Can Chrome/Chromebooks provide support for students in completing reading tasks? Participants will have the opportunity to download and explore Chrome extensions, add-ons and web resources that support some typical classroom setting demands for general education students and those with mild disabilities. We will look at a decision making process to help participants select appropriate tools and discuss how to incorporate these technologies into the classroom and how to assess their effectiveness. Finally, we will dig into locating and creating accessible educational materials. Resources will also be provided to help participants continue in their Chrome journey. NOTE: This is not an introductory Chrome workshop. Participants are expected to be familiar with the basics of the Chrome Browser/Chromebook (settings, how to download apps, etc.). Participants should bring a laptop computer (Mac or PC) or a Chromebook and power cord (if needed) with access to your Google Drive account. At the end of this session, participants will be able to: Understand and apply a technology decision making process to guide selection of appropriate tools to support student learning. Identify tools to support access to reading materials above a student’s independent reading level, support understanding of unfamiliar vocabulary and support the development of key vocabulary/concepts/ pertinent content background knowledge. Identify resources for obtaining digital versions of novels and textbooks. Create readable versions of scanned or photocopied materials. The material in this session is geared toward General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Related Services Staff, Technology Coaches or Instructional Coaches who are working with or supporting students who are completing reading tasks using either a Chromebook or a laptop computer and the Google Chrome Browser.
Satisfactory Completion: Credit for attending a course is based on your signature on the sign in sheet as well as sign out sheet. Participants are expected to attend the entire session to earn credit. Partial attendance may result in partial or no PD credit. All participants must complete an evaluation of the class within two weeks of the session or final session to be sent a certificate. Cost Information: Workshop fees are waived for NSSED employees, Member District* employees, and parents of students in our member districts. For individual participants who do not meet the above criteria, this course participation fee is $150.00. All Registration or material fees will be billed directly to the school district that employs the participant after the session is complete or the first session in a series is complete. Individuals are asked to not bring payment to the session. Cancellations: There is no cancellation fee, though we ask for advanced notice to open the spot for another person. NSSED reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to low enrollment. Refunds: NSSED does not charge prior to the start of the course. If an individual attends the first day of a learning series but is unable to attend the remaining sessions, the school district that employs the participant is able to designate an alternate person. It is up the individual no longer attending the program to give their replacement the information learned in the first session. *Member Districts include:
Northbrook 27, Northbrook 28, Sunset Ridge 29, Glenview/Northbrook 30, West Northfield 31, Glenview 34, Glencoe 35, Winnetka 36, Kenilworth 38, Lake Bluff 65, Lake Forest 67, Bannockburn 106, Deerfield 109, North Shore 112, Township HS 113, Lake Forest 115, New Trier 203, Glenbrook 225.
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