The goal is embodied awareness...in order for lasting change to happen, we have to have embodied insight. It can't just be a mental construct. I think it's both the goal and the means of getting there.
"Voice Dream is a low cost ($4.99) app that provides text-to-speech, with a high quality voice, for files that are opened in it on an iDevice. The app has been optimized for both the iPad and the smaller iPhone or iPod Touch.
Voice Dream reads PDF files well, but its developers say that it will also handle ePub, eBook, MS Word, plain text, Apple Pages, MS PowerPoint, RTF and HTML. I’ve tried it with PDF, .txt, PowerPoint, and HTML, and it handled them all well. It is important to note, however, that all formatting on the original file is lost when the file is brought into Voice Dream.
This app offers additional features that can be helpful. First, each word is highlighted in one color as it is read aloud, while the line is highlighted in another color. The user is able to select white text on a dark background, and text size can be adjusted. Finally, Voice Dream works well with DropBox for importing desired reading material."
Thank you Paul for another review of an app that can level the playing field!
Science is one of those subjects that really excite students because they get to see cause and effect, they get to create, record and then document results and they get to manipulate the variables that produce the data. Students then get to make connections between what they do and the real world. Add an iPad, a series of carefully chosen apps and a couple of probes and you can make all of these observations happen in a mobile environment - outside, at home or even on an excursion. I would love to be a student in a classroom with these tools!
Last week I attended one of Kathy Schrock's excellent presentations about teaching with iPads. I quickly filled up five pages in a Penultimate notebook while listening to Kathy. One of the apps tha...
Maria Kowch's insight:
To create a narrated picture book on Story Creator start by inserting a picture as your book’s cover. To create a page just tap the “+” icon and import a picture, draw a picture, type some text, or do all three. After completing one or all three of those previous actions tap the microphone icon to record your narration. After making your recording you can quickly adjust it so that each word of text is highlighted to match the timing of your narration.
Nobody, including Apple, has seemingly touted this technology to the visually handicapped. Imagine setting a large font on your iPhone/iPad and then reading it on a 50 inch screen. This could be a huge benefit
Now that finals are over and I’m well on my way out of rainy dodge This app is fantastic for letting kids create their own books (which can even be ordered and mailed to you if you’re feeling sentimental). What I love about Scribble Press is the ability to start with the “skeleton” of a book and fill in the details so kids can make it their own.
What a fantastic job this author does with this app! Michael Collier is a geologist as well as a photographer and this man knows how to make it fun and enticing. His love for Geology beams from him as does his desire to share this information.
The images in this educational app are breath taking! The narration is a voice that conveys calmly what the images pronounce vividly! Collier introduces the steps that build and mold the mountains. Topics included are: tectonics, volcanoes, glaciers,faults, and erosion.