Para Educators: Don’t be Fooled about Technology Supports in the Classroom
This webinar will present an overview of and data which supports the importance of engagement within the general educational setting. Strategies for Para Educators will be discussed and examples shown of how classrooms have used Universal Design for Learning strategies to provide engagement for all students, regardless of disability. Web-based tools and other in-class supports and definitions, including definitions of accommodations versus modifications, will be used to illustrate best practices for engagement.
Kirk was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.