Thursday, January 19, 2012

ICE Opportunities

The 2012 ICE Conference - Innovate, Collaborate, Educate will be taking place February 28 - March 2 in St. Charles, IL (just a little southwest of Chicago).  If you have the chance I would recommend checking out this conference as it is full of amazing workshops and sessions.  There are quite a few registration options if you can only come for part of the time.  Head to and click the ICE conference menu at the top of the page.

As part of the ICE Conference I thought I'd take a moment to highlight a couple of workshop sessions that look very interesting for special education and technology.

Conni Mulligan is an Instructional Technology Facilitator for Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, North Carolina. She is an Intel Master Trainer, QTL Instructor, a STAR Discovery Educator, iSafe Certified and currently hold the position of Chair for the North Carolina Discovery Education Network. I have spent time as a classroom teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels, as well as, an adjunct faculty member at our local college and community college. In my spare time, I work with the Asheville Puppetry Alliance where I enjoy creating, performing and promoting the art and craft of puppetry. For more information about me, check out my Curriculum Vitae.  She'll be presenting about Geocaching, you can find the description here.

Curriculum Connections to Geocaching - Tue, Feb. 28, 8:30-3:30
Come learn how to take any curricular area/topic and integrate it with a GPS device to create a very hands-on geocaching experience for your students. We will take the time to go through the entire process from teaching the background of using a GPS device to building a lesson that supports the use of GPS devices with students. We will also look at various print and online resources that provide pre-made lessons for educators to use with their students. Bring a topic or lesson that you would like to integrate with a GPS device and create a geocaching activity.

Cheryl Woolwine is a Special Education Assistive Technology Coordinator at Putnam County School District in Florida and STAR Discovery Educator.  She'll be leading 2 workshops that I'd like to highlight.

Empower Students with Accessible Technology (Windows 7) - Wed, Feb. 29, 8:30-11:00
This workshop will help educators learn how to show students how to personalize their PC and use accessibility features in Windows 7. Participants will see how the Ease of Access Center and Personalization Center (Control Panel) can be adapted for the individual learner. Accessibility features in Microsoft Windows 7 makes the computer easier to see, hear, and use. Using accessibility features enables all students to have the same educational opportunities, including students with mild impairments like difficulty hearing or seeing clearly and special education students.

Using Technology to Support Students in the Classroom - Thu, Mar. 1, 8:30-11:00
This workshop provides an introduction to identifying the components of assistive technology, instructional technology, Universal Design for Learning, and accessible instructional materials, and using these components to support students in the classroom. Integrating technology into the classroom to support instruction is not a new concept. However, using technology to support the individual needs of students in the general education population is an evolving pedagogy.

If you know someone you think would enjoy any of these sessions, please pass this info along.  If you'd like to see other sessions available at the 2012 ICE conference head to the registration page - ICE 2012.

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