Wednesday, March 27, 2013

iPad Use in the Classroom - EduTalk Podcast

For your listening pleasure - this episode of the EduTalk Podcast focuses on iPad use in the classroom. The interview is with Maribeth Lowe from Monroe HS in Virginia.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

The week in Tweets!

Here for your viewing pleasure are my "Top 10" tweets from the last week. I hope you find something valuable here. Enjoy - and if you are on Twitter make sure to follow me @mmatp !

Saturday, March 23, 2013

SETSIG Intro to AT Webinar

This week I had the opportunity to participate in a free webinar hosted by the SETSIG (Special Education Technology Special Interest Group) in ISTE.

The webinar, co-presented with Kirk Behnke from Region 4 ESC in Houston, TX, was an Introduction to Assistive Technology.

Did you miss it? Don't worry, follow the links below for the webinar recording and the chat log between the participants.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Participant Chat Log

SETSIG has many great resources - including an outstanding list of free webinars coming up throughout the year. Visit their page HERE to learn more.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The week in Tweets!

In keeping with my post from last week - I offer up the "Top 10" Tweets of the past week. I hope you find something beneficial here.

Enjoy - and if you are on Twitter make sure to follow me @mmatp !

Plus one extra!

Monday, March 11, 2013

My Week in Twitter! A Powerful Learning Tool!

I have become a Twitter fanatic lately - it feels good to get that out! When thinking about the blog I have been trying to find a way to tie the two together. Since the information comes in small "bites" I find that learning happens throughout the day. So I figured I would post my "best of" Twitter from the past week in the hopes that I can share something you may value.

Enjoy - and if you are on Twitter make sure to follow me @mmatp !

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Adapted Speech Recognition

You never know what tidbits you'll pick up at a conference.  I've evaluated and trained many people on the use of speech recognition as an alternative to typing, including people with speech impairments.  But there's always something new to learn.

Doug Bowes of SET-BC (Vancouver, Canada), presented on training those with speech impairments in the use of Dragon Naturally Speaking.  He spoke about students whose speech is intelligible to other people, but for whom speech recognition software might be difficult to use.  We've always talked to our students about enunciating, taking breaks, making sure they get enough breath support.  But one little tip from Doug was to encourage students to enunciate the ends of words.  This bit of advice can be easier for students to understand and follow, and naturally leads them to avoid combining the end of one word with the beginning of the next.

SET-BC has a great website with lots of AT training resources:
Here's a form they use when considering speech recognition for any student:
Speech Recognition Consideration Form