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Accessibility Tools Smackdown

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, November 29, 7:45–8:30 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Karyn Fillhart  
Kristin Oropeza  

Karyn is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Google certified, former elementary and special education teacher and current tech trainer. Kristin is a Google certified trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, educator and former special education teacher. Together, you get a smackdown of tools broken down by platform and area of need.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google and/or Microsoft accounts recommended but not required.
Topic: Assistive & adaptive technologies
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
Influencer Disclosure: This session includes a presenter that indicated a “material connection” to a brand that includes a personal, family or employment relationship, or a financial relationship. See individual speaker menu for disclosure information.
Related exhibitors:
Microsoft Corporation
, Google, Inc.
, Wakelet

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Tools will be shared by area of need (subject area) in a back and forth "smackdown" format with the audience invited to participate and share other tools for that area.

Participants will be able to:
- Briefly compare and contrast two major EdTech platforms (Microsoft and Google)
- Identify key accessibility features on each platform that could be utilized in the classroom with all students

Participants will also be exposed to a variety of tools to meet the needs of diverse learners.


1. Introductions and purpose (5 minutes)
2. Data and statistics (the "why") (5 minutes)
3. Tools to assist in Language Arts (15 minutes)
4. Tools to assist in Math (15 minutes)
5. Tools to assist with English Language Learners (10 minutes)
6. Tools to address multiple needs (7 minutes)
7. Wrap up/Q & A (3 minutes)

Supporting research (written by Karyn, presenter)

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Karyn Fillhart, Chino Valley Unified School District
Kristin Oropeza, Common Sense Media

Kristin Oropeza currently works as a Special Education Teacher for ERUSD. Prior to this, she worked as a Technology TOSA and a long-time SPED teacher. Kristin has worked in public education for over 10 years. She has extensive experience working with students in both general education and special education settings and is passionate about collaborating with other educators in the best interest of all students. Kristin has a Masters of Science in Special Education from CSULB. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.

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