Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Engaging Students in Reading Instruction through Educational Technology

Engaging Students in Reading Instruction through Educational Technology 
Presenter: Sharon Plante, Chief Technology Integrator and Faculty Member of The Southport School
Date: Wednesday, January 22
Time: 4:00-4:20 PM
Cost: Free - Click here to register.
The utilization of technology (Interactive screens, iPads, apps, and websites) can make reading instruction (decoding/encoding, fluency, and comprehension) a multi-sensory process that is engaging and explicit while maintaining the individualization and diagnostic-prescriptive aspects of the lesson.  It can support the organizational challenges for necessary lesson materials that can occur when working with multiple students at once, while also allowing for ease of differentiation within a small group format. Additionally, educational technology can provide ways for the teacher to collect work samples and data from multiple students simultaneously and allow for individualized feedback. The session will focus on the use of various tools that can support differentiated and individualized engagement during small group multi-sensory reading instruction.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Webinar Wednesday: Dysgraphia: 5 Minute Screening for Writing Accommodations

What does writing look like for students with dysgraphia? How can educators and parents help to better support students with writing difficulties? There are many things to consider when helping our struggling writers to improve outcomes and build confidence. Students who struggle with writing may have poor fine motor skills, messy or slow handwriting, lack of attention to tasks, poor spelling, and difficulty getting ideas down on paper. Is it Dysgraphia? View this on-demand webinar from Don Johnston to learn how to use accessible technology to better support students with IEPs who have Dysgraphia or other writing challenges. Broaden your understanding of dysgraphia, learn how Co:Writer Word Prediction, Translation, and Speech-to-Text remove barriers to writing and sign up for the webinar to request an easy, 5-minute Writing Accommodation Screening Tool.

Source: Dysgraphia 5 Minute Screening for Writing Accommodations from DonJohnstonInc

Monday, January 6, 2020

Motivational Monday

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Welcome 2020

Friday, October 25, 2019

Friday "Appy" Hour: If I Need Help

All too often we hear stories in the media of children or adults with cognitive disabilities or other needs who wander, run away from or otherwise leave a caregiving facility or environment. The concerns when this happens always center around whether the individuals are able to communicate with those offering help. For this week's Friday "Appy" Hour, I felt it was important to share a system that can provide comfort to those who have a loved one who has Autism, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, or other issues with disorientation. The If I Need Help system mitigates the risks to your loved one or students by bypassing communication barriers.

The If I Need Help system accomplishes this through several steps:
  • A free online membership
  • A profile for your loved one on our special needs registry 
  • A confidential Emergency question and answer section that can be printed or emailed in an emergency
  • A QR-code enabled ID tag that can be worn or fastened to your loved one’s clothing 
When you or your loved one is discovered lost or needing help, any finder can notice the QR code tag, scan it, and instantly have access to the information you have chosen to include in the profile, including contact information, one’s name and condition, and anything else pertinent to an emergency.

To learn more visit the If I Need Help website

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Webinar Wednesday: Navigating Today’s Dyslexia Laws

Learning Ally

Strategies and Ideas for Creating a Dyslexia Friendly Classroom
Navigating Today’s Dyslexia Laws: Building the Best Program
Dyslexia laws and legislation are changing rapidly in the U.S. For many, it can be difficult to navigate this road in understanding terminology, requirements, and educational expectations. The goal of this edWebinar is to:
  • Inform educators and schools about websites where they can find reliable information
  • Discover more about innovative assistive technology tools being used
  • Suggest what to do next in order to integrate an action plan to build and grow a dyslexia program
This edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.

Dr. Wolf
About the Presenter
Amy Gulley has been a Level 4 Master Instructor, Practicum Supervisor, IDA Certified Dyslexia Specialist, and Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) with the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE) since 2015. 
About the Host
Terrie Noland has more than 25 years of experience as both a motivational leader and developer of content for educators and administrators. Her greatest strengths lie in the ability to motivate, inspire, and create enthusiasm in others to be passionate educators that support the diverse needs of students.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019