Special Mid-Week Posting: TapSpeak Half Off THIS Friday

Just received this, and wanted to share right away so all those interested can take advantage on Friday, the 29th.

In honor of National Autism Awareness month, April 29th, 2011- All TapSpeak products Half Off!!

To learn more about their products please visit their Web site!

Keep watching this blog for the normal Friday morning posting.  Lots of cool stuff going in this week!

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
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Have A Great Holiday

10/29/2010: CASE Conference, TapSpeak, New AIM Resources, Listening App, New Devices in Lending Libraries!!!

NEW FREE Equipment! …to borrow! The  PATINS Lending Libraries have some brand new equipment you might want to know about:

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Dynavox Xpress AAC Device

NextGenBraillerNext Generation Perkins Braille

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Go Talk Express 32 ImageGo 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

Daniel CASE 2010CASE 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.

Are YOU Ready to Learn  (and teach) Online??? Speaking of which, there are SEVERAL NIMAS & ROL FREE Trainings ALL DAY on Monday:  www.patinsproject.com/training.html

A More Couple Apps To Check Out

TapSpeak Choice: http://conleysolutions.com/wordpress/?page_id=282&ref=nf

Listening App: (Thanks Vicki!) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundamp-r/id318126109?mt=8

NEW Resources from the National AIM Center (Accessible Instructional Materials):

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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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