Summer Tech Camps - 2020 Edition 

 

The goal of providing Technology Integration Camps to school teams is to provide educational staff an opportunity for an immersive hands-on experience with a wide variety of technology.  These tech camps are built on the principles of Universal Design for Learning and will allow teams to create supports that provide students with multiple and engaging means of learning new information.  Providing teams with the practice needed to develop a greater confidence with their tech skills will in turn help teachers embrace student use of technology to demonstrate their understanding of the material they've been taught. 

 

 

 

Tech Camp is an opportunity to work with school teams to develop strategies and resources for supporting students to participate in the curriculum and work towards independence.  This year teams that participate will receive a stipend that will be divided into 2 payments.  The first payment is for attending the training and sharing resources, and the second will be paid the following school year for participants training additional staff/families in their home district.  Participants traveling over 60 miles one direction are eligible to stay in a hotel nearby where breakfast will be provided.  Teams will be expected to share rooms.  Infinitec will provide lunch.   Participation in the tech camp is limited.  All members of each team must attend both days of training to be considered for participation.  All applications should be submitted by April 26, 2019

Based on the Each One Teach One philosophy, participating teams will receive an incentive to go back to their school districts and teach others the new skills they've gained and support them as they increase their comfort integrating technology into the curriculum.

 

AT Decision Making

AAC Assessment Series

Facilitated by Heather Millier & Mary Sowers

Course Description:

This presentation will provide an overview of AAC implementation tools and strategies as they pertain to the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment process within the education environment. Participants will compare features of AAC systems including communication boards & books, mobile technology apps and dedicated speech generating devices. The steps of an AAC assessment will be outlined & discussion will focus on evaluation models, tools, formats and recommendations.

There will be 3 required follow up webinars to reinforce strategies for the AAC decision making process and provide support as participants complete an AAC assessment with their own chosen student.

September 16th 8-9:30

October 26th 8-9:30

December 2nd 8-9:30

Who Should Attend? This session is designed for AT teams - Any combination of the following: SLPs; OTs; Sp. Ed. Teachers; PTs; Social Workers and Administrator. 

Learner Outcomes

This presentation will provide an overview of AAC implementation tools and strategies as they pertain to the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment process within the education environment. Participants will compare features of AAC systems including communication boards & books, mobile technology apps and dedicated speech generating devices. The steps of an AAC assessment will be outlined & discussion will focus on evaluation models, tools, formats and recommendations.

Participants will be able to identify:

identify the components of a feature match assessment and list three tools to support this process.

compare and contrast the features of a variety of apps and speech generating devices for communication.

identify three strategies to promote AAC usage during and after the AAC trial.

Dates, Location: June 3rd & 4th 2020 - Belleville, IL  

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/314WQAg

 

Assistive Technology Decision Making Process for Reading & Writing

Facilitated by Samantha Conklin & Jennifer Skalitzky

Course Description:

Assistive technology can improve a student's access to the curriculum, progress on goals, and independence.  It is critical that educational teams have an understanding of the assistive technology (AT) decision making process to determine tools that can support a student in the school environment.  This presentation will guide participants through the decision making process relating to assistive technology in the areas of reading and writing.  Current Illinois legislation related to AT consideration will be discussed.  A continuum of AT tools, and their features, in the areas of reading and writing will be reviewed. The process of gathering information using the SETT framework and matching features of tools to students' needs will be described .  Resources to support planning for and implementation of AT trials, and documentation of the process will be shared.  Participants will engage in activities to apply content related to AT consideration, the SETT framework, and AT tools in the areas of reading and writing.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

State the law related to AT and AT consideration

Name the components that make up the SETT framework

Name AT tools, and their features, in the area of reading and writing

Describe the process for trialing AT tools and determining their effectivenessIdentify where and how the need for AT can be documented in an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Dates, Location: June 11th & 12th 2020 - Bloomington, IL  

 
 

Social Emotional

 

Social Emotional Engagement within a Universal Design for Learning Classroom: an introduction to SEE-KS

Facilitated by Emily Ruben                               


Description:

The Social Emotional Engagement – Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) is a framework addressing the

development of social and emotional competence in the classroom for students with social emotional

challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) while creating a Universal Design for Learning

(UDL) for all students. This framework is based on social neuroscience. The outcomes of the Social

Emotional Engagement Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) focus on ensuring that learning strategies are

implemented by fostering student engagement, presenting information in multiple ways, promoting

student participation and ensuring equitable access for students at various developmental stages.

Teams will explore methods to foster engagement - from stimulating interest and motivation to

presenting information in a variety of ways to providing a range of options for student expression.

Teams will be able to take away strategies for measuring student engagement, enhancing

engagement within every day classroom lessons, and building capacity through inquiry-based learning

across disciplines. Implementation of the SEE-KS framework will empower staff to create a more

positive school climate focusing on the success of every student. We know that our students are more

likely to access the curriculum when they are invested, independent and initiating with their peers

and teachers

Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

Identify the critical elements of active engagement that impact how we should delivery services in an effective manner.

Identify three domains of essential instructional strategies that promote active student engagement and positive outcomes.

Apply a checklist of instructional strategies for fostering the emotional "hook," providing information in different ways, and fostering student expression within academic activities.

Dates & Location:   June 16th & 17th, 2018  Tinley Park, IL  

Click Here to Download a flyer 

Registration Link:  http://bit.ly/RubinTechCampJune2020

 

 

 

 

 

                                               

 

Past Tech Camps

Tech Camp 2014

                                                                                       

    Tech Camp 2013

 

                                                                                       

Click Here Top Ten Reasons to Come to Tech Camp 

Learning in the 21st Century                        

 

                                                     

                                                    Tech Camp 2012

Dan herlihy instructing

 

 

 

I just wanted to follow up with a big thank you to all of the Infinitec staff for providing us the opportunity to participate in the Summer Technology Integration Project.  We left filled with numerous ideas and tools that will allow us to provide more and more opportunities for our students. We appreciate the effort that went into organizing this and look forward to other trainings.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mary T. Harrison
Director of Special Services
Lincoln-Way High School
District 210

susan norwell instructing

 

 

 

 

We are so excited to have these talented speakers working with us!  It's an opportunity my staff would not be able to have if we had to pay overnight expenses or speaker fees ourselves.
Beth Leggitt, CCC-SLP-L
Supervisor
South Eastern Special Education
Ste. Marie, IL 62459

 

 

"The skill I learned that will have the most impact on my students was making adapted books & writing activities in order to make curriculum more accessible."

 

 

 

 

 

"I really enjoyed how things were divided to meet the needs of each and every one."

 

"Excellent job - lots of shortcuts, tips and tricks!!!"

 

"The best thing about the tech camp was the time available to apply what we learned! It was great!"

 

"The best idea is the overarching ability we gained to differentiate curriculum and resources for all students to improve ease of access."

 

 

           groups collaboration

 

 

"The whole concept that UDL helps ALL OF US to be more productive learners and have a better quality of life."

 

"I really appreciated the extra help when needed."

 

"The part of the training that will impact my students the most was the time given to develop a plan and the tools to immediately integrate tech into a classroom unit in science."

 

 

"Infinitec staff was incredibly helppful and supportive!  Thank you!"