IDA Continues Webinar Series with Integrating Reading Supports with Educational Technology by Sharon Plante, July 13


IDA will be hosting free bi-weekly webinars through our YouTube page. Accompanying the webinars, IDA will be offering giveaways with registrations. Registration for this webinar will close on July 10, 2020, at 12:00 am EDT. Register here.

You do not need to register to view the webinar. A recording of the webinar will be available on the IDA YouTube channel upon completion.

Webinar Description:

The utilization of technology (interactive screens, iPads, apps, and websites) can make reading instruction (decoding/encoding, fluency, and comprehension) a multi-sensory process that is engaging and explicit while maintaining the individualization and diagnostic-prescriptive aspects of the lesson. It can support the organizational challenges for necessary lesson materials that can occur when working with multiple students at once, while also allowing for ease of differentiation within a small group format. Additionally, educational technology can provide ways for the teacher to collect work samples and data from multiple students simultaneously and allow for individualized feedback. The session will focus on the use of various tools that can support differentiated and individualized engagement during various components of reading instruction.

Sharon Plante, an educator with over 23 years teaching experience in special education, currently serves as teacher and Chief Technology Integrator at The Southport School. As a Classroom Educator certified Orton-Gillingham tutor, she uses her training and understanding of technology to empower students with learning disabilities in the classroom and through virtual learning. Sharon has taken the work done at The Southport School and conducts presentations and workshops across the country and online providing other educators this training, incorporating best practices in professional development. She has provided workshops for Kent Independent School District (Michigan), Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Assistive Technology International Association. Additionally, she has led virtual training for Learning Ally, Spotlight on Dyslexia, PaTTAN and the Center for Technology and Disabilities, while also presenting at the International Dyslexia Association and The Dyslexia Foundation. Sharon is the co-author of Utilizing Technology to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities. She is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Commission on School Growth and Collaboration. Additionally, Sharon was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from George Mason University College of Education and Human Development.

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