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SAVE This Date! Monday, November 10th 5:00 to 7:00 pm
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This workshop will provide an introduction to Assistive Technology and teaching strategies. Participants will learn to identify the uses of low tech, mid tech and high tech in the classroom. In addition, participants will have exposure to a panel of Assistive Technology Specialists. Following the panel discussion, break-out session will provide a more detailed introduction to a cadre of Assistive Technology tools. The underlying theme to this workshop is to provide access and develop student literacy skills fostering college and career readiness. This workshop is ideal for K-12 faculty, paraprofessionals and teaching assistants, administrators, parents, student and related service providers. Assistive technology (AT) devices and services were first defined in federal law in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-476). The use of technology to enhance learning is an effective approach for many children. Additionally, students often experience greater success when they are allowed to use their abilities(strengths) to work around their disabilities (challenges). AT tools combine the best of both of these practices. Registration is required, deadline is November 3rd - There is no fee to attend this workshop. This workshop has been put together as a joint effort by SUNY New Paltz School of Education, the Mid-Hudson Teacher's Center and Ulster BOCES Instructional Service.
Nook e-readers are available for loan through the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center to educators in our member districts. These e-readers make it easy for students to highlight, take notes, and look up unfamiliar words. They can also be very helpful in addressing the skills of using text-based answers and writing from sources. Training on use of the Nooks is required for borrowing. A workshop on using the Nooks is being offered onTuesday, October 7th, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Plattekill Elementary School. A class set of Nooks may be borrowed for up to a month at a time for teachers attending the Nook Workshop. Attached is a list of available books. More are being added. Any questions please call the office at 845-257-2885.
New York State Teacher Centers Enter Partnership
Through the efforts of the Statewide Teacher Center Technology Committee, MHTC is pleased to announce the availability of the exciting “VITAL NY” program”. In partnership with Channel 13/WNET, NY Teacher Centers will be working on training models to insure the most effective use of this free, standards aligned video system. VITAL NY has a collection of over 2,000 resources for teachers and students. PBS will be working with us to create a training model in both traditional face to face formats as well as on-line formats. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting and valuable program, but please feel free to start utilizing the service and to place the link to the resource on your website.