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September 2020 - Volume 45
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Two wrestlers competing in a school gymnasium
Featured Video:
Wrestler who is blind competes at Grand Haven middle school

Accessible Materials Made Right (AMMR)


Anne Taylor, the director of supportability in Microsoft’s accessibility program recently said, “We are at a crossroads. If we are vigilant and intentional about creating inclusive technology, then tech will level the playing field. If tech doesn’t adopt accessibility as a cause, then I think people with disabilities will be in a worse condition than they were in the past.”
 
While technology has made great gains and is often a pioneer in the realm of accessibility, even the greatest gains can still be hindered by inaccessible content. Poorly designed websites, multimedia files, lessons, documents, and more can render the best of technology useless in the hands of those who are disabled. As schools continue to shift their focus to virtual learning, the need for assistive technology and accessible content will become increasingly evident to educators. If you aren’t aware of how you can make your online learning materials accessible, we encourage you to explore the Accessible Materials Made Right courses on EduPaths or contact us with any questions you might have.

Assistive Technology (AT)


The AT Journey: Web Edition is complete! Embark on the 10 stop journey to learn more about assistive technology. You can complete stops on your own, but the information can be applied and adapted more readily for school districts or intermediate school districts (ISDs) with a team.

Topic areas include:
●      AT across the lifespan.
●      AT in the individualized education program (IEP).
●      The AT assessment process (consideration through implementation).
●      Tools and ideas to grow your own AT toolbox.

Comprehensive Literacy for Autonomous Communication


As you prepare for students to return to school (either virtually or in person), the Weekly Literacy Academic Routines Planning Form (PDF) can help guide your lesson planning. This document provides a simple explanation of each of the strategies as well as areas to plan and record activities. If you'd like more information on the strategies themselves, don't forget to check out the Project-Core Professional Development Modules

Delta Math


At-Home Support is now available on the Delta Math support website for parents and guardians with students attending schools that use the Delta Math Response to Intervention (RtI) program.

The first part of the At-Home Support page provides recommendations and paper resources to support students at home while they receive targeted intervention at school. Links to online practice provide students access to spaced practice after they exit a targeted intervention group at school.

The second part of the At-Home Support page is dedicated to help parents and guardians build their own conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts.  The following topics are supported with documents and videos that are easy to read and watch:
●      Math Dos and Don’ts.
●      Readiness Standard Progressions.
●      The C-R-A instructional sequence.
●      Progressions through Multiple Grade Levels.
●      Strategy videos for computational fluency.
●      C-R-A Progressions in Delta Math lessons.
 
If you have any questions about Delta Math RtI Program resources or implementation, please contact Mike Klavon at mklavon@oaisd.org.

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Difficulties


The Accessibility Strategies to Consider reference sheet (reference sheet C) from the course participant manual has been adapted to reflect strategies that can be used remotely. Though the purpose was to include strategies that remove barriers for remote and/or virtual learning, these strategies can also be used during face-to-face learning. 
 
The accessibility strategies are documented in an Enhancing Math Online Google slide deck so they can be accessed both digitally and printed for a paper-based reference.  If you have other ideas to add to the list or share with educators working to remove barriers to learning, please utilize the Enhancing Math listserv (enhmath_teachers@listserv.cenmi.org) to share!

Foundations of Communication (FoC)


Within a single classroom, several different communication systems may be present. It can be challenging to learn and/or remember where core vocabulary is located on each of the systems.  Project Core has created Communication Apps and Speech Generating Device Product Keys to help you identify where core vocabulary is located on a variety of systems including Tobii Dynavox, PRC/Saltillo, Assistiveware, and many more. These product keys may help to eliminate potential barriers to modeling and teaching the use of core on a variety of systems throughout the day.  

Foundations of Math (FoM)


Are you looking to use the Number Knowledge Test during remote learning? The paper-based test has been developed into a digital format to utilize virtually. The Digital Number Knowledge Test folder includes a Google Sheet for data collection that can be printed or used digitally, a Google Slide deck that has all of the visuals needed for the test, the administration directions, and a Google Doc of things to keep in mind when administering the test remotely. 

Foundations of Math: Teaching Students With Significant Disabilities (FoM:SD)


This month, a professional learning community (PLC) made up of implementers at partnership sites across Michigan will begin a year-long professional learning opportunity called FoM:SD in Real Life. While our partnerships have always been about mutual learning and collaboration to put research into practice, implementing during a pandemic has presented challenges and opportunities that we certainly did not imagine when we started this journey.
 
Outcomes for the PLC include:
●      A year-long cycle of assessment and instruction informed by practices across the state and refined through feedback with Michigan colleagues.
●      A data story showing how instructional decisions were made and the impacts of those decisions.
●      Expanded personal professional networks that strengthen sustained implementation.
●      Improved adult teaching and student learning outcomes.
 

Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) - Educator Feature


Many of the PODD sites have been partnering with Alt+Shift for three to four years. Check out this PODD partnership video, which features three site implementers talking about how the partnership has impacted themselves and those they work with.

Upcoming Events: Alt+Shift



AT Lunch and Learn
September 10, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Virtual

Upcoming Events: Michigan



Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Book Study
September 21, October 13, and November 3, 2020
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Virtual

#TalkingAAC
September 2020 - May 2021
Virtual

8th Annual Autism Conference
October 8-9, 2020
Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites
Kalamazoo, MI

2020 Van Riper Lecture Series
October 29, 2020
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
 
Math in Action: Call for Presenters and Save-the-Date
February 20, 2021
Allendale, MI
 

Upcoming Events: National


Intensive Intervention in Mathematics Course (Virtual)
Available on demand

13th Annual Clinical AAC Research Conference
October 8-10, 2020
Virtual
University of Pittsburgh
 
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) Bold Leadership Summit
October 19-21, 2020
St. Louis, MO
 
Closing The Gap 2020
October 28-30, 2020
Prior Lake, MN
 
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference
November 11-13, 2020
Tampa, FL

Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference (Virtual)
January 25-28, 2021
 

Lending Library Update

There are 66 items out on loan. 

The Alt+Shift library is open.
Please return items/devices to the Alt+Shift office at:
Alt+Shift
1037 S U.S. Highway 27
St. Johns, MI 48879

 

New Item:


The Swivl robot is a tool that could be helpful as schools return this fall. It can be used for automated lecture capture for remote learning, remote assessments, and observations, or give remote students an opportunity to interact with their in-class peers during hybrid learning.

Resource

Many Michigan school districts are beginning their 2020-2021 school year remotely. Virtual classes can be engaging and beneficial for many students. Torrey Trust, an associate professor of learning technology for the University of Massachusetts Amherst, created these helpful tipsheets for ideas of how to rethink teaching this year and how to use video to assess student engagement. Check them out! 


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Alt+Shift, encompassing Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative, is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Grant Funded Initiative out of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education.
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