SC Department of Education Monthly Pee Dee Workshops

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All trainings are located at:

Darlington County Institute of Technology
160 Pinedale Drive
Darlington, SC  29532
(843) 398-4796

Please register for workshops by e-mailing Valeska Gioia at

Assistive Technology and
the Common Core State Standards

October 3, 2013 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

In this workshop, we will look at the Common Core Standards and how they can be accessed using various assistive technologies.  We will talk about the Common Core Connectors which will replace the current Extended Standards for students with intellectual disabilities and we will demonstrate various digital books websites that can supplement your district’s curriculum as well as look at resources that will assist you in differentiating the curriculum for the students in your classroom.

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Boardmaker Intermediate

November 7, 2013 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Basic Boardmaker experience is needed for this workshop which will focus on creating visual supports, importing pictures and saving them, using the Boardmaker Plus! Software to create an alternative augmentative communication device on a laptop computer or interactive whiteboard, and using the templates that are included on the Boardmaker Plus! Supplemental CD.  This is a hands-on workshop that guides you through the Boardmaker Plus! Software and give you the ability to create wonderful visual supports and communication opportunities for students in your classroom.

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Microsoft Accessibility

November 19, 2013 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

In this workshop, you will be able to personalize your PC with Microsoft Accessibility Options and will learn the value of accessibility and how it facilitates learning in the classroom.  Educators and service providers are often 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 present various classroom scenarios to demonstrate practical use of the Microsoft Accessibility features. 

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Introduction to Digital Books

December 5, 2013 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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 iDevices, 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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iPad Accessibility and Apps for Students with Special Needs

February 6, 2014 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

iPad and all iDevices have great accessibility options that can be used with students who have visual impairments, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, or just as a supplement to the general education curriculum.  We will go over various IOS accessibility options and learn more about apps for students in special education including switch accessible apps.  In this workshop, we will also go over how to find free open-source books and covert them to iBooks.  We will also go over rubrics and websites that focus on apps and individuals that conduct research on them.  Please bring your own device if you have one. 

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Assistive Technology Resources for Math and Science

March 6, 2014 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Assistive technology is needed for all parts of the curriculum and, in this workshop, resources will be shared that can help in the areas of math and science.  Many of these resources can be used in conjunction with interactive white boards. Some of the programs we will focus on are online calculators, interactive websites, and programs that will motivate students in these areas. iPad apps that have been shown to be successful for students who need help with math and science will be demonstrated. 

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Free Literacy Supports and Study Aids for Students with Special Needs

April 3, 2014 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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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SCATP Assistive Technology Expo

Brookland Banquet & Conference Center
March 26, 2014

How Can I Help My Students with Sensory Integration Disorder?

May 22, 2014 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Many students experience problems with Sensory Integration Disorder and teachers don’t know how to help them.  In this workshop, we will go over what Sensory Integration Disorder is and what you can do to help students in classroom.  This workshop will focus on various strategies that can be used in the classroom and at home to alleviate anxiety, frustration, and behavioral issues.  We will also review excellent resources and websites on Sensory Integration Disorder so that you will be able to learn more about it on your own.

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