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Program




This learning opportunity aims to:

  • Challenge your beliefs about reading in the 21st century.
  • Deepen your understanding about how flexible technologies can reduce barriers to learning.
  • Identify strategies to support school-based planning and decision making around the use of technologies to support literacy learning for all students.

August 20, 2013


9:00 - 10:15 Success for All Students: There is No App for That! – Dave Edyburn
In this provocative keynote, Prof. Edyburn will examine how and why technology is essential for helping 21st century learners achieve academic success. Participants will be challenged to think about the allure of “cool new tools,“ and how access and sustained engagement contribute to literacy and expertise. Both inspiring and practical, this session will jumpstart your thinking for the new school year.


Dave Edyburn

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Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D., is a Professor in Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Edyburn’s teaching and research interests focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and performance. He has authored over 150 articles and book chapters on the use of technology in special education. His most recent book (2013), Inclusive technologies: Tools for helping diverse learners achieve academic success, is an online textbook published by Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Dr. Edyburn currently serves as editor of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education and is an advisor to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning and The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of 22 states engaged in the development of a new generation of accessible high-stakes assessments. He has co-authored software and web-apps such Text Compactor (http://www.textcompactor.com) and Jen: The Tiered Web Page Generator (http://www.tieredwebpages.com) and created a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for parents (http://90daysofsummer.org). He is a frequent conference presenter and national workshop leader.

Bring Your Own Device: A Guide for Schools from Alberta Education

10:15 - 10:30 Facilitated Conversations – Dave Edyburn
  • How is our understanding changing about what reading means in the 21st century?
  • How do we decide when to remediate and when to compensate?
  • Can you really level the playing field for all students?

Technology Solutions

Learning Technologies: Information for Teachers

12:45 - 1:30 Technology Solutions A:
1. Text-to-Speech – Sandra Gluth Bordeaux
2. Word Prediction – Evelaine Goggin-Michaud Chablis
3. Speech Recognition – John Toporowski Beaujolais
4. Visual Thinking Tools – Ross Ehalt Madeira
5. Symbol-Supported Text – Bonnie-Lynn David Cognac

1:40 - 2:30 Technology Solutions B:
1. Text-to-Speech – Sandra Gluth Bordeaux
2. Word Prediction – Evelaine Goggin-Michaud Chablis
3. Speech Recognition – John Toporowski Beaujolais
4. Visual Thinking Tools – Ross Ehalt Madeira
5. Symbol-Supported Text – Bonnie-Lynn David Cognac

2:45 - 3:30 Alberta Stories from the Field

1. 1-2-1 Mobile Tablet Project – Toby Scott & Erin Nielsen Chianti

The 1-2-1 Mobile Tablet Project began as a two year exploration of iPads in four rural classrooms to investigate the efficacy of WiFi mobile media tablets for teaching and learning in 21st Century inclusive classrooms. This project investigated the potential educational benefits of one-to-one mobile tablet learning. In particular, the potential of the iPad, and the applications it can access, to support the creation of learning environments that:
•provide improved access to text-based curricular materials.
•facilitate communication and participation of students with low incidence disabilities such as visual impairments or deaf and hard of hearing.
•build teacher capacity to differentiated instruction for all learners in a typical, inclusive classroom.
•realize literacy goals and objectives for all learners.

2. Flexible Pathways to Success: Technology to Design for Diversity (Grades 7-9) – Karen Andrews & Karen Pederson-Bayus Madeira

Alberta Education is partnering with the University of Alberta and five school jurisdictions on a research project called Flexible Pathways to Success: Technology to Design for Diversity. The project will run from January 2013 to June 2015 and aims to build and share expertize around the design of innovative ‘learning spaces’ where technology is leveraged to create flexible pathways to success. Of special interest is the role technology can play in supporting learners’ increased participation and achievement of learner outcomes in Junior High learning environments where there are diverse cognitive abilities (including students diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and students diagnosed as gifted). In this session participants will gain understanding of the research questions, the research Community of Practice and specific school jurisdiction projects. Emerging themes and “what we’ve heard” from two Community of Practice events and site visits held during Spring, 2013 will be shared.

3. Using Technology to Support K-4 Learners – Corina Idzan & Philip Owen Bordeaux

Four Alberta school authorities have joined Alberta Education and the Galieleo Education Network to form a community of practice that seeks to explore the use of technology with young learners. Hear what’s happening within the project as we explore the following research questions:What is the appropriate role for technology in teaching and learning for young learners? -In what ways can schools best support engaged teaching and engaged learning with technology in Kindergarten to Grade 4?

4. Universal Design for Learning at Westglen School (Grades K-6) – Jody Lundell, Kelly Flasha & Evelaine Goggin-Michaud Beaujolais

Westglen School uses a Universal Design for Learning approach to guide school-wide planning and decision making. Effective use of technology allows staff to reduce or remove barriers to learning and support literacy development across subject areas for all students.

5. Reducing Barriers for All Students with Flexible Technology (Grades 4-12) – Debbie Piasetsky & Terry Godwaldt Chablis
Reducing Barriers for All Learners
With the inclusive classroom of the 21st century come new challenges for teachers and students. The use of technology is one strategy which engages all students, allows them to access information and complete the work necessary for them to succeed. This session will explain how one Edmonton Public High School integrated the use of technology to develop and enhance the literacy skills of students with a diverse range of skills. It will examine the challenges and successes of implementing new technology and layout a potential road map for taking the lessons learned from one teacher to an entire school.
6. Integrating Technology Strategies for Students with Limited Formal Schooling – Jesse Sadlowski Cognac

August 21, 2013


9:00 - 10:30 Literacy: A Moving Target – Christopher Lee
Join author and Georgia Tech department head Christopher Lee for this keynote presentation. As an individual with learning disabilities, Christopher shares how he and others navigate through daily environments where language is a moving target producing a wall of barriers, casting a shadow of inferior self-worth and judgment from others. Christopher emphasizes the importance of leveraging tools which incorporate accessible electronic content, adaptive software and mainstream technology. Both inspirational and thought provoking, this session will offer participants a unique perspective of students who struggle with reading and writing, and other aspects of literacy.

Christopher Lee

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Christopher Lee, Ph.D. is Department Head | Director of the AMAC Accessibility Solutions Center housed at The Georgia Institute of Technology. In this capacity, he oversees a team offering an array of research and services including accessible compliance, content engineering, assistive technology and software development. Christopher is an author, speaker and leader in the field of learning disabilities and adaptive technology. Christopher published his first book at age twenty-three. He has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and in the Associated Press. Christopher was honored by The National Rehabilitation Association and has been highlighted by Microsoft for his accessibility work. He was recognized in The Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of fifty of Atlanta's promising young stars and featured for his work by PBS. In 2009 Christopher was awarded the AccessText Network by the Association of American Publishers. In 2013, Christopher received the national service award from the Learning Disability Association of America.


11:00 - 12:00 Getting Started – Making Change Happen – Jody Lundell
Coaching and leadership strategies for facilitating planning and informed decision making about learning technologies that support literacy.



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12:45 - 1:30 Technology Solutions C:
1. Text-to-Speech – Belina Pasula Bordeaux
2. Word Prediction – Evelaine Goggin-Michaud Chablis
3. Speech Recognition – John Toporowski Beaujolais
4. Visual Thinking Tools – Ross Ehalt Madeira
5. Symbol-Supported Text – Bonnie-Lynn David Cognac

1:40 - 2:30 Technology Solutions D:
1. Text-to-Speech – Belina Pasula Bordeaux
2. Word Prediction – Evelaine Goggin-Michaud Chablis
3. Speech Recognition – John Toporowski Beaujolais
4. Visual Thinking Tools – Ross Ehalt Madeira
5. Symbol-Supported Text – Bonnie-Lynn David Cognac

2:45 - 3:00 Overview of New Alberta Learning and Technology Policy Framework – Karen Andrews & Edna Dach


3:00 - 3:30 Wrap Up - Christopher Lee
Prizes!

Additional Learning Opportunities

Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium
Calgary Regional Consortium
Central Alberta Regional Consortium
Consortium Provincial pour le Perfectionnement Professionnel
Learning Network, East Central Regional Consortium
Northwest Regional Learning Consortium
Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium

ERLC Month-at-a-Glance



Resources to Support Implementation


ERLC PD Resources
Inclusive Education PD Resources
Learning Coaches Pd Resources
Caroline Musselwhite
Literacy for All

Prizes

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