Archive for the ‘Assistive Technology’ Category

Assistive Technology – UNITE!

By popular demand, reviving the Group of Assistive Technology Supporters (GOATS) 2 meetings have been scheduled for the upcoming year: Assistive Technology Roundtable: Fall Meeting October 15, 2014 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM    Abrams Site, Brazos Room Bring lunch and learn with our Texas representative from Don Johnston, Inc, Bob Keller. He will show what is […]

The Periodic Table of AAC

Augmentative alternative communication is an abstract issue that many people struggle to get their head around. I’ve found this fabulous visual (I’m AT, right?) that explains it in one page. The graphic is color coded with items about GUIDING BELIEFS AAC COMPETENCIES INSTRUCTIONAL AND IMPLEMENTATION TIPS COMMUNICATION FUNCTIONS ADULT SUPPORT TIPS ASSESSMENT CONSIDERATIONS Sorry to […]

New Year Brings Opportunity for Learning

  Happy new year to everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Why?  Let’s see, we had Thanksgiving with a couple extra days taken, then the Great Ice Age of Early December 2013 with 2 days out, then the marvelous and anxiously anticipated holiday break of two whole weeks!  I could get used to […]

What Did You Do This Summer?

  It’s back to school time!  Curb your enthusiasm, please! I always think the summer will be my slow season but in the ten years I have been here, it has yet to be slow.  Here at Region 10 we had a busy summer.  To recap: June 11-13 was the Assistive Technology Statewide Conference held […]

What are you doing this summer?

Ah summertime!  One of the best things about working in the education system, right?  So what are your plans?  Assuming maybe you’ll take some time for professional development, I offer these suggestions. 1.  Bob University:  Following last summer’s success — Bob Keller, a long-standing personality in the field of assistive technology and long-time team member […]

It’s Hip to be Hip

There were two items in the “news” today that I just can’t resist repeating.  Jacquielynn Floyd, columnist for the Dallas Morning News, wrote “Google Glass is another distraction I don’t need.”  I couldn’t agree more!  She blames it on the fact that she is “a hidebound old-timer automatically suspicious of and resistant to technological change” […]

Social Media Skills

Have you been left behind in the social media whirlwind?  Recently I attended a wonderful webinar by Cathy Hoesterey entitled “Sharpen Your Social Media Skills.”  She provided many compelling reasons to use social media, the most important of which is to create a personal learning network.  Be still my heart!  I always threatened, after I […]

Council for Exceptional Children

  I had the privilege of attending the CEC 2013 Convention and Expo in San Antonio Texas April 3-6, 2013.  Wow!  It was overwhelming trying to select which events to attend from the thousands offered.  The program was 400 pages long so there was no shortage of offerings for any interest regarding the education of […]

Something to Make You App-reciate the iPad

Seven of the best apps for education in 2013 is a link to an article from eschool news.  It covers Voice Dream Reader,  iSolveIt: MathScaled; iSolveIt: MathSquared, Grammar Wonderland, Virtual Human Body, ASCD for iPad, ClassDojo, and Thud! Presidents.  Some are free (always within budget), some were free, some are low cost, and at least one […]

A Case for the iPad

  Special education classrooms that utilize iPads for student use have many concerns!  A big concern is the protection of the investment from falls, throws, stomps, and other hazzards present.  Recently I was given a GoNow case for the iPad, a product available from Attainment Company, Inc.  First of all carrying the item.  The nice […]