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Empowering Struggling Students With Google Tools

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Explore and create : BYOD

Sunday, June 23, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: 118C

Kathryn Nieves  
Discover apps, add-ons and extensions to support the needs of students struggling in the classroom. Discover supports for the most common areas of difficulty and gain experience using these tools. Learn about tools that make your students feel empowered while learning.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to a Google for Education (or personal Google) account
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Special populations/assistive and adaptive technologies
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Special education
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide teachers with a range of resources to support the diverse needs of the students in their classroom. All students will face an academic or personal struggle at some point in the classroom and the apps, add-ons, and extensions that this session will introduce can be used to support their learning. Broken into categories such as attention support, reading support, and ELL support, among others, participants will understand not only how to effectively use these tools, but also how to introduce them to their students. Real examples from classroom successes will be provided, as well as techniques to help teachers integrate these technology tools. The first objective is to understand the needs of students in the classroom and understand how to evaluate the specific needs of a student, including but not limited to IEP and 504 students. The second objective would be to analyze the supports that could be provided to help the students with their specific needs. The third objective would be to understand how to encourage student independence and empowerment using the tools. The final objective would be to utilize the tools provided in the presentation in order to evaluate how to effectively integrate them into the classroom. During the session, teachers will be adding their favorite tools to their own list to bring into their own classroom for their students. Teachers should walk away with the tools needed to begin using the tools to support students immediately.


* Throughout the entire presentation, the audience will be interacting in both testing out the tools and resources and also building their own "Must Have" list for their classroom
- Introduction (1-2 minutes)
- Attention and Focus Supports (15 minutes)
- Reading and Writing Supports (15 minutes)
- Emotional/Behavioral Supports (10 minutes)
- ELL Supports (15 minutes)
- Communication and Social Supports (10 minutes)
- Final Discussion, Sharing Lists, Questions (3-5 minutes)

Supporting research

How to Support Struggling Students by Robyn Renee Jackson, Claire M. Lambert

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Kathryn Nieves, Sparta Middle School

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