Where can you try out a specially designed stool for the classroom that lets kids get their wiggles out and stay seated at the same time? How about a spongy yet oddly firm “frame” you can put around a smartphone or a tablet computer that protects the device when dropped? Or a plastic modular hose that can be used to secure items for those with mobility or flexibility issues?
Technology is ever-evolving, making it challenging for educators to stay current with new strategies intended for a diverse student population.
AssisTechKnow is a one-of-a-kind conference from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16 at Kent ISD’s Educational Services Center, 2930 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids. It’s intended to help educators grasp the latest technological developments and trends to help further the education of special education, English Language Learners and at-risk students. The public also is welcome to register.
Speakers at the fourth annual event include Chris Bugaj, an expert in the area of assistive technology and universal design for learning. He’s also an author, app developer, TEDX speaker and host of A.T.Tipscast Podcasts online.
Additional speakers include an area high school student with cerebral palsy who will explain how technology has helped him succeed in school, and an adult who uses a computer-based communication system to speak, who will encourage educators to go the extra mile for struggling students.
“With a growing number of one-to-one technology programs in area schools, placement of iPads and Chromebooks into buildings, interactive white boards, and other classroom technology, educators can struggle to keep up,” said Kindy Segovia, Kent ISD’s assistive technology supervisor.
Segovia said the event offers a unique opportunity to learn practical tools, strategies and current practices that can be implemented immediately.
Hundreds will leave with a ‘toolkit’ of strategies that meets their needs, have the opportunity to network with other educators and grow their professional community.
Cost: $20 a day to attend
AssisTechKnow is a collaborative effort of Kent ISD, Michigan’s Integrated Technology Supports, Michigan Council for Exceptional Children and Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning.