Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Symposium #171
CE Offered: BACB
How to Improve Learning in Every Classroom: Right Here, Right Now
Monday, May 30, 2016
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Regency Ballroom A, Hyatt Regency, Gold West
Area: EDC/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: William L. Heward (The Ohio State University)
CE Instructor: William L. Heward, Ed.D.
Abstract: How can behavior analysts best help the world’s 60 million teachers and 1.4 billion students? How would you answer a teacher who asks, “How I can improve learning in my classroom tomorrow?” Attendees in this interactive symposium will experience as students strategies and tactics teachers can use to immediately improve learning by 1 student or 100 students. Cost-free strategies applicable in any classroom--dirt floor and windowless or digitally wired--and effective regardless of students' age and skill levels or curriculum content will be presented.
Using Low-Tech Teaching Tools to Improve Learning in Non-Digital Classrooms
WILLIAM L. HEWARD (The Ohio State University)
Abstract: Group instruction, whether an entire class or smaller groups, presents teachers with five major challenges: maintaining students’ attention, giving every student sufficient opportunities to respond, providing feedback for students’ responses, monitoring students’ learning, and preventing and dealing with disruptive behavior. Several, research-based tactics that help teachers meet these challenges will be presented. The featured tactics are low-tech (i.e., inexpensive, easy to use, no equipment to breakdown or software to maintain), can be implemented immediately in any classroom, and effective from preschool to graduate school.

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Digital Technology in the Classroom

JANET S. TWYMAN (University of Massachusetts Medical School; Center on Innovations in Learning)

This presentation will show how teachers can incorporate tenets of behaviorally informed instruction to maximize the effectiveness of digital technology in the classroom. Several free technology tools that help teachers meet the same challenges of group instruction described in the preceding presentation will be demonstrated with audience members as students. Attendees will receive information for accessing each of the tools presented.

Some Critical Variables Influencing Technology Adoption in the Classroom
SATORU SHIMAMUNE (Hosei University)
Abstract: Technology adoption is often a slow and, for developers certain their mousetrap is far and away the best ever, frustrating process. Behavior analysts working in education are no different than most technology developers in lamenting the research-to-practice gap. This presentation will highlight critical variables to increase the adoption and use of evidence-based practices in the classroom.



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