One of the paths my colleague Theresa Collins, an Orton-Gillingham Fellow, and I have been following is how to incorporate educational technology into small group structured literacy lessons to ease the organization for the teacher and increase student engagement. With the creation of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practioners and Educators (AOGPE) Classroom Educator level of certification, it has opened this need to build lessons that may not do best with several sets of sound and word cards for each student along with all the other materials one might use in a 1-1 traditional OG session. It can be an organizational nightmare and also in personal experience, can lead to too much “down time” for students as one works to ensure they are reaching each one during the lesson.
Theresa and I are practicing incorporating the tools and strategies ourselves, finding the benefits, considerations and pitfalls. Combining our passion to support teachers and to enhance learning for dyslexic students, we are eager to share with others who are providing structured literacy instruction to small groups and would like to learn ways that could possibly ease the process and/or engage students more efficiently.
After we ran a webinar for Spotlight on Dyslexia in December, 2017, and received such positive feedback, we are excited to share we will be presenting on this topic at three upcoming conferences:
International Dyslexia Association, Atlanta, GA November 9-11, 2017
We are presenting at 11:15 on Friday, November 10.
Assistive Technology Conference of New England, Warwick, RI December 1, 2017 at 2:00pm
Assistive Technology Industry Association, Orlando, FL February 1-3, 2018.
We are presenting at 4:30 on Friday, February 2.
Sharon will also be co-leading a 2-day pre-conference with Karen Janowski January 30-31, on a broader range of technology tools to support students with learning disabilities.
Theresa and I hope you can join us at one of these wonderful conferences. We also look forward to sharing this to schools and districts seeking such information.