iPad as #dyslexiatech

Given the iPad unconference in October, thought I would share these thoughts with you all. We all teach differentiated learners, identified or not. Thinking how technology can support them is a great conversation.

The road to learning

My students are amazing learners.  Seeing the growth they make each day brings a smile to my face.  They have struggled and yet have found the perseverance within themselves to tackle the challenges their learning disabilities bring to the table.

For some time I have been building ways to bring technology into my building.  Some have been resistant to the idea of assistive technology bring provided by us.  I respect their position, we are a school to build skills, not to accommodate them.  However, there are some students who really need us to teach them how to use the tools that will help them be successful once they leave us.

There was also the challenge of what technology tools to use to support #dyslexic students.  (I will use the term dyslexic to really mean all students with learning disabilities such as dysgraphia, dyscalcula, processing disorders, ADD, executive function, etc…) Many…

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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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