August 3, 2007, Volo, Ill. and Washington, DC — Don Johnston Incorporated and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) have completed their first season of online webinars entitled "Moving Forward with Technology".
The goal of the series is to provide practitioners with tools and resources to enhance classroom work and improve outcomes for students with disabilities and learning difficulties. A final analysis of participants´ comments showed the 2006-07 series shared useful and timely information to educators, administrators and information technologists from over 500 schools who learned from industry experts.
Tracy Gray, CITEd Project Director noted, "The research shows the important role of assistive and learning technologies to enable students to have access to the general curriculum. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to reach so many practitioners through this important partnership with Don Johnston."
Educators can register for the 2007-08 webinars on the CITEd website at www.cited.org.
Scheduled topics include using multimedia materials to engage and challenge learners, differentiating instruction with technology, and the role of technology in response to intervention.
Recorded presentations and resources from the 2006-07 series are now available on both the Don Johnston and CITEd websites.
The 2006-2007 series included "how to apply" assistive and learning technologies to meet the needs of today´s diverse student populations in these areas:
? Enhancing Content Area Reading Comprehension Through Technology
? Universal Design for Learning: How to Ensure All Students Meet AYP
? Updating Promising Practices in Reading Through Technology
? Online and On-Time Support: Technology Implementation for All Students
? Looking at Student Work For Technology Integration
? National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) 101: What You Need to Know
Don Johnston Incorporated empowers educators with supplemental instruction and intervention solutions to help struggling learners build core literacy skills with confidence. Since 1980, Don Johnston has partnered with literacy authors, psychologists, teachers, researchers, administrators, scientists and organizations to serve the needs of struggling learners. Thousands of students have now become independent readers, writers and thinkers with the use of Don Johnston´s assistive technologies and tools, implementation materials and a variety of multiple instructional approaches, including audio and computer books to engage and motivate struggling readers.
CITEd, a technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, is a cooperative effort of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), and the Education Development Center (EDC). CITEd supports leadership at state and local education agencies to integrate instructional technology for all students to achieve high educational standards. CITEd provides support through identification of evidence-based practices, innovative online technical assistance tools, professional development, and communities of practice.