Think Spring & Summer!

It’s coming, I promise!  

Single Crocus growing in snow

A sure indicator of Spring!

It’s time to register for the 2015 PATINS Tech Expo!

SAVE THE DATE : April 23, 2015


Wyndham Indianapolis West

2544 Executive Drive

Indianapolis, IN 46241

As in the past…

  • No Registration Fee!
  • Complimentary Lunch
  • Free Parking
  • Vendor Presentations
  • Vendor Exhibit Hall
  • Door Prizes
  • Networking with Colleagues from around the State

FREE Attendee Registration is now open.

Summer Camps

I opened up my email this morning and read the Indiana Resource Center for Autism’s, IRCA Reporter E-Newsletter.  In it they share a list of “Summer 2015 Camps and Programs”.  Who doesn’t need to think about summer right about now?  You remember summer, right?  So here is a link to help get you into a happier state of mind!

I have high hopes!

I am a big fan of taking mainstream media (Movies) and using them to help engage students.  Pixar Studios has one coming out June 19th that I have high hopes for.  It is called Inside Out.  I have linked a couple of trailers!  Enjoy!

Inside Out: US Teaser Trailer                         Inside Out Official Puppy Bowl TV Spot


Inside Out - Emotion Poster

12/14/2012: NEW Joy Zabala Video Interview, A Dropbox Trick, Kindle Fire HD Accessibility, Special PATINS TV Episode Next Week! All About AIM Website

A NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW:  On the day before the PATINS State Conference last month, I sat down to speak casually with Dr. Joy Zabala, National AIM Center Director of Technical Assistance, about her background and start in the world of assistive technology, accessible materials, and “usable materials,” and how these concepts are all interrelated in a truly universally designed learning environment.   Joy Zabala is truly a leader in the field, an inspiration and a thinker!  She’s one you’ll not want to miss!  Watch the video below and remember that you can watch this and many other videos on the PATINS Website Here: 

  • Star It!  That’s right, make it a favorite!  If you’ve tried to put an MP3 audio file or MP4 Video file, for example, into your Dropbox on your computer in order to access it on your iDevice, you’ve probably realized it’s not quite that simple.  Sure, you can get into your Dropbox on your iDevice (as long as it’s connected to the internet) and you can even view/listen to your audio or video content right there in Dropbox, but you have no way of sending it to your iDevices library.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a trick for that part, but what you can do is touch the little Star in Dropbox to make that file a “Favorite.”  This makes your content available to you when your away from WiFi or your devices is not connected to the internet for any other reason.  Thanks Jeff Bond for finding this one.

    Kindle Fire HD Accessible Now?  Well, it seems that the new larger sized Kindle Fire HD has some good accessibility features that Kindles of the past have lacked.  My understanding is that the smaller sized Fire HDs still don’t have the same accessibility features, but they could in the new year.  More here:


    Sandi Kelli Holiday

    REMEMBER to Tune In to PATINS TV on Tuesday at 11:45am EST to see Sandi Mahl (PATINS SE Coordinator) and Kelli Suding (PATINS SE Assistant) make their debut as special PATINS TV guests!  Sandi and Kelli have a wealth of knowledge to share and they’ll share it in a way that’s fun and understandable.   This episode will show viewers how to use assistive technology to meet the needs of their student or child by modifying every day toys. We will use low cost, no-tech to low-tech items on books and toys to allow children to find the JOYful independence that they constantly seek and deserve!


    NEW TO AIM?  Are you new to Accessible Instructional Materials?  Check out the newly redesigned homepage of the national AIM Center’s Website.  It features a new All About AIM section that’s pretty great for anyone just getting involved with accessible materials.   Maybe you’re an old pro with AIM?  You probably know someone who’s not.  Send them here!


    PATINS Tech Expo… Registration coming soon!  Look for Tech Expo registration to be live on the PATINS Website early to mid-January!



    ATIA 2013 Logo

    Registered for ATIA yet?   Tell your colleagues here in Indiana and in any other state to look for the Pre-Conference Session PRE-09T.   Jeff Bond and I will be presenting this all-day session on Tuesday January 29th.  It’s a Hands-On BYO-Device Session titled, “Creating, Finding, and Utilizing Accessible Text and e-Reading on iDevices with FREE Software.”   Register for ATIA here:  



    11/11/2011: ATIA Chicago, CASE 2011, Waiting for Someone Else, PATINS Info

    ATIA Chicago: This year I presented 3 sessions at ATIA Chicago and would be happy to replicate these trainings for your district here in Indiana at your request.  Just ask!  Here are some Key Points from the Assistive Technology Industry Association Chicago Conference.  

    1. TWITTER FEED: If you’re interested in looking back at the Tweets from this conference, here is the Twitter Hashtag: #ATIA11
    2. Text To Speech and/or Text To Audio represents a nice step in the direction of providing instructional materials to all students in a format they can best access.  We seem to be doing a pretty descent job with that part in many areas of the state.  NOW, we have to be able to take our “techie” hats off and put our “teacher” hats back on.  We have to still teach reading skills.  Giving an iPad to a student with a NIMAS book converted to an ePub and using VoiceOver is great, but it’s not enough.  We still have to teach reading comprehension skills to that student, using that medium.
    • There are FAR more kids reading online than offline now.  Do you feel that reading online is the same as reading offline or does it involve some different/additional skills?  If so, are you teaching those skills specific to the type of reading that the majority of kids are doing (online reading)?
    • Further, studies have shown that some of the best offline readers are the worst readers online and vice verse.  This, I think, offers some very serious considerations for educators who think they are teaching reading in schools.  Check this out:   Also, related article “7 Myths about BYOD,”
    • 70% of people have cell phones.  70%!   That’s huge.  How is that number impacting what you’re doing in school?

    CASE 2011: This year I presented 1 sessions at CASE and would be happy to replicate this training for your district here in Indiana at your request.  Just ask!  Some Key Points from the Council of Administrators of Special Education National Conference

    1.  TWITTER FEED: If you’re interested in looking back at the Tweets from this conference, here is theTwitter Hashtag: #CASE11
    2. Planning, Planning, Planning.   The need to be systematic in thinking in a way that INCLUDES training and professional development of staff is KEY to success.  This, to me, seemed to be a definite theme here at the CASE Conference and was strongly reinforced this morning when I learned of a school district deciding to take back all of the 1:1 devices they’d given to students because of some difficulties.  Planning to implement something like 150 iPads to students MUST include a plan for training of the professionals.  However, be cautious of planning TOO MUCH for TOO LONG.  There must be a balance and on one side we have the district recalling 2000 devices because of a possible lack of planning and on the other side we have the district who’s had 20 iPads and laptops sitting in boxes for 1.5 years because their plan isn’t ready yet.  I don’t feel it’s that difficult to come up with a good middle-ground.  Some other key points from the conference that are worth considering.
    • #1 Concern of co-teachers regarding implementation of alternate formats?  TIME
    • There’s really only ONE purpose for what we do in schools.  It is ALWAYS to improve achievement.
    • If there are any policies in a district that are not directly aligned with improved student achievement, reconsider those policies immediately.
    • IEP Decisions regarding AT, AIM or anything else should not depend on a vote.  They should require CONSENSUS.
    • 7000 Students in the US drop out of school every day.  This is believed to often stem from reading difficulties.
    • When a student is working hard on phonetic decoding, most working memory is used and not available for comprehension.
    • Even for those of us who have a deep belief that All Students CAN learn, the time has come for us to realize that the word , “CAN” puts the emphasis on the system.  If we change “CAN” to “WILL,” more of the onus on the individual, the teacher, the facilitator, etc.  In your head, change your “CAN” to “WILL LEARN,” on a daily basis.
    • And Finally, a quote and an accompanying short video:
      • John Sculley 1987,  “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”  (Apple)

    Stuck?  Still Waiting For Someone Else To Fix Things For You?


    Lately, I’ve gotten many requests from new educators and also experienced educators who just aren’t familiar with PATINS, which is great!  So, I thought I’d share this short 5-min video again.  Please feel free to share it with others and also check out all of the PATINS videos on AIM at our YouTube Channel here:

    PATINS Informational 5-Minute Video:

    More Next Week!

    8/26/2011: SMARTBoards for SLPs, Upcoming Interstate Shared Webinars, Proloquo2Go Update and other Apps, Blind-Low Vision Math Tools and more.


    Upcoming Webinars:  I’m pleased to announce a collaboration with both Ohio’s OCALI Project and Michigan’s MITS Project.  Many of OH’s and MI’s webinars/online trainings will be shared/open to Indiana educators, though many will have limited spaces available.  Likewise, appropriate Indiana online trainings will be shared with OH and MI educators, with priority certainly given to IN educators.  The first one from OH is coming up soon!

    -Sept 8, 2011.  3-4pm EST.  “Best AT Tools 2011”   Register Here:

    -See The Full Listing Here:


    Digital Video and The Web… changing people’s lives:

    Remember to Check Out the NEW PATINS WEBSITE! 

     “The effectiveness of a group is not determined by any individual’s intelligence in the group,
    but by how the group communicates… by how often the individuals communicate with one another.” 
    David Brooks

    8/12/2011: Welcome Back To School, Technical Assist Grant, New DRM Online Training, Various Available Grants, Inspirational Video!

    Welcome Back To School …for many of you!

    PATINS Targeted Technical Assistance Grants:  There seems to be some confusion out there about 2 related but unconnected Grants that were recently announced.  There was a grant that was due to IDOE on 8/10 this week.  There is a separate and different grant through the PATINS Project that is due October 3, 2011 called the Targeted Technical Assistance Grant for Indiana public K-12 districts.  Read about it and apply here!      Contact us with questions.

    Great Educational Comic Strips/Cartoon Creation!  Chris Bohn, is doing some really cool things with this tool and some of her students on the autism spectrum.  Let me know if you’re interested in learning more and I’ll gladly put you in touch with Chris.   (Thanks Chris!)

    AAC Device Trainings: There are some recurring training opportunities I recently learned about that are worth passing on for families and therapy teams!  These are non-device-specific trainings for 3 hours to cover basics of Unity, programming, and implementation.  No CEUs will be offered, but the trainings are free.  The trainings will take place at Riley Hospital on the first Thursday of the month from 4:00-7:00 p.m. beginning Thursday, October 6.  So far, we have only scheduled the trainings through December, but plan to add January thru May sometime in the fall.  We have a limit of 15 participants per training and they will need to register at

    NEW Online DRM Training:  If you are a newly appointed DRM, a current DRM needing a refresher or you know a DRM in need of help, there is now an online training created by the ICAM!  Contact your PATINS Regional Coordinator if you’re in need of utilizing this Video Training and we’ll point you in the right direction:


    A Little Inspiration & Perhaps... food for thought as we begin this new school year.  A moving TED talk from Caroline Casey

     “The effectiveness of a group is not determined by the individual’s IQ in the group, but by how the group communicates… by how often individuals communicate with one another.”  David Brooks

    1/7/2011: Happy New Year! Free Opportunities For 2011; Dr. Friedlander Webinar, Free ReadHear Software, Trainings Networking and More!

    Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a restful time with family and friends.  Most of us have made it through the first week back from break by now and hopefully excited about finishing the last half of this year strong!   Here are a bunch of FREE opportunities that you should know about for 2011


    Save the Date

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST

    Registration Required:

    Download A Flyer Here: Webinar with Dr. Friedlander Flyer

    ICAM, in partnership with Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic®, brings you a Statewide Webinar, “Off the Page: Print Disabilities,” featuring renowned speakers:

    • Dr. Brian S. Friedlander, Associate Professor of Education, College of St. Elizabeth, Teacher of Graduate Courses in Assistive Technology and e-Learning Tools

    • Dr. Leah Nellis, Director Effective Evaluation Resource Center, Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Indiana State University

    Join us to learn how to help students with print disabilities meet their educational and professional goals.

    Dr. Friedlander and Dr. Nellis will highlight the following points:

    • Definition and requirements for determining a print disability
    • Considerations, needed information and roles of professional staff
    • Accessible materials and formats
    • Strategies and resources for the decision making process
    • Professional Growth Points will be awarded for viewing this webinar and answering a short survey.
    • Download A Flyer Here: Webinar with Dr. Friedlander Flyer
    • Click here to register and reserve your seat!

    ————MORE Great Opportunities from PATINS for 2011————

    Check this stuff out, Download and Save Dates Now!

    More Software for Indiana Public K-12 Schools at NO COST:

    PATINS Tech Expo 2011:  April 13, 2011

    • Save The Date Now!  April 13, 2010
    • PGP Points Available for attending to renew your license this year!
    • Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station, Indianapolis IN
    • Flyer available here!
    • Registrations will be available soon!  Save The Date!

    2011 Trainings, Networking, Information (all no cost):

    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:

    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: 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:

    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!

    PATINS_Island Labeled Map

    PATINS_Island Labeled Map

    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):
    • Glenda Thompson (Admin. Asst):
    • Daniel G. McNulty (NE PATINS):
    • Vicky Carlin (NE Asst):
    • Jim Lambert (NW PATINS):
    • Sheri Schoenbeck (NW Asst):
    • Jeff Bond (CEN PATINS):
    • Tina Jones (SE PATINS):
    • Sandy Stabenfeldt (SW PATINS):
    • Carrie Ownes (SW Asst):
    • Walt Daigle (Refurbished Computers):
    • Martha Hammond (ICAM Lib. Svcs Consultant):
    • Lori Cane (ICAM Tech. Coord):

    Have a Great Weekend Image

    4/30/2010: Video Modeling, Video Self-Modeling, Self-Operated Prompting!

    Last Week, Colleen Renie was the first person to respond to my little QR Code challenge and chose to have me post an entire week on video iPod uses including Video Modeling and Self-Prompting, which just happens to be one of my very favorite areas!  Colleen tells me that she used NeoReader for her Blackberry, by the way, in order to read the QR Code.  So….


    What is Video Modeling: …A type of teaching that utilizes video recording and playback devices to display a visual and possibly auditory “model” of the correct target performance or behavior for one or more people in need of learning or acquiring a skill, behavior or set of steps, etc.  Note, here that this may be one person who can demonstrate near-perfect performance on video for others wanting to improve.  Additionally, you could have “Point of View Video Modeling,” in which the video is shot from the point of view of the learner.  Both types have their advantages and it really just depends on the task and how that task relates to the particular student or students.

    Video Modeling as Evidence Based Practice:

    • Preschool
      • Apple, A. L., Billingsley, F., & Schwartz, I. S. (2005). Effects of video modeling alone and with self-management on compliment-giving behaviors of children with high-functioning ASD. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 7(1), 33-46.
      • D’Ateno, P., Mangialpanello, K., & Taylor, B. A. (2003). Using video modeling to teach complex play sequences to a preschooler with autism. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 5(1), 5-11.
      • Gena, A., Couloura, S., & Kymissis, E. (2005). Modifying the affective behavior of preschoolers with autism using in-vivo or video modeling and reinforcement contingencies. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 5, 545-56.
      • Kroeger, K. A., Schultz, J. R., & Newsom, C. (2007). A comparison of two group-delivered social skills programs for young children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37(5), 808-817.
      • Sherer, M., Pierce, K. L., Paredes, S., Kisacky, K. L., Ingersoll, B., & Schreibman, L. (2001). Enhancing conversation skills in children with autism via video technology. Which is better, “self” or “other” as a model? Behavior Modification, 25(1), 140-158.
      Elementary and Middle School
      • Charlop, M. H., & Milstein, J. P. (1989). Teaching autistic children conversational speech using video modeling. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 22(3), 275-285.
      • Nikopoulos, C. K., & Keenan, M. (2004). Effects of video modeling on social initiations by children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 37(1), 93-96.
      • Sherer, M., Pierce, K. L., Paredes, S., Kisacky, K. L., Ingersoll, B., & Schreibman, L. (2001). Enhancing conversation skills in children with autism via video technology. Which is better, “self” or “other” as a model? Behavior Modification, 25(1), 140-158.
      • Taylor, B. A., Levin, L., & Jasper, S. (1999). Increasing play-related statements in children with autism toward their siblings: Effects of video modeling. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 11(3), 253-264.

    So, then what is Video Self-Modeling and how is it different? Think of VSM as being very similar to Video Modeling described above, EXCEPT that the individual being recorded IS also the individual you want to actually learn the skill, task, behavior, etc.  “OK, so how in the world can that work, ” I hear you say!  “How can a student model for himself when he isn’t able to perform the task to begin with?”  Well, that’s certainly a fair enough question and the answer is in video editing my friends, video editing.  (That’s usually the point where I see half the eyes in the room glaze over and I have to start dancing or something). The truth is that the entire process of getting your video onto the computer, chopping out the incorrect bits, adding voice-over narration or prompting, adding captioning and titles is all quite easily done using only free software that you either already have or can download quickly for free.  I’ve done this workshop so many times now that I’m almost positive I could do it in my sleep and I’ve maybe only ever had 2 people who didn’t successfully create one of these.

    • VSM has been shown to be effective for kids as young as 2
    • Check out my friend Rick Glass’s Blog on using VSM: You may remember Mr. Glass from: HERE and also HERE
    • —“Video self-modeling can be defined as the manipulation of videos so that a person is able to watch himself performing a behavior correctly or at an advanced level….children serve as their own instructional models” (Buggey, 2009, p. vii).

    What is Self-Operated Prompting?

    • No big secret here… this is simply learners operating their own prompting systems w/out or with as little instructor input at possible in order to:
    1. Drastically Increases student independence.
    2. Inhibit the practicing of errors.
    3. Decrease cost compared to a paraprofessional or job coach.
    4. Shift stimulus control to an alternative source. (huge for some students)
    5. Create an independent, socially valid & functional transition to adult life and tasks.
    • Self Prompting has been around for a long time and goes way  back to using Sony Walkman’s with Tapes!   :)

    Why with iPods (or other similar devices)?

    • Widely supported due to popularity
    • Improvements are on-going
    • Relatively inexpensive and decreasing
    • Highly Portable and capacities and capabilities (video in Nanos) always increasing
    • “Students look and feel COOL!” (Social Validity VERY Important).  They don’t look any different than they may already feel and…
    • They don’t have an adult by their side constantly disrupting the natural interaction with peers, etc.

    Show me a demo or 2: Here’s just a couple very quick samples I created with my family and sped up for the purpose of demonstrating.  They aren’t perfect (sorry), but I think you’ll get the idea.

    How easy is it to create my own Self-Operated Prompting and what will it require?

    • QUITE simple in fact!  This is not difficult, but there are many small steps involved.  What I’ve found in doing this workshop over the last 4 years is that most people need to follow the steps precisely for the first 2-3 videos they create.  After that, they have the process memorized.  Additionally, the first one you create will take some time.  The next one you create should cut that time in half and by the 4th or 5th one you create, this should be a very quick process… like 20 minutes or less for most videos.  I’ve seen them done in 5 minutes or less.
    • This works equally well on PC and Mac Platforms.
    • Here’s what you’ll need:
    1. Mac or PC computer
    2. Camera.  I prefer the Flip Video camera for several reasons.  But any old video or still digital camera will do!
    3. Moviemaker on PC or iMovie on Mac (both should be included with your computer)
    4. A free video converter
    5. iPod or other device if you intend to make this portable and iTunes
    6. Here’s a link to download all the free software you’ll need:
    7. My Step By Step Handouts Here… One for Mac and another for PC

    Some Things to Keep In Mind:

    • Quick Info Sheet on iPods: Video iPod Quick
    • Parent consent to video record is a consideration must
    • VSM could potentially be listed in IEP’s as an Assistive Technology Service
    • Take Data!   Have a baseline before you begin VM or VSM so that you have something to compare to during and after implementation
    • Improvements should be almost immediate.  If they are taking a long time, something could probably be improved with your video.
    • Don’t get caught up in spending too much time with special effects and “making it pretty.”  Good Enough is Good Enough.   Get the first few done quickly and efficiently.
    • Don’t display any incorrect behaviors in VSM.
    • Don’t force students to view videos.
    • Allow students to watch w/out you making comments while they do.
    • Keep your videos short.   Under 5 minutes typically.
    • All students can learn skills that move them toward independence. If they are not learning, it is because I haven’t been creative,
      skillful and determined enough with their instruction.

    Some Additional References:

    • Bellini, S., Akullian, J., & Hopf, A. (2007). Increasing social engagement in young children with autism spectrum disorders using video self modeling. School Psychology Review, 36(1), 80-90.
    • Coyle, C., & Cole, P. (2004). A videotaped self-modeling and self-monitoring treatment program to decrease off-task behavior in children with autism. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 29, 3-16.
    • Sigafoos, J., O’Reilly, M., & de la Cruz, B. (2007). How to use video modeling and video prompting. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

    Anything else I can do with my video capable iPod in my classroom? OF COURSE!!!  This is my next favorite thing to do!  There are about 5 or 6 really easy and solid ways of taking your digital content (NIMAS Files, pdf, word, txt, Powerpoint, etc) and making them more accessible, more portable or both, and placing them onto iPods for student learning on the go.  Fill some of that  dead time, like on the bus.

    1. Check out this Pocket Mod Created by my friend Kathy Griffen based on the presentation she saw me give at ATIA Chicago.  Thanks for sharing Kathy!

      1. Recorded Speech onto iPods using a recorder or free software on your computer:
      2. Text To mp3 for iPod (Audio only), again using free software:
      3. PowerpointSlides to iPod as Static Images: As EASY as it gets!
      4. PowerpointSlides with Narration (2 methods): Moviemaker again OR ppt narration
      5. Text To Speech Video (w/tracking) to iPod: Free software:
      6. iPod Text only ‘Notes’ & Lyrics (If time): Again super simple, but not necessarily more accessible.

    SO… I could go on and on and on, but this blog posting is way over limits as it is!   So, I hope this helps to at least get you started Colleen!  Let me know what I can do for you next and again, congratulations!

    FINALLY, just let me know if you’d like to schedule a workshop on any of these types of things.  These are methods that I believe in strongly and happy to do hands-on workshops!  Of course, all trainings I provide are free of charge for IN public K-12 school districts.

    Hopefully, you made it to the PATINS Tech Expo last Tuesday.  Either way, keep your eyes, ears and QR Code Readers ready for information on next year’s events!
    Here’s a few photos from the Tech Expo:

    Tech Expo Video Still

    Tech Expo Video Still

    PATINS Tech Expo Last Tuesday; A few photos:

    4/16/2010: Can You Read Me Now? Concept Mapping, Cheating Students By Banning iPods? 24 FREE Apps for April! An EASY Accommodation for MS Word, A YOUNG iPadder, Video Tour Of PATINS SL Island, Animation.


    Can you read the above image? Many of your students probably can!  They are also communicating with one another using these QR-Codes and unless you can read them, you have no idea what they are saying!!!   Scary?  Perhaps.  Exciting and bursting with possibilities?  ABSOLUTELY!

    • So, here’s your mission: You need to locate a free : QR-Reader to decode the message I’ve placed into the above image.  You can do it on your computer or by using a free app and your phone’s camera.
    • The first person to tell me what the message is will receive a Classy Black PATINS Zippered Bag full of Assistive Tech Trial Software!
    • If you can not only decipher the message, but also create your own QR Coded Message and send one back to me, in addition to receiving the bag, I’ll dedicate the next blog posting entirely to the topic of YOUR choice!

    Some “Coding” Tools You may find helpful:

    • A free QR Code Generator and Reader: (I created the above QR Code with this one)
    • Another Free Reader I’m currently trying on my iPhone: (This one will also create codes)

    2.5 Year Old Uses iPad: (Thanks John!)

    Concept Mapping: Don’t forget about Bubbl and MyWebspiration (both free).  I got this question from several folks this week looking for free concept mapping tools.

    PATINS Staff Avatars Image

    PATINS Staff Avatars Image

    Tour The Island Video: Take a video tour of the entire PATINS Project Second Life Island even if you haven’t yet created an avatar.  This is a recording of the tour I gave during the 48 hour Virtual Worlds Best Practices In Education Conference that more than 5000 avatars attended on March 12-13:

    Quick EASY Accommodation for MS Word: …nice little video tutorial from our friend David Davis in Florida:

    Xtranormal: Create Animations/Movies!   So much fun!

    PATINS Second Life Events Calendar: Check out scheduled events on the island here:

    iPods In YOUR School? has 24 FREE Apps (Thanks Jim): Download from iTunes app store. These are only free for April (Autism Awareness Month). Search for or

    Register For the Tech Expo on April 20, 2010 HERE (you have to decode the QR Code)