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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #19: Sabotage!

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Episode #19 is up for your listening pleasure. May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month” and I haven’t mentioned it yet so far in the podcast, well, until this episode that is.  So, to make up for my lack of advertising I discuss a technique used to elicit communication called Sabotage!

A.T.TIP #31: Sabotage!

Here are some more helpful resources/ideas on how to elicit communication from students.

1. Communication Temptations

2. Better Practice Makes Perfect – LaTrobe University

3. Kennedy Krieger Article

Here is a link to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund raising site.  Please click on “Make a donation” and donate, even if it is just a dollar! Even the smallest amount can make the biggest difference.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- Make a Donation!

One last thing, here is the link to the video of the family participating in the Cystic Fibrosis walk.  I hope you enjoy it!

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #18: Amorphous Visual Schedules

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Episode #18 is up for your listening pleasure. In Episode #18 AMORPHOUS visual schedules are discussed. Below are some examples of AMORPHOUS (or Non-linear) visual schedules.

A.T.TIP #30: Amorphous Visual Schedule:

An example that is more general- For a student that doesn’t need specific visuals, but still needs a visual schedule.  Note the “Unexpected” visuals.

An Example of an Amorphous Schedule

An example that is more specific- For a student that needs more specific visuals on the visual schedule.  Note the “Unexpected” visuals.

Example of Amorphous Visual 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.

Here is a link to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund raising site. We’re doing the walk on May 18th, 2008 but you can continue to give even if you’re reading this after that date.  Please click on the “Make a donation” button to donate! Even the smallest amount can make the biggest difference.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- Make a Donation!

One last thing, here is the link the video of the river running through my backyard.  I admit, up front, that it was way more exciting in real life than the video shows but the point was that it was unexpected, just like things that happen in a classroom everyday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p625PUpsaTA

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

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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

Horizontal:

Example of a template for a horizontal schedule

Horizontal Schedule Sample

Vertical:

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.

Here is a link to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund raising site. Please click on the “Make a donation” button to donate! Even the smallest amount can make the biggest difference.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- Make a Donation!

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #16: Listener Feedback, Sort Of

Hey everyone,
Episode #16 is up for your listening pleasure.  In Episode #16 I answer questions from e-mails and voicemails submitted by “listeners” to the show.  Four new A.T. TIPS are discussed in the show.

A.T.TIP #25: FIRST-THEN-THEN Boards

Here are examples of first-then-then boards:

First-then-then Example 1

 

 

 

 

 

Example of a First-Then-Then Boards

A.T.TIP #26: WWW.FINDSOUNDS.COM

This website is a great place to find sounds

A.T.TIP #27: JUICYSTUDIO.COM for Website Readability Statistics

Here is the link to the Website Readability Statistic Tool.  Make sure you scroll down a bit to see it.  Simply place the URL of the website you want analyzed and hit “Calculate Readability”.

A.T.TIP #28: WWW.THEFREEDICTIONARY.COM

This online dictionary provides an auditory version of each word along with many cool games.

Here is a link to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund raising site. Please click on the “Make a donation” button to donate! Even the smallest amount can make the biggest difference.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- Make a Donation!

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #15: First-Then Boards

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Episode #15 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #15 describes how to create and implement a First-Then board with students who need help following directions or completing tasks.

Here are a few examples of first-then boards:

First-then board where \"first\" box is green and \"Then\" box is red.  They rest on a blue background

First-Then Board

Here is a link to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund raising site. Please click on the “Make a donation” button to donate! Even the smallest amount can make the biggest difference.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- Make a Donation!

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #14: Television

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Episode #14 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #14 features a description of television as an assistive technology tool.  It describes a few shows and why they are good at what they do.  Click on the names of the show to explore the website for that show. The shows discussed are as follows:

Tip# 20- Oobi

Tip# 21- Dora The Explorer

Tip# 22- Super Why!

Tip# 23- Cyberchase

Here is a link to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund raising site.  Please click on the “Make a donation” button to donate!  Even the smallest amount can make the biggest difference.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- Make a Donation!

Here is the link to the statistics from California State University at Northridge: Television Statistics.

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #13: Communication Bridges

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Episode #13 is up for your listening pleasure.  Episode #13 features a description of Communication Bridges.  A communication bridge is a way for students to talk about events that happened at school when they get home and talk about events that happened at home at school.

Here is one such example.  Note that you can use visuals in replace of the lines or the text “PE, ART, Music” in the example below.

 

Today In School I…

 

Read this book: _______________

 

Worked on __________ in Math.

 

Learned about _________ in Social Studies.

 

Had this special: PE   ART   MUSIC

The thing I enjoyed the most today was:________________________

 

Last Night At Home I…

 

Read this book: _______________

 

Worked on __________ for homework.

 

Watched ____________ on TV.

 

Had ______________ for dinner.

 

The thing I enjoyed the most last night was:________________________

 

 

 

 

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A.T.TIPSCAST EPISODE #12: Work Jobs

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Episode #12 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #12 features a co-host, Mrs. B!  Together we discuss how vocational tasks can be implemented for any student.

You can find examples of work jobs on the following websites:

1. http://xnet.rrc.mb.ca/eceworkplace/images/workjobs-jan03group/workjobs.htm

2. http://www.hot-ideas.org/

 

 

 

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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #11: Autosummarize in MS Word

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Episode #11 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #11 describes the autosummarize feature of MS Word.  I realize that the episode is just a quick rundown of how the feature works and I didn’t really get into what you’d use it for.  I’m trying to keep the tips quick.  So, I invite you to tell me how you might use this feature or tell me how you have already used the feature.  Your story might just inspire someone else in how they could use it.  Please send me an e-mail, record a message and send it to me or post a comment here.

You can find whole tutorials on autosummarize for your version of MS Word here:

Word 2002 : http://www.microsoft.com/education/autosummarize.mspx

Word 2003: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/HP051896801033.aspx

Here is a helpful dialogue about the Autosummarize feature in MS 2007: http://help.lockergnome.com/office/Word-2007-Autosummarize-Feature-ftopict901799.html but here is that same basic principle and a brief tutorial:

http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2007/09/10/create-a-summary-of-a-document-in-word-2007/

 

 

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A.T.TIPScast Episode #10: Talking Calculator

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Sorry this post is up about 24 hours late, but here it is!
Episode #10 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #10 describes the free software Talking Calculator.  You can access a link for the free download from www.premierathome.com/products/TalkingCalculator.php.

Here is a screenshot of what it looks like once it is installed:

talk-c.jpg

 

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A.T.TIPScast Episode #9: PowerTalk

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Episode #9 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #9 describes the free software add-on for PowerPoint called PowerTalk.  PowerTalk is an open source, free download that reads the text on a PowerPoint presentation outloud.  You can access a link for the free download from http://fullmeasure.co.uk/powertalk/.

Once you have it installed on your computer you simply navigate to your PowerPoint presentation file, right-click and then select “Narrate With PowerTalk”.

narratewithpowertalkshot.jpg

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A.T.TIPScast Episode #8: VSTE 2008 (Top 5)- Part 2

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Episode #8 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #8 is the second of a two part episode where I rank the Top 5 things I learned at the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Conference 2008. This episode includes:

Number 3- www.emilychang.com/go/ehub

This website is the personal website of a web designer named, Emily Change, out of San Francisco.  There is so much out there and so many new web applications updating every day, this site can keep you up to date on the latest Web 2.0 applications.

Number 2- www.soundsnap.com

This is a great resource to find free sounds.  I think one under utilized activity for students with difficulties following directions or auditory processing difficulties is listening to and discriminating between sounds.  Sounds can be used as story starters as opposed to the traditional text-based or picture based story starter.  Sound effects can be used to enhance digital storytelling activities, movie making activities, or student produced podcasts.   Adding these sounds might allow the students to feel like their production has a polished and fun quality.

Number 1- Mail Merge functions of Publisher to create Picture Dictionaries and Identification Cards

A teacher from Norfolk public schools named Jennifer Durkin presented on different ways she uses Publisher.  One strategy she showed what how you could take lists of items in Excel and Merge them with templates created in Publisher to easily make picture dictionaries and identification cards.  Picture dictionaries are a great way for students to review difficult spelling words, review vocabulary from any content area, or maintain their own “difficult for me to remember” list of words.  Identification cards are also a useful tool for students with communication difficulties.  The ID card might have saying on them like “My name is… and I am lost” or “Can you call my mom for me?  My phone number is …”.  I wrote Jennifer and she gave me permission to post her hand-outs here. vste-presentation-handout.pdf

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A.T.TIPScast Episode #7: VSTE 2008 (Top 5)- Part 1

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Episode #7 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #7 is the first of a two part episode where I rank the Top 5 things I learned at the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Conference 2008.  This episode includes:

Number 5- www.prometheanplanet.com.  You can download free ActivStudio lessons from this website.  If you don’t have ActivStudio, you can download the free FlipChart Viewer from here: FlipChart Viewer

Number 4- www.picnik.com.  A fun online, free photo editing tool.  It is very easy to upload pictures, edit the pictures, and apply different effects to the pictures.

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A.T.TIPScast Episode #6: ReadPlease

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Episode #6 is up for your listening pleasure.  Episode #6 is the first episode with the new format.  Let me know what you think.  The tip for this episode is http://www.readplease.com/.  Readplease is free piece of software that you can download.  It is a text reader/talking word processor.  That is, you can copy/paste text right into it and it will read it out loud.  You can also type right into the program and it will read it aloud.

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A.T.TIPScast Episode #5: Use Whatchya Got (LRE and UDL for a Healthy DIAT)

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Episode #5 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #5 briefly explains the my take on the convergence of the educational concepts of Universal Design for Learning, Least Restrictive Environment, and Differentiating Instruction using Assistive Technology.  I also explain that future episodes will have less me talking about the principles of AT practice in public schools in favor of trying to fit in two tips per episode.  Please let me know what you think about the format change.  Good thing or bad thing for the show, what’s your take?

The tip for this week’s episode is on “Pacing Boards”.  Pacing Boards are simply circles used to facilitate language development.  You can watch a short movie on Pacing Boards here : Keeping Pace

Download a Microsoft Word document containing a Pacing Board: Three Circled Pacing Board  Three Circled Pacing Board Pic

Download a Microsoft Word document containing a Pacing Board: Six Circled Pacing Board 6 Circled Pacing Board

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A.T. TIPSCAST Episode #4: FETC 2008 (TOP 5)

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Episode #4 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #4 contains a short synopsis of my take on FETC 2008 as well as the top 5 things I learned at FETC 2008 (Florida Educational Technology Conference).  During the show I mentioned that I would post some movies and links.  I hope you enjoy them and find them useful in your teaching practice.

Opening Session Panoramic Video: Click here for the video.

Jeff Corwin on The Impact of Teachers on the World: Click here for the video.

***TOP 5 Resources I Learned at FETC 2008***

#5: Frequency of Web 2.0 Applications is Increasing In Education

#4: Classroom 2.0– Social Networking site for educators

#3: Using Your Noodle On The Moodle (Alan Taylor)- Presentation Style Can Be Free Form, Dynamic and Non-scripted/rehearsed

#2: The Amazing Math Toolbox For Teachers (Ian Prietz)- Handouts with links to math resources (some free)

#1: www.voicethread.com– Allows users to post a picture and allows other users to have access to leave voice comments or text comments on the margins surrounding that picture.

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ATTIPScast Episode #3: AT and the IEP

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Episode #3 is up for your listening pleasure. I hope you enjoyed the special guest, B-bot. Also, thanks to Eric from Texas for the bumper. If you’d like to make a bumper (a short audio file) I would love to hear it and include it into a future episode of the ATTIPScast.
Here is a link to a tutorial on how to access the readability statistics of Microsoft Word: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/HP051896011033.aspx

And here is B-bot:

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Episode #2: Service Delivery Personnel Models

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The second episode is now up and ready for listening.  You can find it on Cyberears.com (the link below) and you can find it on iTunes as well.  This episode explores the varying ways districts have chosen to assign personnel to provide assistive technology services.  The show also has a segment called “A.T. Tip of the Episode”.  This tip is on how to use the sound record feature of Microsoft Word.  You find a handy tutorial on this tip here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/HP052573441033.aspx.

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Return from FETC

Hey all,

I just returned from sunny Orlando, Florida where I presented and participated in FETC 2008.  FETC is the Florida Educators Technology Conference.  I’m still gathering my notes from the different sessions I attended but as soon as I get that together I plan to do an episode related to “What I learned at FETC 2008” with content that is relevant to tools used to assist struggling students in the public schools.

Keep listening and I hope you are enjoying the show!

Chris

A.T.TIPScast Episode #1: Introduction

Hey everyone,

The very first episode of the A.T.TIPScast is now up and running.  I just uploaded to Cyberears.com and sent it to iTunes for review.  This episode is meant to be an introduction to the show.  I hope you enjoy the show and please feel free to leave a comment here or drop me a line at attipscast@gmail.com
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First Blog

Hello and welcome!  If you are reading this blog it probably means you found the A.T.TIPS Podcast and have listened to an episode.  The A.T.TIPS Podcast (A.T.TIPScast) is an acronym for Assistive Technology: Tools In Public Schools.  The content of the show pertains to all and any technology (and I use that term in the broadest sense) or strategies used to assist struggling students in the K-12 environment. 

Actually, at the time of this blog, I haven’t posted the first episode yet but I expect it to be up and active soon.  I’m working on it!  I hope you enjoy the podcast and I hope you leave a comment!

Chris