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Harnessing the Power of Evolving Technology
9-10 Opening remarks, facilitated discussion- how do you use technology to help your students and yourself?
10:15-10:45: Design-thinking activity by Chris Ouellette, NEALS Vice President and Director of Learning Support at Emma Willard School
11:00-12:30 Keynote by Shelley Haven ATP, RET
What Educators Need to Know About Generative AI: Capabilities, Limitations, and Where Do We Go From Here?
Consider this session as a beginning – the information, insights, and ideas gained will help you continue the discussion about effective and ethical use of AI in your school, district, or practice.
1:30-2:30 Breakout Session by Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology to Help Struggling Students Learn and Busy Professionals Cope
• Notetaking tools that link recorded audio with handwritten or typed notes for targeted replay later.
• Digital notebooks and Web clippers to capture and organize information while automatically tracking the source.
• OCR apps to scan & convert paper files to digital files that can be searched, annotated, and spoken aloud.
• Distraction reducers and screen management utilities to create a more efficient digital workspace.
• Novel task management frameworks for planning work and tracking progress.
• ...and more.
2:45-3:45 Social hour and continued discussion
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Shelley Haven ATP, RET, BSME
Shelley Haven is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), Rehab Engineering Technologist (RET), and former engineer who specializes in matching students with appropriate technology. Her consulting practice, Technology to Unlock Potential, serves families, educators, and schools both online and in person with a focus on learning differences, ADHD, and executive functioning. During her 36 years in assistive technology, Shelley previously directed AT for Stanford University’s Office of Accessible Education and helped create the Schwab Learning Center at Stanford for students with learning differences and ADHD. She also teaches an online college course for UCSC Extension titled "Assistive Technology for Learning Differences".