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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."
"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."
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!
"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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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"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."
"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."
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.
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."
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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