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Professional learning webinar: 'Using online tools to support learners with special needs'

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This webinar was presented by two visiting academics, Dr Kate Mitchem and Kevin Koury from the California University of Pennsylvania, who provided a brief overview of a suite of tools that have been designed to support the successful integration of students with disabilities and challenging behaviours in inclusive classrooms. 
The tools and cases have been developed and tested through a series of U.S. Department of Education grant awards and are available for free download at   and  
The software, called “Electronic Performance Support Systems” (EPSS), is a collection of easy‐to‐use templates for students aged 3‐18 to personalise and use independently in school and home settings. EPSS software and websites are beginning to be used in special education to help students learn self-management, problem‐solving, organisational and planning skills. These tools provide real‐time supports for students with various disabilities and at the same time support teachers in shifting the responsibility to students for their behaviours.
Dr. Kate Mitchem is Professor and Chair in the Department of Special Education at California University of Pennsylvania (CalU). During her career in special education, Dr. Mitchem has taught students with learning disabilities and behavioural disorders in a variety of settings, as well as coordinating a large federally funded prevention project in the middle and high schools of an inner city school district.

Her current research interests focus on bridging the research to practice gap in special education through effective preservice and inservice teacher education, multimedia case-based instruction, and use of EPSS to support students with disabilities in inclusive settings.
Kevin Koury is a Professor and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at California University of Pennsylvania. As a faculty member he taught in the areas of learning disabilities, strategies instruction, assessment and instructional methodologies, inclusion, and applied technology.
Kevin was the co-director of the KidTools Support System and the Strategy Tools Support System projects. He coordinated the research activities for the use of the KidSkills programs in public schools in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the development of the orientation module for the KidTools Support System, and was the content developer for Strategy Tools software.
This session was run online via the Department’s Virtual Conference Centre using Elluminate/ Blackboard Collaborate software on Monday 13 August 2012 from 4.30pm – 5.30pm. 
To access the recording, please click the link below:
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