An Aledo ISD Vandagriff Elementary third-grader, 10-year-old Colby Tiberg, was a guest speaker in Professor Jackie Gaffner’s education class at Texas Wesleyan University recently.
He will also be featured in an upcoming issue of People magazine.
Colby, enrolled in Elizabeth Allcon’s class, has a speech-limiting disorder and uses a special educational device called a DynoVox to communicate, as well as an ipad and other tools.
In his visit to TWU, Colby told college students about using computers as classroom tools. He and his teacher demonstrated the DynoVox and ipod Touch/ipad using a variety of applications.
“Professor Gaffner and I have been talking for the last two years about the use of communication devices and assistive technology,” Allcon said. “Her son and a former student of mine were in the same homeroom at Vandagriff, and she was introduced to the way I try to integrate each part of my student’s day into making it richer and more meaningful for all involved to work together at school.
“Technology can be what levels the playing field for students with communication difficulties.”
Vandagriff Principal Deborah Cano, who accompanied Colby, his family and his teacher on the college visit, expressed pride in Colby, Allcon and all the Aledo teachers and therapists who have supported Colby over the years.
“Colby even competed in the Spelling Bee at Vandagriff this year,” she said.
School officials said Colby was selected to be in People because the founder of Western Wishes, an organization that grants wishes to individuals with disabilities, was drawn to Colby’s contagious personality and exuberance for life.
To read a link to an article from the Texas Wesleyan campus newspaper, go to http://therambler.org/2013/05/06/10-year-old-boy-demonstrates-education-technology/
- Aledo ExtrA
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Is it too early to start a vegetable garden?
Considering our winter temperatures this year, that’s a good question. When it comes to a successful vegetable garden, timing is everything. The goal in Texas is to have most of your vegetable crops mature before the temperatures soar in mid-summer.
EXTENSION NEWS: Getting more zzzs could help you lose some lbs.
We spend about one-third of our lifetime sleeping. Sleep is important for learning and memory. Sleep also helps our immune system to resist illness and disease, increases response times in emergencies, improves our mood and feelings of wellness and gives us the energy we need to be more active and alert.
VETERANS’ CORNER: Soldiers, families warned about latest Internet scam
The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command is warning about a new website scam in which criminals are attempting to take advantage of soldiers and their families.
Count of area homeless youth begins Monday
ACH Child and Family Services, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, Crossroads Youth Ministries of Parker County and University of Texas-Arlington are conducting the first ever youth count in Tarrant and Parker counties for unaccompanied youth, ages 13-24, in unstable living arrangements (i.e., shelters, streets, couch surfing).
CASA seeks 100 new advocates to represent children in CPS care
In Spanish, casa means home, but for thousands of abused and neglected children, it’s an acronym that has even more meaning – it’s the hope of finally finding a safe, permanent home where they can thrive.
Spivack to speak at PCRW event
Parker County Republican Women will have Loren Spivack as the March 13 luncheon meeting guest speaker.
State education board candidates in runoff
Tuesday’s voting tallies signified an extremely tight race for State Board of Education District 11 candidates in the Republican primary.
Renfro in runoff for job he didn’t want
Precinct 4 Commissioner Dusty Renfro, who unexpectedly scored 1,213 votes in Tuesday’s Republican Primary while campaigning for an opponent, is still trying to lose his job on the Parker County Commissioners’ Court.
Area council, school board filings
Filings for school board and city council elections in May ended last Friday. Here are the filings for area city council seats open in May:
ALEDO – Patricia Weckel, 60, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, surrounded by family at her home in Aledo.
- More Aledo ExtrA Headlines
- ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Is it too early to start a vegetable garden?