Summer Tech Camps - 2021 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.  

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.

Inclusion

 

 

Reaching & Teaching Them All: Co-Teaching, UDL, and Inclusion – A 4-part Tech Series 

 

 Facilitated by: Paul Kluth

DESCRIPTION: 

This 4 Part presentation is not only filled with ideas for teaching diverse learners but is also focused on how schools and districts can evolve and change. The activities, examples, and illustrations in this webinar are designed to help participants refine their inclusion-related vision and related skills. The ideas come straight from successful inclusive schools and can be achieved by any number of stakeholders—including families. Come and learn the newest research on inclusive education as well as tried and true techniques for creating real change (e.g., "advertising" your commitment, teaching up, practicing radical and relentless role sharing). 

The Co-Taught Classroom: 5 Ways to Create an Amazing, Nearly Miraculous & Earth-Shattering Partnership [2 sessions] 

Get ready to co-teach! Participants in this 2-part workshop will become familiar with the critical elements of an effective collaborative team. These sessions are intended to prompt discussion and encourage partners to talk and think about teaching beliefs, teaching roles, and collaborative behaviors. Dr. Kluth will discuss a variety of co-teaching structures (e.g., duet teaching, station teaching, parallel teaching) and explore ways educators can work together in shared classrooms. She will also share ideas for developing a shared vision, setting team goals, differentiating as a team, and celebrating successes! 

*learn the research-based benefits of co-teaching

*understand how to set collaborative goals & set a joint vision 

*learn 5 co-teaching structures they can use to support all students

Joyful Learning in Challenging Times 

We are teaching in challenging times. Therefore, both students (and their educators) need joy, novelty, and connection more than ever before. This session will focus on the engagement principle of UDL and will feature brain breaks, movement, mindfulness strategies, humor, and games for your K-12 inclusive classrooms. Participants will learn the rationale for focusing on active and responsive learning during distance education, hybrid, and face-to-face instruction and will be invited to try several of the techniques with fellow participants. Ideas for adapting games and exercises for all students will be shared. BYORC* [*Bring your own rubber chicken.] 

*be introduced to 5 benefits of active learning 

*learn about recent research on movement in the classroom 

*learn 10+ active learning strategies that can be used across grade levels & subject areas 

"Don't We Already Do Inclusion?": 5 Ways to Create Schools for All 

Are you wondering how inclusion has changed during the pandemic? Do you want to understand how inclusion can profit students with and without disabilities? Are you "doing inclusion", but seeking new ways to become reenergized as an advocate or educator? If you answered "yes" to any one of these questions, this workshop is for you! 

*learn the recent research on inclusive schooling 

*understand how to implement inclusion as a process (vs. as a placement) 

*understand benefits of inclusion for all 

Date:  May 19, 2021    May 26, 2021    June 2, 2021     June 9, 2021

Time:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:  Online

Register:  http://bit.ly/KluthTechCampMayJune2021

Download Flyer:  http://bit.ly/3bkPO1b

 

 

AT Decision Making

AAC Assessment Virtual Summer 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.

 

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.

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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)

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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!"