On March 24th in Vancouver and on March 25th in Nanaimo SET-BC regional staff hosted Susie Blackstien-Adler of Bridges Canada as she presented her Smart Inclusion workshop to SET-BC, school and district staff.
Susie shared her expertise on using the SMART Board to engage students with diverse learning challenges. She demonstrated how SMART Ideas and SMART Board Notebook technology could be used to support student participation and engagement in small and large group instruction.
Susie modeled how assistive technology programs such as BoardMaker plus, CS4, and Kurzweil 3000 could be coupled with the SMART Board and used by learners to demonstrate knowledge and participation in academic activities, thus supporting inclusion.
Participants were able to watch Susie as she demonstrated accessing the SMART Board using different input methods including several types of scanning, the Intellikeys keyboard and on-screen keyboards using Sticky keys and Dwell features and trackballs and joysticks.
The 40 participants in the 2 workshops had a great time learning how the SMART Board could support the learning needs of ALL students in today’s classroom.
A special thank you goes to Greg Johnston-Watson from Sharp’s Audio Visual in Victoria for loaning the SMART Board for the Nanaimo presentation.