Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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Monday, October 31, 2011
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Friday, October 28, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Receptive Language Apps (prices range from$.99 to $8.99) -- Speech with Milo: Sequencing; iPractice Verbs; Speech with Milo: Prepositions; ABA Receptive ID; Understanding Inferences; Splingo's Language Universe; House of Learning; Preposition Remix; & Name That Category
Expressive Language & Speech Production Apps (prices range from free to $29.99) -- PhonoPix; ArtikPix; Speech Trainer 3D; Smarty Speech; Speech Pairs; SLP Minimal Pairs; Story Time!; 60 Story Starters; & Language Builder
Augmentative Communication Apps (prices range from $29.99 to $189.99) -- Proloquo2go; MyTalkTools Mobile; Assistive Cht; AAC Speech Buddy; Tap Speak Sequence; Grade; TouchChat-AAC; Predictable & Sounding Board
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The different categories included are:
- Health & Fitness
- Special Needs
There are also links worth noting: iPad Apps for Storytelling in the Classroom, and Mind Mapping Tools for iPad.
As always...post something on the blog if you find a new app you think would benefit our students!
Not familiar with an AAC device? Here's what Silver Kite, the publisher of TouchChat has to say...TouchChat is a full featured communication application for iPod/iPad technology. TouchChat fits into the product category of Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices. AAC devices allow individuals who cannot speak to communicate by spelling or selecting icons from a visual display. Words, phrases and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing back a recorded message. It amazes me that such a little device has such HUGE potential!
We have 40 iPads on order; once they've been distributed, every special education teacher in the district that wants an iPad will be able to have one. How I LOVE technology!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
This idea won't blow anyone away, it's rather simple...
There's alot of relevant information that can go into the contacts application, improving the usability of the phone or tablet. When the phone rings a picture displays of that person, the ability to simply type a name into the maps or email application, etc. If the device is supposed to be more than a toy, it seems silly not to utilize this. Below are some screen shots from the iOS app, I'd imagine Android has similar fields. I think there's an opportunity to get creative with this depending on the individual, and whether or not they see the information as helpful/relevant.
Friday, August 19, 2011
We have completed the process and been approved for the volume purchasing program and are ready to start purchasing apps for you. Nine of you requested ProLoQuo2Go to download and use with non- or limited-verbal students. For those of you that aren't familiar with the app, it is very similar to many of the communication devices used by some of our students - and at a much lower cost. It allows children to tap pictures to develop sentences that will help them communicate their wants and needs. The application's website offers several great introductory videos - click here to view them. I would encourage those of you that have the app to go to the website and sign up for their newsletter - they are beginning to offer free Webinar's for new users.
My hope was to develop a process (i.e. for those of you who know me, that means FORM) for purchase requests, but I haven't made it to that point on my To Do List yet. In the interim, I would ask that you send me an email of the top 5 apps that you would like the district to purchase for you, and include a BRIEF rationale of how you will use the application with your students. PLEASE be sure to comment on the blog about great applications that you are currently using, or after we purchase them, so that others can benefit from them as well. On the flip side, warn us away from apps that you've tried and dislike.
Finally, I would like to know what your training needs are. We've purchased 20 more iPads to distribute, so another "beginner" session will be offered, and you are welcome to attend if you need it a second time around. I'm thinking that many of you are ready for an "intermediate" session where we can talk about advanced applications, short cuts and have an opportunity to share favorite apps. Post your ideas on the blog!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
For older students, I found some multiplication and division apps. Play 19x19 works on multiplication facts. MathEdge is an interactive long division app that guides the student through the problem.
Just search the skill in the App Store and a lot of choices appear. Good luck!
When searching for an app from the app store, you can click on price and have the store only show apps that are free. That saves a lot of time. Good luck!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
I see great potential for the Ipad so far. However, today, I will point out a limitation. One thing I have learned already, since predate the text generation, I am more of a typist (59 wpm with 80 percent accuracy...I am thankful for spell check) than I am a "texter" my next blog will come from my MacBook and not from the quirky qwerty of the iPad's touch screen. I so hate the user unfriendliness of toggling between alpha and numeric keyboards, the temperamental keyboard and the missing arrow and home keys. I don't see students writing term papers on this thingy unless they have mastered the hunt and peck or the modern day technique of thumbing.... and have ginormous hands. Speaking of hands, I'm likely to turn into a germophobic Monk, as I observe students pick their nose returning from the restroom only to leave their dozens of smears on the touch screen!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I will order cases by the end of the week and email you when they arrive so that you can stop by to pick them up.
If you need technical support, please email Deborah Turner, Jennifer Haller, or Tim Clark (Tim is on contract with the district and uses firstname.lastname@example.org as his email address). Deborah will be working throughout the summer except for the last two weeks of June, and the first week of July - but I will check my email every few days.
I'm excited about the potential for iPads for our students, and thank each of you that chose to participate! Have a great summer!
Monday, March 28, 2011
- How the iPad supplements the curriculum and can be used to provide interventions to students with disabilities
- How 'digital textbooks' can be integrated in the classroom to accommodate various learners' needs
- If the iPad is a tool that can effectively engage today's learners and enhance their academic success
Does the iPad increase:
- the use of interventions and accommodations in the general education classroom?
- student motivation to learn?
- student attendance?