SCATP 2007 Trainings

Schedule of Trainings

See registration procedures and cost (if applicable) under each training.

Directions to trainings

State, regional or national AT trainings

The Center for Disability Resources has a fragrance-free policy. Please do not wear perfume or strongly scented lotion when attending workshops.


Thursday, September 20, 2007
The Wonderful World of Word

8:30am – 12:30pm
Fast Forward Community Technology Center

3223 Devine Street, Columbia

Presenter:
Elizabeth Bagley, Ed.D., Regional Assistive Technology Specialist, SC Department of Education

Microsoft Word has a number of features that many people don’t realize are available. The potential for Word to enhance student learning is immeasurable. Students with learning disabilities all learn differently and Word can be adapted to cater to each student’s individual learning style. Word can help empower and engage students as they take on new tasks.

Features as simple as inserting Word Art to the more complex tasks of inserting drop down menus within a document will be demonstrated and practiced by the attendees in this hands-on workshop.

Tools Taught:

  • Word Art
  • Audio Clips
  • Concept Mapping
  • Special Effects
  • Hyperlinking
  • Tessellations
  • Short Cuts
  • Fast Formatting
  • Creating Forms
  • Creating Tests (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer)
  • Pop-up electronic worksheets/windows
  • Peer Editing
  • Comments Feature

To register for this workshop:

  • Option 1: Complete the online registration form
  • Option 2: Email Sally Young at youngs@cdd.sc.edu
  • Option 3: Call Sally Young at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.
  • Option 4: Fax your registration information to (803) 935-5342. Please include your name, organization, address, email address, phone.

This workshop is free of charge, but is limited to 16 attendees.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Excel with Excel!

8:30am – 12:30pm
Fast Forward Community Technology Center

3223 Devine Street, Columbia

Presenter:
Elizabeth Bagley, Ed.D.
Regional Assistive Technology Specialist
SC Department of Education

This workshop will teach participants how to utilize some of the features of Microsoft Excel that often go undiscovered by teachers.  Participants will learn the basics of Excel and then discover how to transform the standard spreadsheet into a teaching tool.  Excel contains many features and formulas that, when used correctly, are beneficial for many students AND teachers.

Students with learning disabilities need to be careful not to practice incorrect answers. This workshop will show how Excel can offer students independent study opportunities and instant feedback for skill practices across disciplines. Teachers will learn how to make worksheets to assist in the tedious and repetitive number crunching task of averaging grades. Participant’s role will be interactive and hands-on.   

Participants will learn the following Excel basics:

  • The Excel Window
  • Explanation of a Workbook versus a Worksheet
  • Rows/Columns/Cells
  • Menus (and the “most important” functions in them)
  • Shortcut Keys
  • Toolbars (how to view them, how to move them)
  • Formula bar
  • What displays in a cell versus what is really in a cell
  • Selecting cells, rows and columns
  • Selecting individual cells that aren’t continuous
  • Moving cells, rows, and columns
  • Formatting cells (number, alignment, font, patterns)
  • Borders versus Gridlines
  • Protection
  • Format Painter
  • Introduction to formulas (simple ones)
  • Sorting Data

Participants will learn the following formulas needed for different teacher tools:

  • Blank cell
  • Yes/No results
  • Results between two numbers
  • Averaging grades  (number grades)
  • Averaging grades (letter grades)
  • Indicator lights

Participants will learn the following teacher projects:

  • Create a Gradebook
  • Create Interactive Displays
  • Skill Reviews
  • Quizzes/Tests
  • Attendance Sheets
  • Forms:
    • Placement Charts (seating charts)
    • Number Charts/Multiplication Charts
    • Calendar

To register for this workshop:

  • Option 1: Complete the online registration form
  • Option 2: Email Sally Young at youngs@cdd.sc.edu
  • Option 3: Call Sally Young at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.
  • Option 4: Fax your registration information to (803) 935-5342. Please include your name, organization, address, email address, phone.

This workshop is free of charge, but is limited to 16 attendees.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007
Kurzweil 3000 Overview

1:00pm – 2:30pm
Poplar Conference Room, Midlands Center, Columbia

Soliloquy Learning Reading Assistant Overview

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Poplar Conference Room, Midlands Center, Columbia

Presenter:
Edna Beard, Quintex of Asheville

If you already have the Kurzweil 3000 or are just thinking about purchasing it – this overview training will help to clarify just how the Kurzweil 3000 can be used to help struggling students.  The Kurzweil 3000 is a content-independent reading, writing, and learning software.  It is used in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges and universities to help students succeed in the classroom regardless of their curriculum or lesson plans.

The attendees will be shown the many features of the Kurzweil 3000 as well as how it can benefit their students.  Such features that will be introduced are the quick access to word meanings, the comprehensive study skills tools, the powerful instructional support tools, and a host of other features that students can access while reading, writing, and studying.  You will also be shown Kurzweil 3000’s unique, customizable testing accommodations conforming to individual IEP requirement, learning styles, and preferences.

Educators and independent research have demonstrated that Kurzweil 3000 provides not only the tools students need to improve their reading speed and comprehension, but also the features that make it possible for them to learn and study independently.  Each attendee will take home a demo copy of the Professional Color software, a product overview brochure, and a copy of “Scientifically-Based Research Validating Kurzweil 3000 – An Annotated Review of Current Research Supporting the Use of Kurzweil 3000 in the Classroom”.

For those who would like to stay for a quick overview of Soliloquy Learning’s Reading Assistant Edna will share this innovative fluency software program.  Reading Assistant not only improves a student’s reading fluency but also comprehension and vocabulary.  It provides a patient, non-judgmental listener for your students.  With Reading Assistant a student can hear modeled fluent reading, access any vocabulary words to gain meaning and understanding, then actually read into the computer with the computer intervening if/when necessary.  The student then has the opportunity to take a quick quiz to test reading comprehension and to then actually hear his/her own reading.  This is an important tool that can be used in RTI programs as well as EC programs.  Each attendee will receive information on Reading Assistant as well as a demo copy to take with them.

To register for this workshop:

  • Option 1: Complete the online registration form
  • Option 2: Email Sally Young at youngs@cdd.sc.edu
  • Option 3: Call Sally Young at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.
  • Option 4: Fax your registration information to (803) 935-5342. Please include your name, organization, address, email address, phone.

This workshop is free of charge, but is limited to 12 attendees.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Introduction to Vantage/Vanguard

9:00am – 3:30pm
Poplar Conference Room, Midlands Center, Columbia

Presenter:
Gina Greene, M.S.P., CCC-SLP
Regional Consultant/Augmentative Communication Specialist
Prentke Romich Company

This workshop will provide the speech-language pathologist, facilitator, parent or other person interested in AAC with a thorough understanding of Vantage and Vanguard through their operation, customization of vocabulary and instructional strategies and techniques.

Registration: To register for this workshop, call the Prentke Romich Company at 1-800-262-1984 and ask for Kay Keener This class is limited to 12 people.

Cost: free. This program is approved by ASHA for 0.5 CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
What's New in Special Needs Software?
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Midlands Center Collaborative Training Center

Presenter: Ken Whitley, MA, CCC-SP., Key Technologies

Workshop Description:   The field of special needs software changes frequently.  New special needs programs are released, earlier programs are updated, and old programs are often discontinued.  Some older programs will not work on newer computer operating systems, such as Windows XP or Vista.

This workshop will examine the need for and current selection of software programs that address the educational, communication, and access needs of students with special needs.  Programs will be explored that address teaching cause & effect, accessibility, language, augmentative communication, pre-literacy, literacy, math, as well as simple activity creation.  Programs including Boardmaker Plus, IntelliTools Classroom Suite, Teaching AccessAbility, LanguageLinks, My Own Book Shelf, PixWriter, IT Mouse Skills, the Choose & Tell Series, SwitchIt! Face Maker, Early Math w/Spider & Friends, WYNN, TestTalker, and many more will be demonstrated.

Session Objectives: Participants will learn:

            -  Computer and software needs of students with special needs
            -  Simple computer access for persons with disabilities
            -  Assistive and supportive features of effective special needs programs
            -  The latest software effective in teaching special needs students
            -  Finding, using, & sharing free special needs software-based teaching
                activities

Cost: $45.00, payable to Key Technologies through pre-registration.  To register, print out the registration form at the Key Technologies web page.

Print the form and complete it and then fax or mail to Key Technologies.  For questions, call Key Technologies at 888-433-5303. This workshop is limited to 60 participants and requires a minimum of 25 participants pre-registered in order to be held.

To view all of Key Technologies’ upcoming workshops, presentations, and conferences simply click on the link below for the calendar.

http://www.gokeytech.com/key_technologies_calendar.htm

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Communication for Participation:  AAC in the Classroom
9:00am – 3:30 pm
Collaborative Training Center, Midlands Center, Columbia

Presenter: Kristin J. Whitfield, MA, CCC-SLP, DynaVox Technologies

Workshop Description:  At DynaVox, we believe that every augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system should support successful day-to-day communication while encouraging the development of novel language skills.  Quick access to frequently used messages combined with the flexibility of single words and grammatical elements can allow an individual to be the most successful communicator possible. This is true for communication in the classroom as well as communication in home and community environments.

During this session, participants will see many practical ways to provide students with both of the important elements of an AAC system.  Attendees will learn tools that will allow them to assess their students' current classroom participation and the changes that occur after introducing more balance into the communication system. Examples will be given across the curriculum with emphasis placed on a variety of literacy activities.  Examples will also be given across all levels of communicators from functional to independent.  By focusing on balanced communication, students' classroom participation can become richer and stronger. 

Learning Objectives:  Following this session, participants will:

  1. Define language structure and language use.
  2. Name five quickfires.
  3. Describe the purpose of the Analysis of Communication Interaction observation form.

Cost and Registration: Free, but limited to 60 participants. This course is offered for .5 ASHA continuing education credits.  Participants must stay for the entire program to receive credit.  To register, go to the following website:

http://www.dynavoxtech.com/education/localtraining.aspx
For questions, call DynaVox at 866-396-2869.
To view other workshops offered by DynaVox, go to:
http://www.dynavoxtech.com/dynavoxu/

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007
And the answer is …..

9:00am – 11:00am
Poplar Conference Room, Midlands Center, Columbia

Presenter: 
Elizabeth Bagley, Ed.D., Regional Assistive Technology Specialist, SC Department of Education

This interactive presentation will show several different types of classroom response systems.  A classroom response system (CRS) is a set of hardware and software that facilitates teaching activities and keeps students on task.  Each student submits his or her answer to questions using a handheld transmitter (often called a "clicker") that beams an infrared or radio-frequency signal to a receiver attached to the teacher's computer. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to compare the features of each system, have hands-on experience with the systems, and discuss various applications in the classroom.

Some of the CRSs will be available for short-term loan through the SC Assistive Technology Program.

To register for this workshop:

  • Option 1: Complete the online registration form
  • Option 2: Email Sally Young at youngs@cdd.sc.edu
  • Option 3: Call Sally Young at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.
  • Option 4: Fax your registration information to (803) 935-5342. Please include your name, organization, address, email address, phone.

This workshop is free of charge, but is limited to 12 attendees.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
School District AT Teams Forum
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Collaborative Training Center, Midlands Center, Columbia

Facilitator: Janet Jendron, SCATP

Dialogue and share with AT Teams from South Carolina's School Districts to address the following questions and more:

  • How does your AT assessment procedure work?
  • Do you have an AT Loan Library? How is it working?
  • Do you offer demonstration of AT? If so, how is it done and how is it working?
  • How do you provide technical support to your teachers in helping students/teachers use AT?
  • What have been your biggest challenges in developing your AT team?
  • How are you able to fund the training that your AT team needs?
  • What are your successes as you've developed your AT team?

To date we will be hearing from the following school districts: Greenville, Lexington One, Lexington Two, Sumter Two, and Rock Hill.

Bring your school district's resources and share with others!


We'll also look at the CD ROM "South Carolina Curriculum Access through Assistive Technology," free from SCATP. We'll see highlights of the CD and discuss how it can be used in school districts for trainings and presentations.

If you are interested in presenting or have suggestions about this workshop, please contact Janet Jendron at jjendron@usit.net.

To register for this workshop:

  • Option 1: Complete the online registration form
  • Option 2: Email Sally Young at youngs@cdd.sc.edu
  • Option 3: Call Sally Young at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.
  • Option 4: Fax your registration information to (803) 935-5342. Please include your name, organization, address, email address, phone.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007
Trash to AT Treasures

8:00am – 11:30am
Assistive Technology Resource Room, Midlands Center, Columbia

Presenters: 
Carol O’Day, PhD, CCC-SLP, SC Assistive Technology Program, USC School of Medicine-Center for Disability Resources
and
Patricia Quattlebaum, MSP, CCC-SLP, Developmental Pediatric Clinic, USC School of Medicine-Center for Disability Resources

Class Description: Many assistive technology devices are available for communication, switch access, computer access, activities of daily living, and literacy. Assistive technology devices can be very expensive, but they don’t always have to be. Many examples of how to make assistive technology devices using common objects around the home will be demonstrated. The fundamentals of appropriately selecting and using various assistive technology devices will also be reviewed.  The workshop will conclude with a make-and-take opportunity for participants to choose from different projects to construct and then take the finished product home with them.

Target Group: Speech-language pathologists, special-education teachers, occupational therapists, parents and caregivers.

Agenda:
8:00-8:30 - Registration
8:30-10:00

  1. How to Get Started
  2. Low Cost AT Solutions: Communication Devices
  3. Basic AT Considerations
    • Low Cost AT Solutions: Switches
    • Low Cost AT Solutions: Computer Access
    • Low Cost AT Solutions: Activities of Daily Living

10:00-10:15 - Break
10:15-11:30 - Make and Take

Cost:  $15.00, payable to the University of South Carolina
Mail checks to: Sally Young, SC Assistive Technology Program, USC School of Medicine, CDR , Columbia, SC 29208. Checks or purchase orders must be received by 11/09/07.  This workshop is limited to 14 attendees.

To register for this workshop:

  • Option 1: Complete the online registration form
  • Option 2: Email Sally Young at youngs@cdd.sc.edu
  • Option 3: Call Sally Young at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.
  • Option 4: Fax your registration information to (803) 935-5342. Please include your name, organization, address, email address, phone.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Simply Creating Simple Computer Activities for Students with Special Needs
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Midlands Center Collaborative Training Center

Presenter: Ken Whitley, MA, CCC-SP., Key Technologies

Workshop Description:  Tired of complicated activity creation programs?  This workshop examines easy-to-use (and some a bit more involved) activity creation software used to create custom cause & effect, choice making, jigsaw puzzle, writing, and math activities as well as custom on-screen books!  Each software program is either REALLY SIMPLE (3-4 programs), FAIRLY SIMPLE (1 program), or MORE INVOLVED & VERY POWERFUL (1 program) to learn to use and in creating your own activities!  Each program allows the easy use of your own digital graphics.  SwitchIt! Maker 2, ChooseIt! Maker 2, Jigsaw Maker 2, My Own Bookshelf, and IntelliTools Classroom Suite will each be examined and demonstrated.  A simple activity will be created by the presenter using each of these programs.

Session Objectives: Participants will learn:
            -  The need for, history, advantages and disadvantages of early authoring 
                programs particularly in regard to students with special needs
            -  What effective and simple-to-use current special needs authoring
                programs exist and what they offer for both the student and teacher
            -  Simple procedures used in creating custom special needs activities
                employing their own graphics, sounds, and videos

Cost: $45.00, payable to Key Technologies through pre-registration.  To register, print out the registration form from the Key Technologies webpage:

Print, complete and fax or mail to Key Technologies.  For questions, call Key Technologies at 888-433-5303. This workshop is limited to 60 participants and requires a minimum of 25 participants pre-registered in order to be held.

To view all of Key Technologies’ upcoming workshops, presentations, and conferences simply click on the link below for the calendar.

http://www.gokeytech.com/key_technologies_calendar.htm


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Thursday, December 6, 2007
Making Books Talk for Beginning, Struggling, or Non-Readers
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Midlands Center Collaborative Training Center

Presenter: Ken Whitley, MA, CCC-SP., Key Technologies

Workshop Description:  Many persons have difficulty reading.  These may be pre-literate children, non-readers exhibiting cognitive involvement, or those exhibiting learning difficulties.  This does not mean, however, that these persons are not interested in books, magazines, newspapers, or text-based materials on the Internet.

Tools now exist that turn printed text (paper or on-screen) into talking text.  Other tools can be used to create talking on-screen books using personalized graphics, sounds, and videos.  This workshop will explore how to make text-based materials usable, effective, and enjoyable for persons who are either non-literate or who struggle with literacy.  Tools to be examined include the BookWorm, SwitchIt! Maker 2, My Own Book Shelf, IntelliTools Classroom Suite, and WYNN.

Session Objectives: Participants will learn about:

            -  Non-computer tools that employ recordings to make books talk
            -  Tools that are used to create on-screen talking books
            -  Tools which can convert paper or onscreen text into talking text through
                the use of OCR scanning
            -  Using your own digital pictures, videos, and recordings in creating
                 talking books

Cost: $45.00, payable to Key Technologies through pre-registration.  To register, print out the registration form from the Key Technologies web page:

Print, complete and fax or mail to Key Technologies.  For questions, call Key Technologies at 888-433-5303. This workshop is limited to 60 participants and requires a minimum of 25 participants pre-registered in order to be held.

To view all of Key Technologies’ upcoming workshops, presentations, and conferences simply click on the link below for the calendar.

http://www.gokeytech.com/key_technologies_calendar.htm

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Introduction to Vantage/Vanguard

9:00am – 3:30pm
Poplar Conference Room, Midlands Center, Columbia

Presenter:
Gina Greene, M.S.P., CCC-SLP
Regional Consultant/Augmentative Communication Specialist
Prentke Romich Company

This workshop will provide the speech-language pathologist, facilitator, parent or other person interested in AAC with a thorough understanding of Vantage and Vanguard through their operation, customization of vocabulary and instructional strategies and techniques.

Registration: To register for this workshop, call the Prentke Romich Company at 1-800-262-1984 and ask for Kay Keener This class is limited to 12 people.

Cost: free. This program is approved by ASHA for 0.5 CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

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