Trainings

Mr. Potato Head app tops the list of things I recently learned

blogEntryThumbnailAfter finishing a round of trainings in May with a two-day stint in New York and two Ablenet webinars, I have thought about what I learned. Here are just a few things gleaned from the preparation and audience participation:
  • There’s a visual timer in the built-in iPad Clock app
  • Books made in the Book Creator iPad app are best viewed in the iBooks app
  • In the built-in Photos iOS app, re-order an image/video thumbnail by tapping the Edit button, then dragging the thumbnail to a desirable location.
But, above all, the coolest thing I learned about was the Mr. Potato Head iOS app. It’s a free universal app (with a $.99 in-app purchase for removing ads) that allows you to choose a theme and a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head. It is so neat! You get to drag and drop the body parts, which almost seems easier than interacting with a traditional Mr. Potato Head. And the best part, in my humble opinion, is that you’ll never lose another Mr. Potato Head piece ever again! To learn more, check out the video below from CrazyMikesapps.

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iPad Secrets app

blogEntryThumbnail Last week, I posted about training beginning iPad users and creating a tutorial for them. Shortly after posting, one of my blog subscribers emailed me about an app, iPad Secrets ($.99), which has tips and tricks for using the iPad. Well, I got a chance to download the app, and I have to say that it provides a lot of great information in an easy to understand manner. I liked the app so much that I’m planning to use it as part of trainings next week in New York. Thank you to Paula M. for suggesting this app to me!

iPad Secrets screenshot
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Tutorials for built-in iPad apps

blogEntryThumbnailI have found myself doing more iPad workshops with users who consider themselves to be beginners. As a result, I spend time demonstrating basic use of iPad. I also show how to use the built-in iPad apps (e.g., Photos) for images and videos.

When teaching the built-in apps, I noticed that beginning users have difficulty grasping the concepts immediately, and they wish to have tutorials for future reference. So, I created tutorials for important features in the following built-in iPad apps: Safari, Camera, and Photos. See below for the tutorials:

Tutorials for built-in iPad apps



Note that the tutorials are for an iPad running iOS 6.
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Apps list template

blogEntryThumbnailI have been presenting on iOS topics for some time now, so I’m continually considering how I can improve upon previous presentations. One thing I’ve been thinking about is how participants are always feverishly writing down the names of apps learned during presentations. The apps might have been mentioned by the presenter or someone else at the session; either way, participants write down app names on any piece of paper they can get their hands on. I imagine that after the session, participants don’t want to spend time looking through all their papers for the app names, or even worse, the papers are lost. With this “problem” in mind, I decided to create an “Apps list template” for participants to write the apps down via various categories. The template will be distributed (electronically or paper-based) with the handouts by the coordinator of the event. My hope is that if participants write the apps in my template, it’ll be easier for them after the session to find the apps for downloading.

Since I like to share with anyone interested beyond my sessions, I thought I would include the Apps list template here on my website. You can view the document below in Scribd, or you can save the document using the Download Link. If you save the document, here are ways to access it:
  • If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro on your computer, you can type in the interactive fields, save your work, and/or print.
  • If you have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can type in the interactive fields and print.
  • You can simply print the document from your computer, then write in it.
  • If you have an iOS device with an annotation app such as GoodReader, you can type/write in the document, save your work, and/or print.

There could be other ways to access the document that I’d be happy to hear about. Please let me know if you have other ideas for accessing it, or if you have suggested revisions to the document.

Download Link

Apps list template by Eric Sailers



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My iTunes podcast

blogEntryThumbnailI created an iTunes podcast for my videos. My podcast channel can be found here in iTunes. So far, I only have a few of my video blogs posted. Stay tuned for more videos to come.
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CUE Conference

blogEntryThumbnailI’m delighted to be presenting at the CUE Conference as a spotlight speaker. The conference will be held March 15 - 17 in Palm Springs, CA. If you’re planning to attend the event, please come to one or more of my sessions below. Not only will you learn a lot about iOS apps and devices for special needs, but you could also win cool stuff!

My CUE Conference sessions:

Friday, March 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST
Implementing iOS apps for communication: ArtikPix, Proloquo2Go, and Pictello
Hilton Hotel, Rm. Tapestry

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PST
iOS apps for AT
Hilton Hotel, Rm. Tapestry

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM PST
iPad accessibility
Hilton Hotel, Rm. Tapestry
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Webinar for What's new in Proloquo2Go 1.8

blogEntryThumbnailAssistiveWare announced their webinar for What’s New in Proloquo2Go 1.8 is going to be held on February 23 at 8 AM PST. Click here to get more information and to sign up now for free. Spots are available on a first come first serve basis. There will be no repeat webinar of What’s New in Proloquo2Go 1.8. Recordings of the webinar will be available on iTunes as a video podcast a few days after the session.

2.25.12 Update: The video podcast for What's New in Proloquo2Go 1.8 webinar is now available here on iTunes.

Disclosure: I do work for AssistiveWare and I’m the presenter for this Proloquo2Go webinar.
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"New Year, New You"

blogEntryThumbnailAs my wife has been watching an increased amount of QVC this holiday break, she's been repeating a slogan, “New Year, New You.” I have a hunch that QVC says this to promote their products, but I think there are other perspectives regarding this slogan. As the new year is now upon us, a “New You” could involve a new diet, a new workout regimen, or what I’d like to pursue for this blog post: a new professional development plan.

A new professional development plan ought to include taking ownership by following online resources. I’d like to think that I contribute a fair amount of resources you can utilize. For example, I frequently share information regarding iOS apps and accessories, in addition to speech-language intervention strategies. Here’s how you can follow me to receive professional development:
Of course there are many other online resources besides mine to follow. If you have a hard time knowing where to begin, you might want to check out online resources that I follow frequently for professional development:
Just like a new diet or workout plan would be discussed with your friends, a new professional development plan ought to also be shared with your friends. You may choose to suggest me as a Facebook friend, share this blog post on Twitter, and/or tell a colleague about an online resource using traditional word of mouth. It’s up to you as you begin the New Year with a New You!

Note: The above image was used via a Creative Commons license, and the original image can be found here on flickr.
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New AssistiveWare webinar for Proloquo2Go is now available on iTunes

blogEntryThumbnailAssistiveWare announced their webinar for What’s New in Proloquo2Go 1.7 is now available on iTunes as a free video podcast. Click here or go to iTunes and search for “assistiveware webinars.” You will also be able to view the previous webinars from the July-August series.

Please subscribe to the AssistiveWare Webinar Series on iTunes to stay updated and join in the webinar discussions at the Webinar Forum.

Disclosure: I do work for AssistiveWare and I’m the presenter for this Proloquo2Go webinar series.
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Closing the Gap Conference

blogEntryThumbnailI will be participating with AssistiveWare in this year’s Closing The Gap Conference scheduled October 10-14, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can come see me at the AssistiveWare booth or join us for one or more of the following sessions.

Pre-conference sessions
Preconference hands-on iPad workshop 1 (presented by David Niemeijer, Mark Coppin, Eric Sailers, Jennifer Marden, Martijn Leopold, Cathy Kingeter): PC-2 An Introduction to the iPad and iPod touch as Assistive Technology Solutions. Monday, Oct 10 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Preconference hands-on iPad workshop 2 (presented by David Niemeijer, Mark Coppin, Eric Sailers, Jennifer Marden, Cathy Kingeter): PC-13 In-Depth Exploration of Some of the Most Advanced Assistive Technology iPad Apps. Tuesday, Oct 11 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Main conference sessions
Lab by Mark Coppin, Cathy Kingeter, Jennifer Marden, David Niemeijer, Eric Sailers: In-Depth, Hands-On Exploration of Leading iPad Assistive Technology Apps (Two Block Session). Wed, Oct 12, 2011 from 8:00 am – 10:30 am.

Session by Mark Coppin, Jennifer Marden, David Niemeijer and Eric Sailers: Effectively Using the iPad 2 with Communication Apps: Proloquo2Go, ArtikPix and Pictello. Wed, Oct 12, 2011 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.

Lab by Jennifer Marden, David Niemeijer, Eric Sailers: In-Depth, Hands-On Exploration of Leading Speech Sound and Story Apps for iPad (Two Block Session). Wed, Oct 12, 2011 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Lab by Mark Coppin, Cathy Kingeter, Martijn Leopold, Jennifer Marden, David Niemeijer, Eric Sailers: AAC on the iPad: Hands-On with the Latest Proloquo2Go (Two Block Session). Thu, Oct 13, 2011 from 8:00 am – 10:30 am.

Lab by Mark Coppin, Cathy Kingeter, Jennifer Marden, David Niemeijer, Eric Sailers: In-Depth, Hands-On Exploration of Leading iPad Assistive Technology Apps (REPEAT) (Two Block Session). Fri, Oct 14, 2011 from 8:00 am – 10:30 am.

Lab by Mark Coppin, Cathy Kingeter, Martijn Leopold, Jennifer Marden, David Niemeijer, Eric Sailers: AAC on the iPad: Hands-On with the Latest Proloquo2Go (REPEAT) (Two Block Session). Fri, Oct 14, 2011 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Source: AssistiveWare events page
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AssistiveWare's webinars for Proloquo2Go now available on iTunes

blogEntryThumbnailAssistiveWare recently announced their Proloquo2Go Webinar Series is now available on iTunes as a video podcast. Click here or go to iTunes and search for "assistiveware webinars." Part 1, Introduction to Proloquo2Go, was released first, with subsequent webinars scheduled for weekly release. Please subscribe to the AssistiveWare Webinar Series to stay updated and join in the webinar discussions at the Webinar Forum.

9.1.11 update: Part 6, iTunes and App Store, is now available here on iTunes.
8.31.11 update: Part 5, Advanced features (Word prediction and Grammar), is now available here on iTunes.
8.26.11 update: Part 4, Backups (Professionals) and Part 4, Tips and tricks (Users, Family, Caregivers) are now available here on iTunes.
8.20.11 update: Part 3, Vocabulary customizations, is now available here on iTunes.
8.15.11 update: Part 2, App customizations, is now available here on iTunes.

Disclosure: I do work for AssistiveWare and I'm the presenter for this Proloquo2Go webinar series.
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