SEA Implementation (Student and Teacher Training)
Thoughtful prescription of technology for students is a great beginning. Student buy in and consistent use of technology requires acquisition of knowledge, skill and problem solving. It also involves building capacity with the school team to integrate technology into regular classroom use. The Bridges instructor team has years of experience working collaboratively with school boards and with manufacturers of assistive technology to achieve successful implementation.
Bridges looks after scheduling, tracking and reporting on training - schools and SEA coordinators have online access to all training activity.
This training is based on the mainstream (Microsoft, Google, Apple, Mindomo) and assistive technology adopted by the school board. Planning for training is a collaborative effort at all levels: school board, school and classroom. Parents invited by schools are welcomed to training by instructors.
A variety of models are used, individually or combined:
There is an emphasis on building capacity by working with students to build understanding and self-advocacy, by working with teachers to model use of technology and to support access to digital materials, and by working with school boards to support initiatives and provide resources to support continuous learning.
This training is based on the technology available at the board level and that prescribed individually to students. The focus is on building capacity at the classroom and school levels. The Bridges team believes that all students can learn and has an expertise in helping to adapt curriculum and support the literacy and numeracy goals across the curriculum. When required, the augmentative communication needs of students is incorporated into planning and instruction on curriculum applications.
A variety of models (used individually or in combination) can be used including:
Coaching can include use of video taken by the teacher to share with the instructor. This allows collaborative problem solving outside the classroom and has been very effective in supporting classroom application.
The Bridges team has experience with all types of alternate access and with the continuum of complex learning needs. The Bridges instructor team starts with your curriculum goals and the student profile and designs training to ensure student meaningful participation.
Do your students need extra help in learning some specific technology skills? Do they have basic skills but need a boost of self-confidence? Would they benefit from being in an environment with other students using the same technology?
The theme for Bridges' Summer Tech Camp 2017 was Canada 150. To commemorate the event and encourage Bridges' tech campers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took some time out of his busy schedule to send them a message!
Watch the video here, or click the media player on the right.
Read all about Bridges Tech Camps in a blog post featured on ISTE's blog, Equip kids with assistive tech superpowers