2016 Schedule of Sessions

Supplementary Modules for ELA Focused on Reading
Oct 20 @ 8:40 am – 9:40 am

Mark Raffler, Educational Consultant, Kent ISD

Supplementary Modules for ELA Focused on Reading work provides on-demand training and materials for educators to accelerate students who are struggling with literacy concepts.

Record the Storm: Capture Thinking to Enhance Work
Oct 20 @ 9:50 am – 10:50 am

Craig Steenstra, Educational Technology Consultant, Kent ISD

Learn more about how you can capture student (and adult) thinking through audio so that “the storm” in our heads can be analyzed and broken down into coherence.

This session will look at the best ways to capture, store, and access audio recordings on different devices. We will also explore the value of doing so as well as different ways this can be used to enhance student work or adult work. Examples of how educators are using recording will be provided, and participants will be given time to process and develop ideas for their respective work.


Non-verbal with a voice
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

ACC User Panel

Description: Join student and adult users of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, as they share challenges, frustrations, benefits and hopes of being an AAC user.  Through personal experiences of device use at school, home and in the community, these amazing individuals will share their inspiring testimony of challenge and achievement!  If you know or work with individuals with limited verbal communication – you won’t want to miss these stories and this opportunity to see what success looks like!


Tobii Dynavox-The Power To Be You!
Oct 20 @ 1:10 pm – 2:10 pm

Joel Allchin, SLP, Regional Sales, Tobii Dynavox

Join me to learn the newest features of the Tobii Dynavox AAC products and apps.  From features to implementation strategies, learn how you can put communication in the hands of your non-verbal students.

Low Tech vs. High Tech with the SXI Student
Oct 20 @ 2:20 pm – 3:20 pm

Liesha Crawford, Special Education Teacher, Grand Rapids Public Schools

We will explore strategies that will assist students with significant learning, behavioral and sensory needs to access the educational environment with greater success. Learn practical strategies that you can implement with a wide variety of students to address their needs as well as to play on their strengths and interests. From no-tech/low-tech through high tech, learn how we tackle everything from assessment through implementation.

Tapping into your iDevice
Oct 21 @ 8:40 am – 10:10 am

Sarah Stargardt, Teacher Consultant for the Visually Impaired, Oakland Schools

Why spend time creating materials 100 different ways, or using multiple technologies when an iDevice can do it for you? Come to this session to learn how to use iDevices to change the appearance of text, reduce clutter on the screen, view the interactive whiteboard at your seat, control the whiteboard from your seat, complete documents on the screen, share documents instantly, change the size of what is on the screen, have information read aloud, block access to certain features, and various ways to use voice input. This session will focus on features already built into iDevices and applications of no cost. Bring your iDevice updated to the newest iOS version and any ideas you would like to share!

The Digital Classroom – Serving Literacy Needs on Multiple Technology Platforms.
Oct 21 @ 10:20 am – 11:20 am

Ken Grisham, President and CEO, Premier Literacy

Students are increasingly expected to function in a world of burgeoning digital content for reading, writing, studying and research delivered on multiple technology platforms such as Chromebooks, PC’s, Mac’s and Google using Internet access from any location.  A LIVE presentation of Premier’s tools will demonstrate solutions on multiple platforms for flexible learning options for all students.

Bookshare, Learning Ally, Free Web Tools – Who Comes Out On Top?
Oct 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Maria Jimenez, Coordinator of Media Services for Visually Impaired, Kent ISD

With the array of digital tools available to support students with print disabilities, it can be difficult to navigate the best options.  Bookshare is a terrific digital resource, with the largest online library.  Learning Ally provides high quality human-read audio content for these students.  A growing menu of free, online tools can provide access to standard web content for all students.    Join us to explore and experience the various features and navigate the choices that will meet the needs of your diverse students.





Digital Access to Content – YES! But, Is It Accessible – YIKES!
Oct 21 @ 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

Kindy Segovia, Assistive Technology Supervisor, Kent ISD & Maria Jimenez, Visually Impaired Services Supervisor, Kent ISD

The need for online access to learning material is at an all-time high.  Teachers are encouraging students and parents to access content and information online, and digital content allows for more accessibility for diverse students.  Or does it?  It’s possible that the very tools and learning systems being used to support your teaching might be jeopardizing some students’ access and success.  With recent lawsuits, it is more important than ever that online learning content be selected or designed for access by all.  Join us for some tips and strategies that will help you choose accessible resources, and tweek your own resources to maximize user options.

There’s an App for That!: Affordable Apps to Enhance Speech-Language Treatment and Carryover
Oct 21 @ 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

Melissa Hoffmann, SLP, ATP, Mary Free  Bed Rehabiliation Hospital

This session for SLPs on a shoestring budget will cover inexpensive ($0-2.99) iPad apps that can be used by speech-language pathologists during treatment sessions to enhance and reinforce tasks utilized to attain therapeutic goals as well as for carryover of treatment between therapy sessions. It will be applicable for clinicians working with a school-aged population with a wide range of goals. Specific areas of emphasis include apps that address: 1) General treatment application, 2) Voice, 3) Child Language and Speech, 4) Cognition, 5) Sensory, 6) Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 7) Engaging the Challenging Client 8) Carryover/”Homework”. It will also address Evidenced-Based Practice and the Use of Apps.