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Wednesday, February 28 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Virtual Reality - Oh the Places We Will Go!! Using VR for students with special needs

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The award of a 2017 ICE Mini-Grant afforded me the opportunity to purchase equipment in order to explore the use of Virtual Reality with my high school students who have special needs. My students have significant cognitive disabilities including communication needs. This presentation will highlight our journey in the classroom where we are developing the use of Virtual Reality tools alongside adapted US History content to further enhance the student experience. Seven students, two peer assistants, and two teacher assistants have been working together to learn the best methods, apps, and content to expand educational goals and outcomes. I have been supported by our Instructional Technology Coordinator, Lisa Lichtman, our District’s Instructional Coaching program and many colleagues. In addition, other technology strategies will be highlighted which are used to promote independence and communication.

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Diane McClellan

I have been teaching students with special needs for over 30 years. Currently, I teach at Downers Grove North High School. Assistive Technology, both low tech and high tech, have always been a part of my teaching strategies for students. In 2008, I received a grant from the Telephone... Read More →

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Lisa Lichtman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Downers Grove North High School
Instructional Technology Coordinator at Downers Grove North High School.
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Mike Melie

English Teacher/Instructional Coach, Downers Grove North High School
-Poetry/English Instruction -Instructional Coaching -Assessment Literacy -Google Apps

Wednesday February 28, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
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