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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #121: EnGAMESment – Let’s Play!

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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 below to learn about the amazing Read&Write products.

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Episode Overview-

Episode #121, the first episode of Season 7,  features an article written for the Assistive Technology Industry Association’s (ATIA) newsletter about the implementation of digital games to target educational goals. A big thanks to my wife, Melissa Bugaj, for narrating the article. If you prefer to read the text version of the article please enjoy the ATIA newsletter. Some paid games were mentioned in the article. Free-to-play games are listed below as A.T.TIPS.

A.T.TIPS in this Episode –

A.T.TIP #368  – Minecraft PE Lite app

Students demonstrate their knowledge of Native American culture by constructing a longhouse in Minecraft.

Students demonstrate their knowledge of Native American culture by constructing a longhouse in Minecraft.

A.T.TIP #369 – The Myth of Average Ted Talk by Dr. Todd Rose

A.T.TIP #370 – BlocksWorld HD app

A pixelated man sitting next to a pixelated evergreen tree with a yellow flower nearby. A tools palette can be seen onscreen to the right as well. A.T.TIP #371 – Lunacraft app

Spaceman hovering over a tools palette

A.T.TIP #372 – Kodable app

A digital green field with a blue path being cut through it. Control arrows are pictured in the top right.

A.T.TIP #373 – DIY app

Image of three badges: Gamer, Gardener, and Geologist Image of three badges: Ornthologist, Painter, and Papercrafter

A.T.TIP #374 – Using the plot of a story-based video game to teach narrative concepts

Also Mentioned in This Episode –

AutisMate’s Hero of the Week Interview

Minspeak Newsletter featuring A.T.TIPSCAST Episode 116

Upcoming Presentations –

Speaker at TEDxAshburn – September 28th, 2013

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Chew the P.H.A.T – Policies & How-to’s in Assistive Technology with Sally Norton-Darr – 8am on October 9th, 2013 at Closing the Gap in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Get Your Body Moving – Adventures in Gesture-Based Learning with Karen Dietrich & Dr. Tara Jeffs – 8am on October 10th, 2013 at Closing the Gap in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Multi-modal Professional Development with Sally Norton-Darr  – 8am on October 11th, 2013 at Closing the Gap in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mission Possible: Proliferating a Culture of UDL with Beth Poss  – 8am on November 4th, 2013 at the Promoting Achievement through Technology and INstruction for all Students Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

REGISTER NOW! —> Digital Make N’ Take: Digging Deeper           with Beth Poss – Two-Day Preconference on January 28th and 29th at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Professional Development Smackdown with Beth Poss, Kirk Behnke, Mike Marotta, and Diana Carl – 12pm on January 31st at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, Florida. Room – Caribbean VII

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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.



A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #52: Puzzles- More Than Meets The Eye

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.

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Episode #52 features a discussion about the use of puzzles and a classic set of toys from the 80s as educational tools to practice fine motor skills, enhance visual-spatial abilities, utilize logical reasoning skills, build vocabulary, and more!

The episode features a jammin’ bumper from Mark Nichols, an assistive technology coordinator with Loudoun County Public Schools in Northern Virginia. Check his blog, The Tech Flash, and follow him on Twitter at @thetechflash2.


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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #17: Linear Visual Schedules

Hey everyone,
Episode #17 is up for your listening pleasure. In Episode #17 linear visual schedules are discussed. Below you will find examples of both horizontal and vertical linear schedules.  Enjoy!

A.T.TIP #29: Linear Visual Schedules


Example of a template for a horizontal schedule

Horizontal Schedule Sample


Template of a vertical schedule Example of Vertical Schedule

All of these schedules were created using Boardmaker software.  If you’re like, “Hey, what the heck is Boardmaker software?” check out Mayer-Johnson’s website.

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