AT Classes and Events - 2022


Custom AT Classes, Workshops, and Webinars

Technology Training tailored to your needs and schedule

I offer 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 look through my current and previous classes for topic ideas and possibilities (feel free to suggest variations or something new), then contact me to discuss your ideas.


Scheduled Classes and Workshops 2022

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

January 13, 2022 through March 24, 2022 - Assistive Technology for Learning Differences
(10-week, 3-unit ONLINE course through UCSC-Silicon Valley Extension, Santa Clara, CA)

June 9, 2022 - Technology Supports for Reading & Writing: How to Match Students with the "Right" Tools
(Dyslexia Association of Hong Kong - recorded presentation plus live Q&A)

June 16, 2022 through August 25, 2022 - Assistive Technology for Learning Differences
(10-week, 3-unit ONLINE course through UCSC-Silicon Valley Extension, Santa Clara, CA)

June 20, 2022 - Technology to Support Working Memory: Externalize, Organize, Conceptualize
(2022 IHD/AzTAP HYBRID Disability Conference - session presented live onsite and streamed virtually)

June 20, 2022 -  Technology to Support Planning and Productivity: On Time, On Task, and In Control
(2022 IHD/AzTAP HYBRID Disability Conference - session presented live onsite only)


Assistive Technology for Learning Differences - Winter 2022
(10-week, 3-unit ONLINE course through UCSC-Silicon Valley Extension, Santa Clara, CA)

Technology can help struggling students leverage their learning strengths and bypass weaknesses to improve performance, independence, and self-confidence. In this online course aimed at teachers, learning specialists, educational therapists, and parents, you will learn about a wide range of tools to support students with learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), executive functioning deficits, and issues with processing information and memory. Through readings, lectures, video demonstrations, and hands-on activities, you will learn:

  • How various tools address specific learning needs.
  • How to match students with appropriate tools.
  • Practical methods and strategies 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 (AT) in education.
  • Local, national, and online resources for AT information, equipment, training, and services.

Instruction is primarily online and asynchronous (self-paced). Live weekly sessions supplement online instruction with class discussion and technology assistance. 

SKILLS NEEDED:

Students should have a basic understanding of the academic challenges faced by individuals who have learning disabilities, ADHD, and executive function issues. This can be satisfied in various ways, including (but not limited to): 

  • Professional experience addressing the needs of students with learning differences.
  • Completion of "Understanding Learning Differences" (EDTH.X309) or equivalent coursework.
  • Prior review of material on learning differences (provided by the instructor).
  • Other requisites may be approved in advance by the instructor.

We recommend students understand the basics of using the Google Chrome browser (e.g., installing Chrome extensions) and Google Core Apps such as Docs, Sheets, and Drive. 

TOOLS NEEDED:

Hands-on exploration of certain technologies is an essential part of this course. For these activities, students will need access to the following minimum tools:

  • A computer: A PC with Windows 10 or above, a Mac with macOS 10.14 Mohave or above, or a Chromebook with the latest Chrome OS.
  • The Google Chrome browser or Microsoft Edge browser.
  • A personal Google account. (recommended: Google account specifically created for use with this course).
  • The ability to download and install free and trial software, especially Chrome extensions. Specific titles to be provided in class.

NOTE:  This course is part of the Educational Therapy Certificate Program at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension.  For more information, please visit:
www.ucsc-extension.edu/certificates/educational-therapy

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Dates: 10-week course begins Thursday, January 13th, 2022; ends Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Times: This is a largely asynchronous (self-paced) online course with 10 weekly modules.  Live weekly Zoom sessions of up to 90 minutes supplement the online instruction with class discussion and technology assistance.

Location: Online; registered students will receive access to UCSC Extension’s Online Learning Center one day prior to the first class. 

Tuition: $640

For additional information about course content: Please visit AT4LD.net

To Enroll: Please visit www.ucsc-extension.edu/courses/assistive-technology-for-learning-differences
You do not need to apply for admission to take UCSC Extension courses.

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Technology Supports for Reading & Writing: How to Match Students with the "Right" Tools
(Dyslexia Association of Hong Kong - recorded presentation plus live Q&A)

Technology can help struggling readers and writers leverage their learning strengths and bypass weaknesses. Fortunately, diverse learners can access an ever-growing array of tools to improve academic performance, increase independence, and build self-confidence. But with so many options to consider, how do you zero in on what’s "right" for a particular student?

Through lecture and demonstrations, Assistive Technology Consultant Shelley Haven will outline a practical approach for identifying appropriate tools, then familiarize attendees with technology features most commonly used to help struggling students to:

  • Reduce reading time and improve fluency (text-to-speech software, audiobooks, visual readability aids)
  • Improve reading comprehension and retention (talking dictionary, translator, annotation tools)
  • Generate and organize ideas into cohesive writing (outliners, diagrams, mind maps)
  • Produce written work more efficiently (text expanders, speech recognition, PDF annotation)
  • Take the dread out of writing mechanics (contextual spellcheckers, grammar aids, word prediction, word banks).

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Dates and Times: 
   Recorded presentation viewing June 9, 2022 at 8:00am or 7:00pm Hong Kong Time
   Live Q&A June 23, 2022 at 7:00pm Hong Kong Time

Location: Online (Zoom) 

For additional information (including cost and registration): Please visit https://www.dyslexiahk.com/events

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Assistive Technology for Learning Differences - Summer 2022
(10-week, 3-unit ONLINE course through UCSC-Silicon Valley Extension, Santa Clara, CA)

Technology can help struggling students leverage their learning strengths and bypass weaknesses to improve performance, independence, and self-confidence. In this online course aimed at teachers, learning specialists, educational therapists, and parents, you will learn about a wide range of tools to support students with learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), executive functioning deficits, and issues with processing information and memory. Through readings, lectures, video demonstrations, and hands-on activities, you will learn:

  • How various tools address specific learning needs.
  • How to match students with appropriate tools.
  • Practical methods and strategies 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 (AT) in education.
  • Local, national, and online resources for AT information, equipment, training, and services.

Instruction is primarily online and asynchronous (self-paced). Live weekly sessions supplement online instruction with class discussion and technology assistance. 

SKILLS NEEDED:

Students should have a basic understanding of the academic challenges faced by individuals who have learning disabilities, ADHD, and executive function issues. This can be satisfied in various ways, including (but not limited to): 

  • Professional experience addressing the needs of students with learning differences.
  • Completion of "Understanding Learning Differences" (EDTH.X309) or equivalent coursework.
  • Prior review of material on learning differences (provided by the instructor).
  • Other requisites may be approved in advance by the instructor.

We recommend students understand the basics of using the Google Chrome browser (e.g., installing Chrome extensions) and Google Core Apps such as Docs, Sheets, and Drive. 

TOOLS NEEDED:

Hands-on exploration of certain technologies is an essential part of this course. For these activities, students will need access to the following minimum tools:

  • A computer: A PC with Windows 10 or above, a Mac with macOS 10.14 Mohave or above, or a Chromebook with the latest Chrome OS.
  • The Google Chrome browser or Microsoft Edge browser.
  • A personal Google account. (recommended: Google account specifically created for use with this course).
  • The ability to download and install free and trial software, especially Chrome extensions. Specific titles to be provided in class.

NOTE:  This course is part of the Educational Therapy Certificate Program at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension.  For more information, please visit:
www.ucsc-extension.edu/certificates/educational-therapy

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Dates: 10-week course begins Thursday, June 16th, 2022; ends Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Times: This is a largely asynchronous (self-paced) online course with 10 weekly modules.  Live weekly Zoom sessions of up to 90 minutes supplement the online instruction with class discussion and technology assistance.

Location: Online; registered students will receive access to UCSC Extension’s Online Learning Center one day prior to the first class. 

Tuition: $640

For additional information about course content: Please visit AT4LD.net

To Enroll: Please visit www.ucsc-extension.edu/courses/assistive-technology-for-learning-differences
You do not need to apply for admission to take UCSC Extension courses.

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Technology to Support Working Memory: Externalize, Organize, Conceptualize
(2022 IHD/AzTAP HYBRID Disability Conference - session presented live onsite and live-streamed virtually)

Working memory is the mind’s desktop, and a critical part of executive functioning. In this mental workspace, one integrates inputs from short-term memory with information retrieved from long-term memory and manipulates them to aid in expressing ideas, making decisions, and solving problems. Working memory also helps organize new knowledge for long-term storage.

In this workshop, AT Consultant Shelley Haven will show how technology can support working memory challenges in three ways:

  • Externalize – outsource parts of the working memory process into the physical world (paper or digital) to reduce cognitive load
  • Organize ideas in ways that highlight whole-part relationships and connections to improve comprehension
  • Conceptualize – create organizational frameworks that help form generalized concepts and prepare information for encoding into long-term memory.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain what “working memory” is, and how it is used during common academic tasks such as reading, writing, math, taking notes, studying, planning, problem solving, etc.
  2. Provide examples of how different kinds of organizational frameworks (outlines, mind maps, diagrams, tables, flow charts, timelines, task apps, etc.) can support or enhance various kinds of learning.
  3. Describe how organized frameworks can help individuals learn new concepts, retain new knowledge, and retrieve information more efficiently.

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Date: Monday June 20th, 2022

Time: 1:00-2:15pm Arizona Time (= 1pm PDT, 2pm MDT, 3pm CDT, 4pm PDT)

Location: In-person at conference, live-streamed virtually, and recorded for later on-demand viewing for a limited time after the conference (registered and paid conference participants ONLY)

For additional information about conference (including registration costs): https://aztap.org/ihd-2022-conference-2/conference-overview/

To register: https://aztap.org/ihd-2022-conference-2/2022-conference-attendee-registr...

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Technology to Support Planning and Productivity: On Time, On Task, and In Control
(2022 IHD/AzTAP HYBRID Disability Conference - session presented live onsite only)

Keeping track of responsibilities and planning how to complete them are deceptively simple tasks that often seem insurmountable for individuals with weak working memory, planning, and time management skills. Students may rely on adults as their “executive functions”; employees may be viewed as lazy or under-productive.

In this workshop, AT Consultant Shelley Haven will show how to assemble a system of tools and associated strategies to reliably:

  • Keep track of responsibilities
  • Plan and prioritize steps to complete tasks
  • Get started on a task or project
  • Manage time and effort through completion.

Though the concepts discussed apply to all ages, the tools will focus primarily on the needs of students in middle school through college and adults.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Name the five parts of an effective system for managing tasks.
  2. Describe at least two kinds of task management frameworks and provide an example of each.
  3. Explain why it’s important to couple tools with strategies to build executive functioning skills.

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Date: Monday June 20th, 2022

Time: 4:00-5:15pm Arizona Time (= 4pm PDT, 5pm MDT, 6pm CDT, 7pm PDT)

Location: In-person at conference only (not live-streamed or recorded)

For additional information about conference (including registration costs): https://aztap.org/ihd-2022-conference-2/conference-overview/

To register: https://aztap.org/ihd-2022-conference-2/2022-conference-attendee-registr...

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