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Overbrook School for the Blind's
175th Anniversary
Technology Seminar

 Overbrook School for the Blind
Technology for the 21st Century was a fantastic success!
Overbrook would like to thank everyone who participated in the conference. 

The following are PowerPoint Presentations from OSB’s Technology Conference. As more become available they will be posted.

Kay Ferrell presents “What if Why Not”

Dr. Kay Ferrell spent the afternoon last Thursday, sharing some thoughts about the future of education and technology. She began her keynote by sharing a thought provoking presentation called DID YOU KNOW? by Karl Fisch.

Mr. Fisch says ” I put together a PowerPoint presentation with some (hopefully) thought-provoking ideas. I was hoping by telling some of these “stories” to our faculty, I could get them thinking about - and discussing with each other - the world our students are entering. To get them to really think about what our students are going to need to be successful in the 21st century, and then how that might impact what they do in their classrooms.”  Take a moment to watch the presentation. It is time well spent. 

Larry Campbell and Wen Nu Ru, held a very informative session on the Overbrook International Program

Enhancing Literacy Using Intellitools
Kathy Bannan, Vicky West, Joan Kuchinos, Karen Whitaker
 
Schedule from Conference
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Keynote Address
3:30pm
 
Dr. Kay Ferrell, Professor, University of Northern CO and Associate Director of Policy Research for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
 
On-Campus reception to follow from 5pm – 6:30pm


Friday, November 2nd, 2007
8:00am – 3:15pm
(please note, all presentations are tentative and subject to change)
__________________________
 
8:00am – 8:45am Registration and Coffee
Presentations: 9:00am – 10:15am
 
Note taking Tools
Ike Presley
American Foundation for the Blind
(unlimited)
Auditorium
Note Taking Tools and Strategies for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
 
Books Alive
Nicole Stephens
Erin Dority
Rachel Thomas
(30)
Nevil Center Conference Room
See how you can use Intellitools in your classroom activities to make books come to life for students who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Integrate Assistive Technology into your Day!
Mary Sagsitter
AbleNet
(75)
NC Multi-Purpose Room
Often assistive technology is used for a specific student at a specific time during the day. What we know is that if students are going to become proficient with technology, they need access to a variety of technology and to have multiple opportunities to practice their skills. Attend this AbleNet session to learn about the multiple opportunities for integrating technology and building student success.
 
INTELLITOOLS
Enhancing Literacy Using Intellitools
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN ALL DAY SESSION
If you sign up for this workshop, you will not sign up for other sessions.
Kathy Bannan, Vicky West, Joan Kuchinos, Karen Whitaker
(25)
Jamie Dalton’s Classroom
This is a workshop for those that are at the beginning level of using Intellitools Classroom Suite. Users will be guided step by step through a process in order to create two Intellitools activities. The activities are meant to enhance literacy in the classroom. One activity will involve creating a book and a matching overlay. This first activity will focus on creating pages, page buttons, adding sounds and intellimation to your book. The second activity will involve creating a "quiz" where the students are asked comprehension questions about the book. Creating toolbars will be covered in this activity. This is a four-part workshop and users must attend all four sessions.
 
Please bring a microphone from your classroom for recording sounds.
Please bring a Flash Drive if you would like to take the projects you create.
 
What’s New at RFB&D!
Ginger Murphy
(45)
OFP Training Room
Find out the cool things that are happening at Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic
 
Survival HotKeys
Barbara Maurer
Kelly Sharp’s Classroom
(18)
Learn how to navigate the windows environment using hotkeys.
Are you a mouse addict? Now is your chance to learn how move around in Windows like a pro. This is an essential skill for many of our students.
 
Presentations: 10:30am – 11:45am
 
Conducting Tech Assessments
Ike Presley
American Foundation for the Blind
(unlimited)
Auditorium
General Guidelines for Conducting an Assistive Technology Assessment of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired.
 
Assistive Technology in the Workplace
Dael Cohen, Don Fuller
Work Experience Program
(50)
How a variety of vocational devices and technologies for persons with blindness and visual impairment are used to enhance productivity and performance for different work assignments.
 
Increase Communication Skills!
Mary Sagsitter
AbleNet
(75)
NC Multi-Purpose Room
Get ready to experience low tech to high tech assistive technology that can build confidence and student success. Learn about Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices that can support increasing communication skills.
 
Providing Access to Graphical Materials in the Classroom
Steve Landau
Touch Graphics
(45)
OFP Training Room
This presentation will discuss how audio-tactile interactive technology can be used in the classroom to help bridge the digital divide and to provide access to graphical materials for blind and low vision learners.
 
The History of Technology for the Blind
John Hernandez, New York Institute for Special Education
Joan Whartnaby’s Room
(30)
The Information Highway Was Once a Dirt Road. An overview of the history of technology for the blind and visually impaired featuring photographs from the Overbrook Archives. Topics will include the evolution of writing codes, audio technology and electronic devices.
 
11:45am – 12:50pm Lunch Keynote Address
Donald McCoy, Program Manager/Engineer, IBM
 
Presentations: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
 
Overbrook’s International Program
Larry Campbell and Wenru Niu (OSB-IP) and
Rahim Silatul Bin Daham, OSB/IP graduate and IT Director Malaysia Assn. for the Blind
Auditorium
(unlimited)
This presentation will provide participants with a overview of the past and current International Program at Overbrook and how this program is currently impacting the lives of children and adults with visual impairment with 8 countries in Southeast Asia and in China. Participants will learn how the on-campus International Program (1985-1999) has informed the current strategy we are implementing that is working to improve and expand access to education and employment, and most recently our contributions to a new United Nations initiative on “digital inclusion of persons with disabilities (UN-G3ict).
 
Fabulous Five!
Mary Sagsitter
AbleNet
(75)
NC Multi-Purpose Room
In this 21st century, each day is changing at a rapid pace, which the educators of our students are responsible to match. All students need to learn the skills that are essential to everyday life. This session will display how to integrate the low-end technology tools to support students with disabilities to make growth and progress toward the 21st century skills in the areas of Communication, Self-Regulation, Work Skills, Social Skills and Academics.
 
Improving Access through Universal Design
Steve Landau
Touch Graphics
(45)
OFP Training Room
This presentation will focus on ways that public exhibit spaces, such as science museums, are working towards improving access through Universal Design. I will show several projects that use interactive talking touchable models in museums to explain complex spatial arrangements for all visitors, including those with vision impairments.
 
BookPort
Whitehall
(12)
Barbara Maurer
Learn how to use the BookPort, a portable electronic reading device. Class will cover the basic functions of the BookPort.
Creating Math Documents in Braille
Susan Vaughan
(20)
Kelly Sharp’s Classroom
Participants will be introduced to the Scientific Notebook program which can be used to create math documents. In this training, you will learn how to create some simple math documents and how to translate them to Nemeth code.
 
Classroom Tours
Tony Le and Michelle McCallion
(25)
Visit a middle school classroom and the science classroom and see how technology is integrated into everyday learning.
Presentations: 2:15pm – 3:15pm
 
 Technology in the Deaf Blind Project
Jackie Brennan
Unlimited
Auditorium
In this presentation you will find out general info about the DB Project, assistive technologies utilized with students who are deafblind and how teachers can borrow equipment from the PaTTAN short term loan program.
 
Career Exploration Linking to Future Employment
Patrick Mitchell
(50)
Nevil Center Conference
This presentation will focus on how to use interactive career education software available at school for students with different vocational needs and abilities.
 
BookPort
Barbara Maurer
Whitehall
(12)
Learn how to use the BookPort, a portable electronic reading device. Class will cover the basic functions of the BookPort.
Using Technology in the Math Classroom
Susan Vaughan
Kelly Sharp’s Room
(20)
In this presentation, participants will be introduced to different types of technology that can be utilized in the math classroom and ideas for including technology in the classroom. Uses for a regular high school math classroom as well as for students with multi-handicaps.
 
Integrating Tech in the HS Classroom
Joan Whartnaby
Jamie Dalton
Joan Whartnaby’s Room
(25)
High School teachers will showcase the various ways technologies are integrated into the curriculum with students of differing ages and abilities.