When I first began providing telepractice services in 2012, I was so excited to use various websites and materials that were interactive to supplement my therapy services. Students were engaged in their learning and motivated to attend Speech/Language therapy! Working with students in real time, using materials they enjoyed, felt like I had the best of both the “in-person” and “remote” therapy worlds.
But when the pandemic hit, students were assigned Chromebooks for distance learning. “Today, Google said that there were 40 million Chromebooks in use in education worldwide…”. Little did I realize my telepractice world was about to be turned upside-down.
While sharing a website with my students, I was shocked to realize that only I could interact with the materials. Only I was able to annotate and work with pdfs online. My students couldn’t do anything but sit and watch as I typed, clicked, dragged, and interacted with the online materials. I quickly became disenchanted with telepractice because of the Chromebooks’ inability to let my students interact with the materials I used for engagement—then I found the Verge Learning platform!
I tested this myself and the Verge Learning platform fulfills its claim – it allows students on Chromebooks and other laptops to interact with online materials!
My telepractice excitement has been restored!
Tracy Sippl, M.S., CCC-SLP, shares her excitement on how Verge Teletherapy can be used with ease on Chromebooks.
The platform allows students to annotate, click, drag, type, and use websites such as Boom Cards and Highlights Kids Hidden Pictures. Besides that, the platform also has a materials library that is continuously growing, so you can use Verge Learning’s uploaded materials or add your own.
Like to use videos? If you are like me when using other video-conferencing platforms, you have had a website or video prepped to share with a student only to realize the students could not directly hear the audio through the platform or you forgot to click on the required boxes to share the sound. The Verge Learning platform removes that step. The platform has the sound-sharing capability built in, so when you share an online game for positive reinforcement or an online book to address vocabulary, the sound automatically plays for both you and your students.
To say that I was thrilled to learn about the Verge Learning Platform and the fact that it allows students with Chromebooks to interact with online and shared materials— is an understatement. What had first excited me about telepractice still exists!
Not only does the Verge Learning platform offer a library of resources that I can share with my students, but they can also engage with the materials! Now that’s a game-changer for everyone.
What teletherapy tools do you look for in a web-based, video-conferencing platform?