10/22/10: ICE Conference, 35th Anniversary of IDEA, AIM National Center State Comparison, Digital Story Telling with 2nd Graders, Quick NIMAS File Tip,

ICE 2010 Conference: Having had the opportunity to attend the ICE Conference this year, I have several free apps worth sharing.  Check some of these out, by:

1.  Go to the iTunes Store and click on Power Search on the left side under Quick Links:


2.  Then, select APPS from the drop-down on the left:


3.  Now, type in the keywords I’ve listed below into the first search box.


  • Math Quizzer: Chalkboard like.
  • Alien Equation
  • Number Sense
  • Multiply Free
  • Clocks For Kids
  • Shape Builder
  • Graph It
  • Envision Math (Pearson)
  • Math Formulas
  • Number Munchers
  • Math Fact Drills
  • iLive Math & Science
  • Math Missing
  • Coin Math!!
  • Lemonade Tycoon
  • Kg Counting
  • Kids Numbers Game
  • Addition Coach
  • Hangmath
  • Chicktionary
  • Word Warp
  • Pocket Phonics
  • ABC Tracing and More
  • Reading A-Z Books (12 free)

Got IDEAS? If you have a personal experience with IDEA, or have witnessed its impact, we hope to hear from you! As part of our celebration, we are welcoming stories, poetry, photography, art work and video clips from individuals with disabilities, students, teachers, principals, researchers, parents, teacher trainers and others across the country for possible inclusion during the celebration. Submissions will be accepted through November 8, 2010, on OSERS’ 35th anniversary of IDEA Web site. The website is now live!  You can access it through the link here:  www.osep-meeting.org/idea35th

Check out Indiana & Compare to other States: The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials has a nice resource here.  Check out Indiana.

Digital Story Telling with Second Graders! This week , I began the process of Digital Story Telling for a class of 2nd graders.  We began by having the students shoot digital photos while on a field trip to a local Camp, documenting their activities, animal tracks, leaves, flowers, nuts, etc.  I have to say this went extremely well.  The students were quite respectful of the school’s digital cameras, were very proficient at using them (some great little photogs!)  and we didn’t have a single problem with damage, drops, lost parts, etc.  I will continue with this class in a couple of weeks by working with the teachers to implement Digital Story Telling using some free software, the student’s own digital images, text, sounds, music, etc.  Eventually, we will share these with an authentic audience by posting the videos on the teacher’s blog.  Whether or not the sound of that sounds intimidating to you, I think most teachers would have to agree that it really doesn’t even compare to something like, “OK, class, now get your empty book and we’re going to write about our experience on the field trip.”

  • Digital Story Telling is a FREE ONLINE workshop that is coming up as well: January 7, 2010 3:00pm-4:30pm  (After School).  Remember to check out our online training calendar here and also to request specific trainings from us at other times! www.patinsproject.com/training.html

17 Digital Story & Literacy Resources for Kids: Speaking of Digital Story Telling, here’s 17 resources Sandy found that are worth sharing!

QUICK TIP (Thanks again Sandy):  For NIMAS files and Victor Reader Streams; Sandy let us know this week that if you have a textbook nimas file thatis bigger than 5mb, you cannot put it in the $VRDTB folder on the Victor Reader Stream like you would with other, smaller book files.  This should be corrected in an upcoming version updates, but for now you can put the XML file in $VRText; which supports 100mb size files.

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