Accessible Assessment for Students who are Blind or Have Low Vision– 9 am-12:30 pm
This half-day session will explore the use of educational assessment with students with vision impairment, through a mix of theory and practical activities. We will explore educational assessment concepts like validity and reliability, and the information that different assessments might offer about what a student with vision impairment knows and can do. We will consider the notion of reasonable adjustments and what this can mean for students with varying accessibility needs when encountering different assessments. Lastly, we will investigate ways to develop a better understanding of what a student with vision impairment knows and can do through creative, evidence-based approaches to assessing knowledge and skills.
Learning outcomes: Participants will:
- engage with educational assessment tools for students with vision impairment
- identify the range of reasonable adjustments that can be applied to students with vision impairment
- identify appropriate evidence-based approaches to assessing knowledge and skills for students with vision impairment.
9-10 am: How do we (think we) know what they know? Unpacking educational assessment basics
10-11 am: From pop quizzes to NAPLAN: Reasonable adjustments for vision impairment with assessments
11:30am-12:30 pm: Using evidence and appropriate assessments to improve how well we know what a student knows and can do
Teaching Technology Use to Students who are Blind or Have Low Vision – 1:30-5 pm
We all want to empower our students with vision impairment to become skillful technology users for life. But how do you decide what to teach them to use? What, and how, do you teach them so that they become confident and competent with technology, long after they have left school? This half-day session will focus on how we as teachers and professionals can better support a student’s skillful use of technology for learning. While we will spend a little time on the technologies available, we will focus on understanding and teaching the underlying skills to become a competent technology user for the purpose of learning, regardless of the technology, a student’s level of vision, or the presence of additional disabilities. We will also explore the decision-making needed to make good choices about which technology to use for a task by an individual, and how to help students to learn to make those choices.
Participants may wish to bring technologies of interest, such as an iPad, but it is not required.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will
- identify a set of questions to consider when deciding on technology resources for students with vision impairment
- recognise the skills a student with vision impairment may need to engage with particular technologies
- identify strategies to share with students with vision impairment to help them identify appropriate technologies.
1:00-2:00 pm: Technology use by students with vision impairment: Learning to access versus accessing to learn, competencies, and people-first approaches
2:00-3:00 pm: Accessing and creating information and content for learning: Devices, programs, and apps, and making good decisions about them
3:30-4:30 pm: The pedagogy of technology use: Targeting and teaching technology skills, knowledge, and behaviour