AT Tip of Week Archives

These tips will cover a variety of areas, devices and tools. Most of the tips will focus on low or no cost AT. We hope these will be helpful for you or others you work with in your schools, districts, at home or in your workplace. Please feel free to send us any tips that you feel would be helpful for others.

Brought to you by:
Carolann Cormier and Nicole Natale
TABS- Special Services Support Team
Capitol Region Education Council

 

Week of 04/24/2017

I recently upgraded my iPhone to an iPhone 7 with the most recent version of iOS 10. I was very impressed by the additions of more accessibility features. Below is a link to an article by Louis Perez that explains four features that you’ll want to know about.

https://luisperezonline.com/2016/09/13/4-new-accessibility-features-of-ios-10-you-should-know/

Happy Spring!!

Lisa, Nicole and Carolann

Week of 03/27/2017

Happy Spring?!?!

April is Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month and many app promotions occur either during specific days during the month or for the whole month. The following are some examples of some deals we know about already:

Some Assistiveware apps (PROLOQUO2go) will be 50% off for three days: http://www.assistiveware.com/dont-miss-get-50-our-popular-aac-apps

Here’s a list of AAC apps that went on sale last year: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2016/03/31/2016-autism-awareness-month-aac-app-sale-roundup-tips/ and may do so again but some aren’t advertising yet.

Also, check out this website at the beginning of the month, they do a good job of summarizing deals: http://www.smartappsforkids.com/

Happy shopping! Carolann, Lisa and Nicole

Week of 03/13/2017

The Apple Watch has been on the market for a couple of years and is only beginning to be utilized in educational settings. Below is a link to an interesting article about educational uses of the Apple Watch with individuals on the autism spectrum. We hope you will all be safe and warm during the upcoming storm. Spring is coming!

http://www.autismpedagogy.com/blog/2015/5/19/autism-accessibility-and-apple-watch

Lisa, Nicole and Carolann

Week of 02/27/2017

Cybraryman’s website offers over 20,000 links to websites organized into categories under: Parents, Students, Educators and General Interests. His Educators page includes multiple links organized by his favorite links, staff teacher tools, grade level organization and by subject areas. You can see the multiple links for you to explore in the screen shot below. I enjoyed exploring various resources, under several of the subject areas, including reading. While the amount of links can be overwhelming, the site was easy to navigate and to get back to the educators’ links. The site is not geared towards special education or assistive technology, but in several of the subject areas, it did include links to these resources. You can find the site at http://www.cybraryman.com/.

A screenshot of some links available on the Cybraryman's website.

Have a great week.
Carolann

Week of 02/23/2017

Check out the Perkins School for the Blind eLearnings Website: http://www.perkinselearning.org/technology/posts/free-online-library-and-ipad-eligible-students-who-are-visually-impaired

They’ve announced this program for eligible students: (From the website)

The Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare announce an exciting new student literacy program. Eligible students with visual impairments or print disabilities will have access to more than 500,000 titles through Bookshare, an e-reading application designed for users with visual impairments called Spotlight Gateway, and a free iPad.

Please let us know if anyone uses this service and is successful with garnering a free iPad!

Have a great week and enjoy the Springlike weather!

Nicole, Carolann, and Lisa

Week of 01/30/2017

Hi Everyone,

We’re including a link from the Edutopia website. Social and Emotional Learning is very important to a student’s success in education. The link below shares tools and advice on how to incorporate technology to build SEL skills.

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/social-emotional-apps-special-ed-jayne-clare

Have a great week,
Lisa, Nicole and Carolann

Week of 01/11/2017

Sketchnotes of all 9 DTT Digital Summit Presentations

In one week, I’m going to open the Digital Summit up for ONE MORE WEEK. All of the videos and resources (notes, certificates of completion, links … everything) will be up for one more week.

This encore presentation will run from Thursday, January 12, to Wednesday, January 18.

If you missed it, this is your chance! If you wanted colleagues to see it, run and tell them now! If you forgot to get your certificates of completion (you know who you are!), you have one more week!

If you were signed up for Digital Summit emails, you’ll get emails about the encore with links to all of the presentations. If you weren’t signed up and want them, just go to DitchSummit.com/ticket

Week of 01/04/2017

Happy New Year all!

If you didn’t get an email from Crick – they’ve now changed licensing so that single user licenses are now available for their apps (Clicker sentences and Clicker Docs) on Chrome! Before, an entire domain license needed to be purchased. Check out the link below for further information:

http://www.cricksoft.com/us/products/chrome-apps/clicker-chromebook-apps_home.aspx

Thanks, Nicole, Carolann and Lisa

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