Sunday, January 29, 2012

Target sounds in stories

So, I now have become sucked into Pinterest, which is where I got the link to It has free stories for target speech sounds. I bookmarked the site on my iPad. Then found the story for R (my student's target) and took a picture of the story on the iPad (press the on/off button and Menu button simultaneously). Next I opened up the app Educreations, which is a white board that you can write on and records voice as well. I "chose the picture from my library" containing the story. Now while the student reads the story, I can record him/her AND use the color pen feature in Educreation to mark any sound errors made. It sounds complicated but took all of 30 seconds to set up!

Friday, January 27, 2012

artic pix

I have used artic pics with a preschooler and he loved recording his voice!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works- just discovered it this afternoon. Free for iPad. Put out by Discovery Channel. Tons of educational videos, funny surveys, popular topics. Great resource for all content areas and just general topics of conversation. I would suggest close supervision on this one as some of the topics were geared towards older students.

Monday, January 23, 2012

incentive App

I found an app called "fast traffic". It is an intersection with cars crossing from all four legs. The idea is to make sure that the cars cross without colliding. I have used the app as an incentive after a long lesson. The students get a "bird's eye view" of the intersection and have to make cars stop, speed up, slow down, etc. It is a game that is educational in the context of orientation and mobility. It does a nice job of simulating what would happen if an intersection had no control (stop signs, lights, yields, etc.). Check it out!

New Look for the Ipad Blog Site

I've been working to hone my blogging skills, and have finally learned how to add multiple pages.  Over the next few weeks I will continue to develop content under the tabs along the top with Apps organized by a specific service or academic content area.  My goal is to provide lists of Apps under each tab, both free and fee based that the district will purchase, so please keep blogging about your favorite Apps!!!

 If you're interested in helping with the reorganization, please send me an email!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Apps for reading Classroom

There are many features and apps that we use in our reading classroom. Ms. McNabb and I use Dragon dictation for our kids that have hearing issues. We tape the directions and they appear on the screen for the students to read. We have some kids that hear only bits and pieces of directions. so, this gives them another way to receive directions.

We also use the Merriam-Webster app to look up unknown words. The free word games such as Word to Word  deals with word relationships and helps students understand the different word relationships: synonyms, antonyms, attributes, etc.

Overall, the kids like the fact that they can research something from their desk as a group. Each class completed a research project and took turns using the I-Pad to search the net for info.