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FluidTunes Sets Our Minds Ablaze

by Samuel Sennott

FluidTunes is a free Apple OS X software that uses gesture recognition to control your iTunes library. In other words, by harnessing the power of the iSight camera, the user swipes their hands at the buttons to play the music, stop the music, flip to the next song or flip to the previous song. I first heard about FluidTunes on the fantastic gtd blog Lifehacker. Check out the video I made demonstrating the interface and explaining a few thoughts about how people with the label of special needs could use technology like this.

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Okay, so we are not yet in a full on Minority Report experience where Tom Cruise uses complex gestures to  control his computer screen that is projected into the air.  Nor are we going to see this instantly become a popular access method for individuals with the label of special  needs.  Yet, it sets our minds ablaze.  We have all watched the progression of the eye tracking work move into eye gaze control systems that are really starting to work for individuals with physical disabilities.  For nearly four years now, I have been doing a test of the eye gaze systems where I emulate the frequent movements many of my students often display.  The systems are now starting to pass that informal test, as of this summer.  It seems eye gaze computer control has moved from a potential and a cool thing in the conference exhibit hall to something that works.   TobiiAti, PRC, and Dynavox are all  committed to its implementation.  So what will happen with the concept of gesture recognition? Well, in a way, it already is happening.  Just see ASL’s excellent selection of various types of proximity switches.   Karen Kangas has championed the concepts behind the benefits of using switches of this type. For these switches, you simply need to move within the right range to activate the electronic switch, which can control your wheelchair, computer, etc…

How terrific is it that the developer, David Frampton, made this application available for free?  I am personally having a blast with FluidTunes.  Much respect and thanks goes out to him for sharing it and for setting our minds ablaze thinking of the possiblities for individuals with the label of special needs.  As we approach the release of Mgestyk, the comercial gesture based control system, we can certainly consider ourselves warned that this is coming to the mainstream.   With an estimated cost of roughly the price of a high end webcam, it looks like this technology will be applicable in the assistive technology field.  See the following Mgestyk videos.

I for one am going to have fun playing music with this tool and let my mind wander as I do.  Yet, I am not going to go gorilla arm with this concept.  Although, even at the moment I can imagine practical implementations of gesture based switches that could be created with a usb hub and a couple different webcams.  What do you imagine?

December 6, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Imagine Symbols

by Samuel Sennott

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imagine symbols icon

Do you know about the 4000 Imagine Symbol set that is free for personal use.  You can go to www.imaginesymbols.com and download the entire brightly colored set of picture symbols.  There are also low cost options to liscense the symbols. Don’t forget that you can load them into your iPhoto library for easy use with various applications.

October 13, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , | Leave a comment

Restaurant of AAC Dreams

by Samuel Sennott

Check out this London restaurant reported on by Engadget. How fun would it be to go here with people using AAC? And if they had some scanning/ alternate access options.  Fun dreams.

London restaurant claims fame with touch-sensitive tables, colorful menu projectors

Read this Article
Go to Restaurant website
Read another article

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , | 1 Comment

ArtenSPEAK Text to Speech

by Samuel Sennott

Check out the text to speech application ArtenSPEAK for Mac and Windows.  It’s not Kurzweil, but it works.

Screenshot of the text to speech app ArtenSPEAK

Screenshot of the text to speech app ArtenSPEAK

From the website:  ArtenSPEAK is a simple application that speaks text. You may drag or paste text into the ArtenSPEAK text area and when you depress the loudspeaker button the text will be read to you. Ideal for use with webpages, email, or any text document.

September 14, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , | 2 Comments

Disney Interest Bookshelf

by Samuel Sennott

My friend and co-worker authored these Disney Interest books.

You can access the bookshelf here

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Introducing the Vantage Lite from Prentke Romich

by Samuel Sennott

It is exciting to report the arrival of the Vantage Lite, the newest AAC device from Prentke Romich Company.  In my early childhood classroom program we have been greatly appreciating the Springboard Lite.  The most important advantages of the Lite series in general is that they are physically lighter, have brighter backlit displays, are far more rugged, and have very useful handles.  The bluetooth features of the Vantage Lite is very exciting connecting to computers and other devices.  Here is the press release with a more full review to come when I am scheduled to get a chance to trial one next week.

Vantage Lite in Green

Vantage Lite in Green

Contact: Bob Nemens, Director of Marketing
Phone: (800) 262-1984 X243
rjn@prentrom.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 8, 2008

PRC Introduces Vantage Lite,

a Portable AAC Powerhouse

Compact, Rugged, Take-It-Anywhere AAC Device Enables Robust Communication on the Go

Wooster, OH, September 8, 2008 – Prentke Romich Company (PRC), the leading manufacturer of alternative and augmented communication (AAC) devices for individuals with speech disabilities, today announced the release of Vantage™ Lite, a dedicated device designed for AAC beginners and those ready to advance toward fully independent augmented communication.

The second in PRC’s popular new line of “Lite” devices, Vantage Lite offers the same powerful language and communication features of PRC’s classic Vantage™ Plus  but adds an array of hardware and software innovations, including:

  • Compact case with built-in handle for greater portability;
  • “High brightness” display with LED backlight and wide viewing angle;
  • Magnesium frame that prevents damage from bumps and drops;
  • Bluetooth® connectivity for computer access and wireless access;
  • Integrated Bluetooth® phone interface, a PRC exclusive.

Like all AAC devices from PRC, Vantage Lite enables rich, independent communication through PRC’s proven Unity® language system, which allows users to progress from simple words and phrases to novel and spontaneous communication.  The device’s expanded Unity Toolset features make it easy to build vocabulary, while 4-, 8-, 15-, 45-, 60- and 84-location display options allow communication capacity to grow along with the user’s abilities.

“Vantage Lite is a breakthrough in dedicated devices because it combines our critical focus on language development with exciting technological and design innovations,” stated PRC President David L. Moffatt. “The new design is a direct result of requests from SLPs and PRC device users for a durable, powerful, and portable speech device.”

As part of the Vantage Lite launch, PRC is donating a free device to a school or center.  Those registering online at www.prentrom.com/VantageLiteGiveaway/ by October 31, 2008 will be entered in a drawing for a free Vantage Lite in their choice of five bold colors.  The winner will be announced at the ASHA Convention in November.

PRC will be demonstrating Vantage Lite at the Closing the Gap conference October 16-18 in Minneapolis.  Onsite demonstrations can be arranged by calling a PRC Regional Consultant at (800) 848-8008.  Details about the new device and PRC’s other AAC aids are also available online at www.prentrom.com.

About PRC

PRC is a global leader in the development and manufacture of augmentative communication devices, computer access products, and other assistive technology for people with severe disabilities.

An employee-owned company founded in 1966 and headquartered in Wooster, OH, PRC has enabled thousands of children and adults worldwide with severe speech disorders to achieve spontaneous, independent, and interactive communication regardless of their disability, literacy level, or motor skills. 

In addition to its powerful communication devices –ECO-14, VanguardPlus, VantagePlus, Vantage Lite, and SpringBoard Lite – PRC also provides a wide array of high-quality teaching and implementation ideas, therapy materials, curriculum sequences, funding assistance, and training to speech-language pathologists, special educators, and the families of AAC communicators.

For more information, go to www.prentrom.com or call (800) 262-1984.

September 8, 2008 Posted by | AAC, Assistive Technology, Literacy, Special Education, writing | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Family Center for Technology and Disability News and Notes: AT & High Incidence Disabilities

by Samuel Sennott

Check out the new Family Center for Technology and Disability article featuring the work of Karen Janowski.
Karen Janowski champions universal design and assistive technology.  It is terrific to see her work being recognized.  Check out her blog too.  teachingeverystudent.blogspot.com

Here is an excerpt:

AT & High Incidence Disabilities: Independence is Her Goal

An Interview with Karen Janowski, Assistive and Educational Technology Consultant
and Special Education Instructor, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Karen Janowski“In education, there often appeared to be an insufficient level of appreciation for promoting independence among all kids, especially those with high incidence disabilities, and in promoting methods that are successful in that regard,” declares Karen Janowski. “That’s what originally sparked my interest in assistive technology, because AT removes barriers to learning and gives kids additional ways to demonstrate what they know.”

While appreciation for the goal of AT-aided independence has increased in the years since she earned her Masters in AT from Boston’s Simmons College and adopted AT consulting in public schools as a career, there is plenty of room for improvement, she admits.

The independence movement’s ignition button, she recalls, was pinpointed by AT authority Dave Edyburn. “Dave points out that the new language included in the reauthorization of IDEA in 1997, which stipulated that all students on IEPs had to be considered for AT, created four million students who were potential AT users.”     Read more from the article

September 4, 2008 Posted by | AT, Special Education, UDL | , , | 1 Comment

Introducing Patrick Black’s Teaching All Students Blog

By Samuel Sennott

Sam: Welcome.  Great to hear about your excitement for your new blog.  It looks terrific.   What’s it all about?

Patrick Black: Teaching all Students in a blog about my experiences in teaching students with significant cognitive disabilities.  As a self described “Geek”, I’ve always been interested in the ways technology can be used in teaching these students.  So I wanted to take the time to share some of the wonderful ideas I’ve gotten from blogs, conferences, and e-mail lists.  I currently am co-moderator of the Yahoo Boardmaker Group and belong to the QIAT list also.

I currently teach in Mt. Prospect, IL for Mt. Prospect School Dist 57, the SOAR program.  I will be teaching 4 students this year and plan to use what I post to help them access curriculum, be social, and have fun.  Here are a few of my favorite posts from my blog.  Thanks for taking a look!

Literacy for all

Tar Heel Reader

What Makes a Great Accessible Book?

Vocabulary Lists

August 21, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Accessible Books Launcher

by Samuel Sennott

Do you have enough books?  Would you like some more?  How about links out to over a thousand books?  Here is a books launcher that was presented as part of the ISAAC 2008 pre-conference presentation I collaborated on with Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite titled, Writing Books for Beginning Readers . . . and Using Them to Support Real Reading.

Download the accessible-books-launcher in PDF Format

Link to a Two Switch Step Scan Capable Online Version

If you enjoy this resource and have other book websites, please email them to me at samuel.sennott@gmail.com.

As I am writing this post, I am at ISAAC at a presentation by Carole Goossens and it is so confirming to see her presenting on this same concept of using the launcher.  There really is something to using this framework.  While this particular launcher is meant as a teacher tool, look for big releases for this school year that are focused on independent student use.

August 7, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Some Favorite Posts on Alltogether

by Samuel Sennott

  1. Including Samuel

  2. ASHA 2007 ALLTOGETHER LAUNCHER

  3. PRC Pictures (3,385 of them) Wow!

  4. Hannah Montana Book,

    Skateboarders Ride Transitional Book,

    Dogs by Samuel Sennott

  5. You Can Golf

  6. AAC-RERC Webcasts

  7. Video Writing Setups

  8. The Tango Tutorial: An Exercise in Not Reduplicating Training

  9. Connecting Video to Reading and Writing

  10. Tar Heel Reader: An Open Source Library of Talking Books

  11. Padded Head Switches and Loc-Line Mounting Arms

  12. AAC Considerations and the Stages Framework

  13. AAC Consideration Materials and Checklists

  14. Goossens, Crain, Elder Communication Overlay Color Reminder

  15. Art Website Launcher

  16. Math Websites Core Tools

July 26, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Love the Wii and Adapting it Too

by Samuel Sennott

We have been playing the Nintendo Wii with children with special needs and have been having an amazing time.  Both for recreation and as a connection to the curriculum, it really is an amazing tool.  Seeing the virtual game worlds up on the big projector is pretty cool.  Our best integration is seen in a previous post about golf. There is much to share about the process we use, but for right now, one tip is to use tape or velcro to adapt the buttons.  Yes, if you have the $300 for the adapted controller, definitely check it out, but look for more posts on our adaptations.  We do some pretty wild stuff like swat at the controller, drop it, and use eye gaze to coridinate assistance.  Also, good luck getting one.  I was up very early at Best Buy on the Sunday morning we snagged ours!

July 22, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

AAC-RERC Webcasts

by Samuel Sennott

Check out the excellent offerings of AAC-RERC Webcasts, which can be found here http://www.aac-rerc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=113&Itemid=130:

Janice Light Photo

Maximizing the Literacy Skills of Individuals who Require AAC

Janice Light (Penn State University) describes the components of effective literacy interventions for individuals who require AAC.

Michael Williams Photo

How Far We’ve Come, How Far We’ve Got to Go: Tales from the Trenches

Michael B. Williams (ACI), a long time practitioner of the art of augmented communication uses historical biography to elucidate many of the key social and technological issues in AAC today.

Colin Portnuff Photo

AAC: A User’s Perspective

Colin Portnuff talks about receiving his diagnosis – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – and the application of speech and voice technology in AAC.

David Buekelman photo

AAC for Aphasia: A Review of Visual Scenes Display Project

David Beukelman (University of Nebraska) describes recent research on effective AAC interventions for adults with Aphasia.

Beth Anne Luciani

AAC and College Life: Just Do It!

Beth Anne Luciani (California University of Pennsylvania) describes the benefits and the challenges of college life for individuals who use AAC.

Janice Light photo

AAC Interventions to Maximize Language Development for Young Children

Janice Light (Penn State University) describes the components of effective interventions for young children who use AAC.

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Overview of the Health-based Funding Programs that Cover Speech Generating Devices

Lew Golinker (AT Law Center) provides an overview of funding issues in AAC.

Seating and Positioning for Individuals who use AT

Aileen Costigan (Penn State University) provides an introduction to important issues in seating and positioning for individuals who use assistive technology (AT).

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Supporting Successful Transitions for Individuals who use AAC.

David McNaughton (Penn State University) describes key supports to successful transitions for individual who use AAC

Adding Projects for People with Disabilities to Engineering Design Classes

Kevin Caves describes strategies he has used for adding projects for people with disabilities to engineering design classes.

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , | Leave a comment

WebAnywhere Folowup

by Samuel Sennott

Last week, I reported on WebAnywhere, the screen reader on the go. Check out this article found in the CEC smartbrief:

Emerging tech makes learning more accessible
Electronic web narrators and tongue-driven controls continue trend toward ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to assistive learning tools

Ghovanloo and Huo with the Tongue Drive System.
Continue Reading

July 14, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ebook List Posted on ACOLUG

by Samuel Sennott

Russel Cross recently posted a great list of accessible books on the ACOLUG (Augmentative Communication Online Users Group) Listserv.  Check it out:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ – project gutenburg – html, text (FREE)

http://www.ebooks.com/ – ebooks – Microsoft reader, Mobipocket, Adobe

http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/ – University of Adelaide – html, txt (FREE)

http://www.ereader.com/ – ereader – ereader format (use with Palm, Mob, Mac, PC) – has best DRM I have seen IMHO – can copy as much as you like but must enter name and credit card number every time.

http://www.fictionwise.com/ – Microsoft reader, Mobipocket, Adobe, Palm reader, fiction wise reader?

http://www.amazon.com – Adobe, Microsoft reader

http://etext.virginia.edu/ebooks/ – Microsoft, Palm – (FREE)

http://manybooks.net/ – eReader, PDF, Plucker, iSilo, Doc, or zTXT (FREE)

http://www.memoware.com/ – Formats, so many it insane (FREE) http://www.memoware.com/mw.cgi/?screen=help_format

http://www.pdabookstore.com/ – Memoware bookstore – many formats

http://www.pdabookstore.com/servlet/mw?t=help_help&si=4

http://www.buddhanet.net/ebooks.htm – Adobe (FREE)

http://www.adobe.com/epaper/ebooks/ebookmall/index.html – huge list of pay sites using Adobe

http://www.awe-struck.net/ – romance & sci-fi – HTML, PDF,Rocket, REB, Microsoft Reader,Pocket PC PDA, Mobipocket, EBookman, Hiebook

http://www.planetpdf.com/free_pdf_e…p?CurrentPage=1 – PDFs (FREE)

http://www.powells.com/ebookstore/ebooks.html – Microsoft, Adobe, Palm

http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/ – Rocket-eBook, Hiebook, Adobe PDF, MS-Reader, Mobipocket, iSilo, Franklin eBookMan, and Palm Doc.

http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/ – Microsoft, Adobe, Palm

http://www.bob-e-books.com/ – Microsoft, Rocket, Softbook

http://esspc-ebooks.com/default.htm – Microsoft PC Reader, Mobipocket

http://www.bookrags.com/ebooks/ – PDF, RTF, HTML (Free?)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/clas…oks/index.shtml – HTML (FREE but only Dr Who books?)

http://ebooks.whsmith.co.uk/151ABB2…/en/Default.htm – Adobe, Microsoft, Mobipocket

http://www.ebooks3.com/ – html (FREE)

July 13, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WebAnywhere: A Screen Reader on the Go

by Samuel Sennott

Things are surely getting interesting with the release of WebAnywhere, the screen reader on the go. This just may be a sign of things shifting to the power of open source/ freeware and the University connection aspect of the AT work.  I look forward to speaking with some friends who are blind about this.  I was on and using this screen reader in less than one minute.  Check it out.

Pulled from various parts of their website, found at:  http://webanywhere.cs.washington.edu/

WebAnywhere:  A Screen reader on the go

Launch it: Try the WebAnywhere Alpha Release

A 2008 presentation by a team member on the project:

WebAnywhere: A Screen Reader On-the-Go, 2008

Presented by Jeffrey P. Bigham on 10/15/2007. Link: WebAnywhere PPT.

The cheat sheet:

You interact with WebAnywhere using the keyboard. A selection of keyboard commands that are currently supported is listed below. Pressing SHIFT in combination with them reverses the direction of the search, searching backward from the current cursor position instead of forward from it.

  • CTRL-L – move the cursor to the location box where you can type a URL to visit.
  • Arrow Down – read the next element on the page.
  • Arrow Up – read the previous element on the page.
  • CTRL-H – skip to the next heading.
  • CTRL-I – skip to the next input element.
  • CTRL-R – skip to the next row by cell when in a table.
  • CTRL-D – skip to the next column by cell when in a table.
  • Page Down – read continuously from the current position.
  • Home – read continuously, starting over from the beginning of the page.
  • CTRL – silence WebAnywhere and pause the system.

July 9, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

One to 180

by Samuel Sennott

One to One Thousand is a concept that I believe will powerfully help the field of special education. The basic premise is that if a thousand people each work for an hour on a project with agreed upon standards, then they can create something that one person working for a thousand hours, could never create. It gets pretty in-depth from there, but I am excited to share how the theory is shaping up in some upcoming presentations, papers, and webcasts.

That being said, it is fun watching the theory unfold over on the terrific collaboration between UNC’s Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and the Computer Science Department, the Tar Heel Reader. Look at how quickly an open source library of books is growing, by checking out a snip from a post on the site’s homepage:

“The graph below shows the amazing growth of the collection thanks to the contributions of many authors.

Total 4 14 20 66 164 180
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6

We’ve had 66111 page views from 1470 different computers worldwide.”

June 30, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Universally Accessible Demands Accessibility for All of… with Jim Fruchterman

by Samuel Sennott

This talk by Jim Fruchterman, CEO of Benetech, is part of the terrific Google Tech Talks Series. Check it out.

June 23, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tar Heel Reader: An Open Source Library of Talking Books

by Samuel Sennott

Children, teenagers, and adults need books to be able to learn to read and getting accessible books to them is the goal of the Tar Heel Reader. This open source library of books that are switch accessible, talking, internet accessible, and downloadable will grow exponentially due to the terrific job Gary Bishop, a computer scientist from UNC Chapel Hill, has done designing the Worpress powered interface. This combination of efforts between computer science and education is phenomenal. He presently teaches a course in Computer Science focused on accessible software and hardware. Karen Erickson, Gretchen Hanser and Gary Bishop have been meeting and collaborating for quite some time. It is inspiring to me to see as an example as I emerge into the research phase of my teaching practice. From earlier efforts from this team of computer scientists, The Tar Heel Typer and Dance Dance Revolution mods, to the present and into the future, they surely serve as a powerful example of what we can do as educators to team up with computer science programs. Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver have worked tirelessly on the concept of creating accessible texts that are age appropriate, rich in quality, and powerful in the literacy instructional process. See the Beginning Literacy Framework by Karen Erickson, Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite, and Ruth Ziolkowski to understand types of texts helpful to early readers. This project has the potential to make texts available to people in a way only possible with the advent of the internet and the concepts behind the Read/Write web and Web 2.0.

I believe in this project and concept with all my heart and am more than happy to be now seeing it come into the world. As I step forward from teacher to both teacher and researcher, I have seen a very powerful lesson: combine your dreams, visions, gifts and technical skills with others who have other dreams, visions, gifts, and technical skills and you can create and help more than ever imagined.

So start getting these books to your students and start authoring. Remember if one thousand people each work for one hour on a project with agreed upon standards you can create…

Go to the Tar Heel Reader

Let’s See the Books and How it Works!

Here is how you choose a book.

Here is a page from a book:

You have multiple options for accessing the books:

  • on the web
  • download the PowerPoint File
  • Open Office Impress File
  • Flash File

Speech can be enabled or disabled.

Switch Scanning

Switch Scanners can access the books with various keystrokes, including most of they keys on the keyboard. (soon to be optimized to go forward and back)

The power of this project is in the exponential amount of material to be available for all types of individuals learning to read. I have been working on this concept quite a bit and I believe that this is a One to One Thousand scenario. One key concept is the availability of age appropriate texts on an unprecedented level.

Here is how the book building process works:

  • You use images from the Creative Commons section of Yahoo’s Flickr.

  • The images are automatically cited. See how it works here.
  • You add your text to each page you create.

  • Add some keyword tags, such as words about the content, if it is an enrichment, transitional, or conventional text, or anything else you would like.
  • Click to post your book. A talking book that is switch accessible and and able to be downloaded offline is created.
  • It is that simple. No more PP notes citations, large file problems, conversion nightmares! Hallelujah.

Let us rally behind this amazing project in a way never before seen! Let’s go! We can do it all together!

Go to the Tar Heel Reader

June 19, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

A Bookshelf for the Accessibile Book Collections ICS Formatted Books

by Samuel Sennott

In the writing camp I have designed and am leading for AAC users, we have been utilizing the terrific Accessible Book Collection.  Many of you may know that Linda Bastiani Wilson, Darlene Brodbeck, and Patti Weismer have been leading a project to bring the picture books in the Accessible Book Collection into both Intellitools Classroom Suite and Clicker 5 formats.  This terrific project was presented at Closing the Gap in 2007.  Here is a bookshelf prototype I have designed that may prove to be useful to you if you have a membership to the collection.

Download the Directions and the Bookshelf:

http://otot.wikispaces.com/Accessible+Book+Collection

June 11, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ablenet How-To Videos: Step by Step with Levels

by Samuel Sennott

I have had creating a video guide to using a step switch on one of my someday/maybe task lists for a few weeks now. I meant to do this in response to how much trouble people have with using this device, especially when they are learning about both the old and new styles. I was very pleased to stumble upon a set of how-to-videos that highlight a number of Ablenet products. I think this is a terrific resource for AAC or AT labs in SLP, Special Education, AT, OT, and any other teacher training programs that benefit from clear and easily shared training resources. Thanks Ablenet! Click the link or image to play the video.

Step-By-Step with Levels Video

Here is the link to the How-to-Videos page on the Ablenet site: http://store.ablenetinc.com/press/multimedia.aspx

“How-To” Videos

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BIG & LITTLEmack communicator Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
BookWorm literacy tool Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
CRUISE adapted trackpad Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
FL4SH scanning communicator Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
iTalk2 communicator Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
Jelly Beamer wireless switch Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
Mounting systems Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
PowerLink 3 control unit Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
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Battery-Operated Scissors with Jelly Bean switch spacer
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Sensitrac pad with Adjustable Arm spacer
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Switch Latch and Timers (SLATs) Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
Step-By-Step with Levels Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
SuperTalker progressive communicator Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
Talking Symbols notepads Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
WAVE adapted trackball Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon

FL4SH – In-Use Videos

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Building Language Libraries Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
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FL4SH’s External Messages Jack Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
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The Benefits of FL4SH Quicktime Movie Quicktime Icon
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Flip – In-Use Videos

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Personal Story Videos

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June 2, 2008 Posted by | AAC, Assistive Technology, AT, inclusion, inspiration, Literacy, Special Education, teacher training, video | , , , , | 1 Comment

Flip Video Educational Discount

by Samuel Sennott
Educators and students alike are wild about the simplicity and effectiveness of the Flip Video camera. It has been discussed heavily on the QIAT Listserv and remains one of my favorite classroom media tools. Here is information on the educational discount program they offer. http://www.theflip.com/educators.shtml

Educational Discount

Pure Digital Technology offers an educational discount that allows educational institutions and their faculty/staff to purchase Flip Video camcorders at a reduced price via a mail-in-rebate.

camera series

$15 rebate

get rebate

$15 rebate off each Flip Video camcorder (minimum purchase of three units)

  1. Buy three or more Flip Video camcorders at any authorized retailer.
  2. Download the rebate form.
  3. Complete and mail in the form with all required information (see form details for rules and regulations).

April 13, 2008 Posted by | Special Education | , , , | Leave a comment