Our educational cooperative hosts workshops across the state for teachers and clinicians working with the special needs population in our schools and I have to say that this has been one of my personal favorites. Our speaker, Ms. Mo Buti, has been a special education teacher, administrator, and Coordinator for Autism services for Chicago Public Schools for more than 24 years. This incredible session offers a wealth of ideas for modifying the classroom and curriculum to meet the special learning needs of students with Autism. It was a hit in the east Tennessee region last fall, so we brought her back for staff in the central and western regions. For those attending these sessions, there was a previous posting of Mo’s PowerPoint presentation, but it was only available online for a short period of time (to avoid excessive downloads, plagiarism,etc.) If you attended and would like a copy of the presentation, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the day that you attended.
The Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology has announced an amazing lineup of scheduled sessions for their 2013 conference. Held yearly in Murfreesboro, TN, this is an outstanding event for those who want to learn more about the use of AT in the special education setting. Many of the sessions offered this year are designed to address the use of augmentative communication tools and strategies with language impaired students, while others will focus on using Assistive Technologies to adapt instruction for the new Common Core State Standards. Even better, there are a large number of sessions designed to provide guidance in preparing students with special needs for the PARCC and NCSC related online assessments. PARCC recently released its list of approved assistive technologies that will be integrated into their testing formats and teachers are rushing to find ways to teach students to use these supports. If you’re looking for help with this daunting task, then the TAAT Conference 2013 is the place to be! Session Time Ordered List.
We had a terrific turnout for both of our introductory level sessions Using the iPad in Special Education, as part of our new “iPad Summit” series. If you attended either of these presentations this summer or just want to learn more about the iPad, you will want to look at the Livebinder file containing the powerpoint presentation we used. Located under the first tab, titled Instructional Materials, the ppt is broken into Part 1 and Part 2 on the gray sub-tabs, as it was too large for loading in one unit. Valerie Pearce, my good friend and local ‘communication app expert’, offered an individual session during our May 10th event and an earlier post contains the direct links for all of the AAC apps she showcased, as well.
This binder is full of additional resources to help you learn more about using the iPad in the special education setting and is updated regularly as we find other materials that support the use of the iPad in the classroom.