Sunday, February 05, 2012

Microcosmos, by Brandon Broll: Awesome Scanning Electron Microscope Pics

  Microcosmos: Discovering The World Through Microscopic Images From 20 X to Over 22 Million X Magnification

The following photos were forwarded to me by my husband. I am not sure where they came from originally, but they are included in Brandon Broll's book, "Microcosmos: Discovering The World Through Microscopic Images From 20 X to Over 22 Million X Magnification"
An ant, Formica fusca, holding a microchip
Surface of an Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory silicon microchip
Eyelash hairs growing from the surface of human skin
The surface of a strawberry
Bacteria on the surface of a human tongue
Human sperm (spermatozoa)
Nylon hooks and loops of Velcro
Household dust: includes long hairs of cat fur, twisted synthetic and woolen fibers,
serrated insect scales, a pollen grain, and plant and insect remains
The weave of nylon stocking fibers
The head of a mosquito
Head louse clinging to a human hair
Eight eyes (two groups of four) on the head of a tarantula
Cut human hairs and shaving foam between two razor blades
Cigarette paper the tobacco is rolled in
Corroded surface of a rusty nail
Mushrooms spores
Clutch of butterfly eggs on a raspberry plant
Calcium phosphate crystal
    No wonder modern forensics solves so many crimes.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

New iPad apps from Inclusive Technology!

I use resources from the HelpKidzLearn website by Inclusive Technology in my work at as a school psychologist at Wolfe School quite frequently.  The students who participate in the program at Wolfe have complex disabilities, including autism.    We have a growing number of younger students, and I've found the resources from Inclusive Technology to be a good fit.

Although many of the students can interact with the content  provided on the HelpKidzLearn website on SMARTboards, those who can't can do so using switches, as the website provides a range of switch-accessible activities.

I use my personal iPad at work, as does the program's speech and language therapist.  She recently downloaded several new apps developed by Inclusive Technology for the iPad.  I just purchased a few of the apps and think that they will be very useful in my work with students, especially during informal assessment of those who have limitations across most domains. 

Below is a video clip from Inclusive Technology that provides a nice overview of the apps, which are switch-accessible.  More apps for the iPad are in the planning stages.   This is great news!

Inclusive Technology, UK Site
Inclusive Technology, US Site

Inclusive Technology has several items that provide students with disabilities access to iPads. Here are the links (US):
Big Grips Frame for iPad and iPad2
it-iClick-iPad Switch Interface
Inclusive iPad Mounts
Maxess Accessories
iAdapter for iPad
Blue2 Bluetooth Switch