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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!
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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
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

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, 1:43 PM
Thank you very much John Evans!
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 3, 11:55 PM

Useful ideas

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 6:18 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 1:46 PM

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 17, 2013 1:21 AM

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...
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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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UDL reading and writing supports for the Chromebook and Chrome Browser

UDL reading and writing supports for the Chromebook and Chrome Browser | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it

Kit Hard from edtechkit.blogspot.com


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Suggested extensions to support students with special needs from Kit Hard.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, October 6, 2013 2:47 PM

Kit Hard has created a list of Chrome Apps and Extensions that enable reading and writing supports such as text-to-speech, speech-to text, and dictionary tools for students in my district.

 

> For text-to-speech Kit recommends the Chrome extension - Chrome Speak  The student highlights the text, right clicks and selects speak.

> The Google Dictionary extension will open a definition and audio for any word on any web page by double clicking the word.

> The Read & Write extension for Google Drive puts a toolbar on the top of the Google Docs editor that adds text-to-speech, a dictionary tool, visual dictionary tool, and special highlighting tools with extraction features.

> The Announcify extension takes online articles on sites like CNN or NYT and strips out all adds and distracting visuals, so that only text is visible, enables text-to-speech, and has easy option for enlarging text.

> Voice note is a Chrome app that is equivalent to Dragon Dictation for doing voice-to-text.

BB's curator insight, October 19, 2013 12:15 PM

Some new apps/extensions to explore on Google: Announcify and Voice Note

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ChesterKeys&Case iPad keyboard and case with large print & color coded keys

ChesterKeys&Case iPad keyboard and case with large print & color coded keys | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Available in Chester Creek’s large print and  color-coded keys for improved typing  speed and accuracy, or a black and white keyboard both with large bold high visibility printThe keys feature extr...
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Assistive Technology Daily shares the ChesterKeys Case and Keyboard with large print and color coded keys. Great for individuals with visual or cognitive challenges, it certainly could be a Universal Design tool for all skills and ages!

Thanks to Assistive Technology Daily for sharing their great AT finds!

 

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SpEd Pad - An All New Tablet for Special Education

SpEd Pad - An All New Tablet for Special Education | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
SpEd Pad is a dedicated therapy tablet. SpEd pad is a Special Education Tablet bundled with 100s of Special Education Apps for Therapists, Teachers and Students.
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A dedicated mobile device providing customization for students with special needs. I sure would like have a live demo!

 

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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
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

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
Carol Leynse Harpold's insight:

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 16, 12:10 AM

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

Jonathan Jarc'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.

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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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 11:06 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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Overview of Accessibility Features in iOS 7

This video provides a general overview of some of the new features for accessibility in iOS 7. These features are covered in more detail in their own videos ...
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Luiz Perez provides a YouTube review of some of the new iOS 7 Accessibility options.

Although this info is not hot off the press,  for those of us who are suffering from the  overwhelming effects of school start up  and technology changes, -  this might be our first glimpse at those feature.

Thanks to  Luis Perez who simplifies and shares his expertise for all to benefit from!


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Free Technology for Teachers: A Short Guide to Creating and Sharing Google Calendars

Free Technology for Teachers: A Short Guide to Creating and Sharing Google Calendars | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Richard Byrne on his Free Tech 4 Teachers Blog shares a short guide to creating and sharing Google Calendars. Although this is a pretty easy thing to do, he also shows how to attach a document or assignment to the calendar event.

Check out this additional way to make sure assignments, instructions and other documents are available to students through their calendar/ electronic agenda!

Let no assignment or due date be left behind!!

What a great way to scaffold supports for students with executive function challenges!

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

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 25, 2013 4:16 PM

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

 

 

 

 

 

Cindy Medeiros's curator insight, October 5, 2:21 PM

These science textbooks are interactive and the reading levels can be modified to suit the reader.

Alyson Lewis's curator insight, October 12, 4:29 PM

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