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Partnership Encourages Collaboration on Using iPads in the Special Education Classroom

The iPad has been an inspiration for students with special needs and Atomic Learning recognizes the impact the mobile device has had on these students. To further the impact, the online PD provider recently developed a partnership to offer the “Intro to the iPad for Students with Special Needs” Atomic Catalyst course through Tech&Learning University at a discount to its readers. Using the iPod and iPad™ in special education is a growing trend. But how do you get started, what is the potential, and what strengths do students need in order to be successful users of this technology? The “Intro to the iPad for Students with Special Needs” course will answer those questions and participants will walk away with an implementation plan for a student or classroom to ensure successful use of this technology. This is a self-paced course that participants can join at any time. For registration information, visit http://www.techlearning.com/TLUniversity. For more information on how these courses could benefit educators, a free webinar series is being offered where current and past course participants are sharing success stories of using iPads with students with special needs. To register for one of the webinars, visit: Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/691769306) Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/192649706)
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The iPad has been an inspiration for students with special needs and Atomic Learning recognizes the impact the mobile device has had on these students. To further the impact, the online PD provider recently developed a partnership to offer the “Intro to the iPad for Students with Special Needs” Atomic Catalyst course through Tech&Learning University at a discount to its readers.

Using the iPod and iPad™ in special education is a growing trend. But how do you get started, what is the potential, and what strengths do students need in order to be successful users of this technology? The “Intro to the iPad for Students with Special Needs” course will answer those questions and participants will walk away with an implementation plan for a student or classroom to ensure successful use of this technology. This is a self-paced course that participants can join at any time.

For registration information, visit http://www.techlearning.com/TLUniversity.

For more information on how these courses could benefit educators, a free webinar series is being offered where current and past course participants are sharing success stories of using iPads with students with special needs.

To register for one of the webinars, visit:

Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/691769306)

Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/192649706)

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The iPad has been an inspiration for students with special needs. Atomic Learning invites educators to share their success stories using iPads with students with special needs through a series of three free webinar discussions.Each webinar will allow educators to learn more about the impact of iPads on students with special needs, provide the opportunity for educators to ask about implementation tips or app features, and share what they have learned from their experience. The stories being shared may be in the form of classroom experience, a white paper, or a case study about a specific student's special needs.Educators will collaborate with a panel of experts and peers to learn how to best use the iPad to help students with special needs thrive. From this collaboration, participants will walk away with information they can bring back to discuss with their student's IEP team.These webinars were set up to as one of the many of the benefits of registering for the Atomic Catalyst course that's available for graduate credit titled "Introduction to the iPad for Special Needs." To learn more about this course, visit http://store.atomiclearning.com/ipadsped.html.  To register for one or all of the webinars, visit:Thursday, February 28, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/595669490)Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/691769306)Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/192649706) 

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Great things are happening in our Atomic Catalyst courses, which cover a variety of topics. One of the courses, Intro to the iPad for Students with Special Needs, offers a monthly webinar with a panel of experts, class participants, and others who are interested in collaborating ideas. The webinars allow participants to learn more about the impact of iPads on students with special needs, provide the opportunity to ask about implementation tips or app features, and share what they have learned from personal experience. The stories being shared may be in the form of classroom experience, a white paper, or a case study about a specific student's special needs.  Tonight, we will have a special guest in the webinar, student Ethan Och. Ethan is a student with spinal muscular atrophy, a key member of his high school band, and a rock star with iAuthor. Meet Ethan: Want to hear more? Join us on Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT to learn more about how we can work together to help kids with special needs achieve. Register now!

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