• Assistive Technology Workshops:

    These workshops will focus on assistive technology tools. The assistive technology specialist, Rachel Kuberry, will likely teach them. You can select workshops that align with tools that you know your assistants are using. If you’re not sure what workshop would be best for your assistants, you can contact Rachel (at rkuberry@lexingtonma.org), as she can guide your decision.
     
     
    Click on these links to jump directly to the descriptions, or scroll down the page to see all descriptions:
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Title: LoTTIE Kit overview
    Description: This workshop will give assistants an understanding of the low-tech assistive technology tools available within their schools – the LoTTIE Kits! The workshop will cover what is in the LoTTIE kit and how to use the tools with students.
    Recommended Time: 1 hour
    Participants: This is suitable for assistants at all levels, at all schools.
     
     
     
     
     
    Title: Mac Accessibility
    Description: This workshop will give assistants an overview of the built-in accessibility features of the Mac computer.  Examples of these features are text to speech, enlarging the cursor, slowing the cursor, customizing the keyboard, and zooming in on the screen.  This workshop can be also customized specifically for IAs that work with students who struggle with writing, spelling, reading, attention, or fine motor. 
    Recommended Time: 1-2 hours
    Participants: This is suitable for assistants at all levels, at all schools. 
     
     
     
     
     
    Title: Co:Writer overview
    Description: This workshop will focus on basic use of Co:Writer word prediction software. This will include locating the software on the computer, opening the software, using the software in conjunction with a word processor, and basic troubleshooting.
    Recommended Time: 1 hour
    Participants: This is best for assistants who have not previously used this software. It would also be suitable for assistants who have used the software many years ago, in a previous district, etc…
     
     
     
    Title: Advanced Co:Writer
    Description: This workshop will focus on advanced use of Co:Writer word prediction software. This will include creating custom word banks, customizing the voice, changing the appearance of the software, and customizing the vocabulary.
    Recommended Time: 1-2 hours
    Participants: Assistants must have previously used Co:Writer in order to participant in this workshop. They should already have a basic understand of how to use the software.
     
     
     
     
     
    Title: Using Microsoft Word as an assistive technology tool
    Description: This workshop will cover a variety of uses for Microsoft Word as an assistive technology tool. These uses include using the “speech” toolbar to hear text read aloud, making comments/notes within text, using the “equation editor”, making digital graph paper, customizing the spell checker, and more!
    Recommended Time: 2 hours
    Participants: Assistants must have basic understanding of Microsoft Word.
     
     
     
    Title:  Using Microsoft Word as an assistive technology reading tool:
    Description: This workshop will cover how to us Microsoft Word as an assistive technology tool for reading. It will include how to use the built-in text to speech, the dictionary, annotate digital text, and more.
    Recommended Time: 1 hour
    Participants: Assistants must have basic understanding of Microsoft Word.
     
     
     
    Title: Using Microsoft Word as an assistive technology writing tool
    Description: This workshop will cover how to us Microsoft Word as an assistive technology tool for writing. It will include how to use the thesaurus, how to customize the spell checker and AutoCorrect feature, and how to use the built-in text to speech to auditorily edit written work.
    Recommended Time: 1 hour
    Participants: Assistants must have basic understanding of Microsoft Word.


     
     
     
    Title: Using Microsoft Word as an assistive technology math tool
    Description: This workshop will cover how to us Microsoft Word as an assistive technology tool for math. It will include how to use the equation editor, how to make digital graph paper, and how to use complete calculations within Microsoft Word.
    Recommended Time: 1 hour
    Participants: Assistants must have basic understanding of Microsoft Word.
     
     
     
     
     
    Title: Clicker 6 overview
    Description: This workshop will focus on basic use of Clicker 6 multi-media literacy software. This will include locating the software on the computer, opening the software, using the word processor, and using the templates.
    Recommended Time: 1 hour
    Participants: This is best for assistants who have not previously used this software. It would also be suitable for assistants who have used the software many years ago, in a previous district, etc…
     
     
     
    Title:  Advanced Clicker 6
    Description: This workshop will focus on advanced use of Clicker 6 multi-media literacy software. This will include creating custom word banks, customizing the voice, changing the appearance of the software, and customizing the vocabulary. It will also cover creating customized student activities, including matching tasks, labeling tasks, and interactive books.
    Recommended Time: 2 hours
    Participants: Assistants must have previously used Clicker 6 in order to participant in this workshop. They should already have a basic understand of how to use the software.

     
     
     
     
    Title: iPads for students with special needs
    Description: This workshop will give assistants an overview of how they can use iPads with students with special needs.  The workshop can be customized to work with the apps that are already in use within your school or can look at new apps.  This workshop will also provide assistants with an overview of how apps are approved and how they can request new apps for installation. 
    Recommended Time: 1 hour
    Participants: This is suitable for assistants at all levels, at all schools.
     
     
     
     
     
    Title: iPad Accessibility
    Description: This workshop will give assistants an overview of the built-in accessibility features of the iPad.  Examples of these features are text to speech, dictation, VoiceOver, and organizational strategies.  This workshop can be also customized specifically for IAs that work with students who struggle with writing, spelling, reading, attention, or fine motor. 
    Recommended Time: 1 hour
    Participants: This is suitable for assistants at all levels, at all schools.