AT Classes and Events - 2017


Custom AT Classes, Workshops, and Webinars (new!)

Technology Training tailored to your needs and schedule – decide on a topic, assemble a group, then schedule a date and time

I offer seminars, webinars, hands-on workshops, and school professional development on a wide range of topics and technologies relevant to learning differences, ADHD, and executive function challenges. Instruction is tailored to the audience's needs, skills, and "comfort level" with all-things-tech. Please download the flyer below for a list of current offerings, and feel free to suggest variations.

Link to Custom AT Training flyer (PDF file)


Scheduled Classes and Workshops

The following classes and workshops are open to the community at large.

April 22 - Shelley’s Must-Know Technology Tools for Diverse Learners: 2017 Edition
(EdRev event - San Francisco, CA)

May 11 - How to "Tech Up" Learning Skills This Summer for Success Next Fall
(PEN Speaker Series - San Francisco, CA)

July 25 - On Time, On Task, and Organized: Using Technology to Build Executive Function Skills
(AzTAP Conference - Scottsdale, AZ)

September 7 - Everyday Technology for Learning Differences
(San Francisco Public Library - details to be announced)

September 18 - Assistive Technology Parent Event for Butte County SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
(Oroville, CA - details to be announced)

September 26 to December 5 - Assistive Technology for Learning Differences
(10-week, 3-unit course at UCSC-Silicon Valley Extension - Santa Clara, CA)

October 19 - Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: A Practical Guide to Selecting and Implementing Tools for Struggling Students
(AET National Conference - Irvine, CA)


Shelley’s Must-Know Technology Tools for Diverse Learners: 2017 Edition (EdRev event)

Technology is often called “the great equalizer” for students who learn differently, and with good reason.  The right tools, coupled with sound strategies, do more than just compensate for learning weaknesses; they also help students tap into their innate strengths, increase independence, and improve self-confidence.

Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates her 2017 selection of game-changing technologies for students who struggle with reading, writing, math, taking notes, attention, organization, and planning.  This session will also help both beginners and experienced tech users get the most out of EdRev’s newly-designed Technology for Learning section.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time: 9:00 to 10:15am (1.25 hours)

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

Cost: EdRev registration required

To Register: Please visit www.edrevsf.org/register/

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How to "Tech Up" Learning Skills This Summer for Success Next Fall (PEN Speaker Series)

Summer is a great time to introduce technology, as it avoids the pressure of learning new tools while juggling schoolwork.  But where do you start?  How do you “make it happen”?

This workshop will provide practical steps for getting kids up to speed on tools that assist with four important academic areas: reading, writing, taking notes, and managing time and tasks.  Join Assistive Technology Consultant Shelley Haven as she describes a 4-part summer technology plan including:

  • Recommendations of “essential tools” (Mac, PC, iOS, and Chrome)
  • Online and Bay Area training resources for learning how to operate them
  • Strategies for applying the technology effectively
  • Activities to help students practice and build confidence with the tools

Intended audience: Parents, teachers, and other education professionals working with students in grades 4 through college who have learning differences.

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm (2.5 hours)

Location: Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA

Cost: See PEN registration page (below)

To Register: Please visit give.parentseducationnetwork.org/products/events and click icon for this event

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On Time, On Task, and Organized: Using Technology to Build Executive Function Skills (AzTAP Conference - Scottsdale, AZ)

Many bright students struggle academically because of weak executive functions – the mental processes used to get started, stay focused, organize, plan, manage time, recall information, multitask, and self-regulate.  Lacking such productivity skills, students may be mischaracterized as lazy, unmotivated, or not working to potential.  This session will show how technology, when coupled with sound strategies, can improve a student's ability to manage time and tasks, regulate attention, organize materials and information, access prior learning, and be productive.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key strategies to address challenges in each of several executive skill areas
  • List examples of technology tools that can support or enhance these key strategies
  • Explain why technology to support executive functioning is most effective when coupled with skill-building strategies

Intended audience: Teachers and other education professionals working with students in grades 4 through college who have learning differences.

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Time: 2:00pm to 3:15pm (1.25 hours)

Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Cost: Attendance at AzTAP's 18th Assistive Technology Summer Conference

To Register: Please visit aztap.org/conference/registration

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Everyday Technology for Learning Differences (San Francisco Public Library)

(Description to be posted mid-July)

Intended audience: Parents, teachers, and other education professionals working with students in grades 4 through college who have learning differences.

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm (1.5 hours)

Location: 5th floor Learning Studio at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA

Cost: Free

To Register: (to be announced)

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Assistive Technology for Learning Differences
10-week, 3-unit course at UCSC-Silicon Valley Extension in Santa Clara, CA

Technology can help struggling students leverage their learning strengths and bypass weaknesses to improve performance, independence, and self-confidence. This course will introduce teachers, learning specialists, educational therapists, and parents to a wide range of tools for students with Learning Differences, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Executive Functioning Challenges; and provide practical strategies for implementing AT solutions. 

Through lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, participants will learn: 

  • How various tools address specific learning needs
  • How to match students with appropriate tools
  • How to implement technology solutions and integrate with curricula
  • How technology can facilitate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) practices in the classroom
  • Laws that govern assistive technology in education
  • Local, national, and online resources for AT information, equipment, and services

Prerequisites: Proficiency with computer operating systems, ability to download and install software, ability to submit and receive files electronically. A basic understanding of the academic challenges faced by students who have learning disabilities, ADHD, and executive function issues. This can be met in one of four ways: 

  • Completion of UCSC-Extension course "Understanding Learning Differences" (or similar)
  • Professional experience addressing the needs of students with learning differences
  • Prior review of material on learning differences (provided by the instructor)
  • Other circumstances approved in advance by the instructor

Intended audience: Teachers, learning specialists, educational therapists, and parents working with students in grades 4 through college who have learning differences.

Date: Weekly evening class - Tuesday, Sept. 26 through Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm (3.0 hours)

Location: UCSC-Silicon Valley Extension, 3175 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara, CA

Cost: $590

To Register: Please visit UCSC Extension's Educational Therapy Course Catalog page and click course number EDTH.X310

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Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: A Practical Guide to Selecting and Implementing Tools for Struggling Students (Pre-Conference Workshop, AET National Conference - Irvine, CA)

With technology matched to their personal learning strengths and challenges, struggling students can enjoy improved academic performance, increased independence, and greater self-confidence. Successful outcomes, however, require more than just knowledge about tools. How do you “make it happen”?

This 3-hour workshop will provide education professionals with a practical understanding of how to build comprehensive — and effective — AT solutions for students with reading and writing challenges. Through lecture, demonstrations, and some light hands-on activities, Assistive Technology Consultant Shelley Haven will guide attendees through strategies for selecting, implementing, and supporting technology solutions that “work” (i.e., produce the desired results) for their clients and students, including:

  • Demonstrations of how specific technology features (capabilities) address challenges associated with reading (fluency, comprehension, critical thinking, and taking notes) and with writing (composition, writing mechanics, and producing legible text).
  • Strategies for applying tools to accomplish common academic tasks (e.g., take notes while reading, brainstorm ideas prior to writing, complete a worksheet)
  • Acquiring, creating, and sharing accessible educational materials for use with these reading and writing tools
  • Protocols for objectively evaluating the effectiveness of technology accommodations for reading and writing.

Intended audience: Educational therapists, teachers, and other education professionals working with students in grades 4 through college who have learning differences.

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time: 1:00pm to 4:15pm (3.0 hours + break)

Location: Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Blvd., Irvine, CA

Cost: $75 for AET members; $85 for non-members

To Register: Please visit www.aetonline.org/conference/118/reg.php and scroll down to "Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Rates"

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