EdTech iHub Niagara

I had a great day at the Educational Technology Innovation Hub today during the Assistive Technologies Open House. For me, the iHub has really turned out to be an amazing spot to connect and network with professionals passionate about EdTech. This may include start-up companies, teachers, professors, or other education professionals. It is such a great initiative to have in the Niagara Region and really shows the commitment the District School Board of Niagara and Brock University have to support 21st century educational technologies being effectively implemented into the classroom.

Reflecting on the showcase today, I found it was wonderful to catch up and touch base with some professors to discuss the future of my M.Ed. research. I am so excited about conducting research with Brock University and DSBN. Only good things to come so check back in the next couple months to view My Research page and see what I am up to! My pilot study will begin in February and will look at how iPads can foster 21st century skills while also enhancing knowledge construction and student motivation.

On another note, I was able to learn about some of the assistive technologies that the DSBN is currently using in the board. I was really intrigued with the Word Q writing tool. Word Q offers word prediction, text to speech reading, and internet reading. I thought it was fascinating how Word Q can actually predict what a student may be trying to say or type. DSBN staff can actually access this software at home for free since it is licensed by the Ministry of Education. This was great to find out as a teacher for the DSBN! Click the image below to find out more about Word Q and other related programs from Go Q Software.

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