sensory room, including painting the walls a soothing blue color.
This element of the project is in process, and will evolve over the next few months.
Ongoing reflection and processing is a critical element of a community service learning project.
Following each Adult Day Health visit, a teacher-led discussion is held focusing on highlights of the day, as well as problems and questions that arose.
Students also complete a structured journal entry, in which they are asked to connect their experiences at the ADH to classroom content, and well as to specific learning standards (see journal template).
Conserve energy- yours!
Capitalize on what you are already doing
Have an electronic copy of your VTE Frameworks on your computer
Use the CSL template