There are several adjectives that describe March, the one I’m going to use today is…BUSY!
Tuesday, State Project Director, Daniel McNulty and I will be hosting PATINS TV at 11:45 – 12:00. This week we will be talking about PATINS conferences. They are two very different conferences. The Tech Expo is just around the corner on April 18th. The program description is posted here, http://www.patinsproject.com/images/stories/vendorpresentationdescriptions.pdf in pdf form, and as a downloadable epub on the PATINS Project home page www.patinsproject.com The fall conference is scheduled for November 4th and 5th. For more information check out the PATINS Project home page and take a look at the flyer and call for presentations at http://www.patinsproject.com/images/stories/2013stateconf.pdf This episode will hopefully illuminate the different aspects of Assistive Technology (AT) and the role that it plays in creating a curriculum rich in Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) which as we know is critical for the achievement of all students.
As many districts continue to research and prepare proposals for the Indiana Special Education Improvement Grant the PATINS Coordinators are excited about the role we get to play. One of the things I love to remind corporations is that PATINS’ services are always FREE. That includes training. The only thing that costs is the admission to the fall conference. We have been doing lots of iPad training recently. With so many teachers using this tool, I’d love to hear some of the great uses you have found for it. Maybe it is a quick tip, like how to take a picture with the volume control on the earbuds or a way they have worked within your classroom. Send me a quick note, email@example.com I’ll pass it on!
With ISTEP, spring break, basketball, mid-terms, 3rd quarter report cards and the regular daily activities taking up your time, you may be wondering, “How much more can we cram into one month?” My feeling is, “We will never know if we don’t try!” Hang in there!
For more on utilizing your iPad as a tool in your classroom go to: http://smahlworldindustries.edublogs.org/2013/03/17/what-is-this-madness/