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.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 28, 2019
|Audience||General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Support Staff|
|Dates||August 5 – September 2, 2019|
|Earn||15 hours of certificate of participation|
|MassCUE Member Cost||$150|
|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 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.
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):
- Learning Ally
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.
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