3/2/2012: Early Childhood Switch-Ready Apps, Braille on Your Smartphone, QR Codes, Braille App, Story Using Apps, more

Early Intervention Switch-Ready Apps:

  1. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/touch-switch/id467933372?mt=8
  2. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inclusive-smarty-pants/id490126715?mt=8
  3.  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/switch-kids/id467551739?mt=8
  4. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ispeak-button/id471583149?mt=8
  5. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/switch-kids-lite/id480241366?mt=8
  6. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/attainment-switch/id432089360?mt=8
  7. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/five-sharks-swimming/id490124748?mt=8


Braille App for your iOS or Android Phone:


Create A Story Using Apps:    www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=3753  

5 Common iPad Questions Answered:  http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=3672

Some Thoughts/Advice for Parents of 1:1 Programs:  http://www.thethinkingstick.com/advice-for-parents-of-11-programs-2/


QR Codes! 

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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.

Please visit the PATINS Video Collection Library Channel web page for viewing

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.

Please visit the Survey Monkey web page for Registration information for this informative series.

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.

12/2/2011: Accessible Pledge, Take It! Affordable CCTV, New Equipment Available For Loan, Note Taking Apps, Myths About Devices, Keyboard Shortcuts

PATINS Accessible Pledge

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.

Click here to take the Accessible Instruction Pledge.

By completing this form, I pledge that at every opportunity I will…

  • Understand the individual needs and abilities of learners to ensure that my instruction is accessible to all students
  • Advocate for accessible instructional materials
  • Choose to purchase materials that have accessible versions available
  • Create documents and handouts that can be read and completed using assistive technology
  • Support others in their efforts to learn more about supplying accessible instructional materials
  • Maintain an accessible website

Myths About Students Using Their Own Devices:  If you’ve ever heard me speak, you’ve likely heard me say many of these same things.  I particularly like #5 on this list with regard to students and teachers being able to access content at school:  http://thejournal.com/Articles/2011/11/09/7-BYOD-Myths.aspx?Page=2

Affordable CCTV (Thanks Vicki):   You can watch a video of how to use a webcam with the upcoming ZoomText version 10 to turn your computer into an affordable CCTV.

A Few Note Taking Apps:


Cut Copy Paste ImageDon’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!


New Equipment For Loan From the PATINS Libraries!  Remember, it’s always free and easy to borrow from us!   Just go here:

  • A Few more iPads!
  • Sensor Switch Evaluation Kit
  • Aumed Aumex LCD Color Video Magnifier
  • Mount n Mover Complete Evaluation Kit
  • Dynavox Maestro
  • Pebble Portable CCTV
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Samsung Galaxy TAB
  • TextSpeak TS Wireless AAC
  • Optelec Clear Reader

10/21/2011: Lots of Free Upcoming Events and Trainings, OCR for iPhone, Nice Use of Binder Clips, Lots of APPS! Touchscreen Braille Writer, PPT Switch Scanning

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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.

  1. Skyfire: $2.99  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skyfire-web-browser/id384941497?mt=8
  2. Photon Browser: $4.99  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photon-flash-web-browser-app/id430200224?mt=8

Upcoming Free PATINS Trainings:

  1. Next Week!  App Party Thursday!
  2. THIS Monday!   Read:OutLoud, Get Started Now!
  3. 10/25   Tuesday: A Look At eReaders and NIMAS Files:


  4. 10/27   iPad eReader Apps & NIMAS Files:
  5. Nov 7: Kurzweil 3000 Basics:
  6. See them all here:

Some Apps For Literacy: (Thanks Jim)

Lots More Apps for Everything! (Thanks Jim)

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.

  1. http://adaptingcreatively.blogspot.com/2011/06/youve-made-some-cool-activities-in.html
  2. http://nepatins.edublogs.org/2007/09/20/9212007-free-switch-games-podcasting-tips/


Save The Date
For the
2012 PATINS Tech Expo
April 19th

@ Marriott East Indianapolis (Free Parking!)

REGISTER at PATINS WebsiteStarting In January!


12/24/2010: Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Great Writing Site, New AAC Option for iPad, Replacing Textbooks with iPad

Hard to believe we’re 1 semester down already in the 2010-2011 school year!  I hope you are all enjoying some relaxing time with family and friends, so I’ll keep it short this week.

Great WRITING Resource! (thanks Jim):  Found by NW PATINS Site Coordinator, Jim, this writing web resource is quite powerful!  http://livebinders.com/play/play/2170

TapSpeak CHOICE: …another AAC CHOICE for the iPad.  at $99, this deserves a look!  As soon as I can establish enough iTunes credit I plan on doing so myself and posting my thoughts.  In the meantime: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tapspeak-choice-for-ipad/id408507581?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

SpaceKraft iPod Switch: A cool, simple, wireless switch interface for the iPod!  Check it out:  www.spacekraft.co.uk/shops/sk/Product.aspx?cref=PD1682800

“Online Professional Development is Key to Infrastructure for Learning Here’s a quote from this interesting article in Tech & Learning:

The importance of online professional development training is evident through these benefits:

  • flexibility and versatility
  • potential to build community among teachers and across groups
  • new possibilities for accountability
  • improvement of teacher retention by enabling teachers to become more directly involved in their own learning and professional growth, and
  • blended professional development makes the most of the access to technology, combining online and face-to-face interaction.”

READ the article for yourself here:  www.techlearning.com/article/34862

Remember PATINS is providing many free online training opportunities to you that include PGP Points:   www.patinsproject.com/training.html

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.

  • Here’s the link directly to Inkling, mentioned in the article:  www.inkling.com
Have A Great Holiday

Have A Great Holiday

8/6/2010: Shift Happens 4, Proloquo2Go PDF Tutorials, iPad Switch Interface Coming, TapSpeak Button, Indiana Vision Expo

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?

Proloquo2Go: Many, many requests have come in over the past year for the Proloquo2Go AAC Software for iPod Touch and iPad.  Here are some Step by Step PDF Tutorials! http://www.proloquo2go.com/Manual/article/downloadable-tutorials

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

TapSpeak: Another iPad/iTouch application that I’ve blogged briefly about before.  Definitely worth checking out: http://conleysolutions.com/wordpress/?page_id=6

Remember, PATINS Staff have new email addresses and many have new phone numbers and physical addresses too:  www.patinsproject.com/contact.html

Indiana Vision Expo Date Set: September 25, 2010:  www.indianavisionexpo.org

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