FDLRS_6x6.pngTechnology Professional Learning



An assistive technology device is any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

An assistive technology service is any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, and use of an assistive technology device.

Contacts:
Hernando County - Janeen Miller 352-797-7022
Pasco County - Sandra Edwards 813 -774-2618
Pinellas County - Roberta Pawlowski 727- 793-2723 ext. 2039

Please note: A training opportunity may be specific to a county, per the county curriculum or focus. Contact the rep for your specific county for pertinent information.

Course Descriptors

AIM (Accessible Instructional Materials) - Create adapted materials so that all learners have appropriate access to the curriculum.

AT Consideration - Participants will review the key points of the current technical assistance paper and engage in dialogue regarding assistive technology consideration practice for all students with an IEP.

BoardMaker Software - Participants will learn BoardMaker software utilizing a rich picture symbol environment: Boardmaker Basics - Includes board creation, symbol adaptation, and curriculum adaptations.

Classroom Suite Software - helps students who are struggling with challenging concepts in math, reading, and writing. This software incorporates multimedia modeling, animation, and auditory support to assist students with challenging concepts. It supports the different ways students become engaged and motivated, whether through speech feedback, larger text, or the use of color. Students also benefit from instant natural feedback, and teachers can keep track of student progress.

Inspiration and Kidspiration Software - This software can be used for brainstorming, planning and presenting visually interesting lessons in any subject, or creating independent visual aids. For more information go to http://www.inspiration.com

NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard ) - Learn to access and use electronically formatted curriculum materials which are available for ESE students who qualify.

Read & Write Gold Software - Read & Write Gold provides convenient reference tools including: dictionary, synonyms, syllables, audible spell checking, and word prediction, to facilitate both reading and writing improvement and assistance. It also features text-to-speech, MP3 conversion, and scanning capabilities. Printed documents can be scanned in directly to Read & Write Gold. Any document on your computer can be opened to utilize Read & Write Gold’s powerful reading, writing, and learning tools. For more information go to http://www.texthelp.com

SMARTBoard - Make lessons interactive and collaborative so that students want to participate. Use the SMART Board with existing applications and presentations, or create new interactive lessons and presentations.

Solo Software-Learn to use this literacy suite software by Don Johnson to provide students access to the curriculum.

Tech Tools for Success - Learn how to adapt curriculum materials for students using varied technologies such as MS Word, Smart Board, Wikispaces, YouTube and more.

UDL (Universal Design for Learning )- Design curriculum for a positive learning experience for all students, providing access and opportunities for participation.

Wonders of Word - Microsoft Word 2010 offers many time saving tools for teachers and accommodations for students. Participants are presented with concepts for differentiating instruction using Microsoft Word.

Virtual Instruction - Learn to teach using Web 2.0 applications.