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The IHAT Center offers a variety of professional development sessions on assistive technology. Many of these sessions are embedded in education coursework, but candidates are welcome to sign up for sessions of personal interest as well. Below are the professional development sessions and short descriptions. Most but not all sessions are offered each semester.
This session introduces the term Assistive Technology, explores a variety of AT across disability populations, and highlights the connection between AT and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). No prerequisites or requirements.
This session explores Inspiration and Kidspiration graphic organizing software. Participants will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge and use of the software. No prerequisites or requirements.
This first SMART session teaches the basics of SMART Notebook software and the interactive whiteboard. While there are no prerequisites to this session, this session is a prerequisite for other SMART sessions.
This SMART session further explores features of SMART Notebook software in the Gallery tab. SMART Basics is a prerequisite for this session.
This session teaches Boardmaker software - a graphics program that allows picture to text alignment for a variety of applications. No prerequisites or requirements.
This session explores a variety of AT that supports literacy, both reading and written expression, with emphasis on Read and Write Gold software. No prerequisites or requirements.
This session explores the use of Classroom Suite (curriculum intervention software) and Intellikeys alternate keyboards. No prerequisites or requirements.
This session explores Clicker 6 (reading and writing intervention software). No prerequisites or requirements.
This session demonstrates how to make adapted books for students with specific learning needs, physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Required: All participants must bring a children's book to adapt.
This hands-on session explores a variety of different ways that individuals with disabilities can access technology. No prerequisites or requirements.
This session teaches the AT Evaluation cycle, common elements across several different models of AT evaluations, and formative assessment strategies for AT. No prerequisites or requirements.
This third SMART session builds on content learned in the first two sessions and explores response systems built into the hardware/software. Prerequisites: SMART Basics and SMART Gallery.
This session explores a variety of AT options specific to supporting expressive language deficits. No prerequisites or requirements.