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Top 10 Apps to Help with Executive Functions

Top 10 Apps to Help with Executive Functions | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it

http://www.smartappsforspecialneeds.com/2013/12/why-cant-you-be-more-organized-10-apps.html


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We had a few PD's on executive functioning and kids this year. This is a great site with suggestions for apps and descriptions or students with executive functioning issues.

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, January 16, 12:10 AM

Many special ed students lack basic organisational skills; listed here ten apps to develop these skills.

Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, January 27, 5:03 PM

While this topic focuses on literacy, I believe many issues of illiteracy center on this very idea of executive functioning and metacognitive abilities.

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Katherine McCloskey scooped this resource of apps for organization. My favorities on this list include the 30/30, Toodledo apps. I also would include apps like Notability, Awesome Note and Alarmed!

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Top 10 Apps to Help with Executive Functions

Top 10 Apps to Help with Executive Functions | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it

http://www.smartappsforspecialneeds.com/2013/12/why-cant-you-be-more-organized-10-apps.html


Via Kathleen McClaskey
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We had a few PD's on executive functioning and kids this year. This is a great site with suggestions for apps and descriptions or students with executive functioning issues.

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, January 16, 12:10 AM

Many special ed students lack basic organisational skills; listed here ten apps to develop these skills.

Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, January 27, 5:03 PM

While this topic focuses on literacy, I believe many issues of illiteracy center on this very idea of executive functioning and metacognitive abilities.

Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, January 29, 8:12 PM

Katherine McCloskey scooped this resource of apps for organization. My favorities on this list include the 30/30, Toodledo apps. I also would include apps like Notability, Awesome Note and Alarmed!

More for your OT mTool Kit!

 

Carol

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Utah Assistive Technology Program: Apps for Communication

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UATP partner, the Utah Center for Assistive Technology, welcomed a new employee this month to help with communication and education assistive technology evaluations. Starla Blackburn, speech language pathologist, has ...

Via USA TechGuide
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This site is great because along with asst tech app recommendation it had embedded videos to go along with each one!

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Maryland Learning Links

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Maryland Learning LInks is a great resource. It's run by Hopkins University and is FREE to join! By joining you can participate in discussions that may help shape new policies and you will also have access to free online and in person PD sessions.

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170 Online Ebooks for Young Kids

170 Online Ebooks for Young Kids | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
All my favorite ebooks! Some of the ebooks are from YouTube. I use Safeshare to remove the ads and suggested videos from YouTube. Read more about Safeshare.tv here. The newest e-book webmix: Ebook ...

Via Beth Dichter, Jun Kim
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As a special ed teacher, I am constantly looking for ebooks that will read to my lower readers. This is a great article with links for 5 other pages with ebooks.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 20, 3:59 PM

This post will lead you to five Symbaloo's (a website that allows you to create webmixes that are all active links). There you will find eBooks geared to younger readers (or listeners). The topics of the Symmbaloo's are:

* Read to Me - a webmix of 16 read aloud

* National Geographic Kids - 37 non-fiction magazines for kids. Audio available and will read the words to the kids

* B&N Storytime Online - 16 Classic Books read by the author of the book

* Ebook #1 - 23 Books read by actors

* Ebook Set 2 - 35 online books from various sites

* Starfall Books - 42 themed books from Starfall

Each of the webmixes are linked to Symbaloo. These mixes are great to use at school with students or to send home so parents would be able to use them with their children.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 21, 4:51 AM

Great one.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 22, 2:16 PM

A series of Symbaloo sets which link to a variety of ebooks. I will be looking into this with our ipads :)

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5 Excellent Text to Speech iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Excellent Text to Speech iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it

"Below is a selection of some good text to speech iPad apps that you can use with your students. Text to speech apps can be used for teaching all the four skills: listening, writing, reading, and speaking. They are also good for language learners and for special education students. You can also access the web version of text to speech tools here. Enjoy"


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Great text to speech app options for students who have difficulty decoding grade level text or need auditory feedback.

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Michael Podraza's curator insight, November 4, 2013 5:22 PM

Text to Speech Apps

Tracy Webb Sharp's curator insight, November 4, 2013 9:04 PM

We should check these apps out at the next Title III meeting. 

Rachel Hall's curator insight, November 5, 2013 3:19 PM

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Children with Special Needs: Benefits of Physical Activities and Adaptive Sports

Children with Special Needs: Benefits of Physical Activities and Adaptive Sports | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
Advice for parents of children with special needs on the benefits of physical activity, what's available, how to start, what schools must offer your child.
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This blog talks about the benefits of physical activities for children with special needs. "All children benefit from having a balance in all aspects of their life: social, physical, and mental."It gives some great suggestions for addaptions of physical activities and some alternative activities for kids who don't like sports.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Conference | Closing The Gap

Closing the Gap - Assistive Technology in Special Education conference - October 12-14, 2011


Via Kim Moccia
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Closing the Gap- assistive tech conference. looks like some interesting topics will be covered. The conference is Oct 13-14 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington - Minneapolis South

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READING MATTERS

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(NAPSI)—For millions of students with learning disabilities like dyslexia, reading is often greatly improved when they can hear and see the printed word at the same time.

Specialists report that listening to audiobooks while following the printed text allows many of these readers to take in information and enjoy learning without struggling over each word.

Paul B. Yellin, M.D., founder of The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education, describes the process: “Many children understand language that they hear at a higher level than language they read on their own. Audiobooksallow children to access information at this higher level. And very often, reading skills are best improved if the listener follows along with the written text.”

Dr. Yellin points to new formats like VOICEtext from Learning Ally, which highlights each sentence on-screen as a human narrator reads it, making it easier for readers to follow along.

“Having the ability to actually see a word highlighted while hearing it read allows a child to access content by reinforcing the linkage between ‘how a word looks’ with ‘how a word sounds’ and supports the development of independent reading skills,” he says.


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This article talks about the importance of hearing and seeing text at the same time for students with learning disabilities. It hightlights a few programs/apps that make the possible-Voicetext from Leaning Ally.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, January 2, 4:09 AM

(NAPSI)—For millions of students with learning disabilities like dyslexia, reading is often greatly improved when they can hear and see the printed word at the same time.

Specialists report that listening to audiobooks while following the printed text allows many of these readers to take in information and enjoy learning without struggling over each word.

Paul B. Yellin, M.D., founder of The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education, describes the process: “Many children understand language that they hear at a higher level than language they read on their own. Audiobooksallow children to access information at this higher level. And very often, reading skills are best improved if the listener follows along with the written text.”

Dr. Yellin points to new formats like VOICEtext from Learning Ally, which highlights each sentence on-screen as a human narrator reads it, making it easier for readers to follow along.

“Having the ability to actually see a word highlighted while hearing it read allows a child to access content by reinforcing the linkage between ‘how a word looks’ with ‘how a word sounds’ and supports the development of independent reading skills,” he says.

Lucas Arnestad's curator insight, January 6, 10:21 PM

What I learned from this article is that not anyone learns the same. Some people learn best by using their hands and touching and feeling while some people learn better by watching and listening. This article talks about how kids with disabilities may learn better by watching and listening. Paul B. Yellin, M.D says “Many children understand language that they hear at a higher level than language they read on their own. Audiobooks allow children to access information at this higher level. And very often, reading skills are best improved if the listener follows along with the written text.” By having a narrator read the book to you while you watch could improve skills for decoding each sound in a word and also enhances ones vocabulary.

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Assistive Technology Blog: iOS 7 Accessibility Overview: What We Know Now

Assistive Technology Blog: iOS 7 Accessibility Overview: What We Know Now | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
When iOS 7 is released in the fall it will include many accessibility features for users with disabilities. Read more to learn about all the accessibility features that have been discovered so far.

Via Tommy Lawson
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Great article with pictures that shows you in detail how to access the accessibility features on your iOS 7 apple device. Many of the tools highlighted are great quick and easy to use.

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17 Great Apps and Sites for Special Education

17 Great Apps and Sites for Special Education | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
It's Top-Pick List Friday! This week, we are featuring great special ed apps and sites.

Via Thomas Faltin
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This is a great list of apps and sites. It is mostly geared towards preschool and primary level learners.

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5 Assistive Technology Stores for your Techie with Special Needs

5 Assistive Technology Stores for your Techie with Special Needs | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it

"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." This Confucius quote so accurately captures the life of someone with special needs.  ..."


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This website list 5 stores/vendors that make and sell different types of AT devices. It is interesting to compare the companies side by side.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, December 14, 2013 12:51 PM

The 2 minute video explains assistive Technology in  simple and clear words and pictures. -Lou


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“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

This Confucius quote so accurately captures the life of someone with special needs.  Whether it be a physical disability, an Autism Spectrum Disorder, a temporary condition, or a communication problem, there are so many life-changing Assistive Technology products out there to help perform tasks that one with special needs may not have been able to accomplish previously.

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Apps For Children with Special Needs | Top Developers 2012 | Apps For Children with Special Needs

Apps For Children with Special Needs | Top Developers 2012 | Apps For Children with Special Needs | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it

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This is a great website with a ton of information on great apps for children with special needs. Especially useful for speech therapist!

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Julie Ann Johnson's curator insight, September 24, 2013 7:57 AM

Apps for kids created an awesome list of the best ipad developers of 2012 an the apps they created for kids with special needs or with universal design for learning in mind!  Go check it out!

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Assistive Technology for Children with Autism Shows Rapid Advances Since the 1980s

Assistive Technology for Children with Autism Shows Rapid Advances Since the 1980s | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
Children with autism currently have a variety of assistive technology devices available to them to help them with communication, executive functions, and organizing their daily routines.

Via Autism Daily Newscast
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focuses mainly on autism and augmentative communication AT devices. Specifically highlighting the ipad and how it has changed the way we educate children with autism.
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Apps for Students With LD: Organization and Study

Apps for Students With LD: Organization and Study | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
Students with learning disabilities often have trouble with study skills like organization and remembering what needs to happen and when. These mobile apps can help.

Via USA TechGuide
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Another great list of apps and descriptions. All of these apps have been testing with students with LD.

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Assistive Technology in Action - Meet Sam - YouTube

The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of our new assistive technology awareness series, ...
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This a great video series showing how real students using AT. Clink on this link to watch a video about Sam a college student with CP. There are several different videos in this series featuring people with varying disabilities using AT. 

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Assistive Technology (AT) | Special Education

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This is a good overview of special education law as it relates to assistive technology. It also contains links to lending libraries and UDL resources.

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13 Ways Technology Can Improve Student Writing - Edudemic

13 Ways Technology Can Improve Student Writing - Edudemic | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
As an Edudemic reader, you are well versed in the importance of technology in education. But are you aware of the specific role it can play in writing? Take a look at the findings of a recent study.
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Great article abotu writing tools! Includes great apps, digital graphic organizers, feedback/grading tools and more!

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Guest Post: Smartphone Technologies Designed for People with Disabilities - Universal Design

Guest Post: Smartphone Technologies Designed for People with Disabilities - Universal Design | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
Over the last decade, smartphones have been omnipresent in the lives of the disabled. In fact, The Guardian said that this type of technology is helpful to those who are coping and adjusting to their condition.
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Great article about how children and adults with various disabilities are using smartphones to improve thier lives. Discusses some really cool smartphone tools for people with visual and hearing impairments.

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'Techshare India' to showcase accessible technology for disabled - Daijiworld.com

'Techshare India' to showcase accessible technology for disabled - Daijiworld.com | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
'Techshare India' to showcase accessible technology for disabled Daijiworld.com “Some of the assistive technology marketed to people with disabilities can also be sold to the other 85 percent of the population, that is 'situationally disabled' by...
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Techshare India 2014' sounds like a great tech showcase. It's sponsored by Microsoft. It would focus on three themes - innovate, adapt and evolve - under four verticals - education, employability, accessible technology, and laws, policies and standards.
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Reading Apps – Support for Students with LD

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Are your ready to level the playing field for students this year?  What’s available or new in reading apps for iOS devices?

 

Check out the reviews from OT's with Apps!

 

"With hundreds of new apps released everyday fortunately some of them are targeted for individuals with special needs. It has been about 2 years since the first debut of the iPad and it appears as though apps are more robust now than ever, doing more and having more features for individuals with disabilities. So it goes with reading apps, but can they compete with Kurzweil, Read & Write or ClaroRead? No, but there are more and more available to help print disabled access print. Here are some reading apps for iDevices with good quality voices(s) and highlighting of spoken works that supply reading solutions for student or adults who struggle with reading (and some help with writing):"

 

> Read2Go ($19.99)

> ClaroSpeak US Edition ($5.99)

> AppWriter US ($19.99)

> Voice Dream Reader ($4.99)

> Speak it! (free)

> Firefly app (free with Kurzweil web-license)

 


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More text to speech options for children and adults with learning disabilities or visual impairments! Provides some very affordable options ranging from free-$19.99.

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Free Assistive Technology Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities - NCLD

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Free assistive technology resources available for people with learning disabilities.

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Great list of FREE AT resources- mostly apps.

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8 Helpful Assistive Technology Tools For Your Classroom

8 Helpful Assistive Technology Tools For Your Classroom | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
This post shares 8 assistive technology tools for disabled and ECE students in the classroom.

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Short list of great AT tools that can easily be implemented in inclusion settings.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 15, 2013 11:34 PM

"Thankfully, educators today can implement many new technologies to make their courses more accessible at little to no cost, to aid students with disabilities, whether those students are in a traditional or online classroom. While most people may be familiar with alternative keyboards and touch screens that replace traditional touch-type keyboards for people with mobility challenges, other new technologies are constantly in development, and each is a great boon to the learning process, opening doors, expanding learning experiences and even broadening the parameters of what can be learned for millions of students."


Tools for greater accessibility..........

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Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup

Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
Resources by Topic:


Getting Started
Finding Assistive Technology
Tips and Tools
Need-Specific Resources
Universal Design for Learning
Additional Resources on the Web




Edutopia's guide to assi

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This scoop is exactely what it says- "a Resource Roundup." It has a ton of links for everything and anything AT from beginners to more advanced users.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, December 10, 2013 7:38 AM

A goldmine.

congerjan's curator insight, December 10, 2013 5:02 PM

Just what I have been looking for to level the playing field!

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Assistive technology for kids with LD: An overview

Assistive technology for kids with LD: An overview | Assistive Technology and Special Education | Scoop.it
If your child has a learning disability, she may benefit from assistive technology tools that play to her strengths and work around her challenges.
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This website gives a quick overview of what AT is. I love the list of links they provide that show examples of different types of AT tools that are available.
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Understanding Assistive Technology: Simply Said

The definition of Assistive Technology presented by the PACER Simon Technology Center www.pacer.org/stc
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Teresa Pearl's comment, December 12, 2013 5:31 PM
I really liked the simplicity of this quick video. It really opens up your eyes. AT can be ANYTHING and does not need to be complicated.