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Creating Student Supports and Lessons with Customizable Apps: Educational Life Skills Focus AM Session

February 26, 2018 8:30 am
February 26, 2018 11:30 am

Presenter and Bio Info: Laura Swanick, M.S. Ed, provides instructional technology services to NSSED’s Educational Life Skills and Transition programs. Before working in instructional technology, Laura was a special education classroom teacher, assistive technology coordinator, and trainer for educational software companies: Mayer-Johnson 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, & classroom assistants working with students who can benefit from a life skills educational curriculum (developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities).

Workshop Description: If you work with students with disabilities who have goals related to life skills, it can be challenging to locate lessons that teach to their specific areas of need! But what if we could give you a process to target learner needs and a quick, easy way to create customized lessons based on those needs? That’s what we’ll do in this session. Through this hands-on session, participants will 1) explore learner goals 2) determine what’s working and what is not 3) design a lesson that can be used to teach the goal area on the iPad and off, and 4) use EDUCATIONAL apps and websites to create customized, targeted lessons fit to learner needs. Areas addressed will include:

  • Errorless learning
  • Choice-making
  • Picture-based writing
  • Learning activities with quizzes
  • Learning activities with data collection

Participants will customize their lessons by adding content such as text, sound, and/or photos to create lessons that are motivating to students while helping them work on goal areas at the same time. Apps and websites that will be introduced include: ChooseIt Maker, ChoiceBoard Creator, Clicker, Bitsboard, and Google Forms. Participants will share with the group what they create and use these materials back in the classroom.

Prerequisites: Participants will need to:

  • 1. Have experience using/navigating an iPad and working within apps.
  • 2. Bring a laptop and iPad with apps loaded to training - instructors will email ahead of training with more details.

Learning Objectives: Participants will;

  • 1. Identify a process that can be used to create targeted learning by 1) identifying student goals, 2) evaluating what is currently being done, 3) planning a lesson to address the goal areas, and 4) creating targeted learning activities using technology.
  • 2. Customize educational activities by adding content such as photos, sound, and/or text to increase student motivation and engagement.
  • 3. Share at least one activity and use it with student(s) back in the classroom with students.

PD Hours: 3.0
Registration: 8:00 am to 8:30 am; Session: 8:30 am to 11:30 am


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.

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