Using Assistive Technology Tools to Support Learners Across the Curriculum – Online

Reading and writing occurs in ALL curriculum areas. If your students are struggling, it can impact them across their entire day. This 4-week course will explore assistive technology supports (both system built-in and specialized tools, across multiple platforms) that can assist your students with accessing reading materials and supporting the writing process.  


Course Details

Audience General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Support Staff  
Level Grades 2-12 
Instructor Cheryl Farley 
Dates August 5 – September 2, 2019 
Earn 15 hours of certificate of participation
Location Online
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 20 Participants
Prerequisites None
Graduate Credit (Pending) At the first class, participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Worcester State University for an additional fee of $125. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of course hours attended. 

Cheryl Farley

Cheryl Farley has been an Assistive Technology Consultant for the past 9 years, working with several school districts in Southeastern Massachusetts.  As an Assistive Technology Consultant, she conducts AT evaluations, supports teams on creating implementation plans and provides support and training for teachers and students in grades K-12.  She provides professional development training at the district level and has also presented at both local and national conferences on the topic of assistive technology. She received her undergraduate degree from Stonehill College (Biology/Psychology), her Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry, and her Masters Degree in Assistive Technology from Simmons College.  She is a Google Certified Educator, Level 1, Brainpop Certified and Read&Write for Google Chrome Certified.   

Weekly Outline:  

Lesson 1:  Introduction to the Course/What is Assistive Technology (week 1)

Lesson 2:  Let’s Learn: Assistive Technology for Reading Support (week 2)

  • Tools to be explored include (but not limited to):
  • Bookshare
  • Learning Ally
  • EdPuzzle
  • Rewordify

Lesson 3:  Let’s Learn: Assistive Technology for Writing Support (week 3)

  • Tools to be explored include (but not limited to)
  • Co:Writer by Don Johnston
  • Read&Write by Texthelp
  • Digital Graphic Organizers
  • Built in Speech to Text programs

Lesson 4:  Pulling it all together:  how to implement Assistive Technology into your classroom (week 4)  

Project Description: Participants will create or adapt a current lesson implementing 2-4 assistive technology tools explored in the class. Students will describe how UDL is incorporated and will give a brief video lesson on implementation of 2-4 assistive technology tools. 

DESE Standards:  

6-8.DTC.a.1 Identify and explain the strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities of a variety of digital tools.  

6-8.DTC.b.3 Demonstrate ability to communicate appropriately through various online tools (e.g., email, social media, texting, blog comments).  

6-8.DTC.b.2 Collaborate synchronously and asynchronously through online digital tools. 

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Using Assistive Technology Tools to Support Learners Across the Curriculum
August 5, 2019 – September 2, 2019

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