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Congratulations AT Support Teams!
Awards and Registration
ABLE Tech AT Support Team training will come to a close this June 30. ABLE Tech would like to recognize the teams who have thus far completed the training opportunities. Congratulations to Kansas, Nowata, and Oklahoma City AT Support Teams for earning the “Certificate of Achievement” for 2014-2015. These teams not only completed the main training level but also the bonus or achievement level. Congratulations to the AT Teams from Mid-Del, The Children’s Center, and Jenks for earning the Certificate of Completion! Job well done! Kudos to the four teams earning the “District AT Badge” for compiling the school district’s AT inventory which can help others in the district know what is available for students: Deer Creek, Kansas, Oklahoma City, and The Children’s Center! Finally, congratulations to each of the individual team members who completed 100% of the training opportunities! Each has earned a “Certificate of Completion”. For more information see, 2014-2015 Participating AT Support Teams website for all the teams participating.
Don’t forget to sign up again for
ABLE Tech’s 2015-16 AT Team Training
Registration is now open for AT Teams to take part in the 2015-2016 AT Support Team Training, which will feature Gayl Bowser. Bowser’s work as an author and independent consultant focuses on the integration of technology into the educational programs of students with disabilities. She is the former Coordinator of the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) and provides AT consultation, training and technical assistance throughout the United States and internationally.
AT Teams will learn to apply concepts to ensure the quality of school AT services for student success. The training will cover the four basics of AT competence, the important roles of AT Team members, AT feature matching with student case-studies, and successful AT implementation. Teams will be able to learn more about AT and accommodation ideas through demonstration and hands-on activities.
Registration is open for new teams and returning teams!
1. Please submit AT Team members with the online MOU form.
2. Register each team member for the regional AT workshop.
Watch a 4-minute video to learn about the 2015-16 assistive technology training available in multiple locations throughout the state.
The upcoming training is designed to be convenient for all users by offering instruction via a combination of online and in-person workshops. ABLE Tech will offer two training tracks: one designed for AT teams that have participated in ABLE Tech’s training the last two years, and another for new AT teams.
Workshops for returning AT Teams:
Workshops for new AT Teams and new team members:
ABLE Tech is Oklahoma’s Assistive Technology Act Program and is a federally funded service program that provides assistance for educators, students, and families to learn more about the possibilities with assistive technology. ABLE Tech provides free AT Support Team Training to school district personnel through a contract with the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
OK EdPlan™ Management Solution
Training for Implementation
OK EdPlan™ is a comprehensive solution that the Oklahoma State Department of Education has recently begun using for managing processes including Individualized Education Program (IEP), Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and 504 plans.
The system is designed to guide users step-by-step through the plan management process and has built-in compliance checks along the way to ensure documents include all required information. OK EdPlan™ gives educators the ability to manage the entire process from referral and eligibility determination to the development of the student’s program.
Training will be provided in phases. Phase I will introduce administrators to the OK EdPlan™ and will take place during the CCOSA and Engage OK conferences in June and July. Phase II will be a hands-on full day “Train the Trainer” workshop , which will take place the week of Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31, 2015 at several locations in the state. Phase II sessions will cover the Eligibility, IEP and 504 process. Phase III will include follow-up sessions, and will be offered for one week in September at the same site previously attended.
For updates and frequently asked questions on the OK EdPlan™ Management Solution please visit http://www.ok.gov/sde/special-education. Watch a video highlighting EdPlan Updates at https://vimeo.com/128297324
Safeguarding Student Data & Privacy
SETDA Supports Federal Action
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA setda.org) is supporting the introduction yesterday of the “Student Data Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015” sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colorado and Rep Luke Messer, R-Indiana. The bill, which was crafted with assistance of the White House, would further protect student and parental data rights by prohibiting vendors from selling student data, using data to target students with advertising, establishing data security procedures and setting timelines for the deletion of student information. The full text of the bill is available here and at www.messer.house.gov.
“SETDA is pleased that the federal government is taking this significant action to further safeguard our nation’s k-12 students, while allowing flexibility at the state level to create laws that would provide additional protection, “ said Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director of SETDA.
State education leaders encourage responsible use of data by administrators and teachers as they strive to increase student achievement. Peter Drescher, SETDA Board of Directors Chair and Educational Technology Coordinator, Vermont Education Agency states: “On the state level we are relying heavily on our data systems to make sure that student learning is continually moving in the right direction. This federal action helps assure us that there are obligations on all who use the data to maintain student privacy and security.”
In addition, SETDA co-signed with 18 other national organizations on the recently released report, “The Federal Role in Safeguarding Student Data” which advocates for legislation such as the Polis/Messer bill. The full text of the document can be found at: http://dataqualitycampaign.org/find-resources/the-federal-role-in-safeguarding-student-data
Spotlight on Success
Technology for Positioning
Modular Hose Two-Arm Tablet Holder
A teacher recently called for help with a student with a physical disability, who needed access to her iPad. The tray being used by the student got in the way of other items the student needed to reach. ABLE Tech suggested the Modular Hose Two-Arm Table Holder.
The device costs $75 and is great for wheelchairs, tables, and other locations where a tablet can be moved into multiple positions. It features dual spring clamps with a 2" opening and an adjustable tablet holder for Apple iPad and other tablets measuring diagonally up to 14.25" (362mm). It is designed for tablets weighing 2 lbs. or less and comes assembled and ready to use - just insert your tablet and you are good to go.
With the device in place, the teacher said the student has more freedom to move in her wheelchair. “She can slide the iPad into view when she needs it, and then push it away when she’s finished.”
PowerLink 4 Control Unit
Do you have a student who would love to be included in classroom activities but has extensive motor impairments? Having a PowerLink 4 in your classroom would allow your student to control one or two appliances at a time by activating one or two switches respectively. Any appliance with an AC adapter should be compatible with the PowerLink 4. Imagine your student starting and stopping the music/lights for a game of musical chairs or operating the kitchen mixer to create a tasty treat.
Students can use the PowerLink 4 to feel a sense of belonging and cooperation. The PowerLink 4 offers a broad array of environmental control options to meet the wide-ranging needs of persons with disabilities.
PowerLink 4 Features:
The PowerLink 4 is distributed by AbleNet, Inc.
Each week ABLE Tech features one of the many assistive technology devices available for trial through our short-term loan program. Individuals have the ability to see, touch, and try AT to help them in the decision-making process by providing:
Our inventory offers a wide range of AT for communication, computer access, hearing, vision, daily living, environmental adaptations, learning/development, health, safety, and recreation.
Big Changes Make for Easier Access
Bookshare has recently made it easier for students to read books through their online Web Reader. Instead of requiring students to have an individual membership, students are now able to get to the Web Reader through an organizational membership. This allows Sponsors to set up user names and passwords for students to get instant access to Bookshare using Web Reader. To learn more, check out the Bookshare Blog.
Bookshare has also released new training materials to help educators, including several updated video tutorials, power points, and how-to-guides. Check out Bookshare Academy to get all the latest learning and training tools.
Bookshare is also encouraging students to read more with its summer reading challenge, Turn it Up & Tell the World! The challenge begins June 22nd. Get details at http://bookshareblog.wpengine.com/2015/05/turn-it-up-tell-the-world-reading-challenge/
Learning Ally College Success Program
Learning Ally invites students with blindness or visual impairment to start next semester strong with the BVI College Success Program. If a college student, who is blind or visually impaired, is facing academic or social challenges, they are not alone-- Learning Ally can help.
In partnership with the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Learning Ally is piloting The College Success Program, a research-based program designed specifically for college students who are blind or visually impaired. The program offers an online curriculum that includes articles, interviews, podcasts, quizzes and more to help you on the college journey. Explore ways to learn effectively, manage connections with professors and student disability offices, discover technology and connect to the campus and BVI communities.
Learning Ally has also partnered with mentors who are blind or visually impaired and have recently completed college. They understand the barriers a student might be facing and are ready to share their wisdom and advice. Students interested in receiving a mentorship during the fall semester of 2015 are invited to sign up at http://www.learningally.org/collegesuccess.