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When you finish a webshop (and complete the evaluation), you will receive a certificate of completion that shows how much time you spent on the webshop. This certificate can be submitted to your supervisor or administrator who will determine how many recertification points will be given. Certificates will be stored in your My TTAC Online account.
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Description: Presented by: Christopher Bugaj Working to provide students with a way to communicate is often a difficult task wrought with barriers and challenges. Learning language is less like one person opening a locked door and more like a team of construction workers building a house. Rarely is it the case that a dynamic augmentative communication device is put in place and then suddenly scores of language come spilling out of a student without persistent, focused support. It takes a consistent,...
Description: Presented by: Christopher Bugaj If a student is not successfully using verbal speech as her or his primary form of expression by the age of 3, the educators working with that student should be considering augmentative/alternative communication. All too often, the belief that a child is too young, too disabled, or simply not ready, prevents or delays the implementation of a robust AAC system to help learn language. In the first of a two-part session the autor examines practices for...
Description: Presented by: James Gunther Come along and experience how technology and gaming can support cross-curricular activities. Are you ready to explore the various games, apps and devices that can support your students on this journey?
Description: Presented by: Mark Barlet The author talks about how communities are built around video games, and how students with disabilities are able to make meaningful long-term friendships using a shared love for a game.
Description: Presented by: Carrie Clawson & Patti Drescher This is a fast-paced discussion of assistive technology to ease the transition from high school to post-secondary or employment environments. Many transitioning young adults struggle with time management, reading, note taking, and stress management. Tools and strategies are shared that the authors have found to be successful with this age group.
Description: Presented by: Lora Beeken & Holly Nester There are many common myths associated with the use of AAC that present road blocks to the implementation process. This session focuses on debunking these myths while providing practical implementation strategies for use both in the classroom and at home. Information is shared about the consideration process for selecting appropriate devices and helpful Internet resources to gather additional ideas for implementation.
Description: Presented by: Ian Moore By modeling accessible instructional materials (AIM) throughout the school year and properly scaffolding AT supports, educators can create successful, independent readers in the classroom, at home, and on statewide assessments. Research tells us that the benefits of using AIM (such as the audio component) on reading comprehension, persist even when AIM cannot be used in Virginia’s Reading SOL. This session shows educators how to build accessible reading...
Description: Presented by: Matthew Newton Voice assistant devices are all the rage right now. They allow us to conveniently order products, ask questions, set reminders, and control our environment just by speaking certain keywords and phrases from the comfort of our living room couch. Much like many other consumer electronic devices that were originally designed to be used in the home or businesses, voice assistants are breaking out of these environments and finding a place in the classrooms of...
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...
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: Presented by: Fiona Bessey-Bushnell & Susan Mapes Do people in your district understand all of the tasks that providing AT entails?Do you feel like you need a road map of all of the tasks necessary for AT service provision? This recorded webinar outlines the results of a recent RESNA-sponsored study of the duties and tasks of Assistive Technology (AT) service provision within the K-12 setting. The published study can serve as a resource to school-based AT providers and their employers...
Description: (Updated by Linda Ingleson, January 2017) More and more children are coming to preschool without having learned how to interact with peers and how to manage their feelings. Challenging behaviors are being seen more often and preschoolers are being suspended and expelled from school at unprecedented numbers. Because children are coming to preschool without the requisite social and emotional skills deliberate teaching and fostering of these skills has to become a major focus in early childhood...
Description: (Updated by author- January 2017) This webshop (Part 1) is designed to provide teachers, administrators, and other service providers and staff with an introduction to deaf education. It presents basic information about hearing loss and implications on language and speech development. Note: The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Student in Your Classroom (Part 2) will address educational implications of a hearing loss.  
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: The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment presents a 16 hour in-service on Unified English Braille, literary and technical code transcription.  
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...
Webshop Title: Speak Tool in Word 2013
Description: The Speak tool is a text to speech tool available in Office 2013.  This tool allows Word to read the text on the page. It works in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
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: 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: The Ribbon was a new addition to Microsoft Office starting in 2007. The Ribbon allows users to have access to several tools to customize and edit their tasks in Office.  However, the Ribbon takes up over an inch of real estate at the top of the screen. 
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: 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: This is the second webshop on the topic of phonological processes. In this webshop, speech language pathologists can explore how to assess phonological processes in children, particularly those with multiple speech sound errors and low speech intelligibility. Further, SLPs can learn how to use comprehensive evaluation to help gain a picture of how the disorder may be affecting the child and to gather information to plan for remediation. The information presented can be considered a basic...
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!
Description: This is part 2 of 8 in the writing functional IEP goals for preschoolers workshop. The content of this video will discuss using the curriculum framework as a process for determining appropriate and functional goals for children with disabilities.