Universally Designing 1:1 Technology Initiatives: Purposeful Inclusion of all Learners

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT16-WEB25-AR
Webinar Fee: $39

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In the transformational change process required for a 1:1 technology initiative, school districts must be careful that opportunities are equally available for all students. Some interpret providing opportunity as providing different or specialized supports to what is typical in the natural environment. Universally designing a 1:1 technology initiative means designing to provide the equivalent when possible and equitable with not. Equivalent requires providing enough flexibility in the design on the front end of the design to reach the extremes of user differences. The Houston ISD is the first large urban school district in the United States to apply the universal design principles on the front end of designing and implementing a 1:1 technology initiative. With the clarity of vision provided by hindsight, the presenters will share the lessons learned in the Houston ISD 1:1 technology rollout across three years.

Learning Objectives

  1. 1. Describe two differences between applying universal design principles vs differentiating the design of a 1:1 technology initiative.
  2. 2. Identify three benefits in applying universal design principles on the front end of the design of a 1:1 technology initiative.
  3. 3. Apply evidence-based practices from assistive technology literature to the process of universally designing a 1:1 technology initiative.


Beth Goodrich

Senior Manager, Office of Special Education Services
Houston Independent School District
Beth Goodrich has over 25 years of experience administrating and providing occupational therapy and assistive technology services in schools. She currently manages the OT, PT, and AT Services in the Houston Independent School District and teaches a graduate level and undergraduate level course in assistive technology in the College of Education at the University of Houston. Beth is an experienced conference presenter, published author and was most recently added to the Roster of Fellows for the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes

Samantha Rosenthal

Educational Technology Specialist
Houston Independent School District
Samantha Rosenthal has been with Houston ISD 25 years working as a classroom teacher, campus instructional technologist and district program specialist. Her most recent assignment was as part of the team providing instructional design, teacher and administrator professional development as well as school support district-wide for the 1:1 laptop rollout, PowerUp. Samantha holds several state certifications, including Master Teacher of Technology and has recently focused her efforts on standards of interoperability, ensuring all students have access to the best educational materials the district can offer.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes


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