I apologize for the lack of information lately. This person who I will refer to as “February Sandi” has been in charge for approximately 24 days. Nobody likes February Sandi. She is totally preoccupied with griping about weather and a general lack of color in her outside world. Apparently, she isn’t a very good blogger during that month either. Fortunately, regular PATINS Sandi has managed to ditch her for a few minutes so that a new Rapid Fire Blog can be published!
Here are some of the interesting things that have come through my space recently!
From Marcee Wilburn via many sources
“Register today for these upcoming training opportunities!
March 20-21, 2014 – EARLY BIRD RATE ONLY $25
Karen Blankenship, Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, Program for Visual Disabilities, will present Effective Instructional Continuum for the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). This two-day session is intended for teachers of students who are blind/low vision, teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing, special education teachers, general education teachers, and parents. This presentation will provide background knowledge and theory of the effective instructional continuum for the ECC. In addition, participants will have hands-on application with various resources and materials.
July 17-18, 2014 – EARLY BIRD RATE ONLY $40
Ed Summers, a software engineer and accessibility specialist, and Diane Brauner, a TVI and certified O&M specialist, will present iPad Accessibility Bootcamp for Teachers of the Visually Impaired. This two-day hands-on workshop introduces educators of the visually impaired to iPad accessibility features that help totally blind and low vision students succeed in the classroom and the 21st century knowledge economy.
Attached are the conference brochures with registration information. Information regarding each of these professional development opportunities can be accessed online at http://www.indstate.edu/blumberg/pass/blv-conferences.htm.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming trainings!
Promoting Achievement for Students with Sensory Loss (PASS)
Project Coordinator, Blumberg Center
Bayh College of Education, University Hall 009
Indiana State University
401 North 7th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Office: 812.237.8115 | Toll Free: 800.622.3035 | Fax: 812.237.8089
Email: [email protected] | Web: http://www.indstate.edu/blumberg“
From Jim Lambert, NE PATINS Regional Coordinator: a link to the proposed new standards for elementary level http://www.doe.in.gov/achievement/standards/public-comment-identified-k-12-content-standards-college-and-career-readiness
App of the Week: Via QIAT Listserve and Diane Brauner
“Math Melodies is a free ACCESSIBLE math app created for all children but specifically designed for students with visual impairments. The game has fun stories, math activities and lots of motivating sounds. This is a great example of how math concepts can be reinforced on the iPad. The developers, who are Italian, are open to suggestions and are already incorporating ideas on how to modify the app to better meet the needs of students with visual impairments in the US.
This app is currently geared for 1st – 3rd grade students. The app has been funded through crowd sourcing; currently the team is crowd sourcing in order to raise the necessary funds to add 4th and 5th grade level math activities. If you have suggestions about the current app or suggestions about math activities for 4th and 5th graders, especially math activities that are challenging for students with visual impairments, please contact me or Math Melodies directly.
Do you like Math Melodies? If so, please go to the App store and give a review. Again, this will support these developers and might even encourage other developers to include accessibility features in their apps!
Please share this post and support the efforts of app developers who strive to create accessible apps!
A big thanks to EveryWare Technologies for developing Math Melodies!