Category Archives: Special Education
Assistive 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:
• 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.
We’re going to feature some of the preconference opportunities available at the Midwest Education Technology Conference in upcoming posts. If you work with students with developmental disabilities and/or are in need of assistive technology, you’ll want to consider attending these Monday, February 10 sessions. Additional registration is required of precons, visit METCconference.org to learn more.
Make Collaborative Assistive Technology Decisions Using the SETT Framework with Bob Cunningham of Maryville University
Monday, February 10 (3 Hour Preconference Workshop)
Audience Tech Level: All | Audience Grade Level: K-12
Students with learning disabilities frequently avoid academic tasks because of the difficulty they experience in completing them. Assistive technology can serve as a mechanism to motivate these students to participate at increased levels eventually leading to increased engagement in the educational process. IDEA mandates that assistive technology must be considered for all students with an IEP. Educators who participate in these decisions will benefit from a structured process to make these decisions. This precon half-day workshop will introduce the attendees to the SETT (Student, Environment, Tasks and Tools) Framework and learn how it can be used by IEP teams to collaboratively determine assistive technology needs.
Alternate Routes to Literacy for Students with Developmental Disabilities with Robin Heimos, Alyson Diaz-Kleine, Christine Schneider of Special School District
Monday, February 10 (6 Hour Preconference Workshop)
Audience Tech Level: All | Audience Grade Level: All
This innovative workshop will provide the blueprints needed to make literacy fun and engaging for students with developmental disabilities. This idea-packed, construction-themed workshop will demonstrate ways to create detours around typical literacy instruction, taking participants down alternate roads. Along the way, participants will be provided with a toolbox full of assistive technology ideas including such tools as PixWriter, Boardmaker and others all ranging from low to high tech.
METC is a program of EducationPlus.
This workshop on January 18, 2013 will include a brief overview of the seven sensory systems along with sensory integration strategies that can be utilized in classrooms to increase student engagement and time on task. After this all day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn a variety of strategies to take back to their classrooms, and leave with a book of resources.
Capitalizing on her 25+ years in the field of education, Karen Westhoff brings a hands-on, practical approach to her workshops. Prior to being a School Improvement Consultant at Cooperating School Districts, Karen has served as a Special Education Teacher, a Lead Teacher for TIP (Therapeutic Intervention Program), and as the Director of St. Gertrude’s Preschool in Washington, Missouri. Certified as an administrator in Missouri, Karen developed and implemented an At-risk Behavior Program for grades K-6. In her quest to support educators in fostering environments that support student growth, she continues to present on topics such as Positive Behavior Support and Sensory Integration. Karen looks forward to continually share effective strategies with other educators in Missouri with a passion for student development.
Register for this workshop by January 11
Cost: $75 CSD Members | $90 Non-Members
(includes lunch, book and materials)
Questions? Contact Brian Lankheit.