Here is a link to a wonderful post by Tony Gentry, remembering Joey Wallace, Project Director for RESNA Catalyst (funder of AT Program News). Joey passed away unexpectedly last week. We will all miss him.
Are you a fan of linking notes to audio? Ever use AudioNote, Notability or a Livescribe pen? Well here's another to add to your toolbox and it's FREE: Mic Note!
Mic Note is great for recording lectures and meetings and typing linked, time-stamped notes that allow you to highlight important bits and review what was said. It has versions for Windows, Chrome, Android, iOS and Linux.
I learned about Mic Note today from Mike Marrotta during his Chrome Boot Camp at ATIA 2016. True confession: I was using BOTH a laptop AND an iPAD at the time he finally got around to mentioning this terrific tool. The iPad was running AudioNote so I could jot down important points and turn on a mic to capture discussions linked to my annotations. The laptop was running Chrome. If only I'd known!
Now Mic Note is an extension on my Chrome profile. It will be available to me on any device I use to access the Chrome browser (that is not an Apple device). That's the beauty of Cloud-based tools, they are available on the laptop I use for work and my old one that lives on our kitchen counter at home... as well as anywhere I travel. Mic Note saves your recordings and linked notes to either Dropbox or Drive. Each recording may be as long as three hours (according to Mike), and a pro version allows for exporting audio. I won't need that. Mic Note's transcription tools, however, will come in mighty handy for working with interviews I conduct for articles.
Thanks Mike! Wish you'd mentioned it earlier, however...cause I felt kinda silly. But technology is like that. One minute you feel really cool and "in the know," the next you realize you are wondering around in dark with extra hardware dangling in every direction.
Here's a take away from my morning here at ATIA 2016 with Jamie Martin, AT Consultant and Trainer. Martin began his pre conference session on Assistive Technology Solutions for Students with Dyslexia sharing his #MyATStory using Adobe Voice.
Adobe Voice is a slick presentation tool that easily syncs voice recordings to slides and adds music, transitions and animations according to a chosen theme. This is a free app for iPhone and iPad. Great way for anyone to show what they know using audio. Learn more about Adobe Voice Check out Jamie's AT story. It is seriously cute.
Last year I had the pleasure of attending edCampAccess International at ATIA in Orlando, Florida. edCamp is a surging movement of FREE participant-driven professional development among K-12 educators with an interest in technology. edCampAccess spins off this interest to focus on reaching students with special needs and the technologies and strategies that are making a difference. What distinguishes edCamps from other conferences and PD opportunities is that they are developed organically by those who show up. Participants may propose discussions for time slots and rooms--perhaps with slides, perhaps with simply chairs in a circle. All attendees are encouraged to deploy the rule of two feet: if a conversation isn't working for you, you are welcome to get up an join another. Topics tend to be timely, relevant, and just in time... particularly for the person leading who may be looking for help as much as looking to share. edCamps are completely non-commercial, vendors may participate without their wares only, and each edCampAccess begins with a panel of students talking about their tech experiences--often the highlight of the day!
It's a unique opportunity to attend an edCampAccess at ATIA. ATIA--the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference and tech expo--is well-regarded for its size, volume of rich education offerings, hands-on tech opportunities and, most of all, for its sense of community among and between industry, practitioners, and individual AT users and their families. This community is made more intimate at edCampAccess following several days of ATIA offerings. Last year the even took place Saturday, and most ATIA-ers were already heading home. Left behind, however, were some of the biggest names in the field and they were eager to join a more informal and low-key conversation about the challenges and opportunities confronted by people from everywhere.
So my message is this: if you are attending ATIA2016 and have the flexibility to stay for edCamp Access, don't miss out. Plus your attendance can only enrich the venue. This year edCampAccess will take place on Friday, February 5th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. More people should have opportunity to attend because ATIA's education offerings continue into Saturday. The event is organized by long-time edCamp enthusiasts, organizers, and AT experts Karen Janowski (founder of the Boston edCampAccess), Mike Marotta (of edCampAccess NJ fame) and Brian Wojcik (University of Nebraska at Kearney). Learn more at the edCampAccess wiki (and register for free).