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Phonics Studio - A Great App for Learning to Pronounce Words

Phonics Studio - A Great App for Learning to Pronounce Words | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it

"Phonics Studio is a free iPad app that has received glowing reviews from speech-language pathologists. The app provides more than 2,500 flashcards that students can use to practice pronouncing more than 200 sounds. After opening the app students select a letter from the alphabet then a sound. Each sound has a collection of flashcards. To practice pronunciation students can listen to a recording and then create their own recordings (open the preferences panel to turn on the built-in recordings). The person working with a student can mark the student’s recording correct or incorrect."


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Sabrina Faulkner's comment, September 19, 2013 9:29 PM
This is a great application to use! My son currently uses this app and I can tell that while he enjoys it, he is also learning.
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The iPad’s next killer app: Osmo connects iOS kids' games with the real world

The iPad’s next killer app: Osmo connects iOS kids' games with the real world | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
Osmo is combining simple but elegant hardware with clever computer vision technology to turn Tangram shapes, letter cards and everyday objects into iPad game controllers.
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This new approach to using the iPad for learning is what we can expect in the coming months. The interactivity between the user and iPad will offer amazing apps and activities as detailed in this article. Amazing stuff! Looking forward to it.
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How-To: Link Audio Recordings to QR Codes - Class Tech Tips

How-To: Link Audio Recordings to QR Codes - Class Tech Tips | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
"Audio recordings can definitely support students who have trouble reading directions or need extra help with new vocabulary words. I’ve shared one way to make QR codes talk to students but if you’d like to add your own voice to a QR code, here’s how:"
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Using personalised voice messages for some students may be all you need to capture their attention. I've long advocated the use of your voice to record the learning activity and allow easy access for the student that struggles with reading or is a reluctant reader. This is just one way that also includes the added hook of using QR codes to give a small kicker to the activity. If you are keen to use voice additives to learning activities then look into Notability and PDF Expert that allow voice file to be added to the written material. Contact me if you need more info about using voice for student material.
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The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device

The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
The challenge for educators, especially directors of educational technology, is not to limit how our teachers teach, but to focus on the foundational skills and provide a clear and concrete formula for how different technological devices and applications will enhance these skills in order to give a learner the ability to create a product that will change the world.
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Interesting article with lots to think about.

"Technology is not here to make us lazy, or to avoid basic communication skills, but it is here to make us think critically, solve problems, collaborate, communicate, create, and ideate."

If we are not planning our lessons to accommodate the statement above then we need to think about what we are doing with the iPad.

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FTVSHD: First Then HD (NEW!)

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FTVS HD: First Then Visual Schedule First Then Visual Schedule  Visual Schedule Planner Scene Speak My Choice Board First Then -Android
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For that student who needs support with an organiser/scheduler then this has been making some impressions.  Research carefully to see if it suits your needs.  Expensive in comparison but it may be worth it if it supports the child.

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“50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities”

“50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities” | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
“50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities” new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability

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This is a great start for your research.  Remember, you need to understand what your young reader needs and then support them with the app and build it into their program. These are not stand alone  solutions.

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ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension

ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
You’ll love this free resource for teaching reading comprehension. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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Similar to Newsela this site provides heaps of resources around literacy and reading comprehension.  Needs reviewing to see what it has to offer but when differentiating this material may prove invaluable.  Let me know what you think. 

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40 interesting ways to use QR Codes in the classroom

From Tom Barrett's awseome "Interesting ways" project. Thanks Tom!
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Whilst QR codes have been around a while there are some interesting ways to use them in the classroom to provide that extra bit of interest or intrigue.  One obvious way is to provide a quick and easy transition to a web page from a printed document where the students don't have to type the long URL just scan with theri ipad and they are taken to the site.  All from your printed notes.  This is just one example that will make you look as though you are comfortable in this digital world our students inhabit.

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Word Prediction Software Research

Word Prediction Software Research | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
Word prediction is a popular software support used by thousands of students across the US and beyond. In fact, most people probably use word prediction several times a day without even realizing it…
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With the interest in Clicker Docs and programs like it then this article starts to put some theory behind the movement.  Please read and get involved with predictive text, word banks and TTS (text to speech) so that you can make some choices for your students.  I will be basing our PL next year on this type of thinking so get into some reading to understand the possibilities.

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Using iPads to support older struggling students? Sure!

Using iPads to support older struggling students? Sure! | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
 
Using iPads to Support Older Students Struggling with Literacy in Secondary School and Post-secondary Settings | Taking the iPad well beyond the primary school classroom!
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This MasterClass is being offered next year in Feb in Hobart and was needing support.  We need to support these workshops if we want them to come to Hobart otherwise we have the added expense of getting to the mainland.  Have alook at the program and pass on to colleagues.  Get a team together and get registered.

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My top ten iPad tips for people starting out! Now updated for iOS7!

My top ten iPad tips for people starting out! Now updated for iOS7! | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
Learning to use the iPad effectively and efficiently doesn’t happen immediately.
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Some of this may be old news for some whereas others may be struggling along without it. Have a look at the tips to make life easier.

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So you have an iPad? What next? A guide for teachers

So you have an iPad? What next? A guide for teachers | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
So you now you have an iPad, what can you do with it? To get you started, here's some of the useful apps and tools that would be useful to you as a teacher.
Via EdTechSandyK
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New to the iPad or want some reading around other teachers experience introducing iPads? Then this article will be a start. Remember, read widely to get a range of experiences as you build your own confidence using the iPad in your classroom. All teachers start out in the same position as we all have to start somewhere. But you have an advantage of reading about their experiences and adjusting your own. Good learning!
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CET Assistive Technology Blog

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Rewordify.com | An amazing tool for all students. Make the most of internet research.

Rewordify.com | An amazing tool for all students. Make the most of internet research. | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
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ReWordify should be one of the tools you direct your students to every day.  It translates the words used from any text or web site into more easily understood language for the struggling reader or any reader for that matter.  Easily configurable with lots of options.  It even creates word lists and flash cards for later follow up with the new or alternate words used during the session.

Why not create a Home Button on the ipad so that students can get to ReWordify easily.  Check out this amazing and essential tool for all your students.

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Mike Dilger's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:33 PM

I brought this site to your attention last term and I think it is such an important site I have reproduced the details here.  

If there is one site that you use in your classroom then it is this one. So many of our students drift through the websites we send them to for research and strugge with much of the content, particularly the text.  Here is an easy way of differentiating for all students and creating an environment for success.  Teach your students to create a Home Button for this site so they can access at any time.  There are so many features at this site that can be use in your classroom that this site is just about mandatory for us all.  Flash cards, quizzes, word lists, Rewordify a whole web site and place the link in Schoology for the class to use, determine the reading level of a site before recommending to the class.  This site is a must!

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Curious Ruler - iPad Measurement - Class Tech Tips

Curious Ruler - iPad Measurement  - Class Tech Tips | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
pp"Brand new from the team behind Oh No Fractions, Curious Ruler is fantastic app that helps students explore measurement. I’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the math classroom and this one definitely belongs on the list."
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Some maths tools that may help. Can't have enough maths tools.
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Special Education iPad Apps for Reading and Writing - Jonathan Wylie

Special Education iPad Apps for Reading and Writing - Jonathan Wylie | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
"Recently I had the distinct privilege of working with Julie Freed, Grant Wood’s Assistive Technology guru, to present a number of iPad apps that can be used to help improve the reading and/or writing skills of students in special education. Interested? Here are some of the apps we talked about, along with the reasons why we picked them."
Via Cindy Rudy, John Evans
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We may have seen some of the apps mentioned in this article but you might find a gem that you need for that special student in your class. Some great apps with lots of possibilities in your class.
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ChooseIt! Maker 3 - Shop | HelpKidzLearn

ChooseIt! Maker 3 - Shop | HelpKidzLearn | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
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Want to make your own differentiated material for Early Learners or Special Needs students?  This site can allow you to do just that and then download the app, yes app, on an iPad.  Some apps just don't do exactly what we need for our learners and this site may be just what you need.  It is by subscription as follows: 1 user $84; 5 Users $119 and site lic $169.  Worth a look and some investment of your time.

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About Teaching with Tablets

About Teaching with Tablets | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it

This topic is all about the use of mobile devices, in particular tablet computers, in education and teaching. We include articles of interest with regards to all current devices, whether Android-based, iOS-based or whatever, as they can all play a role in education.

 

WebTeachers aims to seek out the most useful and interesting web content for inclusion in this curated topic.

 

To find out more about WebTeachers, please visit our website at: http://www.webteachers.co.uk

Our Ed Tech Report can be found at:

http://paper.li/WebTeachersUK/1372141362

You can follow us on Twitter:

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You can also visit our Facebook page:

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You need to read widely as to what is happening in the world of teaching and tablets.

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Omar Naseralla's curator insight, October 30, 2013 6:39 AM

www.omartech.artisteer.net

Mike Dilger's curator insight, March 20, 5:47 PM

Wide reading is important when assessing technology in the classroom.  Add this to your reading list.

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Integrating the iPad into the Classroom

Integrating the iPad into the Classroom | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
“This blog post includes resources and links for participants attending professional development training in Sydney Cluster schools in March 2014.”
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This is another example of the sort of support you can expect from Spectronics. Check through the recommendations from this article and you will be well on the way to integrating that iPad into your classroom.
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Literacy Supports in the Remote Outback

Literacy Supports in the Remote Outback | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
My role during the week was to explore with the teachers how to provide literacy support for those students experiencing difficulties with reading and writing in English, using iPads recently purchased by the school.
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If we think we have access issues then consider the schools in the outback.  The local language is not a written language and therefore English becomes the written text.  Creative use of Book Creator app ($5.50) and its features has provided an important example of how the ipad and its techology can make a difference in the literacy program.  Another important app Readability Score ($3) also was used to assess the readability and suitability of the text being presented to students.  This is an important step and for the busy teacher or soemone needing support in selecting text then this app could be invaluable.   There is much from this approach we can adapt to our classroom.

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Using iPads to support students with Autism in Primary School Years – iPad Masterclass Handout | Spectronics Online

Using iPads to support students with Autism in Primary School Years – iPad Masterclass Handout | Spectronics Online | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
Welcome to your comprehensive handout of links, apps and information for this iPad Masterclass:
Using iPads to support students with
Autism in Primary School Years.
This information has been...
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If you haven't guessed it by now I think the Spectronics site and blog is essential reading for all of us.  This blog entry is organised into various sections for easy reading and research.  The FREE APPS are worth looking in to as we all struggle with funding.  Remember - you can't view all of them easily.  Use an IEP to look for apps that will assist you with a current concern or targetted behaviour/learning need.  This will allow you to narrow the search and not get confused or over loaded with info.

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Proloquo4Text is here

Proloquo4Text is here | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
We had a glimpse of this awesome new AAC app for text to speech earlier this year, when some of the Assistiveware team came to visit Australia. Now it’s here! Proloquo4Text is in the app store today and it doesn’t disappoint.
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For those schools in the market for Proloquotogo then this may be of interest.

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A merry QR code Christmas

A merry QR code Christmas | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
Christmas time is upon us again and I can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by! As I wandered through the shops yesterday I noticed that Australia Post have an interesting use for QR codes.
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Don't know what QR codes are or looking for something different to get the class excited.  As if.....  Here's an excuse to look into QR codes with some ideas from Spectronics.

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iPads for Education | Education Apps

iPads for Education | Education Apps | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
Our pick of education apps and related classroom ideas to support your school's iPad for education program.
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This is th recommended app list from the Victorian DoE and is worth a look.  Covers all learning areas including Special Needs apps.

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Powerful routines for the one iPad classroom - The Cornerstone

Powerful routines for the one iPad classroom - The Cornerstone | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
“ If you only have access to one or two mobile devices in your classroom, you're going to love these ideas for how to really make the most of them! Karen Sabados”
Via EdTechSandyK
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Until you have 1:1 then the ideas in this article may be useful. With the right approach and a planned strategy you can still achieve a great deal with just one iPad. Read how.
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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | iPads in SpecEd | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.
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This site is proving very popular with a number of busy teachers as a tool to help differentiate reading tasks for students.  Once the class is set up a teacher can gather news articles (very American but ok) and deliver them to the class via class code, and then the reading levels can be altered based on lexiles.  To find more info about lexiles go to www.mylexile.com.au

A comprehension quiz can be used if you want and scores compared to the class and against comprehension criteria.  This site is definitely worth a look.

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Mike Dilger's curator insight, October 15, 2013 11:13 PM

Like Rewordify, I think Newsela is worth a look as well.  Some teachers are using it already with great success.  (Olivia, Katrina, Nick)  It provides access to a current affair styled site that you can alter the level of text to suit various readers.  It provides a comprehension test as well if required.  It uses a lexile rating and further onfo about lexiles can be found at www.mylexile.com.au

This also provides a great tool for differentiation.  You can assign to a class and collect the quiz scores as well have their scores interpreted against criteria.  An essential tool for all REP classes, just ask Olivia for further help.