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6 apps to create social stories | inov8

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Another update for our "There's a Special App for That" posts. Here are 6 apps for creating social stories plus a great resource!

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, June 7, 2014 5:05 PM

Another thank you goes out to inov8 educational consulting for providing an update on 6 apps to create social stories. Social stories can be used for behavioral support, for describing and teaching social interactions, to ease transitions, and to teach new adaptive skills (among many other uses!). Check out these 6 apps (some free and some cost $).

 

> Pictello

> Story Creator and Story Creator Pro: Make Stories, Photo Albums, Scrapbooks, Collages and more

> 30hands: Create & Show What You Know

> Widgit Go

> Explain Everything

> Popplet

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15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension

15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension | AT apps and tools for sped, UDL | Scoop.it

"Reading comprehension is a matter of decoding, reading speed, and critical thinking about the text, all of which can improve with tiered practice.

So below, in an order of general complexity, are 15 apps for improved reading comprehension, ranging from word and sentence fluency, to recall, to critical thinking skills, to reading speed."


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Bmw's curator insight, September 2, 2013 1:09 PM

thanks John. plenty of ideas for reading.

Karine Thonnard's curator insight, September 5, 2013 7:58 AM

add your insight...

 
Maria Persson's curator insight, September 5, 2013 6:13 PM

Always great to have more than one choice since there isn't one perfect app!

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Crack the Books iTextbooks - Adjusts for Reading Levels

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Crack The Books is a state of the art, interactive textbook series for upper elementary students.

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These science textbooks are interactive and the reading levels can be modified to suit the reader.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 25, 2013 4:16 PM

I normally do not promote textbooks but these iTextbooks can "level the playing field" for millions of learners. Crack The Books™ textbooks are the first interactive Textbooks that can be adjusted for reading level. Designed for the 2nd to 6th grade science and social studies curriculum, iTextbooks allow for reading level adjustment from 1st grade to 8th grade, making it possible for all learners in a classroom to access the same curriculum content regardless of their reading abilities.

 

Here are some other features that can make a difference for every learner in your class.

 

> Visual supports for comprehension

> Hundreds of high resolution images

> Videos and custom animations

> Interactive globes, charts and activities

> Interactive vocabulary definitions and glossaries

> Universal design elements

> Integrated voice over features

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, September 26, 2013 7:28 PM

Interesting universal design for learning textbook series. Have you used these?

Carol

Alyson Lewis's curator insight, October 12, 2014 4:29 PM

Trial 

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iPad® Apps for Students Struggling with Reading, Writing & Math

iPad® Apps for Students Struggling with Reading, Writing & Math | AT apps and tools for sped, UDL | Scoop.it

Join Diana as she walks you through the built-in accessibility features of the iPad and demonstrates the apps live for you to view and follow along. You will see the features of the apps, along with the gestures and how to use the apps. Learn realistic implementation methods to use immediately with students.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, September 15, 2014 9:16 PM

In today’s workshop you will learn about the best iPad apps for students who have difficulty with reading and/or writing, including challenges with math! Apps that are useful for related therapists such as OT, SLP, and Reading Specialists will also be demonstrated. For students who struggle with a print disability due to Dyslexia, specific LD, executive function, difficulties processing, low vision, blindness, or physical disabilities, you will learn about apps to help students be successful with:

  • Reading                      
  • Comprehending                     
  • Note taking                
  • Computing
  • Writing                       
  • Organizing                 
  • Assessing textbooks

Apps will include: text-to-speech for books, documents, and PDF's with annotation, word prediction, note taking, object and money identification, graphic organizers and mind-mapping, magnification, voice recognition, audio recording, math support, Scanning with OCR (Optical character recognition), support while browsing the internet and researching, foundational literacy skills, digital story creating, and more. Apps demonstrated can be utilized with students from elementary school through post secondary education as well as adult learners.

OUTLINE

Apps for Reading:

  • Text to Speech, Highlighting, Definitions, Font Options, OCR, Differentiated Reading Levels, Support for Comprehension & Retention, as well as fluency and sight words/ vocabulary support, accessing digital and audiobooks

Apps for Writing and Completing worksheets/ Handouts/ Assignments:

  • Text to speech, typing, handwriting/ annotating, Voice Recognition, Word Prediction, Sight Words

Apps for Executive Function:

  • Note taking, Graphic Organizers, Brainstorming, Scheduling & Reminders, Organization, Planning, Audio-recording

Apps for Low Vision and Blindness:

  • Magnification, OCR, electronic Braille, audio, object/color/money ID, access to digital and audio books

Apps to Support Math skills and instruction:

  • Basic math, foundational math, algebra, equations, counting money, telling time, fractions, word problems, support for dysgraphia

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify a minimum of 10 apps that will support students who struggle with literacy (Reading, Writing, & Math) or Access to curriculum or learning materials.
  • Discuss how the apps will support students who have difficulty with literacy (reading, writing & math) or Access, and learn realistic applications for use.
  • Develop skills to utilize and implement the apps in daily practice while working with students who struggle with literacy and access.
  • Discuss specific student concerns to learn specific use and application to meet your student’s needs. Share favorite apps with others attending.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and Founder/ CEO of Assistive Technology for Education, LLC. and Access4Employment LLC. Diana is an accessibility specialist and certified ATP who provides AT assessment, training & consultation for students to access education and for adults to access employment, home and the community. Diana manages the AT consultants and trainers who work for ATE and A4E.  Previously Diana was the AT Specialist at the University of New Hampshire. She presents/trains locally & nationally, including at larger conferences such as ATIA, CSUN, Closing the Gap, & OTAP.


A DVD recording of the webinar can be purchased here:

http://www.pesi.com/ECommerce/ItemDetails.aspx?ResourceCode=RNV047770



Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 18, 2014 4:55 PM

Don't miss this incredible resource that Diana has put together for learners that struggle in reading, writing and math. This is a must resource for every school on the planet!

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DragonBox - The multi-platform Math Game that is Learner-Centered

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DragonBox - the multi-platform Algebra game! 


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Learn Algebra without knowing it's algebra!

 

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 19, 2013 6:02 PM

DragonBox offers a learner-centered approach to teaching algebra where the player learns at his/her own pace. Here is the thinking behind DragonBox developed by a cognitive scientist and a high school teacher:


"DragonBox Algebra 5+ is based on a novel pedagogical method developed in Norway that focuses on discovery and experimentation. Players receive instant feedback which differs from the traditional classroom setting where students can wait weeks for feedback. DragonBox Algebra 5+ creates an environment for kids where they can learn, enjoy and appreciate math."

 

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Creating a Classroom eBook with BookCreator

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Tweet It is no secret that I am a fan of the iPad app BookCreator since its release in 2011. Our students have created several eBooks with the app. You can read about the creation, its process and ...

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Central Access Reader-Revolutionary Screen Reader that Reads Math Accurately!

Central Access Reader (text to speech) Reads Math Accurately! Alyssa Marinaccio, Assistive Technology Consultant & Trainer for Assistive Technology for Education, LLC, demonstrates this phenomenal program! CAR was released last week at the CSUN conference. 


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:34 PM

Central Access Reader -A FREE screen reader that reads Math accurately, is going to help so many students and individuals who struggle with literacy, processing, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and other print disabilities, as well as those who are visually impaired or aging and simply benefit from hearing the math aloud. 

"Spencer Graffe, a senior in Central Washington University’s Computer Science Program, has helped develop Central Access Reader (CAR), a free computerized text-to-speech reader program that has attracted attention of institutions across the nation.

Marshall Sunnes, Central Access program coordinator and Wendy Holden, Disability and Accessibility Consultant, collaborated to determine what the program should be, how it should look, and what features were most important to include. Graffe had the skills to make it happen.

The program, developed as a tool to assist students with print-related disabilities—those with visual impairments, dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder, or other conditions—reads documents that other text-readers can’t handle, especially those with equations or symbols." Watch the video demonstration, and download CAR for FREE here:

CAR


**Alyssa Marinaccio is also the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Keene State College. 


***Visit Assistive Technology for Education, LLC for assistive technology assessments, trainings, and consultation to access education and employment.

Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 10, 2014 2:31 PM

Don't miss this reader that can make a difference in math!

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275 Special Needs Apps Review

275 Special Needs Apps Review | AT apps and tools for sped, UDL | Scoop.it
Friendship Circle provides a complete listing of Special Needs Apps.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, October 22, 2013 10:11 AM

"With over a thousand apps now available to help individuals with special needs it has become increasingly difficult to find and choose the right special needs app. The Friendship Circle App Review gives you the ability to find the perfect special needs app for your child."

 

275 Apple and Android Apps can be searched in the following categories:

> Communication

> Social Skills

> Behavior

> Educational

> Scheduling

> Speech & Language

> Life Skills

Naomi W's curator insight, March 5, 2014 11:03 PM

An amazing list with 1000s of specialised apps. With 7 categories: Communication; Social Skills; Life Skills; Behaviour; Educational; Scheduling; Speech & Language. 

 

However, it does not have any reviews. 

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Read&Write for Google for Struggling Readers & Writers

Read&Write for Google for Struggling Readers & Writers | AT apps and tools for sped, UDL | Scoop.it
Texthelp provides literacy software solutions for individuals, K-12 students, higher education students, and publishers.

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Free for teachers. Must use Google Chrome

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 15, 2013 8:18 PM

Great resources provided, Thank you Kathleen for sharing.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 24, 2013 4:56 PM

This might come in handy if you are in one of many schools around the country that doesn't have a reading specialist available to work with students.

nativemedia's comment, September 25, 2013 12:21 AM
fabulous
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Introducing Reading Champion - Texthelp's Newest iPad App!


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blsewb's curator insight, July 27, 2013 9:35 AM

Reading Champion/TextHelp

Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:05 PM

Thank you Diana for sharing this app that can make a difference for thousands of learners!

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, January 30, 2014 1:55 PM

This would be a great app to have loaded on the ipads at the library. 

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Operation Math Code Squad

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Get Operation Math Code Squad on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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$3.99 iPad app. Four player game includes separate keypad for each player. Teacher can change levels based on math concepts 

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Solving Equations App with Narrated Lessons

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 23, 2013 5:44 PM

For Ages 9-14, Solving Equations by Brainingcamp

 

★FEATURES ★
✔ Lesson with visual models and audio narration to make abstract concepts concrete
✔ Questions to practice what was learned
✔ Virtual manipulative for hands-on discovery learning
✔ Game to interactively apply understanding


★ CONCEPTS LEARNED ★
1. Understand that solving an equation means to find values of a variable that make an equation true
2. Discover that you can make changes to an equation as long as you do the same thing to both sides
3. Learn to solve equations by isolating the variable
4. Solve one- and two-step equations

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iOS: Accessibility Features

An overview of the Accessibility Features within iOS. These features are available on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Features include VoiceOver, Zoom, Larg...
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Learning through gaming | Raspberry Pi

Learning through gaming | Raspberry Pi | AT apps and tools for sped, UDL | Scoop.it
Allen Heard, Head of Computing at Ysgol Bryn Elian in North Wales (that's Welsh for Bryn Elian School), is visiting us at Pi Towers today. We've been talking about making Computing fun to learn, and how to make sure that ...
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