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Our webinars address timely and relevant topics like new education standards, high-stakes testing, closing the achievement gap, and how to choose the right accommodations for your students.
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Taking notes while reading is a required skill according to the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS). How does technology help students in the Lone Star State gain confidence and mastery in note-taking—so they are more active in their own learning? Find out at our new webinar.
Join Bob Keller for a live webinar on June 12th to hear how students in Texas “Go Big” with Snap&Read and Co:Writer for
He will also share examples from Burleson ISD, Texas where English Learners had success using Snap&Read and Co:Writer for Google.
Technology-based writing supports for Google are helping students lead their own learning. Word Prediction helps them write at higher levels with improved spelling, grammar, and word recall. Translation is a game changer for ELLs. Self-edit tools help students save time and gain confidence in their writing.
Join Michele Christensen for a live webinar on June 5th. See real-life applications for supporting students in high school, middle school, and elementary school with Co:Writer’s core features including Neuron Word Prediction™, Translation, Speech Recognition and more.
For better or worse, quizzes are an educational staple. They help us understand what students understand so we can adjust instruction and help students grow.
But if a quiz is inaccessible to a student, it doesn’t serve its purpose. The results may be confounded by the inaccessibility rather than being built so that the student could “show what they know.”
Through Google Forms, we can make accessible quizzes. They have so much potential for teachers, but overall, teachers aren’t using them
Quizbot™ makes it easier for teachers to get started, because it does the heavy lifting—it creates an accessible quiz automatically and loads it into Google Forms (complete with answers).
Join us for a live Quizbot™ webinar and
Teachers love Readtopia’s Thematic Units and how they form the foundation of learning across ELA, social studies, and science. Now we’re working to add Math to each thematic unit.
Readtopia Math® uses experiential learning to help explore the math inside age-respectful literature. They are meaningful and relevant—connecting students to the stories and topics they love.
Join us for a short (15 minute) webinar with Readtopia Specialist Allison Dennis to see what’s included in the New Readtopia Math!
Does your district really have a handle on deciding which students can benefit from a reading accommodation? Is your process data-driven?
Attend a live webinar about uPAR—a protocol that shows educators what kind of reading accommodations each student needs (read aloud or independent reading without an accommodation) to give the best access to the curriculum possible.
We have long known that the most important factor in student learning is excellent instruction, but this goal is made more complex by the varying needs of students. The principles of Universal Design for Learning have pushed us to see accommodations such as text-to-speech (TTS), which we formerly considered appropriate for only a small subset of students, as useful for a broader range of students with reading challenges. Tools such as the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR) and uPAR can help us identify which students will benefit from TTS. In this session, we’ll share:
And we’ll offer some tips to help teachers incorporate these strategies in their classrooms.
The human need for communication is essential and universal. Everyone from emergent communicators to world-famous authors share the same desire to be heard. In special education and autism classrooms, communication through First Author Writing Curriculum culminates through the Author’s Chair—the place of honor where every student gets to share, listen and respond to peer writing. They present what they wrote through any means available to them whether an AAC device, verbally, or through a partner.
Communication skills are a crucial element of student development, and students with complex needs are no exception. Yet, many students with complex needs have difficulty communicating. I will share ways educators are using writing as a tool for expression and communication. These classrooms show us that implementing comprehensive writing instruction has wide-ranging effects that we’re only beginning to understand.
You teach students from diverse cultures. Each one comes to your classroom with unique background knowledge including native language and traditions. American instructional methods and materials may be foreign to your students. How will you help all your students feel connected to the materials you teach? Beth Poss (assistant principal and SLP) will share strategies to help you better accommodate your culturally-diverse students and help them access classroom materials through UDL, Accessible Education Materials (AEM), and technology.
Join Beth for an important conversation around teaching culturally-diverse students. Beth will define and give clear examples of:
Learn about technologies that are building classrooms of the future.