Monday, July 27, 2020

Motivational Monday

Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday "Appy" Hour: App Wheel for Learners with Complex Additional Support Needs

The amazing folks at Call Scotland have recently released the latest poster in their popular 'App Wheel' series in response regular queries about useful iPad apps for complex learning difficulties.  The 'Wheel of Apps' is not comprehensive, but attempts to identify relevant, useful apps and to categorize them into the areas where an iPad can be a useful tool for learning and teaching. It is important to note that some apps address a range of difficulties. The wheel features a mix of apps, some of which will be useful for using with Primary aged learners, some with Secondary aged learners and some with both.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Webinar Wednesday: Supporting Exceptional Students Through Student-Centered Learning Strategies

I had the privilege to participate alongside Sharon Plante in this webinar hosted by Future Ready where we discussed ways we work with teachers and students across curriculum areas and classrooms to prioritize the learning needs of students with disabilities. From coaching, mentoring, and co-teaching to using adaptive technology hardware and software, educators can personalize learning for their students. Also, joining us was Ace Parsi, a spokesperson for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, sharing how advocacy and research can improve outcomes for people with learning and attention issues and other disabilities. Mr. Parsi lent his perspective on about how to shape local and national policy to reduce barriers and ensure opportunity and access for all students.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

International Day of Happiness

Monday, February 3, 2020

Motivational Monday

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.