Previous Classes & Events


2016

1/23/16:  Universal Design for Learning + Assistive Technology = Curriculum Access for ALL Students (Professional Development workshop co-sponsored by Parents Education Network and the Association of Educational Therapists)

3/22/16:  Notetaking Technologies for Middle School, High School, College, and Beyond (webinar)

4/16/16:  Shelley’s Must-Know Technology Tools for Diverse Learners: 2016 Edition (EdRev conference)

6/20-21/16:  iTeach 2016 Professional Development Event for Teachers (Marin, CA)

10/22/16:  Technologies Every Educational Therapist (as well as Teachers & other Education Professionals!) Can Fold Into Their Practice (AET National Conference)


2015

3/6/15:  Technologies Every Educational Therapist Can Fold Into Their Practice (AET-Silicon Valley Study Group, Menlo Park)

3/14/15:  Less Struggle, More Success: An Overview of Technology for Learning and Executive Function Challenges (PEN Speaker Series, Oakland)

4/25/15:  Ten Must-Know Technology Interventions That Level the Playing Field for Diverse Learners (EdRev Conference, San Francisco)

5/26/15:  Less Struggle, More Success: An Overview of Technology for Learning and Executive Function Challenges (PEN Speaker Series, Los Angeles)

7/13/15:  My Auxiliary Brain: Using Digital Notebooks to Support Organization and Memory (AzTAP Conference, Scottsdale, AZ)

7/14/15:  My Digital Secretary: Using Technology to Manage Time and Tasks (AzTAP Conference, Scottsdale, AZ)

7/28-29/15:  Understanding Technology for Learning Differences (Pasadena, CA)

8/24/15:  Technology for Notetaking: Tools to Help College Students Capture and Organize What They Learn (Arizona Annual Transition Conference)

8/24/15:  On Time, On Task, In Control: Using Technology to Support Planning and Time Management (Arizona Annual Transition Conference)


2014

2/8/14:  Technology for Learning Differences: Equip Students for Success with a Personalized “Technology Toolbelt”

2/25/14:  On Time, On Task and Organized: Using Technology to Build Executive Function Skills

5/3/14:  EdRev conference in San Francisco, operated by Parents Educations Network

5/17/14:  Less Struggle, More Success: Using Technology for Students with Learning and Executive Function Challenges (AET professional development workshop)

7/21/14:  Technology for Notetaking: Tools to Help Students Capture and Organize What They Learn (AzTAP conference, Phoenix, AZ)

7/22/14:  On Time, On Task and Organized: Using Technology to Build Executive Function Skills (AzTAP conference, Phoenix, AZ)


2013

2/9/13:  Technology Tools That Assist Struggling Students ... and Their Ed Therapists (professional development workshop)

3/16/13:  Take the Dread Out of Writing with Technology

4/13/13:  An Overview of Technology for Learning Differences: Equipping Students with a Personalized "Technology Toolbelt"

 

2012

3/17/12:  Technology to Take the Dread Out of Writing

4/21/12:  Less Struggle, More Success: An Overview of Technology That Assists Learning

5/24/12:  Technology to Reduce Reading Time and Increase Comprehension (webinar)

7/10/12:  Technology to Take the Dread Out of Writing (webinar)

8/21/12:  Technology to Capture and Organize What You Learn (webinar)

10/13/12:  Technology to Help Students Capture and Organize What They Learn

10/26/12:  Everyday Technology for Learning Differences: Using the Tools You Already Have


2011

2/12/11:  Tech to Success!  Technology to Take the Dread Out of Writing

3/5/11:  Tech to Success!  Technology to Improve Notetaking & Organization

10/01/11:  Everyday Technology for Learning Differences - iPads, Cell Phones, Smartpens, and More!

10/20/11:  Universal Design for Learning + Assistive Technology = Reduced Barriers for All Students

10/21/11:  Equipping Learning-Differenced Students with a “Technology Toolbelt”

11/5/11:  Read Different!  Getting Started with Audiobooks, Electronic Text, and Related Technology


2010

2/27/10:  Using Technology to Become a More Effective Reader

3/13/10:  Using Technology to Become a More Effective Writer

3/19/10:  Tech Tools That Help Struggling Students...and Their Tutors & Ed Therapists

4/17/10:  Notetaking & "Knowledge Management": Technology to Capture and Organize What You Learn

9/09/10:  Literacy & Learning Software Overview (webinar)

10/02/10:  Tech to Success!  Low-Cost, Easy-to-Use Learning Technology

11/06/10:  Tech to Success!  Finding & Using Alternative Forms of Books


2009

4/25/09:  Making Assistive Technology "Work": Four Keys to a Successful Outcome

5/9/09:  Tech to Success! Assistive Technology for Notetaking, Organization, and Writing

9/26/09:  Tech to Success!  Easy-to-Get, Easy-to-Use Technology for Struggling Learners

10/12/09:  Technology to Assist Students with Learning Differences

10/23/09:  Matching Students and Learning Technology: It Starts with Asking the Right Questions

11/14/09:  Tech to Success!  Demystifying Reading/Writing Software for Learning Disabilities


Making Assistive Technology "Work": Four Keys to a Successful Outcome

Assistive technology devices and software can level the academic playing field for students with learning differences. Yet despite their promise, many students, parents, and educators are often disappointed when the technology doesn’t “work" -- that is, it doesn’t deliver the desired (or expected) performance improvement.  Why?

While most attention focuses on exploring AT devices, software, and computers – the tangible part of technology -- requisite supporting services are sometimes neglected.  Join Assistive Technology Consultant Shelley Haven, ATP/RET, as she illustrates how to create successful AT outcomes by including these four essential services:

  • Assessment - matching the tools with the student, tasks, and learning environments
  • Training - acquiring the skills and confidence to operate the various features
  • Integration - applying those features to accomplish specific academic tasks
  • Follow-up and Support - monitoring progress to determine if something needs to be changed.

Date: Saturday, Apr. 25, 2009

Location: EdRev 2009, AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA


Tech to Success! Assistive Technology for Notetaking, Organization, and Writing

Students with learning disabilities often struggle with “knowledge management” -- gathering and organizing information from numerous sources (class notes, books), brainstorming and refining ideas, and putting thoughts into words. This class explores technology to help students manage and express more clearly what they learn, including: notetaking software, digital pens that “record” handwritten notes, graphic organizers, specialized word finders, talking word processors, and grammar checkers. We will also cover technology to aid the physical process of writing (portable writing systems, speech recognition). Live demonstrations, a handout, and trial software will help parents understand where to explore further.

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009

Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto, CA


Tech to Success!  Easy-to-Get, Easy-to-Use Technology for Struggling Learners
“Assistive technology” often brings to mind specialized tools which are complex, costly, even intimidating. Yet struggling students can also benefit from software and devices which are under $100 (or free!) and take less than 30 minutes to learn. This class will explore inexpensive, readily-available technology for PCs and Macs to assist with reading, writing, notetaking, organization, time & task management, math, and attention, including: alternate uses for commonplace technology (cell phone, camera, voice recorder); turning your browser into a versatile learning tool; and underutilized features built into Microsoft Word, Windows PCs, and Macs. With live demonstrations and a comprehensive handout, this class will help parents get started with assistive technology.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009

Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto, CA


Technology to Assist Students with Learning Differences
The right technology can level the academic playing field for a student with learning differences, increase independence, and instill self-confidence.  Join assistive technology specialist Shelley Haven as she demonstrates how various devices and software assist LD students with reading, writing, organization, note taking, critical thinking, math, and attention.  She will also discuss the process of matching students with technology tools appropriate to their learning strengths, challenges, tasks, and instructional environment. Includes live demonstrations and a comprehensive handout.

Date: Monday, Oct. 12, 2009

Location: Network of Inclusive Catholic Educators (NICE) Conference, Mercy Retreat Center, Burlingame, CA


Matching Students and Learning Technology: It Starts with Asking the Right Questions
Assistive technology can help level the academic playing field for students with learning differences and learning disabilities.  But with so many devices, softwares, and possibilities to consider, how do you identify the tools best suited to a student’s unique abilities and needs?

Join AT specialist Shelley Haven as she demonstrates how thoughtful analysis of the student's learning strengths, difficulties, tasks, learning environments, and various intangible factors can guide parents and teachers toward technologies most likely to produce results – and away from those which won't.  Using case studies drawn from her experience, Shelley will illustrate how this information leads to different solutions for ostensibly similar situations.  She will also describe what to expect from a thorough assistive technology assessment and touch on auxiliary issues such as technology training and integration.

Date: Friday, Oct. 23, 2009

Location: PEN Speaker Series, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

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Tech to Success!  Demystifying Reading/Writing Software for Learning Disabilities
Multi-featured software like WYNN, Kurzweil 3000, Read & Write Gold, and SOLO helps struggling readers listen to and comprehend text. But what else can the programs do, and how do they differ from each other? More importantly, which one best serves your needs? This class will show how the various software features address particular learning challenges, as well as demystify important related issues: where to get books in digital format; different “flavors” of e-books and audiobooks (e.g., DAISY, RFB&D AudioPlus); simpler or lower cost alternatives to consider; and what "scanning a book" into your computer really involves. Live demonstrations, a handout, and trial software will give parents the basics to get students reading.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009

Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto, CA


Using Technology to Become a More Effective Reader
Assistive technology (AT) can help students who struggle with reading, but when AT is coupled with effective learning strategies, students will make even bigger gains in their study skills. This class will show parents and teachers how to apply various technologies with study strategies to address reading issues such as speed and fluency (too much to read, not enough time!), comprehension, recognizing main ideas and “the big picture”, creating an effective study guide, and retention. Includes live demonstrations, examples, and a comprehensive handout.
 
Date: Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010
Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto, CA

Using Technology to Become a More Effective Writer
Assistive technology (AT) can help students who struggle with the mechanical and cognitive aspects of writing to produce text that is more readable, organized, and expressive. This class shows parents and teachers how to apply a variety of AT to writing issues such as generating and organizing ideas, spelling and grammar, finding the right words, editing, producing written text, and writing speed. Includes live demonstrations, examples, and a comprehensive handout.
 
Date: Saturday, Mar. 13, 2010
Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto

Technology Tools That Help Struggling Students…and Their Tutors & Ed Therapists
With technology matched to their unique learning strengths and challenges, struggling students can experience improved academic performance, increased independence, and greater self-confidence.  In addition, many of these same tools can enhance an educational therapist's or tutor's ability to deliver content instruction, teach concepts, and cultivate learning strategies.  Join assistive technology specialist Shelley Haven as she demonstrates learning technologies to help you do what you already do even better, including:
  • the benefits of electronic text (e-text) and text-to-speech software
  • portable whiteboard devices and "smartpens" to capture instruction
  • digital notebooks for organization, research, and sharing
  • the versatility of graphic organizers and mind maps
  • the myths & realities of speech recognition
  • contextual spelling and grammar checkers
  • virtual math manipulatives
  • ...and more.
OPEN TO ALL TUTORS, TEACHERS, and THERAPISTS
 
Date: Friday, Mar. 19, 2010
Location: Parents Helping Parents, San Jose

Notetaking and "Knowledge Management": Technology to Capture and Organize What You Learn
Whether taking notes in class, gathering Web research, or creating a textbook study guide, student success relies on the ability to effectively capture and organize information from a variety of sources. This workshop will demonstrate tools to aid that process, from notebook software, “smartpens”, and graphic organizers to everyday tech such as digital cameras and voice recorders. It will also examine how task and setting impact the choice of tool.
 
Date: Saturday, Apr. 17th, 2010
Location: EdRev 2010, AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants)

Literacy & Learning Software Overview
Individuals with learning disabilities or who otherwise struggle with written language can benefit from a variety of functional supports found in literacy and learning software. AT consultant Shelley Haven will show how features in these programs assist with reading, comprehension, critical thinking, and writing, as well as outline factors to consider that distinguish one program from another.
 
Date: Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2010
Location: Online (AT Network webinar)

Tech to Success!  Low-Cost, Easy-to-Use Learning Technology
“Assistive technology” often brings to mind complex or costly tools, yet struggling students can benefit from technology that is under $100 (or free!) and takes fewer than 30 minutes to learn. This class will introduce you to affordable options, both hardware and software, for a range of learning needs. Live demos.
 
Date: Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 2010
Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto

Tech to Success!  Finding & Using Alternative Forms of Books
Students with learning differences can benefit from books in alternative forms (audio books, electronic text). While it’s easy to find Hamlet in digital form, the process of getting textbooks can be confusing. This course will explore alternatives to printed books. We’ll explain how to get them and what tools you need to use them.
 
Date: Saturday, Nov. 6th, 2010
Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto

Technology to Take the Dread Out of Writing
Students often dislike writing because they stumble with some part of the writing process.  In this class, you'll learn how technology tools can relieve writing anxieties connected with generating and organizing ideas (e.g., graphic organizer), spelling and grammar, editing, and producing written text (e.g., speech recognition).  Live demos.
Participants will also learn:
  • How to decide if a student is a good candidate for speech recognition
  • How to create and use templates to model good writing form
  • When to use and not use word prediction/completion software
  • How text-to-speech software can improve editing
  • The importance of matching technology to a student’s abilities, task, and setting
Technology tools to be discussed and/or demonstrated include:
  • Low-tech writing aids
  • Fusion & Neo 2 (portable word processors)
  • Speech recognition for Windows PCs, Macs, iPads, and smartphones
  • Ginger Software (contextual spelling and grammar checker)
  • Specialized dictionaries and thesauri
  • Inspiration, Kidspiration, Draft:Builder, and Mind Manager (graphic organizer & mind mapping software)
  • Software to improve keyboarding skills
Date: Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011
Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto

Technology to Improve Notetaking & Organization
Students who are disorganized and have trouble taking class notes can alleviate their struggle with technology.  This class will demonstrate technology tools and strategies to aid the notetaking process from notetaking software, "smartpens," and graphic organizers to everyday tech like smartphones.  Live demos.
Participants will also learn:
  • The C.O.R.E. of an effective note system (4 keys to getting and staying organized)
  • How to employ smartphones, digital cameras and voice recorders to improve organization
  • How to use a graphic organizer to take notes and study
  • The role of classroom technology, such as interactive electronic whiteboards (e.g., SMART Board®)
  • The importance of matching technology to a student’s abilities, task, and setting
Technology tools to be discussed and/or demonstrated include:
  • Livescribe smartpens
  • OneNote, Circus Ponies NoteBook (digital notebooks)
  • Kurzweil 3000, WYNN, Read&Write GOLD, SOLO (literacy software with built-in study tools)
  • Evernote (software to capture and organize digital info from computer and mobile devices)
  • Various notetaking and organization apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011
Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto

Everyday Technology for Learning Differences - iPads, Cell Phones, Smartpens, and More!

From computers to music players to smartphones, kids today are immersed in technology.  This class will demonstrate how struggling students can leverage familiar technology to compensate for learning weaknesses, capitalize on their strengths, and reduce time and effort spent on school work.  Through lecture and live demonstrations, parents will learn how everyday technologies can assist with reading, writing, notetaking, organization, time and task management, math skills, and attention.

Presentation highlights will include:
  • Add-ons and Web resources that turn your Internet browser into a versatile learning toolbox
  • Apps that emphasize Apple® iDevices as educational tools
  • Creative uses for consumer electronics (MP3 player, camera, voice recorder, and smartpen)
  • Underutilized features in Microsoft Word
  • Learning supports built into Mac and Windows operating systems
Date: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011
Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto

Universal Design for Learning + Assistive Technology = Reduced Barriers for All Students
 
This session for educators will illustrate how assistive technologies, typically used to accommodate a single student’s learning needs, can easily create a more flexible learning environment for all students, including those with learning disabilities, English language learners, and gifted students.
 
Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is a curriculum framework which considers the diverse abilities and needs of all learners when designing instruction, materials, and assessment.  The result is a proactive vs. a reactive approach to learning differences in the classroom which embeds flexibility and adaptability from the start rather than trying to retro-fit curricula to meet the specific needs on one learner or another.
 
This session will provide a basic overview of Universal Design for Learning principles and show how common instructional methods and materials may inadvertently exclude otherwise capable learners.  Using examples and demonstrations, we will then explore how certain assistive technologies -- both low tech and high tech -- can help teachers move toward a learning environment that is accessible to a broader range of learners.  Educators will leave with examples they can put into practice using technology they may already have.
 
Date: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
 
Location: Nueva School, Hillsborough (Innovative Learning Conference)

Equipping Learning-Differenced Students with a “Technology Toolbelt”
 
What kinds of technology will benefit your student with learning differences?
 
Every student has an internal set of learning tools – the innate skills and abilities they apply to tasks in reading, writing, organization, etc.  Think of it as the “learning toolbelt” they bring to every educational endeavor.
 
Students with learning differences often have an excellent array of internal tools in one area – e.g., math – but only a minimal set in others -- e.g., reading comprehension or spelling.  Assistive technology (AT) augments that internal toolset with external tools.  AT might leverage a student’s learning strengths to compensate for relative weaknesses, remove barriers to demonstrating their knowledge, or provide an alternate route for accomplishing tasks.
 
Using student examples and technology demonstrations, this session will illustrate how technology tools complement a student’s internal toolset based on their learning strengths and weaknesses, the task they need to do, and the context in which they do it.  Parents and educators will learn how to zero in on the most promising tools to help students toward greater academic success, independence, and self-confidence.
 
Date: Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
 
Location: Nueva School, Hillsborough (Innovative Learning Conference)

Read Different!  Getting Started with Audiobooks, Electronic Text, and Related Technology

Struggling readers can benefit greatly from books in accessible forms such as audio books and electronic text.  However, navigating the eligibility requirements, understanding download procedures, installing software, and operating unfamiliar devices can often be daunting tasks.  This presentation will provide you with everything you need to know to get your child started successfully. 
 
This class will answer key questions such as:
  • What are accessible books and how do they aid struggling readers?
  • Who is eligible to receive accessible books?  What can you do if you're not eligible?
  • Where should you get these books?
  • What technology do you need to use them?
Additionally, this interactive class will walk through the process of searching for, downloading, and using accessible books from Bookshare.org and Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) on computers and iOS devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch).  With live demonstrations and a comprehensive handout, you will leave feeling confident about pursuing accessible books and maximizing their benefits.
 
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011
 
Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto

Technology to Take the Dread Out of Writing

Students often dislike writing because they stumble with some part of the writing process.  In this class, you'll learn how technology tools can relieve writing anxieties connected with generating and organizing ideas, finding the right words, editing, and correcting spelling and grammar. You will also learn options for generating written text more quickly and legibly. This class includes live demonstrations.

Participants will also learn:

  • How to decide if a student is a good candidate for speech recognition
  • How to use templates to model good writing form
  • When to use and not use word prediction/completion software
  • How text-to-speech software can improve editing
  • The importance of matching technology to a student’s abilities, task and setting

Technology tools to be discussed and/or demonstrated include:

  • Low-tech writing aids
  • Fusion & Neo 2 (portable word processors)
  • Speech recognition for Windows PCs, Macs, iPads and smartphones
  • Ginger Software (contextual spelling and grammar checker)
  • Specialized dictionaries and thesauri
  • Inspiration, Kidspiration, Draft:Builder and Mind Manager (graphic organizer & mind mapping software)
  • Software to improve keyboarding skills

Who should attend:  Though content is primarily aimed at parents, middle and high school students are welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012

Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto

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Less Struggle, More Success: An Overview of Technology That Assists Learning

With technology that complements their unique learning strengths and challenges, students are better equipped to succeed in middle school, high school, and beyond.  Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she discusses and demonstrates selected tools to help students:

  • Reduce reading time while improving comprehension (text-to-speech software, e-text, audiobooks)
  • Take the dread out of writing (graphic organizers, speech recognition, contextual spellcheckers)
  • Listen more and write less while taking notes (smartpens, notetaking software)
  • Study more effectively (digital annotation tools)
  • Get organized (digital notebooks, mobile device apps)
  • Minimize frustration and increase self-confidence.

With live demos and a comprehensive Resource Guide, attendees will gain a better understanding of what to explore further.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012

Location: AT&T Park (EdRev 2012 Conference)


Technology to Reduce Reading Time and Increase Comprehension

Technology tools for reading, from low-tech aids to high-end literacy software, can help struggling students improve reading rate, comprehension, and retention. This class will survey a range of assistive technologies that address reading issues such as speed and fluency, vocabulary, visual processing, and critical thinking.  It will also illustrate how to apply features found in various literacy software to encourage effective study skills.

Technology tools to be discussed and/or demonstrated include:

  • Low-tech reading aids (reading guides, colored filters)
  • Literacy & learning software (such as WYNN, Read&Write Gold, and Kurzweil 3000)
  • Simple text-to-speech options
  • Handheld, software, and online dictionaries
  • Scan-and-read systems (such as the Intel Reader, Achieve)
  • Downloadable electronic text (Bookshare) and digital audiobooks (Learning Ally)

AUDIENCE:  Parents, Educators, AT Specialists, and Education Professionals working with 5th grade through college-age students with learning differences

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • List at least five different barriers to reading and understanding printed text and describe how features found in literacy software address those barriers.
  • Describe the relative pros and cons of audiobooks and electronic text as print alternatives.
  • Describe how specific software features can support popular reading and learning strategies such as PQRST.
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Location: Online (ATIA webinar)

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Technology to Take the Dread Out of Writing

Students often dislike writing because they stumble with some part of the writing process.  In this class, you'll learn how various technology tools can relieve writing anxieties connected with generating and organizing ideas, spelling and grammar, finding the right words, and editing, as well as learn options for generating written text more quickly and legibly.

Technology tools to be discussed and/or demonstrated include:

  • Graphic organizer software (such as Inspiration)
  • Contextual spelling and grammar checker (such as Ginger Software)
  • Specialized word finders
  • Low-tech handwriting aids (adapted writing utensils, special paper)
  • Portable word processors (such as Fusion, Neo)
  • Word prediction, text macros, and other typing aids
  • Speech recognition for Windows PCs, Macs, and mobile devices

AUDIENCE:  Parents, Educators, AT Specialists, and Education Professionals working with 5th grade through college-age students with learning differences

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • List at least five different challenges encountered by students who struggle with the cognitive and motor aspects of writing.
  • Identify technology tools that assist with each stage of the writing process, from brainstorming through generating written text.
  • Describe characteristics which make a student and task good candidates for speech recognition, and alternatives to consider if they are not.
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Technology to Capture and Organize What You Learn

Whether taking notes in class, gathering Web research, or creating a textbook study guide, student success relies on the ability to effectively capture and organize information from a variety of sources. This class will demonstrate tools that aid this “knowledge management” process, from notebook software, smartpens, and graphic organizers to everyday tech such as digital cameras and smartphone apps.

Technology tools to be discussed and/or demonstrated include:

  • Low-tech annotation aids (highlighters, stickies)
  • PDF annotation software
  • Notetaking pens (such as Livescribe, IRISPen)
  • Digital notebooks (such as Microsoft OneNote)
  • Literacy & learning software with built-in study tools (such as Kurzweil 3000)
  • Cloud-based notes and organization (such as Evernote)

AUDIENCE:  Parents, Educators, AT Specialists, and Education Professionals working with 5th grade through college-age students with learning differences

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the four components of an effective “knowledge management” system.
  • Describe challenges to effectively taking notes in class and during self-study or research.
  • Describe tools and associated strategies which assist with capturing and managing information collected in class, from books, online, and from other sources.
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012

Technology to Help Students Capture and Organize What They Learn

Whether taking notes in class, gathering Web research or creating a textbook study guide, student success relies on the ability to effectively capture and organize information from a variety of sources. This class will demonstrate tools that aid this “knowledge management” process, from notebook software, smartpens, and graphic organizers to everyday tech such as digital cameras and smartphone apps. Though content is primarily aimed at parents, middle and high school students are welcome to attend.
Technology tools to be discussed and/or demonstrated include:
  • Low-tech annotation aids (highlighters, stickies)
  • PDF annotation software
  • Notetaking pens (such as Livescribe, IRISPen)
  • Digital notebooks (such as Microsoft OneNote)
  • Literacy & learning software with built-in study tools (such as Kurzweil 3000)
  • Cloud-based notes and organization (such as Evernote)

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012

Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto

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Everyday Technology for Learning Differences: Using the Tools You Already Have

From computers to smartphones to e-readers, kids today are immersed in technology.  This class will demonstrate how to take advantage of familiar technology to compensate for learning challenges, capitalize on learning strengths, and reduce time and effort spent on school work.  Through lecture and live demonstrations, parents and teachers will learn how everyday tech - word processors, Web browsers, consumer electronics, and more - can assist students who struggle with reading, writing, notetaking, math, organization, time management, and attention.

Presentation highlights include
  • Apps that turn mobile devices (Apple iDevices, Android) into portable learning assistants
  • Add-ons and Web resources to configure your Internet browser as a versatile online study tool
  • Creative uses for consumer electronics (MP3 player, camera, voice recorder, and smartpen)
  • Underutilized features in Microsoft Word and other common programs
  • Learning supports built into the Mac and Windows operating systems

Date: Friday, October 26, 2012

Location: San Francisco (PEN Speaker Series)

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Technology Tools That Assist Struggling Students ... and Their Ed Therapists

With technology matched to their unique learning strengths and challenges, struggling students can experience improved academic performance, increased independence, and greater self-confidence. In addition, many of these same tools can enhance an educational therapist's ability to deliver content instruction, teach concepts, and cultivate learning strategies. Join assistive technology specialist Shelley Haven as she demonstrates learning technologies to help you do what you already do even better, including:
  • the benefits of electronic text (e-text) and text-to-speech software
  • portable whiteboard devices and "smartpens" to capture instruction
  • digital notebooks for organization, research, and sharing
  • the versatility of graphic organizers and mind maps
  • the myths & realities of speech recognition
  • contextual spelling and grammar checkers
  • virtual math manipulatives
  • mobile devices and other "everyday tech".
Learning Outcomes
As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the pros and cons of print alternatives such as audiobooks and electronic text.
  • Describe how various technologies can support reading and study strategies such as SQ3R (survey, question, read, recite, review).
  • Identify appropriate technology tools to assist with each stage of the writing process (POWER - plan, organize, write, edit, revise).
  • Give examples of tools and associated strategies that assist with taking notes in class as well as from books, the Web, and other sources.
  • Discuss how technology can improve a student's attention, time management, planning, and organization.
Date: February 9, 2013
Location: San Rafael, CA (AET Northern CA Workshop)
 

Take the Dread Out of Writing with Technology
 
Students often dislike writing because they stumble with some part of the writing process.  In this class, you'll learn how technology tools can relieve writing anxieties connected with generating and organizing ideas, finding the right words, editing, and correcting spelling and grammar. You will also learn options for generating written text more quickly and managing large writing projects. This class includes live demonstrations.
 
Participants will also learn:
  • How to decide if a student is a good candidate for speech recognition
  • How to use templates to model good writing form
  • How text-to-speech software can improve editing
  • ​How to break writing projects into more manageable "chunks"
  • The importance of matching technology to a student’s abilities, task and setting
Technology tools to be discussed and/or demonstrated include:
  • Forte & Neo 2 (portable word processors)
  • Speech recognition for Windows PCs, Macs, iPads and smartphones
  • Ginger Software and Ghotit (contextual spelling and grammar checkers)
  • Inspiration, Kidspiration, Draft:Builder and XMInd (outlining & mind mapping software)
  • Software to improve keyboarding skills
Who should attend:  Content is primarily aimed at parents and teachers; however, interested middle and high school students are welcome to attend.
 
Date: March 16, 2013
Location: Children's Health Council, Palo Alto, CA
 

An Overview of Technology for Learning Differences: Equipping Students with a Personalized "Technology Toolbelt"

Students with learning differences often have an impressive array of internal "tools" -- skills and abilities -- in one area (e.g., math), but only a minimal set in others (e.g., reading comprehension or spelling). Fortunately, they can complement their internal toolset with a "technology toolbelt": a personalized set of devices and software matched to their unique learning profile and tasks.

Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates how to stock that toolbelt with individualized technology to:

  • Reduce reading time and improve comprehension (text-to-speech software, audiobooks)
  • Take the dread out of writing (graphic organizers, speech recognition, contextual spellcheckers)
  • Listen more and write less while taking notes (smartpens)
  • Study more effectively (digital annotation)
  • Type legible math equations (math notation software)
  • Get organized (digital notebooks, mobile device apps)

Includes live demos and a comprehensive Resource Guide.

For a look at all EdRev 2013 activities, workshops, and exhibitors, visit www.EdRevSF.org.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013

Location: San Francisco (PEN EdRev Conference)

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Everyday Technology for Learning Differences: Use the Tools You Already Have (AT Network webinar)

From computers to smartphones to e-readers, kids today are immersed in technology. This webinar will demonstrate howto take advantage of familiar technology to compensate for learning challenges, capitalize on learning strengths, and reducetime and effort spent on school work. Through live demonstrations, participants will learn how everyday tech –word processors, Web browsers, consumer electronics, and more – can assist students who struggle with reading, writing,notetaking, math, organization, time management, and attention.

Presentation highlights include:
  • Underutilized features in Microsoft Word and other popular programs
  • Learning supports built into the Mac and Windows operating systems
  • Apps that turn mobile devices (Apple iDevices, Android) into portable learning assistants)
  • Alternative uses for consumer electronics (MP3 player, camera, voice recorder, smartpen)
  • Add-ons, Web resources, and cloud drives to configure an Internet browser as an online study tool

Date: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

Location: Online

YouTube video of webinar (edited from original by AT Network): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tHEAbWgE5w

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Building Executive Functions: Strategies and Technologies to Implement Now (CHC Professional Development Workshop)

Speakers: Shayla Hulgan, MA (Children's Health Council) and Shelley Haven ATP, RET
    (Please note: For reasons of confidentiality, this course is open to professionals only.)
 
A growing body of research demonstrates that students with various neuropsychological profiles struggle with different aspects of Executive Functioning.  Professionals know that this can significantly impede academic and social success.  While debate continues on exact definitions of EF and its subcomponents, one thing remains clear: these students need support.  Now.  Numerous strategies and technologies are currently available to support students with executive functioning deficits and help them build vital skills.
 
The primary goal of this workshop is to provide professionals with practical strategies for intervention in multiple contexts, and clear ideas for how to implement them.  Team-taught by an Executive Functioning Coach and an Assistive Technology Consultant, the day will integrate technology and coaching strategies to be used with many different student profiles. Additional professionals from Children’s Health Council will share their expertise and highlight the many domains related to executive functioning.  
 
Goals and Objectives
 
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

   1.  Identify the components of executive functioning

   2.  Describe the relationship between executive dysfunction, learning disabilities, and social emotional difficulties

   3.  List at least 3 strategies and associated technologies that can assist students with each of the following:

  • Attention and Activation (getting started, staying focused, handling distractions, finishing)
  • Working Memory and Recall (manipulating information in mind, retrieving info from memory)
  • Planning and Time Sense (managing time, tasks, and priorities)
  • Organization of Materials and Information (both physical and digital)
  • Problem Solving (analyzing information or situation, making decisions, synthesizing solutions)
  • Self-Regulation (inhibition, self-monitoring, emotional control)

Approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit for:

  • Psychologists as required by the American Psychological Association. CHC maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
  • LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE 2135)

Date: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Location: Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto, CA


Using Technology to Stay On Time, On Task, and Organized (AT Network Webinar)

Many students and adults struggle with productivity skills -- the ability to effectively manage time, get started, stay focused, organize, plan, and analyze problems. Merely "trying harder" won't help, but "trying different" can.
 
This webinar will demonstrate how technology, coupled with appropriate strategies, can improve these executive function skills. Demonstrations will include tools to help:
  • Monitor and manage use of time
  • Keep to-do lists from becoming not-done lists
  • Reduce visual, auditory, and internal distractions
  • Organize physical materials and digital information so they are "findable"
  • Break large projects and problems into manageable chunks
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Location: Online

YouTube video of webinar (edited from original by AT Network): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyccCXY39ts


Technology for Learning Differences: Equip Students for Success with a Personalized “Technology Toolbelt” (PEN-San Francisco Speaker Series, co-sponsored with Support for Families of Children with Disabilities)

Students with learning differences often have an impressive array of cognitive "tools" (skills and abilities) in one area – e.g., math – but only a minimal set in others – e.g., reading comprehension or spelling. Fortunately, they can complement their cognitive toolset with a "technology toolbelt": a personalized set of devices and software matched to their unique learning profile and tasks.
 
Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she illustrates how to stock that toolbelt for five hypothetical students (grades 5 through high school) with different learning profiles.  Shelley will discuss and demonstrate software, devices, and "everyday tech" to help students:
  • Reduce reading time and improve comprehension (text-to-speech software, audiobooks)
  • Take the dread out of writing (graphic organizers, speech recognition, contextual spellcheckers)
  • Listen more and write less while taking notes (smartpens, notetaking apps)
  • Study more effectively (digital annotation, interactive study guides)
  • Type legible math equations and graphs (math notation and graphing software)
  • Get organized and stay focused (digital notebooks, mobile device apps)
Includes live demos and a comprehensive Resource Guide.
 
Audience: Parents and educators of students in grades 5 through college

Date: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Location: Support for Families, 1663 Mission Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA


On Time, On Task and Organized: Using Technology to Build Executive Function Skills (PEN-Silicon Valley Speaker Series)

Many bright students struggle academically because of weak executive functions -- the mental processes used to manage time, get started, stay focused, organize, plan, multitask, and self-regulate.  Lacking such productivity skills, students may be mistakenly seen as lazy, unmotivated, or not working to potential.  "Trying harder" won't help, but "trying different" can.
 
This workshop will show how technology, coupled with sound strategies, can improve executive function skills and productivity.  Through lecture and live demonstrations, attendees will learn about tools to help students:
  • Manage and monitor use of time
  • Keep to-do lists from becoming not-done lists
  • Reduce visual, auditory, and internal distractions
  • Organize physical materials and digital information so they are "findable"
  • Break large projects and problems into manageable chunks
Audience: Parents and educators of students in grades 5 through college.  Interested students are also welcome to attend.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Location:  Athena Academy, 525 San Antonio Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

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Less Struggle, More Success: Using Technology for Students with Learning and Executive Function Challenges (AET Professional Development Workshop, Los Angeles)

The right technology can level the academic playing field for struggling students by helping them leverage their learning strengths and reduce the impact of weaknesses.  It can also increase independence and foster an “I can do it!” attitude.  The key is to complement a student's cognitive toolset with a "technology tool belt": devices and software matched to their learning profile, tasks, and environment.
 
Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates technology and associated strategies to help students:
  • reduce reading time and improve comprehension (text-to-speech software, audiobooks).
  • take the dread out of writing (graphic organizers, speech recognition, contextual spellcheckers).
  • listen more and write less while taking notes (smartpens, notetaking apps).
  • study more effectively (digital annotation, interactive study guides).
  • understand math concepts and type legible equations (virtual manipulatives, math notation software).
  • get organized and stay focused (digital notebooks, distraction reducers).
  • manage time and tasks (timers, mobile apps, to-do list alternatives).
Attendees are invited to bring laptops and tablets as the workshop will include some brief hands-on tips for using technology supports they likely already have (e.g. lesser-known features in Microsoft Word or the device's operating system).
 
Learning Outcomes
Participants will be able to:
  • describe how technologies can improve reading fluency and reinforce reading strategies such as SQ3R (survey, question, read, recite, review).
  • discuss how technology can be used to support each stage of the writing process (brainstorming, organizing, producing text, writing mechanics, and editing).
  • give examples of tools and associated strategies to assist with taking notes in class as well as from books, the Web, and other sources.
  • explain how technology can facilitate strategies that build a student's attention, time management, planning, organization, and self-regulation skills.
  • identify factors to consider when selecting and implementing tools to address a student's learning needs.

Continuing Education Credits: 5.5 hours available (see registration page for details)

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

Location: Westmark School (Encino, CA)

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Technology for Notetaking: Tools to Help Students Capture and Organize What They Learn (AzTAP Assistive Technology Conference, Phoenix, Arizona)

(Strand: Post-Secondary / Transition)

Whether taking notes in class, gathering Web research, or creating a textbook study guide, student success relies on the ability to effectively capture and organize information from a variety of sources. This session will demonstrate tools to support the “knowledge management” process, from smartpens, digital notebooks, and annotation tools to everyday tech such as digital cameras and smartphone apps. Presentation will also describe notetaking strategies that leverage these technologies.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. List the four components of an effective “knowledge management” system
  2. Describe challenges to effectively taking notes in class and during self-study or research
  3. Identify tools and associated strategies that assist with capturing and managing information collected in class, from books, online, and from other sources

Date: Monday, July 21, 2014

Location: Phoenix, AZ

PDF Handout: aztap.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/AzTAP14-Tech-for-Notes-Shelley-Haven-final-PDF-copy.pdf

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On Time, On Task and Organized: Using Technology to Build Executive Function Skills (AzTAP Assistive Technology Conference, Phoenix, Arizona)

(Strand: Post-Secondary / Transition)

Many bright students struggle academically because of weak executive functions -- the mental processes used to manage time, get started, stay focused, organize, plan, recall information, multitask, and self- regulate. Lacking such productivity skills, students may be mistakenly seen 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, reduce distractions, organize materials and information, readily access knowledge, and break large projects into manageable parts.

Key Learning Outcomes

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

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Location: Phoenix, AZ

PDF Handout: aztap.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Tech-for-ExecFunc-Shelley-Haven1.pdf

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Technologies Every Educational Therapist Can Fold Into Their Practice 

Technology can be a great equalizer for struggling students, helping them not only compensate for learning weaknesses but also leverage their unique strengths.  Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates a broad range of tech tools and associated strategies you can use to help students:

  • reduce reading time and improve comprehension
  • take the dread out of writing
  • listen more and write less while taking notes
  • study more effectively
  • understand math concepts and type legible equations
  • get organized and stay focused
  • manage time and tasks.

Audience: Educational Therapists, learning specialists

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015

Location: Mid-Peninsula High School, Menlo Park, CA

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Less Struggle, More Success: An Overview of Technology for Learning and Executive Function Challenges

The right technology can level the academic playing field for struggling students by helping them leverage their learning strengths and reduce the impact of weaknesses.  It can also increase independence and foster an “I can do it!” attitude.

Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates technology and associated strategies to help students:

  • reduce reading time and improve comprehension (text-to-speech software, audiobooks)
  • take the dread out of writing (graphic organizers, speech recognition, contextual spellcheckers)
  • listen more and write less while taking notes (smartpens, notetaking apps)
  • study more effectively (digital annotation, interactive study guides)
  • understand math concepts and type legible equations (virtual manipulatives, math notation software)
  • get organized and stay focused (digital notebooks, distraction reducers)
  • manage time and tasks (timers, task management apps)

Audience: All (parents, students, teachers, learning specialists, etc.)

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015

Location: Head-Royce School, Oakland, CA

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Ten Must-Know Technology Interventions That Level the Playing Field for Diverse Learners

Technology is sometimes 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 can also help students tap into their innate strengths, increase independence, and improve self-confidence.

Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates ten categories of technology that are game changers for students who struggle with reading, writing, math, taking notes, attention, organization, and planning.  This session will also provide both beginners and experienced tech users with a framework for getting the most out of EdRev’s newly-designed technology section.

Audience: All (parents, students, teachers, learning specialists, etc.)

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

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Less Struggle, More Success: An Overview of Technology for Learning and Executive Function Challenges

The right technology can level the academic playing field for struggling students by helping them leverage their learning strengths and reduce the impact of weaknesses.  It can also increase independence and foster an “I can do it!” attitude.

Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates technology and associated strategies to help students:

  • reduce reading time and improve comprehension (text-to-speech software, audiobooks)
  • take the dread out of writing (graphic organizers, speech recognition, contextual spellcheckers)
  • listen more and write less while taking notes (smartpens, notetaking apps)
  • study more effectively (digital annotation, interactive study guides)
  • understand math concepts and type legible equations (virtual manipulatives, math notation software)
  • get organized and stay focused (digital notebooks, distraction reducers)
  • manage time and tasks (timers, task management apps)

Audience: All (parents, students, teachers, learning specialists, etc.)

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Location: Westmark School, 5461 Louise Ave, Encino, CA

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My Auxiliary Brain: Using Digital Notebooks to Support Organization and Memory (Arizona Assistive Technology Summer Institute)

Success in school and at work often relies on good “knowledge management”: the ability to capture and retain a wide range of information, then efficiently retrieve it as needed. This can be difficult to impossible for individuals with executive function, processing speed, memory, and retrieval challenges. This session will explore how to use digital notebooks as an “auxiliary brain” — a quick-access reference for rote memory facts, models, procedures, and information collected from the Web. Through demonstrations of three popular platforms — Microsoft OneNote, Circus Ponies NoteBook, and Evernote — we will examine the features and benefits of digital notebooks such as robust search, audio recording, and linking notes to the original source.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe features (capabilities) to consider when designing a “knowledge management” system
  • Explain the role of “tagging” to support organization
  • List at least four advantages (and one disadvantage) of digital notebooks compared to standard paper binder systems

Audience: Education professionals (teachers, learning specialists, etc.), parents

Date: Monday, July 13, 2015

Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

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My Digital Secretary: Using Technology to Manage Time and Tasks (Arizona Assistive Technology Summer Institute)

For both students and employees, productivity hinges on effectively managing three things: What to do, Where to be, and When. This deceptively simple task can seem insurmountable for individuals with weak working memory, planning, and time management skills: students may rely on parents and teachers as their “executive functions”; adults may be viewed by employers as under-productive. This session will show how to use technology in the role of “digital secretary” to stay on time, on task, and in control of responsibilities more independently. Examples will range from simple 3-column task boards for kids to robust task management apps for high schoolers and adults. We will also examine strategies necessary to make these tools effective.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe features (capabilities) to consider when designing a time and task management system
  • Explain the role of “contexts” and “tagging” as well as their benefits
  • Explain why task management tools are most effective when coupled with sound planning strategies

Audience: Education professionals (teachers, learning specialists, etc.), parents

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

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Understanding Technology for Learning Differences

Four 3-hour workshops designed to help parents, teachers, and other educational professionals use technology to assist students with learning differences, ADHD, and executive functioning issues. More...

  • Technology for Reading and Comprehension – fluency (speed and accuracy), comprehension, critical thinking, and reading annotation
  • Technology for Writing and Composition – composition, mechanics (spelling, grammar, etc.), and motor aspects such as producing legible text and math notation (equations, graphs)
  • Technology for Notetaking and Study – taking notes in class, capturing notes from reading (books, Web, etc.), organizing personal knowledge, creating study guides
  • Technology for Attention and Executive Functioning – managing distractions, organizing papers and digital files, keeping track of responsibilities, planning and managing use of time 

Workshop details: Please visit www.techpotential.net/pasadena_workshops_july_2015

Dates: July 28-29, 2015

Location:​ Pasadena, CA

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Technology for Notetaking: Tools to Help College Students Capture and Organize What They Learn (Arizona Annual Transition Conference)

Whether taking notes in class, gathering Web research, or creating a textbook study guide, student success relies on the ability to effectively capture and organize information from a variety of sources. This session will demonstrate tools to support the “knowledge management” process, from smartpens, digital notebooks, and annotation tools to everyday tech such as digital cameras and smartphone apps. The presentation will also describe notetaking and study strategies that leverage these technologies.

Audience: Education professionals (teachers, learning specialists, etc.)

Dates: August 24, 2015

Location:​ Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona

PDF Handout: www.azed.gov/special-education/files/2015/07/m1.9-technology-for-note-taking-tools-to-help-college-students.pdf

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On Time, On Task, In Control: Using Technology to Support Planning and Time Management (Arizona Annual Transition Conference)

Whether entering college or career, transitioning students face a far less structured environment where they must independently manage three things: What to do, Where to be, and When. These deceptively simple tasks can seem insurmountable for individuals with weak working memory, planning, and time management skills: students may rely on others as their “executive functions”; employees may be viewed as under-productive. This session will explore how to use technology in the role of “digital secretary” to stay on time, on task, and in control of responsibilities, and describe planning and time management strategies that leverage these technologies.

Audience: Education professionals (teachers, learning specialists, etc.)

Date: August 24, 2015

Location:​ Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona

PDF Handout: www.azed.gov/special-education/files/2015/07/m2.9-on-time-on-task-in-control.pdf

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   Universal Design for Learning
+ Assistive Technology
= Curriculum Access for ALL Students

(Professional Development workshop - CE hours available)

This workshop for educators and learning specialists will demonstrate how assistive technologies, typically used to accommodate an individual student’s learning challenges, can create a more flexible, accessible learning environment for all students, including those with learning disabilities, English language learners, and twice-exceptional students.

Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is a research-based framework for designing curriculum (i.e., goals, methods, materials, and assessments) that addresses the diverse abilities and needs of all learners.  The result is a proactive vs. a reactive approach to learning differences in the classroom that embeds flexibility and access from the start, greatly reducing the need for individualized accommodations.

This session will provide an overview of UDL research and principles and show how traditional instruction designed around the “average learner" may inadvertently hinder otherwise capable students.  Using technology demonstrations, case studies, and group activities, we will then explore how various assistive technologies coupled with UDL principles can help teachers design curriculum that reaches a broader range of diverse learners.  Educators will leave with examples they can put into practice using technology they may already have.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least four ways in which "traditional" curriculum (goals, methods, materials, and assessment) can be a barrier, especially for marginalized learners (e.g., learning disabilities, ELL, twice-exceptional)
  • Describe the three core principles of Universal Design for Learning and explain their importance in designing curriculum for diverse learners
  • Analyze their own lessons and instruction to recognize potential learning obstacles
  • Name at least two strategies and technology tools that can “enable” curriculum in each of the following areas: reading, writing, math, listening in class, taking notes, study, attention, organization, and planning
  • Begin assembling a “toolkit” of technologies, strategies, and resources for creating flexible, accessible curriculum as well as supporting individual learning needs.

Other Notes

  • Participants are invited to bring laptops and tablets to access various websites and online resources during the workshop.  Please note, however, that we will not be doing any hands-on technology training with the devices.
  • While the UDL principles apply to teaching all students from pre-K through college, this workshop will primarily focus on technologies and strategies for grades 4 through high school.
  • Lunch will be provided. There will be vegetarian options available. 

Audience: Educators, learning specialists, and other education professionals

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016

Location: Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

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Notetaking Technologies for Middle School, High School, College, and Beyond (webinar)

Whether taking notes in class, gathering web research, or creating a textbook study guide, student success relies on the ability to effectively capture, organize, and apply information from a variety of sources.

Join AT Consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates notetaking and knowledge organization tools to help students who have learning differences, including smartpens, digital notebooks, annotation software, and multifunctional apps. The presentation will also describe notetaking and study strategies that leverage these technologies and is for students and the parents and professionals that support them.

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Location: Online

Webinar link: ctdinstitute.org/events/event-details/notetaking-technologies-middle-school-high-school-college-and-beyond

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Shelley’s Must-Know Technology Tools for Diverse Learners: 2016 Edition (EdRev conference)

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 2016 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 16, 2016

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

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Technologies Every Educational Therapist (as well as Teachers & other Education Professionals!) Can Fold Into Their Practice (AET National Conference)

Technology can be a great equalizer for struggling students, helping them not only compensate for learning weaknesses but also leverage their unique strengths.  Join assistive technology consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates technology tools and associated strategies to help students: reduce reading time and improve comprehension; take the dread out of writing; listen more and write less while taking notes; understand math concepts and type equations; get organized; stay focused; and manage time and tasks.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • describe how technologies can improve reading fluency and reinforce reading strategies such as SQ3R (survey, question, read, recite, review)
  • discuss how technology can be used to support each stage of the writing process (brainstorming, organizing, producing text, writing mechanics, and editing)
  • give examples of tools and associated strategies to assist with taking notes in class as well as from books, the Web, and other sources
  • explain how technology can facilitate strategies that build a student's attention, time management, planning, organization, and self- regulation skills
  • identify factors to consider when selecting and implementing tools to address a student's learning needs

Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Parents 

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Location: Sofitel San Francisco Bay - Redwood City, CA

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