Tag: Education/K-12

Getting In Touch: Providing Classroom Solutions for Blind Children through Technology and Tactile Literacy Skills

For as long as drawings, pictures, graphs, and charts have been a part of the general educational process, teachers have struggled to find ways to help their blind and visually impaired students to assimilate those types of visual data. In turn, blind and visually impaired students have struggled to develop tactile literacy and spatial awareness which could help them to make appropriate use of the data and to understand it as well as their sighted peers. This presentation will introduce Monarch–a ground-breaking new technology, capable of simultaneous display of tactile graphics and Braille text. We will explore many of the key features of this revolutionary device. We will also brainstorm strategies for improving tactile literacy among our blind and visually impaired student population.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will learn and brainstorm at least 3 key strategies for helping blind students to interpret tactile graphics.
2. Participants will learn how the Monarch’s Editor, Braille Editor, Tactile Viewer, and KeyMath apps can support various classroom activities and assignments.
3. Participants will develop, as a group, at least three use cases for the new Monarch Braille Device.

Incorporating Mental Health Supports and Assistive Technology for Our Individuals in All Settings

The world of education and work has changed since the onset of the pandemic. Within our schools, we are encountering “Covid Babies” as well as students who are still working to recover from the sudden shift into virtual learning. For many of our neuro-diverse individuals, this has rooted itself in higher levels of anxiety and fear. For our older individuals, that anxiety has also increased and may cause issues within the workplace. This session will look at socially appropriate activities which can be trained as life skills along with the most appropriate assistive technology tools which enhance the ability to learn and handle workplace tasks. We will cover both the myths and the realities around modern supports for the benefit of all!

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will learn and try multiple ways to calm themselves down in an effort to be able to share that with their students or consumers.
2. Participants will engage with various forms of assistive technology to enhance what they are able to do in classroom and workplace settings.
3. Participants will discuss the various tools and applications that they currently use and how those could be adapted into other settings or activities.

Powered Mobility in the Classroom

What if you learned five features and strategies you need to have to control the chair that will relieve your fears? Let’s talk about the features available on all chairs that you need to know to keep everyone safe so your students can be independently mobile through their power chair in your classroom and throughout their school. FIrst we need to be sure we are asking for the best features in a powered mobility chair to increase success in the classroom. Then we need to have a framework on how to train staff on these controls so there is a team addressing increasing powered mobility. Then you can see how activities address language skills, access, literacy and AAC while addressing powered mobility.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to use a kill switch to keep all students and adults in the classroom safe.
  • Understand how to toggle from attendant control and student control to use the power chair throughout the entire school day.
  • Provided integrated activities so language, mobility, literacy and AAC skills are being addressed through powered mobility.

Coding Education and Accessibility in Schools

The APH Code Jumper, Code Quest, and Accessible Code and Go Mouse make coding accessible to visually impaired students in school. These devices take coding off the computer screen and into the students’ hands. APH Coding products can also be used in everyday school lessons to help with literacy, story sequencing, math, science and more. This presentation will highlight the most common uses of these devices and discuss how to implement their use in the classroom.

These 3 devices are available from the American Printing House for the Blind.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will gain knowledge of the Coding products that are available for students through APH.
2. Participants will learn the strengths and differences of each device to better determine which product will work best for each student they service and how each device can be integrated into all school subjects.
3. Participants will be able to code on the Code Jumper, Code Quest, and Assessable Code and Go Mouse

A Multi-Tiered Approach to Assistive Technology from the Ground Up

This learning experience will walk you through one district’s approach to assistive technology, using multi-tiered levels of support as a catalyst for growth. We will explore each tier in depth by demonstrating the tools we are using, sharing the lessons we have learned, and providing valuable resources for getting started.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Describe 3 free tools that can be implemented across settings for all students and staff.
2. State 3 benefits of a multi-tiered approach for assistive technology.
3. Identify 3 resources that could be used to educate stakeholders on the benefits of a multi-tiered approach to assistive technology.

Elevate Impact: Foster a Future of Self-Determined Successful Blind Children

As educators, we are entrusted with the important task of preparing our students for their journey ahead. Each of us are filled with the hope that at the end of their academic studies, they will become valued members of their communities and will be afforded the opportunity to live out their dreams.

Unfortunately, many blind and low vision children are not reaching those milestones as adults. Long held negative attitudes about blindness still persist in creating Internal and external barriers to taking part in all aspects of community. This interactive seminar will provide realistic strategies that are proven to strengthen their belief in themselves and their full potential. Each technique is designed to elevate our ability to positively impact the trajectory of their lives.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the impact that connection, belonging, and inclusion has on the mindset of the blind child and how to ensure they view themselves as important voices to be heard and welcomed as full participants in society.
2. Identify and remove patterns of low expectations to prepare students for their future through the use of non-visual techniques and confidence building activities.
3. Learn how to create opportunities to foster problem solving and critical thinking skills at all age and ability levels.

Gilbert’s Literacy Lessons

Utilizing Comprehensive Literacy for All as a framework, Gilbert Public Schools rolled out a literacy pilot with 3 different self-contained programs (preschool, elementary, high school) during the 2023/2024 school year. Our panel of teachers and related service providers will share lessons learned, successes, and plans for expansion into more classrooms throughout the district.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key components of a literacy plan that could be implemented in other school districts or programs.
  • Identify key components of a literacy plan that should be avoided or prevented to ensure greater success within other school districts or programs.
  • Create an outline of best steps to create a literacy program within your school district or program.

Road to Independence: AT in Transition Planning for Students with Complex Support Needs

Assistive Technology (AT) is often overlooked when looking at a student’s transition plan. During this session attendees will gain an understanding of the importance of AT in transition planning and ways to incorporate it for student success.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of transition planning and how AT can be included.
2. After attending the session, participants will be able to apply AT to areas in transition planning.
3. Participants will use resources provided to increase their knowledge in adding AT to transition plans.

Creating SLP and Teacher Partnerships Through Interprofessional Collaborative Practices

This introductory session will provide valuable information about the benefits of interprofessional collaborative practices (ICP) among teachers and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the school setting. Have you thought about co-teaching with the SLP, but don’t know where to start? Have you tried co-teaching with the SLP, only to abandon it within a month? Are you currently co-teaching with an SLP, but aren’t sure how to measure its success and student outcomes? No matter where you are on your interprofessional journey, this session will provide you with a quick and easy-to-implement community of practice (CoP) framework for initiating and maintaining co-teaching models and interprofessional competencies.

Key Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
1. Apply the principles of interprofessional collaborative practice during co-teaching models to improve SLP and teacher partnerships and student outcomes.
2. Describe the Interprofessional Community of Practice (ICoP) framework and the five key steps to initiate a co-teaching model with the SLP.
3. Identify strategies and tools for assessing student progress and measuring individual and team interprofessional competence.

Using the APH Chameleon 20 & APH Mantis Q40 in Education

The APH Mantis Q40 (Mantis) has a QWERTY keyboard with a 40-cell refreshable braille display. The APH Chameleon 20 (Chameleon) is a notetaker with audio output, braille keyboard and a 20-cell refreshable braille display. Both devices support literacy, access to information, and production of school and homework for students with visual impairments. Learn how to use the native apps in these devices, Editor, Terminal, Library, File Manager, and Calculator. Download and read books. Learn how to use these devices with Windows/JAWS, Chromebooks, and iPads. Learn how to use speech with the APH Chameleon 20. This presentation will highlight the most common uses of these devices and discuss how to implement their use.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will gain knowledge of the APH Mantis Q40 and APH Chameleon 20 and how devices best work with Windows computers, Chromebooks, and iPads. (Only use the APH Mantis Q40 with a Chromebook!)
2. Participants will be able to independently use the Editor in the APH Mantis Q40 and APH Chameleon 20 and will understand that it is a text editor. Participants will be able to create, save, and export student work.
3. Participants will be able to download books in the APH Mantis Q40 and APH Chameleon 20. Participants will be able to access their books and understand the reading commands required for navigation.

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