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PSA: Do not upgrade to iCloud Drive during iOS 8 installation

PSA: Do not upgrade to iCloud Drive during iOS 8 installation | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Today is the day Apple is making iOS 8 available to the public. The latest version of iOS has several new features like widgets and third-party keyboards

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5 Useful iPad Story Starter Apps for Your Students

5 Useful iPad Story Starter Apps for Your Students | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

Here is a list of some excellent iPad apps that you can use with students to get them into  'the creative writing mode'. Some of these apps provide story starters that students can draw on to build their stories, other apps provide writing prompts to spark students thinking and guide their writing responses.


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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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Monika Tusnady's curator insight, September 14, 4:52 PM

Starts with a great poster to share with students and their parents. Succint and applicable to all subject areas. 

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33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom

33 Digital Tools for Advancing Formative Assessment in the Classroom | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Here’s a comprehensive list of 33 digital tools and apps that teachers can use in their classroom to effectively implement formative assessment.

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How to download the Songs of Innocence album by U2 for free on iPhone and iPad

How to download the Songs of Innocence album by U2 for free on iPhone and iPad | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
U2 took the stage today at Apple's iPhone event and along with a free performance, also announced that their new album, Songs of Innocence, would be made available for free to all iPhone and iPad owners via iTunes. The biggest question we're getting bombarded with now is how exactly you go about downloading it. As it turns out, you've just got to know where to look. How to download...

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11 Great YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

11 Great YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

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PixTeller - Poster Maker!

PixTeller - Poster Maker! | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

Create targeted image quotes, personalized greeting cards, beautiful posters or any amazing image you wish on PixTeller.com.

 

 


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becool's curator insight, September 10, 5:35 AM

Lijkt me ook bruikbaar om je digitaal leertraject te promoten in je organisatie (bedrijf, school, overheidsinstelling). Doen!

The School Aranda's curator insight, September 10, 5:50 AM

Create your own meme...lots of potential here

Linda Denty's curator insight, September 14, 10:48 PM

This looks like a great way to create cards and posters.

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Shutterfly Photo Story iPad App Preview - NCCE

Shutterfly Photo Story iPad App Preview - NCCE | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Shutterfly is launching an amazing classroom resource called Shutterfly Photo Story.  Most of us are familiar with the high quality…

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How to Setup and Use Parental Control on iPhone/iPad Using Guided Access - GeeksBlog

How to Setup and Use Parental Control on iPhone/iPad Using Guided Access - GeeksBlog | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Guided Access on iPhone/iPad can help you set limitations on apps. It's a useful parental control feature. Here's a complete guide to using Guided Access.

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Use Text-to-Speech Functions for Better Proofreading - Lifehacker.com

Use Text-to-Speech Functions for Better Proofreading - Lifehacker.com | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

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Most of us know you should read something out loud when proofreading, but we may miss critical errors. We insert words we think are there, but aren't, because we wrote it. Using the text-to-speech function on your device will help prevent your internal autocorrect from missing errors.

Over at TUAW, they suggest using the Mac's and iOS's built-in text to speech function. Windows, Android and Chrome have text-to-speech too, though, so this tip works anywhere. You'll hear words that are missing and punctuation that's off when the text doesn't sound right. It's no replacement for a human, but can help in a pinch."

 


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All of our top tips from August 2014 - Book Creator app | Blog

All of our top tips from August 2014 - Book Creator app | Blog | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
During August we tweeted a top tip every day under the hashtag #bcprotips. Here they are in one handy place!

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Clarisketch - Voice annotation for images

Clarisketch - Voice annotation for images | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

Through the narration and illustration of photos, Clarisketch saves time and improves the quality of messaging using a combination of photographs and annotated commentary. Clarisketch enables you to quickly comment and draw on diagrams, map routes, photos etc and share it with friends/colleagues via email, Facebook, Google+, Twitter or other social networks.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 13, 7:03 AM

This looks like a handy tool for Android users.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 13, 7:43 PM

Giving voice to images. 

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Online Voice Recorder

Online Voice Recorder | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

Online Voice Recorder is a free simple application which records sound from microphone. After recording you can trim the sound and save it to your computer.

 


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 5, 11:02 PM

This looks like a very cool tools for recording, editing and sharing audio clips. H/T Nik Peachey.

JordiMarínba's curator insight, September 8, 1:24 PM

Very usuful online Voice Recorder

Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, September 10, 9:35 AM

No registration needed, that's nice!

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iOS 8 New Accessibility Features

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Detailed Description of new iOS 8 Accessibility Features!


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, September 17, 8:29 AM

Great Description, I hope all of these new features work well from the onset!

Now that you have the iOS 8 upgrade checklist, here are some new features of iOS 8 that we thought you may like.

Switch Control
Switch Control is an accessibility feature that was first introduced in iOS 7. Switch Control gives a user the ability to control almost any aspect of their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with one or two external switches. Here are a few of the important changes that we’ve noticed in iOS 8.

Scanning Pop-up Menu
When scanning and a switch is clicked, a pop-up menu of options appears on the screen. There are two important changes to this pop-up menu.

The amount of options that initially shows on screen has changed. In the initial click state, fewer options are presented to the user; typically Tap and one or two other options that would apply to the object that has been selected. The user can then scan to a second menu/screen of options. Overall, the amount of options available to the user has not decreased, but the logic behind how they are displayed has changed.

Inside of the menu, when there are multiple rows of options, only the row that is selected is highlighted/active. The other rows of options are grayed out until the scan reaches them.Gliding Cursor Speed
The speed of the gliding cursor has been greatly reduced at the lowest setting. In iOS 8 it takes approximately 15-seconds for the gliding cursor to get from one side of the screen to the other versus just 5-seconds in iOS 7. This slower speed will help individuals who are unable to react as quickly as other users.Bluetooth Pairing
There has been a slight change to the Bluetooth Pairing menu within the settings app. In iOS 7 all Bluetooth devices would show up in a section called My Devices and have the status of Connected, Not Connected, or Not Paired. In iOS 8, under My Devices, you only see devices that have previously been paired or are currently paired with the iDevice. For other devices that could potentially pair with that iDevice, they now show up under a section called Other Devices. This is important for anyone trying to pair the Blue2 Bluetooth Switch with their iDevice for the first time.Assistive Touch Enhancements
Access to the Notification Center and Control Center has been added to Assistive Touch.Word Prediction
Better word prediction is now integrated into iOS 8. Simply start typing and iOS 8 will recommend your next word based on your writing style and past messages. Word recommendations appear at the top of the keyboard and are easy for switch users to scan to and select.Third-Party Keyboards
A new API for developers is available to allow third-party keyboards to be used on iOS devices. This opens the door for more accessible on-screen keyboards to be created.Speak Screen
When Speak Screen is turned on, a two-finger swipe from the top of the screen will start a screen reader that will read back everything available on that screen. This is similar to the Speak Selection feature found in previous versions of iOS, but it will now read the entire screen instead of just a small selection.Alex
Alex is a new high-quality U.S. English voice that delivers natural sounding speech. Alex works well with the Speak Screen feature.Grayscale Screen
In addition to the Invert Colors feature, a new Grayscale feature has been added so that all screens on the iDevice show up in grayscale. Note that if you are using your device with an Apple TV, the grayscale screen will only show on the iDevice and not on the Apple TV.Zoom
The zoom options in iOS 8 have been greatly expanded to give the user more controlZoom Region
You can now select to have a movable zoom window on the screen or zoom the entire like previous versions of iOS. The zoom region (movable zoom window) can be resized to meet the users needs.Zoom Controller 
The zoom controller is a menu that appears on screen that gives you control of the zoom without having to go back into the Settings App.Zoom Level 
You can adjust zoom level from 1X to 15X.Guided Access Enhancements
Guided Access was introduced in iOS 6 and allows a user to lock an iDevice into a single app. With iOS 8, you can now set time limits on how long an app is locked and unlock Guided Access using Touch ID.Family Sharing
The key feature of Family Sharing is that up to six “family members” can share iTunes, iBooks, and app purchases.iMessage Enhancement
Within iMessage, you can now easily send live voice messages from within the iMessage app by simply selecting the microphone icon.Health App and HealthKit
The Health App and HealthKit API are going to make it easier for third-party app and hardware developers to track fitness and health data in one place on your iDevice. In addition, future Apple devices, like the Apple Watch, will be able to capture fitness and health data.HomeKit
The HomeKit API will enable third-party developers to better integrate their home automation hardware and apps with Apple devices. HomeKit will also make it easier for home automation devices to talk to each other and work in harmony. Because of this better integration, native accessibility features should be more widely available for users with disabilities and expand the amount of consumer options that are available for them to use.
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What to expect when upgrading to iOS 8

Apple's new operating system for the iPhone and iPad includes changes to notifications, messages, shortcuts and Siri. Before downloading the update, you'll need to clear some space. Also, Facebook...

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Publishing with iBooks Author

Publishing with iBooks Author | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
iBooks Author is the first tool of its kind. Never before have publishers, authors, and content creators had a tool for making dynamic, interactive ebooks in a WYSIWYG environment. This book is intended to get you up and writing in iBooks Author....

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Everything you need to know before preordering the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

Everything you need to know before preordering the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Time to set your alarm. After officially introducing both the iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus earlier this week, preorders for both Apple handsets will start at 12:01 a.m. PST tomorrow.
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10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic

10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it
Instagram is a hugely popular social network for photo sharing. Though the use of social media in the classroom may have skyrocketed, Twitter and Facebook definitely reign supreme as the key social media tools for schools and teachers. Somehow, despite the widespread popularity of Instagram, few teachers are employing it in the classroom. We’ve heard …

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iOS 8 Release Date Set for September 17 - OSXDaily

iOS 8 Release Date Set for September 17 - OSXDaily | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

"Apple has announced that iOS 8 will be released on Wednesday, September 17, two days prior to the release of iPhone 6. As usual with iOS, the major software update will arrive as a free download from the Over-the-Air update mechanism, or through iTunes."


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Augmented learning: Using Augmented Reality in schools - Innovate My School

Augmented learning: Using Augmented Reality in schools - Innovate My School | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

"Augmented Reality (AR) is cutting-edge technology that allows for a digitally enhanced view of the real world, uncovering hidden images, videos and texts to the user when the 'trigger' (or 'marker') image or item is scanned by a camera, adding layers of digital information directly on top of objects around us."

 


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Hyperlapse & DoInk X App-Smashing - The History 2.0 Classroom

Hyperlapse & DoInk X App-Smashing - The History 2.0 Classroom | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

"I've been experimenting with Hyperlapse quite a bit since its release to the App Store and while all of the uses haven't been particularly productive (mounting my iPhone on my dashboard to capture a morning commute to a workshop), I think I have identified what could be an extremely productive and helpful use for this tool in any sort of art classroom that has access to iPads. "


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App Smashing: Pic Collage and ChatterPix - MS.PANA SAYS

App Smashing: Pic Collage and ChatterPix - MS.PANA SAYS | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

"In Kindergarten, their first Social Studies Unit is “KG the Place to Be!” which is basically all about being in Kindergarten, the class community, and our school rules. To reflect on some of their favorite things about Kindergarten so far, I had the students do a little app-smashing!"


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NGAkids Art Zone - A Fun App for Exploring and Creating Art - iPad Apps for School

NGAkids Art Zone - A Fun App for Exploring and Creating Art - iPad Apps for School | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

"NGAkids Art Zone is a free iPad app from the National Gallery of Art. The app is designed to help elementary school and middle school students explore art through eight interactive activities."


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, September 9, 8:13 PM

NGAkids Art Zone is a free iPad app from the National Gallery of Art (Washington. USA). The app is designed to students explore art through eight interactive activities.

After students open the app they can scroll through a gallery of paintings and drawings. Double-tapping on a drawing or painting will open an interactive activity in which students can modify the original work. Modification of a selected work takes place through sketching and or adding elements selected from a gallery of modifications. Students can save each work in the app or save it to the camera roll on an iPad. It would be great if our galleries in Aust launched similar apps, as this is quite good to play with. 

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Smart Apps For Special Needs: 10 Apps for Teaching Emotions and Calming Skills

Smart Apps For Special Needs: 10 Apps for Teaching Emotions and Calming Skills | idevices for special needs | Scoop.it

"My husband learned pretty early on in our marriage that telling me to "relax" when I was feeling stressed was not in his best interest. My response is always more favorable when he offers to help or even just listen. This came to mind when I read an article by behavior specialist, Jessica Minahan, on teaching children self-calming skills. As teachers, parents and therapists, we often tell children to relax or calm down, but many children don't know how and behavior can escalate. The article explains three simple steps to help kids learn to self-calm: teach students to identify emotions, teach students self-calming strategies and practice with the student. Be sure to read the full article here for some great suggestions on how to implement these steps. I've also rounded up ten apps that can be used to address these skills"


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Hyperlapse & DoInk X App-Smashing - The History 2.0 Classroom

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"I've been experimenting with Hyperlapse quite a bit since its release to the App Store and while all of the uses haven't been particularly productive (mounting my iPhone on my dashboard to capture a morning commute to a workshop), I think I have identified what could be an extremely productive and helpful use for this tool in any sort of art classroom that has access to iPads. "


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