iWrite! Supporting Early Conventional Writing through the iPad!

What:  Helping students with disabilities grow as writers is all about Time, Teaching and Technology!   Learn how to use your iPads to support text production from scribbling to invented spelling and simple sentences to persuasive essays. We will explore the full writing process, covering prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing, including specific strategies for struggling students at each phase (e.g., using T.I.E. - Topic / Ideas / Ending to develop a paragraph) and using fun apps at each stage (e.g., apps to support idea generation and to celebrate the final written product). Student writing samples (pre- and post-) will be shared and participants will engage in brainstorming activities to customize materials for their students and curriculum.   A key focus throughout the day will be using apps to inspire writing for students who use a range of pencils, from traditional writing tools and computers to alternate pencils such as light tech alphabet flipboards and onscreen keyboards.

Who:  This workshop will focus on students who can form sentences, but struggle to keep up with content-based writing.  Participants include general education teachers, special education teachers, parents, classroom aides, therapists, AT specialists, literacy coaches, and anyone else who is struggling to support students (with or without disabilities) who love the iPad and want to improve skills in generating text!

Learner Objectives:

(1)  Identify at least two assessment tools for use with beginning writers

(2)  Summarize the five parts of writing, and describe one strategy to use with each part

(3)  Identify at least three activities to support drafting, then describe an app you would select to scaffold that activity, and how you would apply that app with a target student

(4)  Review the importance of planning, and suggest at least one app for supporting topic setting, idea generation, and organization using graphic supports.

TSHA CEUs pending approval.

Please check the listing of apps you'll need for this session here: http://www5.esc13.net/thescoop/special/files/2014/10/iWrite-Apps.docx 

(We will have ~ 15 iPads for those who need to borrow -that have the apps on them)

Life Skills teachers, Resource teachers, paraeducators, AT, SLP, OT
Special Education, Related Services, Assistive Technology, LIFE skills, Literacy, Autism, Speech Therapy

CPE Credits: 6.00  
Registration Closes: 11/17/2014 1:34 pm
ESC 13
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78723
Thu. 11/13/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm