iPad Apps for Autistic Students Apps on portable devices such as the Apple iPad can help non-verbal children to communicate basic needs. Intuitive apps that employ colorful images and sounds can also hold a child's attention long enough to learn and offer effective tools to build vocabulary and reinforce word knowledge. The following iPad apps are designed to augment self-expression among children with autism spectrum disorders and other cognitive impairments. Becoming more comfortable with language may also encourage more safe social interaction among family members and classmates.
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10 Revolutionary iPad Apps to Help Autistic Children Teachers and doctors are using iPads as a tool to reach out to children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome and the results are remarkably great. Autistic children are showing tremendous improvement after playing fun-filled exercises on iPad which is less stressful and more fun for both the teachers and the students. Below is the list of 10 best iPad applications to give Autism a voice. Photo Credit: Kelly Nikolaisen Those who don’t know, Autism is a lifelong disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to other people and the world around them.
Motivating the Unmotivated: Tough Kid Tools That Really Work At some point in your teaching career you will have a "tough kid" in your classroom. You may even have several at the same time. These students send you home exhausted, often in tears, and raise doubts about your career choice. The tough kid changes the dynamic and mood of the room in an instant, and you may find yourself wondering what to expect from minute to minute. The tough kid may come to you with a prior history, with warnings from your colleagues, and with a cornucopia of labels such as "at-risk," "difficult," "attention deficit disorded," or even "lazy." How do you deal with tough kids, and what can you do to restore order to your classroom?
The Future of Tablets in Education: Potential Vs. Reality of Consuming Media By Justin Reich and Beth Holland The Someday/Monday dichotomy captures one of the core challenges in teacher professional development around education technology. On the one hand, deep integration of new learning technologies into classrooms requires substantially rethinking pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and teacher practice (someday). For technology to make a real difference in student learning, it can’t just be an add-on. On the other hand, teachers need to start somewhere (Monday), and one of the easiest ways for teachers to get experience with emerging tools is to play and experiment in lightweight ways: to use technology as an add-on.
educreations teacherswithapps Educreations Interactive Whiteboard, by Educreations, Inc, is an incredible, yes that’s right, INCREDIBLE app. This newly released app comes with the huge bonus of being FREE! We think this app has the edge needed to push education in the right direction and to begin modernizing teaching as we know it. Educreations is not the first app using the whiteboard concept, but it is the first one geared specifically for the classroom. Educreations wants to give teachers the opportunity to create what Sal Khan has been doing for years (read our review of Khan Academy). Developers, Wade Roberts and Chris Streeter, knew when designing this app, that it would need to have simple features and be user-friendly.
50 really useful iPad 2 tips and tricks An absolute gem of an article by John Brandon and Graham Barlow from MacLife on 30th March over at TechRadar. This is going to become my iPad manual from here on in. Customised iPads for all iPad 2 tips and original iPad tips - get 'em here! With great new features like two video cameras, a faster processor and a thinner design, the iPad 2 is the world's best tablet device. iPad 2 review Five Great Apps for Children With Learning Challenges Children with learning disabilities can greatly benefit from the many apps available to meet their unique needs. Helping with everything from emotion recognition to speech assistance, the following five special education-friendly apps are very handy for kids facing challenges in the classroom. iCommunicate - This visual app allows educators to design schedules, storyboards, routines and more to help special-needs students understand and communicate. Users also can create flash cards and speech cards. AutismXpress - A tool for visually conveying emotions, this app can help autistic children quickly identify and express their feelings.
Can classroom tablets revolutionize education? Can a tablet computer replace the contents of a student's backpack? A New York-based educational technology startup on Wednesday releases the first device that could answer that question, introducing an Android-powered touchscreen tablet designed for kids both to take to school and bring home. For sale only to schools for now, the Amplify tablet comes pre-loaded with virtually everything a student will encounter during the school day, including all the textbooks, lessons, tests and e-books she might be assigned. 5 External Hard Drives For iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3 Whether you own an iPad 1, 2, the new iPad 3 or 4th generation you’ll get maximum 64 GB of memory storage and right now not many external hard drives ( HDD ) support Apple tablet but still there are few very good products in the market which can help you increase the storage of your tablet at quite reasonable price. Unlike many other tablets in the market, you can’t use SD card to increase memory of your iDevice neither it supports USB 2.0 or 3.0 but you can use Wireless Network Interface for Wireless transfer of files and Apple Camera Connection Kit for USB interface. Here we’ve listed some external hard drives for iPad which use technologies mentioned earlier to store and transfer your important data among different mediums. Kingston Wi-Drive 32 GB USB 2.0 Portable
10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing Despite the growing use of multimedia in classrooms, schools remain primarily text oriented. This is a major problem for significant numbers of learners who struggle with text. No matter how capable they may be in other respects, these students are not “academically” oriented in the ways that tend to matter most in the classroom. For many, it’s a processing issue. Others have difficulty with the physical mechanics of writing. Complete Guide to educational and special needs apps, complete list at One Place for Special Needs Complete guide to educational and special needs apps With over 300,000 apps it's easy to become overwhelmed by the number of app choices. It's also easy to spend a small fortune on a lot of useless apps. As a special needs parent I wanted to get right to the "good stuff" and figured you did too. Check out our guide that breaks down the best of the apps by skill set so you can easily find and buy apps that most benefit your child.
Six Examples of iPad Integration in the 1:1 Classroom There has been a lot of conversation and debate in multiple forums, both online and face-to-face, about schools adopting or already working in a 1:1 environment. While many of these conversations revert back to replacing teachers and what device is best, the real conversation begins with providing our students with the best learning environment possible. At Burlington High School in Burlington, MA, we are entering our eighth month of a 1:1 iPad initiative that began in September 2011. Don't get me wrong, we think the iPad is a great device for learning and gives each of our students a dynamic learning tool that can be used across the content areas and to accomplish a variety of tasks. Many of the critics claim that we are backing our students into a corner by giving them one brand and one skill set to learn exclusively on one device.
Top 100 of the Best (Useful) OpenSource Applications The following is a list of about 100 of the best OpenSource Applications, that actually help make Linux more usable for people. It is my hope that this list shows potential Linux users that there really is a large, effective, productive and usable range of free, OpenSource applications. For existing Linux users (like myself), I think this will provide a great resource in finding applications that may better suit your needs, or just for fun! Needless to say, this is just some of the thousands of applications available!