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EDU050101: Inclusive 365: Building an Inclusive Learning Environment 1 Day at a Time

Overview

Learning need not be a chore for everyone, including those with IEPs or 504s. Join the fun as we explore a range of strategies which engage and empower ALL students to take charge of their own learning. Infuse your classroom with these inclusive practices to design educational experiences that meet the unique needs of every learner. From apps to browser extensions to web tools-let's find supports to promote active learning for every student. There will be time to explore -be ready to participate.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe the function of and be able to implement at least five free or low cost tools and resources to help educators provide more options to increase student engagement and empowerment to personalize learning.
Second Learning Objective: Describe the function of and be able to implement at least five free or low cost resources to help educators provide more options for how to represent content in a way that honors learner variability and provide students with options for demonstrating they understand what they have learned.
Third Learning Objective: Create at least one digital artifact to share with other participants that explains the purpose of an inclusive technology tool.

Primary Strand

Education and Learning

Secondary Strand

Mainstream & Web Accessible Technologies

Target Audience

  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Alternative Media Specialist
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educators
  • Family Members
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Media Specialist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Rehab Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Visual Impairment Specialists

Experience Level

Introductory

Primary Life Cycle Addressed

Elementary - Secondary (K-12)

Content Area

Related Area

Course Schedule

This course was included in the ATIA 2021: AT Connected virtual event education program.

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
ACVREP; AOTA; CRC; IACET
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.

Please refer to the CRC Assistive Technology in Education and Higher Education Series page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.

Speaker/s:

Mike Marotta

Inclusive Technology Solutions LLC, AT Specialist

Biography

Mike is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional, and the ISTE Inclusive Learning Network 2017 Outstanding Educator, who has been providing direct services to individuals with all disabilities for 30 years. Mike works collaboratively with teams in all environments (school, workplace, and community), through his own technology consulting firm, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC, to effectively match the individual’s needs to technology supports.

Mike is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter who was previously a trainer for California State University at Northridge (CSUN), providing practical and in-depth training on assistive technology applications. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ) where he teaches Masters level educators in Assistive Technology and UDL. Mike is the Director of the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center at Disability Rights New Jersey, the statewide Assistive Technology Act program for New Jersey. Mike is also a member of the Faculty at the Center on Technology and Disabilities, serves on both the CAST Accessible Educational Materials and Center on Inclusive Technology and Education Systems (CITES) Advisory Boards.

Mike believes in the power of professional networking. He is the founder of edcampAccess NJ, an unconference event focused on teacher led professional development opportunities focused on inclusion, special education and assistive technology. Mike is also active on Twitter (@mmatp) and co-moderates the weekly #ATchat twitter chat.

As an independent consultant and speaker, Mike has financial relationships to disclose. These include paid presentation for AT companies (Don Johnston, Text Help) and royalties received from a Chrome as AT guide from NPR, Inc. Mike is not being paid any fees for this presentation. For non-financial disclosures, Mike is the author of a chapter in a book scheduled for release by Routledge in October 2019 titled Universal Access Through Inclusive Instructional Design: International Perspectives on UDL.

Christopher Bugaj

Loudoun County Public Schools, Inclusive Educational Experience Designer

Biography

Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC-SLP is a founding member the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris hosts The A.T.TIPSCAST (http://attipscast.com); a multi-award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences and co-hosts the Talking With Tech (http://www.talkingwithtech.net/) podcast featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication. Chris is the co-author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools (http://bit.ly/chewatamazon) published by the International Society on Technology in Education (ISTE) and has designed and instructed online courses for ISTE on the topics of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Chris is also the author of ATEval2Go (http://bit.ly/ateval2go), an app for iPad that helps professionals in education perform technology assessments for students. Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co-produces and co-authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast (http://nightlightstories.net) which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 300 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx, all of which are listed at http://bit.ly/bugajpresentations. His latest book The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All (http://bit.ly/thenewat4all), also published by ISTE, is available for order now! A complete list of disclosures is available at http://bit.ly/bugajpresentations.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Christopher Bugaj has the following disclosures: International Society for Technology in Education - Publication Royalties Smarty Ears - App Royalties and Former Podcast Sponsor Texthelp - Podcast Sponsor Don Johnston - Former Podcast Sponsor Pearson - Former Podcast Sponsor WPS - Former Podcast Sponsor Smart Box - Former Podcast Sponsor Double Time Docs - Former Podcast Sponsor Speech Blubs - Former Podcast Sponsor PicSeePal - Former Podcast Sponsor Assistive Technology Industry Association - Registration Fee Waiver Future Educators Technology Conferences - Registration Fee Waiver Loudoun County Public Schools - Full-time Salaried Position Shenandoah University - Former Instructional Stipend Paid presentations from various organizations listed at http://bit.ly/bugajpresentations Chris also maintains this list of disclosures at http://bit.ly/bugajpresentations

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Christopher Bugaj has the following non-financial speaker CAST AEM Center Advisor Former Center for Technology & Disability Faculty Brookes Publishing - Author XceptionalEd Podcast Network Member International Society for Technology in Education Member Virginia Society for Technology in Education Member American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Member

Karen Janowski

Assistive and Educational Technology Consultant, EdTech Solutions

Biography

Karen Janowski is an Assistive & Educational Technology Consultant, and Adjunct Professor at Simmons College in Boston, MA. She presents both locally and nationally about the importance of using ubiquitous technologies which remove the obstacles to learning for all students and is a passionate advocate of Universal Design for Learning. She is an EdCampBoston and EdCampAccess organizer and co-moderates #ATchat on Twitter, and has blogged at http://teachingeverystudent.blogspot.com since 2005. She is the President and owner of EdTech Solutions, Inc in Reading, MA, which provides AT and AAC professional development, coaching, consultations, and assessments throughout the Greater Boston area.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Karen Janowski is the President of EdTech Solutions, Inc and receives a salary and income based on consultations, speaking engagements, professional development and evaluations.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Karen Janowski maintains a blog at http://teachingeverystudent.blogspot.com, is and #ATchat moderator on twitter and is an EDCampBoston and EdCampAccess organizer.