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!

Creating, Making, & Tinkering with No-Tech and Ready-Tech!
Oct 20 @ 8:40 am – 11:00 am

Gayle Underwood, Technology Integration Consultant, Allegan AESA & Ron Houtman, Educational Technologist, Kent ISD

You’ve heard of the Maker Movement, or maybe Makerspaces?  This “new” educational movement supports project based learning, differentiation,  and UDL at all levels of instruction.  These creative do-it-yourself spaces or activities allow students to design, create, invent and learn in a very hands-on way.  Join us to get right in the middle of some Making!  Using readily available no-tech through high-tech tools and materials (plus a few new ones!) – you will get your hands dirty and your mind exploding with ideas for implementation in your own school environment.  And, you will learn what YOUR Regional Educational Media Center (REMC) has available to help you get started!

Collecting IEP Data with Google Forms
Oct 20 @ 11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Kellison Kohler,  Special Education Teacher, Jackson County ISD & Meegan Winters, Teacher Consultant, Jackson County ISD

This is a hands-on session that includes how to create a Google Form and how to use Google Forms to easily collect IEP data. We’ll also discuss ways to manage the data you’ve collected.

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.

Screencasters Guide to the Universal Design for Learning
Oct 20 @ 1:10 pm – 3:30 pm

Kit Hard, Instructional Technology and Professional Development Supervisor, Port Huron Area School District

Screencasting is a fantastic way to apply the principals of Universal Design for Learning by creating multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement.

In this this session we will explore some simple, free screencasting tools for PC, Chromebook, and iPads that allow teachers to create audio visual learning supports as well as ways for students to use these same tools to “show what they know”. Whether you’re trying to scaffold instruction, create more accessible learning materials, or provide flexible and engaging ways for students to express their learning, screencasting is for you.

This is intended to be a hands-on session. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring an internet connected device and a compatible microphone headset if possible.

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!

Taking AIM – Getting On Target with Your Accessible Classroom
Oct 21 @ 8:40 am – 10:10 am

Ron Houtman, Educational Technologist and Innovation Coach, Kent ISD

The work of an educator has become an overwhelming challenge of matching diverse student needs with the rigor of content, utilizing the growing cache of materials and resources.  Alternative Instructional Materials provide students with disabilities or diverse learning styles with access to content in a different format than typically presented.   What do these alternatives look like?  Where can you find them?  How can you make them available to your students? Join me to Take AIM in creating your accessible classroom!

Video Modeling in the Special Education Classroom
Oct 21 @ 10:20 am – 11:20 am

Kellison Kohler,  Special Education Teacher, Jackson County ISD & Meegan Winters, Teacher Consultant, Jackson County ISD

In this session we’ll look at how you can use today’s technology (e.g., iPad, GoPro) to create high-quality videos for the purpose of video modeling in your special education classroom. Video modeling is beneficial for a variety of learners, especially individuals on the autism spectrum. We’ll also discuss the benefits of video modeling, how to share or access the videos you’ve created, and how our program has integrated video modeling across our campus. Our hope is that everyone who attends our session walks out feeling confident that they can film quality videos that can be used in their classroom.

Adapt, Differentiate and UDLize with Google Slides!
Oct 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Kindy Segovia, OTR, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Kent ISD

Of course Google Slides is a terrific, cloud-based tool for presentations.  But it’s also an amazing tool for differentiation, engagement and UDL.  Embed multimedia, forms and links to outside content.  Create “adapted” adventures that take students down alternative paths and story lines.  Build quizzes from templates – think Jeopardy or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” – or create your own self-correcting assessments.  Use to launch a differentiated lesson.  Join me to learn these and other interactive Google Slides tips and tricks.

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.