1/11/2013: Tech Expo 2013 Registration OPEN! South Bend Parent/Family iPad Evening, Easy Larger Text on iPad, PATINS on Facebook

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PATINS TECH EXPO 2013!  REGISTRATION is OPEN!   This year’s Tech Expo will take place on April 18, 2013 at the Fountains in Carmel, IN.  Once again, there is NO REGISTRATION FEE for Attendees!  AND, your lunch is on PATINS and your parking is FREE.


Parent/Family iPad Accessibility Evening:  Are you or do you know of a family in the South Bend, Indiana area who could benefit from an evening of Accessibility Training on the iPad?  Check into this free training opportunity on Feb. 26th at LOGAN, co-hosted by the PATINS Project and INSource.  Flyer Here: Parent iPad Night Flyer 2 26 13



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iPad: Larger Text: Do you always or occasionally need to see your text larger on your iPad or iPhone or iTouch?  There are a couple of really simple options.  Check out this quick Video: Larger Text on iPad Video 


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Follow PATINS on Facebook!  Our SW Coordinator, Sandy Stabenfeldt, does an awesome job of posting great articles, links, videos, and tools to the PATINS Facebook page!  Check it out and “LIKE” it today!   Just click here!   www.facebook.com/pages/PATINS-Project/355404557479?fref=ts



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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2/4/2011: PATINS AT Overview Online Module, Learning in 3D Online, LEGO Universe, SketchUp and ASD, Apps for Special Needs, PATINS Tech Expo Registration

SORRY I’M LATE this week!  I’ve been terribly sick for nearly a full week now and hope none of you get this nasty virus!  I do have some great things to share however and better late than never!

AT Overview Module: NW Site Coordinator, Jim Lambert, has done an awesome job creating this online module that you can work through at your own pace AND receive PGP credit!   Check this out:

Learning Online in 3D: So, again this year at ATIA I heard plenty about online, immersive learning in 3D Virtual Worlds.  I may have blogged about these in years past, but they are worth checking out again.

WiloStar: “Online Homeschooling and 3D Virtual Worlds for K-12 Education”  FULLY ACCREDITED! www.wilostar3d.com

Avatar Story Tellers: K-12 Virtual Worlds.  Take your Digital Story Telling to the next level!!! “Avatar Storytellers is the first multiplayer online educational virtual world designed specifically for classroom students ages 9-12.  Avatar storytellers is an engaging K-12 immersive virtual world educational curricula that allows students to create 3D digital stories inside immersive virtual worlds using WiloStar3D’s custom avatar system.”   www.avatarstorytellers.com

LEGO Universe: Already being a fan of LEGO’s and the creativity they seem to encourage in kids and adults, This particular one got me so excited that I actually went and found a lego store and bought this software before leaving the ATIA conference.  It was $20 for the software and then there is a monthly fee to participate, but the first month is free to try it out.  I have to tell you that after only a few days of my own 7 and 9 year old girls playing it, that this is an amazing online immersive learning experience for students.  http://universe.lego.com/en-us/parents/wheretobuy.aspx#tab-download

Designing Online in 3D and Students on the Autism Spectrum: Many of you are probably already familiar with Google Sketchup.  If not, it’s a free way of creating and modeling things in 3D.  It’s very fun, very powerful and very engaging!  http://sketchup.google.com/

Particularly related to Google Sketchup and kids on the autism spectrum, check this out!   Students on the Autism Spectrum

Finally for this week, Apps for Children With Special Needs:   http://a4cwsn.com

Lots more next week!

2011 PATINS TECH EXPO (free & PGPs)



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