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EngageOK Summer Education Event in OKC
ABLE Tech Invites You to Technology Playground
ABLE Tech invites you come see, touch and try devices, tools and software in the Technology Playground at EngageOK, the Oklahoma Summer Education Event at the Cox Convention Center July 7-9. EngageOK is a free event for Oklahoma educators and is hosted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
ABLE Tech will feature our newest technology for students and teachers at the Technology Playground July 8-9. Participants will have the opportunity to try tablets, apps, and other devices to help ALL students and teachers in the areas of literacy, math, writing, computer skills, and much more!
This summer education event offers learning opportunities, professional development and training for teachers, administrators, and parents. The event kicks off with a half-day EdCamp on Tuesday, July 7. EdCamp is billed as an “unconference” because, unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance, the EdCamp agenda will be created by the participants at the start of the event.
The conference, exhibits, and Technology Playground will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, and Thursday, July 9.
In addition to participating in the Technology Playground, ABLE Tech will present five sessions focusing on AT during the conference:
|Wed & Thurs||8:00 - 8:45 a.m.||Special Education Services Updates (Dr. Rene Axtell, OSDE-SES|
|Wed||10:00 - 10:45 a.m.||Funding Assistive Technology (AT) and Free to Low-Cost AT Solutions|
|Wed||1:00 - 2:45 p.m.||Assistive Technology Solutions & Resources for the Struggling Reader|
|Thurs||10:00 - 10:45 a.m.||Assistive Technology Round Robin|
|Thurs||1:00 - 2:45 p.m.||Conducting Assistive Technology Assessments for Students: The IEP Team's Role|
|Wed & Thurs||3:00 - 3:45 p.m.||Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and Free Bookshare Resources|
As Oklahoma’s Assistive Technology Act Program, ABLE Tech helps people statewide find the perfect technology match. We hope to see you at EngageOK! Register at http://engage.ok.gov/about/
View the entire EngageOK schedule here: http://ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/EngageOK SpecialEd.pdf
Years of experience, ideas, and practical tips from the Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology (QIAT) will soon be available in book form. CAST Professional Publishing is working with the QIAT leadership to publish "Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to AT Services." The book will provide professional educators and other assistive technology (AT) service providers, policy makers, and AT users a valuable and credible resource for evaluating, choosing, deploying, and supporting AT services in K-12 and post-secondary educational environments.
According to a press release, the QIAT got its start in 1989 when a group of AT service providers gathered to share their concerns. In subsequent years, the QIAT group conducted online sessions, face-to-face summits, and other conference meetings with more than 4,000 AT providers worldwide. Those conversations shaped and refined the Quality Indicators.
David Gordon, Director of CAST Professional Publishing, said CAST is excited to partner with the QIAT leadership. "CAST and QIAT share a common mission to improve learning opportunities and lower barriers for all students," Gordon said. "By publishing Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to AT Services, we will amplify and share the important work of the QIAT network to benefit all." Joan Breslin-Larson, who presented to Oklahoma AT Support Teams during the 2014-15 school year, spoke on behalf of the QIAT leadership. "We are thrilled to be in the final stages of collective work with hundreds of educators, administrators, and families over the past 17 years," Larsen said.
Eleven education professionals with extensive AT experience make up the QIAT leadership. In addition to Breslin-Larsen, two other QIAT leaders, Joy Zabala and Penny Reed, are also connected with ABLE Tech trainings. Zabala presented to teams in 2013 and continues to provide leadership to Oklahoma in the area of accessible educational materials (AEM). Reed will be the featured presenter for the 2015-16 AT Support Team workshops and webinars. Go to our AT Support Team MOU page >
An AT Support Team considered assistive technology for a 2nd grade male with Autism. The team said that the student wants to work independently, but is not consistent with basic math facts and regularly misses numbers with 3’s (i.e. 13, 30). The team would like for him to be able to complete math facts in Flash on a computer, and he needs to do Accelerated Math assignments as well as other Math assignments.
The team decided to evaluate the student using a number line, counters, and a calculator. The team discussed that they still want to give the student an opportunity to memorize math facts and noted that he can continue to work on these skills. They noted that the student had previously used counters and number lines, but they thought that for large numbers, the student may need a calculator to be able to complete work independently.
To establish a baseline, the student was given a basic math worksheet to complete prior to introducing the calculator. The student was then taught how to use a calculator, and given several opportunities to practice. Finally, the student was provided a similar worksheet to check for improvement.
The AT Support Team reported that the student showed success in the trial, and would be provided a calculator for daily math assignments. The teacher will gather data on accuracy and whether the student was able to complete assignment independently. The team will then use the date to determine if a calculator will be included in the student’s IEP as necessary AT and implemented on a regular basis.
Supports for All Readers
Tales2Go Expands Search Capability
The Tales2Go mobile audiobook program has expanded its search capability to allow users to search for titles by Lexile® level. Lexile® measures student reading ability and text complexity, not the listening ability of a child, which is typically higher than reading ability. Knowing the level helps teachers predict how well a given student will likely understand a specific book, if they already know how well the student can read and how hard that book is to comprehend. Lexile® is a trademarked system marketed by MetaMetrics®.
Read more about Lexile® Measures at https://www.lexile.com/about-lexile/lexile-overview/
Tales2Go allows students to read books on a computer or mobile device such as an iPad or Android tablet. The service requires an internet connection for streaming the audiobooks. As Tales2Go is a subscription-based program, students do not need to have a print disability to use the service. School districts may purchase commercial products such as Tales2Go to provide services to students who need books read aloud, but who do not qualify to receive materials free from Bookshare.
The Tales2Go Newsletter lists sites where schools can apply for grants to get money to pay for a Tales2Go subscription, devices or even accessories needed like headphones and splitters. Find the newsletter at https://www.smore.com/amnwc-tales2go-meets-summer?ref=email-content#w-3376016104
Find out more at http://www.tales2go.com/
Here are the grant opportunities listed:
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation:
From Failure to Promise:
International Literacy Association:
Free iBook | Resource for Using Apple Low Vision Accessibility Features
If you have students with visual impairments, then you may be interested in a new iBook which explains how to use the accessibility features of apple devices. “Supporting Students with Low Vision Using Apple Technology” is available free on iTunes at:
The iBook can be read on an Apple products such as iPads and MacBooks, or on a PC computer using iTunes.
Luis Perez, who was selected to be an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2009, authored the free iBook. Perez works at the Florida Center for Instructional Technology and is known for his research on technology professional development for teachers, assistive technology, universal design, web accessibility, and disability studies.
Perez also knows about the needs of individuals with visual impairments through personal experience, having been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at the age of 29. RP is an eye condition that results in progressive vision loss. In addition to the new iBook, Perez has developed other publications including “Tech Ease 4 All”, a collection of assistive technology tutorials for parents, teachers and other professionals who work with students who have special needs.
Read more about Perez at http://www.sagepub.com/authorDetails.nav?contribId=679682