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WEBINAR – Digital Text: A Means to Greater Literacy Development
February 28, 2018
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Free to Register – click here

This webinar will use the Zoom platform and may be accessed on computers and mobile devices that are connected to the internet. After you register, you will be emailed login instructions for the webinar.

Webinar Presenter: Jon Pennington is an innovative teacher who studies how technology can facilitate, support and enhance opportunities for learning. Jon’s primary research interests include Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and speech recognition technology. Jon has presented at numerous conferences, conducted dozens of workshops and coordinated several international student exchange programs. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i while working as the Instructional Technology Specialist at Assets School. These roles are enhanced by his position as an advisory board member of Bright Bytes, a learning analytics company dedicated to improving school’s use of technology.

Webinar Description: Digital text can be a powerful means to engage and empower learners who struggle with reading and writing skills. Today’s computers, tablets and phones provide a number of features and apps that enhance digital text to support literacy skills. In this interactive session, the presenter will demonstrate and discuss a range of digital tools and strategies that learners can use to enable greater literacy skill development.

The session will address the following strategies:

1. Choosing relevant topics with personal value

2. Creating customized digital reading and writing environments based on learner preferences

3. Using multiple tools for composition and reading

4. Increasing ways to self-monitor progress and receive quality feedback

5. Minimizing distractions and threats

The session will include a demonstration of the following digital tools:

1. Google Docs with Addons and Chrome Extensions

2. Voice Dream Reader App and Writer App

3. Be Focused App

4. Learning Ally App

5. OS Accessibility Features

Free to Register – click here

WORKSHOP: Math Learning Difficulties and Strategies

March 3, 2018 – Saturday
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wayland Baptist University Hawai’i (95-1091 Ainamakua Drive – Mililani Mauka, Oahu)

Workshop Facilitator: Eryle Okamura, B.S. Visual Science, O.D., M. Ed. has been in private practice as an optometrist since 1985. He also received specialized multisensory math training through the University of California at Berkeley and with Ron Yoshimoto, M.S.W., Fellow/AOGPE. Dr. Okamura received his Master’s in Education degree in Mathematics: Curriculum and Instruction, and has been teaching students with learning differences since 2010. He practices alongside his wife, Susan Okamura, a Certified Orton-Gillingham practitioner and a speech-language pathologist who owns Bridge the Gap academic services.

Workshop Description: Math difficulties range in severity/topic areas. Math difficulties may be further complicated by co-existing difficulties in language comprehension, affecting student ability to effectively manage word problems. In this workshop, classroom teachers, tutors and homeschool parents of children in grades 3-12 will learn strategies to help remedy some of the common math difficulties their students encounter.

Some of the most common math difficulties:

  • telling time; using devices (e.g. a ruler, a protractor, etc.) for measuring; basic numeracy
  • math operations (subtraction, multiplication and division, and their algorithms)
  • fractions, place value, integers, percent, and algebraic expressions

Workshop participants will understand:

  • critical math skills that are typically achieved during childhood
  • brain function and specific cognitive areas as they pertain to math learning
  • concepts such as visual spatial perception, working memory, processing speed, fluid reasoning

Workshop participants will also:

  • use manipulatives to practice application of strategies to help students
  • explore iPad apps that support student acquisition of math skill

Each workshop participant will receive some manipulatives to take with you and use in helping students with math learning difficulties.

Workshop Fee:

$40 (HIDA Member)

$50 (Non-Member)

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*** space limited; register early ***APPLY FOR PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP 
*** application deadline: February 5, 2018 ***


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