1/13/2012: Tech Expo Registration Open! ePub Converter 2.0 Free Upgrade, GoTalk & AAC on iPad, Apps Running Article, Traveling Tip with Disabilities

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REGISTRATION OPEN!  Registration is now open for the PATINS Tech Expo 2012 on April 19!



Best Apps ImageA GoTalk on your iPad: New App I came across recently from Attainment that sort of turns your iPad into a GoTalk.  Interesting to me because the GoTalk is one of my most favorite low-tech/static display AAC devices and the iPad is absolutely one of my favorite high-tech devices!   http://attainmentcompany.com/featured/GoTalkNow/ It, however, is not free.  $79.99.  I do plan to eventually have it on my iPads for loan though, so feel free to request away!  PATINS Lending Libraries.

Alexicom App:  Speaking of AAC Apps on the iPad, this is another one I’ve recently started loaning out on my iPads and iTouches.  It seems like it might be a good fit for the SLP’s who work with students on the autism spectrum (or other disabilities of course) who want to utilize real images/photos instead of symbols.  It’s a FREE APP.  Here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alexicom-aac/id395122088?mt=8

Apps Running In The Background: The PATINS Central Site Coordinator, Jeff Bond, came across a very interesting article about those apps that you leave running in the background.  Typically, I always tell people to go in and close them down every so often, but this article presents some information that may contradict that advice in some instances.  Have a read:


Yesterday’s Webinar:  I have to apologize to those who were registered for the PATINS webinar scheduled for 1/12/12 at 3:15pm EST“Audio, Audio, Audio.” 

Unfortunately, at about 2:45pm we lost all internet service in my office building.  I tried everything I could to fix the situation until 3pm and then decided I would try to drive to the local McDonald’s and utilize their WiFi, but quickly found that it was also down!   I sincerely apologize for that inconvenience and am rescheduling yesterday’s webinar for 3 different upcoming dates.  I hope that everyone who was hoping to attend yesterday will be able to find at least one of these 3 new dates that will work with your schedule and even if you weren’t planning on attending yesterday, perhaps one of these 3 new dates will interest you!   You are welcome to share these 3 new dates for this webinar with any of your colleagues you think may be interested as well.  The first one is coming up quickly on this coming Monday afternoon!

  1. Monday Jan. 16, 3:15pm.  Register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AudioJanuary162012REGISTRATION 
  2. Monday Jan. 30, 3:15pm. Register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AudioJan302012REGISTRATION 
  3. Friday Feb. 3, 3:15pm. Register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AudioFeb32012REGISTRATION


NOW AVAILABLE; The FREE ePub Converter Upgrade:   DRMS can now go to the ICAM Website for a FREE upgraded version 2.0 of their aDAISY to ePub Converter!   This new upgrade handles many more file types and should be much more efficient at converting some of those stubborn NIMAS files we’ve had trouble with in the past.  So far, we are VERY impressed with it!


People Traveling w/Disabilities:  The Transportation Security Administration has  launched TSA Cares, a new helpline number designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.

  •  Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource specifically for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.
  •  The hours of operation for the TSA Cares helpline are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST, excluding federal holidays. Travelers who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to contact TSA Cares or can e-mail TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.
  •  If you would like to make advance arrangements for screenings at airports,  travelers can contact TSA using Talk To TSA <https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/talktotsa/> , a web-based tool that allows passengers to reach out to an airport Customer Service Manager directly, and the TSA Contact Center, 1-866-289-9673 and TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov, where travelers can ask questions, provide suggestions and file complaints

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9/24/2010: Statewide Training Needs, PATINS Training Calendar, Facebook, DRM Podcast, Podcasting in Class, FETC Virtual Conference

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PATINS Trainings & Needs Assessment: Thank You to all  who filled out the online Training Needs Assessment for us these past couple of weeks.  This data really helps the PATINS Team to more effectively plan and coordinate our training offerings for the school year and we appreciate your time!

  • Many FREE trainings will be offered online and in person and can be found on our NEW calendar of Training Opportunities: www.patinsproject.com/training.html
  • Keep an eye on that calendar as trainings will continually be updated and added.
  • You can subscribe to that Training Calendar using these RSS tools in the bottom right corner:
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  • AND, remember you can always request additional trainings from PATINS too!  Just contact your Regional Site Coordinator here:  www.patinsproject.com/contact.html

DRM Podcast ImageNEW DRM Podcast! Are you an Indiana Digital Rights Manager (DRM) ?  PATINS and The Indiana Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM) present this podcast series of interviews with Indiana Digital Rights Managers (DRM’s) from across the state.  Hear DRM tips, tricks, frustrations, triumphs, and advice. I’ve already recorded the first interview with Kathy Brewster from Indianapolis Public Schools.  You can listen to the episodes individually on this site, subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or subscribe through your other favorite podcast software.
Check it out here:

Podcasting ImageSpeaking of Podcasting: You’ll notice there is a podcasting workshop scheduled (and we can always schedule more).  Podcasts are a great way to receive your own professional development and also a great way to communicate with your students, your student’s parents and a super-great way to engage your students in difficult curriculum by having them, for example, produce a podcast instead of a traditional paper-pencil book report.  AND… bonus; ALL podcasts in iTunes are FREE!  You do need an iTunes account, but remember last week’s blog showed you how to create one w/out a credit card.  Check out this podcasting information from Apple and then contact us to get podcasting with your class!  www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts

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Are you a Friend of PATINS Project on Facebook yet? Find PATINS on Facebook and join in on some discussions taking place.  Simply click the Facebook logo above or right here:  

FETC Conference: FREE & VIRTUAL! I’ve attended this conference virtually for the past couple of years and really enjoyed the experience.  “This amazing virtual conference will immerse you in the latest, most successful education technologies and services—at no charge, and from the convenience of your desktop!”   http://fetc.org/events/virtual-fall-2010/home.aspx?utm_source=AttendeeMktg&utm_medium=E-Mail&utm_campaign=AXFV08

State Buy Opportunities: Remember to check the PATINS State Buy page for hardware and software special deals before making purchases this Fall: www.patinsproject.com/buys.html

9/25/2009: Building in Second Life, AudioPal, Pogo Boards! And, An AAC Resource!

AudioPal: This is a free way to embed an audio message in your blogs, wikis, facebook, websites, etc.  You can do it in 4 different ways:

  • Record by Phone
  • Text To Speech (You can choose from several voices)
  • Record By Mic
  • Upload Audio File

What a COOL way to build in a little bit of accessibility to your online content like class blogs, school newsletters, etc.  Immediately coming to mind is the parent who contacted me last year, who was blind and unable to access her child’s school newsletter.  Build in some audio prompts for your students!  This could also be used as an alternate response method for some of your students!  Definitely worth checking out:   www.audiopal.com

Pogo Boards: Pogo Boards: AbleNet Edition is the world’s first all-in-one, full-featured, robust, web-based, board-making solution.” The light version of this board creating online software is FREE!   Definitely worth a look!  I hope to play with this more next week and post some detailed thoughts.

Second Life Building Help: The real power of Second Life is the ability to model, teach and interact in 3 dimensions. Everything in SL is of course, built by users like us!   Here’s 2 tools to help you get started!

Some AAC Tips and Resources:
…from my friend Chris: www.aacintervention.com

Register for Workshops:
Don’t forget to register for regional PATINS Workshops: www.patinsproject.com/regional.html

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