Monthly Workshops for MT Anderson Support

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MT Anderson Support Center
100 Blassingame Road
Greenville, SC

(The training room will be determined according to dates of training)

To register for a workshop: Contact Mark Daniels at

Free Literacy & Study Supports

September 26, 2013 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

There are many free or low-cost literacy supports for students who have disabilities or who are struggling with reading fluency and comprehension.  Many of the resources that will be demonstrated can be implemented in the classroom on a daily basis with little effort.  Students who have experienced failure in academics might be motivated when they realize what tools can help them to achieve academic success. The Universal Design for Learning concept for all learning styles will be addressed with all these supports.

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Visual Support Strategies

October 31, 2013 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

In this workshop, we will take a look at visual support strategies for the whole classroom or the individual student. Examples range from common, everyday uses of visual supports (such as a student schedule) to more advanced opportunities to utilize these supports (such as teaching self regulation and social stories ).

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Introduction to Digital Books

November 21, 2013 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

There are numerous open source literacy websites that are available for free access to literature in the classroom. Many of these websites also have text-to-speech included with the literature or are able to be downloaded in a digital format to be accessed with i-devices, android devices, Kindles, and MP3 players. In this workshop, we will go over the various literacy websites and demonstrate how to download books in various formats. We will also go over how these literacy websites can be used in conjunction with free text-to-speech software. You will also learn the criteria needed to obtain accounts from Bookshare and Learning Ally.

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Creating Digital Books

December 12, 2013 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

This workshop is designed to explore various resources used to create digital books. We will focus on keeping it simple so that the audience can leave with a solid understanding of how to utilize photos, audio, and text to create a digital book. There are lots of options for the creation of digital books. In this workshop, we will look at utilizing two of the following three resources in order to create a digital book for a student :
TarHeel Reader, CAST Book Builder, and Power Point Books.

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Assistive Technology Consideration

January 23, 2014 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Assistive technology is often needed for students who need access to the curriculum, access to instructional materials, and may need AT in order to access the technology used by other students. In this workshop, we take a look at options for incorporating AT into IEP development. The focus is on the 5 step AT Consideration process.

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Assistive Technology in the IEP

February 27, 2014 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

In this workshop, we take a look at where AT can typically be documented in the IEP. We explore present levels of performance, consideration of special factors, special education services, supplementary aides & services, related services, and the statement of transition. We put a special emphasis on the importance of AT passing the “So What” test and making sure that we are including AT in a meaningful way.

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SCATP Assistive Technology Expo

Brookland Banquet & Conference Center
March 26, 2014

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Microsoft Accessibility

April 17, 2014 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm

In this workshop, you will be able to personalize your PC with Microsoft Accessibility Options and will learn the value of accessibility and how if facilitates learning in the classroom. Many educators and service providers are unaware of the many tools that are available for free through Microsoft. We will go over various accessibility options, such as speech Recognition, tools for individuals with visual impairments, scanning with Microsoft’s on-screen keyboard, and many more. We will also be able to go through various classroom scenarios to get some hands on experience with Microsoft Accessibility features.

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