Regional and Summer Tech Camps - 2019 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.
21st CENTURY EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE DESIGN w/Chris Bugaj
This experience will allow participants tomesh contemporary educational principles such asUDL, The Growth Mindset, Project Based Learning,The Maker Movement, The Least Restrictive Option,and the use of technology to transform practices toempower students of all abilities to take charge of theirown learning. Come to the session as an educator,leave, transformed, as an Educational ExperienceDesigner.
Participants will be able to:
•produce an action plan including their own SMART Goals for how tobring about change to either their own practice or to their educationalinstitution.
•develop three ideas for how to implement technology of their choiceand one artifact that can be implemented upon return to their practices.
•redesign a lesson centered upon the needs of all students.•assess their institution's practice of consideration and implementationof technology necessary to ensure FAPE.
August 6th & 7th, 2018 Tinley Park, IL
I Hate to Write
Facilitated by Cheryl Boucher & Kathy Oehler
Writing affects both behavior and student achievement. Many of our reluctant writers have executive functioning differences that make the act of writing very difficult. Even simple writing tasks require skills in Language, Organization, Sensory Regulation, and Motor Control that are very problematic for these students. Thisaffectsbehavior. Inorder to meet today's Academic Standards in any subject, students must be able to demonstrate proficiency through written expression and to be able to demonstrateproficiencythroughwrittenexpression. Thisinteractive workshop will focus on executive functioning skills and how they affect a student's ability to learn. Participants will be provided with many easy to implement, evidence based/research based strategies to help these students become successful learners throughout the school environment. Attendees will come away with a full toolbox of strategies to help our students become happy, successful writers.
Participants will be able to identify:
•how neurodevelopmental differences in children with autism impact social and communicative competence.
•critical priorities for educational objectives for students with autism who are not yet using speech, pictures or other symbolic forms of communication.
•critical priorities for educational objectives for students with autism who are using emerging language skills either via speech, pictures or other symbolic forms of communication.
•critical priorities for educational objectives for students with autism who are using conversational language.
Dates, Locations & Registration Form
Past Tech Camps
Tech Camp 2014
Tech Camp 2013
Tech Camp 2012
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.
Mary T. Harrison
Director of Special Services
Lincoln-Way High School
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
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."
"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!"