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discover the vast resources & technology available for elementary students with disabilities
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Over 50 iPad Apps for Dyslexic Learners

Over 50 iPad Apps for Dyslexic Learners | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it

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Ronald M. Hamilton's curator insight, October 10, 8:35 AM

It will give a big help to those people who has a dyslexia

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Why I use Book Creator in the classroom - Book Creator app | Blog

Why I use Book Creator in the classroom - Book Creator app | Blog | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it
Apple Distinguished Educator Cormac Cahill tells us why he uses Book Creator to create ebooks in his classroom and the amazing effect it has on his students
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How-to: Enable and customize subtitles and captioning during video playback on iOS 7

How-to: Enable and customize subtitles and captioning during video playback on iOS 7 | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it

iOS devices are built with all users in mind: they come with several accessibility features for low-vision or legally blind users, hard-of-hearing or deaf users, individuals who have physical and m...


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Rewordify.com: Understand what you read

Rewordify.com: Understand what you read | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you understand more of what you read, faster. It translates hard English into easier English.

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, September 3, 2013 4:47 AM

Interesting idea - this could be useful in EFL teaching or just for people who are reading in English as a second language and need a bit of help.

 

I tried it on the Adobe Connect website to see if it would demystify some of the 'Marketese' though, and it didn't help much! A sentence such as 'Powering mission-critical web conferencing solutions, end-to-end, on virtually any device' is full of everyday words which are being used in an unnecessarily obscure way. Which is why I'm in favour of simply writing in plain English (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plain_english).

 

On that subject, I recently discovered the absolutely wonderful Simple English Wikipedia (http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page), which does just that.

 

ytchquelia cargill's curator insight, September 7, 2013 9:37 PM

This website is made for children that have a hard time understanding a word or sentence in the English language. By breaking down a word or difficult sentence into word that the child will be able to know.

 

Info: Rewordify.com

Mikev Techpage's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:49 PM

Structure

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A Toolbox of Reading Comprehension Apps for the UDL Classroom

A Toolbox of Reading Comprehension Apps for the UDL Classroom | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it

English with Mr. Borman - A place to reflect and share.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 27, 2013 2:51 PM

Mr. Borman surveyed 17 students in one of his classes and discovered that there were a few needs when it came to reading comprehension. He has put together "A Toolbox of Reading Comprehension Apps" that can support the needs of his students in his UDL classroom.  For each app, he has outlined "What it does", "How students can use it" and the "UDL Principles".

 

Check out the Toolbox:

> iBooks

> Popplet

> SyncSpace

> Odyssey (by Homer)

> Toontastic

> Explain Everything

> Ulysses

> Subtext

> Prezi

 

Thank you Mr. Borman!

Jane Strunck's curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:11 AM

Mr. Borman used Edmodo to survey his student's learning preferences and based on the results, identified apps that would support reading comprehension and promote UDL in his classroom.  Would love to know how students responded to the options.  Nice process, Mr. Borman!

Patrice Bucci's curator insight, May 6, 2013 9:46 PM

Useful suggestions for utilizing apps in the UDL classroom...

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Power Up: Apps for Kids with Special Needs and Learning Differences

Power Up: Apps for Kids with Special Needs and Learning Differences | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it
Power Up: Common Sense Media's guide to nearly 100 great apps for kids ages 2-17 who have special needs and learning differences.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, July 9, 2013 3:46 PM

Common Sense Media has put together "Power Up!", an apps guide for learners with special needs and learning differences. They have arranged the apps into six categories that can be browsed by difficulty level.

 

> Communication

> Social Interaction

> Organization

> Reading

> Mathematics

> Motor Skills

 

Just one more great resource to help you Level the Playing Field with Apps!

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iOS 7 includes the ability to control your iPhone or iPad using head movements [video]

iOS 7 includes the ability to control your iPhone or iPad using head movements [video] | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it
Discovered by an anonymous tipster, iOS 7's "Accessibility" section now includes a feature that allows you to control your iPhone or iPad with left or right head movements. We've tested this oursel...
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Computerade Products: Sentence Match for iPad

Computerade Products: Sentence Match for iPad | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it
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Free iPad app (limited time): Beginning language learners create a sentence with words or picture symbols, then see the sentence animated! Suitable for special education needs including AAC users and learners with autism, orthopedic impairment, or language disorders. Features: · Select four symbols or words to "write" a sentence.

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Top iPad Apps To Teach Life Skills to Kids

Top iPad Apps To Teach Life Skills to Kids | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it

We’ve all seen the story about using the iPad as a motivator to toilet train a child, which elicits some well-deserved eye rolls from parents, but anyone who is skeptical about the iPad’s ability to help a child learn to manage money and chores, tie...


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Apps Helping Kids on Social Skills

Apps Helping Kids on Social Skills | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it
Today we have a guest reviewer from South Africa.  Nikki Heyman is a speech & language therapist with over 22 years of experience.  She also has a qualification in remedial education (cum laude), with a special interest in Autism Spectrum...

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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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Assistive Technology and the 1:1 Student

Assistive Technology and the 1:1 Student | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it

"Meaghan Roper, a junior at Burlington High School, shares a similar story with the iPad. When Meaghan was six years old, she was diagnosed with a visual impairment. In the eighth grade, she started to notice a decline in her vision. She sought out surgery to repair or delay her vision decline, and while successful, the procedure did not hold for very long.

 

A Transformative Experience

 

Meaghan recalls her first moments with the iPad and how she and her liaison discovered the variety of new opportunities that this one device presented. One of the first things she used was the ability to invert the colors of the screen. The iPad gives users the opportunity to read predominantly black text on a lighter screen, or to invert the colors and overlay white text on a black screen. This one feature, Meaghan recalls, was "transformative" in her learning of what the iPad could offer her educational experience.

 

Apps for Every Need

 

In Meaghan's day-to-day operation of the iPad, she uses several applications to manage her content. It doesn't take her too many apps to get through her school day. She's thankful that, along with transitioning to the iPad, Burlington also married the Google Apps for Education suite with this device. She finds ease in accessing Google Docs from multiple devices and knowing that her work will always be safe, secure and not dependent on a machine's functionality."

 

Read more about how Meaghan uses apps to support her learning!

 

 

 


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Steven Blomdale's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:46 PM

Through the use of assistive technology special needs students are able to 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 in the 21st century.

 

The blog following blog by Andrew Marcinek, Instructional Technology Specialist, writes about how iPads are being used as assistive devices. He describes the iPad as a opening for many, showing the potential of the iPad as an assistive technology and how it can change learning for students with impairments. Andrew writes about meaghan and how she used the iPad and applications throughout her schooling. Its worth a read.

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FingerReader helps visually impaired read in real-time

FingerReader helps visually impaired read in real-time | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it
FingerReader is a 3D-printed device that is worn as a ring on the index finger and uses a built-in camera and haptic actuators to read aloud as the user tra...

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How to enable Speak Selection on iPhone and iPad

How to enable Speak Selection on iPhone and iPad | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it

There are lots of accessibility options available in iOS that a lot of people overlook. One of those is Speak Selection which adds the ability...


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Introducing Reading Champion - Texthelp's Newest iPad App!


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blsewb's curator insight, July 27, 2013 9:35 AM

Reading Champion/TextHelp

Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 29, 4:05 PM

Thank you Diana for sharing this app that can make a difference for thousands of learners!

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, January 30, 1:55 PM

This would be a great app to have loaded on the ipads at the library. 

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SlideSpeech, presentations with voice

SlideSpeech, presentations with voice | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it

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Agora Abierta's curator insight, August 26, 2013 4:56 AM

Very useful tool.

Kindy Segovia's curator insight, August 26, 2013 1:31 PM

Very easy to use, nice digital voice quality and visual interface.  I have uploaded several of my powerpoints with great success.  I can see an application for PPT books that students utilize for UDL or accommodation - easy way to add audio!

Vladimir Kukharenko's comment, September 22, 2013 3:29 AM
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Video Scheduler - A Top Ten App for Special Education

Get Video Scheduler on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:40 AM

Comments from THE Journal about this app that is considered one of the top 10 apps for special education:

 

"This app is a cross between an activity schedule and a video model. Like most activity schedule applications, it allows users to create checklists identifying the individual tasks required to accomplish a goal or objective. What sets Video Scheduler apart, however, is the option to include a still photo or video segment that demonstrates how each step in the task is completed. There is a wealth of research supporting the use of both activity schedules and video models with students on the autism spectrum and other students who may struggle with time and task management. Video Scheduler empowers students to work independently with little or no prompting from teachers or job coaches"

 

Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, July 3, 2013 10:47 AM

This is a great app providing video scheduling for students with a preferred visual mode of learning or accessing information.

Check out this review scooped by Kathleen McClaskey.

 

Carol

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15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD

15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it

Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Luckily, there are mobile apps that can help with functions like text-to-speech and translation.


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Luix Vargas's curator insight, August 6, 2013 4:28 PM

Lo que hubiera dado yo por una de estas apps cuando era niño; lástima que en ese entonces sólo daban coscorrones en estos casos

Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:28 PM

An easy-to-read table of apps. Includes links and descriptions.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, August 8, 2013 10:45 PM

Great appps to help!

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Scoot & Doodle

Scoot & Doodle | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it

A wonderful collaborative real-time drawing space which connects to your Google Plus account, allowing you to illustrate, explain and teach remotely across the world.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ICT+%26+Web+Tools

 

 


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 22, 2013 11:03 PM

This looks like it is really worth exploring!

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History by the E-book: Student Created Collaborative ePubs

History by the E-book: Student Created Collaborative ePubs | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's comment, July 5, 2013 11:19 PM
thanks Lisa!
Martha Lackey's comment, July 6, 2013 10:31 PM
Thx friend!!
Martha Lackey's comment, July 6, 2013 10:32 PM
Thx!!
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NEW iReadWrite App!

iReadWrite makes reading easier and ensures accurate writing as you use your iPad for school, work, or leisure.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, March 8, 2013 5:04 PM

Take a look at the support features of the NEW iReadWrite:


>> Text-to-speech with dual-color highlighting
>> Contectual Word Prediction
>> Phonetic Spell Checker
>> Sounds like and Confusable Word checking
>> Text and Picture Dictionary
>> Customizable Background and Text Colors
>> Choice of Voices and Fonts
>> Importing and Sharing documents

 

Leveling the playing field with iReadWrite!

Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, March 11, 2013 8:50 AM

Read & Write now has an app! I've heard good things about it!

 

Carol

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Clicker Docs App for Struggling Writers

Clicker Docs App for Struggling Writers | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | 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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SpeechBox™ Speech Therapy App for Apraxia, Autism, Down's Syndrome

SpeechBox™ Speech Therapy App for Apraxia, Autism, Down's Syndrome | THE SCOOP ON DISABILITIES | Scoop.it
SpeechBox App for iOS. Designed for use with Children with Apraxia of Speech, Autism, Down's Syndrome, and other Speech Language Difficulties.

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, February 12, 2013 2:34 PM

Very nice app for special services.  Resource shared by @starden via her Scoop.it site: www.scoop.it/t/idevices-for-special-needs. ;

Steven Blomdale's curator insight, March 10, 2013 12:08 AM

The following application allows autistic students to engage confidently with assistive technologies to allow them to make informed, ethical and sustainable decisions about technologies for preferred futures including personal health and wellbeing, recreation, everyday life, the world of work and enterprise, and the environment (ACARA, 2013).

So liu's curator insight, November 30, 2013 11:16 PM

Gonot sure

 

 

 

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Student-Created Examples of how to use EE app to teach plate tectonics !

Students use Explain Everything and Keynote to "explain" plate tectonics. More info on this iLesson: http://www.techchef4u.com/?p=4169

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Lisa Johnson 's curator insight, December 21, 2012 9:16 AM

Explain Everything featured our Hill Country student-created projects on their showcase!

Really proud of what our students are able to do with their iPads.

http://www.explaineverything.com/1/post/2012/12/plate-tectonics-with-ee.html

Enjoy the "Weird Science" medley too ;)


See rubric and complete lesson summary here: http://www.techchef4u.com/?p=4169

Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, December 27, 2012 11:17 AM

There's nothing better than "seeing it" happen in the classroom! Technology offers some outstanding learning solutions and engages most students .