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Free Technology for Teachers: 13 Good Chrome Extensions and Apps for Students and Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: 13 Good Chrome Extensions and Apps for Students and Teachers | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Many of the 13 Chrome extensions or apps are beneficial to students with special needs (text to speech, dictionary picture supports, etc).

Are you familiar with the extensions or apps available in Google Chrome. Read on for more information.

 

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Assistive Technology Blog: iOS 8 Accessibility Roundup: More Accessible Than Ever

Assistive Technology Blog: iOS 8 Accessibility Roundup: More Accessible Than Ever | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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The Assistive Technology Blog reviews some of the new features slated in iOS 8 expected to debut this fall. Word prediction is one of the proposed features integrated into the iOS keyboard with context a part of the formula. That is exciting news as an assistive technology specialist - Apple is finally catching up to Android on that feature - at last!

 

For OT's working in home health or rehab, a new iOS 8 Health app will be featured. It will be interesting to see how this app might interface with information used by or for patients and how it complies with HIPAA regulations. 

 

Other new changes for iOS 8 include more accessibility features: hand free commands with Siri, more Guided Access options and text to speech voices. Exciting new features to consider for students and clients. 

 

Check out Assistive Technology Blog post on these new iOS 8 features. 

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Webinar: Introduction to Audio Notetaker, a New Approach to Traditional Note-Taking | Adaptive Technology Resources Blog

Webinar: Introduction to Audio Notetaker, a New Approach to Traditional Note-Taking | Adaptive Technology Resources Blog | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Sonocent is a computer based note taking solution for students in high school or college providing slides from presentations, recording of audio and note taking tools rolled into one application. 

Check out ATR's webinars for how this can help your students. 

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Central Access Reader-Free Screen Reader that reads Math Accurately!

Central Access Reader -A FREE screen reader that reads Math accurately, is going to help so many students and individuals who struggle with literacy, processing,…
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Technology for Education's review Central Access Reader, a free application for Windows and Mac that reads text and math. Developed at Central Washington University, this is a long awaited software for access to math for individuals with learning and sensory challenges. 

 

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Dear Otto: Are there any Good Keyboarding Apps?

Dear Otto: Are there any Good Keyboarding Apps? | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I'll answer it here. For your privacy, ...
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Jacqui Murray of Dear Otto provides some suggestions for iPad keyboarding programs. She also provides some info about students keyboarding rate on iPads versus standard keyboards. Interesting how what we thought we knew continues to change as the technology does.

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8 Great Handwriting Apps for OTs | CMS Direct Hire

8 Great Handwriting Apps for OTs | CMS Direct Hire | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
We at CMS Direct Hire would like to share with you 8 great Occupational Therapy apps for improving your patients’ handwriting skills!
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

CMS Direct Hire shares 8 great handwriting/ pre-writing apps for OT. These are on OT's with Apps list along with a few more handwriting apps listed. 

For more handwriting app options check out the featured list on OT's with Apps Pinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/csleynse/apps-for-handwriting/

 

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E-bot iPad-compatible Read, Write and Distance Portable Video Magnifier with OCR - HIMS Inc

E-bot iPad-compatible Read, Write and Distance Portable Video Magnifier with OCR - HIMS Inc | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Scan and read devices are getting more and more portable and flexible. This E-bot provides many options, helpful for individuals with visual and learning challenges. Look like a very interesting new AT tool!

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OT's with Apps for the School Based OT Workshop - March 7-8, 2014

OT's with Apps for the School Based OT Workshop - March 7-8, 2014 | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Interested in learning about apps for school based OT?

Come and join OT's with Apps to learn about apps for EC, pre-writing, handwriting, writing, reading, math and sensory processing. Accessories to support OT intervention will also be reviewed and discussed.

 

Join us for this two day workshop packed with ideas and equipment for school based OT mTool Kit!

For more information and registration: http://www.adaptivetr.com/upcoming-events/ots-with-apps-registration

 

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5 Excellent iPad Apps Students Can Use for Taking Audio Notes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Excellent iPad Apps Students Can Use for Taking Audio Notes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it

"There are times when taking a note in a written format is not a practical option. You might for instance be attending a lecture or a conference or you might simply prefer to listen to your recorded notes instead of reading them, in these cases apps such as the ones below are what you will use for audio note taking. While keeping the basic note taking features, all of these apps are fantastic for recording notes and adding audio to your notes. I invite you to check out the selection I have below and share with us what you thin about it."


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Just in time! -  I will be working with an individual in the next few days that is interested in methods of note taking. Althought there are handheld tools such as the Livescribe Smartpen, handheld digital recorders and recording tools in computer based software as OneNote or Sonocent's Audio Note taker, the iPad, iPod or iPhone also becomes an options with audio note taking apps!

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Genie Alva's comment, January 30, 10:43 AM
Thank you very much John Evans!
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 3, 8:55 PM

Useful ideas

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 3:18 PM

Useful tools for those students who aren't big writers or need support with writing. 

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9 MORE apps to improve organizational skills for LD students

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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 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.

 

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:46 AM

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

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:21 PM

Great ideas for LS students who need organizational skills boosted!  

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WanderID - Applications Android sur Google Play

WanderID - Applications Android sur Google Play | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
The WanderID app is the search component of WanderID, an identification service designed to protect at-risk individuals such as young children, people with conditions ...
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This Android app helps identify individuals who may be at risk for wandering off. Know of anyone who could benefit from this?

 

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ZyBox X for iOS 7 (L) "Switch Control"

ZyBox X for iOS 7 (L) "Switch Control" | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it

ZyBox X for iOS 7 is a switch adapter designed to utilize the Switch Control capability of iOS 7 for switch scanning.

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Zybox X switch control for iOS 7 for switch scanning.

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How To Reduce Motion / Parallax Effects in iOS 7

How To Reduce Motion / Parallax Effects in iOS 7 | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
One of the many notable new features in iOS 7 are the ‘Parallax’ motion effects that are noticeable throughout the new UI in the latest version of iOS. Many Apple fans are very fond of it, many And...
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

I have heard concerns of motion sickness with the new motion effects of the iPad. One of my students stated concerns over updated their dedicated device specifically due to the visual concerns of this new feature. iPad Insight provides a tip on how to reduce this iOS 7 effect.

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Tellagami - Create Narrated Animations on Your iPad

Tellagami - Create Narrated Animations on Your iPad | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Tellagami is a free iPad that elementary school students will enjoy using to create narrated animations. If you have ever used Voki or GoAnimate, Tellagami will feel familiar to you. Tellagami allo...
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

Richard Byrne presents Telligami app, an avatar app with text and audio capabilities. Easy to use and currently free.

 

Might this be appropriate for some social stories? Or student created social narratives?

 

Very fun!

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HeadFoams the world’s first mono-body foam headphone.

HeadFoams the world’s first mono-body foam headphone. | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
The MarBlue HeadFoams are durable, kid-safe headphones for children ages 3 to 8.
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

The folks at the QIAT listserv shared this new headphone set. What a great headset for kids and students. Allows controls for the sound levels to protect kids hearing!

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12 year-old develops handwriting-to-speech app, HandySpeech - NUANCE

12 year-old develops handwriting-to-speech app, HandySpeech - NUANCE | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it

"At just 12 years old, Eric Zeiberg developed HandySpeech for iOS – a handwriting-to-speech application that allows individuals to draw on a smartphone or tablet screen with their finger and have the text read aloud. HandySpeech leverages several advanced technologies, including Nuance voice technology via the NDEV Mobile developer program. It's now recognized by leading professionals and institutions as a valuable application for individuals with speech and hearing challenges."

 

 


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Karen E Smith's curator insight, May 13, 7:50 AM

Learn coding at any age and benefit others.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, May 13, 4:39 PM

Herramienta para personas con problemas de audición.

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BIG Launcher for Android

BIG Launcher for Android | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it

  A fast and simple Android interface for seniors and people with vision problems. via BIG Launcher for Android.

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The Assistive Technology Daily always has wonderful technology finds for all ages and types of disabilities. This recent post presnts Big Launcher app for Android phones, suited for Seniors and individuals with low vision. For $10. this look link an easy to use interface that is visually accessible . Find out more at Assistive Technology Daily:

http://attraining.org/atdaily/2014/04/11/big-launcher-for-android/ .

 

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Mobile Devices as Cognitive Aids for People with Brain Injuries | RichmondMom.com

Mobile Devices as Cognitive Aids for People with Brain Injuries | RichmondMom.com | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Richmondmom.com writer, Fiona Bessey Bushnell, OT shares information and background about Tony Gentry's work with cognitive aids for individuals with brain injuries. I have enjoyed following Tony's innovative work with mobile devices for a while. He has been a fore runner of using and writing about use of electronics to support individuals with disabilities. Ms. Bushnell summaries some practical suggestions he has with the use of mobile devices.

Enjoy her post and check out more of Tony Gentry PhD, OTR, publications available at VCU's Department of Occupational Therapy's AT for Cognition Laboratory ( http://www.sahp.vcu.edu/occu/research/at_cognition.html ).

 

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AppWriter Cloud in Google Chrome

AppWriter Cloud in Google Chrome | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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I have been trialing AppWriter Cloud for a while and its stability and vocabulary support provides a great choice for word prediction for Google Docs.

Exciting news that AppWriter Cloud is currently being expanded in Google Chrome and comes at a very reasonable price per student.

I am looking forward to using this with students at school.

 

Thank you LingApps!!

 

Carol Leynse Harpold, MS AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

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7 Education Trends You Don't Want to Miss

7 Education Trends You Don't Want to Miss | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
It's 2014--an era of increased understanding, patience, creativity... And technology. Really? Wasn't that last year's educational buzzword? Why can't that geeky stuff leave teachers alone? Educatio...
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

Jacqui Murray is an Ed Tech Teacher of K-8th grade. I follow her blog to keep up with the general trends in tech ed. Although this is not particularly AT related or OT related, I find Jacqui's information full of practical and trending information. This particular post give me some general idea of what is coming down the pike tech wise. AT requires meeting individual needs, but also fitting within the context of other environments, services, and curriculum - important to make sure that the AT recommended fits with the demands of the user as well as their skills.

So, although this might not be an immediate fit, these trends will affect how you provide AT devices and services down the road!

 

Thank you Jacqui for letting us glean from you!

 

Carol

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Top 10 Apps to Help with Executive Functions

Top 10 Apps to Help with Executive Functions | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it

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


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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!

 

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, January 15, 9:10 PM

Many special ed students lack basic organisational skills; listed here ten apps to develop these skills.

Jim Harmon's curator insight, January 27, 2:03 PM

While this topic focuses on literacy, I believe many issues of illiteracy center on this very idea of executive functioning and metacognitive abilities.

Teresa Pearl's curator insight, February 11, 4:12 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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Taptool could be "the perfect accessory for heavy touchscreen users"

Taptool could be "the perfect accessory for heavy touchscreen users" | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
The Taptool is a unique wearable accessory designed to protect our fingers and joints from potential issues caused by prolonged touchscreen use.
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

Taptool is a new Kickstarter invention developed by Matt Weiner, PT. As with most inventions, it was created out of need due to the high impact on joints when using mobile devices. A mother of necessity, the Taptool's purpose is to reduce the repetitive stress caused by frequent tapping on tablets.

Check out the video onTaptool and Matt Weiner's story about his invention.

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Lyrics App by Tunewiki

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Per the National Center for Learning Disabilities, using Tunewiki is a great way to increase reading fluency. Tunewiki plays popular music in the background while displaying and scrolling through t...
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AT Daily shares Tunewiki as a tool to help LD student increase their reading fluency. Check out AT Daily for more information about this iOS app.

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How iPad App Therapy is Changing Lives of Children with Disabilities

How iPad App Therapy is Changing Lives of Children with Disabilities | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Interview with Pediatric OT Amy B. VanCamp Aiden Singleton has Muscular Dystrophy. He is 18 months old. And app therapy is changing his life, thanks to the iPad and the…
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

This is a great article on intervention with the iPad and apps as a modality. Pediatric OT Amy B. VanCamp shares a variety of apps she uses for the 0-3 population.

Thanks to Mommy Tech Bytes for featuring this interview with an OT!

 

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iPad Masterclass: Using iPads to support people with Autism

iPad Masterclass: Using iPads to support people with Autism | OT mTool Kit | 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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Spectronics is a great resource for all things AT. Check out their recent resource for communication for ASD.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:06 AM

"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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The 17 Best Anxiety iPhone & Android Apps of 2013

The 17 Best Anxiety iPhone & Android Apps of 2013 | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Anxiety may be treated with medications, behavior therapies, and relaxation techniques. Consider these apps to help you feel less anxious.
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Healthline.com has a great list of Anxiety apps for iOS and Android worth perusing. Familiar apps and those unfamiliar are among the list of 17 app presented in this quick slide show. Whether you work with adults with anxiety disorders or with students with ASD who also have anxiety, there might be a mobile app that can help support those individuals.

Well worth a visit to Healthline.com

Great site!

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