Using the iPad to Provide Literacy Supports for LD Students District-Wide

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My colleague, Karen Moffatt, CCC-SLP,  and I presented an educational session on this topic at the 2016 Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) National Conference earlier this month. As expected, there was a large amount of interest in the subject as educators and administrators across the globe try to figure out how to tap the full potential of this device in the classroom.  We feel like everybody should be skilled users, but they’re still relatively new and upgrading all the time.  As Karen put it so clearly during our session, ” iPads have only been with us for about six years, but it feels like forever.”

The information for this session was gathered as we supported a large technology initiative to introduce iPads to middle school students with special learning needs in advance of her district’s full 1:1 launch.  Although the project had (and still has) some challenges, it has allowed these students to take much needed extra time to become fully comfortable with the technology navigation and use, identify accessibility supports and apps that meet their unique needs, and begin integrating these supports into their routine well ahead of their peers.

The ATIA Conference encouraged us all to ‘Network, Learn & Share’, which is what we’re doing here by posting our materials for general access.  The PowerPoint and handouts for this session are available under the tab titled ‘ATIA 2016 Sessions’ on the home page menu. Please feel free to use these materials to support your own efforts to integrate tablet technologies in your districts, but remember to leave all credits intact.

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Janice Reese

Janice Reese

Director of the AT Center at LTVEC
Assistive Technology Professional
Occupational Therapist

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My name is Janice Reese and I LOVE assistive technology! I worked as an Occupational Therapist for more than 15 years, earned a Master’s degree in Education Technology, and I’m RESNA certified as an Assistive Technology Profession (ATP).  I have worked in the school system for many years now and I love using technology to enhance the lives of children with disabilities. Since my first love is teaching, I’ve spent just as much time training wonderful teachers everywhere to use these tools in their classrooms.  AT4Kids, llc was founded in 2008 in an effort to provide quality instruction and resources for teachers, therapists, student users and parents who wanted to know more about using AT.

I currently serve as Director of the Center for Assistive Technology, a state-supported program of the Little TN Valley Educational Cooperative.  LTVEC is a non-profit agency whose goal is to provide rehabilitation services and accessibility supports for students with special needs in east Tennessee.  My AT4Kids blog is designed to be as a one-stop resource for ideas and information for those wanting to learn more about the use of AT with children in the special education setting.

I hope to offer helpful hints, program and product reviews, AT recommendations, links to great new finds on the web, and lists of resources for “all things AT”.

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