The end of the school year is happening this week for some of the schools in Indiana. Others will end next week and a few others, the week after. It is a time of good-byes and new beginnings for children changing buildings, seniors starting their post secondary adventures and teachers, administrators and other school personnel who will be packing up their classrooms and offices and moving on to other adventures of their own. Education is an on-going process. We do not start over with ABC’s and 123′s at the beginning of each year. We review. So, with that in mind, it is important for those who are moving on to leave some of the knowledge that they have gained for those that will come after them. If you are one of those professionals that has had a relationship with PATINS and is now leaving for retirement, or another post, we want to thank you for all you have done for your students. If you have borrowed assistive technology, called/emailed questions or attended our conferences, you are marked as an educator who will go to any length to facilitate your student’s needs. We also have a favor to ask. Before you leave, please leave some wisdom for the educator who is following in your footsteps. Leave them a note filled with some of your favorite tips and tricks and let them know how PATINS can help. Thank you.
An important PATINS email should be coming to you soon!
In it will be a survey that will help to develop the interstate assistive technology and universal design for learning webinar series for the 2013 – 2014 school year. All responses are confidential, and we would like to receive it back by May 31, 2013. This interstate webinar project is a collaborative effort among Indiana (PATINS), Ohio (OCALI), Michigan (MITS), Texas (TATN) and Minnesota Department of Education. The survey has 2 questions so it won’t take very long to complete. When you get your email, we encourage you to forward this survey to all of your colleagues, including general and special education teachers, building level, district level, and special education administration, related services professionals, IT professionals, AT consultants, etc. Thank you in advance for your feedback!
What’s that you say? You want to take it right now? Well, Ok, just click on the red “I Can’t Wait!” and the survey is all yours!
Speaking of surveys… our app this week is AnswerGarden. It is a simple app that can be used as a feedback tool. As people answer the question it creates a word cloud of the answers! Please click on the icon below to view my question for you!
The Autism Society of Indiana in partnership with the Indiana Governors Council of People with Disabilities is presenting in 2013 the 1st Annual Indiana Youth Leadership Forum (IN-YLF), which is based off of the California Youth Leadership Forum. The program is an exciting five-day leadership program for students with disabilities (any and all types) where students will learn everything from technology to resource agencies to creating a “Personal Leadership Plan” to help reach education and career goals. In addition, the students and their peers will be able to meet and interact with leaders in the State; professionals and role models from the “disability community”.
We need your help in getting the word out to students that you know that fit the criteria for the forum. The students are to be between the ages of 16-21, in 11th or 12th grade in high school and have a disability. The disability may include a variety of disabilities such as learning, visual, mobility, mental health, developmental, hearing, and neurological impairments. In addition, the students have to show leadership at school and/or in the community. Please visit our website at to learn more http://www.inylf.org/ our program.
We will be selecting, from all the applicants, 25 students that will attend this year’s forum which will be held July 27th – July 31st, 2013 on the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus in downtown Indianapolis. Please help us by spreading the word to any organization, group, or school that you know in your area that may have students that qualify. Any way that we can help you spread the word such as a newsletter or website blurb that we can provide for you, please let us know. Attached is the student application. Please help us by forwarding the application to anyone that would know of a student that could meet our criteria. It is also available online electronically – this is the preferred method of submittal. The applications are due May 24, 2013.
Please feel free to contact me or Jennifer Coffey, IN-YLF Coordinator (Jennifer@inautism.org or 1-800-609-8449 x66) if you have any questions or would like to be involved even as a volunteer for the event. Anything I can do to help you and your organization to spread the word, please let me know. You can also follow us on Facebook (Indiana Youth Leadership Forum) or Twitter (@inylf) for updates about the event as well.
via: David Goetz, email@example.com Rural Outreach Ally, Autism Society of Indiana, 1800 – 609 – 8449, ext 333
CIESC and Apple partnered to offer a Train-the-Trainer Summer Camp June 18 through June 21 for Technology Integration Specialists to further support innovation in schools with iPad 1:1 digital learning initiatives. The Apple courses to be covered are iOS Creativity , iOS Productivity, iBooks Author, iTunes U Course Manager.
Register at http://bit.ly/Y406Cq or www.ciesc.k12.in.us. Only 20 registrants are accepted. Send a Team! For more info see flyer: http://t.co/0HBPvWmgCf
WE HAVE ONLY 8 SPOTS LEFT, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU!