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EdCeptional #27 – Making It Happen with Jeanette January 23, 2012 5:00 pm

EdCeptional #27 – Making It Happen with Jeanette

Tonight we were joined by Jeannette Van Houten a Assistive Technology/Curriculum consultant from New Jersey and a blogger at My Point of View…. We talked about all the myriad ways to access the computer, both built in features and those that are extra. Even how an iDevice can be used to access and interact with a computer. Show Host: Patrick Black (@teachntech00) Show contributors: Jeannette Van Houten (@jvanhoutensped) Deb Truskey (@debtruskey) Leave us some feedback!  Contact us with any questions […]

MacReach Show #36: Initial Thoughts on Apple’s Eduction Event! January 19, 2012 10:06 pm

MacReach Show #36: Initial Thoughts on Apple’s Eduction Event!

This week on MacReach: We share our initial thoughts about today’s Apple Education announcements… The iBooks 2 iPad app, iBook Author Mac app, and iTunesU iOS device app! With some help from Katie Krueger, Kelly and I discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly… and decide that “it’s all good!” Show Host: Meg Wilson (@iPodsibiities) Co-Hosts: Kelly Dumont (@KDumont) and Katie Krueger (@KHirt) Subscribe to the MacReach Podcast on iTunes Subscribe to the EdReach Podcast Feed View the complete show notes here on […]

Giving Thanks for Apps that Assist November 23, 2011 12:46 am

Giving Thanks for Apps that Assist

A colleague of mine recently asked me to share my top ten favorite apps for “Special Education in the Inclusive Classroom”, which is actually something that I am asked to do quite often. Unfortunately, that list does not exist. In the realm of using technology as assistive technology for individuals with special needs, it is extremely important that it be about the individual. What are the student’s strengths, weaknesses, and specific needs? What environment is he/she working in? What task […]

Independence for All November 4, 2011 12:00 pm

Independence for All

From Teaching All Students The EdCeptional Crew is taking a few days this week to visit the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference in Schaumburg.  This conference focuses on helping all individuals be more independent in their education and life in general.  What has struck me about being at this conference is the focus on independence. I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on helping students be more Independent, in a session called Independence for All.  This session focused […]

EdCeptional #21 – iOS 5 for All October 31, 2011 6:00 pm

EdCeptional #21 – iOS 5 for All

Tonight we focus on iOS 5 and many of the accessibility features that have been added.  Some of our favorites are text expander, Siri & volume as a photo shutter. Show Host: Anne Truger (@atruger) Show Guest:  Tricia Lazzaro (@tlazzaro11) Show contributors: Patrick Black (@teachntech00) Deb Truskey (@debtruskey) Subscribe to The EdCeptional Podcast on iTunes Subscribe to the EdReach Podcast Feed The complete show notes are now on the EdCeptional Wiki.

EdCeptional Show #18: Our Homecoming September 12, 2011 8:00 am

EdCeptional Show #18: Our Homecoming

This week, our regular EdCeptional crew was finally able to reconvene after a crazy few weeks with back-to-school.  Continuing with a new, shorter show format, they still share a lot of exciting news!  This week’s highlights include a recent patent application filed by Apple, federal grants to spur development of assistive technology, accessibility apps for the Android platform, and a cloud-based service launched by Don Johnston.   Show Host: Anne Truger Show contributors:  Patrick Black, Jeremy Brown & Deb Truskey […]

What’s the scoop? Check out Jeremy’s new scoop.it on “Technology in Special Education”! August 1, 2011 8:00 am

What’s the scoop? Check out Jeremy’s new scoop.it on “Technology in Special Education”!

  Do you want to know what the latest “scoop” is on a certain topic?  That’s the purpose of Scoop.it!  This tool is currently in BETA, which means you will need to request an invite in order to create your own “scoops”. Once you receive an invitation, you will be  able to create topics that you would like to curate.  Curating a topic is relatively easy.  First, you will be asked to provide a title, description, keywords, and icon (optional).  Scoop.it […]

EdCeptional Show #16: Surfing the SLP Wave with Speech Techie July 19, 2011 8:00 am

EdCeptional Show #16: Surfing the SLP Wave with Speech Techie

Tonight, we are Surfing the SLP Wave with Speech Techie, Sean Sweeney. Sean is a speech and language pathologist and instructional tech specialist and is the author of the blog SpeechTechie. We are very excited to have Sean with us tonight! To start our show, we each share what inspires us as professionals in the field of special education.   During News Watch, we discuss how assistive technology (especially AAC and the iPad) has emerged in the mainstream media, introduce […]

EdCeptional Show #14: Down Under with Ricky Buchanan July 11, 2011 8:22 pm

EdCeptional Show #14: Down Under with Ricky Buchanan

Two weeks ago, we had the privilege of having a very special guest, Ricky Buchanan, all the way from Australia!  Ricky is the author and editor of the blog/website ATMac: Empowering Disabled Apple Users. Welcome Ricky!   ROLL CALL – What is your favorite access tool? Ricky Buchanan:  the free/built in access things, because anybody can use them Jeremy Brown: gestures & multi-touch Deb Truskey: Voice Over & Screen Magnification Patrick Black:  switch access via usb or wi-fi (Attainment Switch […]

EdCeptional Show #13: Summer Thoughts in the Cloud June 13, 2011 9:28 pm

EdCeptional Show #13: Summer Thoughts in the Cloud

Although we had a smaller than usual EdCeptional crew and are all overwhelmed with end-of-year craziness, we decided to keep on rolling!  To start off this week’s show, we each shared our favorite childhood summer activities. Jeremy Brown: I use to go to northern Michigan every summer, where my dad’s family all had cottages.  My favorite activities there were riding my bike, swimming, and yes, pretending to be a lifeguard! Deb Truskey: As a kid, summer seemed endless! We lived […]

EdCeptional Show #11: All About Assistive Technology in Alton, IL! May 30, 2011 5:58 pm

EdCeptional Show #11: All About Assistive Technology in Alton, IL!

Greetings everyone!  A huge shout out to all of you veterans out there…Thanks for everything you do to make our country an amazing and safe place to live! Tonight we are joined with a smaller Edceptional crew than normal and one amazing special guest, assistive technology specialist Mr. Brian Dowd. Brian is an AT specialist with Alton School District in Alton, Illinois. His district’s top initiatives are the roll out of iPads and the use of Read and Write Gold […]

EdCeptional Show #10: An Inside View from an App Developer for Special Needs May 23, 2011 6:32 pm

EdCeptional Show #10: An Inside View from an App Developer for Special Needs

Tonight we welcomed Jeff and Lisa Johnson from Grembe Apps to our show. Lisa is a physical therapist and Jeff is a software engineer together they formed Grembe Apps as a way to help their child and others to communicate. Grembe apps are apps that make a difference.         To start off our roll call we shared an app that has made a difference in either a student’s life or your own childs. Jeff Johnson & Lisa […]

EdCeptional Show #09: Remember when…? May 16, 2011 5:30 pm

EdCeptional Show #09: Remember when…?

This week, we had the normal Edceptional Crew and asked:  What was the first “technology” YOU remember using as student?? Patrick Black:  I had a TI-80 at home, used a TV as monitor and saved information to a tape recorder!  We had Apple IIe’s in the classroom at school. Jeremy Brown: In terms of educational software, Kid Pix, Number Crunchers & Oregon Trail.  For hardware, Mac Plus for desktop, PowerBook 100 for laptop, and Palm Pilot. Deb Truskey:  The floppy […]

EdCeptional Show #8: Speaking Universally with Karen Janowski May 9, 2011 6:16 pm

EdCeptional Show #8: Speaking Universally with Karen Janowski

We on the EdCeptional crew would like to wish a happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers who are listening. Our guest speaker for this evening is Karen Janowski: passionate about Universal Design & Universal Access 3 days/week – Assistive Technology Specialist with Newton Public Schools 2 days/week – Assistive and Educational Technology Consultant in the Greater Boston area Adjunct Professor @ Simmons College 24/7 AT activist! It’s all about promoting success, engagement, independence and joyful learning!   ROLL CALL […]

EdCeptional Show #7: Geeking out with Barbara Fernandes! May 2, 2011 6:33 pm

EdCeptional Show #7: Geeking out with Barbara Fernandes!

Today we welcome Barbara Fernandes also known as GeekSLP. Barbara is a wealth of information and has many accolades to her name. Here are just a few. Speech Language Therapist Creator of Smarty Ears apps (Over 20) Speaks 3 languages (Spanish, English and Portuguese) Originally from Brazil HUGE online presence as GeekSLP Travels the globe presenting on how to use technology during speech therapy sessions We welcome Barbara to the show! Everyone was asked to share a low to mid […]

EdCeptional Show #6: Match the Tool! with Chris Bugaj April 25, 2011 11:30 pm

EdCeptional Show #6: Match the Tool! with Chris Bugaj

  This week the EdCeptional Crew welcomed our special guest, Chris Bugaj (@ATTipscast).  Chris is an Assistive Technology Trainer with Loudon County Pulic Schools in Virginia - http://www.lcps.org/at.  He is also host of the popular assistive technology podcast, A.T. TIPSCAST, This podcast spotlights different tools and strategies in the form of “A.T.Tips” that can be used to help students who might be struggling in school.  He is the co-author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: Building […]

EdCeptional Show #5: All About Sam April 20, 2011 6:52 pm

EdCeptional Show #5: All About Sam

This week Anne Truger and the EdCeptional crew welcomed Special Educational Technology Specialist, Samantha Fecich! Newswatch: School Library Journal: Talking Apps and eBooks The AAC Institute has written a position statement on iDevices and AAC along with an AACtion Point titled “iPads, AAC & Children.” The ASHA Leader – The Future at Hand: Mobile Devices and Apps in Clinical Practice – Gary Dunham Speech Therapy Moves Online Blogwatch: AT resource provider who posts all things AT! Sam’s cool tools for […]

EdCeptional Show #3: Are You Aware? April 4, 2011 3:20 pm

EdCeptional Show #3: Are You Aware?

EdCeptional kicked off our 3rd podcast with the addition of a special guest, Jeremy Brown. We are very excited to announce that Jeremy did such a great job that we are not going to let him go! Jeremy Brown will now be a part of our weekly podcast along with Deb Truskey, Patrick Black and host Anne Truger. This month kicks off Autism Awareness Month and there are some great deals to be had to celebrate. Be sure to read […]