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Date Announced! The NEW Assistive Tech: Make Learning AWESOME For All

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The NEW Assistive Technology: Make Learning AWESOME For All!

Available for pre-order now!

School districts often struggle to develop consistent practices for meeting the assistive needs of students receiving special education services. This fun yet professional book will help PK-12 educators learn a process to improve how they consider, select, and implement technology to help all students!

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  • Provides a methodology for transforming educators into experience designers by adopting a mindset of inclusive practices.
  • Details how an educational team can effectively request assistance to determine technology needs.
  • Explains how to provide assistance by coaching an educational team through a process to make informed decisions about technology needs.
  • Describes a proactive approach to professional development for individuals and for those who train others on the use of technology.
  • Assists individuals or teams in creating an action plan for developing a culture of inclusion.
  • Interweaves stories, songs, games, activities and other exciting features to make the experience of reading the book fun!

EXPEAT_Social-Graphics_Author-Quotes_TW_2_02-2018_v1The New Assistive Tech is a catalyst for breaking down walls between special education and general education, and will help all educators realize they have tech knowledge (and can build upon that knowledge) that can be used to support all students, including those with disabilities.

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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT! The NEW Assistive Tech: Make Learning AWESOME For All

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Pre-orders now available!

The NEW Assistive Technology: Make Learning AWESOME For All!

 

 

 

 

A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #148: Step Into The Light

Parody poster from the movie Poltergeist with a little girl sitting in front of an iPad screen with static on it

Episode Overview –

“Technology’s heeerrrrreeee!”

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #468: Tweentribune.com

A.T.TIP #469: WolframAlpha.com

A.T.TIP #470: Word Prediction (QuickType) on iOS – http://bit.ly/quicktypetutorial

A.T.TIP #471: AnswerGarden.ch

A.T.TIP #472: Pearltrees.com

A.T.TIP #473: Voxer.com

A.T.TIP #474: Airdrop on iOS for transferring files – http://bit.ly/airdroptutorial

A.T.TIP #475: Speak Screen for iOS – http://www.apple.com/accessibility/ios/ 

Upcoming Live Presentations

Indianapolis, Indiana – November 2015

Universal Design for 21st Century Learning (with Beth Poss)

Multiple Means of Professional Development (with Beth Poss)

Getting to the Core of Language Acquisition

The Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, Florida – February 2016

One-day Pre-conference – Universal Design for 21st-Century Learning (with Beth Poss) REGISTER NOW!

One-day Pre-conference –Evolution of an AT Team: Real World Experiences Shaping Practices (with Sally Norton-Darr and Mark Nichols) REGISTER NOW!

ISAAC Conference in Toronto, Canada – August 2016

AAC Practitioners in the 21st Century: Leveraging Our Efforts through Social Media and Digital Technologies (with Carole Zangari)

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #145: Listener Q & A 14-15, Pt.1

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Episode Overview –

Episode #145 features answers to questions from listeners who have written e-mails over the past few years. There are a few movie quotes thrown in. Can you name the movies?

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #465: http://trackthisfor.me – Track anything!

Also mentioned in this Episode –

http://bit.ly/joinqiat – QIAT Listserv

http://bit.ly/ctdrwwebinarvid – Center for Technology and Disability webinar on free tools and strategies for reading and writing

http://bit.ly/twitter101atia2015 – Slide deck from ATIA 2015 Twitter 101 session

http://bit.ly/googleformvideotutorial – Video tutorial on Google Forms

http://bit.ly/gfsummaryofresponses – Tutorial on summary of responses

http://bit.ly/ctdmmrecordedwebinar – Webinar from the Center for Technology and Disability on Multiple Means of Professional Development

Movies Quoted in This Episode – 

Babe

Armageddon

Coach Carter

The Avengers

Finding Forrester

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Upcoming ATIA Webinars

Social Media for Beginners: Twitter 101  

with Beth Poss – April 22, 2015  3:30pm – 5:00pm ET

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Upcoming Live Presentations

SWAAAC Conference – Denver, Colorado – June, 2015

Strengthening and Streamlining Your AT Practice

Multiple Means of Professional Development

More Than One Way To Skin A Cat – Practical (And Fun) UDL

 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana – June 2015 – TBD

Brisbane, Australia – June 29th, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

With Bruce Baker

Sydney, Australia – July 1st, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

With Bruce Baker

Melbourne, Australia – July 3rd, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

With Bruce Baker

Perth, Australia – July 7th, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

Auckland, New Zealand – July 13th, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

With Bruce Baker

Christchurch, New Zealand – July 14th, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

Phoenix, Arizona – September 2015 – TBD

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – September 2015 – All Day Keynote

More Than One Way To Skin A Cat – Practical (And Fun) UDL

Strengthening and Streamlining Your AT Practice

Common Recommendations Using (Mostly) Free Resources

Getting to the Core of Language

Grand Rapids, Michigan – October 2015 – TBD

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #144: Three Tools to Support Reading

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This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. Click on the banner above to learn about the amazing Read&Write products.

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Episode Overview –

Episode #144 features a description of three tools useful for supporting reading by minimizing distractions, providing statistics, and helping to decrease the complexity of difficult vocabulary within bodies of text.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #462: http://readability.com – Minimize onscreen distractions

A.T.TIP #463: Clearly Chrome App – Minimize onscreen distractions

A.T.TIP #464: http://rewordify.com – Reword difficult text plus much more!

Also mentioned in this Episode –

Tucker (Age 9) used the Minecraft Pocket Edition App to create a replica of the U.S.S. Arizona for one of the book projects mentioned in the previous episode.

USS Arizona built in Minecraft

Signs made in Minecraft listing all six ships that were sunk at Pearl Harbor

 

PAST Center for Technology and Disability Events

Free Tools to Support Reading and Writing Recorded Webinar

 

Multiple Means of Professional Development Recorded Webinar

 

Upcoming Center for Technology and Disability Events

FREE Tweetchat –

March 30th – 8pm – 9pm ET 

#CTDTechTalk

Upcoming ATIA Webinars

Social Media for Beginners: Twitter 101  

with Beth Poss – April 22, 2015  3:30pm – 5:00pm ET

Upcoming Live Presentations

SWAAAC Conference – Denver, Colorado – June, 2015

Strengthening and Streamlining Your AT Practice

Multiple Means of Professional Development

More Than One Way To Skin A Cat – Practical (And Fun) UDL

 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana – June 2015 – TBD

Brisbane, Australia – June 29th, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

With Bruce Baker

Sydney, Australia – July 1st, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

With Bruce Baker

Melbourne, Australia – July 3rd, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

With Bruce Baker

Perth, Australia – July 7th, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

Auckland, New Zealand – July 13th, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

With Bruce Baker

Christchurch, New Zealand – July 14th, 2015

Implementing Core Vocabulary & Minspeak All Day Long

Phoenix, Arizona – September 2015 – TBD

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – September 2015 – All Day Keynote

More Than One Way To Skin A Cat – Practical (And Fun) UDL

Strengthening and Streamlining Your AT Practice

Common Recommendations Using (Mostly) Free Resources

Getting to the Core of Language

Grand Rapids, Michigan – October 2015 – TBD

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #143: Contemporary Book Study Projects

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Episode Overview –

Episode #143 features a description of different engaging tools and strategies used by a 9 year old in fourth grade to complete monthly book study projects. Each month the student was assigned a genre of book to read. After reading the book the student was asked to complete a worksheet of questions, some form of graphic organizer, and then create his own artifact demonstrating that they understood the book.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #460: http://dipity.com – Timeline Generator

A.T.TIP #461: http://storyboardthat.com – Comic Strip Generator

Also mentioned in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #330 – http://recordmp3.org – Online sound recorder

A.T.TIP #194 – http://vocaroo.com – Online sound recorder

A.T.TIP #273 – http://toondoo.com – Comic Strip Generator

A.T.TIP #70 – http://blabberize.com – Upload a picture, cut out a mouth, and record a video

Book Study Final Projects

Month – October

Genre – Realistic Fiction

Tool – http://toondoo.com

Live Resource – http://bit.ly/frindletoondoo 

Book – Frindle by Andrew Clements

4 cell comic describing the story Frindle.

Month – November

Genre – Mystery

Tool – http://Glogster.com

Link to Resource – http://bit.ly/pleasingtheghostglog

Book – Pleasing The Ghost by Sharon Creech

Glogster of Pleasing The Ghost

Month – December

Genre – Historical Fiction

Tool – http://dipity.com

Link to Resource – http://bit.ly/pearlharbortimeline

Book – I Survived The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis

Timeline example using Dipity.com

Month – January

Genre – Fantasy

Tool – http://storyboardthat.com

Link to Resource – http://bit.ly/sa3btstoryboard

Book – Spirit Animals, Book 3: Blood Ties by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

StoryBoardThat example

Month – February

Genre – Biography

Tool – http://Blabberize.com

Link to Resource – http://bit.ly/woodrowblabber 

Book – Woodrow Wilson by Robert Green

Blabberize example with Woodrow Wilson pic

Heritage Dolls

Tool – http://vocaroo.com

Heritage Dolls with QR Codes

Upcoming CTD Events

Free and Low-cost Strategies to Improve Reading and Writing

REVISED DATES* FREE Discussion Forums – February 23rd – March 4th, 2015 – Register Now!

FREE Tweetchat – March 10th – 8pm ET #CTDTechTalk

Multiple Means of Professional Development

FREE Webinar – March 16th, 2015 –  6pm – 7:30pm ET – Register Now!

FREE Discussion Forums – March 17nd – March 24th, 2015

FREE Tweetchat – March 31th – 8pm ET

Upcoming ATIA Webinars

Social Media for Beginners: Twitter 101  

with Beth Poss – April 22, 2015  3:30pm – 5:00pm ET

Upcoming Live Presentations

SWAAAC Conference – Denver, Colorado – June 8th & 9th

June 8th

Strengthening and Streamlining Your AT Practice – 8:30am – 12pm

Multiple Means of Professional Development – 1:45pm – 3:15pm

June 9th

More Than One Way To Skin A Cat – Practical (And Fun) UDL – 8:30am – 10am & 10:15am –  11:45am

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #140: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

In one of the best surprises in holiday gift giving history, Melissa Bugaj, a team teacher in a high school Chemistry, Conceptual Physics, and English class shocked her husband, Chris Bugaj by recording a podcast for him. Chris hosts the popular A.T.TIPSCAST podcast but has been finding in increasingly difficult to carve out time to generate new episodes. Melissa revealed the surprise in the form of a Christmas present. In the episode, she describes one of the tools she uses with the different students she supports, especially in her reading class. That resource, NEWSELA, is described in detail by Melissa in Episode #140 of the A.T.TIPSCAST.

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Episode Overview –

Episode #140 is a Christmas present from Chris’s wife, Melissa Bugaj, not only to Chris, but to all of you! Melissa surprised Chris with a recording of her describing a tool she uses in her high school reading class.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #454: NEWSELA.com

A.T.TIP #455: Dogonews.com

A.T.TIP #456: http://bit.ly/newspapergenerator

Upcoming ATIA Webinars

Social Media for Beginners: Twitter 101  with Beth Poss – 3:30pm – 5:00pm ET on April 22, 2015. Webinar for the Assistive Technology Industry Association

Upcoming Live Presentations

Technology Driven Data Collection: Using Digital Tools to Document Progress
One-Day Pre-conference – January 28th,  2015.
Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference

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Schedule of Presentations at the 2015

Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference

Date Time Title Co-Presenters Additional Information
1/28/2015 8am – 4pm Technology Driven Data Collection: One-Day Pre-Conference Beth Poss http://bit.ly/dataatia15
1/29/2015 8am – 9am Generation Tech! Empower students with an authentic writing/publishing opportunity Eliza Anderson, Melissa Bugaj
1/29/2015 12pm – 1pm Professional Development Smackdown Diana Carl, Mike Marotta, Kirk Behnke, Beth Poss
1/29/2015 2:20pm – 3:20pm PD2015 – Using a Strategy-A-Day Calendar to Elicit Change Sally Norton-Darr, Mark Nichols, Judith Schoonover
1/30/2015 8am – 9am Indiana Jones meets the Internet: Becoming an Assistive Technology Archaeologist Beth Poss
1/30/2015 9:20am – 10:20am Twitter 101–Building Your AT Professional Learning Network Beth Poss
1/30/2015 2:20pm – 3:20pm Innovative Practices in PD 2015: It’s Not Business as Usual Diana Carl, Mike Marotta, Kirk Behnke, Linda Wilson,

EdCampAccess International

1/31/15 in Orlando, Florida!

I’ll Be There! Will you?

Register Now! Its’ Free!

Utah Center for Assistive Technology

Strengthening and Streamlining Your Assistive Technology Practice –  February 3th, 2015

KEYNOTE: More Than One Way To Skin A Cat (Practical & Fun AT) – February 4th, 2015

Common Recommendations Using (Mostly) Free Resources – February 4th, 2015

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