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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Technology Conference, Univ. of Redlands 12/7/13

The University of Redlands Center for Educational Justice with the Autism Society Inland Empire, University of Redlands – Department of  Communicative Disorders and University of Redlands – School of Education present...

Technology + Collaboration = Communication & Access 

for Special Education Students 

A conference of Educators, SLPs, Parents and other professionals who want to the latest in technology and working with special education students.  

Saturday, December 7, 9:00-4:00, $75. 
Univ. of Redlands, Casa Loma Room
No parking fee required.
Refund policy:  75% of registration will be returned if cancellation notice is received on or before Nov 23rd.  No refunds after Nov 24th.
8:30 Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 Keynote: Dr. Gloria Soto 
Practically Speaking: Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for Students with AAC Needs
Dr. Soto will be discussing: 
 How to focus on achievement in core language and literacy competencies required for academic and social contexts. 
 Using Common Core Content Standards and the general education curriculum to address the content and language needs of AAC users. 
 Culturally Responsive AAC practices. 
10:45am - Noon 
Panel Presentation: Professionals Roles on Integrating Technology in the Education System. Hear from are warriors in the field about current models being used, successes, barriers and resources. 
This panel of professionals including Dr Gloria Soto, Darlene Hanson, MA, SLP and professionals from the Inland Empire and is Moderated by Susan Porter, Ph D, Assistant Professor, School of Education University of Redlands and Cindy Wineinger, Professor School of Communication, University of Redlands. 

Lunch (included) Noon – 1:15 pm 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 
First Breakout 1:15pm – 2:30 pm (Choose 1 in each session) 
Breakout 1: Considerations for Setting Up Proloquo2Go 
by Darlene Hanson, MA, SLP and Liz Torres, Assistive Technology Specialist. Proloquo has become one of the more popular apps for AAC, but it is not an easy app to implement right away. Come hear from experienced experts on some of the considerations that need to be taken into account when using Proloquo at school, home and in the community. 
Breakout 2: Conversation Based Language Intervention for Children Who Use AAC 
by Dr. Gloria Soto. Dr. Soto shares in further detail her work regarding integrating AAC use into school activities such as shared book reading and discussion. Specific strategies will be described that target higher level of semantic complexity such as inference and interpretation. 
Breakout 3: Frequently Unasked Questions - Assistive Technology Practical Applications and Resources 
by Samuel J. Moore, A.T. Coordinator, Rolling Start Inc. Did you know that the Inland Empire has an Assistive Technology Lending Library? This session is dedicated to give participants a better understanding of the technology used by individuals with disabilities in our community and will explore the A.T. Network as a resource for the professional and individuals. 
Second Breakout 2:45pm – 4:00 pm (Choose 1 in each session) 
Breakout 4: Ways to Increase Communication in Students – it’s more than the iPad! 
by Darlene Hanson, MA, SLP and Liz Torres, Assistive Technology Specialist. Don’t have time to program Proloquo? This session will focus on how educators, paraprofessionals and parents can use a $3 whiteboard to help individuals to express what they know and what they wanted to tell others; a quick and easy tool for checking reading comprehension, involvement in group activity and increasing participation. 
Breakout 5: Educational Apps for Elementary School 
by Laura Simmons-Martinez, TASK. The iPad is not only the latest craze in technology for music, movies and fun, but it's also a wonderful teaching tool, Find out how to get your students to move past Angry Birds and play educational games that offer a bit more substance. 
Breakout 6: Technology for High School and College presented 
by Amy Wilms, MEd, Assistant Dean of Academics & Student Life, University of Redlands. Learn what are the strategies currently being used at the college level and how can we transition students with learning challenges in high school to prepare them. Discussion will include speech recognition technology, text-to-Speech, and note taking technology. 
For more information: 
Email or call (951) 220-6922 

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