Intentional Use of Technology to Meet the Needs of all Learners in an Inclusive Classroom

Today’s classrooms use combinations of print and digital media plus attempt to reach students of different backgrounds, cultures, interests, and skills. Teachers are tasked with taming this chaos to achieve increasingly rigorous learning goals.

Educational Technology is engaging, enhancing, and a powerful tool. Just as with any educational resource, educational technology tools must be selected with a clear focus on student outcomes and applied with intent and purpose in order to realize their potential to help all students across all subjects.

Finding the right tools to meet your learning goals doesn’t have to be difficult. Join EdChat Interactive and FETC presenter Mary Schillinger on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. EST as they help you develop guidelines focusing on intentional and selective use of technology in ways that will help you achieve your desired curriculum goals and student achievement outcomes.

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About Mary Schillinger

Mary Schillinger has been the Assistant Superintendent for Education in Las Virgenes Unified School District for the past eleven years. Her career began as a general education teacher and then a special education resource teacher, before she moved into administration as a high school coordinator, district program specialist, director of special education, and now assistant superintendent of education. Mary has Masters Degrees in Special Education and Educational Administration. Her most recent book is Common Core and the Special Education Student: Your Guide to Instructional Shifts and Implementing Services and Supports .

Mary will be presenting the following sessions at FETC 2017:

W097: How to Strategically Select and Use Technology to Help Special Ed Students Access State Standards

New state standards require students to engage in high-level thinking, comprehend complex text, find multiple solutions to real-world problems, and collaborate to problem-solve. Noteworthy, too, “core” standards set expectations for digital literacy in K-12 schools. In this BYOD workshop, Mary Schillinger will provide guidelines to help you conduct digital literacy assessments and align IEP goals and services to the digital needs of your students. Mary also will provide tips for selecting the right technology tools to help students with disabilities access rigorous standards, as opposed to stripping away rigor. And she will identify technology that can improve executive functioning skills needed to master standards-aligned instruction – a common deficit area for special needs students. Guidelines, decision-making rubrics, suggested tools, and checklists will be provided for special and general educators and administrators, assistive technology practitioners, speech/language clinicians, and other pupil services and assessment staff.

W102: Using Educational Technology to Provide Universal Access to Instruction

Do you know why you use the technology tools you choose in your lesson planning? In this BYOD workshop, Mary Schillinger will offer concrete guidelines to ensure your tech selections reduce barriers for all students but preserve the learning target of the state standard(s) being addressed. Specifically, Mary will provide selection guidelines for matching the perfect tech program, app or tool with grade-level “core” standards learning targets for diverse learners within a Universal Design for Learning lesson or unit. With application for all grade levels and subjects in K-12 settings, you will learn a strategic process to ensure that technology use supports independence and achievement in core targets. Chock-full of practical advice, this workshop will help you assess the strengths of and technology tools for students with disabilities so that they can master the key learning targets found within your state’s standards.

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