Aug 2012

Back to School

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My wife is a middle school humanities teacher and I was talking to her about her first week back with students after summer break. Since I no longer work for a school district, I wanted to know what she liked about being back. She said five things that I’ll do my best to accurately list here:
  1. Getting back to a daily work routine
  2. Seeing the staff
  3. Contributing to society
  4. Having fun with the students
  5. The overall fulfillment from helping students and collaborating with colleagues
I think the last item involving overall fulfillment was the main motivation for me to return (when I previously worked at a school district). Having fun with the students was great, too. However, the other items weren’t as important to me, and the thought of scheduling student speech times or doing IEP meetings was depressing.

Working at a school is a labor of love that requires you to remember all the positive reasons for being there. So, if you’re going back to school, relish in what fulfills you.
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StoryPals video tutorials

Below are StoryPals video tutorials that show how to comprehend, create, and share stories in the iPad app. The videos are fully accessible with captions that can be viewed in the YouTube players by clicking CC. You can also view the YouTube videos in HD and full-screen mode.





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2012 Closing the Gap Conference

blogEntryThumbnailI will be participating in the Closing The Gap Conference scheduled October 15-19, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you’re attending the conference, come see me at one or more of the following sessions:

Pre-conference session (Must register in advance here)
PC-3 Preconference hands-on iPad workshop (presented by Eric Sailers, Luis Perez, and Cathy Kingeter) - iCreate: Customizing iPad Content for Students with Special Needs. Monday, Oct 15 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Main conference sessions
Lab by Eric Sailers, Mark Coppin, Cathy Kingeter, and Luis Perez - Using iPad Apps to Create Content for Students with Special Needs. Wed, Oct 17 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Session by Eric Sailers - StoryPals: iPad App for Story Comprehension. Thurs, Oct 18 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
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StoryPals free download - Feeling Green

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: Feeling Green
Author: Jessica Chase
Story Description: Nadia is a little girl who is singing in a talent show. She accidentally gets green paint on her nose before going on stage, but learns in the end that it's okay to make mistakes.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 10 (Who, What, Why, How)
Voice Recording: Yes
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

Feeling Green

To automatically receive additional free stories as they become available, please subscribe to my blog by entering your email address above in the right sidebar.

To share your stories, email them to support@ericsailers.com and submit a request to share your stories by completing the following form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFV4cnUzMmFxRXZYM2FkWUhkWnloakE6MQ#gid=0.
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StoryPals free download - The Great Magic Hat

blogEntryThumbnailStory Title: The Great Magic Hat
Author: Joel Nash
Story Description: The story is about a magic baseball hat that a young boy, Sam, finds on the beach. He wishes for everyone to have fun everyday.
Quiz: Yes
Quiz Questions: 6 (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How)
Voice Recording: No
Download Link

With the StoryPals app installed, tap the download link on your iPad. Then, choose to open this file in StoryPals. The story will be imported to My Stories on the Table of Contents screen in StoryPals, where you can open the story to view it. Note that you must have the StoryPals or StoryPals - Basic app on your iPad to view the story.

This story and all contents contained within are for non-commercial use only. The author of the story has provided permission for use in StoryPals for non-commercial means only. The author has also acknowledged that the story and contents within do not infringe upon the copyright or rights of a third party. If the content posted raises infringement issues, this post will be deleted.

The Great Magic Hat

To automatically receive additional free stories as they become available, please subscribe to my blog by entering your email address above in the right sidebar.

To share your stories, email them to support@ericsailers.com and submit a request to share your stories by completing the following form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFV4cnUzMmFxRXZYM2FkWUhkWnloakE6MQ#gid=0.
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StoryPals 1.1 update released

blogEntryThumbnailStoryPals 1.1 was updated and the price was reduced from $24.99 to $14.99 (through Sept. 8th) for Back to School. After receiving great feedback from users, one of the major additions in this update is the voice recording feature. In the Included Stories, professional voice recordings are read aloud via the play button, and text-to-speech (TTS) is accessed by tapping the TTS button on the player. In My Stories, recording your voice is more intuitive. Plus, your voice recording is shared when emailing your story or using iTunes File Sharing.

Here's a list of all the new features in the StoryPals 1.1 update:
  • Professional narrations added to Included Stories
  • Improved voice recording feature for My Stories
  • Increased volume for animation sounds
  • Improved word highlighting
  • Improved spacing in stories
  • Added configurable option for edit mode
  • Added configurable option for displaying recording first in stories. When this option is turned off, the TTS displays first in stories.
  • Multi-select feature of illustration elements when creating My Stories
  • Text to Speech pronunciation improvements for a few titles in the Included Stories
  • Voice recordings for My Stories are now shared via email attachment or iTunes File Sharing
  • Bug fixes
If you like these new features in StoryPals 1.1, please rate and review the app in iTunes.

For information on how to use StoryPals, please refer to the in-app help tutorial.
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