FREE Local AT Trainings for the 2016-2017 School Year

These Infinitec trainings are funded by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education 

Infinitec is committed to providing training locally across Illinois so that educators and parents from all 102 Illinois counties may attend without travelling great distances. We offer a rich set of two to four hour trainings for educators, parents and recently have expanded our offering to include AT trainings for transition students to help them prepare for post secondary settings.  Trainings are available in both lecture and hands-on formats and may be scheduled through one of our training program coordinators. 

If you are a school district, parent group or community group and would like to invite Infinitec to provide Assistive Technology training to your group we'd be delighted to talk to you.  Our process is as simple as: one...  two...  three...

1. Please review the list of available training offerings below

2. Select preferred training

3. Contact one of our training coordinators: 

Pam Schibli at pschibli@ucpnet.org org (708) 444-8460 ext. 249 
Jennifer Skalitzky at jskalitzky@ucpnet.org or (708) 444-8460 ext. 265
Barb Eichhorn at eichhornba@gmail.com (217) 621-9389 

Available Training Offerings

Infinitec offers training topics that have been developed in response to statewide AT surveys.  Trainings are organized around six strands that include offerings that are appropriate for all members of the educational team and parents alike.    

AT FUNDAMENTALS STRAND

OVERVIEW of ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Description:

Under IDEA 2004, there are five areas that must be considered for students with disabilities.  While most are related to a specific disability (e.g., visual impairment or behavior), only one of the five must be considered for all students, regardless of the type or severity of disability:  Assistive Technology.  This presentation will introduce participants to a range of assistive technology.  Whether it is communication, access to the computer and curriculum, writing, reading, mobility, or activities of daily living, this presentation will highlight how and when technologies become assistive technology.  We'll provide an overview of the legal requirements related to assistive technology, as well as define assistive technology device and assistive technology service.  In addition, the new Illinois Assistive Technology Guidance Manual and technical support website will be shared.

 

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR 3-5 YEAR OLDS WITH AN IEP

Description:

This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning. Participants will leave with knowledge of the five components of reading. Time will be used to explore downloadable applications that will assist struggling learners in the area of reading. Other applications will be presented that support Early Concept Development in the areas of math, science, literature, social studies and everyday activities (e.g. turn taking, lining up, first, last, etc.).

 

HAVE IT YOUR WAY WITH GOOGLE CHROME

Description:

As noted in the 2012 Pew Internet and American Life Project Study, How Teens do Research in a Digital World, 94% of the teachers surveyed say their students know the powerful ways that Google's web browser, called Chrome can be customized to "have it your way?" This session will explore extensions that facilitate accessibility with a single click. Learn how to remove ads, have text spoken aloud, add visual contrast, and search with voice and more! Soon your students will be saying, "Got Chrome?"

 

LET'S GET VISUAL!

Description:

Visual supports are defined as an evidence based practice in improving communication, understanding, and social skills for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participants of this session will learn why and how visual systems are implemented in multiple facets of the classroom. Low tech examples will be shared to demonstrate how visual supports can practically be integrated in classroom activities. 

 

 

 

AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION

 

USE YOUR CORE IN THE CLASSROOM! IMPLEMENT THE USE OF CORE VOCABULARY THROUGH AAC

Description:

Vocabulary selection can be a very challenging task, and finding the right vocabulary can often make or break the success of augmentative and alternative communication in the classroom.  With so many words in our language, it is impossible to identify every word that your students might say; but with core vocabulary, you do not have to.  In this presentation, we will go over the definition of core vocabulary.  Participants will be able to identify what types of words fall into this category and list a variety AAC tools and strategies to implement while using your core in the classroom.

 

AAC'S AND 1, 2, 3's: AN INTRODUCTION to AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS

Description: 

This session is designed for educators working with students with communication disorders who use or may benefit from the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). The definitions pertaining to Augmentative and Alternative Communication will be discussed and participants will learn which students will benefit from AAC. This workshop will introduce learners to the categories of AAC, and provide examples of items within these categories. Access to communication devices will be discussed and participants will gain exposure to associated research. 

 

LET'S CHAT! IMPLEMENTATION OF AAC IN THE CLASSROOM

Description:

This session is designed for educators working with students with communication disorders who use or may benefit from the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). This session will identify evidence based strategies to encourage the use of AAC. Participants will discuss the importance of vocabulary selection, and identify target vocabulary based on student behavior and communicative functions.  Participants will identify barriers to success and develop strategies to avoid these barriers in order to promote total communication in the classroom. 

 

iPAD? iPOD? iASSESS for AAC?

Description:

iTechnologies have made their way into education, and schools have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly.  This presentation will review augmentative and alternative (AAC) assessment practices.  Participants will identify the process used to determine if a tool supports a student's communication needs.  Participants will compare features of apps for Apple mobile tech and features of dedicated speech generating devices.  Participants will walk away with the knowledge necessary to make decisions that best support a student's communication needs.  

 

Exexutive Functions Strand

GET FROM POINT A TO Z WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM AT: ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING

Description:

In this session participants will learn about AT tools which support students who struggle with Executive Function Skills. During the presentation a variety of technology tools will be demonstrated which support skills in the areas of time management, information management, and material management, all of which help support executive functions and are necessary for school success. 

 

I-PAD TRAINING STRAND

 

AURASMA IN THE CLASSROOM

Description:

Aurasma is an exciting free app that can be used by teachers or students to provide engagement and excitement to the classroom! Aurasma allows a picture or object to activate audio, video or a website. In this training you will learn how to use Aurasma in the classroom to support your lessons and learning. Bring your mobile device for a hands-on experience! 

 

 

BEYOND THE BLACKBOARD-APPS THAT WILL ENHANCE YOUR CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION

Description:

Ever wonder how you could infuse the engaging features of your iTechnologies into your general classroom instruction to support Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? This session will take a look at apps that you can use to present material to your entire class, apps that you can use to create screencasts of the lessons you teach, and apps to increase student participation in group activities. The apps reviewed will consist of both apps that are specific to curricular areas, as well as apps that can be used to support instruction across the curriculum.

 

GETTING TO THE CORE OF LITERACY FOR K-5 STUDENTS

Description: 

Students love using iPods and iPads.  However, educators must face the challenge of choosing the correct apps to reach curriculum goals. This presentation will focus on using these technologies to support reading instruction for struggling elementary students. The features on the iPad/iPod that support the principles of Universal Design for Learning will be demonstrated.  

 

iANALYZE iPADS/iPODS FOR SUPPORTING STUDENT LEARNING

Description: 

Are you new to mobile technologies? Come with your device to this three hour hands-on training and identify the basic features of the iPad/iPod that can be used to serve the needs of your diverse learners.  Manipulate your iPad settings to meet student needs. An analysis of restrictions and accessibility features will be presented.  Models of app evaluation critiques will be discussed and evaluation tools will be provided.  

 

VIDEO MODELING AND iTECHNOLOGIES

Description:

The body of research is growing in support of video modeling as an effective practice to address a multitude of skills for students having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disabilities. Given the built in camera and apps to capture/edit video, the iPad gives users a simple means to develop video modules. This session will discuss practical considerations in developing video modules, specific apps to edit video, and apps a student can access to view video modules.

 

VISUAL STRATEGIES VIA APPS

Description:

Visual strategies are an important part of a classroom environment for students with Autism and other disabilities. The use of visuals can make a significant difference in the student's ability to participate successfully in school. This training will discuss how and why to implement visual strategies via apps. The specific areas that will be covered are visual schedules, choice boards, apps to give information, tools to manage behavior, social narratives and a whole lot more!

 

 

Expanding the Teacher's Tool Box Strand

 

THE INS AND OUTS OF QR CODES

Description:

QR (Quick Response) codes are rapidly emerging in the advertising world, and savvy educators are likewise finding creative uses in the classroom.  These graphics representations contain links to audio, video, text, photos and websites. Educators are using these in settings from classrooms to school libraries to transitional work sites.  Therapists use codes to review and demonstrate simple tasks like shoe tying or provide demonstrations of summer motor activities.  This session will explore the use of QR codes in schools through examples.  Using personal devices, participants will learn how to scan and read already existing QR codes, the types of content which can be contained, how to create these codes and how they can complement UDL curricula and therapeutic activities. Participants should bring a personal computer, smartphone and/or iTechnology device.

 

WEB RESOURCES TO BUILDING YOUR UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING TOOL KIT (FOR PRESCHOOL STUDENTS)

Description:

This hands-on presentation will introduce participants to websites and web tools that support Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Participants will leave with knowledge of the five components of reading. Time will be used to explore downloadable applications that will assist struggling learners in the area of reading. Other applications will be presented that support Early Concept Development in the areas of math, science, literature, social studies and everyday activities (e.g. turn taking, lining up, first, last, etc.).

 

WEB RESOURCES TO BUILD YOUR UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING TOOL KIT (For Elementary School Level)

Description: 

This three hour, hands-on presentation will introduce participants to websites and web tools that support Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  The three basic tenants of UDL, multiple means of representation, multiple means of expression and multiple means of engagement will be defined in terms of the practical application of the internet.  These web-based supports will include reading, writing and math for your elementary students.

 

WEB RESOURCES TO BUILD YOUR UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING TOOL KIT (For Middle School to High School Levels)

Description: 

This three-hour, hands-on presentation will introduce participants to websites and web tools that support Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  The three basic tenants of UDL, multiple means of representation, multiple means of expression and multiple means of engagement will be defined in terms of the practical application of the internet.  These web-based supports will include reading, writing and math for your middle school and high school students.

 

EXPANDING THE TEACHER'S TOOL BOX FOR STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES

Description:

This hands-on presentation will introduce participants to FREE web-based and downloadable activities.  Participants will increase their knowledge of web-based tools for teaching and learning for students with significant needs.  Tools for creating lesson supports will be shared such as, Book Builder, PowerTalk, etc.  Resources such as websites, web-based tools and models of instruction will be presented.  Participants will experiment with visual support tools and strategies to create social stories and behavioral supports. 

 

 

Transitioning Student Training Strand 

 

Google TOOLS THAT GROOVE AND SUPPORT THE MOVE

Description:

In this hands-on training, students in the transition process will discover the power of Google Chrome! This FREE tool can empower students to be more success in the areas of studying, reading and writing!  This training will give learners the opportunity to manipulate Google Chrome extensions and apps to support the study cycle from research, planning and structuring to getting across a written or spoken message.

 

FREE WEB RESOURCES TO SUPPORT READING AND WRITING

In this hands-on training, students in the transition process will explore free web resources to support reading and writing.  This training will give learners the opportunity to esplore websites to support the study cycle from research, planning and structuring to getting across a written or spoken message.

 

 

Parent Training Strand

While parents are welcome at all of Infinitec's AT trainings, these short, one hour offerings have been designed specifically for parents of school aged students.

 

OVERVIEW of ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Description:

Under IDEA 2004, there are five areas that must be considered for students with disabilities.  While most are related to a specific disability (e.g., visual impairment or behavior), only one of the five must be considered for all students, regardless of the type or severity of disability:  Assistive Technology.  This presentation will introduce participants to a range of assistive technology.  Whether it is communication, access to the computer and curriculum, writing, reading, mobility, or activities of daily living, this presentation will highlight how and when technologies become assistive technology.  We'll provide an overview of the legal requirements related to assistive technology, as well as define assistive technology device and assistive technology service.  In addition, the new Illinois Assistive Technology Guidance Manual and technical support website will be shared.

 

COOL TOOLS FOR PARENTS WITH KIDS IN SCHOOL

Description: 

iPads and iTouches are everywhere and kids think they are so cool, they won't even know they are learning! Come learn about some AWESOME, free or almost free apps that can support your child with skills they are developing in school.  We will also share free websites that will engage and motivate your child while he/she is learning and be a great resource for you!

 

COOL TOOLS FOR COMMUNITY AND HOME

Description:

iPads and iTouches are so mobile! Come and learn how to set preferences that allow you to control your child's iPad. Whether using a mobile device at home or in the community we have found some amazing apps.  Apps that support behavior, organization and time management are just a few of the apps that will be shared.  

 

COOL TOOLS FOR PARENTS WITH KIDS IN GRADES K-5

Description:

iPads and iTouches are everywhere and kids think they are so cool, they won't even know they are learning!  Come learn about some AWESOME, free or almost free apps that can support your child with skills they are developing in school.  We will also share free websites that will engage and motivate your child while he/she is learning and be a great resources for you!

 

HAVE IT YOUR WAY WITH GOOGLE CHROME

Description:

As noted in the 2012 Pew Internet and American Life Project Study, How Teens do Research in a Digital World, 94% of the teachers surveyed say their students know the powerful ways that Google's web browser, called Chrome can be customized to "have it your way?" This session will explore extensions that facilitate accessibility with a single click. Learn how to remove ads, have text spoken aloud, add visual contrast, and search with voice and more! Soon your students will be saying, "Got Chrome?"

 

LET'S GET VISUAL!

Description:

 

Visual supports are defined as an evidence based practice in improving communication, understanding, and social skills for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participants of this session will learn why and how visual systems are implemented in multiple facets of the classroom. Low tech examples will be shared to demonstrate how visual supports can practically be integrated in classroom activities. 

 

AUGMENTATIVE ALTERNATE COMMUNICATION (AAC) FOR PARENTS

Description:

This training is for parents of children who use augmentative, alternate communication.  This training will discuss strategies for parents to support their children who use AAC.  Furthermore, it will provide good partnership strategies, discusses strategies for teaching and modeling communication.