I am Sandi Mahl, PATINS SE Coordinator. A brief explanation before the blog: As you know Daniel McNulty, now State Project Director of PATINS usually writes this blog. He has not given it up; however, he is no longer able to keep it as current as he would like it to be. So, I will be taking a guest role in writing the Rapid Fire Blog. It was an easy fill for me as I was just beginning some blogs of my own. The Rapid Fire Blog will probably change its “voice” a bit, but you will still find the same information here. With me blogging, the Rapid Fire Blog will become part of a trio of blogs:
Rapid Fire – Just the facts ma’am
smahlthoughts* – A deeper look into the topic with some personal opinions thrown in http://smahlworldindustries.edublogs.org/
smahlstuff* – A more emotional, hold hands and sing Kumbaya look at the topic with lots of opinions and a look at the twisty road my mind travels. http://smahlstuff.edublogs.org
*Any opinions or mistakes expressed on smahlthoughts and smahlstuff are all my own. They are not endorsed by nor are they intended to reflect negatively or positively on PATINS.
So, let’s get started!
I received notification that the ICAM Dispatch blog had been posted this morning. I love the way Martha Hammond writes so I clicked on it immediately. In it she listed some reminders of what different PATINS people were doing and that yesterday was Digital Learning Day. Very appropriately, I spent 90 minutes listening to an ATIA webinar on tools for storytelling in the 21st Century. The content was great I heard about tools that I knew and tools that were new to me. Webinars are great ways to seek information from others in the least amount of time. While the ATIA webinars are not free, PATINS and our counterparts in Michigan (MITS) and Ohio (OCALI) have teamed up to present some great FREE webinars. Here are some of the ones coming this month.
Julie Kuhn – NE Coordinator
2/14/2012, 8:30am – 9:30am EST – AT Feature Match: Assistive Technology (AT) is not really about the Stuff. It’s about knowing the student, what’s required and what the desired end result is. This presentation will show you how to get where you need to go.
To register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AT_Feature_Match_Registration_2-7-2013
Martha Wells Hammond – ICAM Library Services Consultant
Sandi Mahl – SE Coordinator
2/14/2013, 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST – Early Childhood Indicators of Latent Print Disability: In this training I will discuss early indicators of possible print disabilities that families may encounter as students begin reading. This training is not a diagnostic tool, but a guideline to help families/teachers/caregivers be aware of potential problems, and to begin preparing with early interventions if problems do present. Some iPad apps with an Early Childhood focus will also be demonstrated.
To register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NKY7P8B
2/19/2013, 11:45am – 12:00pm EST – PATINS TV – Another Special Guest today; our NE PATINS Coordinator Julie Kuhn provides some especially relevant insight from the perspective of an OT into positioning for access to the curriculum!
Barb Meier – MITS Presenter
2/21/2013, 3:15pm – 4:15pm EST – Tools to Support Students who Struggle with Math: This session examines FREE (and very low cost) tools and strategies that support student access to the curriculum. Learn about virtual manipulatives, talking calculators, and other items to support students as they access the mathematics curriculum. The focus of this webinar is on students with special needs but these tools support ALL students in the classroom.
To register: http://tinyurl.com/8ebjug7
These and other Interstate Webinars are listed at: http://www.patinsproject.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=40