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AEM Grant Deadline 9/28 and Notes in iOS9

Are you ready to take the next step towards accurately identifying students who need reading accommodations and determining, which accommodations they receive most benefit from.  Then you need the PATINS 2015 AEMing for Achievement Grant.  PATINS – ICAM provide this guidance, technical assistance and access to uPAR and Snap & Read at no cost to your district beginning October 5th and continuing until you feel successful and comfortable or until June 30th, 2016.  You’ll have access to uPAR and Snap & Read for a full calendar year from Oct. 5th. 

To receive this grant you have to APPLY NOW!

Every Wednesday from 8-9pm I participate in #ATchat on Twitter.  This week we spoke about iOS 9 and the updates it is bringing.  Here is one of my favorites:

What’s New in iOS 9 for Accessibility, Luis Perez:

For more information:  25 new iOS 9 features that are rocking our world.

Notes on the iPad and iPhone has been upgraded.  It has some fun and functional new features like formatting and sketches!  Read all about it here:  Meet the new notes.


PATINS/ICAM and Dyslexia

Today Martha Hammond, Coordinator of Library Services for the Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM) put out an informative blog on the topic of Dyslexia, what services we provide and how to access them.  I would like to encourage everyone to read this post:   Then I would like to point you to a way to receive focused assistance in achieving your goals towards meeting all students needs.

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PATINS is proud to announce:

AEMing for Achievement Grant Opportunity!
Deadline to Apply – Sept. 28, 2015!

Bring Your District Into Compliance & Improve Student Performance.

This intensive technical assistance and guidance will help your district more accurately identify students who need reading accommodations and more specifically, which accommodations they receive most benefit from.  This is grounded largely within the national movement toward “Accessible Educational Materials” (AEM) and increased federal focus on student achievement and outcome data.  Information about the 7 AIM Indicators can be found on the CAST website. 

PATINS – ICAM provide this guidance, technical assistance and access to uPAR and Snap & Read at no cost to your district beginning October 5th and continuing until you feel successful and comfortable or until June 30th, 2016.  You’ll have access to uPAR and Snap & Read for a full calendar year from Oct. 5th.

The formal purpose of this grant opportunity is to assist LEAs in providing Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), which are specialized formats of print-based instructional materials, to students with print disabilities AND identifying students who require reading accommodations and which reading accommodations that are best for them individually. Working closely with LEA representatives, PATINS/ICAM will offer guidance on developing, improving and sustaining an effective and efficient system for providing AEM and Assistive Technology (AT) as needed, in a timely manner and in compliance with the IDEA reauthorization of 2004.

Intensive and focused assistance from the PATINS Project/Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM) will be LEA-focused and will proceed in accordance with an individualized Action Plan collaboratively developed and agreed upon by the LEA’s AEM Coordinating Committee and the PATINS Project/ICAM designated staff. Assistance will be provided to the LEA personnel involved in the provision of accessible instructional materials for students with qualifying print disabilities.

If you have any additional questions or want to share, please refer to the AEMing for Achievement Grant Opportunity Handout!  Act fast, the deadline to apply is Sept. 28, 2015!


Apply Now!



Good News, Quiz and Changes!

What do you want first?  The good news, or the bad news?  Too bad!  I only have good news, so that is all you are going to get! :-)

Changes – With every school year there are a few personnel changes.  At PATINS, we have had some too:

  • Chadd Smith is now the Director of Technology for Washington Community Schools.  He will be greatly missed, but all of us at PATINS wish him well!  
  • Stepping up to take his place is our own Jeff Bond!  His new title is ICAM Technology Coordinator.  
  • Filling Jeff’s shoes as the Central Coordinator is Kelli Suding (previously our Data, Analytics and Networking Coordinator).  

These changes are facilitating new email addresses for many of us.  You can reach any of the PATINS/ICAM staff by our first initial and last name followed by  

Here the staff emails that have changed:

Our previous email addresses are still active for the time being, (they will be going away soon) so please add these new ones and begin using them instead.  You may have noticed Martha Hammond and Bev Lau are included on this list.  Previously their email addresses included “icam” their emails are now the same as ours!

Quiz – I have done this interesting quiz from edSurge before.  It always beats me, but, I always find interesting EdTech to explore.  This time was no different.

Quiz Results Graphic showing a beaver-like Pokemon with results:  You Scored 60%

The quiz asks you to guess whether a name is an EdTech startup or a Pokemon.  Follow this link to the quiz and see how you fare.

News – In the news this week, Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority at Murray State University, located in western Kentucky, gained a special new sister, Alexis Cain.  SW Coordinator Sandy Stabenfeldt’s daughter Courtney is a member of that sorority and a friend of Alexis.  Watch this video for the full story and be prepared to smile!

AT According to Lewis Carroll

Today I have enlisted a guest writer for the Rapid Fire Blog.  Mr. Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.  The book was written 1865 and you might think he won’t have any insight in reference to assistive tech.  I mean really, the typewriter wasn’t invented until 1873, the hearing aid in 1880!  Still, you might be surprised.

“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”

There are so many aspects of education where this quote has meaning.  None more pertinent than back to school time where we are reminding our students of what they already knew while encouraging them forward into a new knowledge set.

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

For students with AT there always seems to be a time where they want to try to fly without their supports.  The need to grow and push is the center of their existence.  As professionals, it is our job to encourage this growth and exploration while maintaining a safe path back to their supports.  Perhaps it is not just a personal choice.  As students change grade levels, new technology becomes the standard while old friends are left behind.  iPads give way to Chromebooks and as their support, we need to know where to find the tools they need across platforms.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

A subtle reminder to consider the Student, Environment, Task, and Tools. (Joy Zabala SETT Framework)

“Curiouser and curiouser!”     

This is the goal for all of our students.  We hope that they want to learn and access more and more information!  Recently I stumbled upon a site that just might help fuel that curiosity, Wonderopolis.  It was created by the National Center for Families and Learning and currently holds 1501 Wonders of the Day and 436 Wonder Guides.  According to their website, “our Wonders of the Day® will help you find learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.”  Wonderopolis has won many awards and contains engaging information and text supports for students.


“Have I gone mad?” “I’m afraid so.
You’re entirely Bonkers.
But I will tell you a secret,
All the best people are.”

You may wonder this, or confirm it, through this school year, but remember we are here to help!

See you at the PATINS State Conference – November 4 & 5  Registration is Open



Does AT make a difference?

This is the question asked by Karen Janowski in her recent “Teaching Every Student Blog”.  As you can guess, the answer is a resounding YES!  As we start this new year it is something that we who see it every day should take the time to pass on to our peers.  The importance of Assistive Technology to our students is immediate and essential to their ability to learn.  If you are looking for examples to inspire those who have doubts, please share the following:  Karen Janowski

There are many ways to go about choosing the best assistive technology.  The following guidelines and resources are my favorite and they are all cost free!

  • PATINS  If you are a public educator in the state of Indiana, please contact your Regional Coordinator for any assistance you may need.  From suggestions to borrowing a specific piece of technology, we are there to help!
  • SETT Framework – Student, Environments, Tasks, and Tools: A guideline that puts choosing AT in perspective.
  • Reading – Does the student qualify for Accessible Educational Materials?  Would they benefit from them?
    • AIM Explorer – “a free simulation that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and other supported reading software. Magnification, custom text and background colors, text-to-speech (synthetic and human), text highlighting, and layout options are presented in a logical sequence to help struggling readers decide which of these supports might help them to access and understand text.”
    • PAR (Protocol for Accommodations in Reading) – Don Johnston Inc.  “The PAR manual helps you determine the most suitable reading accommodations for specific students by assessing their individual needs. Anyone on the IEP team can administer PAR to systematize how reading accommodations are recommended on a student level or across the school district.”

There are a lot of new teachers out there this year.  Don’t assume that they are familiar with these resources and PATINS.  Continue to be a good role model for them and pass this information along as needed.

Happy New Year - with confetti Have an outstanding 2015/16!






Summertime = Training time!

The Indiana Department of Education, Summer of eLearning 2015 is on and the PATINS Project Coordinators are presenting all over.  Here’s a quick look at where to find us!  Here is a link for more details on the conferences and their content.

Where to find us!

6/8              Greencastle Tech Con. – Greencastle High School

6/9              iPossibilities and Beyond – Center Grove High School

6/9 & 10      Connecting the 4C’s Conference –  Mt. Vernon Sr. High School

6/10 & 11    WISE15 – Northfield Jr/Sr High School

6/10 & 11    Making a Splash with Digital Learning – Batesville High School

6/11 & 12    WeLearn – Yorktown High School

6/14 & 15    We R Richmond Tech Expo - Richmond High School

6/15 & 16    Empowering Students With Technology – Lawrence North High School

6/16 & 17    eLEAD Madison County – Anderson University

6/16 & 17    iPadpaloozaIN –  Noblesville High School

6/23 & 24    Digipalooza – Scottsburg Middle School

6/25 & 26    PV trAnSfoRM eLearning Conference – South Vermillion Middle School

7/8 & 9        EVSC eRevolution Teaching & Learning Conference- Evansville North H.S.

7/9              Google EdCamp – Chapel Hill 7-8th Center

7/14             Indianapolis Public Schools – Elementary Grades Special Education,

7/14 & 15    We R Richmond eLearning Expo – Richmond High School

7/14 & 15   AlicElearning Blended Learning in the eWonderland – Clark Middle School, Vincennes

7/16            Indianapolis Public Schools – Upper Grades Special Education

7/21            IntegratED – East Noble High School

7/27 & 28    e3 Tech Conference – Warsaw Community High School

7/24           Clark County Connected Conference – Jefferson High School

What are we talking about?

Good AEM Makes A Difference

Sifting Through eReader Apps

iPads and UDL


Top Ten Ways to Access the iPad

iPad Accessibility for All

Avatars in the Classroom

UDL – Unpacked and Simplified, Chromebook

Chrome Web Store and Accessibility

Would you like to see one of these trainings at your school?  Please contact any of us and we’ll make it happen!


Save the Date! (and make a few of your own)

Sweet Summertime!  As you get ready to send the students and start refreshing yourself, please take a moment to put these dates on your calendar for next year.

PATINS Project GEAR Up Logo. PATINS P over a starfish with a checkered racing flag.

 Gear up for our State Conference!

State and National Presenters focusing on:                   Accessible & Engaging Learning by Design

November 4 – 5, 2015

Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station Downtown Indianapolis Indiana

Registration Form


When:  Thursday, April 14, 2016

Where:  502 East Event Centre                                                                                               502 E. Carmel Drive                                                                                                   Carmel, IN  46032


Next week I will be posting all of the places you can find the PATINS Coordinators and State Project Director, Daniel McNulty for summer training.  We are always available for trainings at no charge to you.  If you don’t see something you want to attend, call or email us and we will work out something more personal and relevant to your needs.

Cartoon Sunshine wearing sunglasses and gloves on his hands.

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye

When I sit down to write this blog I go back through a folder of ideas, surf popular sites and look through my email.  Yesterday, NE Coordinator Julie Kuhn sent us all an article from EdSurge called, “Eyes Don’t Lie: A New Way to Use Gaze Tracking in the Classroom”  The article details the premise of two studies by Lucia Mason of the University of Padova.  In this research, eye tracking technology is used to track the reading of accomplished readers and then played back to train struggling readers.  Grad Students were used as accomplished readers and the amount of time they spent on specific phrases and concepts while reading was the information being sought.  This article brought to mind a couple of topics I would like to address as well as one of my favorite quotes, from one of my favorite guys, Bill Nye, Science Guy and CEO of the Planetary Society.

New Look +

As you may have noticed, the Rapid Fire Blog has a new look.  As of July, it will begin having some new authors.  All of the PATINS Coordinators will be taking turns writing.  It will still be published weekly, but with several different minds taking on the task of publishing information relevant to it’s readers.  Stay tuned, this is the start of something BIG!

Wait times for popular items

We never know what equipment teachers are going to want to try with students.  One of the more popular items for the PATINS Library has been eye tracking technology, or eye gaze technology.  At times these devices are waitlisted for 6 to 12 weeks.  When you find yourself at the long end of the waiting list, please take this time to connect with your Regional Coordinator.  We may be able to come up with a different solution or find a different device that will satisfy your needs.

App of the Week!

Cartoon picture of Bill Nye with red bow tie Bill Nye the Science Guy App!  – Free

This is a fun science discovery app.  As we look to summer and finding good apps that help children explore the world around them.  This one would be on my list.  Also, the original TV series videos can be found on NetFlix and in less accessible forms on YouTube.

You Can Always Be Kind

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

Recently I received an article in my email from the “Connected Principal’s Blog”  The post discusses the power of positive language.   One line struck me as remarkably powerful.  He asks, “Are you giving the compliments to the people who positively impact you as a person?”.  This made me think about who my compliments were going to and who they were coming from.  I firmly believe that teachers should be shown appreciation every day and every week, but an occasion like Teacher Appreciation Week/Day helps us to focus on some of the people we may not think to thank.  With that said, some of my most treasured compliments have come from my peers.  It is great when someone who does something similar to you and understands what it takes to do that acknowledges that you are doing it well.  So take some time and compliment your fellow educators this week.  I bet they will appreciate it!

Speaking of appreciating…I would like to thank all of the educators that attended the PATINS Tech Expo.  It really is nothing without you!  The next big thing for PATINS is the State Conference.  We pride ourselves on bringing some of the best presenters from around the United States (and beyond) to this conference, however, I would like to see some of our own outstanding educators show off their skills.  I have been in many schools and classrooms around the state and know that we are doing great things.  How about sharing some of your expertise with your peers?  The call for presentations for the PATINS State Conference is up on the website: so:


2015 PATINS State Conference!
State and National Presenters

Accessible & Engaging Learning by Design

November 4 – 5, 2015
Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station
Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana
Registration Open!

Call for Proposals – Local Presenters 

Call for Proposals – National Presenters

PATINS Project GEAR Up Logo. PATINS P over a starfish with a checkered racing flag.