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Are 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.
This 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.