Mentoring and Assistive Technology - Closing the Gap Conference 2011

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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.

Text of Mentoring and Assistive Technology - Closing the Gap Conference 2011

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2. Mentoring
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

  • Differentiation / UDL

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
Assessment Tools
Action research
20. Coaching
conversation skills
listening skills
nonverbal language
giving constructive feedback
developing trusting relationships
21. S.E.T.T.
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.
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 :

  • Limited access to program

30. Lack of staff training 31. Lack of student training