The Mac-cessibility Network – News [Lioncourt.com] As is our custom at Mac-cessibility, we won’t be covering the more general enhancements and additions to the iOS operating system which powers Apple’s mobile devices in this review. While some of the new features will certainly be relevant to our discussion, we’re going to be primarily focussing on what’s new in terms of accessibility, especially where regards VoiceOver. A Note on Timing A few people have asked us why we waited so long to publish our review of iOS 5 and the new features found in VoiceOver.
iPad Apps for Kids with Special Needs - EasyStand Blog UPDATE: Please check out our follow up post, “iPad Apps for Kids with Special Needs, Part II” for a more recent list of the best apps for children with special needs! The iPad has gotten a lot of people excited. There are many different ways an iPad can be used as a tool for educators and students (of all abilities) to use in the classroom, as well as fun and learning at home, too!
Educational and Assistive Technology Consulting Services — EdTech Associates As we move from computer-based classrooms to online 24/7 digital learning environments, a closer look on how students with specific learning challenges will be supported needs to be addressed. Undoubtedly, the access to mobile devices has increased significantly with new school models being created as we move to 24/7 access to the curriculum by students with devices like iPads, iPod touches and Xoom. The focus of our resources for students with learning challenges is updated here to include apps for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. Return often for revisions for Apps for Dyslexic Students and new resources for students identified with autism. A new day has arrived for dyslexic students where apps have been created to support the challenges that they have on a daily basis in school. Here is the "Top Ten apps" (with links to iTunes) for them to get started.
IPad Tips & Tutorials Using the Back Button or Previous Page in the Safari Web Browser on the iPad A participant in my Master Class recently asked this question: How do I go “back” in Safari? Sometimes the “back” button works and sometimes it doesn’t. Here’s my reply: When you tap on a link on a webpage, one of two things generally happens: 1. Hands On Letters and Numbers with Doodle Buddy When I first began learning to write my letters and numbers, I must have gone through an entire tree worth of paper as I practiced tracing and then writing them on my own. Now, with your iPad your students can practice their letters, numbers, spelling and handwriting while leaving a forest of trees intact. Here’s how I would approach this apptivity: Safari
Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT Every day, people around the world communicate, connect, and learn digitally on the go. Our students spend hours with their devices and digital tools. Imagine if some of that time was spent learning your content. Imagine your students learning by creating, playing, translating, editing, curating, researching, and brainstorming digitally on cell phones, mobile devices, laptops, tablets, iPads, Chromebooks, and consoles. Learning to Go is a collection of lesson plans, resources, handouts, and tips for teachers wishing to incorporate mobile devices, cell phones or BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) into their teaching.
iPad Apps for individuals wirh Special Educational Needs - download a simple guide. Search through the Internet and you will find loads of advice about Apps that meet a whole range of personal, educational and business needs. You can go on for ever exploring new Apps (I do it all the time!) and find you have a device full of Apps and you can’t remember which one you thought would be useful for what! Bloom’s Taxonomy and iPad Apps LearningToday shares with everyone two beautiful posters, that help us remember Bloom’s Taxonomy: the Blooming Butterfly and the Blooming Orange. How do we connect the Bloom’s Taxonomy with the iPad? Following inDave Mileham and Kelly Tenkeley’s footsteps of assigning iPad apps to the different levels of the Bloom’s Taxonomy, I created the following table with apps that I have tested out and am recommending. (Click to see a larger version of the image) In order to make the cut, the app had to fulfill the criteria (from Wikipedia and according to the Blooming Orange’s verbs) set out for each level.
Response to Intervention in Primary Grade Reading By: What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education (2011) This visual diagram illustrates three essential practices (universal screening, progress monitoring and differentiation, and systematic skill instruction) based on the recommendations in the Practice Guide. Use this diagram to compare the recommended practices for implementing a Response to Intervention system in reading with the way your school or district provides services to students who are at risk for reading difficulties.Download diagram > (577K PDF) iDevices in the Special Education Classroom A number of built-in accessibility features, tools, and add-ons are helping to prompt Apple's iPad into the classroom. Now, the push to get textbooks accessed through this device to get rid of all those heavy books, ah, it is happening!! With a text reader and highlighter, this will really be something worth talking about.
Top Ten: Apps for children with special educational needs It’s becoming increasingly clear that iPads and iPhones have so much more to offer than the games and shopping apps that are, admit it, the hook for a lot of us. Technology is bringing about a revolution in teaching and learning with iPads very much front and centre, armed to the teeth with an ingenious, ever-expanding amount of apps. Increasingly, technology is being put to use in special needs education and there are plenty of fantastic apps out there for helping students overcome their learning disabilities, giving them the confidence to learn and express themselves at school and home. Though there are a vast amount of brilliant apps to choose from, I’ve compiled my top ten for use both at home and in the classroom. VAST-Autism 1 – Core: A great tool that provides therapy to children with autism and motor speech disorders such as apraxia.
28 iPad 2 Tips and Tricks Your new iPad 2 might not be as full-featured (or as complicated) as a laptop or desktop PC, but a few neat tricks are still hidden between the surface. Read on to learn how to secure your iPad, sync your bookmarks, and more. Download the free iPad User's Guide: You may have noticed that your iPad didn't come with a big printed manual--that's not Apple's style. However, you can download the PDF version of the iPad User's Guide from Apple's Web site, or you can read it in iBooks if you have that installed (iBooks is available as a free download in the App Store). 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. 1.