Author Archives: Christopher Bugaj

About Christopher Bugaj

Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP is a founding member the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris hosts The A.T.TIPSCAST (http://attipscast.com); a multi‐award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences. Chris is the co‐author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools published by the International Society on Technology in Education (ISTE) and has designed and instructed online courses for ISTE on the topics of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Chris is also the author of ATEval2Go (http://bit.ly/ateval2go), an app for iPad that helps professionals in education perform technology assessments for students. Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co‐produces and co‐authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast (http://nightlightstories.net) which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 250 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx, all of which are listed at http://bit.ly/bugajpresentations. His latest book The New Assistive Tech: Making Learning Awesome For All, also published by ISTE, is available now at http://bit.ly/thenewatforall

New Website & Conference Presentations

Check out my new website which chronicles all my projects and endeavors.

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www.ChrisBugaj.com

Also, I’ll be presenting at both FETC 2019 and ATIA 2019. See you there!

FETC 2019

25 Ways To Improve Your Inclusive Practices

with Mike Marotta

Learning need not be a chore for everyone, including those students with IEPs or 504 plans. Join the fun as we explore 25 methods that engage and empower ALL students to take charge of their own learning. Infuse your classroom or school with these inclusive practices to design educational experiences that meet the unique needs of every learner. From apps to browser extensions to web tools — let’s find supports to promote active learning for every student in this BYOD workshop.

Escape The Room With Inclusive Strategies

Work individually or divide up into teams to see if you can Escape the Room! Collect the clues, decipher the riddles, and solve the puzzles to claim your prize! Along the way you’ll experience a variety of instructional strategies useful for designing inclusive and accessible educational experiences. Leave with a list of practical tools, resources, and ideas to help teach every learner. Even if you fail, you win! Will you ESCAPE THE ROOM? Note: This is not a Breakout EDU Session. This is a customized experience to showcase functional and practical tools to enhance inclusive and universal design.

Meet The Author

FETC is hosting a “Meet the Authors” Booth in the Expo hall at the Orange County Convention Center. Come meet authors of best-selling education technology books, take selfies, ask questions, get your books signed, purchase books and discuss hot topics.

ATIA 2019

Pre-Conference: The Write Assistive Technology for Note Taking

with Beth Poss & Mystie Rail

January 30, 2019

Today’s technology, including everyday tools designed for the mainstream market and specially designed assistive technology tools can support individuals who struggle with note-taking and organization of resources or text based information. This full-day session will examine a variety of note-taking and organizational tools accessible on a range of platforms, including Chrome, iOS, and Android, as well as tools that help students move back and forth between paper and digital notes. We will approach the issue of note-taking from multiple perspectives and offer solutions to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Explore a range of AT tools designed for notetaking along with everyday technology tools to support all learners, including apps, websites, specialized notebooks, and audio recording pens.

ATIA 2019 One Day Pre-Conference The Write Assistive Technology for Note Taking 
Beth Poss, Mystie Rail, and Chris Bugaj January 30th http://bit.ly/atia2019precon

25 Ways To Improve Your Inclusive Practices

with Mike Marotta

Learning need not be a chore for everyone, including those students with IEPs or 504 plans. Join the fun as we explore 25 methods that engage and empower ALL students to take charge of their own learning. Infuse your classroom or school with these inclusive practices to design educational experiences that meet the unique needs of every learner. From apps to browser extensions to web tools — let’s find supports to promote active learning for every student in this BYOD workshop.

Make Learning Awesome By Designing Personalized Experiences For All!

with Beth Poss

The very nature of education is changing to become more personalized and learner-centered. In this interactive presentation, participants will discuss how to design accessible learning experiences using technology in the era of Personalized Learning, Universal Design for Learning, The Growth Mindset, Project Based Learning, The Maker Movement, Bring Your Own Technology initiatives, and open educational resources. Together we’ll discuss a process for assessing student abilities and knowledge, strategies for targeting areas for instruction, integrating accessible digital content in a way that engages the individual by utilizing student choice, enticing students to reflect on their own learning, and using the data collected from these lessons to design future experiences. With guidance from the instructors, participants will generate a list of strategies to be used in different areas of instruction including Environmental Design, Digital Content Integration, Student Agency, and Evidence Based Decision-making. Bring your devices to participate in this learning event.

AAC Agreements: Establishing Evidence-based Universal Truths For Consideration and Implementation

with Shaun Pearson & Chris CichoskiKelly

What are universal truths that every practitioner should know when working with a person using an AAC device? In this interactive session, participants will learn existing universal truths known as AAC Agreements which exist in draft format created during collaborative discussions from sessions at previous ATIA conferences. Participants will then engage in their choice of an activity to either find evidence that supports (or refutes) an existing agreement, or to develop a new, potential, evidence-based agreement. Participants will collaborate online to create a robust and valuable resource for the AAC community. Participants will discuss how to develop a process for continued contributions and how to develop a system for content review. Participants will leave aware of existing agreements, knowledgeable about research-based methodology to support (or refute) a claim, and part of a larger community of those interested in evidence based practices for AAC selection and implementation.

Listen to the Talk With Tech podcast episode about the AAC Agreements.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Spotlight: Addressing Challenges to AAC Implementation

with Carole Zangari, Gail Van Tatenhove, Vicki Clarke, Caroline Musslewhite

How can we best address some of the most impactful challenges to strong AAC implementation? The AAC Strand Spotlight will be a moderated panel with presenters from private practice/consultancy, school, and clinical settings. The session will begin with some remarks regarding issues and trends in the AAC field. Each panelist will then discuss their current thinking on best practices in implementing AAC tools and strategies. Panelists will identify two challenges to AAC implementation and discuss approaches to addressing each one.

App Smackdown

with Beth Poss, Mike Marotta, Karen Janowski

Sharing is everything right? Wouldn’t it be nice if a group of people could just sit down and share different apps that can be used on iOS, Android or Chrome? If you answered ‘yes,’ then this session is for you! Join us for this year’s edition of the App Smackdown. In this session, participants will share with each other different apps that can be used with and/or by individuals with disabilities. Come join us for a fast-paced and exciting experience for sharing your knowledge and learning with others. Bring your devices with you to share because this session is all about YOU!! The hour flies by so come ready to learn. The facilitators will compile list of shared tools for future reference.

PD Smackdown

with Beth Poss, Mike Marotta, Diana Carl

Want to learn about innovative ideas for professional development? Join us for this interactive, newly formatted Smackdown! We will provide 4 interactive discussion groups to brainstorm and discuss the ideas in the various stages of PD (Prepare, Present, Practice & Performance). All participants will have an opportunity to give input in these stages. Then there will be a 20 minute report to share with the entire audience. This session is only as good as the participants who bring the ideas, programs and share their experiences! Through our facilitators, we will share the outcomes from each group. All session ideas will be collected via shared online resource which will be available after the session.

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#ATchat Book Study for July 2018 is on The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All

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Starting the week of July 9th, educators around the world will be discussing questions related to The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All using the hashtag #atchat on Twitter. Each week a new question will be posed inviting readers around the world to participate in the discussion. Questions will also be posed on Flipgrid. The password to enter is atchat18. Participants are invited to respond using the modality of their choice!

Join the conversation, engage with others, and help others transform into Educational Experience Designers!

And, just in case you’re like, “What the heck is this book about?” Here’s more info about The New Assistive Tech!

LRO QuoteThis book:

  • Provides a methodology for transforming educators into experience designers by adopting a mindset of inclusive practices.
  • Details how an educational team can effectively request assistance to determine technology needs.
  • Explains how to provide assistance by coaching an educational team through a process to make informed decisions about technology needs.
  • Describes a proactive approach to professional development for individuals and for those who train others on the use of technology.
  • Assists individuals or teams in creating an action plan for developing a culture of inclusion.
  • Interweaves stories, songs, games, activities and other exciting features to make the experience of reading the book fun!

EXPEAT_Social-Graphics_Author-Quotes_TW_2_02-2018_v1The New Assistive Tech is a catalyst for breaking down walls between special education and general education, and will help all educators realize they have tech knowledge (and can build upon that knowledge) that can be used to support all students, including those with disabilities.

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The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All is Now Available!

Available Now!Cover of the New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All!

The NEW Assistive Technology: Make Learning AWESOME For All!

School districts often struggle to develop consistent practices for meeting the assistive needs of students receiving special education services. This fun yet professional book will help PK-12 educators learn a process to improve how they consider, select, and implement technology to help all students!

LRO QuoteThis book:

  • Provides a methodology for transforming educators into experience designers by adopting a mindset of inclusive practices.
  • Details how an educational team can effectively request assistance to determine technology needs.
  • Explains how to provide assistance by coaching an educational team through a process to make informed decisions about technology needs.
  • Describes a proactive approach to professional development for individuals and for those who train others on the use of technology.
  • Assists individuals or teams in creating an action plan for developing a culture of inclusion.
  • Interweaves stories, songs, games, activities and other exciting features to make the experience of reading the book fun!

EXPEAT_Social-Graphics_Author-Quotes_TW_2_02-2018_v1The New Assistive Tech is a catalyst for breaking down walls between special education and general education, and will help all educators realize they have tech knowledge (and can build upon that knowledge) that can be used to support all students, including those with disabilities.

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Date Announced! The NEW Assistive Tech: Make Learning AWESOME For All

Available on May 4th, 2018!Cover of the New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All!

The NEW Assistive Technology: Make Learning AWESOME For All!

Available for pre-order now!

School districts often struggle to develop consistent practices for meeting the assistive needs of students receiving special education services. This fun yet professional book will help PK-12 educators learn a process to improve how they consider, select, and implement technology to help all students!

LRO QuoteThis book:

  • Provides a methodology for transforming educators into experience designers by adopting a mindset of inclusive practices.
  • Details how an educational team can effectively request assistance to determine technology needs.
  • Explains how to provide assistance by coaching an educational team through a process to make informed decisions about technology needs.
  • Describes a proactive approach to professional development for individuals and for those who train others on the use of technology.
  • Assists individuals or teams in creating an action plan for developing a culture of inclusion.
  • Interweaves stories, songs, games, activities and other exciting features to make the experience of reading the book fun!

EXPEAT_Social-Graphics_Author-Quotes_TW_2_02-2018_v1The New Assistive Tech is a catalyst for breaking down walls between special education and general education, and will help all educators realize they have tech knowledge (and can build upon that knowledge) that can be used to support all students, including those with disabilities.

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ISTE ’18 People’s Choice Session

This year the International Society for Technology in Education is hosting its first ever People’s Choice Award style contest for presentation proposals to the annual conference. Mike Marotta (@mmatp) and I have teamed up to put together a proposal for a session called 25 Ways To Improve Your Inclusive Practices. We need your help to get accepted!

Please vote!

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We made a introduction video to help you better understand for what you’re voting. Have a look!

Thanks for voting!

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT! The NEW Assistive Tech: Make Learning AWESOME For All

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Here it is!

The cover and title for the new book!

Pre-orders now available!

The NEW Assistive Technology: Make Learning AWESOME For All!

 

 

 

 

AT Maker Day Coming to ATIA 2018

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Are you going to the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, Florida in February of 2018? If so, join AT Makers for AT Maker Day! There will be activities where AT Maker groups share their projects, sessions where you learn new maker skills, and opportunities to brainstorm problems and project ideas. AT Maker Day is a free event! Don’t just make stuff! Make stuff to HELP others!

Sadly, I won’t be at ATIA 2018, so you need to go for me! I need to hear all about it!

New Book Update!

The book has gone to the copy editor! The title and cover design will the announced soon! I’m super excited to bring it to you!