Panther Apps

These apps were designed to provide meaningful and fun access to Reading, Writing and Mathematics for those with motor challenges.  The apps combine Universal Design for Learning as well as independent access for individuals using an iPad.  We have been challenged for years for students to show their work in math and perhaps Panther Math Paper might meet this challenge? These apps are still being perfected and will be available for purchase on iTunes.  Keep checking the App Store and let us know what you think!

http://panthertechnology.com/ 

Families as AT Advocates

The Family Center for Technology and Disabilities offers great resources to help families learn about AT, identify AT solutions for their children and help their children to be self-determined about AT.  The Assistive Technology Solutions Fact Sheet is a visual guide to AT and a great resource to share with families!  Check it out and share it with families….it’s new!

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Virtual TechKnowledgy is Back!

Screen shot 2013-09-27 at 11.38.23 PMMark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Virtual TechKnowledgy Conference, November 11-15, 2013.  Each day this week, live conference events will be scheduled beginning with an opening keynote on Monday, November 11, featuring Penny Reed, an internationally recognized assistive technology expert.  Registration is required for daily webinars highlighting a variety of AT topics.  New Virtual Exhibit Halls will be open the entire week!  REGISTRATION IS FREE!  Certificates of Participation for licensure renewal will be available following completion of each event.  Visit http://www.ttaconline.org/atsdp for conference updates and registration information.

 

Dry Erase Circles

We all love the dry-erase boards and use them in lots of ways to engage our students and check for learning.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was a great way to provide a scratch pad or doodle space for students as they are processing information.  They are have been used to decorate walls in kitchens and bedrooms, but they are also a great addition to the desks and tables in classrooms.  Here’s the link to blog where the information and photo are posted.

DryEraseCircles

http://kinderkeri.blogspot.com/2012/10/these-are-few-of-my-favorite-things.html

Fun eraser for wipe-off boards

Found a great site with fun cool ideas for the classroom.  Many teachers use whiteboards to engage students in learning and also to check for knowledge.  Here is a fun way students can easily write and wipe their boards by using hot glue to attach a pom-pom to the end of a dry erase marker.

Check it out!  You won’t be able to resist it!

 

http://pinterest.com/pin/215680269627895368/

10 Best Apple and Android Apps

E-School News posted the 10 Best Apple and Android Apps for this year.  They are listed in the April 26th newsletter.  For each app listed, they have  included a brief description, device compatibility, suggested use, features, price, and a link to a more in-depth summary with an option to purchase on iTunes or Google Play.

Check it out!

 

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/04/26/new-10-of-the-best-apple-and-android-apps-for-education-in-2013/

 

It’s Spring and for some of us it’s IEP time!

How many of your students are involved in their IEP planning?  Specifically, how many of your students are involved in the consideration and selection of AT?  Check out this video clip of students talking about the benefits of AT.

http://www.imdetermined.org/youth/  (scroll to video: The Importance of Assistive Technology)

Talk with your students about ways they can participate in these decisions.  Here’s a nice brochure for students that offer ways they can participate in their own IEP (and check out all the other resources for helping your students become self-determined–from preschool to secondary)

Suggestions for Your Participation in the IEP

http://www.imdetermined.org/files_resources/378/iep_participation_brochure.pdf

Don’t forget about Hey, Can I Try That?  It’s another great resource to guide students through AT selection and use.

http://www.wati.org/content/supports/free/pdf/HeyCanITryThat08.pdf

 

DIY: Choice Cubes

Choice cubes are easy and fun to make and can be used with toddlers, young children and older students.  They are useful to help young children make choices of songs, games, books or classroom helpers.  Ideas for older students include: using them as dice in games, with numbers to create math problems or with words to create mad libs.  Our favorite way to create them is:

1.  Cover a styrofoam cube (floral cube from the Dollar Store) with strips of colored duct tape.  Do NOT remove the plastic from the cube!

2.  Attach a piece of soft (loop) Velcro to each side of the cube.

3.  Cut out laminated pictures of choices.

4.  Attach Velcro (hook) to the back of each picture.

5.  Attach one picture to each side of the cube.

Use it now or make lots of them in different colors.

Make your own choice cube!