AND… in the next couple of weeks I will be interviewing some staff from Yorktown schools here in Indiana who have done some really cool things with Kg and 1st Grade Students using QR Codes. These will be short video interviews and will be posted here on this blog!
Early Childhood Part 1 of 3 Webinar Recording AVAILABLE NOW!
The PATINS Project is hosting a three-part series on AIM to Start Early: Implementing Accessible Materials with Young Children with national presenters Kelly Fonner, Scott Marfilius and Donna McNear:
Feb. 6, 2012; 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST
– The first event in the series was a webinar with Scott and Donna that covered the current educational contexts for using AIM with young children, as well as foundational concepts, research implications, developmentally appropriate practices and the instructional framework.
You will need to visit this web page to fill out the follow-up survey which will qualify you for Professional Growth Points. Please note viewing this video on a Mac computer requires the Chrome browser. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Stabenfeldt at 812-490-7927.
Mar. 5, 2012; 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST
– The second event will be a live streaming event with Kelly, Scott and Donna that will encompass implementation with demonstration of appropriate technology tools and software and instructional supports.
April 2, 2012; 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST
-The final event will be a follow-up webinar with Kelly and Scott that will focus on developing a plan for implementation and program development/improvement.
Professional Growth Points (PGPs) for participation require participation in all three events of the series. You will need to visit this web page to fill out the follow-up survey for each of the three events to qualify for Professional Growth Points.
All three videos will be on the AIM for Young Children Channel which is available by clicking on the dropdown arrow in the All Channels box in the middle of the page on the PATINS Video Collection Library web page.
Accessible Instruction: EVERY Educator’s Responsibility
What did your students do today? Read a textbook or a chapter? Take a pop quiz? Imagine you are given a reading assignment or told to take out a blank sheet of paper for a quiz… but are unable to read the page of a textbook or physically handle a pencil. Every educator impacts students, but are they able to effectively reach ALL their students? Anyone working with students with disabilities who fails to provide accessible instruction and materials is inadvertently building barriers to learning. Please watch the video and then take the pledge! Once you have completed the pledge which is only 4 questions, then your name goes into a drawing for an IPAD 2 to be drawn the first week in January 13th. Join the PATINS Project as we take the Accessible Instruction Pledge.
I pledge to do my part to bring accessible instruction to all students.
Don’t Forget to Use Keyboard Shortcuts: ….use them whenever you can to eventually work faster and free your hand up from using that mouse all the time. I borrowed this image from a friend on Facebook and thought it was a great little visual to help you remember 3 of the most basic Keyboard Shortcuts. Of course, on the Mac, just change the CTRL to CMD and they work just the same!
Low Tech Mainstream AT: I saw this photograph floating around on a social media network from a colleague this week and wanted to share it. It not only represents a great idea for keeping your many cables where you want them, it also represents the fact that great assistive technology does not have to be expensive, might be right next to you, and can often assist far more people than only those with disabilities.
ZoomReader: (Thanks Sandy) An OCR (Optical Character Recognition) App for iPhone only. Not free, but can allow a user to photograph text with the iPhone’s camera and then have that text read to them. I haven’t fully tested this app yet, but so far it seems to be the best one I’ve found. At this point, it does not work for iPad though. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zoomreader/id414117816?mt=8
A Touchscreen Braille Writer! Cool: However, the video on this site is a Flash video so don’t bother trying to watch it on your iPad or iPhone, unless you have a third party Flash viewer app installed such as the two listed below.
Using PPT for Switch Scanning: …of course, is nothing new, but the fact that it can often be done very quickly and very cheaply (if not free) makes it worth mentioning again. I have recently gotten some questions about simple, free, easy beginning switch games. Here’s a couple helpful links. The first is to a very nice posting on another blog about setting up either single or dual switch scanning with Powerpoint and the second is a link back to a listing of online switch games that I posted awhile back.
Replacing a Pile of Textbooks with an iPad: Here’s an interesting article that was recently linked to on the PATINS Facebook account. It seems like I’ve also been talking to a lot of you recently about the pros & cons of replacing textbooks with something like an iPad. Thought this article was definitely worth a quick read. It’s this sort of interactive, collaborative and on-the-go learning that I believe needs to replace the traditional reading of printed textbooks at most educational institutions. One thing we have to keep in mind is accessibility. Digital does not equate to accessible. This must remain a priority and a question we ask first. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/replacing-a-pile-of-textbook-with-an-ipad/?ref=technology
Here’s the link directly to Inkling, mentioned in the article: www.inkling.com
Shift Happens (V.4): As you start taking a serious look at what, when, how and where you might be teaching certain skills this year, also ask yourself if you have specific plans to address the shifting landscape that our students will be living and working in. Are we teaching them to read from a printed textbook and memorize information or are we teaching them to compare, cross reference, and digest digital media and information from the thousands of sources available to them?
Somewhat related, RJ Cooper announces this week: “Back to the iPad, I’ve finalized my plans to introduce a $99 switch interface for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhones. Now it’s just a matter of getting the app developers to expand their apps to ‘look’ for my switch input, and rewrite their software for scanning routines. Two AAC app developers have shown great interest, TapToTalk, and Proloquo2Go. My interface is wireless!” www.rjcooper.com