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Training Faces App for Recognizing Emotions | MTI Studio

Training Faces App for Recognizing Emotions | MTI Studio | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
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The app is designed to help people with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and other special needs with emotion recognition. The app is geared to help in three distinct ways; improve recognition of the emotion, the meaning behind the emotion and then the speed at which the individual can interpret the emotion.

Features include

> 9 different emotions

> 36 levels

> Simple and intuitive gameplay

> Rich array of soundtracks and scenarios

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An opportunity to level the playing field for diverse learners has arrived. With the use of mobile devices and a set of apps, barriers to learning can be removed and will set the stage for access to learning for ALL learners.
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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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8 Great Word Pattern Apps for Struggling Readers

8 Great Word Pattern Apps for Struggling Readers | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it

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, 9:40 PM

Free reading apps for struggling readers! 

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

Free reading apps for struggling readers!

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Mobile Learning for All

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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, 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, 6:34 PM

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

Pauline Farrell's curator insight, March 16, 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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Jim Harmon's curator insight, January 27, 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, 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, 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, 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.
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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.

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iPad Masterclass: Using iPads to support people with Autism

iPad Masterclass: Using iPads to support people with Autism | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
Using iPads to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This information has been compiled by the Spectronics Consultancy Team. Please email us on mail@spectronicsinoz.com if you need any further information....
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"Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have a wide variety of strengths and abilities that make their communication and learning skills complex, diverse and sometimes challenging. Many of their difficulties can be broken into the areas of Communication, Social Skills and Behaviour. We know that students with Autism are strong visual learners, which makes the iPad a perfect instructional tool to support communication, social skills development and positive behaviour."

 

The Spectronics team has done an outstanding job in compiling resources, apps and information on ways to support autistic learners in the areas of Communication, Social Skills and Behaviour.

 

Many thanks to Spectronics and the amazing work that they do to support all learners!

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Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:22 PM

Spectronics is a great resource for all things AT. Check out their recent resource for communication for ASD.

Carol

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20+ Speech Therapy Apps

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Speech Therapy Apps - articulation, language and auditory processing disorder apps.
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Locate over 20 apps for Speech Therapy at the Virtual Speech Center!

 

Do not miss the FREE App, Quick Artic. Quick Artic is a free IPhone application for Speech Language Pathologists which contains 566 images tagged with titles and categorized by “phonemes”. The application includes ten most common phonemes in all positions of words. It can be used in speech language therapy or for quick articulation screening. This easy to use application features a scoring utility which keeps track of the correct and incorrect answ

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:29 PM

Are you in need of some speech therapy apps?  Some great ideas to get the speech happening with some fun games.

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Read&Write for Google for Struggling Readers & Writers

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Texthelp provides literacy software solutions for individuals, K-12 students, higher education students, and publishers.
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Truly a tool for all learners!

 

"Texthelp is pleased to announce the launch of Read&Write for GoogleTM, which provides unprecedented support within Google Docs, PDFs, ePubs, and more in Google Drive on PCs, Macs or Chromebooks."

 

Features include: - Read Aloud with dual color highlighting - Talking and Picture Dictionaries, Translator, Fact Finder, and Study Skills Highlighters - Vocabulary List Builder to create new documents with highlighted words, definitions, and images - Annotation tools (PDFS and ePubs) - Navigational tools (ePubs)
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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
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25 Apps for Learners with Dysgraphia & Writing Difficulties

25 Apps for Learners with Dysgraphia & Writing Difficulties | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
Apps can help students and adults who have learning disabilities like dysgraphia or dyslexia with their written expression. These are LD-friendly.
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Darla Hatton and her daughter,  Kaila (who is dyslexic) personally researched and/or tested these 25 mobile apps in December 2012 on the iPhone and iPad. They note: "New editions may change the nature of an app, making it less LD-friendly. “New” may not mean “better” for you.. They can make the writing process a bit easier and even fun! Not every app will be a “perfect fit” for everyone who has LD, but with a little testing, you can figure out which one works best for your child or teen’s individual needs."

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Jim Harmon's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:29 PM

Solid advice for those who struggle with disabilties that affect reading and writing.

DeDe Ross's curator insight, October 4, 2013 6:28 PM

For Title I schools, iPad apps offer an engagingly new way for struggling readers to practice skills. 

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Thinking Blocks Addition App and More - Free!

Get Thinking Blocks Addition on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, July 22, 2013 6:21 PM

Check out this new app that helps learners understand how to solve word problems in addition and subtraction. This app is free with other Thinking Blocks apps for ratios, multiplication, and fractions for a limited time. Please provide a rating if you use them!

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Power Up: Apps for Kids with Special Needs and Learning Differences

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Power Up: Common Sense Media's guide to nearly 100 great apps for kids ages 2-17 who have special needs and learning differences.
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Common Sense Media has put together "Power Up!", an apps guide for learners with special needs and learning differences. They have arranged the apps into six categories that can be browsed by difficulty level.

 

> Communication

> Social Interaction

> Organization

> Reading

> Mathematics

> Motor Skills

 

Just one more great resource to help you Level the Playing Field with Apps!

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Video Scheduler - A Top Ten App for Special Education

Get Video Scheduler on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Comments from THE Journal about this app that is considered one of the top 10 apps for special education:

 

"This app is a cross between an activity schedule and a video model. Like most activity schedule applications, it allows users to create checklists identifying the individual tasks required to accomplish a goal or objective. What sets Video Scheduler apart, however, is the option to include a still photo or video segment that demonstrates how each step in the task is completed. There is a wealth of research supporting the use of both activity schedules and video models with students on the autism spectrum and other students who may struggle with time and task management. Video Scheduler empowers students to work independently with little or no prompting from teachers or job coaches"

 

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Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, July 3, 2013 10:47 AM

This is a great app providing video scheduling for students with a preferred visual mode of learning or accessing information.

Check out this review scooped by Kathleen McClaskey.

 

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iPad Apps for Dyslexia/Reading Writing Support

iPad Apps for Dyslexia/Reading Writing Support | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
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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Frances's curator insight, March 31, 7:20 AM

Worth checking out

Ra's curator insight, March 31, 4:14 PM

Looking from a SENCO perspective as a resource that can be used by teachers to get them thinking about using apps for those students with high learning needs. Student voice and autonomy could be increased by having them explore the apps indicated as being useful and give feedback on how and why they think the app would fit with their learning needs. 

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

iPad Apps for students with Dyslexia.

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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!


Via Diana Petschauer
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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, 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, 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.
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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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Apps for Dyslexics and Struggling Readers

Apps for Dyslexics and Struggling Readers | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
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This site developed by Moms of Dyslexics provides a set of apps that can support dyslexics and struggling readers. As a Mom of an adult dyslexic, I want to thank these Moms who have created this site for families that have a child with dyslexia.

 

Here are the apps they have reviewed on this site:

> Sound Literacy-$24.99 Sound Literacy can be used in conjunction with any curriculum that emphasizes phonemic awareness, phonological processing, systematic phonetic instruction, or word building with ‘meaningful word parts’.

 

> Dyslexia Quest- $1.99: The Yeti Master will take your child on an adventure while testing working memory, processing speed, visual memory, phonological awareness, auditory memory, and sequencing skills.

 

> Montessori Crosswords-$2.99: Highly rated and based on Montessori learning methods, this app will aid in the development of reading and spelling skills through phonemic awareness.

 

> Spell Trekking-Free:  Your child will learn to spell while trekking through space on the S.S. Spell Trek.

 

> Letter Quiz-Free and Full Version-$1.99: Consists of four games to help your child learn letter recognition and writing practice.

 

> Dyslexic Like Me-$1.99:  The purpose of Dyslexic Like Me is to teach the child what dyslexia is and about successful people who also have dyslexia.

 

> See Read Say-$1.99:  The visual nature of a dyslexic can make learning sight words difficult.

 

> Phonics Genius-Free:  Phonetic awareness is essential to reading and this app takes it to a new level.  The app contains thousands of words grouped into 225 phonic categories. 

 

 

 

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 13, 2013 12:45 AM

Some apps for students struggling with reading or learning differences.

Greg Alchin's curator insight, November 19, 2013 5:18 PM

Harnessing the inbuilt accessibility in mobile devices such as the iPad with well designed apps is very empowering.

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275 Special Needs Apps Review

275 Special Needs Apps Review | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
Friendship Circle provides a complete listing of Special Needs Apps.
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"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

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Naomi W's curator insight, March 5, 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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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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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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Carol

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15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension

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"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."


Via John Evans
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This is an important list to share as we start the school year.

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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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15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD

15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it

Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Luckily, there are mobile apps that can help with functions like text-to-speech and translation.

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This is the time of year to check out the apps that level the playing field for learners with dyslexia and reading challenges. If your child is struggling to read, many of these apps can remove that barrier to reading. Also remember that Speak Selection is built into the IOS of iPads, iPhones and IPods. It is an excellent text-to-speech tool that can be used when reading on the go.

 

Darla and Kaila Hatton tried out these list of apps. Here is what they had to say:

 

"Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Fortunately, there are many mobile apps that can help. While we’ve reviewed all of the following ones, and they work well for my daughter who has dyslexia, we also know that “one size (or app) does not fit all.” You may need to do additional research before finding the app that provides the best “fit” for your child."

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Luix Vargas's curator insight, August 6, 2013 4:28 PM

Lo que hubiera dado yo por una de estas apps cuando era niño; lástima que en ese entonces sólo daban coscorrones en estos casos

Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:28 PM

An easy-to-read table of apps. Includes links and descriptions.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, August 8, 2013 10:45 PM

Great appps to help!

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A Wonderful Wheel featuring iPad Apps for Autistic Students

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"I must admit that apps for autistic learners are really scarce and hard to find. A few months ago I posted here a list some powerful apps for autism and today while I was looking for new apps that might have been created since the publication of that list I came across this wonderful wheel.

I know that the first thing that comes to mind when you see this wheel is the popular pedagogy Wheel created by Allan Carrington in which he provided suggestions for 62 apps based on Bloom's Taxonomy. The present wheel is developed by Mark Coppin in which he featured a wide variety of apps for autistic students."


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:41 PM

Thank you allen for sharing this resource.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 16, 2013 12:29 PM

Useful tool for parents with Autistic students!

Tahnee Cunico's curator insight, February 10, 6:28 PM

Great wheel of apps for students with autism 

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The Best 5 iPad Apps to Teach your Child How to Read

The Best 5 iPad Apps to Teach your Child How to Read | Leveling the playing field with apps | Scoop.it
The best educational iPad apps, handpicked by experts.
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AppoLearning has reviewed 5 iPad apps that help your child how to read. Check them out:

 

> Duck Duck Moose Reading

> Reading Raven HD

> Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe

> Kids Vocab - MindSnacks

> Brush of Truth

 

 

 

 

 

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A Framework for Using iPads to Build Early Literacy Skills

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Gradually Releasing Responsibility Using iPads in Early Reading

In this article in The Reading Teacher, Laura Northrop (University of Pittsburgh) and Erin Killeen (Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, Ohio) note that there are plenty of jazzy early-literacy apps for iPads.

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The authors of this article not only provide recommendations of Early Literacy apps but also include a system in using these apps to build early literacy skills. These apps include:  iWrite Words, Little Matchups ABC, Abc Pocket Phonics, Word Connex, iCard Sort, Fry Sight Words, Toontastic, Poplet, and Doodle Buddy.

 

Here is their step-by-step system they believe teachers need to use to get the most out of iPad apps:

 

• Step 1: Teach the concept without the iPad. Low-tech is the best starting point, say Northrop and Killeen – introduce the literacy concept through direct word-study instruction before letting students near the app. 

• Step 2: Explain and model the app. It’s important to be explicit about what the app is going to help students practice and show students how it works, using a think-aloud process to walk them through the steps. A list of guiding questions is helpful.

• Step 3: Have students do guided practice with the app. The teacher checks in as students start working with their iPads in a specific word or skill. “Because hidden misconceptions and difficulties can arise, the guidance and feedback provided by the teacher are crucial,” say Northrop and Killeen. 

• Step 4: Have students do independent practice with the app. This might happen during literacy center work or independent work time. 

 

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Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, June 8, 2013 12:12 PM

This article from the Reading Teacher provides a few simple ideas for using iPads in early reading.

Carol

Jim Harmon's curator insight, June 11, 2013 6:33 PM

Great advice on apps AND a systematic approach for how one goes about integrating the iPad into ealry literacy instruction.

Anita Vance's curator insight, January 19, 10:43 AM

A guided approach for using apps.  It is nice to see support for a low-tech first approach.  Understanding before application enhances the learning process for any age.