Inclusive Classrooms in the Digital Age: iPads in Circle Time?
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Course #: W757
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon
Credit Available: 0.3 CEUs; 3 CPDUs
What does the new inclusive classroom look like? How can you use technology to include your young students with learning and developmental differences? This workshop focuses on teaching participants creating new ways to use technology to include children with special needs and learning differences in your classroom. Tablets, such as the iPad, websites, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other apps are becoming the teacher ‘s new toolbox for creating support materials like visual schedules and learning materials, but early childhood educators can take technology further to helping children become more independent learners, to making circle time inclusive for all, to creating exciting classroom interactions and more. Participants will also learn how to evaluate when to use technology to support a child with special needs and when to look for other solutions.
Instructors:Tamara Kaldor, M.S.
Kaldor is a developmental therapist and the Director of Chicago PLAY Project. She has worked with children and families with autism and developmental differences for over a decade. She specializes in using the DIR®/Floortime therapy model and providing inclusion support services in the classroom. Tamara is the only licensed provider of The P.L.A.Y. Project in Chicago and a STARS trained advocate with The Family Support Network/Arc of IL. Tamara is also the former Interim Executive Director of the Belle Center of Chicago, an organization focused on inclusion services and advocacy for children with disabilities.