Understanding Technology for Learning Differences

Four in-depth workshops on how to use technology to assist struggling students

Pasadena, CA  |  July 28-29, 2015

  • Technology for Reading & Comprehension – fluency (speed and accuracy), comprehension, critical thinking, and reading annotation
  • Technology for Writing & Composition – composition, mechanics (spelling, grammar, etc.), and motor aspects such as producing legible text and math notation (equations, graphs)
  • Technology for Notetaking & Study – taking notes in class, capturing notes from reading (books, Web, etc.), organizing personal knowledge, creating study guides
  • Technology for Attention & Executive Functions – managing distractions, organizing papers and digital files, keeping track of responsibilities, planning and managing use of time 

These four 3-hour workshops are designed to help parents, teachers, and other educational professionals use technology to assist students with learning differences, ADHD, and executive functioning issues.  I will familiarize participants with key concepts for specific academic skill areas (Reading, Writing, etc.); demonstrate how various technology features and functions support specific learning challenges; and help participants differentiate between products so they can ask educated questions at IEPs, talk more confidently with technology vendors, and make informed decisions about technology tools.  The workshops will also offer learning strategies that leverage tech tools and a framework for matching tools to a student's needs.

Intended Audience

These workshops are designed for parents, teachers, and other education professionals who support students with learning differences in grades 4 through college.  Older students may also register, but please be aware that I will not be teaching participants how to operate specific programs or devices.  (See Workshop Format, below.)

Workshop Format

Lecture, demonstrations, and some "lite" hands-on activities using participants' own devices (for example: Chrome browser extensions, tools built into your device's operating system, and visiting certain resources on the Web).  These workshops will not provide step-by-step, "how-to" training for any products.  If there is sufficient interest, we may arrange group how-to sessions at a later date.

Each workshop will be approximately 3 hours long, with plenty of time for questions and answers.  Participants in each workshop will receive a comprehensive handout and will also create an individual action plan identifying what steps to take next.

Should I bring my laptop or tablet?

Attendees are invited to bring their own Mac or PC laptop, Windows tablet, iPad, or Chromebook if they wish to follow along on some of the "lite" hands-on activities (please see caveat above), but it is not necessary.  The week before the workshops, I will send registrants a short list of free apps and browser extensions to install in advance.

Workshop Location and Schedule

All four workshops will be held at a private residence in Pasadena.  We will send you the address once you register.

Tuesday, July 28th

9:30 am to 12:30 pm:  Technology for Reading & Comprehension
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm:  Lunch break (on your own - see below)
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm:    Technology for Notetaking & Study

Wednesday, July 29th

9:30 am to 12:30 pm:  Technology for Writing & Composition
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm:  Lunch break (on your own - see below)
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm:    Technology for Attention & Executive Functions

Lunch: You may bring your own lunch, or get take-out from one of several fast food places within walking distance.

Cost and Registration

Each 3-hour workshop is $75 per person.  Advance registration is required -- space is limited.

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July 28th, 2015

Morning workshop:  Technology for Reading & Comprehension    Sorry - SOLD OUT

Afternoon workshop:  Technology for Notetaking & Study    Sorry - SOLD OUT

July 29th, 2015

Morning workshop: Technology for Writing & Composition    Sorry - SOLD OUT

Afternoon workshop: Technology for Attention & Executive Functions    Sorry - SOLD OUT


If you have questions and encounter problems registering, please feel free to call or write.  (See Contact page for phone number and email address.)

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