Academy Award Winning

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Academy Award Winning

  1. 1. Christopher Bugaj, M.A., CCC-SLP Bugaj, CCC-Sally Norton-Darr, M.S., CCC-SLP Norton-Darr, CCC-Assistive Technology TrainersLoudoun County Public Schools ,Virginia
  2. 2. Sally Norton Darr Norton-Darr snortondarr@yahoo.comChristopher Bugaj attipscast@gmail.com @attipscast via Twitter www.tinyurl.com/attipscast www.attipscast.wordpress.com 2
  3. 3. For More Info:http://iste.org/chewath //i / h Facebook Site:http://bit.ly/atbookfb 3
  4. 4. See if you canSname themoviesreferenced onthe slides. Raiseyyour hand whenyou have theanswer. 4
  5. 5. Why establish an Assistive TechnologyTeam?Examples of best practice policies a p es o p act ce po c esExamples of strategies useful for helpingALL studentsTips to save time and moneyProfessional development strategies (thatwork!) 5
  6. 6. AT must be consideredDo all team members understanddedefinition of AT? to oOther ways? Check box No check box List of strategiesWho can help you answer thesequestions consistently? “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
  7. 7. Establish a teamof professionals tocreate procedures pand provideservices.A team will reduce waste by sharing y gstrategies to improve performancefor ALL students (AT + UDL = RTI)“I love it when a plan comes together!” 7
  8. 8. Scenarios Ask for volunteer(s)? Choose from Related Service providers? Split a caseload? Hire someone? Hire a team? Private/Outside organizations?
  9. 9. “Who you gonna call?”Start by using tools and strategies that areleast restrictive (already existing in theclassroom)Conducting unnecessary evaluations wastestime and money DANGER ZONEYou may have what will meet needsBegin In-House: assess trends, proactive In-needs, spending end of year $$For students outside Special EducationWorking with IT= UDL! 9
  10. 10. Record Sound FeatureVisual SchedulesText-To-Text-To-SpeechSocial Situation StoriesGraphic Organizing TemplatesPacing Boards for CommunicationCommunication NotebooksHigh Contrast Feature of WindowsWeb 2.0 ToolsResources slideshare.net/attipscast slideshare.net/attipscast 10
  11. 11. Conduct “Traditional” and“Alternative” professionaldevelopment t provided l t to idsupport.You have built in staffdevelopment at hand.d l h d“If you build it they will come.” b ild it, th ill ” 11
  12. 12. 5 minute faculty meeting tipsFace-to-Face Workshops ace-to- Customized by school needsWebsite (www.lcps.org/at) (www.lcps.org/at) Handpicked resources FAQs Training VideosStrategy-Strategy-A-Day Calendar One strategy a day rip-off calendar day, rip- “Are you talkin’ to me?” talkin’ 12
  13. 13. AT Tonight DVDs • Teachers check out the DVD, watch the videos, answer questions and return to get staff development credit.Podcasts on CDs • Burn podcasts to CD so teachers can listen to content (while commuting) “There’s no place like home.” 13
  14. 14. Participate in district-wide committees to district-implement solutions that meet the needs ofall learnersAT Clubs (Involve Students!)Share FairsParent Group/Community PresentationsConference Presentations (cooperationwith other districts)Promotion of ServicesSummer SeminarsCreate a LOGO!http://bit.ly/atmontagevid 14
  15. 15. The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: http://iste.org/chewat http://udlcenter.org http://udlcenter org http://cast.org http://lcps.org/at htt //l / thttp://www.uvm.edu/~cdci/universaldesignDownload a PDF of this entire presentation at http://slideshare.net/attipscast htt // lid h t/ tti t
  16. 16. Academy Award Winning Assistive Technology Teams: Educational Blockbusters

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