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#ASHA12 Infographic

You wouldn’t really call me a captain of Pindustry, or one of the Pindustrialists of the Pindustrial Revolution, and I wouldn’t be considered  a source of Pinspiration. I would like to think of my self as a unique Pindivudal.  Okay I’ll stop I’ll stop I promise, hmm   maybe just one more?  I am not a source of Pindigestion.  If you’re not on Pinterest yet you really should be considering it has opened it’s doors to everyone. So it’s pretty much Pinevitable that you’ll be pinning soon.

I am not a hardcore Pinner by any means as Pinterest is really geared more toward women. Case in point, here is a  picture of what I see when I log into Pinterest. I know very manly.  It’s because I only follow women!

What I have found Pinterest useful for is somewhat different from how I see other SLPs utilizing it. For the most part Pinterest is used for collecting all your ideas,pictures, inspirations, etc… on your favorite topic and creating a virtual bulletin board of sorts. So it works well for all those crafty SLPs always wanting to create the next cool activity or just keep your cool ideas in one place. Which is totally fine if you have the time allotted to make these activities or have insomnia and have some extra time in your day ;). Here is an example of what I have found a  typical SLP board looks like. You can see the pins are  made up of: links to blogs, links to activities, links to checklists, examples of games etc…

I  have started to use Pinterest a bit differently. I am using it as a giant bulletin board for ‘flash cards’. I have been experimenting with creating phoneme boards as well as a figurative language board. Here is a link and an example of my Idioms and Figurative Language Board:

Once the board is created I then use a free app called Bazaart. Using this app you are able to make some pretty cool mash-ups (Bazaart calls them “restylings” ). What is really neat about Bazaart is that you can select anyone’s profile and do a ‘restyling’ of their pins. Simply type in their Pinterest user name and it brings up all of their boards. Here are a couple of examples of boards I made using Bazaart.

/str/ words mash-up

Final /p/ words mash-up

What’s even cooler than your basic sound board mash-ups are boards where you can create your own visual scene! What I recommend for you to do if you do want to make your own visual scenes, is to go to images.google.com and search for pictures with white backgrounds. The white backgrounds will make it much easier to crop the background out and place into your scene.  You can use these scenes for articulation, fluency, expressive language, written expression, and the list goes on.  Here is a basic example of a visual scene I created using Bazaart. I have titled it ” A Bad Day in the Neighborhood”.

For this scene I searched ‘city street’ as well as ‘superman’, ‘red car’, ‘stapler’, and ‘big bird’ with white backgrounds. The white backgrounds makes the cropping a cleaner process.

If you are ambitious you can  then take your visual scene and use it with another free app called WriteYourCap, which allows you to write a caption and overlay it over your scene. You can also use this with some of the pins on my Idioms and Figurative Language Board.

I hope you have found this a Pinteresting post and if you have any questions always feel free to e-mail me or make a comment.

Social Networking for SLPs

If wasn’t for the advent of twitter the odds of you reading this right now would be very very slim. Since joining Twitter last year around this time and networking with fellow speech-language pathologists I have been on an amazing social networking journey involving Facebook, twitter, ASHA’s online community, and Pinterest. I have started my own blog azspeechguy.wordpress.com, I am co-editor of an App review site therapyapp411.com, helping sell Smarty Symbols, and possibly on the verge of developing an app. These are all things of which would have never occurred if I never signed up for Twitter and started my social networking journey.  So that being said there is almost a guarantee that you are a part of some social network out there on the internet. In case of the slim chance that you aren’t not consumed with social media like I am let’s take a moment to define what a social network is:

 

“A social network is a map of the relationships between individuals, indicating the ways in which they are connected through various social familiarities ranging from casual acquaintance to close familial bonds”

 

This map of relationships almost certainly involves Facebook, but how does Facebook help a SLP out? You’re probably saying isn’t Facebook for sharing pictures of my baby wearing sunglasses and complaining about life? Well yes it’s all for that but where the networking really occurs is with groups.  Groups can either be open or closed (by invite only).  The main groups I belong to and help administer are called SLPeeps andSLPs Talk Apps . SLPeeps is a group of 755 + members who are also SLPs. It’s dedicated to sharing resources, answering questions, and in general helping each other out. There are also plenty of other groups dedicated to various topics. Some of these groups include: Augmenative Communication Resources & Help, Assistive Technology,, and state/region specific groups like Arizona Apraxia Support.

 

 

There are probably less of you out there on Twitter as I have found that Twitter is an acquired taste and a little too fast moving for some to keep up with, but it is very useful and highly recommended. Twitter uses what are called hashtags. Hashtags help you to denote your post as a specific topic using the “#” symbol. The main hashtag for speech-language pathology, which is also ASHA recognized, is #SLPeeps. So if you had a link you wanted to post or had a question to ask a fellow SLP you simply just add #SLPeeps and almost instantly you have a response which is super nice! The resources and links posted daily seem to be endless!!

 

 

The new social media kid on the block is Pinterest.  Pinterst has pretty much hit by storm and is quickly climbing the social media ranks.  What is Pinterest you ask?  It’s quite simple it’s actually  a giant bulletin board based on your interests. Be it recipes, photography, crafts, sewing or in our case speech therapy there is a board for virtually everything and and anything.  Where is comes in most useful is for therapy ideas. You are able to scan boards and boards for articulation, language, pragmatics, or even apps.  Here is an example page of what it looks like:

 

 

 

 

ASHA Community is a giant forum based online community for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. It allows you to subscribe to certain discussion forums such as ASHA SIGs, SLP private practice, SLP Technology, Audiology, Early Intervention, NSSLHA members, Research, SLP Health care, and SLP in Schools. ASHA community unfortunately gets the short end of the stick as far as what typically gets most of my attention because I am usually consumed by facebook and twitter, which is why it’s great that ASHA is involved in both facebook and twitter.

 

 

 

LinkedIn is similar to Facebook but instead with a business and professional network twist to it. LinkedIn helps users engage with one another about business ideas, resume help, job experiences, and about general interests similar to the ASHA community forum and Facebook groups. LinkedIn is also a way to highlight your experience and resume. You can post your resume, interests, and expertise in your profile where potential employers can find it.

  A Functional App Search

Quixey makes your search for Apps  functional.  You do not need to know the specific spelling or even name of the app. What Quixey does that is unique and different from tradtional ‘keyword’ searches is that it expands it’s scan of the web to sites, blogs, forums, and even social media to ‘learn’ what apps can do. Quixey then takes all that and crunches the data, figures out the platforms, and makes it searchable.

So let’s take a look at it in action:

I ran a search for articulation  and Quixey gave me this:

At this point it gives you the top Apps it thinks is useful for Articulation. You can hit search or if you see something you like you can click on it.

I selected Sunny Articulation Phonology Test because I was interested in a app for artic/phono assessment. As you can see it gave me a cross section of information from across the app store, twitter, and even youtube.

Let’s take  further look at the data that Quixey compiles in it’s App Search.  On the left side bar it filters the search by platform  and paid vs free.  The search includes many platofroms like Android, iOS, Facebook, or even WebOs.  The left side of the middle column is a ‘snip’ of the App giving details of what it does the right side is a ‘snippet’ offering specific settings. Here is an example of a search for Angry Birds.

So there you go a cool efficient way to search for apps!

Two Perspectives: One Convention

The post below is the perspectives of two SLPs attending the ASHA 2011 convention.

Jeremy’s View

ASHA convention 2011 was a beyond a fantastic experience ( minus a few technological glitches along the way).

This was my first ever ASHA convention and I went into it with having high hopes. Convention veterans gave me some nice advice, some I took and some I did not. The advice I did take was to take a Short Course. It was advised that it would minimize your time running around like a chicken with its head cut off, which was pretty much on par. The next advice I did take was to block some time for the exhibit hall. I tried to envision what to expect and the reality kinda was surreal. I did block about 3 hours to walk through the hall and see the exhibits but this really wasn’t enough time. I did make some nice connections though but #ASHA12’s exhibit hall will be seeing a lotmore of me. The advice I did not take was to get the box lunches when initially registering. The advice here was again the same, you didn’t have to worry about what or where to eat. It was helpful that a co-worker of mine decided to share her lunch so the need to wait in lines was greatly diminished.

One of the things that I did not foresee was the huge impact alread “knowing” quite a few people already going to ASHA. When I saying “knowing” I mean that I knew who they were through Twitter and the #Slpeeps hashtag however I had never met them in real life before. This twittership that developed over the last year made the experience of meeting these Slpeeps that much more fun! and fun it was from the tweetup to the fun dinners we had each night. If it wasn’t for this it would have made ASHA still very stimulating intellectually but not a whole lot of fun. So if you are reading this and do not have a Twitter handle or have found the #Slpeeps please do so!

The one #EpicFail of the convention was the dreaded personal scheduler. It was advertised as “the new and improved Personal Scheduler for the ASHA Convention program. Take advantage of this tool—it is designed to help you get the most from your Convention experience”. So if this was new and improved I am really glad that I was saved from experiencing last year’s scheduler. There was basically nothing easy about the use of this dinosaur of computer programming. It was cumbersome, glitchy, and a strain on the eyes. It took me as I mentioned in a previous post days to get working for me and when I finally did the day before ASHA started it was basically useless because it printed me a schedule without any course titles on it and if you are like me and double booked just in case of a full house, well you were out of luck because you had no idea what you were attending. I noticed everyone writing in the course names on their’s so they knew what to go to. I did the opposite and just wrote in the room number of the course on my pocket schedule that I had from the ASHALeader.

So with that being said, full steam ahead to #ASHA12 in Atlanta!

Tara’s View

This year marks my 4th convention. Considering myself no longer a “newbie”, I armed myself with the necessary equipment to survive 3 days in the convention center: comfy shoes, power source for the tech and a good backpack (see my post here). Many things were similar from years past, while other aspects were brand new experiences. Registration was a breeze this year, a delightful new experience for me. Last year I missed my first session I stood in that registration line so long! Three Starbucks’ in one convention center? An absolute requirement from here on out ASHA planners! And an exhibit hall that takes 3 hours to get through? It was like a grown up treasure hunt! But the best part was the role social media played in giving me a “group” within the 12,000 attendees. As soon as I arrived I began running into the friends I’d never met – all my twitter friends, the #slpeeps. And it only got better from there. The more #slpeeps we met, the more we connected as a community. It was as if we’d been friends forever, having meals together, exploring the exhibit hall floor, attending sessions together and even helping a fellow #slpeep tear down her booth in the exhibit hall! This amplified my enjoyment of the convention ten-fold. In previous years I had enjoyed the learning aspect of the convention, but felt very alone in the sea of SLPs and Auds. When you don’t have someone to eat with at lunch, you find yourself awkwardly sitting alone at a table for 4. Or avoiding the awards ceremony, because you don’t want to sit by yourself. And in the evenings you retreat to your room for an early night. When you find your “community”, you are talking about sessions over dinner, planning your day to attend sessions with others and having people to bounce ideas off. All of us #slpeeps work in different settings, and the perspectives from hospital, SNF, schools and private practices gave you more of the “gestalt” of the ASHA experience. Now there were plenty of short comings at this years ASHA (*coughcoughnowificoughcough*), but the pluses out shined the negatives. So a ‘thank you’ to ASHA for the convention, but a gigantic celebration for the #slpeeps who made this year the best ever. See you in Georgia!

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