An assistive technology mentoring project was undertaken on the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, in response to the difficulties encountered by schools when attempting to make informed decisions regarding assistive technology. This presentation will detail the project that provided professional learning to support the effective utilization of assistive technology using a mentoring model in schools.
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2. Mentoring and Assistive Technology: A model for Implementation in Australian Schools 3. Greg OConnor Education Services Manager, Spectronics 4. Mentoring Project: Baseline lack of integration into curriculum / programs 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. iPad 10. Transformational
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11. 21st Century Learning 12. Portability 13. ConvergenceGray & Silver-Pacuilla (2011) Breakthrough Teaching and Learning 14. SOS 15. Disruptive Innovation 16. Mentoring Project: Baseline lack of integration into curriculum / programs 17. Mentoring Project Support the identification, assessment and trial of equipment with students who require AT.
Support the use of AT to facilitate access to the curriculum, minimize barriers to learning and improve learning outcomes for students.
Develop teacher skills and resources in AT, and support the sharing of their knowledge and skills with other teachers and staff. 18. Capacity Building 19. Mentoring Project Components Coaching SETT Assessment Tools Action research 20. Coaching conversation skills listening skills nonverbal language giving constructive feedback developing trusting relationships 21. S.E.T.T. www.joyzabala.com 22. 23. Assessment Tools Assessing Students Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) QIAT - Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services Assistive Technology Rubrics Assistive Technology Guidelines New Zealand Ministry of Education 24. Action Research Investigations conducted by and for the people taking the action, on their own action to inform their future actions Richard Sagor(2005) 25. Action Research 26. Action Research Sagor, R. (2005). The Action Research Guidebook: A Four Step Process for Educators and School Teams. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. 23 27. Bugaj & Norton-Darr (2010) 28. Mentoring Project Stages SETT Framework & Action Research training 2. Assessment 3. Coaching visits 4. Ongoing evaluation and teacher collaboration 29. Mentoring Project North Coast Region Assistive Technology Mentoring Project Broken Bay High School and Texthelp Read & Write GOLD :
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30. Lack of staff training 31. Lack of student training