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  • PLC 9-22-2015 minutes


    Meeting Minutes

    September 22, 2015

      9:00-3:00 at NKCES


    I. Welcome- Announcements

    1. Do TVIs need PD in evidenced based practices so you can do your PGES lesson and goals? I cannot train on PGES but what topics could we cover to assist you in your districts?

                The members present had various levels of understanding and familiarity with the PGES system and felt that some additional training to being everyone up to the same level would be helpful. Teri will attend the Growth Goal training at OVEC on Sept. 29th and will report back to the group at which time we will decide if we should get the trainer to come to the PLC to assist the TVIs specifically.

    2. White cane song-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gOGVToMTjo&feature=youtu.be

    II. News/Updates- The group explored the websites below.

    1. http://www.fredshead.info/2013/07/youtube-videos-for-people-who-are-blind.html 

     The link opens a starter list of videos for or by people who are blind and visually impaired, originally compiled by Jonn Paris-Salb, an APH Ex Officio Trustee from California. This is meant to be a resource for teachers, parents, students, and others who are blind or visually impaired or who work in the field of blindness. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list yet, but videos will be added to this list in the future.

    2. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDC9C4303ADC29F22  A collection of videos to stimulate infant vision, these are also good for children with CVI (cerebral/cortex visual impairment

    3. http://tech.aph.org/cvi/?page_id=268  Susan Sullivan PP book and other CVI resources on the APH Website were discussed.

    4. http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw160805  AFB has released an excellent tool for making streaming video content readily accessible to everyone who uses the Internet, whether they are fully sighted, have partial vision, or are totally blind. More enhancements are planned for the player in the coming months, including support for closed captioning. Now, all that is needed is for Web designers to download the AFB Accessible Player and required software, read the instructions, and begin implementing accessible streaming video content on their sites.

    5. http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw160806  A review of on-line menu accessibility for various popular restaurants including Red Lobster, Outback, and others


    6.  http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/what-is-3d-printing - A 50 second video demo

    7. http://www.claria-visio.com/en/blind-users  Nexus 5 running Claria Vox. This phone works like a talking feature phone, only this one is based on the Android operating system. The Nexus 5 includes a suite of apps designed specifically for accessible, touch-button control, but you can also operate the phone as a standard touchscreen device running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and enjoy the same features and apps as other accessible smartphone users.

    8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgT_UUpVIYQ&feature=youtu.be Information regarding connecting the Braille note to an iOS device

    9. https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm14/bm1409/bm140905.htm  The Federal Communications Commission is currently in the process of making iCanConnect a permanent program. The Deaf-Blind Division of the National Federation of the Blind has information on iCanConnect in large print and Braille. Call (321) 768-9500 or email <jnaulty@cfl.rr.com>; the information will be provided. To access iCanConnect directly, go to <www.iCanConnect.org>. At the top of the page select “choose your state”; then select the state where you live from the drop-down menu. Information pertinent to each state is provided.  Learning more about the iCanConnect program is the key to navigating the application and communicating individual needs. Just get started. This is a wonderful opportunity to get needed technology for those who qualify.

    10.  http://literacy.nationaldb.org/files/7614/2907/2212/Steps_to_Literacy_v2015.pdf and http://literacy.nationaldb.org/files/5813/7591/5452/LiteracySkillsChecklist.FooterAdded.pdf   Taken from http://literacy.nationaldb.org/  --National DB website

    The link opens a comprehensive checklist of literacy skills from foundational through early emergent, emergent, and expanding literacy skills.

    11. U.S. Department of Education Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) Check out these sites to explore educational resources from government agencies and non-profits:

                    Kids.gov  A government sponsored “safe place to learn and play” 

                    EDSITEment: The Best of the Humanities on the Web      National Endowment for the humanities website with many resources for Humanities education

                    Education on Science.gov  Science.gov searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results. Science.gov is governed by the interagency Science.gov Alliance

                    Smithsonian  Link to the Smithsonian website for science ideas




    This is a link to a review of Voice Dream Reader, an app that reads Bookshare and other eBooks, PDF files, and other documents aloud using high quality speech. Students and office workers who wish to use their iPhones or iPads to take notes in class or in meetings will enjoy this app, especially when paired with a Bluetooth keyboard. Entering text is as easy as or easier than other iOS note taking or word processing apps, and reviewing what you have written is significantly easier, especially if you use Markdown

    13. http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw160703  

                BARD Mobile for Android is available from Google Play for devices running Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean or later. The app is free, but in order to download and listen to BARD books and magazines you must first be registered with your local braille and talking-book library or call 1-800-NLS-READ to apply for service.

     III. Webinar on Science Standards for multiply impaired or DB Webinar, Sue Dell
    How to teach to the common core:
    This presentation introduces participants to the CCSSs and demonstrates how to apply these standards to students at different levels of abilities within the context of an integrated science investigation

    We ran out of time and did not get to this video; it will be tabled until another PLC meeting.

    LUNCH- On your own

    IV. ToAD and Tadpole training, Monica Turner, APH

    Monica shared that the reasoning behind the development of kits was to provide a set of materials that could provide consistency to either instruction or assessment.  Teachers often collect items that get damaged and cannot be replicated which causes complications when students and professionals rely on them. These kits are not a standalone program but rather materials to include in instruction or assessment that can be replicated and replaced for more consistency and better data collection.

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