Alex Dunn, a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), located in Oxford Mills, Ontario presented at the 10th Annual CESA 5 School-Based Speech-Language Pathology Institute. She explains how she uses SMART boards, iPads, Apple TV, Dropbox, software and a set of apps to support the principles of UDL in her practice.
MeeGenius is a great resource for both free and paid ebooks designed specifically for kids. The website has an awesome interface which obviously shows that kids were in mind while designing the template. MeeGenius stands out from the crowd by the unique features it offers to its users. I know several websites provide ebooks for free but not all of them are as good as MeetGenius. MeeGenius is available both on the web and on mobile devices particularly iPhone, iPad, and Android. Among the features that MeeGenius offers to its users and that distinguishes its service from other similar web platforms is the automatic word highlighting option that accompanies each narration of each book. The mobile version of MeeGenius lets users eiither choose to read the stories by themselves or have them read by others.
"Last year, the elementary school speech-language pathologists received iPads to use with their students. They were an immediate hit. Aside from the “cool factor”, we found them to be a new way to engage our students in their speech-language therapy as well as an effective means to address their goals."
iDiary for Kids is an ideal platform for children ages 5-13 to plunge into journaling. Keeping a journal helps them improve their writing skills, develop their creativity and boost their self-confidence.
"Create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos -- basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. VoiceThread takes your conversations to the next level, capturing your presence, not just your comments. Anyone can join the discussion from their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC -- anytime, anywhere."
"This week I have been investigating Universal Design for Learning (UDL). I believe that is really for everyone. Many of the changes for those labeled "disabled" make life easier for all of us. Today's post investigates some of the iPad apps designed to aid us."
Learning basic math facts is a standard part of an elementary school education, but many children (and even some parents) dread the repetition of flash cards and times tables. Operation Math for iPad by Spinlight Studio hopes to make learning math facts less onerous by turning the task into a game.
Stacy Stephens has created this amazing document of choices between iPad apps and Web 2.0 applications that can be used to employ types of formative assessments. It is organized to encourage a balanced approach to formative assessment so that teachers can easily see the various options they might have to encourage Write, Do, and Say in the classroom.
In this post, 16 Apps for Elementary Students with Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD) are examined. New apps on the iPad can assist students with remediation as well. While apps are not as advanced as specialized software right now in terms of full support for specific academic skills, they are improving. Most apps that have been developed to date focus on the remediation aspect and not support. There are huge advantages to using an app for remediation or to bypass the challenges associated with NVLD on the iPad: the ability to manipulate the information on the screen, high level of engagement, mobility, and full interactivity. Here are our recommendations for apps for elementary students that have difficulty with the above-mentioned areas."
Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to create and sell his own applications. "My parents, my friends and even the people at the Apple store all supported me," he says, "and Steve Jobs inspired me". Thomas points out that it's hard to learn how to make an app. "For soccer you could go to a soccer team ... but what if you want to make an app?" He's started a club for fellow students at school, where he shares his knowledge of programming. Thomas articulates his vision that students are a valuable new technology resource to teachers, and should be empowered to offer assistance in developing the technology curriculum and also assist in delivering the lessons.Thomas has been fascinated by computers and technology since before kindergarten. Recently, he's been focused on the development of applications for the iPhone, and has established his own company, CarrotCorp http://www.carrotcorp.com/.
Book Creator - the simple way to create beautiful e-books on the iPad. This video shows you how to create an e-book from scratch and read it in iBooks in just 2 minutes. Available now in the App Store.