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Finding, Understanding, and Using Research about Assistive Technology to Inform Your Practice – Part 2

This session will focus on research on the use of assistive technology for reading and writing for students with disabilities, including the latest analysis and reviews. Sources of AT research and references for all studies mentioned will be included.

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Penny Reed

Penny Reed

PhD, MA

Penny Reed has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Special Education from the University of Oregon. She has been a teacher, consultant and administrator in the field of special education and assistive technology. Dr. Reed regularly provides consultation and training on a variety of topics related to assistive technology with a special focus on helping school districts improve their delivery of assistive technology services. She is the author of numerous publications about assistive technology services.

Beginner

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Let’s Look at Chrome: Apps & Extensions for Reading

With Chromebooks taking over K-12 education, practitioners and educators need to refill their “toolkit” with a whole new set of supports for ALL learners. Using the power of Chrome, we can provide supports for learners not only on Chromebooks, but on ANY computer using the Chrome browser. This fast-paced webinar will introduce an array of Chrome-based apps and extensions focused on providing reading support.

Let's Look at Chrome: Apps & Extensions for Reading Handout

Mike Marotta

Mike Marotta

RESNA Certified ATP

Mike has been an innovator in the field of assistive technology for over 20-years. Starting as a provider of direct services, he has transitioned to a leadership role within the assistive technology community that has seen him impacting not only service provision, but also systems change activities and pre-service training for new professionals..

Beginner

Chrome | Apps | Extensions | Reading

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Apps for Guided Reading

Are you already doing Guided Reading in your classroom? Are you interested in using your iPad as a Guided Reading resource? This webinar will begin with a brief summary of what guided reading involves, and then will discuss using digital storybook apps, eBooks and other iPad based resources for Guided Reading in the classroom. A discussion of the characteristics of a good guided reading app will occur, along with criteria for selecting apps for guided reading. The role of word-by-word highlighting in Guided Reading and in literacy generally will be discussed, along with research around student's comprehension of enhanced eBooks. Resources for finding digital storybook apps will also be covered, and access options and alternative access to digital storybook and eBooks on the iPad will also be covered briefly.

Jane Farrall

Jane Farrall

SLP

Jane has been working in the disability and assistive technology field for over 20 years. She is a speech language pathologist and special educator with extensive practical experience in both Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and in teaching children and adults with disabilities to acquire literacy. Jane has worked as a school and adult service based therapist and literacy teacher. She has also worked as an assistive technology specialist at both ComTEC and at Spectronics and is currently working as an independent consultant in literacy, AAC and Assistive Technology. Jane is a former Chairperson of AGOSCI and is the founder and organizer of the Big Mouth Camp, and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. You can get more information about Jane at her website www.janefarrall.com.

Beginner

iOS | iPad | Reading | Apps

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The Top 5 iPad Apps for Struggling Readers and Writers

This webinar will present the top 5 apps to help support your struggling student immediately. These apps support access to textbooks, research, and learning materials, including support for reading, writing, and completing homework. You will learn realistic application and implementation to begin using in your classroom today! iPad accessibility features (built-in) will also be discussed.

Diana Petschauer

Diana Petschauer

M. Ed, ATP, CEO

Diana is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and Founder/ CEO of Assistive Technology for Education, LLC and Access4Employment LLC. Diana is an accessibility specialist and certified ATP who provides AT assessment, training & consultation for students to access education and for adults to access employment, home and the community. Diana manages the AT consultants and trainers who work for ATE and A4E. Previously Diana was the AT Specialist at the University of New Hampshire. She presents and trains locally & nationally, including at ATIA, CSUN, Closing the Gap, & OTAP. AT for Ed and A4E are New England based companies, services are provided nationally, including PD workshops and webinars. See the website at AssistiveTechnologyforEducation.com

Beginner/Intermediate

iPad | Apps | Reading | Writing

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Inspiring Lifelong Learning with Bookshare

Are you an educator looking for accessible books and technology for your struggling readers? Are you an individual with a print disability looking for accessible books to use on your digital reader? Bookshare, the world’s largest accessible online library, provides readers with print disabilities access to over 300,000 ebooks and technology. Join us to learn more about this valuable resource.

Kristina King Cohen

Kristina King Cohen

MIA

Kristina King Cohen is a Senior Education Program Manager at Benetech Global Literacy Programs. Kristina brings over fifteen years experience working in public education and human and health services. Kristina has a proven track record in building successful and sustainable enrichment programs specifically focused on K-12 public schools. Kristina holds a Masters in International Relations from San Francisco State University where she focused her research on global access to education. Her main focus at Benetech is to educate communities about the various resources Bookshare brings to schools across the country.

Beginner

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Google Chrome as AT

With the proliferation of 1:1 programs and Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), schools are exploring more EdTech solutions to meet the technology needs of learners. With all of this technology – what happens to the struggling student? In this session, learn about an array of Google Chrome apps and extensions that could be beneficial to ALL students. By leveraging the power of this common browser, we can make significant customization to meet the needs of all students. By harnessing the power of this browser on web enabled devices, students can use any device and have their supports follow them. The session will highlight Google apps and extensions to assist students in the areas of reading, writing, organization, study skills, mind-mapping/ brainstorming, executive function, and math/ computing.

Mike Marotta

Mike Marotta

RESNA Certified ATP

Mike has been an innovator in the field of assistive technology for over 20-years. Starting as a provider of direct services, he has transitioned to a leadership role within the assistive technology community that has seen him impacting not only service provision, but also systems change activities and pre-service training for new professionals..

Beginner

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 2: Fluency in Reading, Writing and Math

Opportunities for learning academic content is essential for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Functional skills can be taught as part of any academic lesson. This workshop will explore instructional and access strategies for literacy, math and science concepts for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

Beginner/Intermediate

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