- Thursday, 3 June, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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 skilful 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 skilful 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.
1:30-2:30 pm: Technology use by students with vision impairment: Learning to access versus accessing to learn, competencies, and people-first approaches
2:30-3:30 pm: Accessing and creating information and content for learning: Devices, programs, and apps, and making good decisions about them
4-5 pm: The pedagogy of technology use: Targeting and teaching technology skills, knowledge, and behaviour
Emily is a teacher, lecturer, and researcher, with fifteen years of experience in disability-specific and inclusive physical education. A qualified vision impairment specialist and physical education teacher, she teaches at the Statewide Vision Resource Centre in Victoria, and has served in curriculum coordination, specialist, itinerant, and classroom roles across a range of settings. She has provided over forty professional learning seminars on including students with vision impairment, who may have additional disabilities. Emily lectures at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University on how teachers can support access to learning opportunities for students with disability, particularly through technology use. Her PhD, which is on the development and validation of measures for assessing and teaching digital literacy for students with disability, is under examination.
Venue: RIDBC Renwick Centre
North Rocks, Sydney, Australia
Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.
Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.
North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.
There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.
Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.
Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.
Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.
Both stations are wheelchair accessible.
There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.
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* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.
Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.
Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.
Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).
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