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.

9/3/2010: Please Unblock PATINS Emails, Dropbox, iPad Apps & Autism Spectrum Video, Refurb Computer Need, Mobile Learning Slow in Education, Upcoming Events, MS Accessibility Guide, ROL Clarification.

PATINS Email! As you probably know by now, ALL PATINS Staff have new email addresses as of July 1.  Several of us have had some difficulty getting emails to our contacts from our new addresses.  If you have a minute, please check your email settings and/or make sure that “@ciesc.k12.in.us” is on your whitelist of accepted emails!   It might be worth checking with your technology staff to make sure.  We’re afraid some of you aren’t getting the information you deserve!  Let your colleagues know to check here on the blog on Fridays as well.  Better yet, subscribe to the blog and rest assured you’ll always receive announcements, info, resources, tips & tricks, etc., each Friday!

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Dropbox: Are you using Dropbox to share your files?  I’ve had an account for quite some time, but never really used it until this week with my colleague Jeff!  Jeff shared three large images with me that were well over 3MB each using Dropbox and it all happened in a matter of seconds.  These sorts of files would normally be way to large to email.  It’s FREE up to 2GB and then modest fees if you need more than the free 2GB.  It’s super-simple to use.  Check it out and share files with other teachers!  With moving to RAPIDlY increasing ONLINE training and professional development, keep in mind that PATINS Staff can share large files with you in this way too!  www.dropbox.com.


Computers Needed!

The PATINS Refurbished Computer Program needs to find organizations and/or individuals who can donate their laptops, desktops, and 17monitors to our program. We will arrange the pickup of any donations.

iPad Apps & Autism Spectrum Video: www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/18/ipad-apps-for-autism-and-_n_686020.html

Mobile Learning Lags… behind other areas such as healthcare and private use: http://thejournal.com/Articles/2010/08/30/Report-PreK12-Mobile-Learning-Hindered-by-Institutional-Restrictions.aspx?Page=1

Microsoft Accessibility Guide For Educators: www.microsoft.com/enable/education/default.aspx Of particular interest, to me anyway, is the decision making tree near the end.  Check it out!

Read:OutLoud Image LogoRead:Out Loud: YES, it is FREE for ALL of your K-12 Indiana Public School students to use on ALL your district computers AND to send home with ALL of your students for use on their home computers.  It is NOT just for students with IEPs, for NIMAS qualified students, for students with visual impairments, etc.  It can be used with ALL students.  (I got this question a couple more times this week and wanted to make sure everyone knows that this can be used with ALL students!)

~ Upcoming Events & Courses ~

11 More Days! …to register for the 2010 PATINS Assistive Technology Overview Course!

2011 Tech Expo! Don’t forget to save the date for the PATINS Tech Expo, April 13, 2011.  Download a Flyer Here: http://nepatins.edublogs.org/files/2010/08/TECHEXPO2011SaveTheDate1.jpg

Trainings & Workshops: Look for PATINS Regional trainings and workshops to be scheduled soon.  MANY of them to be online!  Don’t be shy to request trainings from PATINS Regional Sites!  We’re here to serve your needs at no cost to you and have several methods for providing these trainings online now!  Next week: Lots of info relating to online teaching and learning!  Get your avatars ready!

Have a great, long, safe, holiday weekend everyone!

7/16/2010: Google and Autism, SL Qualitative Research and PATINS Island, New PATINS Emails, Use PATINS Island for Your Purposes, PATINS Island Map, Web Tools on a Prim Wiki

Google & Autism Spectrum (thanks Chris B): Did you know about Google for Education?   …and that Google has a project for students on the autism spectrum and the educators working with them?  Check this out: www.google.com/educators/spectrum.html

Collaborating and Presenting in Second Life Viewer 2!  As you may know, Viewer 2 for Second Life introduced some exciting new tools to the platform for the purpose of teaching, learning and collaborating in-world.  Most exciting of the Viewer 2 changes probably is the Shared Media, which basically means I can interact with web based content that I place on a prim in SL!  In more real terms, what that means is that while having a meeting or training in Second Life, we can also be looking at little screens that show a google doc or a wiki or a prezi or any other web content that you could imagine, with the exception of pop-ups!  This opens up a whole new realm of possibilities in Second Life for professional development and collaboration.  HERE is a listing of web based tools that lend themselves well to this new Shared Media aspect of Second Life Viewer 2:  http://webtoolsonaprim.pbworks.com/ I plan to go through them as I get time!  Could this be described as the combining of Web 2.0 and 3.0?  Or maybe just the morphing and evolving of the interactive and engaging Web 2.0 into an even more immersive and 3 Dimensional experience?

If you haven’t created an avatar yet, visited the PATINS ISLAND, joined the PATINS SL Group and started learning to learn in this new and exciting format, remember Summer is a perfect time.  Spend 10 minutes today and 10 tomorrow.  Let me know if you’d like me to meet you on our island and help you get started.  Additionally, remember we have all these great tools for getting going in SL: www.patinsproject.com/SLEventsCalendar.html

Want to Use the PATINS Island? So, maybe you have attended a workshop or two on the PATINS Island and have some ideas of your own OR you are searching for ways to deal with restricted travel and professional development funds and would like to utilize the PATINS Island space and facilities for your own purposes.  See here for the guidelines and let us know how we can help you get started! It’s FREE and pretty simple!  Policy & Guidelines for Organizational Use

Here’s a Labeled aerial view/map of the island you can download and use to help find your way about too!  Click on it to see it larger and then right click on it and Save As to your desktop!

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Using Second Life in Qualitative Research (Video): Check out this clip from a video from 8 students at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, who performed an ethnographic study in Second Life and featured the PATINS Project Island!


In case you missed it last week; PATINS Staff ALL have new email addresses (starting NOW we will only be working with these new email addresses):

  • Vicki Hershman (PATINS Director):  vhershman@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Glenda Thompson (Admin. Asst):  gthompson@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Daniel G. McNulty (NE PATINS): nepatins@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Vicky Carlin (NE Asst):  vcarlin@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Jim Lambert (NW PATINS):  nwpatins@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Sheri Schoenbeck (NW Asst):  sschoenbeck@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Jeff Bond (CEN PATINS):  cepatins@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Tina Jones (SE PATINS): sepatins@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Sandy Stabenfeldt (SW PATINS):   swpatins@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Carrie Ownes (SW Asst):  cowens@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Walt Daigle (Refurbished Computers):  refurbcomputers@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Martha Hammond (ICAM Lib. Svcs Consultant):  mhammond.icam@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Lori Cane (ICAM Tech. Coord): lkane.icam@ciesc.k12.in.us

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7/9/2010: NEW PATINS Staff Contact Details, Surfing & Autism!

New PATINS Staff Contact Info:

Most PATINS Staff will have new contact information including email, phone, fax, physical address starting now!  I’ll keep you updated here as these changes are finalized.  Here are our new email addresses for now:

  • Vicki Hershman (PATINS Director):  vhershman@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Glenda Thompson (Admin. Asst):  gthompson@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Daniel G. McNulty (NE PATINS): nepatins@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Vicky Carlin (NE Asst):  vcarlin@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Jim Lambert (NW PATINS):  nwpatins@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Sheri Schoenbeck (NW Asst):  sschoenbeck@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Jeff Bond (CEN PATINS):  cepatins@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Tina Jones (SE PATINS): sepatins@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Sandy Stabenfeldt (SW PATINS):   swpatins@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Carrie Ownes (SW Asst):  cowens@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Walt Daigle (Refurbished Computers):  refurbcomputers@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Martha Hammond (ICAM Lib. Svcs Consultant):  mhammond.icam@ciesc.k12.in.us
  • Lori Cane (ICAM Tech. Coord): lkane.icam@ciesc.k12.in.us

“There’s a Magic out There That Happens”

Autism & Surfing! Any surfer will confirm that there absolutely is a magic out there that happens!  Maybe I’ve found my dream job!   Ok, OK.. so there isn’t a lot of surfing in Indiana, but why not think outside the box now and then.  Things many of us might not ever consider doing in education or for our students with disabilities might just be the answer.  Check out this msnbc.com article that showed last evening on television: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=3789295&page=1

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Remember: Summer is a perfect time to create yourself an avatar in Second Life and come explore the happenings on the PATINS Project Island! It’s looking very much like all travel in Indiana could be seriously restricted next school year indicating a real need to be doing more and more online.  The PATINS Island is a great tool for online meetings, trainings, conferences, presentations AND it’s open to other organizations for use.  See guidelines for outside organizational use of the island here: www.patinsproject.com/SecondLife/PolicyGuidelines2010.pdf

6/25/2010: Apple Mobile Devices and Flash, iPad & Son with Autism, Dual Screen Libretto, Apps for ASD

Apple & Flash: If you’ve wondered when Apple will permit the use of Flash on devices like the iPad, iPhone, iTouch, etc., you can probably stop worrying about it.  It likely won’t happen ANYTIME soon :) Read more from Steve Jobs here:  www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/ I’d love to hear your comments/thoughts on this issue.

iPad Miracle for Son with Autism (Thanks Jim):  A good reminder that sometimes the devices we THINK we have an understanding of or perhaps not even seriously considered just MIGHT be an answer.  Click Here for article

Dual Screen Portability (Thanks Walt): Check out the Libretto!  Portable computing is evolving almost daily!  http://laptops.toshiba.com/laptops/libretto/W100

Apps For ASD iPod Touch Project (Thanks Tina): A listing of Apps specifically intended for those with an autism spectrum disorder.

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