Presenter: Laura Swanick, M.S. Ed, provides instructional technology support to NSSED program classrooms. Before working for NSSED, Laura was a special education classroom teacher for Orange County Public Schools, an assistive technology specialist for ATEN of FL, and the coordinator for the Assistive Technology Center: United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego. She also has experience working in technical support and training roles for special education technology companies: Mayer-Johnson Inc. and Assistive Technology Inc. Laura enjoys working with staff, parents, and students helping them integrate technology into the curriculum and their daily lives!
Intended Audience: Teachers, therapists, psychologists, and teaching assistants working with students who benefit from a modified curriculum
Activity Description: This is a hands-on session where participants will learn the basics of using Boardmaker Online to 1) create interactive activities which are 2) tied to common core objectives and 3) track student performance. We will start by reviewing a variety of sample lessons and associated student goals. Next, we will go over the basics of programming interactive lessons using Boardmaker Online. Then, we will have participants chart student objectives and visualize a lesson to help teach to those skills. Participants will then use the software to create their own customized lessons and/or search for lessons on Boardmaker Share - which they can modify. Afterwards, we will add their students to the roster and assign lessons to those students. Finally, we will highlight how students can access lessons on the iPad or computer and how performance data can then be viewed. Participants will share activities and bring them back to the classroom for use with students to meet learning targets and increase engagement.
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to:
- 1) make a lesson plan with specific student objectives, then use software to create that customized, interactive lesson which tracks student performance.
- 2) add students to your roster, assign lessons, and setup iPad/computers for student use.
- 3) share at least one activity with other participants and use it with students back in the classroom.
PD Hours: 5.0
Registration: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm (One hour lunch, on your own)
Starting this year, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is requiring IEIN numbers upon sign in to track your PD hours. NSSED will be complying by having this on the sign in sheets for all PD workshops. If you do not enter your PD hours through ELIS please disregard.
If you do not know how to find your IEIN number you can find it by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) - it will be in the upper right corner of the page. This will soon become part of the registration process for future classes, so if you have completed a class with us we should have it on file from here on out.