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EDU030101: Leveraging Social Media to build your PLN during Distance Learning & Practice


In our roles as busy professionals we’re all looking for ways to create a supportive collegial environment without sacrificing time or work/life balance. Creating and accessing a Personalized Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter and Facebook is an excellent means to engage in conversations without having to leave wherever you are! This session is hands-on from start to engagement on how to use Twitter/Facebook as an AT professional, teacher, OT, SLP or administrator! Technical support will be available to assist those who may be twitterphobic or Facebook unfriendly! Come ready to learn with your device, and enjoy/expand your PLN!

Session Content Disclosure: This session will focus on Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe at least one advantage of social media-based Personalized Learning Networks (PLNs) and using Twitter for professional learning at conferences.
Second Learning Objective: Develop a list at least 3 social media based resources for your #PLN related to AT, AAC, and PD.
Third Learning Objective: Demonstrate knowledge of steps to begin using Twitter, how to curate resources from Twitter, and locate chats relevant to professional practice areas.

Primary Strand

Education and Learning

Secondary Strand


Target Audience

  • Accessibility Professional
  • ADA Coordinator
  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Alternative Media Specialist
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Disability Services
  • Educators
  • Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
  • Family Members
  • Government/Non-Profit Agencies
  • 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
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

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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:
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.


Elisa Wern

Alachua County Public Schools, A.T. Specialist/OT


Elisa Wern is an Occupational Therapist. She also has a Masters Degree in Special Education and has presented at a variety of state and national conferences including regional trainings, CEC, PATINS A2E, and ATIA, OTAP/ECHO TIES Project and AAC in the Cloud. She has guest lectured in a variety of settings including undergraduate and graduate special education students, as well as for the masters level occupational therapy students. She is currently the Local Assistive Technology Specialist for Alachua County Schools where she coordinates AT services for the district, as well as serving as the Lead Occupational Therapist. In her spare work time she has a private practice, AT & OT Consulting and Coaching, supporting students and families primarily through teletherapy evaluations, consultations, and interventions. She is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP).

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I receive a salary from my employment at Alachua County Public Schools. I may receive consulting fees or honorariums for work through my private practice, AT & OT Consulting and Coaching. I have no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
I serve as a volunteer for the charitable organization,, and serve as the coordinator for the Intellikeys revitalization project. I am a member of CEC, AOTA, and USSAAC.

Mia Laudato

FDLRS Action Center, FDLRS Tech Specialist


Mia Laudato received her MSEd in Exceptional Student Education specializing in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Behavioral Disorders from the University of Miami. She continued her learning at the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida receiving an Autism Endorsement and Pre-K ESE certificate. She has taught students from Pre-K through college in inclusive and separate classroom settings. Her love of teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and passion for using assistive technologies to create successful learners contributed to her being recognized by Orange County as a district top five finalist for Teacher of the Year 2016. She has been a guest lecturer at UCF and has presented at multiple local, state and national conferences. In her role as a technology resource specialist at FDLRS Action Resource Center, she provides professional development and coaching on instructional and assistive technologies, Universal Design for Learning, and AEM for teachers, therapists, and support staff in 6 Florida Districts.

Relevant Financial Relationship: No

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No