Friday, October 31, 2008

Assistive Technology Blog Carnival "Mad Scientist" Edition

Happy Halloween! I hope your day is creepy and wonderful! I have been busy collecting submissions from other mad scientists out there as well as collecting some fun Halloween links for your browsing and surfing enjoyment - all on the mad scientist theme. So kick back with a witches brew and enjoy!
Kate Ahern M.S. Ed. of Teaching Learners With Multiple Needs has sent us 3 posts for our October edition below:
All for automaticity - which shares some valuable tips on multiple AAC boards, also, How you know and Low tech Eye gaze. Kate always has posts full of information and I am so pleased to have her share with us.
Alicia Odom of SMDTeacher has shared a couple of posts where she took the mad scientist theme and ran with it this month. She shares ideas on a Mad Scientist Halloween party which I posted this past Monday to give folks a chance to take some ideas and plan if they wanted the week to set up some of the activities. The second post contains a powerpoint activity and more to check out...You can read all about them below:
Ricky Buchanan of ATMac has sent us 3 posts on AT using the Mac. She shared:
"None are really specifically about creating stuff, except creating accessibility! But that's what all the other creating can flow from, ultimately." I would say creating accessibility is huge, you are exactly right and we thank you Ricky for your contribution!
Video iPods In Special Education
Speech-to-Text: Dictation software for OS X
iPod Touch Ideas For Stylus And Mouth Stick Users
Patrick Black of Teaching All Students has given us a couple of great posts from his blog:
Lon Thornburg, No Limits to Learning: I am sharing a post I did last week leading up to Halloween on Creating Switch Adapted Halloween Toys.
Thanks everyone for your contributions this month!
Some Halloween Links for fun...
I spent some time just searching for links that might give us some mad scientist ideas. Here's what I came up with:
Mad Scientist Network: MadSci Network represents a collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions. For good measure they provide a variety of oddities as well. They have a search engine that allows you to seek out information. I prefer Wikipedia myself, but I thought this was fun and kind of interesting!

Evil Mad Scientist: This blog/site is an incredible do-it-yourself site with all kinds of projects and photos. Check out the Halloween pages with mutant cyborg pumpkins :o)

Their project - Make a Cylon Jack o'Lantern:
A Video of it:

Mad Science Kids Club: This site opens up some fun projects for kids.
For Nostalgia - Scary Battery Operated Toys Archive form the 1960's

Some Fun Videos:

A Real Mad Scientist: Tesla Documentary:

Superman (The Mad Scientist) Cartoon, 1941:

French Illusionist Mad Scientist Act
Mad Scientist Game
And Finally, a mad scientist free download trial video game. I downloaded it and played some of it. I was sliding circuit boards across the floor to interconnect and turn on a large robot. It is a strategy game - fun to entertain you when you don't have anything else to do - anyone out there have time with nothing to do?!!
I hope you have a great Halloween and a great remainder of the fall. See you again in November.
All the best to you!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Call For Presenters: October Edition is a "Mad Scientist" Issue for AT Blog Carnival

Frankenstein made his monster, the farmer on the right grew his human-faced pumpkins... What do you "grow" with AT?
Our October edition of the Assistive Technology Blog Carnival is on what you create using AT or maybe a "how to" to use AT.
Maybe you use AT to support you in your vocation, to write, to do art, create music, produce video, maybe something surprising we wouldn't ever think of.
If you are an educator, maybe you would be able to share a link to a post on what you or others are creating with technology or something that has a use for AT.
Artwork, music, poetry, video created with AT would be fun too. Adults or children's projects made using AT would be very cool...
I have 2 submissions/tutorials already from a teacher who shows us how to create some things that are useful and fun. Let the "Mad scientist" come out in you and share something with us.
If none of that sparks an idea, I thought about this...
"What is your most "Scary" story concerning AT. A time it didn't work right, a time someone totally didn't get it and you thought, "That's scary"... I can think of me when I first was introduced to AT and I look back on what I didn't know and I think..."That's SCARY". It is amazing how much I have grown - but I still have a long way to go.
And of course, if nothing fits for you, you are welcome to share whatever you like.

Send links to me by Monday, October 27 and I will post them for a fun issue posted on October 31, Halloween Day! Pass the word around and I hope to hear from you. I will also include some fun Halloween links for your enjoyment! You could include one of those too...
All the best to you!