Assistive Technology Program

We are pleased to launch an additional offering of Assistive Technology for older students in 2019!

Starting in February 2019, the key focus of this program will be “Writing for Success” and due to the demand for this program, it has been adapted to include a course for Grades 4 to 6 and the new addition of a course for older students in Grades 6 to 9.  

Assistive Technology Program: “Writing 101” – Course Description (Grades 4 to 6)

This series of weekly one-hour sessions will reinforce basic writing skills, sentence structure and provide a review of grade appropriate researching and summarizing tasks. The instructor will show how the use of technology can support the writing process including use of the Google Platform and the reading and writing elements within the Read and Write extension as well as practical use of ‘Speech to Text’.

Students will also receive writing instruction during this program – including nouns, verbs, adjectives, sentence structure and proper punctuation, as well as descriptors (adjectives, adverbs), as the program has a core writing component.  Students will be taught how to use Google “Keep” for organization and use of Speech to Text to overcome difficulties in fine motor skills or to allow the student to get their ideas down more rapidly.

There will be 4 sessions of material, and the final 5th session will be optional and planned as a “make up” where students will participate in a review of the course materials, any content which they may have missed during the 4 weeks prior, or anything which they may need additional support with; this 5th session is purely optional.

Sessions will develop skills in:
1) Organizing work within folders in the Google Drive

2) Using the Reading functions and Writing functions of Google Read and Write

3) Parts of Speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives), Basic grammar and basic sentence structure, proper punctuation

4) Google “Keep” for organizing ideas and summarizing work

Learning objectives will be individualized and tailored to suit each student’s needs. The weekly in-class sessions will offer a blend of structured content (instruction), student-led discussion as well as open Q&A and practice time.

Chromebooks are provided

Diagnosis of a Learning Disability is not required for participation in this program, however, in the event enrollment exceeds our class maximum, priority will be given to students with a diagnosed LD.

Details:

  • Dates: Saturdays, April 6th, 13th, 20th , 27th and May 4th
  • Time: 11:30am – 12:30am
  • Location: 560 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7R 3M4

Fee:  Members:  $150 for 5 sessions / Non Members: $200 for 5 sessions

To Register: Select a ticket quantity below, and click on the ‘Register Now’ button.

 

Assistive Technology Program: “Writing and Research 2.0” – Course Description (Grades 6 to 9):

This series of weekly one-hour sessions are designed for an older age group, and students must be at or above grade level in reading ability as it is specifically designed for students in Grades 6 to 9 with learning disabilities. 

This 2.0 program is the newest addition to our Assistive Technology course offering, and will focus on writing and research activities. Students will receive instruction on proper sentence structure, parts of speech and punctuation and students will be assigned researching and summarizing tasks. The instructor will show how the use of technology can support research tasks and completion of writing assignments, including use of the Google Platform and the reading and writing elements within the Read and Write extension as well as practical use of ‘Speech to Text’.

This course also focuses on building the students’ research skills, using multiple sources to gather information, and practical and simple methods of organizing it for writing – including Google “Keep”.

There will be 4 sessions of material, and the final 5th session will be optional and planned as a “make up” where students will participate in a review of the course materials, any content which they may have missed during the 4 weeks prior, or anything which they may need additional support with; this 5th session is purely optional.

Sessions will focus on these key areas:
1) A review of the Google Drive and organizing folders

2) Using the Reading functions and Writing functions of Google Read and Write, use of “speech to text”

3) Researching skills and using multiple sources (web pages, articles) to gather information

4) Overview of Google “Keep” for researching and summarizing work as well as organization of ideas and paragraphs

Learning objectives will be individualized and tailored to suit each student’s needs. The weekly in-class sessions will offer a blend of structured content (instruction), student-led discussion as well as open Q&A and practice time.

Chromebooks are provided

Diagnosis of a Learning Disability is not required for participation in this program, however, in the event enrollment exceeds our class maximum, priority will be given to students with a diagnosed LD.

Details:

  • Dates: Saturdays, April 6th, 13th, 20th , 27th and May 4th
  • Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Location: 560 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7R 3M4

Fee:  Members:  $150 for 5 sessions / Non Members: $200 for 5 sessions

To Register: Select a ticket quantity below, and click on the ‘Register Now’ button.

Please note that a minimum of 4 students must be reached in order for our Assistive Technology programs to run effectively. Thank you for your understanding. 

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