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 5/31/2018
With summer just around the corner, we thought it may be helpful to share a resource with you that we use for ongoing Professional Development on the fly: https://bookcamppd.com/. Book Camp PD is actually a Twitter hashtag (#BookcampPD). It meets every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and a new educational book is discussed. You can also start your own professional learning communities with this hashtag as well. There are some great discussions to be read and had.
Other hashtags we follow:
Not on Twitter? Say what you will about the social media site – but it’s a wealth of information for professional learning. Here’s a beginner’s guide, should you need one (note that the character limit has been doubled to 280!)
Also, don’t forget to follow CREC’s AT Services on Twitter too: @CREC_ATech!
Week of 4/23/2018
AutoDraw is a tool that uses artificial intelligence to guess what you’re trying to draw. You start with a blank screen, begin sketching something, and AutoDraw gives you a strip of professionally illustrated images to choose from, based on what the tool thinks you’re trying to draw.
Every time you add more detail to your own sketch, AutoDraw’s guesses change. When you see an image that matches what you’re going for, you can choose it, then add color, resize it, or basically manipulate it however you want. If you choose to, you can turn OFF the automatic feature and just sketch without any assistance. You can automatically download your creations as a PNG file, share it on Twitter or Facebook, or grab a unique URL and share it that way. If you want students to add doodles to their notes, and they get frustrated with their own drawing skills, this tool can help. If you like to add icons or illustrations to your classroom materials, but you don’t have the time to create your own or look all over the Internet for pre-made ones, this tool can help. I am a terrible artist but I love adding visuals to my presentations and other teaching materials.
Week of 3/26/2018
Week of 1/29/2018
Week of 01/08/2018
Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a restful and happy holiday despite the frigid temperatures. This AT Tip comes from our colleague, Alescia Ford-Lanza, from her Facebook page titled, “Adapt and Learn”. Visit her blog about a stylus that comes in the form of a sticker and can convert any writing implement into a stylus for a touch enabled device. It’s very inexpensive and looks great.
We have ordered some for the CREC AT Consortium lending library if you want to give them a try. Contact us if you are not already a member.
Stay Warm! Lisa, Nicole and Carolann
Week of 12/18/2017
Joy Zabala from CAST recently posted on the QIAT list serve that the Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits Volume 11 is available to download for free. This volume includes current research related to assistive technology outcomes and benefits and might be of interest to many of you. You can download the entire volume or specific articles by using the link below.
To all, we hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Carolann Cormier, Lisa Fiano, and Nicole Natale
Week of 12/11/2017
Have you ever wondered why your students that use AAC are competent at requesting, but perhaps are not able to use their AAC systems to communicate other messages?
Do you feel frustrated that despite large amounts of time spent programming or preparing your student’s AAC system, that they still are not competent communicators?
CREC Expert Solutions is offering Cutting to the Core with Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
New dates for the two half-day sessions are January 4 and March 22, 2018 from 12-3 p.m. at CREC Central, Hartford, CT 06106.
This fast-paced workshop can help you understand why and will give you strategies to implement once you go back to your classroom, home or any other setting. Together we will: define core AAC vocabulary, discuss research on why we use core AAC vocabulary, demonstrate and role play how to use core AAC vocabulary, explore AAC core resources and develop a plan to implement core AAC vocabulary with the individuals you serve.
To register, or to learn about additional professional development opportunities, please visit www.crec.org/tabs/events.
Week of 11/28/2017
New Features for Guided Access in iOS 11
Guided Access is one of the most helpful features in Apple products for educators. It enables the administrator of the device to “lock” it in an app and control how a user can interact with various features of the app. Apple has added some additional features in the latest operating system.
Have a great rest of the week,
Lisa, Carolann and Nicole