Regional and Summer Tech Camps - 2017 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 May 8, 2017

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.

 
 
2 Day Tech Camps
 
 

Making Materials Accessible In IOS and Chrome facilitated by Mark Coppin  - FULL                                    

Description:  

This 2-day workshop will cover the basics of assistive technology and how iOS and Chrome devices can be utilized as an assistive technology device in the classroom and in therapy. We will explore the accessibility features of the iPad and Chrome. We will also explore the wide range of apps that are available to meet the needs of students in the classroom. We will cover various solutions and adaptations that will make the curriculum accessible.  We will cover optical character recognition, OCR apps, annotation apps, apps for adapting worksheets, book creation apps, math apps, visual schedules, curricular supports and more.

 

Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

•identify 5 accessibility features of the iPad.

•identify 5 Chrome extensions that support diverse learners.

•identify 5 iOS apps that support students in the classroom.

•define the basic components of an assistive technology evaluation.

 

Dates, Locations & Registration Forms:

 

June 12th and 13th, 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning, Composing, and Reviewing: Teaching Writers To Be Strategic When Writing

is Difficult facilitated by Stephanie Spadorcia    - FULL                             

 

Description:  

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the writing processes, models of writing instruction, strategies to get writers started as well as strategies to move struggling writers forward.  Technology applications will be made throughout for ways in which to support struggling writers. Ways in incorporate writing throughout the curriculum will be covered—English Language Arts, Reading/Writing block,  and content areas. Participants will design lessons for use in their own classroom.

 

Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

•identify methods to describe student writing development and current performance level using provided assessment tools.

 

•create 4 lesson structures for the writing processes.

 

•review technology tools to incorporate writing instruction to support written production for students that struggle with text production.

 

•create an action plan of implementation for their classroom.

 

Dates, Locations & Registration Forms:

 

June 26th and 27th, 2017  

 

 

 

3 Day Tech Camps

 

BEYOND 90/90/90 FUNCTIONAL SEATING w/Karen Kangas   - FULL                                                      

Description:  

To assist children in better "access" and engagement in independent activity, we must also better understand how their bodies work, and what types of seating equipment is needed. Access and "accessibility" to specific assistive technology and the environment and activity is frequently severely limited for children due to their current "correct" seating. Karen will share strategies which work with children which provide them with increased awareness and use of sensory processing within their seating systems so that increased task engagement and independent control can be observed.

Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:
•define tactile processing and vestibular processing.
•identify the seating postures of their children/students as to positions of
rest (and tactile processing) or positions of active engagement (or
vestibular processing.)
•identify seating equipment as to its "postural management" vs.
"postural control" capabilities.
•perform a "feature/match" with a comparison and contrast of adaptive
seating equipment for its physical configuration and its features.
•apply and implement assessment and treatment strategies for the use of
AT equipment

Dates, Locations & Registration Forms:

June 19th, 20th and 21st Tinley Park, IL  

 

**Postponed **  21st CENTURY EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE DESIGN w/Chris Bugaj

Date to be announced                                 

Description:

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.

Click here to see a short video of Chris 

Outcomes:

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.

June 21st, 20th and 22nd & 23rd  Tinley Park, IL  

 

                                               

 

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!"