Wednesday, January 18, 2023

MonTECH Assistive Technology Training Series 2022-23 (virtual training)

Each month we will feature a different assistive technology (AT) training from MonTECH. These virtual trainings will be from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Two OPI renewal units will be provided for each training. 

September 20: Assistive Technology 101 (90 min)  

Do you have questions like: How do I know if a student needs Assistive Technology (AT)? When do I check the box on the IEP? Who pays for this? What is AT anyway? Then this workshop is for you! You will learn the purpose of AT and when to consider using it with students. We’ll answer frequently asked questions and provide you with valuable resources to help you use AT with your students on IEPs, 504 plans or as part of Response to Intervention. 

October 18: iPad 101 (90 min)

This class is for anyone that wants to learn more about an iPad and its basic functions.  One of the most exciting features is how to lock the iPad so students can’t leave the app you are working on. We will also talk about using settings and ease of access to meet the needs of students with a variety of needs. 

November 15: Notetaking and Organization (90 min)

Keeping track of notes and tasks can be overwhelming to students – not to mention for their teachers and family at home! In this presentation, we’ll showcase tools to support notetaking and organization whether your students are online or in the classroom. 

December 20: Using AT for Behavior/Sensory Support, Part 1 (90 min)

Discussion about environmental supports for behavior management. We will show MonTECH tools for support and how you can implement these ideas in your own classroom 

January 17: Using AT for Behavior/Sensory Support, Part 2 (90 min)

This session will focus on gross motor sensory needs, ideas for supporting those with different sensory needs through AT, and discussion about sensory profiles and how they can help. 

March 21: Communication Supports, Part 1 (emphasis on low-tech devices, 90 min) 

This session will focus on beginner communication devices and tools that lead to learning about cause and effect. This class is great for anyone new to communication, someone is working with students with more complex needs, and anyone new to the concept of back-and-forth communication. 

April 18: Communication Supports, Part 2 (emphasis on high tech/apps, 90 min) 

We will be discussing communication apps and when and how to use them. We will compare different apps and the features of each. We will also discuss feature matching a student to an app or device. 

May 16th: Setting Yourself Up For Success with Communication

If you’re new to working with students who use communication devices, then this is the training for you! First, we’ll review some basic principles of AAC so you feel confident supporting your students. Next, we will discuss different features of the device, including access options, and talk about how to get buy-in from the whole team. Throughout the training, we’ll highlight how to keep communication fun and engaging.