Participants will:-interact with tools for differentiating and facilitating the writing process-experience ways alternative response modes may benefit students of all levels -discern ways students of all levels may engage with presented tools Many students struggle through their day because of rigorous writing requirements. Using technology assistance, students can access multiple intelligences to help them respond more positively to writing assignments. For all tools, exemplars & suggestions for classroom and therapy use will be offered. Google Docs enables real-time student-teacher interaction and conferencing. Embedded tools such as speech-to-text, Google Keep, and Explore will be reviewed. Conferencing tools, apps, and add-ons will also be addressed. ReadWrite enables students to hear Web articles read to them, to look up unfamiliar words, or to hear words translated into their primary language. Many more tools will be previewed.Another tool useful for inspiring ideas and responsive writing are StoryboardThis or Pixton cartooning programs, useful for "continue the story", recasting, recalling details, etc. Flippity has been a easy to fill-in and customizable way for my caseload students to generate a Jeopardy game and a Mad Lib story.Mindmup is a free mindmapping site where students can brainstorm and plan their writing. In working with students on social and pragmatic skills needs, we’ve integrated many of the Social Thinking topics into its use. Additional free products such as NewsELA and Read Works will be reviewed, both free sites offering reading material at varying grade and Lexile levels, some with multiple choice and open response questions.A brief intro of using mindfulness activities for centering before writing via the calm.com site will be included.

October 19, 2018