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Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Elsbeth Seymour

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All means all. We teach all students in our class and each and every one of those students have different needs. At Fall CUE, Elsbeth Seymour will be showcasing her expertise on how using technology can help reach ALL students. All. Don’t miss this one. 

Elsbeth is a technology activist, advocating for equity in classrooms in order to break down the barriers to the education of neurodivergent students. Currently the ringmistress of 7th grade Special Education English Language Arts classrooms, Elsbeth uses technology to ensure access to grade level material and training of lifelong skills. Elsbeth believes in honoring student’s strengths as well as using culturally responsive methods and utilizing restorative justice techniques. Recently recognized as a StudySync Spotlight Teacher for Fontana Unified District and accepted into the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Program, Elsbeth is working to change the perception of neurodivergent classrooms and students across her district. Elsbeth has obtained an Education Specialist credential from University of La Verne and is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Technology with an emphasis on technology integration and assistive technology at Boise State University.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Removing Barriers to Education for Neurodivergent Students using Microsoft Tools

What inspired you to put this session together?

My inspiration comes from my classroom, every day I try to better myself and my craft, all to better serve the needs of my students. Technology has enabled ways for me to do both and has become a central component within my classroom. While technology provides added benefits for many classrooms, within mine, it is the gateway to learning. Assistive technology provides bridges and tunnels, through around and over learning difficulties into an equitable learning space.

Why should someone attend?

The General and Special Education worlds are colliding, and my hope is that I can better prepare educators to interact in this inclusive environment while providing tools that benefit all students. Attendees will find ways to not only reach all students in their classroom but provide access to grade level material and academic rigor they need. Attendees will be exposed to Microsoft’s Learning Tools which are classroom changing! Immersive Reader, Dictation, Reader view, Tell Me, Office Lens and Translator are just some of the items we will discuss and see in action, all of which can be used on most platforms.

What’s your CUE Story?

School was always difficult for me, for many years I refused to even think about becoming a teacher. It wasn’t until after a chance position as Special Education instructional Aide that I had found my true calling. I knew then I wanted to shake up education, using my background in graphic design and computers I dove into the world of educational technology and found a love for assistive technology. I saw that it could give children voices, provide tools to propel students forward and started to spend more time chasing this information down.

This past month I was accepted into the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert program which has solidified my love for Microsoft Learning Tools. One late night on twitter I saw a call for submissions for the CUE conference, I initially put off my application, assuming I would not be accepted, but as it loomed closer to midnight I decided to throw together a submission, pouring out my passion for my students and communicating the need for technology training for teachers within the inclusion classroom. When I received the email from CUE I assumed it would be a rejection letter! As I read the email I became more and more excited about the chance to share the simple but crucial tools teachers can implement to ensure accessibility for all.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

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Kristina Allison

Kristina Allison is currently teaching language arts and computer science at the middle school level. She holds a masters in educational technology, teaches as a Lead Learner for CUE and serves as a director on the CapCue board, the Sacramento area affiliate. Kristina is also a proud teacher consultant for the Area 3 Writing Project. Find her at http://figurativelyteaching.com

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