Friday, May 7, 2010

Charting the C's 2010: Staff Picks

1. Meghan's Conference Discovery - Xtranormal Text-To-Movie

Xtranormal is a Web-based tool for creating your own Web-based movies. Xtranormal provides the setting and the actors for your movie. you pick your setting from a variety of Showpaks, choose your characters, provide the dialogue and, presto, you have a movie. This program is great for making an animated social story or bringing your writing to life.

2. Bridget's Conference Discovery - String Trio

Imagine having an interest in playing music but not having the fine motor skills or ability to play an instrument. check out iPod Touch/Phone App String Trio or "Air Violin", as the developers call it. Using the motions of tilt, swing and glide, the user controls the tempo, speed and strength of the bow (your iPod) as it crosses imaginary strings on a violin, viola or cello. The program costs $0.99 and come sloaded with over 40 classical and folk music selections.

3. Jonathan's Conference Discovery - Idea Sketch

Idea Sketch is a free iPod Touch/Phone mind mapping program that easily lets you draw a mind map, concept map, or flow chart. A click of a button converts the map to text or the text back to a concept map. Use Idea Sketch to brainstorm new ideas, make a list, organize a report and much more. The program is free and no drawing skills are required.

4. Tara's Conference Discovery - iPod Phone/Touch Accessibility Features

Apple continues to demonstrate its commitment to the disability community by providing built in accessibility features in their products. These features come standard with every Mac, iPod Phone/Touch and iPad and are worth exploring. Accessibility features include screen magnification, screen-reading technology called VoiceOver, an interface for exploring accessibility features, and mouse control solutions such as Mouse Keys, Slow Keys and Sticky Keys. There are several great resources to learn more about Mac accessibility features including:

Apple Accessibility

AT Mac

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