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Online Training includes self-paced online sessions designed by professionals from across the Commonwealth of Virginia or other educational specialists. Online Training has webshops, which take 15-30 minutes to complete and eWorkshops, which are a compilation of webshops.
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Description: Presented by: Beth Poss Technology is omnipresent in the life of young children in the 21st century. Children from all walks of life are growing up with digital tools such as smartphones, tablets, computers and gaming systems and often are experts at navigating these tools well before entering kindergarten. While without a doubt assistive technology is a necessary tool to provide access for many young children with disabilities, the use of technology as a teaching tool for young children...
Description: Presented by: Linda Oggel & Mona Pruett   When voice output devices are initially introduced, the selection of vocabulary is essential. Limited “real estate” on low-tech communication devices (4, 8, 12 cells) makes vocabulary choice a fundamental and critical goal. Vocabulary selections on dynamic AAC devices are often overwhelming to AAC users and teachers and this session offers strategies to make that task easier. This session reviews the importance of...
Description: Presented by Kristine Neuber Do you know if your web sites and online learning management systems are accessible to students, teachers and parents who have disabilities? This session discusses what web accessibility means and provides information about federal and state accessibility guidelines school systems are required to meet. Examples of common accessibility issues encountered by school district web sites and learning management systems like Blackboard, are highlighted. Experience what your...
Description: Created by Rita Mars and Karen Wiltraut (Updated resource links by Clare Talbert- January 2017) Join the fabulous AT gals from Fairfax in exploring low tech ideas made from everyday items to use in your classroom! You'll tap into creative ideas that cover areas of academics, behavior, communication, access, etc. We hope these low-cost solutions work for your classroom.
Description: By all accounts, students who exhibit learning and behavior problems pose a real challenge to school personnel. One way to improve the educational outcomes for these students is to ensure that all teachers possess the knowledge and skills required to address the myriad challenges of daily classroom management and instruction. Fortunately, there is a growing body of research-based literature on evidence-based practices that are applicable in both general and special education settings. In...
Description: By all accounts, students who exhibit learning and behavior problems pose a real challenge to school personnel. One way to improve the educational outcomes for these students is to ensure that all teachers possess the knowledge and skills required to address the myriad challenges of daily classroom management and instruction. Fortunately, there is a growing body of research-based literature on evidence-based practices that are applicable in both general and special education settings. In...
Description: Does your school division use Windows-based laptops, PCs, or Apple devices rather than Chromebooks in the classroom? Do these machines and their software packages present access challenges for students that you are working with? Then, this session is for you! Matt will provide an overview of the MANY built-in and add-on accessibility features of Microsoft Windows, Office 365, and Mac OS (and iOS) software that can be used to support the needs of diverse learners. Many of the tools we will be...
Description: Kathe Wittig, M.Ed., Program Specialist - Secondary Transition & Fran Smith, Ed.D. CVE, Coordinator of Technology and Distance Learning - T/TAC @ VCU (Resources updated by Clare Talbert- January 2017) When considering transition assessment, practitioners should take into account each student's support needs. It is helpful to use the tenets of universal design for learning with students who have disabilities. Infusing assistive and instructional technologies into this process will be covered...
Description: (Webshop edited by Clare Talbert, September 2016) Approximately 10% to 20% of the U.S. population has a specific learning disability called dyslexia, which is a leading cause of reading challenges in school. As parents, we should learn about the characteristics of dyslexia and what they mean for our children. Note: You will have to create a free account to access this webshop.
Description: (Recorded Webinar from 2/23/2016 presentation by Lauren Enders) This presentation will begin with a brief review of core language principles for vocabulary selection and language teaching.    Participants will then learn how typical language learners acquire language and why the technique of aided language stimulation/aided language input is an essential component of any successful AAC implementation plan, regardless of a student’s age or language level. Sample...
Description: (Recorded Webinar from 2/25/2016 presentation by Judith Schoonover & Sally Norton-Darr) Developing multi-modal materials to introduce or extend literacy experiences sets the stage for literacy success. Alternative ways to organize, display and arrange, interact and respond to information produce greater understanding of concepts. Musician Paul Simon proposed a 50 way relationship exit strategy. In this webinar, we propose a 50 way literacy ACCESS strategy. Scaffolds created or...
Description: There is a new tool in Excel 2013, the Quick Analysis Tool makes creating charts, graphs and tables much easier. 
Description: In the past, a user could save a Word document as a PDF file, but, until now, the user couldn't edit PDFs in Word without first converting them to Doc or DocX format. In the new Word 2013, you can open PDF files, edit them in Word, and then save them as either DocX files or PDF files. 
Description: (Recorded Webinar from 11/12/2015 presentation by Christopher Bugaj) Face it, you're a muggle. There's an entire wizarding world happening all around you called Twitter. You've heard about it. You may have even tried it. But you don't understand how or why it works. Why tweet? What's a hashtag and how do I use it? What is a "chat," how does it work, and why would I ever want to be involved in one? This session will take you through the basics. Not only will you learn the "hows" of Twitter,...
Description: (Recorded webinar from 11/11/2015 presentation by Dr. Joy Zabala) In this active and thought-provoking session, Dr. Joy Zabala, the developer of the SETT Framework, will share some ideas about how the SETT Framework can assist collaborative teams at all stages of decision-making about technology and materials -- from consideration through implementation and evaluation of effectiveness. Thinking through the strengths and challenges students face when working toward mastery of tasks in their...
Description: (Recorded Keynote webinar from 11/10/2015 presentation by Dr. Therese Willkomm) Creating solutions on the fly for little or no cost is not only easy, but is incredibly important in the lives of students with disabilities. This webinar will discuss and demonstrate over 101 assistive technology solutions that can be made in five minutes or less using everyday tools and materials. Learn about new innovative uses for corrugated plastics, InstaMorph®, Ridged foam, and new Velcro® brand hook...
Description: Office 2013 offers a number of new features including text to speech, touch screen tools, opening PDF documents in Word as editable text and cloud based storage. This www.Workshop will demonstrate several of the new features and provide visual tutorials for future reference.   Come learn something new and expand your technology skills!
Description: Adding photos and movies to Office 2013 documents has become faster and easier than ever before.  A user can now Insert photos and videos from their computer or from online sources. 
Description: Some new Office 2013 features are designed to make working with a touch screen easier. The new Read Mode in Word opens a document in reading view, which lets you scroll through the document by swiping horizontally with your finger. On a desktop with a touch screen monitor, you can change this behavior back to the more traditional page navigation mode if you wish.  
Description: Office 2013 is designed to integrate with the cloud—with SkyDrive and SharePoint, in particular. A user can now save their work to the cloud for anytime, anywhere access.  
Webshop Title: Office 2013 New Look
Description: Office 2013 is getting an updated look. Gone are the multiple shades of color that decorated the older interface, as well as the shadows and shading that suggested three dimensions. There is a new crisp clean look to Office 2013.
Description: This screen capture tool is built into Windows 7 and  is very easy to use. You can capture whatever you want from the screen, edit it and then email it or copy and paste it wherever you want it to go.  
Description: The Credential Manager is another new feature in Windows 7, that allows the user to save passwords for their accounts. 
Webshop Title: Sticky Notes in Windows 7
Description: Sticky Notes are quick and easy notes you can keep on your desktop as a reminder.
Description: The Sound Recorder tool allows a user to create audio files to save and use in another location.  
Description: Speech recognition/speech to text, is a tool that has been recommended for several years for persons with physical disabilities who cannot access a typical keyboard.  It is also a tool that has become mainstream in recent years with the conception of cell phones with speech to text technology.  Windows 7 has a speech recognition instrument that with some training can be a very beneficial tool.
Webshop Title: Magnifier in Windows 7
Description: For those who find common font sizes too small to comfortably read, there are options. One solution is to change the screen resolution, which can work, but can distort images and icons on the screen. The magnifier is a better solution for modifying the computer display.
Description: One new tool in Windows 7 is the Problem Steps Recorder (PSR) — especially for those of us who provide tech support to Windows users. No matter how hard they try, users often have problems accurately describing the problem they're experiencing or the steps they took before or after experiencing it. The Problem Steps Recorder will document the steps the person took and record the steps with text and images.
Description: This workshop has nine new Windows 7 tools to explore. These are productivity tools that will enhance your computer experience. Come explore them in this www.Workshop and save the direction sheets for use later.
Description: If you give presentations on a regular basis, you'll welcome a new tool in Windows 7 that makes it easy for you to display your Windows 7 portable computer's desktop on a projector. 
Description: Your computer does all of the work, but your monitor is what you look at all day. If it does not look good, you will not get the most out of your computing experience, and you can even strain your eyes. Windows 7 includes two great tools for adjusting your display to fit your preferences.
Description: [Virtual TechKnowledgy 2013 Webinar by Barbara Cannon] Serving students who are nonverbal is a challenge. It is necessary to provide these students with ways to communicate so that they can answer academic questions and participate in the social communication of the schools. Use of core vocabulary can help make this happen.
Description: by Dr. Cheryl Temple & Lisa Givens Many students struggle with executive functioning skills such as organizing and managing tasks, which impacts their academic achievement. This webinar will focus on technology tools and mobile apps to support executive functioning.
Description: by Dr. Cynthia Feist, Dr. Tara Jeffs Designed for educators, AT specialists, and therapists on a shoestring budget, this webcast integrates low to high tech AT into math and science instruction for students with multiple learning preferences and differing abilities, for little or no cost. Learn how to create: accessible math and science resources for differentiated instruction, including: scientific process and math sequence ropes; customized graph paper; graphic organizers; item banks;...
Description: [Virtual TechKnowledgy 2014 Webinar by Kelly Fonner]Are you using all the tools that are available to improve your students' learning and demonstration of literacy skills? Have your students developed note-taking and study skills? Are they communicating and participating in socially acceptable ways, autonomously and as independently as possible? These are the possibilities of supports through today's mobile technologies, apps, software, and even no tech assistive technology strategies. It...
Description: [Virtual TechKnowledgy 2014 Webinar by Jennifer Mitchell]Unfortunately, students who struggle with reading have a history of failure and usually do not have the background knowledge they need to succeed. Technology can help struggling students become productive, independent, and achieve while accessing the general curriculum. To encourage our students to become life-long learners we should guide them to self-select the technology tools that are most beneficial. This session will demonstrate free...
Description: [Virtual TechKnowledgy 2013 Webinar by Ynez Peterson & Melanie Moore] Accessible Academic Activities are educational activities that support single switch technology. Students with physical disabilities and/or students who become overwhelmed by too much information (or choices) are good switch candidates. This webinar will review a variety of educational activities that provide curricular supports for switch users focusing on emergent literacy skills (specifically alphabet knowledge, letter...
Description: [Virtual TechKnowledgy 2013 Keynote by Penny Reed] Many school divisions are working to improve student performance on standards of learning tests, yet few are thinking about the power of assistive technology. How can you bust the barriers to the use of AT in these endeavors? Dr. Reed will draw on research from many fields to suggest critical actions that you can use to gain support for assistive technology. Participate in this webinar and become a barrier buster!  We encourage teams to...
Description: [Virtual TechKnowledgy 2013 Webinar by Sally Norton-Darr & Judith Schoonover] Have you heard the word about MSWord? Did you know that you can adjust the cognitive difficulty of print information to provide multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement using MS Word and free Internet downloads? Awesome, right? The tools in MS Word plus the principles of Universal Design for Learning equals access to knowledge. But wait, there’s more! Using a process called...
Description: Clear Rules and Expectations - Module 1
Description: Behavior Contracts - Module 2
Webshop Title: Precorrection - Secondary
Description: Precorrection - Module 3
Description: Behavior Contracts - Module 2
Description: Clear Rules and Expectations - Module 1
Description: Precorrection - Module 3
Description: TARGET AUDIENCE: ECE/Low Incidence, PK-12 (Resources updated August 2017) TIME: 30 minutes DESCRIPTION: It's really not surprising at all: children who are non-verbal have a hard time learning to read and write. Without functional expressive language skills, they are at risk. But what specifically can be done to help change this? This webshop will begin with research relating to home literacy experiences of children who are non-verbal target specific needs of these children, and provide...