10/14/11: TTA Grant Schools Selected! Funding Sources, Hacking Autism, Math Resources, iOS 5, FETC Virtual Conference, Top 20 Social Networks for Education, iPad Case Studies, More!

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PATINS TTA (Targeted Technical Assistance) Grant Selections Announced!  The PATINS Project thanks all districts who applied for your interest in the 2011-2012 Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Targeted Technical Assistance Grant.  Congratulations to the districts who have been chosen to participate in this year’s grant process.

A few applications were not considered because they were only partially completed.  However; this is an on-going grant opportunity and we will be considering the provision of more grants to interested school districts throughout this school year.  So, if you wish to reapply for this grant, please watch for the next opportunity which will be posted to the IDOE Learning Connection, here on this blog and on the PATINS Website.

 

A Listing of Some Funding/Grant Sources :  www.especialneeds.com/funding-resources-special-needs-adaptive-equipment.html

 

 

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Hacking Autism in California: (Thanks Chris)    http://www.hackingautism.org/#/apps


 

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iOS 5:  Just in case you didn’t know yet, iOS 5 is now available to update your iPads, iPhones and iTouches and has some really nice accessibility features added, among other nice upgrades.  However, it can take a very long time to update depending on what you have on the device that needs to be backed up/restored.  My iPhone took 4.5 hours last night.  My iPad is taking about a hour and a half this morning.

Some nice features include messaging between devices (not text messaging) which could be a very powerful tool in classrooms.  I also like the new wireless syncing and cloud based storage which could be big news for students accessing things like textbooks on the go.  Lots of other nice upgrades & features too: www.apple.com/ios 

  • Accessibility Features of iOS5 (of particular interest to me is the increased attention paid to physical access and custom gestures):  www.apple.com/accessibility

 

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Social Networking for Education:I had very interesting and on-going conversations this week with a couple different educators in NE Indiana about the many benefits and potential dangers of utilizing the many very powerful social networking tools for education and then came across this listing.  Top 20 Social Networks FOR EDUCATION:  www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=2980 

 

FETC Virtual Conference: October 27, 10:30am – 6pm

 

TextHelp Announces WEB APPS:  See them in action in this video:  Web Apps in action

 

iPad Case Studies:  in Victoria Australia:    http://www.ipadsforeducation.vic.edu.au/ipad-education-case-studies/10-warringa-park-school

Lisa Nielson’s 5 Favorite MATH RESOURCES for learners who hate math:    http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=3055

 

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Weekly TIPS!  Are you remembering to check out the Weekly Tips & Tricks each PATINS Site Coordinator is posting to his/her Regional Page on the PATINS Website?  There are some good ones!  Be sure to check back each week!  www.patinsproject.com

PATINS Trainings: …also, remember to check the PATINS Training Calendar as new trainings are added all the time and they are all FREE!  http://bit.ly/PATINSCalendar

Quick Links:

  • www.myskillbott.com — 21st Century / Soft [Employability] Skills Training; and
  • www.apangea.com — 3 Levels of Intervention (latter 2 comes with LIVE, Certified Math Teachers ONLINE).
  • www.texthelp.com — a TRUE RTI Tools…a “Swiss Army Knife” of features, for example, if you have a Blind Student then you can take all their work and create a File for their MP3 Player, etc., etc., etc.
  • www.eyecuereadingreadiness.com — teaches ‘fluency’ skills by using ‘colors, shapes, coins, picture, etc.

3/11/2011: Open Source Textbooks and Virtual School, PATINS Tech Expo, Creating Audio Chapters

Open Source Content/Virtual School:

http://thejournal.com/Articles/2011/03/02/Open-Content-in-Practice.aspx?Page=1

Why Open Source Textbooks? (Video): http://davidwees.com/content/why-textbooks-should-be-open-source

Audiobook Creator: I had a couple of emails this week from teachers wanting to take some audiobooks they had and bread or divide them up into more manageable chunks.  The books they have are all one audio file or all one single mp3, which tends to be difficult to navigate for students if they are required to, for example, open their books to chapter 3.  So, you could potentially break it up into chapters yourself, but you’d have to do it manually, which might take some time.   I think I blogged about these tools back in 2008, but now’s as good a time as ever to bring them up again.

  1. For PC : Free mp3 to m4b converter: www.freeipodsoftware.com/index.php
  2. For Mac:

Alternatively, You could import the file into Audacity (free) and chop it up manually into chapters or whatever… exporting each chuck as a separate audio file.  This is free and very doable, but will take a little time and also require you to learn to use Audacity, which isn’t hard, but is a small learning curve.  Probably a good thing to learn anyway, in my opinion.

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2/25/2011: No Snowdays Online, Your Docs to ePubs, Feedbooks, Education Killing Creativity, Allow Kids To Fail? Proloquo Keyguards, How/Where Do You Work?

School’s Always In Session: With all the lovely weather this winter and ALL the snow days that MANY Indiana schools have experienced, I thought this was particularly relevant.  You’ve been reading my thoughts here on the blog about online 3D immersive environments and learning now for several years, but now it’s showing up in many places!  One question that HAS to be asked, that I think so many people are afraid to even acknowledge is, “if students can obtain the material and instruction w/out coming to a physical classroom, then why are we still spending money on the physical classroom?” Of course, I realize the answer to that is highly complex and it requires an answer to, “can students obtain the materials and instruction w/out coming to a physical space.”   Read the article here: www.techlearning.com/Blogs/36642

Convert Your Docs to ePubs:

Feedbooks:  Another source to search for texts if you cannot find them from the ICAM (Indiana Center for Accessible Materials)

Proloquo2Go KEYGUARDS: Yep…here’s the first in a likely flood to come:  www.laseredpics.biz/servlet/the-2547/proloquo-proloquo2go-keyguard-adaptive/Detail

Education Killing Creativity: “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” This is from a few years back, but certainly worth watching/listening to again.  Some of you have probably heard me lately in recent training sessions talking about creativity and jobs and the status of education.  I figured this goes well with that dish.  www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Allow Kids To Fail:  Going right along with the above concept on killing creativity, here’s another audio/video delight worth your time.  “Get comfortable with… the idea of allowing kids to fail as part of the learning process.”  “we have become infatuated with the notion that there is only one right answer, such as with bubble tests.” www.ted.com/talks/diana_laufenberg_3_ways_to_teach.html

SOMETHING NEW:

~POLL For The Week~

(results discussed and expanded upon next week)

Where do you go when you REALLY need to get some good work done?
Respond Here:  www.surveymonkey.com/s/WhereHowDoYouWork

2/4/2011: PATINS AT Overview Online Module, Learning in 3D Online, LEGO Universe, SketchUp and ASD, Apps for Special Needs, PATINS Tech Expo Registration

SORRY I’M LATE this week!  I’ve been terribly sick for nearly a full week now and hope none of you get this nasty virus!  I do have some great things to share however and better late than never!

AT Overview Module: NW Site Coordinator, Jim Lambert, has done an awesome job creating this online module that you can work through at your own pace AND receive PGP credit!   Check this out:
www.patinsproject.com/AT%20Overview%20Course/AT%20Overview%20Files/index.htm

Learning Online in 3D: So, again this year at ATIA I heard plenty about online, immersive learning in 3D Virtual Worlds.  I may have blogged about these in years past, but they are worth checking out again.

WiloStar: “Online Homeschooling and 3D Virtual Worlds for K-12 Education”  FULLY ACCREDITED! www.wilostar3d.com

Avatar Story Tellers: K-12 Virtual Worlds.  Take your Digital Story Telling to the next level!!! “Avatar Storytellers is the first multiplayer online educational virtual world designed specifically for classroom students ages 9-12.  Avatar storytellers is an engaging K-12 immersive virtual world educational curricula that allows students to create 3D digital stories inside immersive virtual worlds using WiloStar3D’s custom avatar system.”   www.avatarstorytellers.com

LEGO Universe: Already being a fan of LEGO’s and the creativity they seem to encourage in kids and adults, This particular one got me so excited that I actually went and found a lego store and bought this software before leaving the ATIA conference.  It was $20 for the software and then there is a monthly fee to participate, but the first month is free to try it out.  I have to tell you that after only a few days of my own 7 and 9 year old girls playing it, that this is an amazing online immersive learning experience for students.  http://universe.lego.com/en-us/parents/wheretobuy.aspx#tab-download

Designing Online in 3D and Students on the Autism Spectrum: Many of you are probably already familiar with Google Sketchup.  If not, it’s a free way of creating and modeling things in 3D.  It’s very fun, very powerful and very engaging!  http://sketchup.google.com/

Particularly related to Google Sketchup and kids on the autism spectrum, check this out!   Students on the Autism Spectrum

Finally for this week, Apps for Children With Special Needs:   http://a4cwsn.com

Lots more next week!

2011 PATINS TECH EXPO (free & PGPs)

REGISTER NOW ONLINE:

www.surveymonkey.com/s/techexpo2011

Flyer Here:
www.patinsproject.com/Tech%20Expo%202011/flyer.pdf

12/17/2010: FREE gh ReadHear Software Download, Virtual Children’s Museum, DRM Podcast 3, iPad Holders and Mounts

RFB&D and ICAM Introduce
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to Empower Struggling Readers!

We are pleased to announce the launch of ReadHear software by gh for RFB&D DAISY-formatted audiobooks.  This software is available to registered DRMs within the state of Indiana.

1.      To download this software: (around 25 MB):

a.       go to ICAM’s installer page

b.      logon with your ICAM login and password

c.       Select the PC or Mac version to install

d.      Make note of the Activation Credentials (login and password) which you will need to activate the software after download.

2.      For more information on ReadHear software by gh, please go to www.rfbd.org/indiana.

3.      Register for a short, easy training session below:

a.       January 12, 2011 at 3:00pm EST

Download a PDF of the announcement here: IN ReadHear Announcement I

Virtual Children’s Museum: Right now, this is free, but soon there will be a small charge I believe.  There are some really great things here and if you have a tablet, like a Wacom, there are some really fun interactive things for students to do here that are incredibly engaging.  This is, I believe, very much the direction we are heading in with learning in general.  http://chrome.fraboom.com

Hand e HolderiPad Holder: Check out this handy holder for using an iPad!   At this site are several other options as well, for holding iTouches, Phones, etc.  Some are desktop holders, others are Leg Straps, C-Clamps, etc.  See what you think!   www.handeholder.com/3.html

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DRM Podcast #3!
Last Friday I interviewed Marilou Vander Griend about her role as a DRM or Digital Rights Manager and the outstanding job she has done to get students in her district the accessible texts they are entitled to.  Listen to her advice, suggestions and experiences so far as a DRM in Podcast Episode 3 here:

Or subscribe for FREE to the podcast through iTunes here:

10/15/2010: Jiffy Lube in Virtual Worlds, IASP Conference, Fractions App,

IASP Conference Podcast: I was fortunate enough to attend and be asked to record some podcast interviews and recording of the panel session a the Annual Fall Indiana Association of School Psychologists (IASP) Conference.  Watch for this podcast soon!  I’ll announce it here and link to it.  It’ll also be available from the IASP Website: www.iasponline.org

Fractions App: A nice free little fractions app!  http://motionmathgames.com

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Jiffy Lube & Ernst & Young Are Learning Online In Virtual Worlds: If you’ve not ready anything else I’ve ever posted over the last 3 years about Second Life and Virtual Worlds/Immersive Environments, you should read this!  This is a very quick little article in the Training Industry Quarterly about how real life training is taking place in Second Life rather than real life or face to face settings, specifically for Ernst & Young, which is recognized as one of the word’s big 4 accounting firms!   If nothing else, this points to the VERY REAL fact, that 3D Immersive Environments are already a part of the work force.  These are skills that our students will need and our teachers must teach.  The business world is already onboard with giving and receiving training and professional development online in Second Life.

www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/trainingindustry/tiq_2010summer/index.php#/0

9/24/2010: Statewide Training Needs, PATINS Training Calendar, Facebook, DRM Podcast, Podcasting in Class, FETC Virtual Conference

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PATINS Trainings & Needs Assessment: Thank You to all  who filled out the online Training Needs Assessment for us these past couple of weeks.  This data really helps the PATINS Team to more effectively plan and coordinate our training offerings for the school year and we appreciate your time!

  • Many FREE trainings will be offered online and in person and can be found on our NEW calendar of Training Opportunities: www.patinsproject.com/training.html
  • Keep an eye on that calendar as trainings will continually be updated and added.
  • You can subscribe to that Training Calendar using these RSS tools in the bottom right corner:
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  • AND, remember you can always request additional trainings from PATINS too!  Just contact your Regional Site Coordinator here:  www.patinsproject.com/contact.html

DRM Podcast ImageNEW DRM Podcast! Are you an Indiana Digital Rights Manager (DRM) ?  PATINS and The Indiana Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM) present this podcast series of interviews with Indiana Digital Rights Managers (DRM’s) from across the state.  Hear DRM tips, tricks, frustrations, triumphs, and advice. I’ve already recorded the first interview with Kathy Brewster from Indianapolis Public Schools.  You can listen to the episodes individually on this site, subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or subscribe through your other favorite podcast software.
Check it out here:
www.icam.k12.in.us/images/stories/podcasts/ICAM_DRM_Interviews_Podcast/ICAM_DRM_Interviews_Podcast/ICAM_DRM_Interviews_Podcast.html

Podcasting ImageSpeaking of Podcasting: You’ll notice there is a podcasting workshop scheduled (and we can always schedule more).  Podcasts are a great way to receive your own professional development and also a great way to communicate with your students, your student’s parents and a super-great way to engage your students in difficult curriculum by having them, for example, produce a podcast instead of a traditional paper-pencil book report.  AND… bonus; ALL podcasts in iTunes are FREE!  You do need an iTunes account, but remember last week’s blog showed you how to create one w/out a credit card.  Check out this podcasting information from Apple and then contact us to get podcasting with your class!  www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts

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Are you a Friend of PATINS Project on Facebook yet? Find PATINS on Facebook and join in on some discussions taking place.  Simply click the Facebook logo above or right here:  
www.facebook.com/?ref=home#%21/pages/PATINS-Project/355404557479

FETC Conference: FREE & VIRTUAL! I’ve attended this conference virtually for the past couple of years and really enjoyed the experience.  “This amazing virtual conference will immerse you in the latest, most successful education technologies and services—at no charge, and from the convenience of your desktop!”   http://fetc.org/events/virtual-fall-2010/home.aspx?utm_source=AttendeeMktg&utm_medium=E-Mail&utm_campaign=AXFV08

State Buy Opportunities: Remember to check the PATINS State Buy page for hardware and software special deals before making purchases this Fall: www.patinsproject.com/buys.html

4/2/10:Upcoming Training Events On PATINS Second Life Island, Tap Speak, Obama’s Blueprint for Reform, PATINS Tech Expo Registration, Symmetry Practice, Free FETC Conference!

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Upcoming Training Events on PATINS PROJECT Second Life ISLAND!

  • April 13, 3:30pm EST (12:30 SLT): Gentle Heron (Alice Krueger) presents on Accessibility Issues
  • April 30, 9am-12:30pm EST (6am SLT): Daniel Presents NIMAS & Read:OutLoud in Indiana  Demonstration, Q&A, Discussion.
  • May 27, 3:30-4:30pm EST (12:30 SLT): Kas Inglewood presents his research comparing the use of Blackboard and Second Life to Teach online courses.
  • PATINS Second Life Island Location: http://slurl.com/secondlife/PATINS%20Project%20Island/113/101/26
  • Don’t forget that we have “Getting Started w/Second Life” tutorials on our website here: www.patinsproject.com/videos.html
  • AND, contact one of us to help you get started in SL if you’d like. We’re happy to help!
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Tap Speak: …like a Big Mac button on your iTouch or iPhone.  It’s not free, but at .99, it’s worth a quick look!

US DOE: A Blueprint for Reform
Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Download & Read the pdf here: www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/blueprint/blueprint.pdf

FETC Virtual Conference April 22: FREE Virtual Conference and Expo for K-12 Educators and Tech Staff!  Register here:
https://presentations.inxpo.com/Shows/1105/FETC/FETCVirtualConfrence_4.10/Registration/FETC_Registration/FETC_Registrationpage.html?AffiliateKey=11426&AffiliateData=AX0V03

Symmetry Tools: I had some questions this week about free online tools for allowing students to practice the concept of “symmetry” in various ways.  Here’s a few I recommended in order to look at offering some choice in response method while providing students with symmetry practice:

Still Time To Register!

PATINS TECH EXPO 2010!!!

April 20, 2010 in Indianapolis.
No Cost To Attend

To Register:
www.patinsproject.com/training.html

3/12/2010: David Davis SL Recording Available! FETC Virtual Spring Conference, Facebook to Teach Internet Safety? Awesome FREE Mapping Tool & Photoshop Replacement, Animal Crossing, Dragon Tips, Sumo Paint, Bye Bye Print, IEP Checklist & MORE!

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David Davis Presentation Recording on the PATINS Second Life Island: Watch and listen to the recording of this event here!  As this was my first attempt at recording a session while also participating in it, it’s not perfect, but I think the content is conveyed just fine for the most part.  I’ll promise to work on refining my audio and camera work for the next one!  David was an outstanding presenter and the information/resources he shared were quite valuable.  Check out this recording and remember to plan for upcoming session on our SL Island!   Watching the recording is great, but being there live, walking around, interacting, asking questions, participating in discussion is so much better!  This one is about 1hr and 12 minutes long.  It’s a big file at that length, so you’ll need a high speed internet connection and a little patience for it to begin.  On a high-speed connection, it should start playing in a minute or two.  It’s also available as a download for your iPod, if you prefer to take it on the go!
www.patinsproject.com/Videos/PATINSSLIsland-DavidDavisMar42010/PATINSSLIsland-DavidDavisMar42010.html

FETC Virtual Spring Conference: Registration Open!  http://events.fetc.org/Events/Virtual-Spring-2010/Home.aspx

Interesting Internet Safety Idea: Using Facebook to TEACH internet safety.   I like the discussion happening here!  “”If we wouldn’t teach science without the lab or literature without the novel, then why don’t we actually use the internet to teach Internet Safety – safely online!”
www.techlearning.com/blogs/27870

Tips for Dragon on iPhone: Here’s some tips for getting the results you expect from the FREE Dragon Dictate App.

http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/iphone-software/some-tips-for-dragon-dictation#idc-cover

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Sumo Paint! Cool free online application for painting, drawing, cropping, and working with images!  Quite possibly, my new favorite FREE tool for when I don’t have Photoshop!
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UMapper: Create Free embeddable Flash maps!  Super easy and very cool!  The possibilities for using this with students are endless! Make your own maps!  Add images!  Add Sounds!  Add Text!   Link your map to a data feed!  SO COOL! …and I’m not even a ‘map guy.’    www.umapper.com

Here’s a sample I created: Go ahead, play with it, drag it around, hover over things, click on things.  Cool huh?  Took me about 3 minutes.

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INSource Fair: This past Saturday I represented the PATINS Project at the INSource Disabilities Resource Fair in Anderson, IN.  Find out about other resource fairs, training and conferences available through INSource Here: www.insource.org/training.htm

VWBPE_ImageTODAY & TOMORROW!

Don’t forget about Virtual Worlds Best Practices In Education -3rd Annual International Conference TODAY & TOMORROW!

Once again, some of the PATINS Staff will be attending this free, online, virtual, international educational conference today and tomorrow.

I will also be presenting a session this year Friday (TODAY), from 5pm -7pm EST on our Island.

“The Virtual World Best Practices 2010 focus is “Imagination Around the World”.  From the North, East, West and South corners of the physical world what is evident is the collaborate nature of virtual world participants to share knowledge and experience. This 48 hour conference will indeed provide opportunities for sharing and further understanding virtual world technology.”

Saying Goodbye to Print? An interesting article on the disappearing printed word, how the type of text might influence the medium and more.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/05/a-former-book-designer-says-good-riddance-to-print/?th&emc=th

Online Learning Research: The research literature (1996 to July 2008) found more than 1,000 empirical studies of online learning. On average, students of online learning performed better than those with face-to-face instruction.” More Here: http://www.techlearning.com/article/26692

IEP Checklist: (Thanks Glenda)…one more free one for the iPhone/iTouch: www.php.com/free-iep-checklist-application-iphone

Remember (Blog Tip)!

Everything I’ve ever blogged is archived here AND search-able!  There is a “SEARCH” box to the right.  Just delete the word “Search” and type in a keyword/s you’re looking for and everything I’ve ever blogged about that includes that keyword should come up for you!  A nice feature to use when you sort of remember something I blogged about, but that didn’t really resonate with you back then because you maybe didn’t have a need that you do now!   Just thought I’d mention it as it has come up a few times in phone conversations this past week.

Plan To Attend:

PATINS TECH EXPO 2010
April 20, 2010 in Indianapolis.
No Cost To Attend
To Register:
www.patinsproject.com/training.html

2/26/2010: News About Your Stimulus Dollars, Virtual Worlds Best Practices In Education Conference! Punishment Systems and UDL Engagement, Cool Twitter Apps! A Good Classroom Blog Example, and Two FREE Events Coming SOON!

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Virtual Worlds Best Practices In Education -3rd Annual International Conference- March 12,13, 2010

Once again, several of the PATINS Staff will be attending this free, online, virtual, international educational conference.  I will also be presenting a session this year on the Friday.

“The Virtual World Best Practices 2010 focus is “Imagination Around the World”.  From the North, East, West and South corners of the physical world what is evident is the collaborate nature of virtual world participants to share knowledge and experience. This 48 hour conference will indeed provide opportunities for sharing and further understanding virtual world technology.”

Read More Here: www.vwbpe.org
Register Here (FREE): www.vwbpe.org/registration

Teacher Collaboration Key to Student Success: “…Educators at the most collaborative schools reported the highest levels of morale, trust and shared responsibility for student success.
Read more of this article here:  edweek.org/tm/articles/2010/02/17/metlife.html?tkn=RYTCpFN0hFiRdFFlQZlSJRxR2BVFGEgdORIh&cmp=clp-ascd

Why Punishment Based Systems Don’t Work: I know this isn’t directly related to assistive or accessible technologies, but I do believe it’s related to UDL, but pay special attention in this article to the point #1 that Dr. Nunley makes: “1. In order for non-aversive techniques to work, the environment inside the classroom must be more desirable than the environment outside the classroom.” As an educator, have you ever asked yourself whether your student find your classroom more desirable than the world outside your classroom?  You probably have and the answer for many classrooms is probably that most students would prefer to NOT be in the classroom if they had the choice.  …but, have you ever asked yourself, as an educator, why this is?  …or more importantly, what could you specifically do to move your classroom space toward being the more desirable location.  For me, several things immediately come to mind that would make my classroom more desirable to students.  A few of which include:

  • making sure every part of my instruction, their responses and my assessment was accessible to all of my students (making it a fair environment)
  • NOT requiring my students to “power down” all of the gear they use outside of the school when they come in (making it a relevant and engaging environment)
  • Allowing my students to have an authentic audience for the hard work they put forth with blogs, podcasts, digital story telling, etc. (making it a motivating environment)
  • Read the whole article on behavior here: http://help4teachers.com/punishment.htm

Get More From TWITTER with Twitter Apps! Check these out!  Some certainly more useful than others  …especially, TwitterCal to sync your google calendar with your twitter, and Twittonary, which will explain some twitter-specific words that may seem foreign at times!
www.techlearning.com/blogs/27772

A Couple Interesting Videos about Second Life as an Educational Tool:

  1. Breaking the Second Life Learning Curve: http://www.3outube.com/watch?v=88Dn0STScWk
  2. Second Life VWLEM 09 Conference Day Two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-up0vG2qlI&NR=1

A Good Classroom Blog Example: A request came in last week from an educator wanting training on setting up a classroom blog and this educator pointed me toward this one as an example of what she hoped to do.  I think this is one nice example from 5th grade teacher, Jay Monson in Minnesota!  What a great resource for parents and students to subscribe to.  Easy to set up and administer, relevant to the outside world (utilizing RSS) and creating an authentic connection between the worlds outside and inside the classroom walls.  Check out Jay’s blog here:   http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=59644&blog_id=&listclass=32377

RFB&D and ICAM February News for DRMs: Chance to win a FREE Mp3 player!  The DRM who downloads the most books from February 22 through March 15, 2010 will receive a FREE Mp3 player and will be featured on the support site at www.rfbd.org/indiana in April.  Download audiobooks today for your chance to win!

Register now to order RFB&D downloadable books. To register email your ID (ICAM####), name, address, phone number and email address to aimcustserv@rfbd.orgNeed Technical Support? Visit the AudioPlus support site at www.rfbd.org/indiana.

Click here for News about your school’s Stimulus Dollars: In addtional to clicking the link to find out details on your schools stimulus funds, you might find it interesting that only 12-17% of them have been spent and time is running out!  Several State Buys have been added to the PATINS website and more could be coming in the next couple weeks.  Don’t forget to check this tab on our site before making purchases.  Additionally, the PATINS staff is more than happy to help you spend your money!  Actually, we just want to make sure that schools don’t forget about accessibility, that every student is different and that we have a nice collection of experience with MANY assistive and accessible technologies and are very willing to make suggestions, offer resources, training, etc.  PATINS State Buy page here: www.patinsproject.com/buys.html


Don’t Forget these TWO FREE EVENTS coming up SOON!

  1. DAVID DAVIS presents: “Virtual Instruction and Assessment Environments: Addressing 21st Century Skills for Students with Disabilities” March 4th, 3:30pm EST, PATINS Second Life Island.  More info here: www.patinsproject.com/SecondLife/DavidDavisFlyer.pdf
  2. PATINS TECH EXPO: April 20th, 9am – 4pm, Crowne Plaza Indianapolis (change in location).  This is a free opportunity to come see the newest in Assistive Technology, ask questions of the vendors, attend presentations and build your personal learning network!  More info here: PATINS Tech Expo Flyer 2010 Required Registration Here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/PATINStechexpo2010

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