8/10/12: Apple Special Ed. Seminar! VI Teacher Audio Interviews, Whitley County Autism Walk, Alternatives To Powerpoint, 2 Great Upcoming Events

Apple Special Ed. Seminar September 13:  Co-Sponsored by PATINS Project and ICASE

ICAM VI Teacher Audio Interviews: If you’ve not yet heard any of the audio interviews that Martha and the ICAM staff are doing with outstanding teachers of the visually impaired, check these out!

iPad Document Camera: A pretty cool stand that will turn your iPad into a Document Camera.  Could be quite useful in some classrooms, where the teacher is walking around with an iPad anyway, to make things larger for increased accessibility to examples, demonstrations, etc.  www.ipaddocumentcamera.com

 

Whitley County Autism Walk: Sunday Oct. 7, 2:00pm.  1 mile, $10, Includes Walk T-Shirt!

 

6-Week Long UDL Course from ISTE: http://www.iste.org/store/product.aspx?ID=2490&utm_source=Store%2BEmail&utm_medium=Store%2BEmail&utm_content=Feature%2BAd%2B(UDL%2BCourse)&utm_campaign=Store%2BEmail%2B(UDL%2BCourse)%2B8.9.12 

10 Alternatives To Powerpoint:  www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/08/10-excellent-alternatives-to-powerpoint.html 

Two More Events to keep an eye on!

  • Nov. 8-9   PATINS State Conference Returns!  Save The Date.  Watch here and on the PATINS Website for Registration info very soon!  AND, we’re still wanting a few more teachers, therapists, admin, IT staff, who are working toward accessibility and are willing to share!  The Call For Proposals will absolutely close 1 week from today on Aug. 17 2012.  Get your Proposal in NOW, by clicking this link:  www.surveymonkey.com/s/PATINSStateConf2012CFP
  • End of Sept/Beg. of Oct.  Parent Webinar nights with ISTE presenters that PATINS will be co-sponsoring with INSOURCE.  Watch for more information on this next week and start thinking about parents that you think could benefit.  There will be 2 locations; one in Indianapolis and one in South Bend.  Space will be limited to 20 parents at each site.

7/19/2012: Announcing NEW ICAM Blog! Big PATINS Changes Reminder, A Few Dates To Put On The Calendar Now!

NEW ICAM Blog Announced! Martha Hammond at the ICAM has started blogging all things AIM, NIMAS & ICAM related on Thursdays via the brand new “ICAM Dispatch.”  I think it’d be a wise decision to take 5 minutes and check it out, subscribe just like you do to this blog and leave Martha some comments, suggestions, etc.  …especially if you are a DRM or serving students with print disabilities.

 First Friday Walk For Autism:  Aug. 3.  This wonderful event helps raise awareness and funds for families in Grant County
living with autism.

Aug. 7:  PATINS Live TV Returns at 11:45am EST

Nov. 8-9: Save The Date:  PATINS 2012 State Conference!  Flyer Here: State Conf 2012 Flyer 1 CFP

ASAP: Still a little time to get your proposal in to present at the PATINS State Conference Nov. 8-9.  Contact me with questions: dmcnulty@ciesc.k12.in.us

A Reminder:
Big PATINS Project Changes!

Several things have now officially changed within the PATINS Project organization that I want to make sure you’re aware of as we get closer and closer to the start of the 12-13 school year.

  1. The SE PATINS Site has moved from Madison to Columbus, IN and as you may know, Tina Jones ( SE Site Coordinator for past 17 years) has retired.  Tina will be missed by many people!  Tina’s replacement as the new SE Site Coordinator is Sandi Mahl.   The email you are currently using to reach the SE Site (sepatins@ciesc.k12.in.us) will remain the same, but will be received by Sandi now instead of Tina Jones.  We hope you’ll help us welcome Sandi to the PATINS Team!  More on Sandi to come!  Kelli Suding will be assisting Sandi at the SE Site and Kelli’s email is: ksuding@ciesc.k12.in.us.  The new SE Physical & Mailing Address: 1200 Central Avenue, Columbus, IN 47201
  2. The NE PATINS Site has also moved, but just a couple miles down the road to the Wabash City Schools Admin Building.  I have handed over the NE Site Coordinator position Julie Kuhn!  We’re also excited to welcome Julie to the PATINS team and more details on her will also be coming soon!  Much like the SE, the NE Coordinator email will still be (nepatins@ciesc.k12.in.us), but it will no longer come to me.  It will go only to Julie!  Brandon Culver has also transitioned out of the NE Assistant position and Emily Booth has transitioned in.  Her email is ebooth@ciesc.k12.in.us.  The new NE Physical & Mailing Address: 1101 Colerain St. Wabash, IN 46992.  After today, please don’t send anything to the old Wabash address as it will likely not reach PATINS!
  3. Vicki Hershman has also officially retired as the PATINS State Director after 17 years of dedicated service to PATINS and to Indiana’s K-12 schools.  Vicki will also be missed considerably by many and while there really is no replacing her (or Tina in the SE), I have now assumed the role of PATINS State Director.  My new email is: dmcnulty@ciesc.k12.in.us and you may begin using it now.  The Central PATINS location and phone numbers will not change:  Contact Us Page Here
  4. Finally, the PATINS UDL Blog is going to be merged with this PATINS Rapid Fire Blog.  Tina has done a great job of keeping you informed with UDL related information on the UDL Blog and going forward, I plan to combine UDL, AT, AIM, Creative Ideas to Engage, Announcements, Important Information, all in this one convenient location.   So, if you were subscribed to the UDL Blog, you’ll want to make sure you’re now subscribed to this one.  Just enter your email address in the upper right-hand area of this page and click subscribe.  That way you’ll receive just the headlines each Friday in your inbox and can then decide if you want to click them for more information.

We ask that you continue to bear with us during this time of transition.  I do not anticipate any problems or delays in PATINS services to you and your colleagues, but we will have several new staff in new positions and are losing three very valuable PATINS Staff.  Vicki, Tina, and Brandon will all be missed greatly.  I am excited and very optimistic about the new staff joining us and I view this as an exciting opportunity to evolve, adapt & grow!   More details on new staff members will be coming and I hope that everyone out there will help to welcome them.  I will still blog over the summer months as much as possible and my plan is to continue blogging in this coming school year in my new role as well.

 

 

10/14/11: TTA Grant Schools Selected! Funding Sources, Hacking Autism, Math Resources, iOS 5, FETC Virtual Conference, Top 20 Social Networks for Education, iPad Case Studies, More!

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PATINS TTA (Targeted Technical Assistance) Grant Selections Announced!  The PATINS Project thanks all districts who applied for your interest in the 2011-2012 Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Targeted Technical Assistance Grant.  Congratulations to the districts who have been chosen to participate in this year’s grant process.

A few applications were not considered because they were only partially completed.  However; this is an on-going grant opportunity and we will be considering the provision of more grants to interested school districts throughout this school year.  So, if you wish to reapply for this grant, please watch for the next opportunity which will be posted to the IDOE Learning Connection, here on this blog and on the PATINS Website.

 

A Listing of Some Funding/Grant Sources :  www.especialneeds.com/funding-resources-special-needs-adaptive-equipment.html

 

 

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Hacking Autism in California: (Thanks Chris)    http://www.hackingautism.org/#/apps


 

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iOS 5:  Just in case you didn’t know yet, iOS 5 is now available to update your iPads, iPhones and iTouches and has some really nice accessibility features added, among other nice upgrades.  However, it can take a very long time to update depending on what you have on the device that needs to be backed up/restored.  My iPhone took 4.5 hours last night.  My iPad is taking about a hour and a half this morning.

Some nice features include messaging between devices (not text messaging) which could be a very powerful tool in classrooms.  I also like the new wireless syncing and cloud based storage which could be big news for students accessing things like textbooks on the go.  Lots of other nice upgrades & features too: www.apple.com/ios 

  • Accessibility Features of iOS5 (of particular interest to me is the increased attention paid to physical access and custom gestures):  www.apple.com/accessibility

 

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Social Networking for Education:I had very interesting and on-going conversations this week with a couple different educators in NE Indiana about the many benefits and potential dangers of utilizing the many very powerful social networking tools for education and then came across this listing.  Top 20 Social Networks FOR EDUCATION:  www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=2980 

 

FETC Virtual Conference: October 27, 10:30am – 6pm

 

TextHelp Announces WEB APPS:  See them in action in this video:  Web Apps in action

 

iPad Case Studies:  in Victoria Australia:    http://www.ipadsforeducation.vic.edu.au/ipad-education-case-studies/10-warringa-park-school

Lisa Nielson’s 5 Favorite MATH RESOURCES for learners who hate math:    http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=3055

 

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Weekly TIPS!  Are you remembering to check out the Weekly Tips & Tricks each PATINS Site Coordinator is posting to his/her Regional Page on the PATINS Website?  There are some good ones!  Be sure to check back each week!  www.patinsproject.com

PATINS Trainings: …also, remember to check the PATINS Training Calendar as new trainings are added all the time and they are all FREE!  http://bit.ly/PATINSCalendar

Quick Links:

  • www.myskillbott.com — 21st Century / Soft [Employability] Skills Training; and
  • www.apangea.com — 3 Levels of Intervention (latter 2 comes with LIVE, Certified Math Teachers ONLINE).
  • www.texthelp.com — a TRUE RTI Tools…a “Swiss Army Knife” of features, for example, if you have a Blind Student then you can take all their work and create a File for their MP3 Player, etc., etc., etc.
  • www.eyecuereadingreadiness.com — teaches ‘fluency’ skills by using ‘colors, shapes, coins, picture, etc.

9/16/2011: Autism Virtual Conference Recordings, Upcoming Trainings, ISTE Book on Cell Phones in Calls, MS Office Forms, QR Codes, Trainings Coming Soon, 4 Quick Links!

The Autism Fall Virtual Conference … was this week of course!  If you missed it or want to review any of the sessions, they have been recorded and made available here.  Additionally, my session on iPads was interrupted with internet connection troubles and I have offered to re-do that session next week on Tuesday (9/20/11) at 10:30am EST.  Let me know if you’d like to attend.  It will be online, of course, in the same format as the other Hands In Autism Sessions this week.  (contact me: nepatins@ciesc.k12.in.us)

 

NEW ISTE Book: Here’s a new book offering announced this week from the International Society for Technology in Education about CELL PHONES in classrooms.  I thought it appropriate after last week’s posting!

MS Office & Forms:  I’ve recently upgraded to the latest version of MS Office and I’m a long-time user of Forms in Word.  I love using forms and I used them in my classroom to make modified tests, as a teacher to make forms for parents, IEPs, and now as a way to continually go paper-less in my office and to fill in paperwork for photography at home.  Point is; forms are very useful to just about anyone doing anything with documents on a computer.  I’m happy to elaborate if anyone’s interested.  The problem I ran into this week with the MS Office upgrade was that Forms were gone!  I couldn’t find them anywhere and therefore couldn’t use or adjust my many forms!  After a little research, I realized I just had to re-enable Forms in the new MS Word and thought it was worth sharing.

  1. Go to File and then Options
  2. Go to Customize Ribbon, All Commands
  3. Move DEVELOPER to the Main Ribbon.  Here’s a few screen shots showing it both for PC and Mac:

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MS Forms Image 2MS Forms Image 3 For Mac

 

 

QR Codes:  You may have noticed my tip of the week on the PATINS Website (HERE) has started utilizing QR Codes instead of text.  In some other countries QR Codes have been used heavily for years.  They make sense in a lot of ways and I think we could have fun with them.

Upcoming Trainings!

Quick Links (Check these out!):

9/2/2011: Targeted Tech Assist Grant Reminder, Autism Voice Blog, Grant Writing Seminar, Mac OS Lion and Boardmaker, iPad Trick, VI Apps, New PATINS Website Reminder,

Does YOUR Indiana school district need help with any of these?

  1. Supporting the provision of appropriate, high-quality instructional materials in specialized formats.
  2. Providing specialized formats  of materials in a timely manner.
  3. Developing & Implementing written guidelines defining responsibilities and actions for specialized formats.
  4. Supporting Professional Development and Training for staff around students with print disabilities and implementation of specialized formats.
  5. Developing & Implementing a systematic process for monitoring & evaluating the provision of specialized formats.
  6. Utilizing data to guide changes that support continual improvement around the provision of specialized formats.
  7. Allocating sufficient resources to ensure the delivery & sustainability of services to students with print disabilities.

If So:  I’d strongly encourage you to look at this
Targeted Technical Assistance Grant
  from PATINS:

Grant Writing Seminar: Sept. 20 & 21, 2011 at the Central Indiana Educational Service Center. 

Autism & Having An Authentic Audience: If you’ve not seen this ABC special yet on Carly, check it out:  http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video?id=8280703.

Mac Lion and Boardmaker or Speaking Dynamically Pro: Here’s a quick heads up from our NW Site Coordinator, Jim Lambert.  Boardmaker is not compatible as this point with Mas OS 10.7 or Lion.  They are actively working on the problem.  So, if you are a Mac and a Boardmaker/Speaking Dynamically Pro user, you probably want to wait to upgrade to the Lion operating system.

iPad Trick: Here’s a nice little tip from Tina Jones, our SE Regional Coordinator.  When/if you have a student who has trouble isolating just one finger to use on an iPad or iTouch or iPhone, you might consider covering all other fingers with a sock or buying a cheap pair of gloves as well and cutting the tip of only one of the fingers off.  This could even allow someone to lay their entire hand on the screen for support and only activate the screen with the one finger tip.

iPhone/iPad Apps for Magnification/Vision Impairments:  www.readability.com/articles/cz7xpbc2?legacy_bookmarklet=1

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NEW PATINS Website! … and trainings being offered NOW!

If you haven’t noticed yet, PATINS Project has a brand new website with a new, more functional, look!  www.patinsproject.com .  A couple of things I’d like to draw your attention to with the new website:

  • Upper right hand area; there are up/down arrows allowing you to change the font size to match your needs
  • Just Below the up/down arrows, you’ll find the Regional Menu.  Here you can go straight to your PATINS Regional Site’s Page to see trainings being offered, Tips & Tricks, Contact Info, Lending Library Request Info and more!  Lots of trainings are already being scheduled.
  • Check it out, let us know what you think, we’re always interested in ideas to make it more useful to you!
  • www.patinsproject.com

8/19/2011: NEW PATINS WEBSITE! Autism Virtual Conference, DRMs Tips Page, Switch Access for Kindle, Super Abilities Video, TTA Grant Deadline

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NEW PATINS Website! … and trainings being scheduled NOW!

If you haven’t noticed yet, PATINS Project has a brand new website with a new, more functional, look! www.patinsproject.com . A couple of things I’d like to draw your attention to with the new website:

  • Upper right hand area; there are up/down arrows allowing you to change the font size to match your needs
  • Just Below the up/down arrows, you’ll find the Regional Menu. Here you can go straight to your PATINS Regional Site’s Page to see trainings being offered, Tips & Tricks, Contact Info, Lending Library Request Info and more! Lots of trainings are already being scheduled.
  • Check it out, let us know what you think, we’re always interested in ideas to make it more useful to you!
  • www.patinsproject.com

Welcome Back To School…. for MOST of you now:  Don’t forget about this TTA Grant before October!

PATINS Targeted Technical Assistance Grants:  There seems to be some confusion out there about 2 related but unconnected Grants that were recently announced.  There was a grant that was due to IDOE on 8/10 this week.  There is a separate and different grant through the PATINS Project that is due October 3, 2011 called the Targeted Technical Assistance Grant for Indiana public K-12 districts.  Read about it and apply here!     http://nepatins.edublogs.org/2011/08/05/technical-assistance-grants-due-october-3/      Contact us with questions.

Autism Virtual Conference:  Sept. 12-16, 2011    FREE
“What Educators Wish They Know About Special Education Their First Year.”   “Whether it is your first year at school or you have some experience under your belt, expand your toolbox with strategies and techniques for working students with disabilities!”   PATINS  will be providing several sessions along with many others.  Register SOON for this entirely online and entirely free event!
Flyer Here: Autism Fall 2011 Virtual Conf Flyer

Session Schedule & Register Here: http://handsinautism.org/educatorconference.html

 

Great DRM’s Are Made!  A Great Tips Page from the ICAM for all the DRMs out there.  If you’re not a DRM, please share this with your district’s DRMs.  If your district doesn’t have DRMs, contact us SOON to help you remedy that situation ASAP!  http://www.icam.k12.in.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=127&Itemid=105

PageBot...from Origin Instruments as a Switch Access Tool For Kindle:  http://estore.orin.com/

Future Abilities, Disabilities, Super-Abilities:  I’ve been telling my wife for several years now that I’m just going to take one whole summer off and have all of my bones replaced with titanium bones.  As a nurse, she used to explain to me why my idea really wasn’t the smartest.  Now, she mostly ignores me ;)   So, you can imagine my excitement when I came across this TED video this week.  Maybe my tech-biology dreams aren’t so far-fetched.

 “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”   -Ken Robinson: HERE

 

8/12/2011: Welcome Back To School, Technical Assist Grant, New DRM Online Training, Various Available Grants, Inspirational Video!

Welcome Back To School …for many of you!

PATINS Targeted Technical Assistance Grants:  There seems to be some confusion out there about 2 related but unconnected Grants that were recently announced.  There was a grant that was due to IDOE on 8/10 this week.  There is a separate and different grant through the PATINS Project that is due October 3, 2011 called the Targeted Technical Assistance Grant for Indiana public K-12 districts.  Read about it and apply here!     http://nepatins.edublogs.org/2011/08/05/technical-assistance-grants-due-october-3/      Contact us with questions.

Great Educational Comic Strips/Cartoon Creation!  Chris Bohn, is doing some really cool things with this tool and some of her students on the autism spectrum.  Let me know if you’re interested in learning more and I’ll gladly put you in touch with Chris.  www.bitstripsforschools.com   (Thanks Chris!)

AAC Device Trainings: There are some recurring training opportunities I recently learned about that are worth passing on for families and therapy teams!  These are non-device-specific trainings for 3 hours to cover basics of Unity, programming, and implementation.  No CEUs will be offered, but the trainings are free.  The trainings will take place at Riley Hospital on the first Thursday of the month from 4:00-7:00 p.m. beginning Thursday, October 6.  So far, we have only scheduled the trainings through December, but plan to add January thru May sometime in the fall.  We have a limit of 15 participants per training and they will need to register at www.prentrom.com/training

NEW Online DRM Training:  If you are a newly appointed DRM, a current DRM needing a refresher or you know a DRM in need of help, there is now an online training created by the ICAM!  Contact your PATINS Regional Coordinator if you’re in need of utilizing this Video Training and we’ll point you in the right direction:   www.patinsproject.com

VARIOUS AVAILABLE GRANTS:

A Little Inspiration & Perhaps... food for thought as we begin this new school year.  A moving TED talk from Caroline Casey

 “The effectiveness of a group is not determined by the individual’s IQ in the group, but by how the group communicates… by how often individuals communicate with one another.”   -David Brooks

5/27/2011: New Featured Teacher Video! AAC and Whiteboard Apps, Upcoming Autism Training Info, Wrapping Up,

Wrapping Up: For some of you, school will be finishing very soon.  Several others have a few more days or even weeks of snow/fog/flood days to make up.  As you begin to look toward summer, keep in mind a few things for those lazy days when you feel like expanding your knowledge a little bit and preparing for next school year:

  1. PATINS Online AT Overview Course Module (at your own pace): www.patinsproject.com/AT%20Overview%20Course/AT%20Overview%20Files/index.htm
  2. Many PATINS Trainings are already being scheduled for next year, beginning in August.  Keep an eye on the PATINS Website as these are made public: www.patinsproject.com
  3. Speaking of the PATINS Website; watch for a brand new, more efficient and user-friendly look coming very soon! Same address:  www.patinsproject.com
  4. Watch This Blog: I’ll continue to post short updates each Friday over the summer months!  There are some exciting announcements coming that you won’t want to miss!
  5. Introduce a Friend or Colleague to PATINS (5 Minute Video): www.teachindy.com/watch_video.php?v=4cfd9bd6e1daf7f

FEATURED TEACHER Video Interview: Mrs. Nelson, a Logansport teacher, has an amazing story about a struggling reader who reaches her as a sophomore essentially unable to read.

MORE AAC Apps for the iPad/iTouch/iPhone:

Verbally: …”the first FREE iPad app to provide a complete assistive speech solution for creative communication”   http://verballyapp.com/

TouchChat: Not free, but looks very full-featured and can include word prediction.  We will have this app on our lending library devices soon:  http://www.silver-kite.com/touchChat/

Doceri: Not free, but full featured app turns your iPad into a wireless slate basically.  Allows you to teach, give presentations, etc., and still walk around your space.  Pretty cool! http://doceri.com/

Upcoming Autism Spectrum Disorder Training Info:

Vendor Offered Discounts: Remember to check often, the PATINS Vendor Offered Discounts page before making purchases.  These are continually updated. www.patinsproject.com/buys.html

4/29/2011: Lots of Fast, Free, Time-Saving Tools This Week! 2 Great Virtual Conferences This Week and Two More Coming Up! eReader Comparison, Skype For Droid

Last week I attended the Spring Leadership Development Program Seminar at Purdue University, which was all about “Working Smarter With Technology, Not Harder.”  I grabbed a bunch of great ideas and tools, some of which I knew, but many were new to me and all are worth sharing!

  1. screencastomatic: www.screencast-o-matic.com
  2. Jing: www.techsmith.com/jing
  3. screenjelly: www.screenjelly.com
  4. screencastle: http://screencastle.com
  • AudioBoo: from your phone, record an audio recording of yourself and it automatically goes online for students or colleagues: http://audioboo.fm/

eBook Reader Comparison Matrix (thanks Jim): http://ebook-reader-review.toptenreviews.com/

Skype For Android: You know I’ve been a fan of Skype since 2006 and have blogged about using it for meetings, trainings, workshops, collaboration, teaming, co-teaching and so much more.  You probably also know it’s been available as an APP for Apple devices for quite some time now, but now it’s also available as an APP for Android devices: www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-mobile/download/skype-for-android/

This week I’m attending and presenting at 2 great VIRTUAL Conferences.  Make sure to check them out for next year.  Hear great information and never have to leave your desk!

Don’t Forget To Register!  2 Great Virtual Events Coming Up!

  • May 2: Chris Bugaj and Beth Poss on Free online tools for your classroom:  www.surveymonkey.com/s/MAY2
    If you like free Web 2.0 types of tools as I have listed above, you NEED to come to this session on Monday!  Chris & Beth will have lots of GREAT Stuff!

Special Mid-Week Posting: TapSpeak Half Off THIS Friday

Just received this, and wanted to share right away so all those interested can take advantage on Friday, the 29th.

In honor of National Autism Awareness month, April 29th, 2011- All TapSpeak products Half Off!!

To learn more about their products please visit their Web site!
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Keep watching this blog for the normal Friday morning posting.  Lots of cool stuff going in this week!