Up Where the Air is Clear These simple apps will help you navigate and make the most of your journey to Denver. App-titude
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App-titude  |   August 01, 2015
Up Where the Air is Clear
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  • Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP, is an SLP and technology specialist working in private practice at the Ely Center in Newton, Massachusetts, and consultant to local and national organizations on technology integration in speech and language interventions. His blog, SpeechTechie, looks at technology “through a language lens.” sean@speechtechie.com
    Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP, is an SLP and technology specialist working in private practice at the Ely Center in Newton, Massachusetts, and consultant to local and national organizations on technology integration in speech and language interventions. His blog, SpeechTechie, looks at technology “through a language lens.” sean@speechtechie.com×
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Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / App-titude
App-titude   |   August 01, 2015
Up Where the Air is Clear
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.APP.20082015.np
The ASHA Leader, August 2015, Vol. 20, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.APP.20082015.np
Once again, we’re off to an exciting city for the ASHA convention—although as with any travel, managing transportation logistics can be overwhelming.
Never fear. Mobile technology brings us tools to ease the trip and help us connect IRL (“in real life”) with the people and places of Denver.
Get there!
As always in this column, I recommend TripIt! (on the web at www.tripit.com and with apps for iOS and Android) as a free service for “packing up” your travel itinerary in one digital package. Forward your confirmation emails for air, hotel and car rental reservations to TripIt!, which constructs an easy-to-access itinerary automatically. FlightViewFree (for iOS and Android) offers a similar feature linked to email forwarding. It also displays real-time gate assignments, delays and (hopefully not for you) cancellations along with a flight map.
If you miss the boat on ASHA’s housing registration service, look for a deal with Groupon Getaways (on the Web and with free apps for iOS and Android), which uses your Groupon account to help you access discount hotel rates. Unlike other hotel services, you’ll know what hotel you are booking to facilitate easy access to the Colorado Convention Center. While you are bargain hunting, consider Groupon (on the web and also with free apps for iOS and Android) to save money on dining and other excursions with colleagues. Just make sure locations and expiration dates match up with your trip.
See the sights
Convention sessions tend to be our first priority, but it’s always important to step out of the hubbub of the center and appreciate the city. Knowing little of Denver myself, I was excited to find the Official Visitor App to Denver, Colorado (free for iOS and Android), created by the Denver Tourism and Visitors Bureau. This app provides a “gameified” experience of touring Denver as you complete “Dares” in categories that will give you a broad sense of this Rocky Mountain city. Save an agenda in advance of your arrival and share your Dares on Facebook, so friends and family will know about your adventures.
For great visual experiences, try Tripomatic Trip Planner (free for iOS and Android), which displays visual “bubbles” of sites around the map of Denver for you to add to your plan. For the “Pinterested,” a wide variety of Denver tourism boards on Pinterest (free for iOS and Android) allow you to curate a visual list of activities you’d like to pursue.
Track (or save) footsteps
As you likely know, convention is a place to wear comfortable shoes, as you will do a lot of walking. Check out the Health app (free and built into iOS) or Runtastic Pedometer Step Count (free for Android), both of which track your steps and calories burned, so you’ll know whether you need that stop at the hotel gym. Probably not! For when your feet are exhausted, remember that Denver is an Uber city. Use this ride-sharing service for a convenient ride (with free apps for iOS and Android, ride fee according to mileage and demand) when you need it. Pairing up with friends is easy with the fare-sharing feature, and if you coordinate a sign-up for the service with a friend, you’ll receive free rides.
Finally, learn!
Convention presenters will provide advance handouts that serve as useful (later, printable) resources for note-taking. These PDF files can be downloaded in advance on your computer and saved to your Dropbox (limited free storage at www.dropbox.com and accessible within iOS and Android apps; also consider Google Drive for this purpose). When onsite, you can open your handouts in Adobe Acrobat Reader (free for iOS and Android) to add annotations and save back to Dropbox.
To enhance your connection to all the goings-on of convention, be sure to sign into the Twitter app and follow the #asha15 hashtag. Also check and post on the ASHA Facebook page.
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