Your Name: Luis Perez, Ph. D.
Work Title: Inclusive Learning Consultant
School or Organization Name: Indepedent Consultant
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: USA
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): K-12 Educators
Short Session Description (one line): Learn how you can empower all learners to reach their full potential through the transformational implementation of tablet ted
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
The iPad and other tablets provide not only built-in accessibility options for people with a wide range of special needs, but also support for a growing collection of apps that complement those accessibility features. Other factors such as the portability of the devices and their social acceptability have made tablets a popular choice (some have called them a “game changer”) for students with special needs. Of course, the downside to having so much choice with apps is that it can be at times overwhelming to educators looking to choose the appropriate technology for their students. What are needed then are frameworks to guide educators in the selection of appropriate apps that will not only meet the basic needs of their students but also help them thrive in all areas of their lives. In this session I will focus on one such framework that I have developed to promote more transformative uses of tablet technology with students who have special needs. I call it the nABLE framework, and it builds on two existing frameworks: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the SAMR model.
The session will begin with a quick review of the Universal for Learning framework and its three key principles for developing a more flexible curriculum that addresses learner variability in a systematic way. Next, I will provide an overview of the SAMR model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. This is a model that emphasizes the transformative use of new technologies such as the iPad and the apps it supports. In the context of students who have special needs, a transformative use of technology would move us beyond “assistive” technology and into truly “empowering” technology. When technology is used in a transformative way, it provides an outlet for creative expression and allows students to find their own voice in order to disrupt preconceived ideas about ability and disability. This is the goal behind the nABLE framework: to encourage more creative uses of technology by people with disabilities. During the session, I will share my videos and photography as an example of how someone with a disability (I am legally blind) can use new technologies for personal expression and advocacy.
After I introduce the nABLE framework and the philosophy behind it, I will spend the rest of the session focusing on how to implement it through the built-in accessibility features of tablets (iPad and Android devices) along with a number of free apps that facilitate collaboration and content creation. For each level of the model, I will do a brief demonstration of at least one feature or app that is appropriate for that level.