TAM at the CEC Convention and Expo Center – 2018

Enjoy many sessions related to technology at the CEC Convention & Expo, Feb. 7-10, 2018

TAM SHOWCASE: Can the Tortoise Beat the Hare? Shining Light on an Eternal Problem Within Special Education Technology

Thu, 2/8: 9:45 AM  – 10:45 AM
Presentation with Q&A
Room: 22

The pace of innovation in the field of special education technology has always been (and will likely continue to be) far faster than the academic research and development cycle. As a result, many products and tools reach end users without rigorous field testing or any empirical data. Students with disabilities, their teachers, family members, and other stakeholders deserve better. In this TAM Showcase Session, the Co-Editor of Journal of Special Education Technology highlights exemplar programs of research to argue for increased rigor and a higher standard when testing products and tools intended for use with students with disabilities. Research-based instructional and assistive technology

 

Teacher2Teacher: Virtualizing the Digital Word

Wed, 2/7: 2:15 PM  – 3:15 PM
Presentation with Q&A
Room: Ballroom A

Learn about a student’s life with dyslexia from failure to success, as well as the emotional hurdles the individual overcame to persevere and to succeed in their professional/educational career. This historical overview gives insight to the emergence of technology and its improvement over the years with results. It’s a journey of how assistive technology has made day-to-day life enjoyable and thought-provoking from one which was blocked by the printed word.

 

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners: Universal Design for Learning and Technology

Thu, 2/8: 11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Presentation with Q&A
Room: 22

This session engages participants with important pedagogical considerations for technology integration in the inclusive classroom. You will explore teacher’s effective integration of educational and assistive technology through the use of the guiding principles of Universal Design for Learning, informed by observational data collected in an inclusive classroom.

 

Parental and Teacher Perspectives on Assistive Technology

Fri, 2/9: 1:30 PM  – 2:15 PM
Room: Poster 11, East Hall, 3rd Fl

We examine the barriers to the effective implementation of assistive technology for students with cognitive disabilities. These barriers were derived from the results of a grounded theory study examining the issue through parents’ and teachers’ perspectives. Strategies to overcome these barriers will be discussed.

 

Teacher2Teacher: Remixing the Curriculum: The Teacher’s Guide to Technology in the Classroom

Sat, 2/10: 8:00 AM  – 9:00 AM
Presentation with Q&A, Room:20

Remixing the Curriculum offers educators a way to rethink traditional curricular approaches through a ‘curricular remix,’ a concept in which a curriculum becomes different from its original form, retaining its basic foundational elements, but experiencing a metamorphosis to create a new version. In this session we will explore the XFW and describe for participants a number of free or low-cost technology tools that help classroom teachers to maximize every student’s potential.

Promoting Independence for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities Through Assistive Technology

Sat, 2/10: 8:00 AM  – 8:45 AM
Room: Poster 10, East Hall, 3rd Fl

This session will provide an opportunity for parents, teachers, and administrators to learn and experience assistive technology apps designed to assist individuals with (a) meal planning and food shopping, (b) community navigation, and (c) prompting and teaching complex tasks in the workplace and home. The apps were designed to facilitate community mobility and independence for individuals with intellectual disability (ID). Learn how the apps help individuals with ID overcome limitations and provide accommodations in performing tasks independently and efficiently.

 

Promoting Independence for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities Through Assistive Technology

Sat, 2/10: 8:00 AM  – 8:45 AM

Room: Poster 10, East Hall, 3rd Fl

This session will provide an opportunity for parents, teachers, and administrators to learn and experience assistive technology apps designed to assist individuals with (a) meal planning and food shopping, (b) community navigation, and (c) prompting and teaching complex tasks in the workplace and home. The apps were designed to facilitate community mobility and independence for individuals with intellectual disability (ID). Learn how the apps help individuals with ID overcome limitations and provide accommodations in performing tasks independently and efficiently.

 

Consideration of Assistive Technology Strategies Through Collaboration Between Arts and Special Educators

Sat, 2/10: 1:00 PM  – 2:00 PM
Presentation with Q&A, Room 10

Many arts educators’ lack of knowledge of assistive technology may adversely affect students’ ability to be successful in their arts classes. We discuss connecting arts and special educators through assistive technology supports, offering collaboration strategies to provide shared knowledge and optimal learning environments across all the students’ learning curriculums.