Archive for the ‘Teacher / Teaching Resources’

PATINS UDL Blog is Moving!!

The PATINS Project is merging the two blogs it has been maintaining, the UDL Blog and the RapidFire Blog, into one convenient location for all of your technology, UDL, AIM, and teaching resources.

In the future please go to

To get PATINS Project Weekly Quick Tips, Tricks and Other Thoughts on:

  • Assistive Technology (AT),
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL), 
  • Accessible, Instructional Materials (AIM),
  • Creative Teaching To Engage, and
  • Indiana Educational Improvement


PATINS Tech Expo Information

If you missed the PATINS Tech Expo in mid-April, 2012, there are handouts, pictures and more at the NW PATINS Wiki.

Kahn Academy App

They have just released a Kahn Academy app! It’s free and allows you to view all of the educational videos on the Kahn Academy web site.  It is a great way to present curriculum content in areas of math, social studies, science and art in visual and auditory format (videos have captioning). It is also very, very cool!!

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is Alive & Well in Indiana

Yesterday, March 21, the 21st Century Learning Lab offered a nice webinar that had presenters from two schools explaining how they have implemented a BYOD policy in their school(s). Both schools offer support to students who cannot afford to purchase their own device. Access is very open in both locations with the emphasis being on everyone accepting  the responsibilities you have when you use the Internet for learning.  Digital learning with BYOD has enabled them to make the curriculum more accessible and better able to meet the wide variety of needs of their students.

Susan Neville, from Shelbyville Schools, spoke about the pros and cons of making this move. They originally had about 300 devices for about 600 students and that was not working. Both the students and the faculty were in favor of expanding access and BYOD was a good solution.

Jennifer LaMaster and JD Ferries-Rowe, from Brebuef Jesuit, a private school in Indianapolis, explained how their setup with 2 students per device was not working the way they envisioned, so they set a 1-to-1 goal and allowed students and faculty to bring their own devices. They provided a link to their IT web site which has great resource information for any school considering this.  (


My Web My Way


Check out the website, My Web My Way, developed in the United Kingdom.

How-To Guides are provided for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux in answer to the following questions:

  • I can’t see very well.
  • I am blind.
  • I can’t hear very well.
  • I find words difficult.
  • I find a keyboard or mouse hard to use.

WatchKnow App for Access to Educational Videos

Everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words and that videos help build background knowledge for many subjects. A new, FREE app for iPads and iPods is available that provides access to educational videos in many categories.

WatchKnow Educational Videos is a companion app to the website which provides free educational videos for teachers, students, parents, and homeschoolers teaching students in K—12 (USA) or ages 3—18 (international).

The videos are reviewed and approved by teachers for teachers (Kid Safe!) and are placed in 3,000 different categories using a “super” directory with multiple subdirectories. Our Web site is organized as a wiki so teachers and educators can participate in the organization and growth of the WatchKnow video library. Our users have the ability to rate all videos (using a 5-star method) with the result that the best videos are shown first in the list of over 20,000 educational videos.

Suggestions for successful iPad 1-to-1 implementation

Technology is changing the face of education and making many activities more accessible for more students. This article offers some very good suggestions for making a launch of 1-to-1 iPads for students a successful endeavor. The authors are from schools in Delaware and Florida who have already done it, so they are speaking from experience. They suggest that there are six critical areas to consider when undertaking this kind of a change, including:

  • leadership
  • cost
  • network function
  • security
  • philosophical frameworks
  • pedagogy

To read the full article, go to

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in School???

Are you ready to try using hand-held devices in your classroom? This article, 7 myths About BYOD Debunked,  might provide some reasons to encourage you to try it! Your kids will love you for it and it can lead to improved access for everyone.

UDLinks app for iPad

The newly released, free app, UDLinks, provides support for teachers, students and parents who are interested in Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Along with explaining the principles of UDL, the app allows you to create a class profile and then suggests online resources that match your selected preferences.

The resources provided are searchable by content area, by category (lesson plans, simulations, practice, tutorial, collaborative tools or games) and by grade level. You can save your favorite resources in the Favorites area so they are easily available.

Check it out in iTunes.

Skype brings your lessons to life!

A private school in Miami is using Skype, the free, online phone and video-conferencing application, to connect with a class in Jerusalem. This connection if allowing material to be presented in a new way for students and teacher and both classes are learning from each other.

Read more about this exciting use on online resources at: