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

New PATINS Website Image Aug 2011

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


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