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  • AT Classes and Events - 2016 | Shelley Haven ATP, RET
    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

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  • Previous Classes & Events | Shelley Haven ATP, RET
    Oct 1 2011 Location Children s Health Council Palo Alto return to top 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 return to top 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 return to top 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 return to top 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 return to top 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 return to top 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 return to top 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 Time Online ATIA webinar return to top 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 Time Online ATIA webinar return to top 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 return to top 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 return to top 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 return to top 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 return to top 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 return to top 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 return to top 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

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  • "Tech Up" Your Learning Skills This Summer (or anytime) – Get Equipped for Success This Fall | Shelley Haven ATP, RET
    more robust literacy learning software like Kurzweil 3000 or Read Write Gold to support reading comprehension and study a utility that converts text to MP3 files that can be listened to on a smartphone or music player an i Phone app or Android app for listening to narrated audiobooks on the go and memberships in both Bookshare and Learning Ally for access to books in alternative forms The student would use a different tool depending on the material to be read and the purpose for reading it e g a novel vs a science textbook The goal is to equip the student with a well thought out collection of tools and provide the skills and confidence to use them For more about the philosophy behind creating a Technology Toolbelt please see Ira Socol s excellent blog entries on Toolbelt Theory Schedule a Summer Tech Up This summer focus is designed primarily for middle school high school and college students Services are provided in your home at times we mutually decide Step 1 Match student with the right technology tools Students perform best with tools that complement their cognitive abilities target specific tasks and fit their learning environments Assessment process includes Full documentation review educational evals diagnostic test reports IEPs 504 plans etc One on one working sessions with student try promising tools explore learning prefs Summary of recommended tools and strategies Step 2 Get selected technology up and running Insure that everything is installed and operating properly prior to training Review recommendations set priorities Acquire install and configure recommended devices and software Step 3 Learn to use and to apply the tools Training and Strategies students need both to gain the proficiency and self confidence to use technology effectively Hands on skills training how to operate the tools geared to

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  • Training Topics - AT Overview Classes | Shelley Haven ATP, RET
    start with the learning barriers that students encounter e g slow reading poor organization difficulty writing then couple these with generic features and approaches which address these barriers My goal is to familiarize participants with options clarify distinctions between products and show how individual features reduce or work around obstacles to learning I work with both Macs and Windows PCs as well as iOS devices iPads iPhones Android devices and Chromebooks so I strive to touch on applications for more than one platform that illustrate the various features As you can see some of these topics make natural combinations for example a longer class on AT for Reading and Writing or one for Notetaking Study and Organization If you would like to see additional topics please feel free to contact me with suggestions Less Struggle More Success Technology Tools for Learning A basic introduction to assistive technology tools for reading writing critical thinking math notetaking organization time task management and attention Assistive Technology for Reading and Comprehension Assistive Technology for Writing and Composition Assistive Technology for Notetaking and Study Assistive Technology for Organization and Task Management Assistive Technology for Math Read Different Alternatives to Printed Text What are the options

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  • Technology for Learning Differences, ADHD, and Executive Function Challenges | Shelley Haven ATP, RET
    hammer You will get the best results with tech tools thoughtfully matched to the user s abilities the particular task and the environment or context in which they perform the task See the Assessment tab for more detail Solutions customized to student s abilities tasks and learning environments Formal AT assessments including report for learning issues 3 SUPPORT Acquire and set up the tools Nowadays purchasing technology is only the first step you also need to ensure compatibility with your system and may also need to download it install it on your computer configure it to the user s needs and verify that it works with other technology Expert guidance selecting and acquiring technology Technical assistance with downloads installation and configuration of software and devices 4 TRAINING Learn how to operate the devices or software Hands on training not only teaches the user how to operate the device or software in question it also provides him or her with the confidence to use it With the right training students will know what features are available what they do and how to operate them Hands on skills training for students family and providers Professional development for educators see Services for Schools and Districts under the Services tab above 5 STRATEGIES Apply the tools effectively Whereas skills training teaches how do I operate the technology s features application training teaches how do I apply those features to become a faster reader more effective writer or better learner Both are required to realize success Application strategies for various devices and software Guidance matching the tools to the task Collaboration with teachers tutors and learning specialists 6 IMPLEMENTATION Integrate use into school and home Implementation is making it all happen from planning training sessions to getting materials in alternative formats electronic text audiobooks to

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