The Movenote app lets you record video alongside documents or pictures to create an integrated video presentation with slides.
Creating presentations is easy and fast. Simply record video with your device and swipe to synchronize the slides to the video. Presentations are shared by sending a link to the recipient and can be viewed without the app.
One of the first studies on a math app was conducted by USC Professor Michelle Riconscente on Motion Math. The results indicated that game play can boost kids’ confidence in and enthusiasm for academic subject matter. Here is the research design and some of the findings.
"The study evaluated whether playing Motion Math led to increases in children’s fractions knowledge and attitudes. Over 120 participants played the game for 20 minutes daily for five days, for a total of 1 hour and forty minutes of game play. Among the main findings were that fractions knowledge increased an average of 15%, and participants gained confidence in their fractions ability and reported liking fractions more after playing the game.
With hundreds of educational iPad apps on the market, it is important to know whether they help children learn, and whether iPad apps like Motion Math also contribute to children’s positive attitudes toward academic subject matter. Though much more research is needed to test learning apps, and to discover ways to use them most effectively with a broad range of learners, this study marks an important step toward testing educational technologies with stringent research designs.
In less than two hours of game play distributed over five days, the app shifted the needle on participants’ understanding of a topic that has long eluded most learners."
If you have a learner that struggles to write, this is the app that can stir the imagination and help them be creative with a Wow!
Book Creator for iPad
• Choose from portrait, landscape or square book sizes.
• Add pictures from the Photos app; grab them from the web; move, resize and rotate them with your fingers.
• Edit text using the onscreen keyboard; apply rich formatting
• iPad's fonts - over 50 to use.
• Import video and music, and record speech within the app.
Here is what an Pre K-12 Assistive Technology Specialist said about this app: "My students loved this app. They felt it was so easy to use, that they could open it for the first time and know intuitively what to do. Having it then go to iBooks and create an individual bookshelf was fantastic."
A report just released, “Universal Design for Learning: Initiatives on the Move,” for the first time looks at how UDL is being implemented and understood.
"The new study finds that that many states and districts have embraced UDL’s tenets, which call for students to be presented with information and content in different ways and for giving them multiple options to show their understanding of what they know. The instructional approach is intended to help all students, not just those with disabilities."
"In this post, sharing 10 free and low-cost apps that may be especially helpful for individuals who find reading and/or writing challenging. I’ve written previously about some of these resources, but I thought it might be useful to put them together in one place, with information about the apps in point form."
Amazon this morning updated its Kindle iOS app with support for Apple’s “VoiceOver” reading and navigation feature for blind and visually impaired users of the iPhone and iPad. Amazon says more than 1.8 million e-books will support the technology, which automatically reads aloud the words on the page.
I wanted to connect digital storytelling with thinking skills (as described in Bloom's Revised Taxonomy of Thinking Skills – my own agenda) and digital literacies (as discussed by Howard Rheingold and Doug Belshaw – last ...
This powerful post from D. Mourlam describes the apps that can not only enhance lessons so they are universally-designed but can also be used by learners to express what they know. He provides a description of each app and what the UDL Connections is with each app.
> Videolicious and Flexible Methods of Expression and Apprenticeship
> iMovie and Flexible Methods of Presentation
> Skitch and Flexible Methods of Expression and Apprenticeship
> Evernote and Flexible Methods of Expression and Apprenticeship
> Twitter and Flexible Options for Engagement
> Facebook and Flexible Options for Engagement
> Prezi Viewer and Flexible Methods for Presentation
> VoiceThread and Flexible Methods of Expression and Apprenticeship
> Skype and Flexible Options for Engagement
> Screen Chomp and Flexible Methods of Expression and Apprenticeship
Are you interested in learning about some of the Apps that are available to help children with special needs? There are thousands available, but which ones should we choose to help students with reading, writing and math concepts? How can Apps be used to meet individual student needs?
These questions and more will be answered by our guest, Kathleen McClaskey! A past guest, Kathleen will be sharing a wealth of information with on The Inclusive Class Podcast on Friday, September 14, 2012, 9 AM EDT
Paul Hamilton has share an app that can level the playing field for almost every learner. Picle is a free app that helps learners put together digital stories or multimedia presentations easily by combining photos with audio narration and sound. Imagine the creativity that could be generated with learners having the ability to express and share what they know with this easy to use app. As for teachers, Paul points out that they could present information to learners in multiple ways.
Paul has shared a video he created with Picle in his blog. Check it out!
Here is another app developed by Smarty Ears that could level the playing field for many children by understanding their phonological levels so that educators can choose areas of skill development.
"The Profile of Phonological Awareness (Pro-PA) was developed for the purpose of evaluating and describing the phonological awareness skills of children."
"The Pro-PA aids in obtaining a complete picture of a student’s individual skills in phonological awareness by assessing and analyzing errors and providing information about the approximate skill attainment in each individual area. An understanding of the profile of skill attainment as well as specific types of errors made by a child, which can be outlined in the notes, will result in an intervention plan that can more appropriately and specifically target the child’s phonological awareness difficulties."
Spectronics has compiled a favourite list of 60 special education apps that have been well reviewed and tested out in the field. This is what sets them apart!
"Our list includes apps for
> Reading & Writing;
> Early Learning;
> Cause & Effect;
> Visual Supports;
> Social Stories;
> Life Skills;
> Positive Behaviour Support and
< Classroom Organisation.
We have tried to bring you a review of the app features that we are asked about in schools, during training and out on the road. These include comments on accessibility, differentiation, reporting and feedback, publishing and connectivity. These fields correlate to many of the app rubrics that are used to determine the effectiveness of an app in a particular setting – acknowledgement to Greg Alchin for his great work here."
"Writing is considered one of the most difficult literacy tasks. Many students with learning disabilities struggle with the process of writing as well as the mechanical componets of the writing task. Technology can provide support to the mechanical demands of the writing process and is often a welcome tool to students."
The apps that are featured include Voice Recognition apps that can support LD students express what they know. This includes:
> Dragon Dictation: STT (Speech to Text)
> PaperPort: A must-have tool app I featured in this topic. It includes Dragon Dictation, audio note features, notetaking and drawing tools, etc.
Apps with Text to Speech (TTS) to Assist with Editing
> Write & Say: WP with TTS, translation and convert to MP3
> Typ-O: WP with word prediction
> ZenTap: WP with advanced word prediction; spellchecker and translator
> Intellipad: Customized keyboard with word prediction and TTS; customized math keyboard