Look… It’s Super Kid!

IMG_0020-300x300December has seen a big change in my special education classroom- Social Butterfly has morphed into Super Kid. With the release of Version 1.1 of 123TokenMe the new superhero token has become a classroom favorite. We have used this interest to introduce Super Kid.

 

Super Kid uses his powers to make good choices, even when it is difficult: Listening to teacher instructions the first time, sharing with a classmate, and using kind words with friends. To build excitement we designed several lessons on superheroes. When Super Kid makes a classroom appearance, my kiddos know that he will be recognizing someone for using their own super power to make a good choice. 

 

As new tokens are introduced to 123TokenMe, it is easy to see how a classroom lesson will be tailored to match a new favorite. A bird? A plane? No it’s Super Kid, the super hero that helps me to inspire my students.

123TokenMe’s Flexibility with more Impacted Students

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If you work with severely impacted individuals with autism and other special needs, you know that flexibility is important. Especially while we are building replacement skills and targeting frustration tolerance or interfering escape behaviors. Can 123TokenMe simultaneously address staying calm and demonstrating the new, difficult skill? 

 

The easiest method to accomplish this is to award a child two tokens when they truly knock it out of the ballpark. Today I had a student spontaneously take deep breaths to keep himself calm, verbally repeated the complex direction as a self- management strategy to combat his poorer attending, and completed the directions independently and accurately. Woohoo! We celebrated with high fives and extra tokens. This momentum continued, and was celebrated with time for a rarely given special privilege.

 

In an earlier post, a second method to accomplish this was addressed- setting up the student with two different names in order to address each behavior simultaneously and independently. I’ve used both of these methods successfully- last year with my preschoolers, and this year with my high school students. Another example of the flexibility of 123TokenMe.

 

Our 123TokenMe video vs. Gangnam Style

gangnam-style1With Version 1.1 of 123TokenMe being officially approved by Apple, our marketing kicked off with an email to family. We included a link to our just completed video that introduces 123TokenMe. For fun we asked everyone to please watch and like the video.

 

Our hope, we added, was to surpass Gangnam Style as the most watched video in YouTube history. As of now, we have 14 views for our video compared to 849,389,574 for Gangnam Style. Our family better get busy!

What was he thinking?

IMG_1544-300x300What was he thinking? Our male hand model knew we had to re-shoot several scenes in the 123TokenMe marketing video. And yet he chose today to replace a tire and clean sprockets?

 

No positive reinforcement for that behavior. In fact, the unemployment line may be where his next bike ride takes him.

Christerio vs. Evil Code

Christerio-Conquers-the-evil-Code-So, why isn’t Version 1.1 of 123TokenMe released yet? Because, we had to pull it out of the Apple review process to tweak some code issues. Can the code be that difficult? Here is a fun question: How many lines of code are in 123TokenMe Pro? Take a guess. 3000? 10,000? 

 

The answer? As of last Friday evening, there were 25,503 lines of code. That helps to explain why getting it perfect is not an easy task. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the upgrade will be re-submitted to Apple early this week. The wait is almost over. Our new super hero token- Christerio- will vanquish his arch nemesis- Evil Code!

123TokenMe on Google

Screen-Shot-2012-11-08-at-2.31.06-PM-300x177A 123TokenMe user emailed us about searching for us on Google. She was amazed at the result. Technically, the 4,110 results. While it may have taken Google only 0.38 seconds to perform this search, can you imagine how long it would take to click on all 4,110 links? If anyone wants to try, please let us know the answer. We promise to immortalize you with your own post: “The 123TokenMe Expert. Bar None.”

 

In the meantime, we are working hard to create even more links in our quest to help teach skills and improve behaviors. Don’t believe us? Give us a month and 123GoogleMe for yourself. Five thousand results, here we come.

123TokenMe is off to Georgia

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It’s official: 123TokenMe is off to Georgia. Marketing has begun. A speech-language pathologist from Georgia approached us about a seminar she is in charge of next week. Over 200 SLP’s will be there and one of the topics is, “How new technology can assist SLP’s in their work.”

 

Sounds like a perfect fit for 123TokenMe, doesn’t it? Thus, our first ever promotional materials were boxed up and shipped off this morning. Safe travels and spread the word!

Five exhausting days for our hand model

summer-conway-finger-model-300x300Summer, our very own hand model, just finished five exhausting days of pointing and tapping. Want to see her extraordinary talent for yourself? Here is a link to her first video: “Version 1.1 of 123TokenMe: What’s new?”

 

Thanks to your hard work, Summer, all users of 123TokenMe can get a sneak preview of the exciting upgrades that Version 1.1 will introduce: Level two data, award show animation, numbered rewards for sequencing and counting support, personalized sound recording, and… a super hero. This version makes 123TokenMe even more powerful and engaging for not only the autism and special needs communities, but for general education and home use as well.

 

Get ready! Version 1.1 on the way!

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123TokenMe-Pro-1.1-Developer-rejected-300x130Version 1.1 of 123TokenMe is only an Apple approval away from being official. Here is what this upgrade will include:

 

- Animated award shows 
- Detailed data from each token board session 
- New rewards and a super hero token
- Numbered rewards for sequenced tasks
- User added sounds for token taps, timer expiration, and award shows

 

Exciting? Absolutely. All 123TokenMe users are about to be even more amazed when they download the upgrade. More engaging, deep data collection, and additional ways to utilize it in the classroom and home.