The road to learning

Over the last few years my school, Eagle Hill-Southport, has approached tech adoption at a slower pace than many. There was caution to ensure it fit the mission of our program, a skills based approach for students with learning disabilities, and did not provide compensation while we were working on remediation. Additionally, there were not administrators who could adopt the vision to lead technology integration further. Understandably, our school has addressed students needs for more than 25 years without the need for technology.

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Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event. – Heidi-Hayes Jacobs @heidihayesjacob

As various components have changed, and the need to accept tech integration in the building as pedagogical practice is evident, the doorways are opening. Previously students utilizing their own devices was on a case by case decision, and limited to…

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About Sharon LePage Plante

Sharon Plante, an educator with 20 years teaching experience in special education, has been an educator at Eagle Hill-Southport for over eleven years, as well as currently serving as Director of Technology. She utilizes her educational training and love of technology to engage students with learning disabilities in building their skills and finding success. Sharon is the co-author of Using Technology to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities. She was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from George Mason University College of Education and Human Development. She has presented at Everyone Reading, EdRev, Edscape, ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association), and New York Chapter of ALTA (Academic Language Trainers Association), as well as at several EdCamps, on using technology to empower the dyslexic learner. Sharon is the 2015-2017 chair of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Commission on Technology. Additionally, she hosts a podcast for Bam Radio Network on Learning Differently bringing together the voices of those working in the many aspects of special education. Sharon is a co-founder of #edtechchat, and co-organizer of EdCampSWCT.
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