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Increasing Accessibility and Fostering Inclusive Classrooms
Tuesday March 26, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Mike Tholfsen, Principal Product Manager, Microsoft Education; Lauren Pittman, Graduate Assistant, Vanderbilt University, and Former Special Educator Teacher; and Beth Dudycha, Senior Manager, Content Development, Insight2Execution, and Former Educator
Hosted by SETDA
Sponsored by Microsoft
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The goal of this edWebinar is to discuss what inclusive classrooms, employing accessibility, look like from the standpoint of reading, writing, math and communication. The presenters will be sharing examples from Microsoft Education’s free accessibility suite of tools and including the stories of teachers who have worked with students of all abilities in an inclusive classroom setting.
- The benefits of inclusively designed lessons and classrooms employing assistive technology
- Improving learning outcomes for all learners powered by assistive technology tools
- Current updates on Microsoft Education’s reading, writing, math and communication tools
- The power of built-in assistive technology and its impact on both social and normative constructs of today’s classrooms
This recorded presentation will be of interest to special education teachers, K-5 educators, reading specialists, TESOL or ELL teachers, librarians, speech pathologists, and school leaders.
About the Presenters
Mike Tholfsen is a principal product manager on the Microsoft Education team focusing on inclusive classrooms, learning tools and OneNote Class/Staff Notebooks. He is passionate about education and has been regularly working with students and teachers around the world over the past ten years to create products that improve student outcomes.
Lauren Pittman is a special education teacher with 12 years’ experience working with students with exceptionalities. She is a graduate of Berry College in Rome, GA and holds a degree in early childhood education and certifications in general special education and adaptive special education as well as an ESOL and math endorsement. She is currently working on completing her Master of Education degree with a concentration in special education – high incidence at Vanderbilt University. As a champion for accessibility and inclusion in today’s classrooms, Lauren travels around the country presenting at schools and conferences on the importance of inclusion and how to leverage technology to meet student needs.
Beth Dudycha is the senior manager of content development for Insight 2 Execution. As a former elementary teacher with a passion for accessibility, games, and technology, she brings a unique perspective to training events and online courses within the Microsoft Educator Community. She is a Minecraft Certified Trainer and a Microsoft Innovative Educator. Prior to this, she worked as a curriculum and instructional designer at DreamBox Learning. She received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction – educational technology.
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