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Agenda: Day 2


iPad and More: Hands on Workshop on the Accessibility Features of Mobile Devices for Teaching and Learning

Speaker Bio:

Andrea Barr is a 12 year veteran of Apple Computer, with her current position as an Account Executive for the education division. She is currently finishing her Masters in Learning and Technology, with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from State University of New York. Andrea has worked with K-12 school districts in Florida for over 5 years, consulting and managing the use of technology for teaching and learning. Her role is to assist districts in planning and implementing the use of technology, with the most recent projects being blended device and iPads deployments. Andrea and her husband are residents of north Tampa, Fl and have four daughters and one Brittany Spaniel.

Kate Kemker is a Development Executive for Apple, Inc. previously; she was the Director of Technology and Learning Innovation for the Florida Department of Education. Kate completed her doctorate at the University of South Florida in the area of Curriculum and Instruction, in which she examined Florida's elementary student's access to technology in high and low socioeconomic schools. She also received her Master's in Education Degree for Instructional Technology and Bachelor's Degree for Music Education from the University of South Florida. She has presented and conducted workshops at various state and national conferences, such as the Florida Educational Technology Conference, the Annual Conference of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the National Educational Computing Conference. In addition, she has published articles, chapters, and websites on the utilization of technology as tool for teaching and learning. Recently, Kate served as a member of the board for the International Society for Technology in Education.

Luis Perez is a doctoral candidate in the Special Education Department at the University of South Florida and the project manager for Tech Ease 4 All, an initiative of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. Tech Ease 4 All ( is a collection of assistive technology tutorials for educators, parents and students. These tutorials cover the assistive features of each operating system through the use of multiple formats, including captioned video demonstrations, large print PDF documents tagged for screen reader access, and step by step directions presented in accessible web pages. Luis was recognized as a member of the 2009 class of the Apple Distinguished Educator program, a select group of K-12 and higher education professionals possessing an identified expertise in educational technology leadership.

Tyrone Ramos, Jr. is a Certified Systems Engineer for Apple Computer for central Florida, based in Tampa, where his three children attend schools within the School District of Hillsborough County. Tyrone brings over 13 years of experience in education technology integration and holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland. In his role he helps demonstrate and integrate Apple's technology offerings to produce effective education solutions. Prior to working at Apple, Tyrone owned and operated TyTech Solutions, an independent computer consultancy, assisting several Tampa area school districts with tailored administrative computing solutions and technical services. Tyrone has also served as an Apple Certified Trainer as well as Network Manager and Senior Systems Engineer for NDP/Dataflex Corporation, Apple Education Agent in the Southeast US from 1993-1998.

Brief Workshop Description:

Three 30-minute sessions in one:

  1. The big picture—past, present and future of ESE
  2. A hands-on intro to the iPad/ iPod Touch
  3. A demo of the Accessibility features of the devices, including best practices

Learning Objectives for Participants

Session objective is to allow participants to leave with a better understanding of the built in Accessibility features of the iPad/iPod Touch and, to have resources to continue to build communities within their working teams to continue to learn, find, and build best practices.

Session Materials

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