Monthly Workshops for MT Anderson Support
Trainings Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm unless otherwise stated
Location: 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 email@example.com or 864-355-3708.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - Determine if your students need assistive technology (AT) to access the curriculum and what the laws are regarding Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Come and explore the five-step process on thoughtful consideration of whether or not students with disabilities require AT. Approaches the IEP team may use to accomplish this at every meeting will be reviewed.
AT in the IEP
Thursday, October 25, 2012 – We will examine where assistive technology (AT) is typically documented in the Individual Education Plan (IEP). Additionally, we will take a look at present levels, special factors, and the multitude of considerations to be made prior to determining how to use AT in service plans. The WATI Transition Guide and student examples will be examined as well.
Free Literacy and Study Supports
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - There are many free or low-cost literacy supports for students who have disabilities or for students who are struggling with reading fluency and comprehension. Many of the resources 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 achieve academic success. The Universal Design for Learning concept that includes supports for all learning styles will be addressed in this workshop.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - There are numerous open source literacy websites that are available for free access to literature in the classroom. Many of these websites have text-to-speech included with the literature or can be downloaded in a digital format to be accessed with i-devices, android devices, Kindles, and MP3 players. In this workshop, various literacy websites will be shown and a demonstration on how to download books in various formats will be given. We will also go over how these literacy websites can be used in conjunction with free text-to-speech software.
Interactive Whiteboards in the Special Needs Classroom
Thursday, January 24, 2013 - There are many resources that work really well with an interactive whiteboard. Resources addressing math, science, social studies, and a variety of other subjects will be reviewed. Additionally, hands on learning through the use of virtual field trips will be demonstrated.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - In this workshop, you will be able to personalize your PC with Microsoft Accessibility Options and how accessibility features can facilitate 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. Various classroom scenarios will be given to give participants some hands on experience with Microsoft Accessibility features.
Visual Support Strategies
Thursday, April 25, 2013 – In this workshop, we will take a look at visual supports in the areas of social skills, behavior, communication, and literacy. There are many resources available that may be of benefit for a variety of students, including students on the autism spectrum. Make and take ideas will also be discussed.
Introduction to Boardmaker
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - Learn Basic Boardmaker functions and the additional functions found in the Plus! version. Guided hands-on use and functional application with BoardmakerPlus! software will be reviewed. Boardmaker Plus! is a drawing program combined with a graphics database that also has the ability to play recorded speech, sounds and movies. This interactive component allows users to create talking activity boards, worksheets, schedules, books, writing activities, and more.