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The best apps for special needs kids

Green, a speech-language pathologist in Potomac and the author of “The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education,” to share some of her favorite iPad apps for kids with special needs. These are the most expensive versions of the apps because they have the most options for individualizing them to a child’s particular needs. In some cases, there are less expensive versions. These apps cost far more than most, but they are cheaper than traditional communication systems and equipment that parents of kids with special needs may have bought in the past.

Speech Dragon Dictation converts speech to text or e-mails. ArtikPix-Ful l combines flashcards and other activities to help children with speech delays practice making sounds correctly. Articulation Station Pro allows kids with speech delays to practice making sounds in words, sentences and stories. Language VAST Autism 1-Core helps students with autism or other disorders, such as apraxia, learn to speak.

There’s no app for good teaching. 8 ways to think about tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.

There’s no app for good teaching

Bringing technology into the classroom often winds up an awkward mash-up between the laws of Murphy and Moore: What can go wrong, will — only faster. It’s a multi-headed challenge: Teachers need to connect with classrooms filled with distinct individuals. We all want learning to be intrinsically motivated and mindful, yet we want kids to test well and respond to bribes (er, extrinsic rewards). Meanwhile, there’s a multi-billion-dollar industry, in the US alone, hoping to sell apps and tech tools to school boards.

There’s no app for that. But there are touchstones for bringing technology into the classroom. “App-transcendence,” says Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard’s graduate school of education who is known for his theory of multiple intelligences, “is when you put the apps away and use your own wits, not someone else’s.” 1. Skip the templates and overly pat apps.

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Watch the video >> 0 To succeed in the future, students will need to know how to analyze, collaborate, and innovate. But our education system isn’t as effective at preparing them as it could be. Watch the video >> 0 “In order to prepare young people to do the jobs computers cannot do we must re-focus our education system around one objective: giving students the foundational skills in problem-solving and communication that computers don’t have.” – Frank Levy and Richard J. Murnane, “Dancing with Robots”. Learn more >> 0 Tiana Alba-Lanzerin prepares to present her graduation portfolio at an Envision high school in San Francisco, California. “I provide students with the opportunity to ask the questions, to become captains of their own learning.”

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The lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s poignant “September Song” need no explanation: “Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December/ But the days grow short when you reach September.” Over the years I have found that the seasons also provide a helpful lens through which to describe our lives of prayer. While no two people journey to God in exactly the same way, the metaphor of seasons can give insights into the ups and downs, peaks and valleys, periods of intimacy as well as times of staleness that make up each stage of our spiritual lives. Spring of Life: Awakening Spring is a time of blossoming, a season full of promise and possibilities. Dorothy Day provides us with an example of such an awakening.

Using the analogy of friendship, spiritual writers describe this season of prayer as the “getting to know you” phase. Spring invites us to “come and see.” Jesus is our model.

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