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iStimulation: Research on iPad Apps for Children with Visual Impairments

iStimulation: Research on iPad Apps for Children with Visual Impairments | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it

This presentation by Laura Campaña, Director of Infant & Early Childhood Program at Junior Blind of America, was given in March 2012.

 

"It introduces multiple applications on the iPad iOS platform that have been tested on children with visual impairment. It includes cumulative data collected on iPad use compared to APH Lightbox use with children with visual impairment during a study done by the Junior Blind. The purpose of the study was to investigate the use of the Apple iPad as a means to strengthen or initiate visual engagement, parental interaction, communication, visual attentiveness, reaching adn/or activation among children with visual impairments and/or multiple disabilities."

 

http://www.juniorblind.org/site/iecp-test-presentation
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The Top Ten Apps for Dyslexic and LD Students

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A new day has arrived for dyslexic and LD students where apps have been created to support the challenges that they have on a daily basis in school. Here is the "Top Ten apps" (with links to iTunes) for them to get started.

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75 best apps for special education

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We asked special education teachers, OTs and SLPs to recommend their favorite apps for autism, speech, language, reading, writing, auditory processing disorder, executive functioning and more.
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Check out this great list of apps from "A Day in Our Shoes". They include the 75 best apps for special education, special needs, speech and language, reading and writing, auditory processing disorder. Share this with schools and friends!



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AT to watch: Speech recognition

AT to watch: Speech recognition | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
In this post we discuss why we're re-thinking speech recognition, and resources for the implementation of speech recognition technology.
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 inov8 Educational Consulting has provided important insight on speech recognition software and the process to implement it with learners. They point out an ATIA presentation, “Speech Recognition for Writing: A Complete Guide,” by Kelley Key and Daniel Cochrane who talked about a process for speech recognition and included a link to their guidelines. Additional resources are included in this all important article on speech recognition.

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Assistive Technology That’s Built Into Mobile Devices

Assistive Technology That’s Built Into Mobile Devices | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
Did you know mobile devices come with accessibility features that can help with learning and attention issues? Here's an overview of these built-in features.
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Did you know that most smartphones, tablets and other devices have built-in technology that can help with learning and attention issues? The range of assistive technologyfeatures varies among brands. But iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices and Windows phones all have features that may make life easier for people with learning and attention issues.

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

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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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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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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



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iPad Apps for Complex Communication Support Needs

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CALL Scotland - Provides specialist expertise in technology for children who have speech, communication and/or writing difficulties, in schools across Scotland.
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This 'wheel' of AAC Apps by Sally Millar and Gillian McNeill of CALL Scotland, provides a categorised guide to iPad Apps for people with complex communication support needs, who may need to use some form(s) of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

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7 iPad Apps to Help Learners With Dyslexia

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These apps are designed to help learners with dyslexia develop literacy skills at a manageable pace.

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Discover 7 Apps that can make a difference for learners with dyslexia. They include:

 

> vBookz PDF Voice Reader

> SoundLiteracy

> openWeb

> ModMath

> Dyslexia Quest

> Oz Phonics

> Inspiration Maps

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Great apps that complement @jmweightman 's brilliant iBook on Dyslexia http://tinyurl.com/nx8kclm

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9 MORE apps to improve organizational skills

9 MORE apps to improve organizational skills | Leveling the playing field with apps | 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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A special thanks to inov8 Educational Consulting in posting 9 additional apps to improve organizational skills for learners with organization and planning challenges. They have included a great review and screenshots for each of this apps. Check them out:

 

> Photomind

> Visual Schedule Planner

> Doozy

> Quickvoice Recorder

> Audio Memos

> PaperHelper

> Notability

> Inkflow

> Sticky Notes

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iPad Apps for Dyslexia/Reading Writing Support

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Staff at CALL Scotland have produced a helpful Wheel of Apps guide for iPad that may be useful for students with dyslexia or who just need some additional support with reading and/or writing diffic...
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This iPad app wheel includes apps for reading, writing, memory, organization and numeracy. There is a link to acquire the PDF version on this site.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 1, 2014 12:40 PM

iPad Apps for students with Dyslexia.

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, April 27, 2014 7:44 AM

Great resources!

Erin Schettler's curator insight, August 14, 2014 6:47 AM

This is an AMAZING compilation of apps to aid struggling readers!

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13 Apps for Students With LD: Organization and Study

13 Apps for Students With LD: Organization and Study | Leveling the playing field with apps | 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.
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Students with learning disabilities often have trouble with study skills like getting and staying organized—a crucial executive function skill—and remembering what needs to happen and when. Darla Hatton and her teenage daughter have researched and/or tested these 13 apps, and found them especially helpful. They know that every person has slightly different needs, but it’s worth taking the time to find out which apps work for your child.

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Introducing Reading Champion - Texthelp's Newest iPad App!


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

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, July 24, 2013 10:12 AM

'Children can do the following: 

1.listen to a passage being read aloud using text-to-speech with highlighting 
2.record themselves reading the passage aloud
3.look up any unfamiliar words using the dictionary
4.listen to their own recording and re-record as desired 
5.mark their own progress by selecting words they found difficult

Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded. Children and their parents or teachers can access progress graphs to see the improvement that they have made.

 

This is excellent for practicing and improving reading while tracking progress! Try it for free from the app store:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reading-champion/id645814938?mt=8

 

Also available from TextHelp is a phenomal app for writing using word prediction called iReadWrite: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ireadwrite/id600843386?mt=8

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

Reading Champion/TextHelp

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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iPad Apps Can Support Evidence-Based Practice

iPad Apps Can Support Evidence-Based Practice | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it

The American Speech-Language, Hearing Association (ASHA) uses a well-known definition put forth by David Sackett and colleagues to define evidence based practices. 

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According to The National Professional Development Center (NPDC) many interventions for autism exist, only some have been shown to be effective through scientific research. Interventions that researchers have shown to be effective are called evidence-based practices. Currently, the Center has identified 24 evidence-based practices.

 

Here is a comprehensive list of iPad apps that support evidence based practice for both speech language pathology and autism spectrum disorders. The table is meant for informational purposes only to illustrate how apps support evidence based practice and to use as you determine appropriate.

 

www.proactivespeechtherapy.com

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Kaylee Shepherd's comment, February 12, 2014 9:34 AM
5. Education teachers and therapists are using ipads to help kids with diseases learn. Every student will have different preferences and individual needs. It is the educational teacher's job to find the best "fit" for each student.
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9 MORE apps to improve organizational skills for LD students

9 MORE apps to improve organizational skills  for LD students | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
Apps to improve organizational skills for students with learning disabilities - but we wanted to add 9 MORE for students with learning disabilities.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

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

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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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Voice Dream Writer App - It's a Wow!

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Voice Dream Writer app is truly an app that can level the playing field for a broad range of learners that struggle with writing. Check out the video on this site to discover why it is such a WOW! Here are the features of this new app:


Voice Dream Writer reads out loud using text-to-speech, so that awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos can be easily spotted.


Writer helps finding the right words through phonetic search and meaning search.


Writer automatically keeps an outline of headings, paragraphs and sentences. The Outline helps writers better structure their writing with an always-on overview.

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FREE Ultimate Guide to the iPad For Speech Pathology & Special Education

FREE Ultimate Guide to the iPad For Speech Pathology & Special Education | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
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Free eBook that will get you started in using the iPad for speech pathology and special education.


  • Understand Initial iPad Setup – What are all those features?
  • Navigate the App Store like a Pro
  • Discover New Apps by Taking Advantage of iPad Settings and Outside Resources
  • Take your Teaching to the Next Level Using Built In Accessibility Features for Vision, Hearing, Physical & Motor, and Learning
  • Start Teaching Right Away Using Our Favorite Apps for Communication, Language, and General Education
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God Is.'s comment, December 30, 2014 2:50 PM
I wish all of these resources were available a few years back when I was working with these guys and gals .. Thank you for sharing such wonderful tools!
Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, January 2, 12:46 PM

As a special education teacher, I really appreciate efforts such as this. Great suggestions on using the iPad more fully in your classroom. Aloha, Russ.

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Free Webinar - Chrome apps & extensions to support struggling learners: Nov 17th

Free Webinar - Chrome apps & extensions to support struggling learners: Nov 17th | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
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This webinar will present several apps and extensions to support literacy and executive function, and they are free to download right in the Chrome web store. If your learners are using laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or a tablet, Chrome apps and extensions can support them on their device in the classroom and at home. Apps and extensions demonstrated will include text to speech, voice recognition, mind mapping, word prediction, highlighting and research tools, timers, support with reading fluency and comprehension, and more.

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An Overview of iOS 8′s New Accessibility Features

An Overview of iOS 8′s New Accessibility Features | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
Since this year’s WWDC keynote ended, the focus of any analysis on iOS 8 has been its features — things like Continuity, Extensions, and iCloud Drive. This is, of course, expected: iOS is the operating system that drives Apple’s most important (and most profitable) products, so it’s natural that the limelight be shone on the […]
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Check out all the great iOS 8 Accessibility features in this article. Here are those features that are designed to "level the playing field".

> Alex

> Speak Screen

> Zoom

> Grayscale

> Guided Access

> Enhanced Braille Keyboard

> "Made for iPhone" Hearing Aids

> Third Party Keyboard API


Miscellany. iOS 8 brings with it a few housekeeping changes to Settings.app, where the Accessibility options are located. For example, the Subtitles & Captioning option — which previously was found under Hearing — has been moved to a new Media section, right next to a new Video Descriptions toggle. Furthermore, the Physical & Motor pane — home to such features as Switch Control and AssistiveTouch — has been rechristened Interaction.


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Wheel of Autism Apps | DART

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http://www.dart.ed.ac.uk/app-wheel/ DART: development, autism, research, technology

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From the University of Edinburgh, the author of this wheel shares her notes about the development of this Wheel of Autism Apps.


"Every app which has made it on to this wheel has been reviewed by me and I can recommend each one.  Apps which are merely intended for people with autism are not necessarily featured here. I am not trying to provide a comprehensive summary of available apps, but instead a visual shortcut which brings together the apps I like the best, by function.  For this reason, as my collection of app reviews continues to expand, I’ll be updating the wheel at regular intervals."

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iPads for Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (iCALL)

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CALL Scotland - Provides specialist expertise in technology for children who have speech, communication and/or writing difficulties, in schools across Scotland.
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Another excellent resource from CALL Scotland.


The book includes chapters on:

  • Getting to grips with the iPad
  • Apps to support teaching & learning
  • Accessibility Options
  • iPad Accessories
  • iPad Resources
  • iPad in Assessments and Exams
  • Managing & Implementing the iPad
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Managing Curriculum Materials between Windows and iPads
  • iPad Management using iTunes: some useful tips.


It aims to support readers who are not necessarily technical specialists and who want to use the iPad with children or adults with additional support needs, special educational needs or disability.

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6 apps to create social stories | inov8

6 apps to create social stories | inov8 | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
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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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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10 Apps for Social Supports and Behavior

10 Apps for Social Supports and Behavior | Leveling the playing field with apps | 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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 "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

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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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8 Great Word Pattern Apps for Struggling Readers

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http://www.bugbrained.com/struggling-readers.html

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The 8 Great Word Pattern apps are a series of 11 apps that have been developed to help students work and master word patterns.  These individualized apps provide practice building words from their sounds.  

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:40 PM

Free reading apps for struggling readers! 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:42 PM

Free reading apps for struggling readers!

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Mobile Learning for All

Mobile Learning for All | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it

In this unique and engaging all-in-one resource, learn to use readily available iPad features to make your curriculum more accessible to learners with special needs.

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Learn how to get the most from your iPad by using its built-in accessibility features in conjunction with Universal Design for Learning guidelines. In this book, you’ll find:

> Step-by-step instructions, tips, and practice activities

> Discussion and reviews of more than 150 applications

> Access to more than 20 video tutorials, through QR codes located throughout the book

 

An Apple Distinguished Educator and an expert in digital accessibility features for K-12 and higher education settings, Luis Pérez provides a real sense of what students with disabilities need to learn and to navigate their world more independently.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 7, 2014 11:28 AM

Don't miss this book written by Luis Perez on mobile learning and special needs!

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 10, 2014 6:34 PM

It's great to see more apps available for special needs; great resource.

Pauline Farrell's curator insight, March 16, 2014 3:59 AM

Good article

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Top 10 Apps to Help with Executive Functions

Top 10 Apps to Help with Executive Functions | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it

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

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Smart KIds for Special Needs share the top 10 Apps to help children and adults with executive function challenges. Do you know someone who needs help in organizing? These 10 apps may do the trick!

 

1. Nudge - Reminders

2. Plan it, Do it, Check it Off

3.Toodledo - To Do List

4. Evernote

5. WritePad for iPad

6. 30/30

7. My Homework Student Planner

8. Idea Sketch

9. Functional Planning System

10. Towers of HanOINK!

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Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, January 27, 2014 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, 2014 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

Teresa Pearl's curator insight, February 11, 2014 7:12 PM

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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68 Apps for Students with Learning Disabilities

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68 Apps for students with learning disabilities -- and some software too! From our presentation at the LDAQ "Toolbox for Success" parent conference.
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This inclusive list of apps from inov8 Educational Consulting includes apps that target areas of need for learners in elementary school, high school and college. These apps are broken out into 7 categories:

 

> Reading and writing support and remediation

> Language remediation

> Productivity

> Alternative literacy formats

> Numeracy

> Fine motor skills

> Executive functioning

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 26, 2013 7:12 PM

Some excellent choices in apps for learning disabilities.

Pauline Farrell's curator insight, February 2, 2014 2:34 AM

and fin ally - to meet the needs of my learner demographic...

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The Reading Train: A Common Core Early Literacy Tutor

Get The Reading Train: A Common Core Early Literacy Tutor for Reading, Phonics, Spelling, Science, Animals, Math, Music, Numbers, Shapes and Colors. on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

So glad to share this new app to help kids learn to read by a local NH teacher, Libby Curran

 

"Books kids LOVE to read.
Children are naturally curious, so encourage them to explore our leveled books on numbers, colors, animals, geometry, and science that will give them the foundational knowledge they need to succeed later in school. In between reading stories they can play the train quiz game, explore the FREE audio dictionary and listen to song books.

Give your kids the tools to succeed.
Stuck on a word? With tap to listen functionality, an audio dictionary filled with hundreds of words, and a fun game at the end of every book to assess learning, The Reading Train is packed full of tools to help children succeed, all on their own.

Read to learn
Kids read through leveled books on numbers, colors, animals, geometry, and science to build foundational knowledge, while improving reading comprehension and improving skills that prepare students for Common Core standards."

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 30, 2013 5:42 PM

This looks like fun and educational for pre-primary students.