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Special Education Apps | Best iPad Apps for Kids | Educational iPad Apps - A4CWSN.com

Special Education Apps | Best iPad Apps for Kids | Educational iPad Apps - A4CWSN.com | \Technology | Scoop.it
Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) is committed to helping the families and carers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products...
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5 (+1) Apps to develop social skills for students with special needs | inov8 Educational Consulting

5 (+1) Apps to develop social skills for students with special needs | inov8 Educational Consulting | \Technology | Scoop.it

In this post, we examine 5 Apps to develop social skills for students with special needs (plus 1 extra!)

 

"Social skills intervention for children with special needs is an area that is growing with new innovations in technology. [See social skills interventions for children with autism from the Kennedy Krieger Institute for a good overview.] It is especially encouraging to note that most of the technology being developed follows evidence-based practices in the development of social skills. Two such examples of research-supported technology are video modeling and social stories."


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Virtual Manipulatives for iPad - App Store

This is a great alternative to physical fraction bars. The virtual bars allow for more flexibility and provide options that physical pieces cannot.


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Clicker Docs App for Struggling Writers

Clicker Docs App for Struggling Writers | \Technology | Scoop.it

"Clicker Docs app for iPad, developed by Crick Software, is a new iOS app that provides differentiated writing support for struggling writers. As one of Crick's  two new apps,  Clicker Docs provides text only word banks and word prediction options offering support for primary aged writers in this Docs app. Clicker Sentences app provides a simpler picture based writing environment for emergent writers."


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 17, 2013 4:44 PM

Here are some of main features of Clicker Docs app:

- Talking spell checker
- Dropbox support within the App
- Simple Copy and Paste
- Words from the current Word Bank are now included in predictions
- Hardware keyboard support
- Tool to Create New Word Bank directly from Edit Mode
- Improved pronunciation
- Improved opening of files from email
- Performance improvement when moving between Word Bank tabs

 

Extensive screen shots in this blog demonstrates the strengths and ease of use of this app.

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Top 9 Writing Apps | Reading Rockets

Top 9 Writing Apps | Reading Rockets | \Technology | Scoop.it

Check out this collection of quality apps designed to help young children develop their skill at handwriting, sentence construction, or planning and drafting a story.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 16, 2013 11:22 AM

Reading Rocket has compiled a set of 9 apps to help young students in writing. Locate the link for more literacy apps that Reading Rocket has shared.

Making Friends's curator insight, March 3, 2013 12:55 PM

Making writing more fun for kids who struggle.

Steven Blomdale's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:49 PM

Great applications that make improving literacy skills fun and engaging for all students.

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19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators

19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators | \Technology | Scoop.it

At the following list you will find 19 Free Text to Speech tools that your students' will appreciate. Some of them you have to install and some you will install on your browser. The most awesome about these tools is that are FREE!


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Susan's comment, August 23, 2013 4:31 AM
The link does't work!
Lee Hall's comment, August 23, 2013 9:15 AM
I don't know why that one doesn't work anymore try this link: http://elearningindustry.com/19-free-text-to-speech-tools-educators-tts-teachers
Susan's comment, August 23, 2013 5:38 PM
Now it works, thanks!
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PaperPort Notes goes from Amazing to Awesome!

PaperPort Notes goes from Amazing to Awesome! | \Technology | Scoop.it

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 15, 2012 4:54 PM

Paul Hamilton has shared a free iPad app that has improved with age.  You can use your iPad camera to photograph text and import it as editable text.  How great is that?

 

He makes a  particular note of the other features that can level the playing field:

 

>> Text can be entered with keyboard, via voice-to-text, or with stylus.  >> As well, audio recordings can be attached to notes. >> Notes can be written on yellow or white lined pages, on blank white pages, or on “graph paper”.PDF files, can be imported from almost anywhere–PaperPort Anywhere (dedicated free cloud storage), Box, Dropbox, Docs Folder, Files/Snapshots from the Web, the iPad’s Clipboard, camera images. >> Text boxes and sticky notes can be added to notes and imported files. >> Multi-color highlighting is available.

 

Thank you Paul for featuring this great app!

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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers | \Technology | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability."

 

Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps for the iPad out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle.

 

 


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Steven Blomdale's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:35 PM

 In schools across Australia there is strong support for linking learning in Technologies with learning literacy skills. Learning in Technologies places a high priority on accurate and unambiguous communication (ACARA, 2013).Implementing digital technologies in learning areas such as English allows special education teachers to facilitate and accommodate the learning needs of students. This is achieved through integrating assistive devices such as the iPad and its applications to develop critical literacy skills needed in the 21st century.  Consequently special education teacher have a better opportunity to develop important General capabilities such as literacy (LIT) to allows student to become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently for learning and communicating in and out of school and for participating effectively in society (ACARA, 2013).

 

 

This website suggests various applications that can be used on the ipad to assist special needs students. The list of  applications were selected to improve and develop students reading, writing and spelling. They engage the students through making the activities, fun and engaging, which I think is important when teaching special needs students.

Patricia Christian's curator insight, March 22, 2014 8:53 PM

You can never have enough resources to pull from when working with mainstream or challenged students. 

Deb's curator insight, March 4, 5:47 PM
Lots of options to help struggling learners...
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10 Apps that can Enhance your Lessons through UDL - This is a WOW!

10 Apps that can Enhance your Lessons through UDL - This is a WOW! | \Technology | Scoop.it

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 are 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

 

 

 

 


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Mainstreaming special needs students: Overcoming objections - by Dean Traylor - Helium

English teacher Mrs. G had a dilemma; a new student was added to her English 11 class. The student was quiet, responsible, and had obtained a 3.5 ..., Dean Traylor (Overcoming objections from mainstreaming special ed.
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The Top Ten Apps for Dyslexic and LD Students

The Top Ten Apps for Dyslexic and LD Students | \Technology | Scoop.it

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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Recommended iPad Book Apps for Older & Struggling Readers Ages 10 and up | The Digital Media Diet

Recommended iPad Book Apps for Older & Struggling Readers Ages 10 and up | The Digital Media Diet | \Technology | Scoop.it

Of all the requests for recommendations I get, the most common seems to be from parents & teachers looking for book apps for children in 4-6+ grades (ages 10-12+) who are struggling with basic reading skills.

 

“What can you recommend for my students who are in 5th grade but read at a much lower level? They think most picture books are ‘babyish’ so anything that will appeal to them would be much appreciated.” ~ Teacher comment from Facebook

 

This is one of the comments that stands out as representing the overall tone of these requests. So this list, not really a top 10 but more of a reading list, is my top recommendations for children who are not quite at grade level for reading skill but need books with topics and stories that appeal to their maturity level and interests. These are books with a variety of subjects. Many have the option for narration with highlighting word-for-word. I’ve broken them down into categories instead of a ranked listing, to aid parents & educators as they select book apps for older readers. As I come across new titles, I will add them to this post. If you have a suggestion for this list, please let me know in a comment.

 

Click on any image to see full review with synopsis, current price & app features ...


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7 Great Strength-Based UDL Programs & Apps for Students with Special Needs

7 Great Strength-Based UDL Programs & Apps for Students with Special Needs | \Technology | Scoop.it

 
Posted on February 18, 2013 by Thomas Armstrong

"The rapid pace of new educational technologies has made it so that students with special needs can accomplish many things in the classroom that were difficult or even impossible for them only a few years ago. The following list contains some of the best apps I’ve seen for kids with neurodiversities in communication, reading, sociability, attention, and behavior."


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Liz Carulli's comment, March 5, 2013 7:05 PM
theres now technology and materials to help special needs children in the classroom
Liz Carulli's comment, March 5, 2013 7:05 PM
and to be successful!
Liz Carulli's comment, March 5, 2013 7:05 PM
this will also be used in my presentation
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Show What You Know Using Web & Mobile Apps [Infographic]

Show What You Know Using Web & Mobile Apps [Infographic] | \Technology | Scoop.it

"Nowadays teachers and students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves.  These web and iPad apps can turn students into teachers and teachers into super-teachers! Furthermore, most of the apps listed in the infographic are free of charge."


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mariabrean's curator insight, March 2, 2013 2:07 AM

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Brenda Norman's curator insight, March 23, 2013 7:42 AM

This is delicious to look at.

Marlo Payne Thurman's curator insight, November 22, 2013 7:37 PM

This info graphic shows multiple ways that our 2e kids can process, retell, and "show" what they know without ever having to put pencil to paper. At last, light at the end of the tunnel for our very visual kids with dygraphia!

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12 Best Special Needs Apps of 2012 - Special Education

12 Best Special Needs Apps of 2012 - Special Education | \Technology | Scoop.it
12 Best Special Needs Apps of 2012 - Special Education

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Steven Blomdale's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:28 PM

Through the use of digital technologies students develop ICT capabilities through being exposed and adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve (ACARA, 2013). Students learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively, and in their lives beyond school.

 

The following list consist of applications addresses the learning needs of special needs students. These applications delevop social skills, speech to text, augmentative/alternative communication and  develop spatial reasoning skills. I have used some of these applications such as "My first ACC and Pictello" in previous practicums and they have engaged the student.

Steven Blomdale's comment, March 9, 2013 10:06 PM
Great applications for developing crucial 21st century skills for special needs students
Naomi W's curator insight, March 5, 2014 10:56 PM
12 Best Special Needs Apps of 2012
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Training Faces App for Recognizing Emotions | MTI Studio

Training Faces App for Recognizing Emotions | MTI Studio | \Technology | 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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Splash Math Apps - Leveling the Playing Field in Math

Splash Math Apps - Leveling the Playing Field in Math | \Technology | Scoop.it

Each app for Grades 1-5 are comprehensive with virtually infinite number of questions covering wide range of topics. All the content is aligned to common core standards.

 

These apps are used to differentiate math instruction and assigned practice. What you may like so much about this app is the variety of concepts that you are able to individualize. For example, if a student needs additional work on the concept of time, then you can setup the app to only give questions related to time. Questions first appear simple, but then become more challenging as questions are answered correctly. If you prefer, Splash Math will send you a weekly update indicating the progress of each student.


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iPad Apps to Support Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing

iPad Apps to Support Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing | \Technology | Scoop.it

On November 7th, Paul Hamilton will be presenting an ISTE Webinar on iPad apps that can be used by learners of all ages to overcome barriers to reading and writing.

 

"Some of the accessibility features built into iOS 5 will also be covered. Research has established that each individual learns uniquely, so these tools can be used to great effect with a wide range of learners, not just those identified with specific “learning disabilities”. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will serve as the pedagogical framework for the presentation. Almost all of the apps to be shared are either free or inexpensive. In addition to apps that offer effective text-to-speech and multiple options for text-input, the presentation will explore multimedia apps that give learners alternative ways of showing what they know. Some of the apps to be presented were shared by the presenter in a Feb. 21, 2012 blog post, 10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing."


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Steven Blomdale's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:15 PM

Student adjustment and accomodations are important when teaching students with disablilites and impairments. Students with disabilities and impairments are able to achieve educational standards commensurate with their peers, as long as the necessary adjustments are made to the way in which they are taught and to the means through which they demonstrate learning (ACARA, 2013). This achieved through teachers effectively and responsibly selecting and manipulating appropriate technologies, resources, materials and equipment to meet the learning needs of students with disabilities and impairments.

 

 

The following presentation by the international society for technology in education, informs teachers on various applications that can be used by learners of all ages and impairments to overcome barriers to reading and writing. Applications shown throughout the presentation accomodate and facilitates students with impairment such as intellectually impaired students.

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Voice Dream Reader with New Bookshare Support

Bookshare support now includes organizational accounts
- Improved VoiceOver support for the blind
- Can start speaking text from a chapter, bookmark, or highlight
- Can start speaking from a text search result

 

Listen to PDF and Word documents, articles, eBooks and Web pages with text-to-speech. Integration with Dropbox, Pocket, Instapaper, Bookshare, and Gutenberg. Silky smooth synchronized highlighting and autoscrolling. Rock-solid stability. 55 amazing voices in 20 languages available.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 20, 2012 9:55 AM

Voice Dream Reader has been updated and improved with many features that can level the playing field for many learners. If you are looking for an app that can support your learners who are using Bookshare, you have found it here. If you are looking for an app to support your ELL students, you have found it here. 

 

Please share this far and wide to educators, everywhere!

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Top 9 Writing Apps | Reading Rockets

Top 9 Writing Apps | Reading Rockets | \Technology | Scoop.it

Check out this collection of quality apps designed to help young children develop their skill at handwriting, sentence construction, or planning and drafting a story.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 16, 2013 11:22 AM

Reading Rocket has compiled a set of 9 apps to help young students in writing. Locate the link for more literacy apps that Reading Rocket has shared.

Making Friends's curator insight, March 3, 2013 12:55 PM

Making writing more fun for kids who struggle.

Steven Blomdale's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:49 PM

Great applications that make improving literacy skills fun and engaging for all students.