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April/May 2017

Keeping the Loan Library inventory current is essential in providing you with state-of-the-art technology that you can borrow for your Assistive Technology trials and determine if it needs to be purchased by school-based teams. All inventory that is no longer being sold or supported by the vendor is removed.  As a result, we provide our loan library patrons an opportunity to participate in the End-of-Life / Permanent Loans. 

End-of-Life Inventory / Permanent Loans
Opens Friday May 19th - Closes Friday, July 21st, 2017      

It is time for spring cleaning. Each spring the Loan Library inventory is examined closely to ensure that it is up-to-date and  supported  by the manufacturer.
 Here is how it works: 

All items in the End-of-Life  category,  once checked out will be transferred to you permanently. There is a l imit  of 2 items per person.
  • Items have been assigned to the End-of-Life category because either they are no longer being produced, sold, manufactured, or they use a legacy connector that is no longer common (i.e. Serial, 9-pin, PS2, etc.).
  • Some items may require  purchase  of replacement parts, such as batteries (i.e. Dynavox M3, etc.). Items do not come with warranty or service of any type.
  • End-of-Life items MUST be a SEPARATE ORDER from other Loan Library items in inventory. Please do not add End-of-Life items to an order with any other inventory kit items.
  • The End-of-Life category will be available at 10 a.m. (EDT) on Friday, May  19th. Once the category is opened on the AT & UDL Loan Library ( https://www.at-udl.net/ ) you will see it listed under Categories on the Loan Library website. On Friday, July 21st at 5 p.m. (EDT) the End-of-Life category will be closed and no longer be visible. 

Contact information for the regional AT-UDL Technology Centers:

Region 1 - 850-995-0999  or 1-844-317-7784 (toll free)
Region 2 - 352-419-6556 or 1-844-365-3045 (toll free)
Region 3 - 386-761-9909 or 1-844-848-8936 (toll free)
Region 4 - 813-632-2080 or 1-844-873-2127 (toll free)
Region 5 -  954-925-6195 or  1-844-705-4385 (toll free)

Loan Library Highlights
STEAM - Science, Technology,
Engineering, Art, and Math

Science, technology, engineering, and math are essential subjects in today's classrooms. Many have shared that we must also include the Arts in today's curriculum to build motor skills, confidence, decision-making, problem-solving, and creativity. Steamedu.com  explains, It's not about spending less time on STEM subjects and more time on art, it's about applying creative thinking to STEM projects, and sparking students' imagination and creativity through the arts. It's about exploring where art naturally fits into the STEM subjects and a way to teach all things as they relate to each other. 

This issue of the newsletter highlights  just a sampling of technology supports from the AT & UDL Loan Library that can provide options to students for STEAM. More items for STEAM can be found under  the Curriculum Supports category of the library.

Equals Math Curriculum
Curriculum Supports

Equals is a standards-based Mathematics curriculum for students of differing abilities. The Curriculum kit, Manipulative kit, Technology Lessons, and a members' only website provide powerful teaching tools.  Pre-readiness math skills such as attending to instruction, cause & effect, and patterns are taught and reinforced. In addition, foundational skills such as numbers and operations, measurement, data analysis and probability, algebra and geometry are taught using manipulatives, real-life situations and Multi-sensory experiences. Each lesson provides three levels of instruction for students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. The resource comes with over 100 manipulatives, vocabulary cards, and other hands-on materials.

ArtTouch Software
Curriculum Supports

ArtTouch provides students of all ages and ability levels a fun and creative canvas to create art using a single switch, mouse, or touch screen. Backgrounds, stencils, and pre-drawn objects can be added with a simple drag and drop action to the canvas. Color intensity and effects add the perfect artistic touch. 

LEGO Duplo Early Simple Machines Set
Curriculum Supports

The Lego Duplo Early Simple Machine set allows students to observe and investigate simple machines through Lego bricks, gears, levers, pulleys, wheels, sails, scales and wings. These manipulatives allow students to discover through problem-solving tasks mechanical principles along with energy, balance, buoyancy, and more.  

A sixteen lesson teacher guide is provided with a curriculum grid that shows specific skills being targeted. Activity Lessons inc lude creating and exploring spinning tops, seesaws, measuring cars and more.

Beamz Classroom Bundle
Curriculum Supports

The Beamz Interactive Music System - Classroom Bundle allows learning and skill building to take place through music. Up, down, right, left is represented as an individual  laser beam. Students can tap out syllables using drum beats, or build word recognition through flash cards, and repeated chorus lines from one of the many karaoke songs that highlight words as the song plays. Accompanying activity guides (Sample Guide and Life Skills Lesson Plans) allow teachers to get started right out of the box. Beamz is universally designed and completely accessible, students with all physical and cognitive abilities can actively participate in learning.

Anki Overdrive 
Curriculum Supports

Each Supercar in  Anki Overdrive is a self-aware robot, driven by powerful artificial intelligence (A.I.) and equipped with 50,000 actions that students explore.  Students build problem-solving skills and test hypotheses throughout the car race. Customize cars and new tracks make this car and track learning experience easy to begin, and nearly impossible to put down. Imagine exploring and learning the scientific method through this high speed car race.

Lego Education WeDo Combo Kit
Curriculum Supports

Put scientific discovery into the hands of your students with the LEGO Education WeDo Combo Kit. It is an easy-to-use, cross-curricular solution that introduces young students to robotics. Students build simple machines featuring working motors and sensors. Taking the learning experience to the next level students can explore programing their models using the special WeDo  Software. The electronic activity pack, includes 12 activities, that allows the students opportunities to explore four different themes: Amazing Mechanisms, Wild Animals, Play Soccer, and Adventure Stories.

image contains information about the development of this newsletter was a product of the technology and learning connections team who is a part of the multi-tiered system of supports and problem solving response to intervention partnership at the university of south florida in Tampa_ Florida. The project is funded by the Florida Department of Education Bureau of the Exceptional Children Student Services with funding assistance under IDEA  Part B
This newsletter was developed by the Technology & Learning Connections Team, a part of the Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project, and funded by the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Part B funds. The information included does not reflect any specific endorsement by any parties involved. Please em ail  Tara Jeffs ( tjeffs@usf.edu ) f or further information.