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Our presentation on April 30 will provide a comprehensive look at the accessibility and assistive technology components of both Apple and Android products, plus layout a side-by-side comparison of the pros and cons of each when it comes to using them with students with disabilities. Whether your district uses Apple, Google, a hybrid or is yet to decide, you’ll be ready after learning the features, tips and tricks of both systems after attending this full day of professional learning. In addition, third-party applications for both Google and Apple products will be shared.

apple vs googleSecondly, participants will learn of the services Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT) provides to public school districts in the arena of assistive technology. One of MoAT’s programs, the Equipment Technology Consortium (ETC), is a short-term assistive technology equipment loan program for school districts and agencies in Missouri. Districts or agencies can borrow equipment on behalf of individuals with disabilities to try out the equipment before purchasing, for use during the time equipment is in repair, or for other short-term needs. The program includes a wide range of equipment including switches and mounts, computer access devices, iPads and tablet devices, environmental controls, hearing devices, home modifications, visual aids and augmentative communication devices.

BYOD: Participants should bring a personal, digital device in order to participate in this event. We look forward to having you join us in The Battle for Classroom Dominance: Apple vs Google (And What It Means for Students with Disabilities). Learn more about the presenter, fees and other details by clicking here.

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Customized LearningEducationPlus’ customized professional learning is developed specifically for your school or district’s needs, and is delivered at onsite at your facility. Click here to see fees for various levels of training opportunities. We’re excited to provide tailored professional development in:

• Classroom implementation of the Missouri Learning Standards
• Literacy and Critical Thinking for Non-Core Classes
• Media Literacy
• Technology Integration
• Curriculum Development
• Cultural Responsiveness
• Plus whatever may be requested

Program design includes assessing the needs of district; developing pedagogy; creating materials; establishing measurement tools as well as onsite facilitation. For more information on opportunities, visit www.edplus.org.

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luis perezAre you looking for new ways to support special education learners in your classroom with edtech? 2015 METC Featured Speaker Luis Perez will not only present break sessions throughout the conference, but he will also offer a precon on February 9.

According to Corwin Press, who published Luis’ book Mobile Learning for All, he was diagnosed with an eye condition at the age of 29 that results in progressive vision loss. Luis is considered legally blind; he only has about 10 degrees of central vision left. As a person with a visual disability, Luis knows firsthand what a difference mobile tech can make.

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pd bubbleThis series from EducationPlus will be a 5-day program geared to new Special Education Teachers.  Special Education Compliance Consultant Jeanne Rothermel will take time for discussions about issues participants may be struggling with and share resources that might be helpful to them.

Topics to be included:

Day 1 – Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Special Education Process 101, to include information on Quality Eligibility Determinations

Day 2 – Monday, November 10, 2014
Managing Problem Behaviors, to include doing a FBA and writing a BIP

Day 3 – Friday, December 12, 2014
Standards-based IEP Development

Day 4 – Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Writing an Effective IEP, to include writing goals based on the standards

Day 5 – Monday, March 9, 2015
Wrap Up: Topic to be determined based on needs through out the series

Included in the package price will be the opportunity to attend one of the other professional development opportunities offered through the Special Education Division of the RPDC.

pd bubble IIThe Special Education Teacher Academy will be a total package cost of $150. The academy is designed for teachers new to Special Education, though veteran educators are welcome to participate in one or all sessions for a refresh.

These programs will be offered for individual enrollment if you choose not to register for the entire series. Register at www.edplus.org by September 17.

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New workshop • Tuesday, 7/8/14 • 8:30 – 3:30  • register online

Come experience an introduction to computer coding and programming that will leave you thirsty for more! In this STEM-related workshop, coding is presented using drag and drop programming in a hands-on, game-like constructivist atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to explore the basics of programming by completing a series of engaging tasks and puzzles that will develop skills needed to create interactive art, stories or simulations, your own game, or perhaps an iPhone app! Resources will be available for learners of all ages and grade levels. Participants will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of how computer programs work, their language, and a desire to share the excitement of learning how to code with their students. No prior knowledge of coding required.

About the Instructor

DebF Twitter picDebbie Fucoloro’s Twitter profile: PhD Curriculum & Instruction. Passions: #edtech, social media, PD & inspiring learners of all ages. Instructional tech professional, learner, half-marathoner | @debbiefuco
St. Louis, MO · theeducatorscafe.com

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flickr kindergartenThe expectations of kindergarten concern teachers in preschool programs. How do PreK teachers continue to teach a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the expectations of kindergarten and prepares children and parents for the kindergarten experience? Our April 17 workshop will present ideas and strategies to implement in the current PreK curriculum and better prepare the preschool child in kindergarten readiness. Come prepared to share your ideas and develop some steps for increasing the learning in your Early Childhood classrooms.

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AT event at EdplusAssistive technology is any tool that helps students with disabilities do things more quickly, easily or independently; it can be elaborate and expensive or simple and low-cost. Assistive technology is not only personal to the student but it provides the teacher with options to address student’s learning styles and abilities. When assistive technology is appropriately integrated into the classroom, students are provided with multiple means to focus on achieving academic standards.

Come spend the day exploring and learning of assistive technology devices and resources to bridge the gap between ability and disability! assistive technology vendors will demonstrate their devices and teachers using assistive technology will showcase their instructional practices. Reserve your seat online by March 3rd for the March 10th event. The cost is $10 per person, lunch is included in the event.

See list below:

• MoAT: Missouri Assistive Technology offers an array of programs and services for Missourians of all ages and all disability categories.
• Tobii: Creates an intuitive interface that uses natural eye movements to help people with disabilities communicate and gain more independence.
• Dynavox: The leading provider of communication and education solutions designed to help individuals living with speech, language and learning disabilities communicate and reach their potential.
• Monarch Teaching Technologies: VizZle is on-line software that meets the special needs of visual learners like learners with autism; it can be customized for students, provides a shared library of teacher-made visual-based lesson plans, and can track student’s progress on IEP goals.
• Crick Software: Products are designed for learners of all abilities and with differing educational needs, including struggling readers and writers, students with learning or physical disabilities, and English language learners.
• Don Johnston: Educational software that empowers children with reading, writing, and/or physical disabilities to be successful, independent readers and writers.

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