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Supporting Writing Tasks in Chrome

March 13, 2018 8:30 am
March 13, 2018 3:00 pm
NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

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 Chrome/Chromebooks provide support for students in completing writing tasks? Participants will have the opportunity to download and explore Chrome extensions, add-ons and web resources that support some typical classroom setting demands. We will dig into the topic of speech recognition. 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. Resources will also be provided to help participants continue in their Chrome journey.

NOTE: Prior to the session, participants using laptops should have already signed in (set up an account) to the Google Chrome Browser. This is a separate process from signing in to your Google account.

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 support each of the writing process tasks of researching, pre-writing, drafting and revising/editing
  • Identify tools to support annotating and note taking tasks
  • Understand when and how to support exploration/instruction of speech recognition

PD Hours: 5.5

Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am; Session: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm


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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