Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Vitals

Do you have students with visible, or invisible, disabilities or conditions that could benefit from an alert system that can share secure information with first responders, providers & educators in real time?  Vitals (https://thevitalsapp.com/) might be just what they need. 

Vitals is a FREE app (https://goo.gl/XNszGr) that gives individuals, and their caregivers, the ability to create and manage a profile of personal information that can help first responders, care providers & educators.

Create and manage a personalized Vitals profile:
  • Include critical information for first responders: name, photo, age, height, weight, primary conditions, behavior triggers, de-escalation techniques and caregiver contact information.
  • Add as many emergency contacts to your Vitals profile as you need - giving first responders easy access to a phone number in an emergency situation.
  • Include personal audio and visual messages and techniques designed to help first responders interact in a crisis situation.
  • See a map view of where a Vitals interaction occurred between the first responder and Vitals beacon.
  • Add or change information anytime anywhere
  • All for Free! 

(https://info.thevitalsapp.com/vitalsmn)
today and get your first Beacon for free!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Indoor recess, break break, movement options...

Wow! It is sure was C-O-L-D here in Michigan last week, to be followed by almost Spring like temperatures over the weekend. It has been one crazy winter which makes outdoor recess unpredictable. Having some options available for unexpected indoor recess days is a must for all teachers. Some of the things that came to my mind are great options for getting your students up and moving. These options can be used for not only indoor recess but brain breaks or movement time for some of our fidgety students as well. Check out some of these options for your class!

A few weeks I made a post about a site called We Are Teachers (https://at-udl.blogspot.com/2019/01/we-are-teachers.html).  This site also created a post called Encourage Creative Movement in the Classroom with Free Wellness Way Printables (https://www.weareteachers.com/wellness-way/).   Check these options out for great activities for your students.

GoNoodle (https://www.gonoodle.com/) is a great site that has videos that can be used to boost productivity, improve behavior and build community.  Check out all of their great videos and take a look at their Blog (http://blog.gonoodle.com/) for even more wonderful activities as well.  

Yoga is a great calming movement activity.  
Cosmic Kids Yoga (https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga) is a great YouTube site full of fun yoga videos for kids.  There are some short 1-2 minute videos that show you and your students how to do the poses.  There are longer, 5-20 minute videos combining a series of poses that can be used for Brain Breaks or a short recess.  There are also some 30-60 minute videos (the Saturday morning series) that might be great for a longer indoor recess time.  

These are just a few options that you could use for indoor recess, brain breaks or other individual or all classroom movement times.  Check them out and give them a try.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Sorry, No Blog this week...

In Michigan we have been hit with some strange weather over the last week, and it is not done yet.  We had 2 snow days last week and were off yesterday.  The weatherman is reporting potential record lows over the next 2 days, possibly as cold as -45 degrees.  Because of all of this I have not been in my office much and did not have an opportunity to write a Blog Post for this week.  I will work on getting one prepared for next week though.  
If you live in or near Michigan or are also going to get hit with this cold weather, stay safe and stay inside.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Understanding the basics of Assistive Technology

The Center on Technology and Disability has created a quick visual overview of what are AT Devices, AT Services, Categories of AT, Levels of AT Devices, and AT in the Classroom.

This guide is called Understanding the basics of Assistive Technology  (https://www.ctdinstitute.org/sites/default/files/section/file_attachments/UnderstandingATBasics.pdf).  

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

We Are Teachers

I stumbled across this great site the other day when looking through teachers posts on Twitter.
We Are Teachers (https://www.weareteachers.com/)

The site contains a ton of great information but I was drawn to the Classroom Ideas and Free Printables sections.  There is a great Brain Break Calendar and some cute Growth Mindset Posters in the Printables section.  When I signed up for the newsletter I got some free printables called Wellness Way, attached below.

Wellness Way Arrows 
(https://drive.google.com/open?id=16WBv88QWT3oCNkoLIs37TIQqjLRRUo_E)
Mood 
(https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lZnXsMtsgECWvALhv5nIn8g2BbJazJ7h)
Move 
(https://drive.google.com/open?id=15Ve1TmvFdKej44REb4Vnhff5_UXWWRFY)
Recharge 
(https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QweoHQMMdBTavhBLe8FA4Q_qenMpwAfG)

Take some time and check out the site for some great information and ideas!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Podcasts: Education,Technology, AT and Disability Podcasts

Mike Marotta is a nationally recognized Assistive Technology Professional who has been in the field of AT for almost 30 years.  On Twitter Mike describes himself as:

  • Inclusive Tech Evangelist 
  • AT
  • UDL
  • @Raspberry_Pi Certified Edu
  • Director @atacnj
  • Founder @EdcampAccessNJ
  • Co-mod #atchat 
  • 2017 ISTE @InclusiveLN Outstanding Edu
I have listened to Mike at multiple conferences and had individual conversations with him.  He is an all around great guy and really knows his stuff!

Mike has compiled a list of podcasts that he listens to and has shared it.  If you are interested in learning more through podcast please take a listen to some of them wonderful options in the link below.


Podcasts: Education,Technology, AT and Disability Podcasts (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e5yF-gpmu7ZzrdteR2WKsztsDI7J9MmCm-szZYaJ6RM/edit?usp=sharing)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Don't Wait to Communicate: Why Your Child Needs AAC

I just finished watching/listening to a great webinar about AAC, Alternative and Augmentative Communication.  Dana Nieder has gained her knowledge of AAC through being a parent of a child using AAC and because of her experience she is now an SLP Grad student.

The link below takes you to the CTD page with the webinar, transcript from the webinar and link to the PowerPoint Presentation Dana Nieder uses.  The webinar is just over an hour long, but well worth the time to hear some of the great things she has to say and wonderful points she makes bout using AAC.

Please check out the webinar at:
https://www.ctdinstitute.org/library/2015-06-10/dont-wait-communicate-why-your-child-needs-aac