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Professional Development Opportunity – Adapted Physical Education

Professional Development Opportunity
Switches, Leaf Blowers, Robots & More! Assistive Technology in Adapted PE
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Time: 3:30-4:30 pm MST
Matthew J. Barker M.

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At the conclusion of the session, attendees will be able
 Understand What Assistive Technology is and its uses.
 Implement modifications for students with significant support needs using Assistive Technology.
 Implement low-cost equipment Assistive Technology Hacks for your PE classes.

For more information:
Bryan​ Wickoren
APE Specialist

Matthew Barker is an Adapted PE Teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. In his 6th year
teaching Adapted PE, but 10th in Education, he has also worked as a
Paraprofessional, Substitute Teacher, Special Education Teacher, and PE Teacher
in the field of education. He is a passionate educator dedicated to meeting the
needs of all his students. He has presented at numerous National and
International conferences and has earned an award for Excellence in Innovation in
his county. Matthew is the founder of a website full of Kids health
and fitness videos, lessons, interactive content and more.
In this session, Matthew will show examples and demonstrations on how to adapt
activities for golf, baseball, tennis, soccer, basketball, fitness, badminton,
volleyball, bowling, horseshoes and more. As well as PE specific communication
devices and digital objective boards. This session will explain how to use a wide
array of switches, power links, battery interrupters, switch interfaces, solenoids,
gamification software, leaf blowers, mattress pumps, ping pong robots, robot goalkeepers & more to make activities accessible and engaging for students.


Cross-Curricular Activities in Adapted P.E.
Date: Thursday March 9, 2023
Time: 3:30-4:30pm MST
Matthew J. Barker M.Ed

Cross curricular activities in Adapted P.E. is a great aide in our students learning on
2 fronts in could be incorporating academic or life skill tasks into P.E. activities and
curriculum. Or incorporating movement, exercise, and health concepts into
academic learning. In this session, Matthew will demonstrate some cross
curricular activities ranging from a giant abacus to a warmup routine that has his
students learning while they exercise. Challenge you to come up with your own
cross curricular activities from pieces of equipment found at goodwill and 5below.
Finally he will share resources that can help our students learn academic material
while getting them moving.

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