Survival Tech Skills for Remote Learning in College

Discover Ways to Leverage the Benefits of Tech Tools for Academic Success!

A self-paced online course for learning about tech tools, new features and mobile devices to support distance and hybrid learning. Benefit from two professionals whose mission it is to help you learn how to use technology to improve your learning experience!



Part 1: Let’s get set up and organized for success with distance learning!

Taking courses online during a pandemic is challenging. For students who are struggling, there are many tech-savvy solutions that can be used to streamline the process. The problem is many students, higher education consultants, accessibility advocates and tutors don’t realize they exist.

In modules 1-6, we share our favorite tech tips for distance learning success. We discuss strategies and tools for maximizing screen use, using split screens, taking screenshots, keeping track of passwords and tackling lengthy assignments.

In this part of the course, you will also learn about universal design. Plus, you’ll learn how to use features on the devices you already have to promote attention and learning while minimizing interruptions and distractions.

Part 2: READING: Helpful Features, Tech Tools and Strategies

Did you know that all up-to-date computers, phones, and tablets can now read text aloud? In modules 7-13, we cover topics such as how to take advantage of the built-in accessibility features of your browsers such as Edge and Chrome, as well as your iOS and Android mobile devices.

We also suggest ways that you can read textbooks and online content when reading is difficult. Many professors now provide material for college students to learn in the form of PDFs, but not all digital PDFs and learning management systems are “accessible.”

This section of the course helps you to learn how to take advantage of many features and apps that are readily available to help everyone with the reading process. We’ll also share special programs available to students with documented print disabilities such as dyslexia.

Part 3: WRITING: Helpful Features, Tech Tools and Strategies

There are many features included in programs such as Google Docs and Microsoft Word that can be game-changers when it comes to writing. It’s often overwhelming to learn more about the features of our everyday devices and add-on extensions that can make the lives of students so much more efficient and less stressful.

In modules 14-21, we share our favorite tools and strategies for taking notes in class, while reading, and when studying. Most students are aware that they can speak to “Siri” or “Alexa” but may not have considered its benefits. We’ll be discussing the built-in speech recognition technology that most computers have to help with writing essays. Plus, you’ll learn how to organize new information using mind maps with programs such as MindMeister.

During this section of the course, we highlight new tools such as Glean by Sonocent for taking notes during online classes, as well as new smartpens to digitally sync audio while taking notes on special paper. We also talk about the two smartpens that can scan content from books and type out the content into an online document! You’ll be introduced to new tablets such as the Remarkable 2, Papyr, and the Rocketbook for students who prefer to write by hand and organize notes in Google Drive or OneDrive.

Part 4: MATH: Helpful Features, Tech Tools and Strategies

Technology can be very helpful for older students who struggle with math. Most of us use tools such as calculators every day to solve math problems or turn to Alexa to ask for basic solutions. However, at the college level, it can be difficult for students to show how they solve complex equations when they have difficulty with writing or have visual challenges.

In modules 22 and 23, we highlight features and take a look at three new programs that can support college students in math: Mathshare, Equatio, and Math Talk.

BONUS 1: Handouts

In the first module of the course, participants are encouraged to download a PDF that includes all the slides used in the video sections of the course. The handouts are available with 1 and 6 slides per page.

BONUS 2:  Transcripts

Edited transcripts are available for all 24 modules.

BONUS 3:  1:1 Support

Joan and Brian are available for individual online tech coaching for everyone who participates in this course at a specially reduced rate.

This unique mini-course is perfect for college students as well as college counselors, learning support specialists, tutors, advocates, and family members who want to learn how to leverage tech tools for learning. Everyone is welcome!

Discounts are available for multiple members of the same family (50% off after the first person registers at the full price) as well as other groups.  Just write us a note as you register and we will be happy to send you a link to use for additional registrations at a reduced price.

Join Joan and Brian to become “in the know” about how older students can benefit from new features and mobile devices to support learning.

Learn more about devices, apps, features and other tools you may not know exist to overcome barriers for distance learning!

Universal Design
  • Do you need help managing all the online classes, assignments and deadlines? 
  • Are you aware that Microsoft offers fantastic new tools for reading text aloud? 
  • Wondering which Google Chrome extensions may be helpful for college students?
  • Curious why it’s so important that students be skilled at taking screenshots ?
  • Ovewhelmed trying to figure out options for taking digital notes?


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Don’t miss this content-filled unique course. It features video from our live 3- hour presentation to help you zero in on the features of tech to support learning. 

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Joan Green

Joan always has an eye out for affordable cutting-edge technologies to help others thrive in life. As a speech-language pathologist and tech coach, her mission is to help people of all ages not only overcome communication, literacy, and cognitive challenges but to maximize success and happiness.

In addition to providing 1:1 therapy, online tech coaching, professional development and online webinars and courses, Joan has published 4 books. Her most recent bestselling publication was published in 2018 titled, Assistive Technology in Special Education, 3rd Edition: Resources to Support Literacy, Communication and Learning Differences. More information can be found at 

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Brian Friedlander, Ph.D.

Brian is an associate professor of education at St. Elizabeth University in Morristown, NJ, where he coordinates graduate programs in special education and teaches graduate courses in assistive technology.  A school psychologist with expertise in the area of assistive technology, Brian has a passion for using all kinds of technology in his professional work.

Friedlander consults to many school districts in the State of New Jersey and has taught thousands of educators how to utilize the tools and methodologies of mind mapping to improve learning in the classroom.  He is also a consultant in private practice in the area of assistive technology and maintains an active blog at

The purpose of tech tools is to make life easier. Our mission is to help you jumpstart your success!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in each of the 24 modules?

Each module includes a video (most are between 5 and 10 minutes long), slightly edited transcript and links to resources discussed in the section. The videos are edited clips from the live version of the course that was offered in December, 2020.

How long will I have access to the materials in this course?

This course will remain available until June 30, 2021.

Is there a discount if multiple members of my organization would like to register?

We are so glad you asked! Go ahead and register, then reach out to and let us know how many others would like to register in your organization. We will work out a significant discount for you and provide you with a coupon code that others can use when registering. 

Will this mini-course replace professional consultations?

No. This mini-course does not replace the training and judgment of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, special educators, educational psychologists or other related professionals.

Is there a discount if additional family members would like to register for this course so we can learn together?

Absolutely! Go ahead and register and then send an email to Let us know how many others would like to register in your group and we will send you a discount code for each additional member of your household to receive a 50% discount! 

Do you offer CEUs or Certificates of Completion?
A Certificate of Completion will be provided at the end of the course upon request. Professional CEUs are not available at this time. 
Are any scholarships available for this course?

Absolutely! If the price of this course presents you with financial hardship, please email and she will arrange a way for you to “pay what you can.” There are also a limited number of 100% scholarships available. 

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Universal Design

This mini-course does not replace therapy and/or medical advice.