AT and IT: Where are we headed?

Rapid changes in technology will continue to shape the future of special education services and the integration of assistive technology and instructional technology. An understanding of the shifts in the technology landscape and possible future directions for the field is imperative for state education agency leaders and local education agency leaders. 

The Future of Assistive Technology – Where Might We Be Going Next?

Think about the types of technology your students (and you!) were using just 10 years ago. What did assistive technology (AT) look like? What is possible now that wasn’t possible then? What might be possible in the next 5 years?

Year End Roundup: Top 5 PowerUp Blog Posts for Administrators

To wrap up the school year, we wanted to take the opportunity to share the past year’s most popular blog posts for district and school administrators. Click on the links below to check our five most popular blog posts for administrators from the last year:

Year End Roundup: Top 10 PowerUp Blog Posts for Teachers

As the school year ends, we wanted to take the opportunity to share the past year’s most popular blog posts for teachers. Topics ranged from tips to create digitally accessible documents, to strategies for making challenging STEM concepts more digestible and accessible for students with disabilities, to our PD on the Go video series, and much more. Below we've rounded up our 10 most popular blog posts from the last year:

Technology Tools to Build a More Accessible STEM Program

Use accessible technologies and authentic STEM experiences to encourage STEM for All 

Connecting Silos to Enhance Your District’s Tech Initiatives

As discussed in our previous blog post, ongoing communication and collaboration across “silos” (i.e., departments and levels of the system) is critical to foster coordinated implementation of technology in your district. 

Follow these 5 steps to enhance coordination of technology initiatives throughout the school or district:

Integrating Technology into the Classroom -- Part One: Technology to Support Teachers in Inclusive Classrooms

This session will offer educators the opportunity to learn about how to differentiate instruction with technology-supported evidence-based English Language Arts (ELA) and math strategies, while considering digital accessibility needs, to improve learning outcomes for all students. Grounded in the principles of UDL, educators will learn how to develop lesson plans and teaching strategies that integrate technology tools with evidence-based practices to address the learning needs of all students.

Facilitating Technology Implementation: Strategic Planning for AT Specialists and Administrators -- Part One: Implementation Science

The key to effective technology implementation is systematic planning that engages all of the principal stakeholders. In this session, education leaders will learn about how to use strategic planning efforts to leverage technology tools to support classroom instruction, address the needs of struggling learners, and improve teaching and learning for all students.