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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #66 – A.T. Smackdown at Techknowledgy 2010

Smackdown Image 2Here is a link to download the audio directly- Episode 66: AT Smackdown Techknowledgy 2010

Episode Overview-

This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to www.texthelp.com.

Read & Write Gold, TextHelp, and Fluency Tutor logos

Episode #66 features a round robin resource sharing event called an “A.T. Smackdown” conducted during the Techknowledgy 2010 Conference in Richmond, Virginia. A variety of educators shared different tools during an informal ice cream social at the end of the first day of the conference. 

A.T.TIPS In This Episode-

A.T.TIP #148: www.aimva.org presented by Joyce Sharp

A.T.TIP #149: http://taggalaxy.de presented by Jennifer Carr

Previous A.T.TIP #57 – PhotoAlbum feature of PowerPoint presented by Sally Norton-Darr

A.T. TIP #150 – http://bit.ly presented by Christopher Bugaj

A.T.TIP #151 –  Books on tape for preschool-aged students presented by Cathy Cook

A.T.TIP #152 –  http://ttaconline.org  and Deb Yancey (in the bumper) and Mary Wylds

Also Mentioned In This Episode-

Pen Friend mentioned by Sharon Jones

Upcoming Presentations-

ISTE Special Interest Group Media Specialists Webinar, December 1st

UDL 2.0 - 8:00pm – 9:00pm EST with Beth Poss

Maryland Assistive Technology Network Webinars

Assistive Technology Teams, December 9th - 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST with Sally Norton-Darr

Web 2.0, January 13th – 3:00pm-4:00pm EST

ESBOCES Model Schools Technology Leadership Webinar Series

Eight is Enough – January 3rd, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Alternative Professional Development – January 10th, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Participant’s Choice – Social Media/Podcasting OR Web 2.o – January 24th, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

UDL & Assistive Technology – January 31st, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm with Sally Norton-Darr

The Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference 2011 – Orlando, Florida

Pre-Conference Workshop – UDL 2.0 Hands on! - January 26th – 8:00am – 4:00pm with Beth Poss

Re-energize Your Technology Implementation – January 27th – 9:20am – 10:20am with Mark Nichols

PD 2.0 – Interactive Web-based Technology for PD in AT – January 27th – 1:15pm – 3:15pm with Beth Poss

Contact Information-

A.T.TIPPERS group on Facebook and Classroom 2.0

Facebook Fan Page

Twitter.com/attipscast

Leave a comment down below or drop me a line at attipscast@gmail.com. Let me know what you think of the show! You can access the podcast and register as a fan of the show from here:

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Thanks everyone and happy listening!

Edublog Award Nominations 2010

Hello there everyone,

This is a blog-only post. There isn’t any new audio, or official A.T.TIPSCAST episode, associated with this post but don’t click away yet!  This post outlines my nominations for the 2010 Edublog Awards.  In my experience most educational bloggers, podcasters, and Tweeters do so on their own time, after work hours because it is their passion.  They aren’t asked to do it. They aren’t paid to do it. Yet, we all benefit from the many hours they put into their craft.

The Edublog Awards provide a way to recognize these enormous efforts.  Here are my nominations for the 2010 Edublog Awards:

Best individual blog -

Teaching All Students by Patrick Black – (www.teachingall.blogspot.com) – Fresh ideas, multiple resources, and practical solutions for differentiating instruction for EVERY student.  When it comes to implementing technology for every student, this blog is a MUST read.

Best school administrator blog -

The Tech Flash by Mark Nichols (www.thetechflash.com) – The Tech Flash is one of the most pertinent blogs about technology for all students (with a special focus on students with disabilities) not to mention resources for teachers, administrators, and parents alike.

Best teacher blog -

Speech-Language Pathology Sharing by Eric Sailers (http://slpsharing.com/) – There aren’t many speech-language pathologists who continously integrate technology into their practice and share those experiences with the world at large.  Few skills are as important to a student as the ability to communicate, let alone communicate effectively.  This well-planned and thorough blog provides support to every teacher who has a student with communication difficulties.

Best educational podcast -

Teacher 2.0 podcast by Rodd Lucier (www.thecleversheep.com) - I could be wrong about this, but I believe the willingness of teachers to listen to an audio file correlates directly to the length of that file.  The longer the file, the less likely it is that a teacher will listen to it.  The Teacher 2.0 podcast provides succinct yet thought-provoking topics on education technology that make listeners feel like they are part of an active  conversation rather than a passive member of the audience.

Best educational wiki -

The UDLTechToolKit by Karen Janowski & Joyce Kazman Valenza (http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com/) - Simply the best collection of tools on the web for differentiating instruction.  A teacher could get lost for hours in the possibilities for students.  Any visitor instantly begins to see solutions for students they work with on a daily basis.

Best Educational Use of a Virtual World – 

Virtual Ability Island in Second Life (http://virtualability.org) - This location is second life has basic tutorials on how to begin your Second Life experience designed in such a way that EVERY person, no matter their ability, can participate in the experience.  Learn about increasing accessibility in RL and in SL by visiting this fantastic resource. 

Best Educational Webinar Series -

MATN Online (http://olms.cte.jhu.edu/18869) – MATN webinars are always engaging and informative which gather insights from experts in the field of assistive technology and universal design for learning.

Best New Blog –   

Speech Techie (www.speechtechie.com) by Sean Sweeney -Less than a year old, the blog is packed with current strategies to implement technology that are useful to more than just speech-language pathologist.  Well written and well organized, each post provides a quick bit of thought provoking information that would benefit any educator.

I hope you check out these fabulous resources and, if you agree with my choices, consider voting for these fantastic creations, projects, and initiatives to recognize the dedication of these individuals.  Find out more information about how to participate over at The Edublog Awards.

Enjoy!

Chris

Episode #65: AT Smackdown @ ATIA Chicago 2010

AT smackdown image

Here is a link to download the audio directly- http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/10687.mp3

Episode Overview-

This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to www.texthelp.com.

Read & Write Gold, TextHelp, and Fluency Tutor logos

Episode #65 features a round robin resource sharing event conducted during the Chicago ATIA 2010 Conference known as the “A.T. Smackdown.”   Educators like Dave Hohulin, Karen Janowski, Brian Wojcik, Patrick Black, and host of others shared different tools that they have found useful to help educate students.   Lucky for us they had the foresight to make an audio recording of the event!  You can check out a full list with brief descriptions of each tool over at http://teachingall.blogspot.com.  

A.T.TIPS In This Episode-

A.T.TIP #123: Dropbox.com presented by Patrick Black

A.T.TIP #124: Into The Book presented by Karen Janowski

A.T.TIP #125: Evernote.com presented by Dave Hohulin (w/ Patrick Black)

A.T.TIP #126: Simplenoteapp.com presented by Bob Cunningham

A.T.TIP #127: Wordle.net presented by Shari Lorenzo

A.T.TIP #128: Glogster EDU presented by Shari Lorenzo

A.T.TIP #129: Google Forms presented by Shari Lorenzo

A.T.TIP #130: JISC Toolbar presented by Brian Wojcik

A.T.TIP #131: Can Assist Dynamic Keyboard presented by Sarah Rose

A.T.TIP #132: Google Scribe presented byMary Bettlach

A.T.TIP #133: Windows 7 Keyboard with Word Prediction presented by Mary Bettlach

A.T.TIP #134: Jing presented by Brian Wojcik

A.T.TIP #135: Screencast.com presented by Brian Wojcik

A.T.TIP #136: Diigo.com presented by Patrick Black

A.T.TIP #137: The Khan Academy mentioned by Patrick Black

A.T.TIP #138: Read Aloud Feature of Adobe Reader presented by Lynda Hartman 

A.T.TIP #139: Typewriter feature in Adobe Reader once file created/feature enabled in Acrobat Pro presented by Lynda Hartman

A.T.TIP #140: Prezi.com presented by Patrick Black and Emily

A.T.TIP #141: Sporcle.com presented by Dave Hohulin

A.T.TIP #142: Clipmarks.com presented by Brian Wojcik

A.T.TIP #143: Google Safe Search presented by Karen Janowski

A.T.TIP #144: Content Lock/Safety Mode for YouTube.com presented by Patrick Black

A.T.TIP #145: Google Docs Share Settings via a question from Sam Spinello answered by  Brian Wojcik

A.T.TIP #146: Drawing in Google Docs presented by Brian Wojcik

A.T.TIP #147: Kidzui.com presented by Brian Wojcik

Also Mentioned In This Episode-

Gaggle.net mentioned by Brian Wojcik

Nettrekker.com mentioned by Brian Wojcik

Upcoming Presentations-

Techknowledgy 2010, November 11th – Richmond, Virginia

Chew The P.H.A.T: Policies & How-to’s for Assistive Technology – 8:30am – 9:30am EST

with Sally Norton-Darr & Judith Schoonover

Alternative Professional Development – 1:00pm– 2:00pm EST

Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention 2010, November 20th – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chew The P.H.A.T: Policies & How-to’s for Assistive Technology Poster Session- 8:00am – 9:30am EST

with Sally Norton-Darr & Judith Schoonover

Social Media: Blogging, Microblogging, and Podcasting for SLPs – 10:30am – 11:30am EST with Beth Poss

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, November 22nd – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Free (or almost free) Tools to Help Kids Succeed in School - 9:00am – 12:00 pm EST with Beth Poss

ISTE Special Interest Group Media Specialists Webinar, December 1st

UDL 2.0 - 8:00pm – 9:00pm EST with Beth Poss

Maryland Assistive Technology Network Webinars

Assistive Technology Teams, December 9th - 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST with Sally Norton-Darr

Web 2.0, January 13th – 3:00pm-4:00pm EST

ESBOCES Model Schools Technology Leadership Webinar Series

Eight is Enough – January 3rd, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Alternative Professional Development – January 10th, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Participant’s Choice – Social Media/Podcasting OR Web 2.o – January 24th, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

UDL & Assistive Technology – January 31st, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm with Sally Norton-Darr

The Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference 2011 – Orlando, Florida

Pre-Conference Workshop – UDL 2.0 Hands on! - January 26th – 8:00am – 4:00pm with Beth Poss

Re-energize Your Technology Implementation – January 27th – 9:20am – 10:20am with Mark Nichols

PD 2.0 – Interactive Web-based Technology for PD in AT – January 27th – 1:15pm – 3:15pm with Beth Poss

Contact Information-

A.T.TIPPERS group on Facebook and Classroom 2.0

Facebook Fan Page

Twitter.com/attipscast

Leave a comment down below or drop me a line at attipscast@gmail.com. Let me know what you think of the show! You can access the podcast and register as a fan of the show from here:

Podcast Hosting

 

Thanks everyone and happy listening!

Episode #64: Spaceman

A.T.TIPSCAST Sun Flare Logo

Here is a link to download the audio directly- Episode 64: Spaceman

Episode Overview-

This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to www.texthelp.com.

Read & Write Gold, TextHelp, and Fluency Tutor logos

Episode #64 features a description of a low-tech strategy for improving handwriting skills.

A.T.TIPS In This Episode-

A.T.TIP #122: Spaceman for Handwriting

Discussion Board with ideas by teachers on how they use the spaceman.

Download the Spaceman Template to print & cut your own!

5 yo shoing a spaceman on a popsicle stick

 Picture of multiple spaceman popsicle sticks

Picture of opposite side of spaceman popsicle sticks

Mentioned In This Episode-

Farscape – Science Fiction Television Show by Jim Henson

Upcoming Presentations-

Techknowledgy 2010, November 11th – Richmond, Virginia

     Chew The P.H.A.T: Policies & How-to’s for Assistive Technology – 8:30am – 9:30am EST

     with Sally Norton-Darr & Judith Schoonover

     Alternative Professional Development – 1:00pm– 2:00pm EST

Maryland Assistive Technology Network Webinars

     Assistive Technology Teams, December 9th - 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST with Sally Norton-Darr

     Web 2.0, January 13th – 3:00pm-4:00pm EST

Annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention 2010, November 20th – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

     Chew The P.H.A.T: Policies & How-to’s for Assistive Technology Poster Session- 8:00am – 9:30am EST

     with Sally Norton-Darr & Judith Schoonover

     Social Media: Blogging, Microblogging, and Podcasting for SLPs – 10:30am – 11:30am EST with Beth Poss

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, November 22nd – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

     Free (or almost free) Tools to Help Kids Succeed in School - 9:00am – 12:00 pm EST with Beth Poss

ISTE Special Interest Group Media Specialists Webinar, December 1st

     UDL 2.0 - 8:00pm – 9:00pm EST with Beth Poss

ESBOCES Model Schools Technology Leadership Webinar Series

     Eight is Enough – January 3rd, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

     Alternative Professional Development – January 10th, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

     Participant’s Choice – Social Media/Podcasting OR Web 2.o – January 24th, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

     UDL & Assistive Technology – January 31st, 2011 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm with Sally Norton-Darr

The Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference 2011 – Orlando, Florida

     Pre-Conference Workshop – UDL 2.0 Hands on! - January 26th – 8:00am – 4:00pm with Beth Poss

     Re-energize Your Technology Implementation – January 27th – 9:20am – 10:20am with Mark Nichols

     PD 2.0 – Interactive Web-based Technology for PD in AT – January 27th – 1:15pm – 3:15pm with Beth Poss

Contact Information-

A.T.TIPPERS group on Facebook and Classroom 2.0

Facebook Fan Page

Twitter.com/attipscast

Leave a comment down below or drop me a line at attipscast@gmail.com. Let me know what you think of the show! You can access the podcast and register as a fan of the show from here:

Podcast Hosting

 

Thanks everyone and happy listening!

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