Christopher Bugaj

A.T.TIPScast

Assistive Technology: Tools in Public Schools- exploring and investigating different implementation of assistive technology in public schools
A.T.TIPScast

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Assistive Technology: Tools in Public Schools- exploring and investigating different implementation of assistive technology in public schools

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Education

Episodes

Episode #155: ALgS or Model, Model, Model

Sep 2, 2016

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Episode #155 features a recording of a conversation between Chris and his wife Melissa which takes place during a baby sitting session. The episode explores early language development and describes the strategy of Aided Language Stimulation (ALgS) necessary for teaching language to a user of augmentative/alternative communication. http://attipscast.com

Episode #154: Planning for Motor Memory

Jun 23, 2016

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Episode #154 features a discussion on the concept of using motor plans and motor memory to become automatic at using an AAC device. A.T.TIPS in this Episode - A.T.TIP #486: Plan for motor memory right from the onset of device implementation. A.T.TIP #487: Don't mess with the motor plan once established. Attribution Notification - Portions of the following musical tracks were used in this episode: https://www.freesound.org/people/Lemoncreme/sounds/186942/ https://www.freesound.org/people/ValentinSosnitskiy/sounds/218799/ https://www.freesound.org/people/ValentinSosnitskiy/sounds/234354/ https://www.freesound.org/people/ValentinSosnitskiy/sounds/218800/ This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. http://texthelp.com

Episode #153: The Corenerstone of Language

May 10, 2016

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Episode #153 features a discussion on which vocabulary to target when teaching language to a student who uses an augmentative/alternative communication device. This is the episode for 2016 Better Hearing and Speech Month. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. http://texthelp.com

Episode #152: Breaking Down & Building Up Language

Apr 3, 2016

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Episode #152 is a discussion on how to teach language by breaking it down into component parts and structuring lessons around language concepts. http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. Click on the banner above to learn about the amazing Read&Write products. http://texthelp.com

Episode #151: SNUG & Presuming Competence with AAC

Feb 28, 2016

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A discussion of the philosophy of Spontaneous Novel Utterance Generation (SNUG) and what the term ''Presuming Competence'' means in relation to teaching language to users of augmentative/alternative communication. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. Click on the banner above to learn about the amazing Read&Write products. http://texthelp.com

Episode #150: A.T. Movie Review - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Feb 9, 2016

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Episode #150 is a review of the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens from an educational perspective. This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com

Episode #149: Designing Awesome Experiences

Jan 9, 2016

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Episode Overview - Episode #149 explores the idea that the cultural perception of school is a miserable experience that people need to trudge through rather than actively enjoy and suggests ways to change that perception. A.T.TIPS in this Episode - A.T.TIP #476: The C.U.R.R.E acronym (Curiosity, Uniqueness, Risk-Taking, Real World, and Enjoyment) This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. http://texthelp.com

Episode #148: Step Into The Light

Oct 18, 2015

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''They're Heeeerrrrrreeeee!''

Ep147: Good Thinking! The Science of Teaching Science

Aug 13, 2015

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Episode #147 features an interview with Marjee Chmiel, the Associate Director of Curriculum and Communications for Smithsonian Institution, to discuss the launch of Good Thinking! The Science of Teaching Science -- a free, engaging and entertaining new web series designed to support science educators which addresses the need for accessible professional development tools that help teachers break down barriers to understanding scientific principles and increase their classroom skills. A first-of-its-kind series, Good Thinking! comprises short, animated videos that explore pedagogical ideas across a range of subject-matter topics like energy, cells, and gravity as well as cognitive research findings on topics like student motivation or the myth of left- and right-brained people. Good Thinking! shines a light on the classroom and pedagogical challenges teachers face, and provides solid, science-based ideas that keep their teaching on track. The series enhances K-8 science education and deepens understanding of STEM topics, for teachers and students alike. Melissa Bugaj, a special education teacher who team teaches in a Conceptual Physics class also participates as a special guest host. This episode is sponsored by the book, The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools).

Episode #146: Listener Q & A 14-15, Part 2

Apr 26, 2015

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Episode #146 features more answers to questions from listeners who have written e-mails over the past few years. There are a few more movie quotes thrown in for fun. Can you name the movies? Please support the sponsors http://texthelp.com and http://easygradeapp.com

Episode #145: Listener Q & A 14-15, Part 1

Apr 19, 2015

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Episode #145 features answers to questions from listeners who have written e-mails over the past few years. There are few movie quotes thrown in. Can you name the movies? http://attipscast.com This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com and http://easygradeapp.com.

Episode #144: Three Tools to Support Reading

Mar 17, 2015

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Episode #144 features a description of three tools useful for supporting reading by minimizing distractions, providing statistics, and helping to decrease the complexity of difficult vocabulary within bodies of text.

Episode #143: Contemporary Book Study Projects

Feb 26, 2015

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Episode #143 features a description of different engaging tools and strategies used by a 9 year old in fourth grade to complete monthly book study projects. Each month the student was assigned a genre of book to read. After reading the book the student was asked to complete a worksheet of questions, some form of graphic organizer, and then create their own artifact demonstrating that they understood the book. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. http://attipscast.com

Episode #142: Authentic Writing

Feb 17, 2015

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Episode #142 features a discussion of different ways educators can support the writing abilities of students by crafting authentic writing opportunities. This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com. http://attipscast.com

Episode #141: Data Collection Using Google Forms

Jan 6, 2015

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Episode #141 features a discussion of how collection and analysis of student data can be simplified and streamlined using Google Forms. This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com. http://attipscast.com

Episode #140: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Dec 29, 2014

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Episode #140 is a Christmas present from Chris's wife, Melissa, not only to Chris, but to all of you! Melissa surprised Chris with a recording of her describing a tool she uses in her high school reading class http://newsela.com. This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com

Episode #139: The Nightmare Before Technology

Dec 21, 2014

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Episode #139 features three song parodies from The Nightmare Before Christmas. My apologies to Tim Burton and Danny Elfman. As you listen, please keep in mind that I've never had one singing lesson, ever. Sing along with the lyrics at http://attipscast.com This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com

Episode #138: UDL Explained Google Hangout

Dec 14, 2014

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Episode #138 features a recording of a Google Hangout on the concept of Universal Design for Learning. Derek Kaufman, a Google certified educator in Northern Virginia invited me to say a few words describing Universal Design for Learning. To our surprise, two leaders in the field of assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning showed up to participate in the discussion! Luis Perez and Marvin Williams added their own insights and experiences to help explain why developing curriculum and lesson plans using a Universal Design for Learning approach is necessary in contemporary education. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. Click on the banner above to learn about the amazing Read&Write products. http://texthelp.com http:/attipscast.com

Episode #137: Product Spotlight - Read&Write (for Everything)

Dec 5, 2014

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Episode #137 is sponsored by Texthelp. This episode features a recording of a Google Hangout interview with Jason Carroll, the Global Product Manager at Texthelp.com. We discuss the features of the popular Read&Write literacy support software for students who are struggling with reading and writing including an analysis of how to implement some of the most popular and well-utilized features. Features like text-to-speech, word prediction, highlighting, highlight collection, voice notes, picture dictionary, and vocabulary list maker are all discussed. http://attipscast.com

Episode #136: Spirit Animals

Nov 26, 2014

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Episode #136 features a description and tutorial for the free game Spirit Animals by Scholastic. http://attipscast.com This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com

Episode #135: ScreamEd

Oct 30, 2014

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Someone takes their love of educational strategies one step too far. Solving these problems is going to be murder. Don't answer the phone. This is the 2014 A.T.TIPSCAST Halloween episode. http://attipscast.com This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com.

Episode #134: Able To

Oct 17, 2014

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Episode #134 questions the usage of the phrase ''able to'' when reporting on the abilities of students. This is the Season 8 premiere. http://attipscast.com This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com

Ep133: Purchasing Accessible Learning Materials, Story 3

Apr 11, 2014

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Episode #133 features the third in a series of episodes which share stories of how educators supported the needs and preferences of students by selecting accessible instructional materials. This episode focuses on purchasing materials that are accessible so one doesn't have to modify materials after implementation. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. Use promotion code ATTIPS14SAVE20 to get 20% off online orders of Read&Write! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires June 30, 2014. http://attipscast.com

Ep132: Wandoo Planet And The Banish Boredom Tour

Apr 4, 2014

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Episode #132 features the audio from a Google Hangout held with Lindsey Hill from Evanced Solutions discussing their free application, Wandoo Planet the world's first kid-powered interest genome project. Students make selections based on their interests to discover associated media suggestions (books, movies, etc.). Lindsey also describes activities students might encounter when they are visited by the Banish Boredom library tour. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. Click on the banner below to learn about the amazing Read&Write products. Banner ad to get 20% an online order of Read & Write Gold from Texthelp.com Use promotion code ATTIPS14SAVE20 to get 20% off online orders of Read&Write! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires June 30, 2014.

Ep131: Providing Accessible Instructional Materials, Story 2

Mar 29, 2014

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Episode #131 features the second in a series of episodes which share stories of how educators supported the needs and preferences of students by selecting instructional materials that were provided in a digital format. This episode references materials based on a question from an educator working at the secondar level. This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. Use promotion code ATTIPS14SAVE20 to get 20% off online orders of Read&Write.

Ep130: Providing Accessible Instructional Materials, Story 1

Mar 21, 2014

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Episode #130 features the first in a series of episodes which share stories of how educators supported the needs and preferences of students by selecting instructional materials that were accessible. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. Click on the banner below to learn about the amazing Read&Write products. Banner ad to get 20% an online order of Read & Write Gold from Texthelp.com Use promotion code ATTIPS14SAVE20 to get 20% off online orders of Read&Write! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires June 30, 2014. http://bit.ly/attips14save20

Ep129: Redefining ''AT Device''

Feb 7, 2014

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Episode #129 features a reading of the blog post which outlines challenges with the current definition of an assistive technology device and proposes a new way to define the term. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. Click below to learn about the amazing Read&Write products. Texthelp ad that links to http://www.texthelp.com/north-america/campaigns/attips Use promotion code ATTIPS14SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires March 31, 2014. http://attipscast.com

Ep128:AppReview&MultisyllabicWords

Jan 21, 2014

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Episode #128 features a reading of Chris' automatic email reply message while he is away at the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference which features app review resources and strategies for teaching reading of multisyllabic words. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. Click on the banner below to learn about the amazing Read&Write products. Texthelp ad that links to http://www.texthelp.com/north-america/campaigns/attips Use promotion code ATTIPS14SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires March 31, 2014. http://attipscast.com

127:AudioStories4SecondaryStudents

Dec 15, 2013

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Episode #127 features a discussion of the benefits of inviting secondary students to listen to audio fiction. This episode features a bumper from David Jackson from Lafayette, Indiana. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. http://texthelp.com Use promotion code ATTIPS14SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires March 31, 2014.

Ep#126:ProtoChapter Tools4Autism 2

Nov 22, 2013

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Episode #126 features a recording of the first draft of the ''Classroom-based Technology Tools'' chapter for the book Technology Tools for Students with Autism published by Brooke's publishing. The chapter was authored by Christopher Bugaj, Melissa Hartman, and Mark Nichols. When the chapter was first drafted, it was written as a story following a fictional student with Autism named Mike through his day describing the tools he and his classmates used to accomplish different tasks. Unfortunately, when the chapter was pieced together with the other chapters in the book it just didn't seem to flow properly. The chapter was re-written to follow a more traditional, essay-like approach. This episode features a reading of the original chapter. In this episode we hear about Mike's afternoon following lunch which starts with a sensory break followed by math, recess, science, and concluding with packing up for the day. http://attipscast.com This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com

Ep125: Proto-Chapter Tools4Autism

Nov 17, 2013

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Episode #125 features a recording of the first draft of the ''Classroom-based Technology Tools'' chapter for the book Technology Tools for Students with Autism published by Brooke's publishing. The chapter was authored by Christopher Bugaj, Melissa Hartman, and Mark Nichols. When the chapter was first drafted, it was written as a story following a fictional student with Autism named Mike through his day describing the tools he and his classmates used to accomplish different tasks. Unfortunately, when the chapter was pieced together with the other chapters in the book it just didn't seem to flow properly. The chapter was re-written to follow a more traditional, essay-like approach. This episode features a reading of the original chapter, which the authors believe still has its merits as a useful way to help people learn about different ways to implement technology in the contemporary classroom for students with Autism. In this episode we hear about Mike starting his day on the bus to school, completing his morning work, participating at the writing station, going to art, and then transitioning to lunch. This episode is hosted by two of the co-authors of the chapter, Melissa Hartman and Mark Nichols. http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. http://texthelp.com

Episode #124: The Evil iPad

Oct 30, 2013

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Episode #124 features a recording of the events that transpired when Chris and his wife, Melissa, went on a romantic, rustic retreat only to discover an iPad in an abandoned cabin in the woods. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. http://texthelp.com http://attipscast.com

Ep123:Spreading The Virus-ZombiePD

Oct 21, 2013

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Episode #123 features a recording of a statement by the spokesman for N.O.T.S.I.C.K., the faux National Organization for Training and School Improvement in Classrooms for Kids, pertaining to the outbreak of the PD2.0 virus. A text version of this statement including additional visuals can be read at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Hot Topics Accessibility blog.This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. http://texthelp.com http://attipscast.com

Ep122:Cure4EvalReportWritingBlues

Sep 30, 2013

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Episode #122 features an original short story written for the Closing The Gap Solutions publication about a frustrated assistive technology specialist who is ready to throw in the towel and look for a new career due to the number of reports she is writing. During a serendipitous meeting she finds two colleagues who offer suggestions as to how she might solve her problem. A big thanks to Melissa Bugaj for narrating the story. If you prefer to read the text version of the article complete with illustrated comics you can subscribe to Closing The Gap Solutions. http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. http://texthelp.com

Ep. #121: EnGAMESment - Let's Play

Sep 14, 2013

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Episode #122, the first episode of Season 7, features an article written for the Assistive Technology Industry Association's (ATIA) newsletter about the implementation of digital games to target educational goals. A big thanks to my wife, Melissa Bugaj, for narrating the article. http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning Read&Write software solutions. http://texthelp.com

Ep. #120: Vocabulary Review, Part 2

Jun 25, 2013

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This episode features a discussion of different tools and strategies that can be used to review and reinforce vocabulary acquistion skills. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning literacy solution Read&Write GOLD. Use promotion code ATTIPS13SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write GOLD! http://bit.ly/attips13save10 Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires July 31, 2013. http://attipscast.com

Ep119: AT Movie Review-Man of Steel

Jun 17, 2013

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Episode #119 features a review, including spoilers (you have been warned), of the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, and how it relates to contemporary assistive technology and educational practices. Special thanks to Carrie Baughcum from the blog, Hold On To Your Chair, for creating the super picture at the top of the blog post! http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning literacy solution Read&Write GOLD. Use promotion code ATTIPS13SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write GOLD! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires July 31, 2013. http://bit.ly/attips13save10

Episode #118: Implementing Edmodo

Jun 8, 2013

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Episode #118 features an interview with Michael Milliman, a 2012 Teacher of Merit from Amherst, New York at Smallwood Drive Elementary, who describes his implementation of Edmodo.com with his fifth grade classroom. http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning literacy solution Read&Write GOLD. http://texthelp.com

Episode #117: Coding With Scratch

Jun 2, 2013

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Episode #117 features an interview with Keith Hicks, technology resource teacher at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, Virginia who describes Scratch a free website created by MIT where you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning literacy solution Read&Write GOLD. http://texthelp.com

Episode 116: How To Help Say Things

May 9, 2013

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Episode #116 features a description of how and why to use core vocabulary (high frequency words) as the basis for an augmentative/alternative communication system. The entire episode was generated using only ''Frequently Occurring Home and School Words'' from the list generated in the article ''Vocabulary-Use Patterns in Preschool Children: Effects of Context and Time Sampling'' by Christine A. Marvin, David R. Beukelman, and Denise Bilyeu published in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Volume 10 in December, 1994. The episode demonstrates that using only high frequency words users can still elicit complex, generative language. You might find it beneficial to listen to the episode twice or to read along as you listen to the episode. TRANSCRIPT: http://bit.ly/howtohelpsaythingstranscript This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning literacy solution Read&Write GOLD. http://bit.ly/attips13save10

Ep 115: Vocabulary Review, Part 1

Apr 28, 2013

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Episode #115 features a review of a few resources and strategies useful for learning, practicing, and reinforcing vocabulary. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning literacy solution Read&Write GOLD. Use promotion code ATTIPS13SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write GOLD! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires May 31, 2013.

Ep. 114: Achieving Change Thru PD

Apr 16, 2013

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Episode #114 features a reading of the extended version of an article written for the Assistive Technology Industry Association's April Newsletter. The article describes a effective professional development practices useful for any institution. http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning literacy solution Read&Write GOLD. Use promotion code ATTIPS13SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write GOLD! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires May 31, 2013. http://bit.ly/attips13save10

Episode #113: Quantum Screen Leap

Mar 30, 2013

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Episode #113 features a description of the implementation of the free screen mirroring tool http://screenleap.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning literacy solution Read&Write GOLD. To learn about Read&Write Gold and their suite of web apps click on the banner below! Use promotion code ATTIPS13SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write GOLD! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires May 31, 2013. http://bit.ly/attips13save10 http://attipscast.com

Ep112: ''Ill'' Out of Literacy, Pt. 2

Mar 24, 2013

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Episode #112 features the second half of the recording of a live presentation by Christopher and Melissa Bugaj at the 2012 Virginia Society for Technology in Education Conference about commonly recommended, evidence-based reading solutions. Access the entire presentation from http://bit.ly/vste12literacy. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning literacy solution Read&Write GOLD. Use promotion code ATTIPS13SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write GOLD! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires May 31, 2013. http://bit.ly/attips13save10 http://attipscast.com

Ep111: ''Ill'' Out of Literacy, Pt.1

Mar 9, 2013

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This episode features a recording of a live presentation by Christopher and Melissa Bugaj at the 2012 Virginia Society for Technology in Education Conference about commonly recommended, evidence-based reading solutions. http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp, provider of the award-winning literacy solution Read&Write GOLD. Use promotion code ATTIPS13SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write GOLD! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires May 31, 2013. http://bit.ly/attips13save10

Ep110:Crowd/Opensource SAD Cal

Mar 1, 2013

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Episode #110 features a discussion about coming together to create a centralized repository of resource slides from which people can draw upon to create their own Strategy-A-Day Calendar. http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their suite of web apps click on the banner below! Use promotion code ATTIPS13SAVE10 to get 10% off online orders of Read&Write GOLD! Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires May 31, 2013. http://bit.ly/attips13save10

Episode #109: The Magic LAMP

Feb 14, 2013

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Episode #109 features a discussion of the approach to augmentative / alternative communication known as Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP).

Ep 108: A Tour of Pre-K Stations

Jan 6, 2013

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Episode #108 features my 4 year old daughter taking listeners on a tour of her pre-kindergarten program describing aspects of stations including the Discovery Area, the Music Area, the Dramatic Play Area, the Puzzle Area, the Building Center, the Sensory Table, and the Book Corner. http://attipscast.com

Ep 107:Read & Write for Google Docs

Jan 4, 2013

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Episode #107 features a brief discussion of the tools and uses of Read & Write for Google Docs in the Chrome browser created by Texthelp. http://attipscast.com

Ep107: Read & Write for Google Docs

Dec 23, 2012

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Episode #107 features a brief discussion of the tools and uses of Read & Write for Google Docs in the Chrome browser created by Texthelp. http://attipscast.com

Episode #106: Thankful For...

Nov 20, 2012

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Episode #106 features a brief discussion of a number of assistive technology tools Chris is thankful to have access to use for himself, to share with educators, and the can be used with students. http://attipscast.com

Episode #105: An App for Literacy

Nov 3, 2012

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Episode #105 features a brief discussion about what to look for when evaluating storybook apps and an example of a quality storybook app. It also announces the first e-book from Night Light Stories. http://attipscast.com http://nightlightstories.net

Episode #104: It's Alive!

Oct 20, 2012

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This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST features a recording of the events that transpired in the attic of the Bugaj household on a stormy night in October 2012 which involves electricity, a tablet computer, some spare parts, and (of course) some strategies that can help students. http://attipscast.com

Episode #103: Introducing ATEval2Go

Oct 13, 2012

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This episodes describes ATEval2Go an iPad app designed to help professionals conduct assistive technology consultations and evaluations. http://bit.ly/ateval2go http://attipscast.com

Episode 102: Brite Digital Stories

Sep 22, 2012

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Episode #102 of the A.T.TIPSCAST features a brief discussion of technical and practical uses of the digital storytelling site http://Britely.com. Miss Mel (Chris's wife) stars in a guest segment where she describes the uses and benefits of http://Britely.com. More information at http://attipscast.com

Episode 101: UDL Next

Sep 4, 2012

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Episode #101 of the A.T.TIPSCAST features a brief discussion about what comes next in one's personal quest to learn more about the implementation of the Universal Design for Learning framework. http://attipscast.com

Ep100:MovieReviewExtravaganza

Jun 29, 2012

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Episode #100 of the A.T.TIPSCAST features an audio version of all of the Assistive Technology Movie reviews done so far, previously only available as blog-only posts. These include all of the following: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Moneyball The Hunger Games The Avengers This episode also features a bumper from Dr. Joy Zabala, the director of technical assistance at the Center for Applied Special Technologies and the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials who invites you to check out all the resources at http://aim.cast.org and let's you know you are listening to the A.T.TIPSCAST! http://attipscast.com

Ep99: Books for Digital Citizenship

Jun 14, 2012

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Episode #99 features a brief discussion of how digital literacy skills and appropriate technology practices can be ingrained into the habits of young students by introducing them to fictional stories at an early age. The episode also includes an interview and review by a rising second grader who read each of the books. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is supported by the International Society for Technology in Education who is the publisher of the Piano & Laylee Learning Adventures series. http://bit.ly/pianoandlaylee

Episode #98: Captions On!

Jun 3, 2012

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Episode #98 features a discussion of how literacy skills can be improved by simply turning on the captions while watching television and other videos. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to http://texthelp.com. More at http://attipscast.com

Episode #97: Buddy Walk

May 18, 2012

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Episode #97 features an interview with Becky Switalski, the National Buddy Walk Director for the National Down Syndrome Society, who shares some history, insights, and awesome experiences from annual Buddy Walk events.

Ep#96: A Language-Based Curriculum

Apr 30, 2012

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Episode #96 defines and examines the benefits of a language-based curriculum and discusses strategies for how teachers can implement this approach into their classrooms. http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to http://www.texthelp.com.

Episode #95: Itchin' for Switchin'

Apr 20, 2012

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Episode #95 features a discussion of implementation strategies and tools for accessing technology using switches. This episode also features a bumper from Kirk Behnke, from the Texas Assistive Technology Network, who offers an invitation to the statewide assistive technology conference coming up in June. http://attipscast.com. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to http://texthelp.com.

Episode #94: DIY Video Libraries

Apr 7, 2012

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Episode #94 features a recording of a live event from the Loudoun County Public School's ActivLoudounPlus conference. Kevin Hale, an Algebra teacher at Loudoun County High School, explains how an accommodation outlined in one student's IEP blossomed into a strategy accessible to any student. This episode also features a bumper from Cheryl Wooline, an assistive technology coordinator from Florida. Cheryl encourages everyone to share the A.T.TIPSCAST with other teachers! http://attipscast.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to http://texthelp.com

Ep. #93: Traitr Feature of Toondoo

Mar 24, 2012

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Episode #93 features a discussion of how the Traitr feature of Toondoo.com can be used to help students working on social - emotional goals. This episode also features a bumper from Marsye Kaplan, the Assistive Technology Team Leader for Baltimore County Public Schools. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by the book The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools. Learn more at http://iste.org/chewat. http://attipscast.com

Ep92: Thri Mor Speling Strategeez

Mar 9, 2012

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Episode #92 features a number of easy-t0-implement strategies to help students learn to be better spellers and to correct spelling errors. This episode also features a bumper from Dr. Denise DeCoste from Montgomery County Maryland encouraging everyone to check out the UDL Resources created by the HIAT team from Montgomery County Public Schools. http://bit.ly/udlhiat This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to http://texthelp.com.

Ep#91: Musical Listener Feedback 4

Feb 24, 2012

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Episode #91 features e-mails, tweets, Facebook comments and other correspondence from listeners. This episode also features a bumper from Mona Pruett, from the Virginia Department of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Center, telling everyone about the assistive technology blog at http://assistivetechnology.vcu.edu. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by the book The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools. Learn more at http://iste.org/chewat.

Episode #90: Summary of Summarizers

Feb 11, 2012

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Episode #90 features a discussion of tools that can be used to summarize text. This episode also features a bumper from Sharon Jones, from the Virginia Department of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Center, telling everyone about the assistive technology consideration and assessment resources over at http://ttaconline.org/atsdp This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to http://www.texthelp.com. http://attipscast.com

Ep89:Free Fraction Tools(Conceptua)

Jan 21, 2012

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Episode #89 features a look at the free fraction tools provided by ConceptuaMath as well as a few other tools useful for visualizing, representing, and understanding fractions. This episode also features a bumper from Linda Augel, from the Virginia Department of Educations Training and Technical Assistance Center, telling everyone about their A.T.TIP Line (1-804-828-4927) which you can call to get assistance on anything related to assistive technology. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by the book The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools. Learn more at http://iste.org/chewat. http://attipscast.com

Ep88: Online, Gesture-based Learn 2

Jan 14, 2012

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Episode #88 features the second of two episodes describing the use of websites featuring activities which utilize webcams to engage students through interactive, gesture-based activities. This episode also features a bumper from Kelly Ligon, from the Virginia Department of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Center, telling everyone about the new online version of the Techknowledgy Conference which you can access over at http://ttaconline.org/atsdp This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to http://www.texthelp.com. http://attipscast.com

Ep87- Listening Station Strategies

Jan 1, 2012

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Episode #87 features a discussion of implementation strategies and resources for using free audio fiction in the classroom by special guest host Melissa Bugaj. She also blogs about family exploits and adventures at http://accordingtomags.blogspot.com. Also, I'd like to thank Tom Woodward for contributing the bumper at the beginning of the episode. You can check out his website at http://bionicteaching.com. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Night Light Stories. Night Light Stories is a free audio podcast featuring original stories for children of all ages! Learn more at nightlightstories.net or subscribe now in iTunes! http://nightlightstories.net

Ep86:Strategy Smackdown @ VSTE 2011

Dec 18, 2011

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Episode #86 features a round robin resource sharing event conducted during the Virginia Society for Technology in Education 2011 Conference in Roanoke, Virginia known as the Strategy Smackdown. Participants in the Smackdown shared different tools useful to help educate students. Also, I'd like to thank Adam Bellow, for contributing the bumper at the beginning of the episode. You can check out his website at http://edutecher.net. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to http://texthelp.com. Learn more at http://attipscast.com

Ep85:Online, Gesture-Based Learn 1

Dec 3, 2011

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Episode #85 features the first of two episodes describing the use of websites featuring activities which utilize webcams to engage students through interactive, gesture-based activities. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to http://www.texthelp.com.

Ep84: PoP @ GMU AT ShareFair '11, 2

Nov 15, 2011

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Episode #84 features the second of two parts of a recording of a discussion at the George Mason University Assistive Technology Share Fair of 2011 about the educational uses of podcasting. http://attipscast.wordpress.com. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to http://www.texthelp.com.

Ep83: Pop @ GMU AT ShareFair '11, 1

Nov 4, 2011

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Episode #83 features the first of two parts of a recording of a discussion at the George Mason University Assistive Technology Share Fair of 2011 about the educational uses of podcasting. This episode also features a bumper from Amanda Peters from Atomic Learning inviting everyone to take the Accessibility Instruction Pledge. http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode #82: Paranormal Apptipity

Oct 15, 2011

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Halloween Episode: Chris and his wife Melissa describe a variety of educational tools as they conduct a paranormal investigation. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write Gold and Fluency Tutor. Check out these titles and their new web apps over at http://texthelp.com

Episode 81: Save Target As...

Oct 2, 2011

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This is the first episode of the fifth season of the A.T.TIPSCAST and features a brief discussion about the technology skill of downloading a file from the Internet. Episode Overview- This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. To learn about these products and their new suite of web apps go to www.texthelp.com.

Episode #80: Ablegamers Interview

Aug 2, 2011

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Episode #80 features an interview with Mark Barlet, co-founder of the Ablegamers Foundation. Mark describes the goals of the foundation, how people can get involved to support the foundation, and shares some ways the foundation has helped people get their game on! This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com. http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep #79: Being Both Smart & Activ

Jul 4, 2011

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Episode #79 features a discussion about the use of the free versions of some common interactive whiteboard software titles. This episode also features a bumper from Becky Switalski who is encouraging people to submit photos to be shown on the big screen in Times Square to raise awareness for National Down Syndrome month and to kick off the Buddy Walk season. If you can, submit a picture for the presentation! This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com. For more AT Goodness: http://attipscast.wordpress.com

ep78:Scanning Pictures as a Workjob

Jun 22, 2011

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Episode #78 features an interview with Cynthia Clark, a high school teacher and the receipent of the 2011 Recognition for Excellence in Supporting Special Education Secondary Teacher Award from the Special Education Advisory Committee. Cynthia describes her program where students scan pictures to practice vocational skills. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com. http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep77:Product Spotlight-Intel Reader

Jun 14, 2011

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This episode features a brief description of optical character recognition (OCR) and features an interview with Steve Gallo from Intel - GE where we talk about the implementation of the Intel Reader for students and in the classroom. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by the Intel Reader. Learn more about this handheld, portable device with built-in optical character recognition and text-to-speech technology at http://careinnovations.com/reader.

Ep #76:Universal Design for Working

Jun 1, 2011

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This episode features a brief crisis of conscience moment which leads the host to question the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as an educational practice. Chris postulates on what the future of the American workplace would look like if every student learned according to the principles of UDL. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by the book The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools. Learn more at http://iste.org/chewat.

Episode #75: Mouse Properties

May 14, 2011

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This episode features a brief look at the different ways one can adjust the way the mouse is controlled using Windows XP & 7...with some cheese added in for flavor. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode sponsored by http://texthelp.com

Ep.74: Contextualized Communication

May 1, 2011

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This episode features a description of a scenario where a student with mulitple articulation difficulties is communicating effectively 90% of the time but needs help when telling about novel situations. A strategy was put in place that is effectively helping that student communicate with others during these times. This episode is one of my contributions to Better Hearing and Speech Month by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Ep. 73: UDL for Online Courses

Apr 16, 2011

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Episode #73 features an audio version of an article about online learning for a partnership between the International Society of Technology in Education (www.iste.org) and the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (www.ontariodirectors.ca). A version of the article is being published by CODE for their newsletter, the CODE Chronicles. According to the spirit of the article, I thought it would be best to have the article exist in multiple formats. You can read the article, listen to the article, and/or enjoy the comic. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode sponsored by http://texthelp.com

Sp.Ep.#7: Preschool Conversations 1

Mar 30, 2011

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Not be be outdone my her brother, this Special Episode features a discussion with Maggie Bugaj, a three year old student who attends an half-day preschool program three days a week. With a little help from her big brother, Maggie shares some insights into what it is like to be a preschool aged student. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by the book ''The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools''. Learn more at http://iste.org/chewat.

Ep. #72: Digital Video Strategies

Mar 26, 2011

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Episode #72 features a discussion of the use of digital video with students, in educational evaluations, and in educational reports. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode is sponsored by TextHelp systems http://texthelp.com

Sp.Ep#6: Kindergarten Conversations

Mar 25, 2011

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This Special Episode features a discussion with Tucker Bugaj, a 5 year old student who attends an all day Kindergarten. With a little help from his baby sister, Tucker explains what it is like to be a Kindergarten student. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode sponsored by http://iste.org/chewat

Ep. #71: Wallwisher @ Temple U.

Mar 12, 2011

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Episode #71 features a clip from a live presentation at Temple University where Beth Poss and I describe http://www.wallwisher.com. The episode also features a bumper from Jennifer Mitchell who mentions the resources at http://www.vcu.edu/ttac. For more info http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep. #70: Melissa's Math Madness

Feb 27, 2011

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Episode #70 features math resources as shared by special guest host Melissa Bugaj, host of the Night Light Stories podcast. The episode also features a bumper from the participants in the Social Media for Speech-Language Pathologists session conducted at the American Speech Language Hearing Association conference of 2010. http://attipscast.wordpress.com & http://nightlightstories.net This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com.

Sp. Ep.5:Podcasting 101- Mardi Gras

Feb 25, 2011

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Special Episode #5 features a quick introduction to podcasting with a little bit of Mardi Gras nonsense thrown in for fun. Melissa Bugaj, host of the Night Light Stories podcast, co-hosts the episode. http://nightlightstories.net http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep #69: Alt PD @ Techknowledgy 2010

Feb 8, 2011

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Episode #69 is features another recording of a live event from the Techknowledgy 2010 Conference in Richmond, Virginia. At that conference I presented a session called Alternative Professional Development. I use the term presented loosely because, although I was listed as the presenter, the session was more of an integrated brainstorming session. I was more of the moderator for the discussion than a presenter. During the session we tried to outline some of the common problems with staff development happening in public schools and then try to come up with some solutions. During the course of the discussion a bunch of great ideas were mentioned about how to address some of the problems with the typical professional development model. Furthermore, a number of concrete resources are mentioned that can be used to assist students. http://attipscast.wordpress.com The episode also features a bumper from Rochelle Hamilton and Cindy Carmina who are educators from Prince William County, Virginia.

Ep68: AT Smackdown @ATIA 11 Orlando

Jan 31, 2011

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Episode #68 features a round robin resource sharing event conducted during the Orlando ATIA 2011 Conference known as the A.T. Smackdown. Educators like Dave Hohulin, Karen Janowski, Brian Wojcik, and a host of others shared different tools that they have found useful to help educate students. With this go round, I got to be there in person to record the live event! Also, I'd like to thank Eliza Anderson, for contributing the bumper at the beginning of the episode. You can check out the free newsletter/e-zine with information on how to subscrive and contribute over at http://atprogramnews.com Special thanks to Dave Hohulin and Brian Dowd for sharing their notes of the event (which helped tremendously in putting the list below together). http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode is sponsored by http://texthelp.com

Ep67: Glogster at Temple University

Dec 29, 2010

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Episode #67 features a recording of a live event from a presentation Beth Poss and I did at Temple University back in November of 2010. Beth and I are doing a Pre-Conference Workshop - UDL 2.0 Hands on! on January 26th from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Sign up and join us for a day of interactive fun! The episode also features a bumper from Sean Sweeney. Check out his Edublog Award Winning blog http://www.speechtechie.com.This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com

Ep#66: AT Smackdown @ Techknowledgy

Nov 26, 2010

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Episode #66 features a round robin resource sharing event called an ''A.T. Smackdown'' conducted during the Techknowledgy 2010 Conference in Richmond, Virginia. A variety of educators shared different tools during an informal ice cream social at the end of the first day of the conference. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com.

Ep#65: AT Smackdown @ ATIA Chicago

Nov 5, 2010

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Episode #65 features a round robin resource sharing event conducted during the Chicago ATIA 2010 Conference known as the ''A.T. Smackdown.'' Educators like Dave Hohulin, Karen Janowski, Brian Wojcik, Patrick Black, and host of others shared different tools that they have found useful to help educate students. Lucky for us they had the foresight to make an audio recording of the event! You can check out a full list with brief descriptions of each tool over at http://teachingall.blogspot.com.

Episode #64: Spaceman

Nov 1, 2010

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Episode #64 features a description of a low-tech strategy for improving handwriting skills. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write Gold. http://texthelp.com

Episode #63: Saber Saw's Game

Oct 12, 2010

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When Chris and Melissa wake up in a strange room after a Halloween party they meet the notorious Saber Saw who asks them if they want to play a game. Will they win? http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http:// www.texthelp.com.

Episode 62: 9/11 & Service

Aug 28, 2010

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Episode #62 features a description of different ways students, educators, and schools can get involved in 9/11 National Day of Service activities. http://attipscast.wordpress.com Select music from A-M Classical. This episode is sponsored by http://www.texthelp.com

Episode #61: Room (Re-)Arranging

Aug 19, 2010

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Episode #61 features a description of two virtual classroom layout tools. This is the first episode of Season 4 of the A.T.TIPSCAST! http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com.

Ep 60: Three Random Recommendations

Jul 4, 2010

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Episode #60 features a description of three random recommendations from actual evaluations. It is also the final episode of Season 3. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com.

Episode 59: Listener Feedback, Pt 3

Jun 19, 2010

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Episode #59 features feedback from listeners of the podcast which lead into additional A.T.TIPS. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com.

Episode #58: Text-to-Movie

Jun 8, 2010

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Episode #58 features a description of how teachers and students can turn text into short, engaging video segments. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com.

Ep 57: 2 Kwik Spallng Reesehorsez

May 30, 2010

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Episode #57 features a description of two resources to help students with spelling. The first tool helps students while studying spelling words and the second tool helps students fix misspellings. http://attipscast.wordpress.com This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com.

Episode 56: Typing Tutors, Part 2

May 17, 2010

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Episode #56 continues an exploration of different ways for students to practice keyboarding skills and keyboard accessibility. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com. http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode 55: Typing Tutors, Part 1

May 10, 2010

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Episode #55 features a discussion about different ways for students to practice keyboarding skills. The episode also features a free ringtone you can download from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Associations Better Hearing and Speech Month website. You can find that, plus tons of other free resources over at http://asha.org. http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode #54: The Small Mermaid

Apr 24, 2010

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Episode #54 features a fairytale written for Better Hearing and Speech Month about a mermaid who's voice is stolen and how she goes about finding a new way to communicate. It is guest narrated by Miss Mel from the children's podcast Night Light Stories http://nightlightstories.net. This episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST is sponsored by Texthelp Systems, provider of award-winning literacy solutions including Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor. For more information, go to http://www.texthelp.com. http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep. 53: High Contrast in Windows

Apr 6, 2010

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Episode #53 features a discussion about the high contrast feature of Microsoft Windows as a tool to help students access on-screen information. The episode features a bumper from Bill Peters, whose family will be participating in the Bounce for Autism on April 22nd, 2010. Pump It Up - Inflatable Party Zones, has partnered with the Autism Society to help spread awareness and raise funds for autism research and family support. 100% of the proceeds go the Autism Society of America. The event is happening all over the country in over 140 Pump It Up locations. You can find out more information and find a location near you from http://pumpitupparty.com or http://www.autism-society.org. You can also follow Bill on Twitter at @billpeters. http://attipscast.wordpress.com

52: Puzzles-More Than Meets The Eye

Apr 1, 2010

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Episode #52 features a discussion about the use of puzzles and a classic set of toys from the 80s as educational tools to practice fine motor skills, enhance visual-spatial abilities, utilize logical reasoning skills, build vocabulary, and more! The episode features a jammin' bumper from Mark Nichols, an assistive technology coordinator with Loudoun County Public Schools in Northern Virginia. Check his blog, The Tech Flash, and follow him on Twitter at @thetechflash2. http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep.51: Bitstrips for Pragmatic Lang

Mar 20, 2010

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Episode #51 features a discussion about the different uses of comics to address pragmatic language difficulties. http://attipscast.wordpress.com http://iste.org/chewat

Sp. Ep #4: ISTE Author Podcast Int.

Mar 15, 2010

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This special episode features an interview Sally Norton-Darr and I did for the ISTE Author Podcast Series. In the interview we talk about what is assistive technology, why we wrote the book, why it is both practical and fun, and provide some tips for new and veteran assistive technology teams. We also have some fun telling about some team pranks! Order Now!
http://iste.org/chewat

Special Episode #3: Chapter 6

Mar 4, 2010

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The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools is a step-by-step guide that leads educators through setup and implementation of an effective assistive technology (AT) team. The many analogies, including practical tips, resources, and strategies, keep the reader turning the page, as do the many pirates and zombies. The book has information and insight for educators with any level of AT experience. In chapter 6, Choosing Assistive Technology Teammates, the authors make recommendations on assembling an AT teamwho should be on the team, what qualities are best in a team member and team leader, and what to avoid. This chapter provides an example of the practical advice found throughout the book while getting a taste of the authors unique way of driving home a pointwith humor. http:/iste.org/chewat

Ep50-Talking Heads:Videoconferencin

Feb 20, 2010

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Episode #50 features a discussion about the educational uses of video conferencing. The episode features a special segment from Claire, the daughter of one of my colleagues, and her friends who delivered the audio on a CD within a bowl full of Jell-O. http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode #49: AutoCorrect in Word

Feb 6, 2010

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Episode #49 features a description of how to use the Autocorrect function of Microsoft Word as a way to practice errorless learning. The episode features a bumper from Jeannette Van Houten, an assistive technology curriculum strategist from New Jersey. I was fortunate enough to meet Jeannette at ATIA 2010 in Orlando. For more check out http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode #48: Vozme

Jan 16, 2010

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Episode #48 features an interview with the free to use website Vozme.com. To my knowledge, this is the first time in history when a person actually got a sit-down interview with an actual website. Vozme.com and I discuss strategies for using the website to create .mp3 files from text. The episode features a bumper from Christine Southard and Lisa Parisi who are two fifth grade inclusion teachers in Long Island, New York. I was fortunate enough to meet Christine and Lisa at NECC 09 and attend their presentation about the tools they use to differentiate instruction for the students in their classroom. It was at their presentation where I learned about Vozme.com. For more check out the http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode #47: x2

Jan 1, 2010

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Episode #47 features an interview with Proby Patel, a fourth year medical student at Ross University. Proby and I discuss strategies for managing the massive amounts of content students experience. Specifically, we discuss the uses of speed controls of digital media players. The episode also features a bumper from Brian Wojcik. Check out more at http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode #46: WordTalk

Dec 20, 2009

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Episode #46 features another excerpt from presentation for the Individual Differences in Learning Association in Howard County, Maryland. This excerpt describes WordTalk a free text-to-speech plug-in for Microsoft Word. http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep 45: Sequencing with PowerPoint

Dec 10, 2009

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Episode #45 features a brief breakdown of the skill of sequencing followed by a recording of a portion of a presentation at the Individual Differences in Learning Association in Howard County, Maryland. The episode features a bumper from Dr. Katharina Boser who is the president of the Individual Differences in Learning Association. Check out more at http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep 44: Alt. PD @ PUWT 09

Nov 24, 2009

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Episode 44 is kind of a unique episode because it features a recording of a live event. Back on November 14th I was lucky enough to attend the Powering Up with Technology Conference in Prince Georges County, Maryland. At that conference I presented a session called Alternative Professional Development. I use the term presented loosely because, although I was listed as the presenter, the session was more of an integrated brainstorming session. I was more of the moderator for the discussion than a presenter. During the session we tried to outline some of the problems with staff development happening in public schools and then try to come up with some solutions. During the course of the discussion a bunchof great ideas were mentioned about how to address some of the problems with the typical professional development model. Additional resources were also mentioned. Check them out at http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep#43 Listener Feedback, For Real 2

Nov 12, 2009

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Episode #43 features some more feedback from listeners of the show. Three new A.T.TIPS are covered. Check out http://attipscast.wordpress.com for more information.

Episode #42: Count Edula's Game

Oct 18, 2009

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Run! Run! Run for your lives! Episode #42 is up for your listening pleasure! Episode #42 features a visit to Count Edula's mansion where he asks about some tools to he can use to help organize his hypothetical zombie army. Chris's suggestions just so happen to be useful tools to help students as well. Check out all the fun at http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep.41:Listener Feedback, For Real 1

Oct 17, 2009

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Episode #41 features feedback from listeners of the show. There was too much feedback to fit into one episode so you can expect to hear more in the future. The episode also features a bumper from Sally Norton-Darr and Judith Schoonover about the new version of CAST's BookBuilder. Judith and Sally will be doing workshops on this at the following professional conferences. A.T.TIPS In This Episode- A.T.TIP #59: freesound.org The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focusses only on sound, not songs. For links to everything and more check out http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Special Ep: Big Ann. #2 - The Book

Sep 26, 2009

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Well this was the big secret project I've been working on that I had mentioned in previous episodes. I introduce to you now ''The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: Building or Improving Your District's AT Team'' by Christopher Bugaj and Sally Norton-Darr. The book is being published by the International Socitey for Technology in Education (better known by the acronym ISTE) and will be available for presale in February of 2010. For more information check out http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode #40: Night Light Stories

Jul 15, 2009

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This episode features an interview with Miss Mel, the host of the Night Light Stories podcast which features free original children's stories. http://attipscast.wordpress.com for more info!

Ep. 39: Photo Album in PowerPoint

Jun 27, 2009

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Episode #39 describes different ways to utilize the Photo Album feature of Microsoft PowerPoint to facilitate digital storytelling. The episode features a discussion with newly-improved fan favorite, B-Bot! http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep 38: Graphic Organizer Int Part 2

Jun 26, 2009

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Episode #38 features Part 2 of the interview with Chris Cummins, a high school English teacher and adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia who is currently teaching a class on Literacy and Technology. The second part of the interview focuses more on specific tools that can be used to create graphic organizers while also touching upon some ideas about implementing graphic organizers across the curriculum. For more check out http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep37: Graphic Organizer Int. Part 1

Jun 23, 2009

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Episode #37 features Part 1 of a two part interview with Chris Cummins, a high school English teacher and adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia who is currently teaching a class on Literacy and Technology. During this first part of the interview Chris and I talk about a few different styles of graphic organizers as well as discuss how to implement graphic organizers in a high school setting.

Ep 36: CAST Book Builder Discussion

Jun 12, 2009

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Episode #36 features a discussion about Book Builder by Sally Norton-Darr, Judith Schoonover, and Mark Nichols. They will be doing a presentation centering on the uses of Book Builder during the National Educational Computing Conference on June 28th. For more info check out http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode #35: ART of this World

May 29, 2009

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Episode #35 describes two websites that contain online painting programs. The episode also features a bumper from Julie Bisbee, a speech-language pathologist from San Juan County, New Mexico. Check out http://attipscast.wordpress.com to download the flyer for the Participatory Assistive Technology Conference being held on Monday, June 15th, 2009 at San Juan College.

Ep.34: Digital Voice Feedback Mods

May 24, 2009

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Episode #34 describes another strategy for assisting students who have trouble maintaining appropriate volume while speaking. The episode also features a bumper from my mom, Jackie Bugaj. Check out http://attipscast.wordpress.com for more AT goodness.

Ep. #33: Voice Feedback Modulators

May 20, 2009

Description:

Episode #33 describes a strategy for assisting student who have trouble maintaining appropriate volume, rate, or pitch when speaking. This episode is one of my contributions to Better Hearing and Speech Month by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The episode also features a bumper from Speech Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist, Beth Poss. Check out the website http://www.matnonline.com for more information about the Maryland Assistive Technology Network as well as incredible resources related to assistive technology. Check out http//attipscast.wordpress.com for more A.T.TIPSCAST goodness.

Special Ep: Big Announcement #1-PD

May 6, 2009

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This episode describes how you can use the A.T.TIPSCAST along with associated question booklets as an ongoing professional development workshop for your school or district. Check it out at http://attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep32: Gifts4Studentsw/SevereDisabil

Apr 22, 2009

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This episode is mostly an audio version of my guest blog post over at Patrick Black's blog Teaching All Students (http://teachingall.blogspot.com). The post outlines a personal family experience while providing a number of ideas for gifts that could be given to students with severe disabilities. It is my hope that educators who find this useful will forward it onto families who will then share it with other family members.

Episode #31: Packing Peanuts

Apr 8, 2009

Description:

Episode #31 describes the diabolical event that happened to me on April 1st, 2009. It also describes different ways to you use packing peanuts as assistive technology tools or to support existing assistive technology tools.

Episode 30: NAREN 09-Top 3 (Part 2)

Mar 10, 2009

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Episode #30 is up for your listening pleasure! Episode #30 is the second of a two-part feature on the top three things I learned at the National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN) Conference of 2009. Be warned, this episode is unlike most of the other episodes in that the tips described are more along the lines of ''educational philosophy'' rather than ''strategy'' but I felt they were well-worth discussing.

Episode 29: NAREN 09-Top 3 (Part 1)

Mar 3, 2009

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Episode #29 is the first of a two-part feature on the top three things I learned at the National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN) Conference of 2009. The episode also features a bumper from Sierra Minott, Miss Florida 2008.

Episode #28: The ''I'm Finished'' Box

Feb 2, 2009

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Episode #28 features a strategy to help students keep their work areas clutter free called the ''I'm finished'' box. The ''I'm finished'' box is nothing more than a place to house materials that the student is done using but the episode goes into a bit more detail about how to implement the tool. Check out more at www.attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep.#27: Transport Int.- Part 2

Jan 11, 2009

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This episode features the second part of the interview about transportation. During this part of the interview we brainstorm methods for using technology during transportation for educational purposes. For more check out www.attipscast.wordpress.com

Ep#26- Transport Interv. Part 1

Jan 3, 2009

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This episode features the first of a two-part interview about transportation and education. During this part of the interview we discuss how transportation needs of students in special education are met in one of the largest cities in the world. For more check out www.attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode #25: Who's Who?

Dec 21, 2008

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Episode #25 discusses the creation of a Who's Who? book that can be created for or with students which can be read over and over again to reinforce relationships, plan for transitions to new environments, or more. The episode suggests using the photos that arrive on holiday cards to help create the booklet. For more checkout www.attipscast.wordpress.com

Episode 24: Brainline.org Interview

Dec 5, 2008

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This episode features an interview with George Washington University graduate student Chelsea Feist about a fantastic resource for individuals and families with individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury called Brainline.org. For more information check out www.attipscast.wordpress.com.

Episode #23: Wiggle, Push, Paste

Nov 14, 2008

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This episode describes how to quickly and easily capture the image on your computer screen so it can be pasted into a different application. For more information check out www.attipscast.wordpress.com.

Episode #22: Google Maps for CBI

Oct 22, 2008

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This episode describes different ways to use Google Maps to help students who participate in Community Based Instruction (CBI). Also, there is a special guest bumper from Dr. Penny Reed!

Ep#21: Audacity for Reading Fluency

Aug 14, 2008

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This episode describes how to use Audacity for Reading Fluency. Check out attipscast.wordpress.com for more assistive technology fun.

Episode #20: Motivational Plans

Jun 1, 2008

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This episode describes some of the key aspects of creating a motivational plan to use to help change behavior. It is also the final episode for Season 1 of the A.T.TIPSCAST. Check out attipscast.wordpress.com for more fun!

Episode #19: Sabotage!

May 24, 2008

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This episode describes the communication strategy of ''Sabotage'' in honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month. Check out Attipscast.wordpress.com for more information.

Ep. #18: Amorphous Visual Schedules

May 16, 2008

Description:

This episode describes a way to deal with unexpected events that occur in a classroom while still using a visual schedule. For more information check out ATTIPSCAST.WORDPRESS.COM.

Episode#17: Linear Visual Schedules

May 9, 2008

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This episode offers a description and uses for linear visual schedules. For more information check out ATTIPSCAST.WORDPRESS.COM

Ep. #16: Listener Feedback,sort of

May 3, 2008

Description:

Chris answers questions from voicemails and e-mails submitted by ''listeners'' to the show. Four new A.T.TIPS are discussed in the show. Check out ATTIPSCAST.WORDPRESS.COM for more information.

Episode #15: First-Then Boards

Apr 25, 2008

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This episode describes how to create and implement a first-then board with students who need help following directions or completing tasks. For more information check out ATTIPSCAST.WORDPRESS.COM.

Episode #14: Television

Apr 19, 2008

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This episode describes different television shows andhow they might assist struggling students. For more information check out ATTIPSCAST.WORDPRESS.COM.

Episode #13: Communication Bridges

Apr 11, 2008

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This episode describes the strategy of using a bridge to facilitate communication between home and school.

Episode #12: Work Jobs

Apr 7, 2008

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This episode is co-hosted by Mrs. B! The episode is a discussion about activities and strategies for implementing work jobs.

Episode #11: Autosummarize in Word

Mar 30, 2008

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This episode describes the autosummarize feature of MS Word. It also features the return of B-bot!

Episode #10:Talking Calculator

Mar 23, 2008

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This episode describes the free download/software Talking Calculator

Episode #9: PowerTalk

Mar 15, 2008

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This episode discusses the uses of PowerTalk. PowerTalk is a free download that reads the text on a PowerPoint presentation outloud.

Episode #8:VSTE 2008 Top 5 (Part 2)

Mar 7, 2008

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Part 2 of the two part episode featuring the Top 5 things I learned at the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Conference 2008.

Episode #7: VSTE 08-Top 5 (Part 1)

Mar 1, 2008

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This episode is the first of two episodes describing the top 5 things learned at the Virginia Society for Technology in Education Conference 2008. The two tips discussed are www.prometheanplanet.com and www.picnik.com.

Episode #6: ReadPlease

Feb 23, 2008

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A brief discussion on the uses of the free text reader/talking word processor ReadPlease

Episode #5: Use Whatchya Got

Feb 16, 2008

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A brief explanation of the convergence of the educational concepts of Universal Design for Learning, Least Restrictive Environment, and Differentiating Instruction using Assistive Technology. A format change is discussed. The tip for this weeks episode is on Pacing Boards

Episode #4- FETC 2008 (Top 5)

Feb 10, 2008

Description:

Synopsis of FETC 2008 and list of the Top 5 resources/strategies presented at the conference.

Episode #3: AT and the IEP

Feb 2, 2008

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This episode explores the different ways districts consider assistive technology durings IEP meetings and using the Readability Statistics of Microsoft Word. Special Guest- B-Bot!

Episode #2: Service Personnel Model

Jan 27, 2008

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A exploration of different service delivery personnel models for assistive technology in public schools in the US and how to use the built in Sound Record feature of Microsoft Word

Episode 1: Introduction

Jan 18, 2008

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Introduction to A.T.TIPScast