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My Top Ten iPad Apps from 2015

My Top Ten iPad Apps from 2015 | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
In lieu of writing a reflective blog for this year I thought I would share the top ten iPad Apps that have been impactful in my working with hundreds of schools and teachers around the world this year.

With a focus on a few key types of Apps such as workflow and demonstration apps alongside those that support learning activities such as note taking, research and sketching, here are my top ten iPad Apps from across 2015.

As it says below, those that know or have worked with me will testify, I’m not really one for ‘Apps for a subject’ but there are some Apps which work well everywhere. I have been asked by many for my top ten apps for 2015, so instead, here are my top ten apps for learning that have impact in the schools I have worked with in recent times. Enjoy!

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3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom By Jeffrey Knutson

3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom By Jeffrey Knutson | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
By Jeffrey Knutson

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Frances Foote's curator insight, June 15, 8:39 AM

Includes Virtual Reality apps - great for use in the classroom for teaching scholars about the trials that children their age face.  Also, can be used as a Bible lesson on how we do not know others stories.

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Rewordify.com | Understand what you read

Rewordify.com | Understand what you read | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you read more, understand better, learn new words, and teach more effectively.

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Judith Morais's curator insight, March 31, 5:01 AM
Simplify any text and develop vocabulary lessons. The site is also able to indicate the difficulty level of any text you input. Definitely a useful site for the ELL.
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Technology Driven Differentiated Instruction: March 2016 - @coolcatteacher

In this updated version of the popular Technology Driven Differentiated Instruction, Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher shares the pain points of teachers and how dif…

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Free Online YouTube Downloader: Download YouTube Videos, Facebook and many others!

Free Online service to Download YouTube videos at one click! The best YouTube Downloader supporting fast and easy vimeo, Facebook and Dailymotion video Download and much more!

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יפה בן-דרור's curator insight, January 3, 2015 6:39 AM

אפשר גם עם 

SS

לפני המילה

YOUTUBE

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How To Convert Prezi To YouTube Videos

How To Convert Prezi To YouTube Videos | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Anyone who has used the Prezi platform would know that creating a Prezi and uploading it to Prezi.com is easy enough, however when it comes to converting it to a YouTube video, there seems to be no native method of doing so...

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, June 26, 2014 7:27 PM

Prezi makes wonderful slideshows. Converting them to video is explained here. 

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 27, 2014 11:58 AM

Clear directions for converting Prezis into videos for the flipped library.  (typos in the demo Prezi, though!)

Jorge Leal's curator insight, June 28, 2014 10:44 AM

yeah

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How a High School Teacher Is 'Gamifying' World News

How a High School Teacher Is 'Gamifying' World News | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
A high school teacher is on a mission to make world news and geopolitics relevant to his students through a Fantasy Football-inspired game.

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Tony Ges's curator insight, May 28, 2014 7:37 PM

The "Video Game" model for education!!! Make it fun to learn, then students will want to learn!!!

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Top 100 Education Apps as selected by Apppicker

Top 100 Education Apps as selected by Apppicker | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Apppicker

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Donna Rakers Wood's curator insight, January 14, 2014 8:22 PM

Apps

Tony Ges's curator insight, May 28, 2014 7:38 PM

VERY comprehensive and easy to navigate resource for 100 educator apps.

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12 Roles For Google Drive In The Classroom

12 Roles For Google Drive In The Classroom | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
12 Roles For Google Drive In The Classroom

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Darren Smith's curator insight, December 10, 2013 9:57 PM

An overview of how Google Drive can be utilised within the classroom

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iOS 7's keyboard secrets

iOS 7's keyboard secrets | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it

"One area that's been quietly changed in iOS 7 is the keyboard. As pointed out by TechHive, there are new characters and useful shortcuts that'll make your typing time a little bit easier."

 


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GwynethJones's curator insight, October 13, 2013 1:18 PM

GAH! I'm still hating on 7, but this is handy stuff!

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A List of Great Android Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A List of Great Android Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
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Have a tablet or phone that is not an iPad or iPhone?  Check out this list of educational apps for Android.

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Google Drive - Quick reference guide for teachers and students

Google Drive - Quick reference guide for teachers and students | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Having trouble getting your head around Google Drive and / or Google Docs?
Well stress no more with this great printable guide to using Google Drive.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's comment, August 26, 2013 9:51 PM
Thanks Maria!:)
Ann Sciabarrasi's curator insight, December 22, 2013 7:01 PM

looks helpful

Mary Mourton's curator insight, March 17, 11:55 AM

Google Drive provides many great options for easy access to administrative tasks on a mobile device. Edgalaxy provides a basic printable guide to using Google Drive on your computer (not the app) as a great starting point with its use.

Carol

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The Kid Should See This - Videos for Young Learners

The Kid Should See This - Videos for Young Learners | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Not-made-for-kids videos for kids. Watched & collected by Rion Nakaya with her 2 & 5 year olds. Follow @thekidshouldsee.

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LiquidText

LiquidText | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
LiquidText improves upon the reading experience by allowing users to better understand, synthesize, visualize and collaborate over digital text.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 14, 11:07 AM

I haven't tried this yet, but it does look very interesting as a digital literacy tool.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, June 15, 6:31 AM
Very useful app for a better reading experience.. who said literacy cannot be enhanced digitally?
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200 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom | Tech Learning

200 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom | Tech Learning | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders." />

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18 Twitter Classroom Ideas for Learning With Social Media via GDC team

18 Twitter Classroom Ideas for Learning With Social Media via GDC team | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Check out these engaging Twitter classroom ideas for fun social media-infused lessons that will excite your digital students.

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Annie Nguyen's curator insight, March 18, 6:12 AM

It is true that nowadays, technology and social media is a big part of our lives. However, I disagree with the author's idea. I think that class work and social media should not be connected so deeply. For example, having an online research homework once in a while is fine. However, such implements would have many disadvantges. Firstly, students would take advantage of it and go elsewhere while accessing Twitter to do their assigned work. They may log into Twitter and view other materials according to personal interest instead of completing what was assigned to them. Books and papers prevent this from happening and ensure that the students focus on doing their work. Secondly, it is too early to be using social media in schools of students from age 6-16. They are still considered as "children", and should not be using social media as yet. Young immature students may use plagirism of another student's work or someone else's online wiwthout permission. Or in another case, while the class is having a discussion, one student can just wander elsewhere, as stated in the first point. If the students take an interest in digital, they would have a chance to come in contact with that subject in university or college. At that point, they are matured and would handle social media properly. Team building games should be done physically instead of cyberly, as through the computer screen, it is difficult for students to know each other. To communicate with the students, teacher could just simply contact their parents if the student is absent from class. It is true that many youngsters nowadays are fond of social media being introduced into their education, but my personal opinion is that most of the classwork should be done on books and paper.

Annie Nguyen's curator insight, March 18, 6:13 AM

It is true that nowadays, technology and social media is a big part of our lives. However, I disagree with the author's idea. I think that class work and social media should not be connected so deeply. For example, having an online research homework once in a while is fine. However, such implements would have many disadvantges. Firstly, students would take advantage of it and go elsewhere while accessing Twitter to do their assigned work. They may log into Twitter and view other materials according to personal interest instead of completing what was assigned to them. Books and papers prevent this from happening and ensure that the students focus on doing their work. Secondly, it is too early to be using social media in schools of students from age 6-16. They are still considered as "children", and should not be using social media as yet. Young immature students may use plagirism of another student's work or someone else's online wiwthout permission. Or in another case, while the class is having a discussion, one student can just wander elsewhere, as stated in the first point. If the students take an interest in digital, they would have a chance to come in contact with that subject in university or college. At that point, they are matured and would handle social media properly. Team building games should be done physically instead of cyberly, as through the computer screen, it is difficult for students to know each other. To communicate with the students, teacher could just simply contact their parents if the student is absent from class. It is true that many youngsters nowadays are fond of social media being introduced into their education, but my personal opinion is that most of the classwork should be done on books and paper.

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Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic

Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it

"Screencasting, or capturing what you do on your computer (or tablet) in a video format while you narrate your actions, is one of the most powerful functions that modern computer technology has delivered to today’s educators."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 23, 2015 3:37 PM

EmergingEdTech has been running a Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge and this week Screencast-O-Matic is the tool of the week. If you have not used this tool and are interested in doing screencasting (also known as screen capture) take the time to review this video.

The free version allows you to record up to 15 minutes, but you cannot edit the film. There is a paid version for $15 per year, which allows for editing and unlimited length! Screencast-O-Matic may be used as a web app, or you can download it (PC and Mac).

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:27 AM

This is one of my go-to tools.  I use it for so many things.  It's a great tool for tech support when you can share a screen with someone.  Make a quick video to model what they should be doing on their computer.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:39 AM

This article includes a video tutorial on Screencast-o-matic, a video capture tool that can help you create videos for your students to help them in their learning.

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REVIEW: instaGrok: An Education Search Engine for Students | Edudemic

REVIEW: instaGrok: An Education Search Engine for Students | Edudemic | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
After weeks of poring over reviews and testing the app in my classroom, I can say with confidence that instaGrok offers the best research engine experience for education of any app for tablets running iOS or Android. The instaGrok app is more classroom-friendly than its competitors, and its visual presentation of results is unparalleled. With instaGrok, teachers can encourage self-directed learning, empowering students to hone research, critical thinking, and writing skills. The search results engage students and encourage them to dig deeper in research projects. Read on to learn why instaGrok is the ideal classroom research app.

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10 Apps for Social Supports and Behavior

10 Apps for Social Supports and Behavior | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Children with learning disabilities sometimes have social and behavioral challenges. These mobile apps may help them learn and practice connecting with others.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 26, 2014 2:07 PM

 "Children and teens with learning disabilities sometimes have a hard time with social skills and behavior, including reading or communicating nonverbal signals. The following mobile apps may provide your child or teen with some high-tech support. Although we did extensive research on available apps, we also learned that just because “there’s an app for that” it doesn’t mean that it’s right for everyone."


Darla Hatton and her teenage daughter have reviewed these 10 apps in Apple products for you to try out.


> iEarnedThat

> Hidden Curriculum for Kids

> Model me Going Places

> Tap to Talk

> Verbally

> Middle School Confidential 1

> Middle School Confidential 2

> Cyber Bullying

> Angry Octopus

> Your Turn - Kid Timer

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, April 27, 2014 7:42 AM

Some of these look really promising. I think you could use some of these apps with all kinds of kids, especially younger kids!

Tony Ges's curator insight, May 28, 2014 7:36 PM

Great autism spectrum apps!

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9 MORE apps to improve organizational skills for LD students

9 MORE apps to improve organizational skills  for LD students | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Apps to improve organizational skills for students with learning disabilities - but we wanted to add 9 MORE for students with learning disabilities.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:46 PM

Here is a set of apps recommended to improve organizational skills. Excellent annotations are included with each app.

 

1. Photomind

2. Visual Schedule Planner

3. Doozy

4. Quickvoice Recorder

5. Audio Memos

6. PaperHelper

7. Notability

8. Inkflow

9. Sticky Notes

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:21 AM

Great ideas for LS students who need organizational skills boosted!  

Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, December 22, 2013 4:10 PM

Here is a re-scoop from Kathleen McClaskey's Scoop it!. The scoop is an updated list of organizational apps  for LD students from inov8 website . Read on for their helpful post.

 

Carol

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4 Important Educational iPad Apps - Free for limited time ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Important Educational iPad Apps - Free for limited time ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it

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UDL reading and writing supports for the Chromebook and Chrome Browser

UDL reading and writing supports for the Chromebook and Chrome Browser | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Kit Hard from edtechkit.blogspot.com


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, October 6, 2013 2:47 PM

Kit Hard has created a list of Chrome Apps and Extensions that enable reading and writing supports such as text-to-speech, speech-to text, and dictionary tools for students in my district.

 

> For text-to-speech Kit recommends the Chrome extension - Chrome Speak  The student highlights the text, right clicks and selects speak.

> The Google Dictionary extension will open a definition and audio for any word on any web page by double clicking the word.

> The Read & Write extension for Google Drive puts a toolbar on the top of the Google Docs editor that adds text-to-speech, a dictionary tool, visual dictionary tool, and special highlighting tools with extraction features.

> The Announcify extension takes online articles on sites like CNN or NYT and strips out all adds and distracting visuals, so that only text is visible, enables text-to-speech, and has easy option for enlarging text.

> Voice note is a Chrome app that is equivalent to Dragon Dictation for doing voice-to-text.

Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, October 6, 2013 7:41 PM

Suggested extensions to support students with special needs from Kit Hard.

Carol

BB's curator insight, October 19, 2013 12:15 PM

Some new apps/extensions to explore on Google: Announcify and Voice Note

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A Valuable Tool for Web Browsing

A Valuable Tool for Web Browsing | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Curiyo lets online readers learn more about a word or phrase in a story without ever leaving the Web page. It's a valuable and easy-to-use addition to Web browsing.


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A tool that could benefit many students as they research and navigate online.  And, the text reader extension of your browser will read the Curiyo pop up content out loud.

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SlideSpeech, presentations with voice

SlideSpeech, presentations with voice | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it

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Very easy to use, nice digital voice quality and visual interface.  I have uploaded several of my powerpoints with great success.  I can see an application for PPT books that students utilize for UDL or accommodation - easy way to add audio!

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Agora Abierta's comment, August 26, 2013 4:55 AM
Useful!
Agora Abierta's curator insight, August 26, 2013 4:56 AM

Very useful tool.

Vladimir Kukharenko's comment, September 22, 2013 3:29 AM
Использовать!
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Shahi - A visual dictionary | Blachan Lab

Shahi - A visual dictionary | Blachan Lab | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
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Visual dictionary that combines Flickr, Google and Yahoo images with Wictionary content.Terms within definitions are hyperlinked.
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