Here is my second blog for PATINS and based on what I have seen, I am not the Blog Wit of PATINS. Sorry about that! While I am funny in my own right, I am intensely passionate when it comes to specialized technology and helping teachers and students in schools and I find my humor to be more spontaneous. Yes, I am a punster. There, I said it. I also like third grade jokes.
In reflecting upon a busy Summer of eLearning week, I find myself thankful for the opportunity to present a series of sessions again this year. I have had an opportunity to travel to schools I have not visited before in parts of Indiana heretofore unknown to this Michigander. I am struck again by the great teachers and administrators I work with in Indiana. We are doing great things for students! The passion, creativity and enthusiasm is contagious. My heart breaks whenever a valued teacher retires.
I have selected three topics this year to share at these eLearning conferences. They are repeat topics, and I believe that is good. There are always folks who are new, folks who need refreshers or folks who have been around but never knew about The PATINS Project. So, for my part, I am spreading the word about PATINS by talking about our humble beginnings, our evolution and what we do now in variations of “PATINS 101”., a.k.a “PATINS: Explore Indiana’s Treasure Trove for Public Schools”.
Another session is a review of the built-in features of the iPad in a session called “iPad Magic”. We discuss the amazing features this tool has right out of the box, without even discussing additional apps. The focus is on a Universal Design for Learning framework for meeting the needs of many students as quickly and seamlessly as possible. To this end, the session time is focused in the ‘Settings’-‘General’ area. And in the ‘Accessibilty’ settings. Folks learn that one does not have to be in special education to benefit from these features. Try the contrast setting when you are tired and reading at night. It is so much easier on the eyes!
My third repeating session is a more detailed session focused around Universal Design for Learning called, “UDL, Unpacked, Engaged and Ready for Action and Expression”. This session lays out why and how UDL is vitally important in today’s classroom and educational framework and sets the stage to simplify the concept and process.
Speaking of presentations and trainings, the last item to draw your attention to is the PATINS Training Calendar. We are busy setting up future training sessions and I see some of mine are getting filled. Great News!! Please search the calendar for something of interest. If you don’t see what you want, let us know, we can try to make it happen. Unless you tell us what you want, we propose what we THINK you want or what we want to talk about!