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Posted on January 16, 2023, by GAPMP
Both Vicki and Jessie confess they did not consider themselves tech savvy, but both of them used their parent mentor skills to create online resource tools that meet the needs of families and staff in their districts.
Meet Vicki Hilpp from Oconee County
Meet Jessie Slusher from Madison County
Vicki Hilpp used her love of gardening as the theme for her toolshed. She wanted to find a way to make finding resources more user friendly and help families navigate the complicated world of disability.
This was no small task. She had to learn about Google slides and Bitmoji to make this tool look like more like a garden and less like a list of resources. “It was really fun,” she said.
The resource tools are multipurpose. They are available 24/7 for families and staff looking for resources, but, they also function as training and data collection tools for the mentors’ target groups.
Jessie Slusher took a different approach to achieve the same goal. She basically took her paper notebook and brought it to the school district website.
This project required collaboration with the district administrative assistant. “She was brand new and so was I. My supervisor gave me a deadline and I didn’t know how to do any of that kind of thing, but the new administrative assistant did. We worked together, me bringing the resources and her creating the notebook,” Jessie said.
The end result was this notebook on google slides which can be shared in presentations or embedded link on a webpage.
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