Staff at CALL Scotland have produced a helpful Wheel of Apps guide for iPad that may be useful for students with dyslexia or who just need some additional support with reading and/or writing diffic...
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Diana Petschauer from UNH has shared a link that includes a comprehensive set of apps for iPods, iPads and Androids that could support the college students that may have challenges in reading, writing, organizing, planning, time management and vision. Each app has a description on how it can be used along with the link to iTunes to download the app.
Thank you Diana for this list that can "level the playing field" for college students everywhere!
A personal reflection on applying UDL principles in writing centers by Allison Hitt, a Ph.D. student:
> "Applying UDL to writing center pedagogies asks tutors “not to think of how they might adapt their tutoring for students with disabilities” because “all students come to sessions with a variety of differences” (Kiedaisch & Dinitz 50).
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
Kit Hard has created a list of Chrome Apps and Extensions that enable reading and writing supports such as text-to-speech, speech-to text, and dictionary tools for students in my district.
> For text-to-speech Kit recommends the Chrome extension - Chrome Speak The student highlights the text, right clicks and selects speak.
> The Google Dictionary extension will open a definition and audio for any word on any web page by double clicking the word.
> The Read & Write extension for Google Drive puts a toolbar on the top of the Google Docs editor that adds text-to-speech, a dictionary tool, visual dictionary tool, and special highlighting tools with extraction features.
> The Announcify extension takes online articles on sites like CNN or NYT and strips out all adds and distracting visuals, so that only text is visible, enables text-to-speech, and has easy option for enlarging text.
> Voice note is a Chrome app that is equivalent to Dragon Dictation for doing voice-to-text.
A special education teacher reflects on Book Creator and how it motivates students who are resistant writers. Here is her story:
"As a Special Education teacher of upper elementary grades, I have several students who are resistant writers. This app has amazing potential to motivate them to write more since the finished product is beautiful, accessible, intuitive, and reflective of their efforts.
I have been using this app with one of my students with intellectual disabilities and what an incredible tool! We took pictures of this student making various emotional faces and then helped her draft a repetition book. She loved being able to record herself reading the pages and willingly practiced and practiced her Frye words and her fluency, without even realizing that she was doing it. She is also happily practicing pronunciation and sentence structure, skills that she would sometimes prefer to ignore!"
Why UDL? Multiple Means of Expression
Thank you Melanie for telling your story.