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Fall Webinar Schedule
Helping English Language Learners Become College and Career Ready
Today's classrooms contain heterogeneous populations and include students who are academically gifted, those who struggle to grasp the concepts explored in class, and English Language Learners (ELLs) who must learn both the language and the content at the same time. Adding to the changing landscape are increased academic standards that require educators to prepare students for college and/or the workplace. How can you address these standards while continuing to meet the needs of ELL students who must also acquire social and academic language? How do you ensure they develop skills in all four domains of language — listening, speaking, reading, and writing — so they have equal opportunity to succeed in the new classroom? Join us for this interactive webinar conducted by Kia McDaniel, Consultant and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) supervisor of a large urban district, as she explains the instructional shifts that must take place to ensure that your English Language Learners are college and career ready.
Monday, November 3; 2:00 PM ET
(Please note: This webinar was originally scheduled for October 27 but is now being held on November 3)
Kurzweil 3000-firefly: Software to Support Reading, Writing, and Demonstration of Knowledge
Take a guided tour of Kurzweil 3000-firefly and learn how the tools in Kurzweil 3000-firefly help students read, write, and demonstrate their knowledge. All students, but particularly those who have learning differences, such as dyslexia, or who are English language learners, will benefit from Kurzweil 3000 and the web-based firefly. You'll learn how to help you students increase their reading, writing, spelling, and study skills. This interactive webinar is appropriate for anyone who would like to learn more about Kurzweil 3000-firefly or who would like a refresher. Attend if you're an educator in K-12 or postsecondary schools, a parent of a child who struggles, or an individual who has had lifelong challenges with reading or writing.
This series of webinars is repeated every four weeks. REGISTER EVEN IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND THE LIVE EVENT. WE'LL SEND YOU AN EMAIL ON THE DAY FOLLOWING THE WEBINAR THAT CONTAINS A LINK TO THE RECORDED VERSION.
November 5; 12:00 PM ET
Helping Returning Veterans Succeed in Postsecondary Settings
Veterans returning from active duty have the opportunity to further their education through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Many of these veterans, however, enter postsecondary institutions with learning disabilities as a result of their service that interfere with their ability to succeed in college. These learning disabilities can include posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. Veterans may also have pre-existing learning disabilities such as dyslexia or dysgraphia. In addition, veterans may be unwilling to disclose their disabilities. Veterans, then, require a different approach in helping them succeed in school. In this webinar, Mike Sauter, alternate media specialist at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, has successfully worked with veterans and will share his experiences in helping this student group. He will discuss the creative way he has approached the special needs of veterans and the tools, including assistive technology, he has used as accommodations. A brief overview of Kurzweil 3000-firefly will demonstrate one of the tools that has helped veterans to read, comprehend, and demonstrate their knowledge.
Thursday, November 6; 3:00 PM ET
Produce A+ Alt-Media to Be Read in Kurzweil 3000-firefly
Many postsecondary students use the tools in Kurzweil 3000-firefly to read their textbooks, comprehend what they have read, and demonstrate their knowledge. Alternate media specialists work to provide alternate formats for print content so students can access their textbooks and other documents in Kurzweil 3000-firefly. There are many tips, tricks, and hacks to ensure efficient and timely production of documents for uploading into the Kurzweil literacy software. Join us for this interactive webinar as national trainer Karen Narvol walks you through how to create "blockers," edit underlying text, create alt text for images, and many other techniques to prepare documents for reading.
This webinar is for anyone who wants to learn some expert tips for producing alt-media for their students, whether in high school or college.
Thursday, November 13; 3:00 PM ET
School, Work, Holiday Stress - And the Mindfulness Path Through It All
Students and teachers alike feel the negative effects of stress in school, whether it's because pressure is being put on teachers and students to meet new standards or because of the approaching holidays. School psychologist Anthony Pantaleno, PhD, will explore the role of mindfulness-based stress reduction in managing some of the most common stress points we all encounter. MBSR is a method of intentionally dwelling in present moment awareness without the negative judgments that our human brains seem to generate 24 hours a day. In this webinar, you will explore the sources of this stress and learn about both mental health and assistive technology solutions to help schools adapt to the changes they may encounter.
- Develop a basic understanding of the biology of stress
- Understand why mindfulness is a natural antidote to our stressful lives
- Learn how to teach their students how to manage added pressure through MBSR and by using assistive technology as a learning tool
- Participate in a live mindfulness of the breath practice followed by a Q&A session
- Receive a list of MBSR resources for further exploration on their own
Following Dr. Pantaleno’s presentation, a product expert will provide a short demonstration of the tools in the Kurzweil 3000-firefly that can help alleviate some of the stress experienced by students.
Wednesday, November 19; 4:30 PM ET - 6:00 PM ET
Using Kurzweil 3000 for Test Making and Test Taking
Kurzweil 3000 includes unique test-taking capabilities widely used by teachers and students in regular instruction and as a testing accommodation for students with special needs. Using Kurzweil 3000, students can independently complete worksheets, classroom tests and standardized tests with greater confidence and fewer mistakes. Students can confidently answer fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay and other test question formats.
If you are still reading tests to your students, and your goal is to encourage independence and test for comprehension, I am sure you can make better use of your valuable time. Attend this webinar to learn how to make almost every test accessible to the Kurzweil user. The students will be grateful too; they rarely ask readers to repeat a question, and they are unable to review previous questions.
We will demonstrate how to convert your current test into a Kesi file; whether the test is in MS Word, a PDF downloaded from the web or a file you scanned into the computer using a scanner or even a mouse! Once the test is a Kesi file, you can password protect the file. In addition, features such as reference guides, access to the Internet and other Kurzweil features can be disabled. This webinar will not only outline the steps for creating and setting up tests, there will be an informative step-by-step handout distributed at the end of the webinar.
Thursday, November 20; 2:00 PM ET
Making Short Work of Large PDFs for Reading in Kurzweil 3000-firefly
Many digital documents, especially high school and college textbooks, are delivered as large PDF documents. There are many tips and tricks to upload these files into Kurzweil 3000-firefly and make them accessible to students. Suzanne Feit, national consultant and training specialist, will show you how to set page numbers, add bookmarks, do zone editing, and use automated tools provided by Kurzweil Education to make short work of uploading large files and distributing them to students.
This webinar is appropriate for anyone who provides alternate content for students in either high school or college.
Tuesday, December 2; 3:00 PM ET
Tips & Tricks: Reading Hacks for Kurzweil 3000-firefly
Students with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, and English language learners, can benefit from using the reading tools in Kurzweil 3000-firefly. In this half hour webinar, you will see tips and hacks for reading email, web sites, and PDF documents. See how easy (and quick) it is!
Thursday, December 4; 12:00 PM ET
Beyond the Highlighters: Building Study Skills with Kurzweil 3000
The study skills tools in Kurzweil 3000 can help students, especially those who struggle to read and write, to excel in their academic pursuits. In this webinar, Kelly Fonner, consultant and national trainer, will define the study skill features in Kurzweil 3000, electronically recreate activities that are typically done with paper and pencil or with books and highlighters, and show you how to use the Kurzweil 3000 study skills tools to increase vocabulary learning.
Tuesday, December 16; 2:00 PM