2016 Schedule of Sessions

Keynote with Mike Marotta
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Join Mike Marotta for an energizing start to a day of learning!

Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom (Grades 6-12)
Oct 20 @ 8:40 am – 11:00 am

Kate Fanelli, Math Accessibility Specialist, Alt+Shift

Learn the research behind addressing learner variability in mathematics classrooms and begin to explore how to apply that research in the inclusive grades 6-12 mathematics classroom.

The Accessible Mobile Device
Oct 20 @ 11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Julia VanderMolen, Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University

Do you have a smartphone, or an iPad, or maybe both? Do you really know just how smart it really is? By law, mobile devices must include support for persons with vision, hearing, learning, physical, and motor disabilities. This session will guide participants through the accessibility features offered on iOS9.

Giving Students a Fair Shot
Oct 20 @ 1:10 pm – 3:30 pm

Peter Schaafsma, Assistive Technology Consultant, Wexford-Missaukee ISD

Too often, assistive technology supports do not have the desired effect on student achievement. Somewhere between recognizing the student’s challenges and providing a tool, we miss something. This session will highlight practical areas to begin focusing on if you want to change that trend in your district: why it is important to presume competence in all situations, what thoughtful consideration means in choosing a tool, and creating a plan of action.  We’ll explore ways to introduce new technology and supports to our students in a way that gives them a fair shot at success!

Keynote with Mike Marotta
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Join Mike for an energizing kick off to the second day of AssisTechKnow!

Five Simple Ways to use Augmented Reality in Your Classroom
Oct 21 @ 8:40 am – 11:20 am

Karrie Martin, Teacher, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools & Melanie McFadden, Elementary Teacher, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

Please join us to learn the basics of Augmented Reality. You will leave this session ready to bring your curriculum to life using the magic of AR. (Note recommended app downloads below.)

In this session, we will explore augmented reality and its many uses both in, and outside of, the classroom. We will utilize apps such as AR Flashcards, Aurasma, Daquri, and Quiver to inspire AR implementation across the K-12 curriculum. Our time together will be spent learning about the many uses of AR and creating helpful tools to be used in your classroom such as math homework help, interactive word walls, engaging hallway displays, and opportunities to bring your classroom library to life. Please come ready to collaborate and create with colleagues. You will want to bring a device with the free Aurasma app downloaded, and various curriculum materials such as textbooks, chapter books, homework samples, and other teaching resources.

In order to fully participate in this session, it will be helpful if you bring your smartphone and/or ipad. It will be helpful if you have downloaded any, or all, of the following apps.
● Aurasma – free
● Quiver – free
● Quiver Education – $7.99
● AR Flashcards – $2.99 – $7.99
● Elements 4D by DAQRI – free
● Anatomy 4D by DAQRI – free

Customizing Communication Tools for Students
Oct 21 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Kim Pyper, Occupational Therapist, Caledonia Schools & Megan Hojnacki, Speech and Language Pathologist, Caledonia Public Schools

Join us as we review the basics of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), discover or rediscover low to high tech supports, and aided language input. Learn how to put it all together to fill every student’s toolbox with practical strategies to bridge the communication gaps!