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.
Secondly, 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.
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.
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.
Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Putting the Tools in the Student’s Hands with Bob Cunningham takes place January 29, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Assistive technology provides the opportunity for students with disabilities to compensate for difficulties they experience with engaging in the educational process. Identifying measurable outcomes for assistive technology and incorporating assistive technology tools and strategies as part of the student’s educational routine is a challenge. The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services will be used to guide this discussion. Additionally, this session will describe primary types of assistive technology used to address the areas of reading, writing, math and computer access.
This professional development session will describe best practices associated with incorporating assistive technology in the IEP, implementing assistive technology and evaluating its effectiveness.
Register for January 29 PD at csd.org/pd_programs.