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Creating Student Supports and Lessons with Customizable Apps: ​Social – Behavioral Focus PM Session

February 26, 2018 12:00 pm
February 26, 2018 3:00 pm
Lindsay Kiraly/ Amanda Beranek
Ext: 2415/ Ext: 2270

Presenter: 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 with social/behavioral needs (developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities).

Workshop Description: If you work with students with significant learning and behavioral needs, you might find locating just the right activity to teach social or behavioral skills challenging! But what if we could provide a process to target learner needs and a quick, easy way to create customized materials that address these areas? That’s what we’ll do in this session...

Through this hands-on session, participants will 1) explore learners’ social and/or behavioral goals 2) determine what’s working and what is not 3) design a lesson that can be used to teach to the goal area on the iPad and off, and 4) use SOCIAL and BEHAVIORAL apps to create customized, targeted materials fit to learner needs. Areas addressed will include:

  • Social stories
  • Schedules/calendars/task lists
  • Video modeling
  • Home/school communication, behavior charts, reflection sheets

Participants will customize their lessons by adding content such as PDFs, text, sound, and/or photos to create activities that are motivating to students while helping them work on goal areas at the same time. Apps introduced include:

  • Book making apps like SonicPics and Book Creator
  • Scheduling apps like Picture Scheduler, Choiceworks, and Choiceworks Calendar
  • Video modeling apps like: CanPlan
  • Annotation apps like GoodNotes, Skitch, SnapType

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 social and/or behavioral activities by adding content such as PDFs, 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: 11:30 am to 12:00 pm; Session: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This session is full, sign up for the wait list!

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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