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This conference is collaboratively sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Centers at Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, James Madison University and in conjunction with the Hospital Education Program at Children's Hospital in Richmond, VA. Fiscal support is provided by the VDOE. National speakers are invited to this conference to share best practices and state-of-the-art applications in assistive technology. It is designed for general and special educators, related services personnel, assistive technology teams, instructional technology specialists, administrators, family members and others interested in helping students with disabilities achieve success!


Topics in Assistive Technology

November 19-20, 2009

Greater Richmond Convention Center, Downtown Richmond

TechKnowledgy 2009 was Virginia's annual state-wide AT conference sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers and the Hospital Education Program at Children’s Hospital in Richmond. For more information about the conference, please review the conference program and additional speaker information and handouts below.

TechKnowledgy 2009 Conference Program

Featured Speakers

Marsye Kaplan, M.S., CC-SLP, ATP, Assistive Technology Team Leader, Baltimore County Public Schools

Marsye Kaplan is a speech language pathologist with over 35 years of experience working with children with disabilities. She has worked in the field of assistive technology (AT) for over 30 years. Currently, she is the team leader for the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Technology in Special education providing assistive technology support services to students and school teams. Marsye is a coauthor of AT Teams: Many ways to do it right and the Assistive Technology Trainer's Handbook and The Assistive Technology Trainer’s Handbook (National Assistive Technology in Education Network).She presents locally and at national conferences on a wide variety of technology related topics. In addition, Marsye is an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities.

Scott Marfilius, M.A., Assistive/Educational Technology Consultant, Bayside, WI

Mr. Marfilius has been working with individuals with disabilities for the past 26 years. The past 20 years has involved implementing assistive technology at various levels. Scott continues to assist teams and individuals in assessing students’ assistive technology needs. His teaching certifications are in Early Childhood Handicap, Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities. His M.A. is in Curriculum and Instruction. Scott also works with universities and has assisted in reorganizing their curriculum to infuse technology throughout the teacher preparation experience. He also consults with individuals and businesses to determine adaptations that are needed in workplace settings. He teaches in the CSUN Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program and holds an ATACP certificate of learning from CSUN. Scott’s focus areas in assistive technology include computer access, and technologies that assist those with cognitive and learning disabilities.


Michael McSheehan, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire

Michael McSheehan, a project coordinator with the Institute on Disability/UCED and Clinical Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has been affiliated with the Institute on Disability since 1993. Michael is a coordinator of the newly funded National Center on Inclusive Education for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Disabilities. He has worked on a variety of state and federally funded initiatives to advance research, policy, and practice in inclusive education, alternate assessment, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), autism spectrum disorders, collaborative teaming, and Response to Intervention (RtI).

With the National Center, Michael coordinates an initiative to create 20 model demonstration schools in the U.S. that are successfully promoting membership in general education classrooms, participation in general education instruction, and learning of general education curriculum by students with significant disabilities. In partnership with the NH Department of Education, Michael is currently assisting to revise the NH Alternate Assessment (Gaining Access) and to develop and scale up a RtI model that blends academic and behavioral supports (NH RESPONDS). Additionally, Michael is an active faculty member with the NH Resource Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

As a researcher and professional developer, Michael has published peer-reviewed articles, book chapter, and a forthcoming book (Summer 2009) in the areas of autism,

AAC, and access to and learning of general curriculum. He consults with various state departments of education and presents internationally. Currently, he is working with several states to replicate components of the Beyond Access Model to improve student and team outcomes in general education settings by assisting districts, schools, and teams to build their capacity to educate children with significant disabilities in general education classrooms. Michael shares exceptional skills in working with teams to solve challenging problems within school-wide improvement and reform efforts, and is nationally recognized for his presentations at TASH, OSEP, NATTAP, ASHA, and other inclusive education conferences.

Dawn Smith, B.S., M.Ed., Education and Learning, DynaVox /Mayer-Johnson

Dawn currently works for Mayer-Johnson as an Education and Learning Consultant where she is responsible for training the inside sales team, as well as parents, teachers, and speech language pathologists on the use of Mayer-Johnson products for communication and instruction. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mentally and Physically Handicapped and Elementary Education as well as a Minor in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Her Master’s Degree is in Special Education and was also from Edinboro University. Dawn taught students with Severe Disabilities for 3 years in Spotsylvania County Schools, and then relocated back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she taught students with Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities and Autism.

Thursday, November 19

Concurrent Workshops

8:30-9:30 Concurrent Workshops

See Me, Feel Me: Extending Early Literacy Experiences Through Multi-Modal Learning Opportunities

Sally Norton-Darr & Judith Schoonover, Loudoun County Public Schools

All students have the right to access classroom experiences to develop and grow. Positive reading and learning experiences result when common every day materials are combined with networked technology or specialized software to produce materials for a wide variety of learners.

The ABCs of Communicating: Text-Based Augmentative Communication Devices

Kenneth P. Whitley, Key Technologies, Inc.

Exhibitor Session

People who are literate and nonspeaking are best served by text-based communication devices while those demonstrating developing literacy may benefit from dynamic display devices which offer strong literacy supports. This presentation examines text-based devices including the new Polyana-JT, Polyana 4, SpeakOut, Persona Mobile & dynamic display devices such as the ChatPC-Silk+ and new Alt-Chat+.

Assistive Technology Solutions for Students with Autism and Asperger’s

Bob Keller, Don Johnston, Inc.

Exhibitor Session

FACELAND is an innovative software program to help children with autism, Asperger’s and developmental deficiencies learn how to recognize facial expressions that display the emotions of surprise, fear, disgust, anger, sadness and happiness. We will also review the Start to Finish Literacy Starters software to further teach and reinforce appropriate responses to environmental cues.

All Things Considered: AT for Numeracy, Not Just Math Computation!

Susanne Croasdaile, VDOE’s TTAC at VCU

Although the VDOE’s 2008 Assistive Technology: A Framework for Consideration and Assessment provides consideration guidelines for educators and a sample, sometimes it is helpful to see more examples. Participants will leave this entertaining session with examples of AT consideration focused on students with difficulties in concept understanding in math.

Implementing Picture–Assisted Reading Strategies

Roxanne Butterfield, Slater Software, Inc.

Computer Lab Exhibitor Session

This lab will explore picture-assisted reading for emergent readers, students with autism, life skills curriculum and students with significant dyslexia. Participants will use Picture It to quickly create materials for diverse learners across the curriculum.

Get a Flicker for Clicker

Donna Waldman & Antonia Kelly, Newport News Public Schools

Computer Lab Two Hour Session

Come get a glimmer of how easy it is to create activities in Clicker 5 using the provided templates. This is a 2 hour hands-on workshop. Participants will create a book using the book template in Clicker 5. Participants must have some experience with Clicker to fully benefit from this workshop. Bring a flash drive to take your work home with you.

Read&Write GOLD: A Literacy Support Solution for All Students

Jeff Levinson, TextHelp, Inc

Exhibitor Session

Learn more about Read&Write GOLD and the difference this award-winning literacy software solution can make for your students, giving them an edge in learning. See the newest features and enhancements in Read&Write GOLD and how they provide even more support for the variety of learning styles found in today’s classroom.

9:40-10:40 Concurrent Workshops

Promoting Independence and Teamwork

Assistive Technology

Fiona Bessey-Bushnell & Susan Mapes, Chesterfield County Public Schools

This session is a guaranteed eye-opener for all staff working with students who use assistive technology (AT) or those who train staff working with students. Learn how we can all work together as a team to create an environment that reduces prompt dependency and promotes independent experiences for students.


Kathy Foster, Rockingham County Public Schools & Mona Pruett, VDOE’s T/TAC at VCU

What do you need to know about using the iTouch with students? With the growing popularity of the iTouch device and new apps being released daily, many practitioners struggle trying to stay ahead of the game. This session will focus on the use of the iTouch with students. Specific apps for communication, organization, reading and behavior will be shown as well as the use of other features of the iTouch. Participants will walk away from this session with a better understanding of the iTouch as just one tool among many in the AT practitioners’ toolbox.

Integrating Portable Technology to Support Writing

in the Secondary Special Education Classroom

Jennifer Regardie & Jeff Powers, Fairfax County Public Schools

At some middle and high schools in Fairfax County, portable technology is being utilized in classroom sets in self-contained special education English classrooms. Sets include AlphaSmart products such as Dana, Neo, and the latest product, Neo 2. Check out how teachers and students are using portable technology to increase written output and enhance writing skills!

Digital Talking Book Players - Classroom Benefits forStruggling Readers

Jim Sullivan, HumanWare

Exhibitor Session

Students who struggle with reading often benefit from listening to academic content with digital talking book players. But what are digital talking book players and where are digital talking books found? Players such as the ClassMate Reader and Victor Reader Stream are two examples and each offers students different features to meet their needs in and out of the classroom. In this presentation we will examine what a digital talking book player is and where content can be found. We will also explore the benefits of these tools to struggling readers.

I Didn’t Know That Boardmaker Plus! Could Do That!

Dawn Smith, Mayer Johnson

Exhibitor Session

Come prepared to learn many little time-saving shortcuts and ideas for fun classroom projects. Do you want to learn how to change symbols in Symbolate, read with highlighting, create a poster, find a template, make symbols black and white, add or select a different language, and more? This class is for you if you are new at using the Boardmaker Software Family or just need a refresher course.

Using Everyday Technology to Support Instruction, Communication, and Language Development

Suzanne Surina Baur, Southeastern Cooperative Educational Program

Computer Lab Two Hour Session

In this hands-on session attendees will explore the use of everyday technology to create activities that support instruction, communication, and language development. By using digital pictures, Google Images, and Microsoft Office, participants will plan and design materials that can be used on the computer or printed to make hands-on manipulative materials.

Get a Flicker for ClickerComputer Lab Two Hour Session Continued

Sizzlin’ Science! Hot Tips to Make Science

Accessible to All Students

Cynthia Feist & Heather Jenkins, Loudoun County Public Schools

Learn strategies to enable access to science for students with multiple learning preferences and differing abilities! Low-tech to high-tech multisensory instructional resources will be provided to create accessible science materials.

10:50-11:50 Concurrent Workshops

Jerziah’s Eyes … A Four Year Journey of Courage

and Challenge

Melanie Moore, Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters & Ruth Sangiuliano, Children’s Hospital, Richmond

Experience the vitally important role of assistive technology and the empowering impact it has on one child’s life. Jerziah, completely paralyzed, unable to speak, and ventilator dependent will share his story of struggle and success as he achieves triumph with his eyes. His story is one of determination and dedication.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Makalla Routten, Hampton Public Schools

Take a look at one school divisions’ proactive approach to ensure every child has a voice. Hampton City Schools has developed a systematic team approach to identify, train, and track students who need or are using AAC.

Switch-on Literacy: Resources to Make Literacy

Interactive for Your Students

Ynez Peterson & Sharon Grimstead, Southeastern Cooperative Education Program/St.Mary’s School

Let’s explore free and/or low cost websites, software programs, and resources for literacy development appropriate for students of all abilities. Our focus will be on emergent literacy for students with severe physical and cognitive challenges, but these educational strategies are fun for all children.

Talk On: Next Steps in Speech Recognition Training

Cheryl Temple, Nancy Icke, Rachel Perella & Ruth Mendelson, Fairfax County Public Schools

Training students to create voice files is only the first step in successfully using speech recognition software for writing. Practical ideas for implementing speech recognition within the writing process will be discussed. Experiences from a supplemental writing program focused on helping students build their writing skills using speech recognition software will be shared.

Use of Video iPod as a Priming Strategy Room: B15A

Holly Whittenburg & Cindy Rudy, York County Public Schools

Students with severe communication and social skill deficits are provided with individual video iPods. Each student has a personalized set of social stories recorded for the modeling of appropriate behaviors. The goal of reducing inappropriate negative behaviors has been achieved. Staff will review program implementation and provide examples.

Using Everyday Technology to Support Instruction, Communication, and Language Development

Computer Lab Two Hour Session Continued

Writing Strategies for Emergent Writers

Roxanne Butterfield, Slater Software, Inc.

Computer Lab Exhibitor Session

This lab will explore developmental writing strategies from single words to writing with complete sentences. Participants will learn how to create PixWriter word banks for emergent and beginning writers.

What Do Teachers Want? Profiling

Professional Development

Heather Jenkins & Karen Dietrich, Loudoun County Public Schools

This session will focus on examining the research surrounding professional development for instructional and assistive technology, the creation of a survey instrument to help determine the most attractive and applicable activities for a given set of teachers, and various types of professional development activities that could be implemented based on survey results.

11:50-1:00 Box Lunches and Exclusive Exhibits Hour

Please take this opportunity to visit our exhibitors in the Common Area as they showcase their latest products during this EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITS HOUR

1:00-2:00 Concurrent Workshops

Cochlear Implants and FM: Selecting the Best FM

for Your Student

Allison Cleland, Eastern Virginia Medical School & Kate Berenguer, Norfolk Public Schools

This session will discuss cochlear implant and FM technology for children with hearing loss. After basic information is shared, the discussion will focus on choosing the most appropriate FM technology for young children with cochlear implants. Examples of both cochlear implants and FMs will be shown.

Low Incidence Community Based Instruction Curriculum

Makalla Routten, Hampton Public Schools

See how one school division used AT to create a structured Community Based Instruction curriculum to address the ASOL for students identified with autism and/or significant intellectual disabilities. This curriculum includes a scope and sequence, pacing guide, manuals with copies of curriculum pieces, and suggested field trips to assist with preparing students to transition into jobs.

Engaging Preschoolers the SMARTboard Way

Brian Dye & Margaret Vaughan, VDOE’S T/TAC at VT

This presentation will take on basic routines and activities that occur in many preschool classrooms and demonstrate how the SMARTboard can be used to facilitate engagement and enhance the pure excitement and enthusiasm of those little learners, while providing accessibility to all students. Content will focus on literacy, math, science and social-emotional skills.

Know Your Resources … Cool Stuff for Free

Melanie Koch, Richmond City Public Schools

There are a lot of free resources out there. But if you search on the internet for a subject you can get gazillions of hits! This session will review some popular sites. Popularity is based on ease of use, teacher feedback, and student smiles. Want someone to hand you a list of must know sites and stuff… then this is the session for you.

Technology Solutions for Children with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

Gianluca De Leo, Old Dominion University

Children with autism lack social interaction and their communication skills are limited. Children with cerebral palsy (CP) show difficulties walking. This session presents two technology solutions that can help 1) establishing a communication channel with children with autism and 2) improving the quality of life of children with CP.

If You Build it, They Will Read: Customizing

Literacy with Book Builder

Judith Schoonover & Sally Norton-Darr, Loudoun County Public Schools

Computer Lab Two Hour Session

Engage the next generation of readers with an online authoring tool that allows users to create, read, and publish digital books following UDL principles while meeting National Educational Technology Standards.

Going GREEN: Saving the Earth One Portfolio at a Time!

Karen Dietrich & Ellen Barton, Loudoun County Public Schools

Computer Lab Two Hour Session

Come learn new ways to demonstrate your student’s achievements in a digital format that can easily be shared with parents, colleagues and administrators. Experience the power of a digital portfolio!

Using Digital Media Kits to Enhance Instruction and Learning

Sharon L. Teabo, University of Mary Washington

Instructional media kits with examples of media-enhanced instruction will be discussed and demonstrated as a way of delivering information that addresses multiple learning

styles. Highlights of the session will include the use of embedded media to assist readers (if needed) with learning and comprehension. Interactive documents will be illustrated.

2:00-2:15 Break in the Common Area

2:15-3:15 Concurrent Workshops

What is MOVE? An Overview of the MOVE Curriculum

Karen Goetz, Mariann Brush, Lizz Grasberger & Chandra Hart

Hanover County Public Schools

MOVE is an activity-based curriculum designed to teach basic, functional motor skills to individuals who cannot sit, stand or walk. These basic motor skills are needed for the development of other skills such as expressive language and self care. MOVE incorporates assistive technology in order to achieve activity-based goals.

Making Books Talk

Kenneth P. Whitley, Key Technologies, Inc.

Exhibitor Session

Persons developing or struggling with literacy need to have positive literacy experiences. This presentation addresses how to make books (and other text) of interest talk! Bookworm, SwitchIt! Maker 2, My Own Bookshelf, Intellitools Classroom Suite, and WYNN will be examined.

Do You Have Students Who Read Below Grade Level?

Vince Steis, Envision Technology

Exhibitor Session

Learn how schools are employing easy-to-use text-to-speech and other assistive technology to increase the reading speed and comprehension of their struggling students. This presentation will feature the Kurzweil 3000 to demonstrate scanning and reading aloud books, tests and worksheets. Use study skill features, test taking, decoding, and other features for struggling learners (including ESL), students with dyslexia, low vision and other reading difficulties. Demo CDs will be provided to all participants.

An AT Win/Win, Community Teaming

Kathy Foster, Rockingham County Public Schools

Eastern Mennonite University and Rockingham County Public Schools have teamed together to provide education majors the opportunity to explore various forms of assistive technology. These dedicated students then created adapted materials to benefit the county special education students. Both sets of students are better equipped for the future!

Boardmaker Software Family: Take Back Your Planning Period with the Help of AdaptedLearning.com and Print Editor

Dawn Smith, Mayer Johnson

Exhibitor Session

Explore the time-saving benefits Mayer-Johnson has developed for creating, finding, and sharing boards, educational materials and interactive activities. Learn the solution to our most popular question: “Do I need my disk each time I use my Boardmaker Program?”

If You Build it, They Will Read: Customizing Literacy with Book Builder

Computer Lab Two Hour Session Continued

Going GREEN: Saving the Earth One Portfolio at a Time!

Computer Lab Two Hour Session Continued

What’s New at AIM-VA?

Joyce Sharp, Training and Communications Coordinator AIM-VA

John Eisenberg, VDOE Office of Special Education Instructional Services

AIM-VA has celebrated our First Birthday! After opening in May 2008, the program has made many adjustments to better serve the Commonwealth. This session is an overview of new policies, collaborations and resources available from AIM-VA. We will also summarize successes from the past year.

3:15-4:15 AT Networking and Ice Cream Social Ballroom B&C

Please come to this informal gathering to share ideas you learned today and network with other AT enthusiasts!


7:45 – 8:30 Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits

8:30 – 11:30 Concurrent Workshops 1, 2, 3, and 4

11:30 – 12:30 Box Lunches and Exhibits

12:30 – 3:30 Concurrent Workshops 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Please visit the exhibits during registration, lunch and breaks

8:30 – 11:30 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1

Assistive Technology Assessment: Roles Responsibilities Results

Presenter: Marsye Kaplan, M.S., CC-SLP, ATP, Assistive Technology Team Leader, Baltimore County Public Schools

Does the term Assistive Technology Assessment, boggle your mind? Do you find yourself the lone person responsible for the process? Do your coworkers have a clue as to what you are talking about? If so, this interactive session is for you. Participants will review their current assessment practice in addition to examining strategies and tools that can streamline, enhance, and build a collaborative assessment process. As a result of the hands on nature of the session, participants will leave with an action plan for implementing a cohesive and collaborative assessment process.

Workshop 1 Handouts


trial period.pdf

Quality Indicators for Assessment of Assistive Technology Needs.doc

QIAT Assessment Rubric1.doc

QIAT Assessment Rubric 2.doc




team building.pdf


ParticipationPlan desc.doc

AAC referral BCPS.doc

AM Agenda.doc

Assistive Technology Assessment RRR.ppsx

Breif write up Nov09.doc

Infant-Toddler Referral FormBCPS.doc

responsibilities 12form.doc

Written communication referralBCPS.doc

Workshop 2 Technology Toolkit for Writing

Presenters: Kelly Fonner, M.S., Educational/Assistive Technology Trainer & Consultant, Lake Geneva, WI and Scott Marfilius, M.A., Assistive/Educational Technology Consultant, Bayside, WI

Is writing to your students merely dictation and copying? Although dictation is an intervention, it is found to be an overused accommodation and students are not getting daily opportunities and know-how with the “real” writing experience. There is a growing number of tools in assistive technology which provide options for writing through letters, whole words, sentence builders, story makers, and several pictures to

text options. Come see a wide variety of lo-tech and software-based examples of what writing can look like from kindergarten to high school. Multiple levels of support will be addressed as well as the process of creating writing scaffolds. Come willing to share your ideas as well!

Workshop 2 documents
Workshop 2 and 8.doc

Workshop 3

Educating Students with Autism in General Education Classes: Evidence-Based and Promising Practices to Facilitate Membership, Participation, and Learning

Presenter: Michael McSheehan, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire

There is a growing body of research on teaching students with ASD academic content. How does it translate into practice in the classroom? What supports need to be in place for this to happen? This session will highlight the most recent advances in inclusive education research for students with ASD. Examples will emphasize students with labels of autism and cognitive impairment engaged in general education classrooms, learning general education academics.

Workshop 3 Files
Workshop3 McSheehan Autism in General Ed Class Handout 3 per pg.pdf

Workshop 4 Computer Lab

Boardmaker Plus! Across the Curriculum

Presenter: Dawn Smith, M.Ed., Education and Learning, DynaVox Mayer-Johnson

This hands-on computer lab will explore the many benefits and innovative uses of Boardmaker Plus! Basic programming tips will be shared along with a review of new Version 6.0 features. Consider a total classroom solution approach including the creation of schedules, transition activities, symbol-supported literacy activities, and so much more. Boardmaker Software helps students learn and understand and helps teachers plan and deliver instruction. From the homeroom bell, to getting on the bus, Boardmaker Plus! can be customized to meet your needs. Are you tired of creating boards that you are sure someone else has created? Find out how to search for activities that teachers or SLPs around the world may have created, and even share your boards. This is a great class both for anyone wanting to better understand the applications of Boardmaker Plus! and for those wanting to learn more about basic programming.

Workshop 4 files
6.0 symbol finder tutorial.pdf

6.0 Tool Bar.pdf

Boardmaker Basics.pdf

Boardmaker Plus Basics.pdf

Hints v6.0.pdf

v6 Keyboard Shortcuts (2).pdf

11:30 – 12:30 Box Lunches and Exhibits

12:30 – 3:30 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 5

Assistive Technology Implementation and Data Collection! Who, What, When, Where, How, and WHY???

Presenter: Marsye Kaplan, M.S., CC-SLP, ATP, Assistive Technology Team Leader, Baltimore County Public Schools

This session will take a look at the trial and implementation phase of the assessment process. Typically, this phase is glossed over. The recommendations and the equipment delivered. Learn how to infuse implementation and data collection into the process in a way that is 'less' painful. Participants will learn about a collaborative and data driven process for decision making. Participants will discover strategies for implementation durring the assessment process as well how to share the responsibilities of developing and integrating A.T. related recommendations.

Workshop 5 files

A QIAT Eval Effec Matrix1.doc

QIAT Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Assistive Technology.doc

Exit ticket.doc

Quality Indicators for Assessment of Assistive Technology Needs.doc

QIAT Assessment Rubric1.doc






trial period.pdf

AT Implementation and Data Collection!.ppsx

PM Agenda.doc

Workshop 6

Tech Supports in Math Tasks

Presenter: Scott Marfilius, M.A., Assistive/Educational Technology Consultant, Bayside, WI

Do your students struggle with numeracy? Math is more than rote memorization of facts. Math learning problems are varied and complex and are not the same for every student. The symptoms of math learning problems can be grouped into three categories: computation errors, weak quantitative concepts, and poor performance in daily math activities. Through the use of instructional technologies, students can become proficient in numeracy and communicate effectively with others through the basic language of mathematics. Technology can help practice and reinforce math skills, and also allows material to be presented to students which may better match their learning style. Technology allows students to demonstrate how well they are working within this medium, and then allows them to build upon their strengths. Students who receive teaching geared to their learning style, are able to master concepts and move on to more advanced work. This session will demonstrate a variety of tools and programs that cover a wide range of mathematical concepts. Participants will receive a resource list with various websites that will assist students.

Workshop 6 files

Workshop 8

Augmentative Communication & Inclusive Education: Using AAC to Facilitate Membership, Participation, and Learning in the General Education Classroom

Presenter: Michael McSheehan, Clinical Assistant Professor, UNH

Assistive technology for communication, when seen as an integrated part of general instruction, is effective for students with complex communication needs. A 4-step planning process will be presented and audience members will practice using this strategy for incorporating AT/AAC into general instruction. This session will emphasize participation in the general education instruction and “features” of AT/AAC.

Workshop 8 files
Workshop 8 Aug Comm & Inclusive Ed Handout 3 per page.pdf

Workshop 9: Computer Lab

Boardmaker Plus! in Early Education: Strategies For Creating a Rich Learning Environment

Presenter: Dawn Smith, B.S., M.Ed., Education and Learning, DynaVox /Mayer-Johnson

Participants will learn and practice how to use Boardmaker software to create spectacular print-based and interactive computer-based materials in this hands-on lab. Come ready to make calendars, worksheets, visual schedules, attendance charts, lunch count charts, flash cards and more. Also, come see how to add fun sounds and voices to your boards with Boardmaker Plus! Keep your students engaged while reinforcing skills. Are you looking to establish a routine in your classroom, support behavior, and learn tips for organization? Come with ideas and your USB storage device to take home your Boardmaker creations!

Thank you for participating in the TechKnowledgy 2009 Conference. Please complete and return the green conference evaluation forms. We appreciate ideas for

presenters and topics for future TechKnowledgy Conferences!

Workshop 9 files
6.0 symbol finder tutorial.pdf

6.0 Tool Bar.pdf

Boardmaker Basics.pdf

Boardmaker Plus Basics.pdf

Hints v6.0.pdf


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