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Special Education & Google: Using G Suite to Support All Learners

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Dr. Kathryn Nieves Licwinko  
Explore how to use the tools and apps associated with Google for Education to support students with disabilities. Learn how G Suite can help educators support the needs of all learners through differentiation, personalization, modifications, accommodations, techniques for empowering students, data tracking and more.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Windows, Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google for Education account is helpful, but not required
Topic: Universal Design for Learning/differentiated learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Special education
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to review how Google tools could be used to support the diverse needs of all learners in a classroom, specifically focusing on students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). This session will recommend strategies for using the G Suite platform to differentiate and personalize instruction based on student annual goals. It will review data collection techniques for student goals and other needs. It will uncover methods for using the platform to ensure that modifications and accommodations are met. Participants will leave with a toolbox of strategies for supporting students with disabilities in the classroom using Google tools.


- Introduction and Beginning Poll (5 minutes)
- Differentiation/personalized instruction and interactive activities (peer-to-peer discussion) (15 minutes)
- Modifications and accommodations and interactive activities (demo and poll question) (15 minutes)
- Data collection and G Suite (10 minutes)
- Other ways to support students with disabilities using G Suite (10 minutes)
- Review Q&A questions and final thoughts (5 minutes)

Supporting research

- The Journal of Special Education Technology (
- Bouck, E., Flanagan, S., Miller, B., Bassett, L. (2012). Rethinking everyday technology as assistive technology to meet students’ IEP goals. Journal of Special Education Technology, 27(4), 47–58.

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Dr. Kathryn Nieves Licwinko, Wayne Township Public Schools

Kathryn (Katie) Nieves is currently a Teacher/Coordinator of Educational Technology Integration and was formerly a special education teacher. She is a doctoral candidate and is a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer, and Educator. Katie is passionate about using technology to support the needs and interests of all learners. She has presented at national conferences, including ISTE, AMLE, and CEC and her work has been published in different journals, textbooks, and educational websites.

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