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Balanced Technology Management

It was recently reported by a grade 2 teacher that over the past two years, her school had purchased three upgrades to classroom computers, while her requests for much needed repairs to the school playground structure had been ignored.  A principal from Long Island NY reports "I feel as if we're being swept down this enormous river - we don't know where were going, or why, but we're caught in the current.  I think we should stop and take a look before it's too late." Stopping and taking a look is exactly what this article titled Balanced Technology Management will offer readers a chance to explore.

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If you're unable to make it to one of the below workshops, and you'd like Cris to come to your area, contact us to make it happen!

February 9, 2009 - Comox, BC
February 16, 2009 - Edmonton, AB
March 2, 2009 - Yellowknife, NT
March 23-29, 2009 - Fort Ware, BC
March 30, 2009 - San Francisco, CA
April 6, 2009 - Sechelt, BC
May 1, 2009 - Qualicum, BC
May 4, 2009 -Halifax, NS
June 1, 2009 - Vancouver, BC
June 15, 2009 - Dallas, TX

Conferences and New Products
Steve Brosnihan is a cartoonist who has been teaching children to draw using letters of the alphabet for the past 18 years in hospital, camp and school settings.  His "Cartoonagrams" are very easy to learn to draw, and very easy to remember, thanks to a hint word or phrase that connects the letters to the character.  Steve's book, "Anyone Can Draw Cartoonagrams", teaches 26 of his characters in a straight forward, step-by-step format.  Cartoonagrams not only teach drawing skills, but also promote printing practice and imaginative exercise.  The book empowers kids to claim the ability to draw while having a blast in the learning process. Find out more about Steve at You can purchase "Anyone Can Draw Cartoonagrams" at

A Deeper View
For researchers, educators, therapists and parents, A Deeper View is a new computer program that tracks observable behaviors in children, and graphs them in real time.  ADV measures accuracy, frequency, duration fluency, latency, quality and intensity, while also allowing for anecdotal notes.  ADV runs on a variety of platforms including iPod Touch, and can be trialed either on website, or viewed at the Autism Today conference booth 3 (see below).  Contact creator Michael Darden at for additional information.

Autism Biennial Congress 2009
Autism Through the Lifespan
Vancouver, British Columbia, Feb 26th - March 1st
Hosts 18 of the world's foremost authorities on Autism, talking on genetic testing for predisposition for Autism, Amber Alert GPS and much, much more!  See Carrie Bowers new film "ARTS: Disability, Possibilities, and the Arts."

International Reading Association
The mission of the International Reading Association is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.

YouTube - Lost Generation
An inspiring presentation by the AARP Foundation titled "The Power to Make It Better."
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February 2009

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Cris Rowan
Cris Rowan is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, author, speaker and champion of easing the job of learning for all children.

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