PATINS 2014 TECH EXPO Success Story
At The Excel Center, we teach students who have dropped out, failed out, or been kicked out of high school at some point in their past. Our students are working to earn a Core 40 high school diploma and range in age from teenagers to elderly adults. A significant number of our students were in special education in the past and/or have learning or other disabilities. Their needs were, obviously, not adequately met in their past schooling experiences and that resulted in failure for them. I brought students with me to the Tech Expo yesterday to allow them to see options available to them to accommodate their disabilities and to encourage them to try out various programs while the company reps were present to give better demonstrations/explanations of the products than I can give while trialing programs on loan from PATINS and INData. My students, some of whom were in self-contained special education in the 1970s and had no previous exposure to even turning on a computer before beginning at The Excel Center in September, didn't stop talking the whole way home about all the exciting things they learned.
I attended the Premier Literacy Workshop Wizard presentation with my 17-year-old student with SEVERE dyslexia (he can not functionally read or write, despite being very intelligent) and I wanted to share with you... In the middle of the presentation, the student turned and looked at me, with a look of awe on his face, and said, "Miss Jodi, if I would have had this when I was in school before, I wouldn't be at The Excel Center. I never would have dropped out of high school if I would have had this program."
Thank you for doing what you do. This student now knows he can succeed because I finally found the right tool. He enrolled here this winter and I've borrowed so many software programs from you to try with him and everything helped, but it wasn't the magic button we needed. Now we found the missing piece in helping him. PATINS did this. You made it possible. You've done it many times in the past for my students with severe and low-incidence disabilities, but I readily admit I have always underestimated the impact of AT on students with high-incidence disabilities. I've never had a student put into words so well what assistive technology means and how critical PATINS is to the success of ALL students in Indiana.
Congratulations on a very successful Tech Expo yesterday!
Jodi Click, Special Education Coordinator
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Calling Local Educators
PATINS is presently accepting proposals until May 20th for its 2014 Conference on November 18-19, 2014. This conference will be held at Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station, Downtown Indianapolis Indiana. This year’s theme is "Accessible Learning in Indiana: Materials, Modes & Measurement". As in the past, presenter’s registration fees will be waived. Please use either the qr code below or this link to submit your presentation.
Tech Tip: Adapted Literature - 4/18/14
The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities has a list of Adapted Literature available through the Sherlock Center Resource Library. These resources are provided for teachers to help students with severe disabilities participate in the general curriculum.
Starting in August 2013, we will Spotlight one of our Vendor friends on our Featured Vendor Spotlight Page. They will also be featured on our PATINS TV channel, complete with product demonstrations and special pricing. Check back each month to learn more about our Featured Vendors!
Please pencil us in for next Spring to attend our next Tech Expo.
PATINS TV - Join us for our next episode on May 6th, 2014 at 11:40 EST
ISTEP+/End of Course Assessments: Computer-Based or Paper Pencil Mode?
This document will assist with the challenge educators face when deciding whether a student should be taking the computer-based ISTEP+/End of Course Assessments or if there should be a request submitted to the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Student Assessment, to allow a student to take the state assessment in a pencil-paper format.
Future of Indiana Modified Achievement Standards Test (IMAST)
This document from Dr. Michele Walker, Director of Student Assessment and Becky Bowman, Director of Special Education explains assessment options which must be explored with Case Conference Committees that have already selected IMAST for 2014-15, as well as those Case Conference Committees which have yet to meet to determine 2014-15 assessment-related decisions.
Did you know?
PATINS has a prize drawing for all those that participate in the training follow up surveys. Dianne Bradley from Kankakee Valley School Corporation, Jeanene Goebel from Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and Karen Shelley from Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative were chosen as the lucky winners for the past two quarters. Dianne and Karen won a leather iPad case, Jeanene won a copy of Don Johnston's Snap&Read. Congratulations!
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