Learning Opportunities

Introduction to Pragmatically Organized Dynamic Display (PODD) Language System - Two-Day Workshop

Presented By

Linda Burkhart & Kathy Howery

Series Sessions

Date Time
Thursday, October 26, 2023 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday, October 27, 2023 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


G.P.P.S.D Central Office Board Room 10127 120 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB

Grade Levels

Pre K - 1, K-3, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 7 - 9, Grades 10 - 12

This two-day introduction to Pragmatically Organized Dynamic Display (PODD) will be presented virtually by Linda Burkhart, with live hands-on support facilitated by Dr. Kathy Howery. The course will demonstrate the use of the Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) approach developed by Gayle Porter (Melbourne, Australia). Generic templates for multi-page communication books have been carefully designed to support genuine communication for a variety of functions throughout the day. These templates may be customized for a range of access methods and other individual needs.

Attendees will learn strategies for creating multi-modal language learning environments that provide receptive models and expressive opportunities for language development and strategies for teaching and using PODD with children and their communication partners. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the direct access books as well as some alternative access and alternate presentation version. You will also have guided hands-on practice with PODD Communication books. They will be provided with many ideas of how to interact with students including hints on starting as a communication partner.

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