LD Innovation Symposium

Diverse Technologies for Diverse Minds

Friday, September 30, 2016

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Keynote by Dr. Jan Plass
Chair in Digital Media and Learning Sciences at New York University 

Dr. Plass' research lies at the intersection of learning science, cognitive sciences, and design. His interests include the cognitive and emotional aspects of information design and interaction design of simulations and educational games for science education and second language acquisition. 



Special Guest Presentation by Dr. Roger Tucker, Founder, Sonocent Software 
"Harnessing the Power of Spoken Language for UDL using Sonocent Software"

Abstract: Written text can be a huge barrier to learning for so many students, but it is not a necessary one. Sonocent make software which enables students to effectively learn and express themselves using spoken language. From note taking to writing assignments, Sonocent software breaks complex writing tasks into manageable steps, scaffolding many study processes and removing the need for writing entirely for some people. The software enables users to work with images, text and audio in a simple interface, enabling students to combine information from almost all sources in one place. It is currently being used by over 100,000 students across hundreds of institutions, some of whom see their average GPAs rise by as many as 3 points when using the software.This presentation will explain why and how we should be harnessing the power of spoken language to help students study independently and reach their potential, demonstrating how students use Sonocent for note taking and other study skills.

Bio: Dr Tucker is a technology researcher who has spent the last 10 years pioneering audio note-taking – an award-winning multi-media technique which has revolutionised the education of tens of thousands of students with disabilities in Europe and North America by enabling them to take notes independently, without support from peer note-takers. In past lives he has been a university lecturer, a speech technology consultant, a technical lead in Hewlett Packard Research and the director of the developing-world technology initiative LLSTI. In these roles, Roger has over 35 years’ experience of technical innovation, is inventor on 13 patents and is an entrepreneurship mentor at the University of Bristol.

Special Guest Presentation by Dr. Matt Schneps
Director, Labortory for Visual Learning
"Rethinking the technologies we use for reading"

Abstract:  Whether we read using a computer, a cell phone, or on a sheet of parchment penned by a quill, reading necessarily invokes use of a technology.  While people differ in their abilities to read, how much of this is simply a consequence of the technology itself?  New research suggests that reading is fundamentally limited by some basic design choices made in formulating the technology of reading, and that through judicious reconceptualization of such technology people --including those regarded as reading impaired-- can substantially improve their capacity for reading.  In this session we will review the emerging literature in this field and consider new perspectives on reading disability implied by these links to technology. The session will offer practical suggestions practitioners can immediately take away and apply to make reading more efficient and inclusive.

We will use an Apple/Android smartphone app called Voice Dream Reader to illustrate some of the ideas presented, and participants may enjoy having this on their device during the presentation to follow along more closely.

Bio: Schneps investigates how differences in the brain (whether inherited or developed through learning) alter insights and capabilities people bring to STEM. An important focus of this research investigates how technology can foster the exchange of information between people and machines, given wide ranging differences in the neurology of individuals (including dyslexia, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders). An important example of this seeks to reengineer the technology we use for reading, to make this process more efficient and effective for all.

Also featuring our Technology Playground

The Tech Playground is an interactive, audience participation segment of the LD Symposium. It is set up like a technology fair, with individual presenters at tables demonstrating technology or apps they use. Our focus is on technology that supports personal or professional productivity. In the past we've highlighted wellness apps, apps for facilitating conversations for individuals on the autism spectrum, note-taking tools, and many others.

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Pricing Information

Early Bird (by 9/9)


Standard (9/10 - 9/30)


Dual PVD attendee


Alumni Fee



Cancellation Policy 

A $25 fee will be charge for cancellations made prior to September 1, 2016, with the balance of the workshop fee refunded to the registrant. There are no refunds of fees for cancellations that occur after September 12, 2016

Questions about Registration?
Contact  Executive Administrative Assistant for Landmark College Institute for Research and Training


Who should attend?

Are you an educator, researcher, or administrator working with students with LD, ADHD, or ASD? Are you interested in how technology can improve teaching and learning? Do you hope to use technology more strategically in the classroom? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the LD Innovation Symposium is right for you!

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Shuttle available from Brattleboro hotels to Landmark College campus in Putney for attendees. Contact: institute@landmark.edu or 802-387-1662 to arrange. 

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