Opportunities to WIN whilst at the Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference in May

Here at Spectronics the Conference Committee is continuously astounded at how popular this year’s conference is turning out to be! Just on Monday we surpassed ALL previous years’ delegate numbers – and we haven’t even reached the ‘busy’ registration months of March and April. We are almost certain that we will need to close off registrations. So … if you haven’t yet completed your registration, do so now! Don’t miss out.

The buzz is certainly building! Here is some more information to keep you up to speed!

WIN an AbleNet iPad and Easy-Tech Bundle – valued at $5,000

AbleNet Gold Sponsor Prize. From left to right: SuperTalker, Blue2 Bluetooth Switch, Jelly Bean switch, Little Step-by-Step with Levels Communicator, iPad 2 on Table Top Suction Mount for iPad, Hook - iPod Switch Access, TalkTrac Wearable Communicator, All-Turn-It-Spinner , Apple TV , Roaring Rex Dinosaur Switch-Adapted Toy, PowerLink 4 Control Unit, Talking Brix Communicator x 3, Bookworm, QuickTalker12, Big Step-by-Step with Levels Communicator

AbleNet, one of our fabulous Gold Sponsors originally offered to fund one lucky delegate to travel to attend the ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) Conference in the USA in January 2013. A very exciting prize! But… we have had feedback that it would be difficult for a school or organisation to select just ONE person to attend the conference when successful integration of technologies is always a collaborative team effort. We fully agree!

So we have had a change of plan. The AbleNet team has worked with the Conference Committee to compile a great bundle of technologies for use in the classroom or in your disability support organisation. It would also be a fantastic collection of tools for one lucky child at home!

The AbleNet bundle starts off with a 64GB Wi-Fi iPad 2. (It may even be an iPad 3 by the time the conference kicks off!) Pre-loaded with AbleNet’s own SoundingBoard app and bundled with an Apple TV unit and HDMI cable.

Just plug your iPad 2 into a large LCD Touchscreen or Interactive Whiteboard projector using the HDMI cable and all apps installed on the iPad will be displayed on the big screen. Great for supporting interactive group activities not possible on the smaller iPad screen. Even better, this package allows you to project wirelessly to an LCD Touchscreen allowing freedom of movement around the classroom or therapy room for both the teacher/therapist and the iPad being shared.

AbleNet has also included many of their own popular iPad/iPod/iPhone switch access accessories and latest Easy-Tech technology releases. To learn more, click here. Or if you’re already registered to attend the conference, submit your entry online now!

Get excited about these prizes too!

WIN a Texthelp Read&Write GOLD Bundle – valued at $14,000

Texthelp Systems are generously contributing a Texthelp Read&Write GOLD Dual Platform for Windows and Mac – P-12 School and Home Site Licence (for two campuses) along with five USB Mobile versions of the program. This comprehensive package will provide excellent literacy support for ALL students – to use on Mac and Windows computers at your school and in their homes on computers owned by the students for the duration of their attendance at the school. Add in even more flexibility with the five USB Mobile versions of the program allowing on-the-road access to computers not owned by the school or the students – when visiting the local library or Internet Cafe for example.

Texthelp has also offered to exchange this offer for an equivalent value University, TAFE or PolyTech licence if the winner comes from a tertiary education setting! Enter online, or in person at the conference – read how to go about it now!

WIN a DynaVox Maestro – valued at $13,000

DynaVox Mayer-Johnson have offered the fantastic prize of a DynaVox Maestro speech generating device to give away at the Conference Closing Session! Simply tell us about your situation and how winning the DynaVox Maestro would benefit you, your school, your organisation, or the person whom you are supporting!  Check out the website for more information.

Early Bird Conference Registration Prize

If you complete your conference registration by Monday 9th April you will automatically go in the draw to win vouchers valued at $200 – you’re free to spend these as you wish at any restaurant outlet of your choice at Jupiters Gold Coast! Register now to be in the running! Good luck!

As we’ve been communicating with all delegates recently, all registrations must be paid in full to secure your attendance (and session selections!) at the conference. Likewise, only delegates who are fully paid will be eligible to go in the draws to win any of the fabulous prizes available!

Program Update

A new session has just been added to the conference program, so I thought I’d bring it to your attention! Randy Marsden from Swype (also founder of Madentec) is joining us to present “Adding Swype to your Assistive Technology Toolkit”. He’ll be presenting on Thursday 24th May, 1.30pm to 2.15pm.

And we’ve noticed since session selections opened up in early January that some sessions are proving to be particularly popular. This means that some delegates will miss out, so to avoid disappointment we have decided to repeat the following sessions. So if you miss out first time around, sign up ASAP to the second!

The iPad and iPod touch in the Special Needs Classroom – presented by Mark Coppin. To be repeated on Wednesday 23rd May, 3.30pm to 5pm.

Using the iPad and Proloquo2Go in an Educational Environment – presented by Kelly Fonner and David Niemeijer. To be repeated Friday 25th May, 11am to 12.30pm. (Note – this repeat is not hands-on with the iPad.)

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