'Moving Forward With Technology' Educators Give Free Webinars Two Thumbs Up! 2007-08 Series Planned

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"Moving Forward With Technology" presentations are online and free to provide practitioners with tools and resources to differentiate instruction, enhance classroom work and improve academic outcomes for students with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Don Johnston Incorporated and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) have completed their first season of free online webinars, titled "Moving Forward with Technology."

The goal of the series is to provide practitioners with tools and resources to differentiate instruction, enhance classroom work and improve outcomes for students with disabilities and learning difficulties. A final analysis of participants' comments showed the 2006-07 series shared useful and timely information with educators, administrators and information technologists from over 500 schools who learned from industry experts.    

Tracy Gray, CITEd Project Director, noted, "Our research shows the important role of assistive and learning technologies to enable students to have access to the general curriculum. We are fortunate to reach so many practitioners through our partnership with Don Johnston."

Educators can register for the 2007-08 webinars on the CITEd website at http://www.cited.org.

Scheduled topics include:

September: Using Multimedia Materials to Engage and Challenge Learners, by Boo Murray, Sr. Research Scientist and Instructional Designer, CAST

October: The Role of Technology in Response to Intervention (RTI), by Nancy Safer, Co-Principal Investigator, National Center for Response to Intervention

November/December: Differentiating Instruction with Technology, by Judy Zorfass, Associate Center Director, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and Jenna Wasson, Research Analyst, CAST

January: Technology Decision Makers Hold the Keys to Success, by Tracy Gray, Director, CITEd and Cheryl Volkman, Founder, AbleNet, Inc.

February: NIMAS - Implementation Issues and Solutions, by Chuck Hitchcock, Chief Officer of Policy and Technology, CAST

March: Finding Technology to Support Reading, Math, and Writing Instruction, by Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Knowledge Development Task Leader, CITEd

April: The Assistive Technology Planner: A Guide for Implementing AT, by Margaret Bausch, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky

May: Evaluating Your Technology Implementation Program, by David Rose, Co-Founder CAST, Allison Gandhi and Susan Skipper, Sr. Research Analysts, American Institute for Research (AIR)

The past 2006-07 series focused on "how to apply" assistive and learning technologies to meet the needs of diverse student populations via:

  • Enhancing Content Area Reading Comprehension Through Technology
  • Universal Design for Learning: How to Ensure All Students Meet AYP
  • Updating Promising Practices in Reading Through Technology
  • Online, On-Time Support: Technology Implementation for All Students
  • Looking at Student Work For Technology Integration
  • NIMAS 101: National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard - What You Need to Know

Recorded presentations and resources from the 2006-07 series are now available on both the Don Johnston and CITEd websites.

CITEd, a technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, is a cooperative effort of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), and the Education Development Center (EDC). CITEd supports leadership at state and local education agencies to integrate instructional technology for all students to achieve high educational standards. CITEd provides support through identification of evidence-based practices, innovative online technical assistance tools, professional development, and communities of practice.

Don Johnston Incorporated empowers educators with supplemental instruction and response to intervention solutions to help struggling learners build core literacy skills with confidence. Since 1980, Don Johnston has partnered with literacy authors, psychologists, teachers, researchers, administrators, scientists and organizations to serve the needs of struggling learners. Thousands of students have become independent readers, writers and thinkers with the use of Don Johnston's assistive technologies and tools, implementation materials and a variety of multiple instructional approaches, including audio and computer books to engage and motivate struggling readers.

LINKS
Don Johnston Incorporated: http://www.donjohnston.com
CITEd: http://www.cited.org
Office of Special Education Programs: http://www.ed.gov
American Institutes for Research: http://www.air.org
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST): http://www.cast.org
Education Development Center (EDC): http://www.edc.org

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