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
NEW FREE Equipment! …to borrow!The PATINSLending Libraries have some brand new equipment you might want to know about:
Dynavox Xpress AAC Device
Next Generation Perkins Braille
Icon Mobile Manager
Go Talk Express 32 AAC Device
In addition to the above, there are MANY other new devices available to borrow from the PATINS Lending Libraries. Search our Online Catalog here: www.patinsproject.com/lending.html
CASE 2010: Second Life for Professional Development is what I presented on this evening at the National CASE Conference in S.Carolina. This was an evening session AFTER a 3 hour break in the day AND we are literally 100 steps from the beach, yet my room was full. This is not what I expected and combined with talking to many of my attendees indicates to me that Directors of Special Education from across the country are:
1. Taking online professional development very seriously and are preparing themselves.
2. Have an intense interest in providing and attending online training that goes beyond a static, one-way, two-dimensional webinar.
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