TechKnowledgy 2019

 

April 8 schedule

8:00 – 9:00                  Registration, Exhibits, Networking, Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30                Keynote
10:45 – 12:00     Concurrent Sessions
12:00 – 1:15                Lunch, Exhibits, Networking, Goose Chase
1:15 – 2:30                  Concurrent Sessions
2:45 – 4:00                  Concurrent Sessions
4:00 – 4:30                  Exhibits, Networking

Keynote Speaker

The Future is Now: Technology for All

Mike Marotta, ATP, RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC

For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier.  For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible (IBM Training Manual, 1991)

This quote has never been more appropriate for people with disabilities. We are in exciting times. Technology is everywhere: tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks, “the Cloud,” and wearables. What does it all mean? Let’s explore technology and, more importantly, its broader application in our schools. How can we harness all these great tools to effectively meet the needs of ALL students regardless of ability? The future of successful technology integration starts today!


10:45 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions

Free is Fun

Brittany Davis, Occupational Therapist, Roanoke City Public Schools

Finding new and fun ways to use items already in the classroom and on your computer to enhance learning and serve students with varying needs. Assistive technology does not need to be expensive. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity to make something work! 

Level

Target Audience

Target Subject Area

Beginner

Preschool, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS, Autism, High Incidence Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Sensory Impairments

AT for Writing, AT for Reading, AT for Math, AT for Access, AT & IT Integration, Universal Design for Learning

InCOREporATing Literacy & Play = Participation for All!

Stacy McBain, Specialized Instructional Facilitator - Assistive Technology,

Loudoun County Public Schools

Come play with books! Embracing UDL, this workshop will highlight tools and strategies for providing creative ways to interact with literature through “LitKits,”and inCOREporate communication supports and play. Participants will learn how to adapt literature using low tech supports, facilitate communication opportunities, and facilitate play to increase engagement. 

Level

Target Audience

Target Subject Area

Beginner

Preschool, K-2,
Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities

AAC, AT for Reading, Universal Design for Learning

Access for All: Strategies for AAC and Literacy

Heather Patton, Speech-Language Pathologist, New Horizons Regional Education Center and Laura Troup, Teacher Specialist, New Horizons Regional Education Center

Working with such a diverse population from elementary to high school students, collaboration and differentiation are critical in today's academic settings. This interactive session will focus on working with students with complex communication needs while juggling the five components of literacy using no-tech to high-tech tools. 

Level

Target Audience

Target Subject Area

Intermediate

K-2, 3-5, MS, HS, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities

AT for Writing, AT for Reading, AAC, Universal Design for Learning

Write on, Write now

Mona Pruett, Occupational Therapist, Independent Contractor

Simply saying, “He can’t write” is not enough to determine what strategies would benefit the student.  Some students are challenged with the physical aspect of writing, or writing with speed and efficiency while other students may have difficulty generating ideas and putting thoughts on paper. Spelling, correct grammar, and punctuation use might also be problematic for some students. This workshop will address writing in the collaborative classroom and offer AT solutions for the student who struggles with writing. 

Level

Target Audience

Target Subject Area

Beginner

MS, HS, High Incidence Disabilities

AT for Writing


Exhibitor Session - TBD

Exhibitor Session - TBD

1:15 – 2:30 Concurrent Sessions

The Periodic Table of Google Extensions

Denise Henry-Orndorff, Instructional Technology Resource Coach, Shenandoah County Public Schools

Do you use Google Extensions? Want a few more tools for your Google Toolbox? Come and learn about Google Extensions Periodic Table style that you and your students can use. Everything from brain breaks, speech to text, to writing tools! 

Level

Target Audience

Target Subject Area

Beginner

Preschool, K-2, 3-5, MS

AT for Writing, AT for Reading, AT for Access

29 Ways to Improve your Inclusive Practices

Mike Marotta, Inclusive Technology Solutions, and Chris Bugaj, Educational Experience Designer/Inclusive Design Coach/Assistive Technology Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools

Learning need not be a chore for anyone, including those with disabilities. Join the fun as we explore 29 methods which empower ALL students to take charge of their own learning. Infuse your classroom with these inclusive practices to design educational experiences that meet the unique needs of every learner. 

Level

Target Audience

Target Subject Area

Beginner

Preschool, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS, Preschool, Autism, High Incidence Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Sensory Impairments

AT for Writing, AT for Reading, IT & AT Integration, Universal Design for Learning, AAC, AT for Math, AT for Transition, AT Consideration in the IEP

Assistive Technology Supports for Challenging Behavior

Matthew Newton, Technology Coordinator, T/TAC at VT

Assistive technology tools can be part of an effective plan of positive behavior supports when working with students who have emotional disabilities and/or display challenging behaviors. These tools can help reduce the reliance on adult prompting and increase student self-reliance, esteem, and independence. 

Level

Target Audience

Target Subject Area

Beginner

K-2, 3-5, MS, HS, Emotional/Behavioral

Behavior

HANDS-ON: Some New Tips and Tricks in Power Point and Word, Plus Adding a Wireless Switch

Suzanne Surina Baur, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs

 Come practice with a few awesome new features in Word Online and Power Point Online, and your downloaded version of both. Once we have explored these we will look at using a Wireless switch with animations to make your Power Point interactive. Bring your laptop for hands-on fun. 

Level

Target Audience

Target Subject Area

Intermediate

Preschool, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS, High Incidence Disabilities, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities

AT for Writing, AT for Reading,AT for Math


Exhibitor Session - TBD

Exhibitor Session - TBD

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