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!