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Supporting Reading Tasks with an iPad

February 22, 2018 8:30 am
February 22, 2018 3:00 pm

Presenter and Bio Info: Lynda Hartman has an M.A. in Special Education (Learning Disabilities) and an M.L.S. in Assistive Technology (AT). She is an Educator/Consultant on the Integrated Technology Support Team at NSSED. Lynda has taught students across the continuum of environments and age levels. She designed/taught an undergraduate AT class and presents/facilitates workshops on various topics across Illinois and at state/national conferences.

Karen Chumbley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy with a specialization in Assistive Technology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her career, she has worked at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and hand rehabilitation. During her 24 year career with NSSED, she has practiced as a staff occupational therapist and has been a member of the NSSED Integrated Technology Team since 1994.

Intended Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Related Staff, Technology Coaches, Instructional Coaches

Workshop Description:
Can an iPad provide support for students in completing reading tasks? Participants will have the opportunity explore features built into an iPad and download and explore iPad apps that support some typical classroom setting demands. We will look at a decision making process to help participants select appropriate tools and discuss how to incorporate these technologies into the classroom and how to assess their effectiveness. During the afternoon, we will dig into locating and creating accessible educational materials. Resources will also be provided to help participants continue in their iPad journey.

  • Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to
    Understand and apply a technology decision making process to guide selection of appropriate tools to support student learning.
  • Identify tools to:
    • 1. Support access to reading materials above a student’s independent reading level.
    • 2. Support understanding of unfamiliar vocabulary
    • 3. Support the development of key vocabulary/concepts/ pertinent content background knowledge
  • Identify resources for obtaining digital versions of novels and textbooks
  • Create readable versions of scanned or photocopied materials

PD Hours: 5.5
Registration: 8:00 am to 8:30 am; Session: 8:30 am to 3:00 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.

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