Last night while on Facebook I saw this posting…
At first, I laughed and figured the lack of lipstick and powder were the reason I had never been able to sew. Then I thought about the message behind the words. Sometimes you have to be in the right state of mind in order to accomplish your goal. Put an activity you have been trying to accomplish into the first paragraph and it becomes profound.
What is AEM?
If you are following us on Facebook you have heard about our 8 “AEMing for Achievement Grant” school districts. But what is this AEM? AIM, Accessible Instructional Materials, has become AEM, Accessible Educational Materials. Same pronunciation, just a bit of clarification. Our 8 grant awardees and their coordinators are: Carmel Clay Schools (Sandi, Julie), Frankfort Community Schools (Jim, Sandy), Goodwill Excel Center (Jeff, Sandi), Goshen Community Schools (Julie, Jim), Lawrence Township Schools (Jeff, Sandy), Logansport Community Schools, (Julie, Jim), Perry Township Schools (Sandy, Jeff), and Switzerland County School Corporation (Sandi, Sandy). For more information on AEM and the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials follow this link, http://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-AIM-Center-is-now-the-AEM-Center-.html?soid=1102571641499&aid=kb-05alIy_w#fblike
Free interactive accessible book!
Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn is a FREE interactive, fully accessible iBook available on the iPad. This astronomy book is geared for all 4 – 7th grade students and was specifically created for students with visual impairments. This book showcases accessible multi-touch images with imbedded sonification (sounds). Example: The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram, a scatter plot, uses pitch to help indicate the brightness relative to the sun – the pitch increases from the bottom to the top of the Y axis; the X axis uses left to right stereo sound to help demonstrate the temperature. Sounds heard in the left speaker are hotter than sounds heard in the right speaker.
To view the Reach for the Stars promotional video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uJVX4i1haU&feature=youtu.be
To download Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn, (remember, this is an iBook available in the iBook store – it is not an app) go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reach-for-stars-touch-look/id763516126?mt=11?
Students explore the fundamentals of astronomy, the latest scientific advances, the tools that make those advances possible, and careers in science. They’ll discover how the universe began, how different kinds of stars are born, and how those stars change over the course of their lives. And they’ll take a closer look at the Tarantula Nebula, the largest and most intense region of star formation in the Local Group of galaxies. Reach for the Stars is the perfect resource to expose all students—including those with visual impairments and other print disabilities—to critical STEM content.
• Voice-over screen reader on iPad compatibility • Refreshable Braille display compatibility • Sonification of data visualizations • Read-aloud functionality • Captioning • Tactile overlays for interactive images available from National Braille Press