10 Websites to Find Special Needs Apps for the iPad & iPhone This post is part Five of the Special Needs iPad & App Series. In only one year the Apple iPad has revolutionized the tech industry. 15 Million iPads have been sold and estimates are that within the next 3 years over 115 million tablets will be shipped. Dozens if not hundreds of applications have been created that enhance the quality of life for individuals with all types of disabilities. This has lead Apple to create a special education section in the App Store. To try and make sense of all of this we have put together a nine part series on the iPad and useful applications. In part four we discussed 11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps in iPad App Store This week we bring you: 10 Websites to Find Special Needs Apps for the iPad & iPhone About.Com – Apps for Children With Special Needs About.com highlights new apps that are designed specifically to make life easier for people with special needs, by making communication or behavior management or health management easier. Did we miss any?
» 20 Favorite Apps in 2011! Miss Kolis’ Room 5 Blog There are a ton of Apps we love in Room 5. But when I stopped to think of which Apps we used the most for instruction purposes this year, I came up with this list of 20. I am sure the kids would have a different list (scroll to the bottom of the list for some “kid choices”). Our 20 Most Favorite Apps for Instruction in 2011 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Oceanhouse Media has the Mercer Mayer books, Dr. Ruckus Media Group has a great variety of books read by celebrities like Meryl Streep! 5 Additional Apps My Kiddos Would Add to the List- Five Little Monkeys by Loeschware ($.99 ) is very cute, great for motivation, fun, and can be used for counting, colors, movement, vocabulary, and more! Thomas Game Pack ($2.99) is one of our favorites! tracks and put together the puzzles! Thomas and Friends: Day of the Diesels ($4.99) is great if you love Thomas! FirstWords: Animals ($1.99) is also a big favorite of ours!
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. Great for kids with autism, ADHD, apraxia, learning disability, sensory issues and more. by Dawn Villarreal, One Place for Special Needs Android apps (all) Android does not have the nice interface of iTunes for viewing apps on the Internet as opposed to your device. Aphasia appsApps specific to those with aphasia Apraxia appsApps specific to those with Childhood Apraxia of Speech Articulation appsApps that focus on articulation. Auditory memory apps Auditory memory is the ability to remember what you heard. Autism appsApps specific to those on the autism spectrum
10 Free iPad Apps For Children With Special Needs - Cool Gizmo Toys I’ve decided today, instead of reviewing a single app in depth, to give you guys a list of 10 Free iPad Apps for Children With Special Needs. I hope that you find a couple of applications that are perfect for your unique child, and that he enjoys using these apps just as much as you enjoy watching him learn and grow! If you like this post, please check out my recent article on the top 10 AAC apps under $30! Free iPad Apps List See.Touch.Learn By Brain Parade See.Touch.Learn is one of the top free iPad apps for children with special needs. I have been reading the questions aloud to my autistic son, instead of using the recorded voice. See.Touch.Learn is an app that takes picture cards to a whole new level and applies the concept to a great iPad application, designed by behavior analysts specifically for kids with special needs. Download See.Touch.Learn for Free TapToTalk TapToTalk is an in-depth, free AAC application. Model Me Going Places Talk Assist Download Talk Assist on iTunes Splatter HD
124 Sites For Free Children's Books Online Introduction This is a listing of 234 sites that legally offer free ebooks for children to read. There is a separate listing of audio books for children at Best Free Audio Books Online For Children. (72 sites) This page is geared towards younger children. I recently added a page of site listings for Free eBooks Online Teen and Young Adults for older children. All of these sites listed have content that is legal for them to distribute. This list is not comprehensive and if you know of any other sites please post in the comments below or at our forums. A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages: For a complete listing of the free ebook pages here at Gizmo's, see Free eBooks and Audio Books To Read Online or Download Libraries are also an excellent source for reading and listening materials for children. Children's eBooks Series Free Children's eBooks 2020ok around 100 books for babies through 12 nicely divided into categories. eReader News
7 Assistive Communication Apps in the iPad App Store Augmentative and Alternative Communication Augmentative communication (AAC for short) is an alternative way to help students and adults with language disorders use expressive language or receptive language. Augmentative communication can be accomplished through assistive technology devices such as computers or hand held devices. Twenty years ago if your child was non-verbal your resources where very limited. Advanced communication was limited to low technology such as picture communication systems and sign language. Fast forward to 2011 and the iPad has revolutionized the assistive communication world. Here are seven assistive communication apps for the iPad that you may find useful: Proloquo2Go Company: AssistiveWarePrice: $189Rating: 4 ½ Starts (284 Ratings)Proloque2Go is the most well known of of all the assistive communications apps on the iPad. iCommunicate for iPad Company: Grembe Inc. iComm My Talk Tools Mobile Look2Learn – AAC Voice4U iConverse The Special Needs iPad & App Series
Teaching Large Classes with an iPad [Reprinted by author from www.sageonstage.com] To this day I remain a big fan of the overhead projector. I truly believe it was more effective a tool for teaching than the projected Powerpoint slides will ever be. I stood facing the students, watching their expressions, which I could see since the lights were sufficiently bright. I could draw on the screen and change directions as questions arose. It's been downhill ever since,...until this semester. This semester I've purchased an iPad2 and a software application called SplashTop Remote Desktop. To reach this new level of teaching nirvana I have found at least two routes (so far): The first requires that I simply bring my laptop (as I always did anyway) to class along with whatever cables/dongles needed to connect the laptop to the projection system, and my iPad.The second does not require the laptop but does require an AppleTV + whatever it takes to connect that to the projector.
7 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Special-Needs Students Recently, a former music teacher told me about a 1st grade student with Asperger’s syndrome who, on their first encounter, announced in no uncertain terms: “I hate music!” Over the next two years, the student used abusive language, had meltdowns, and was physically aggressive toward his peers. Finally, the teacher scheduled some individual time with him and discovered that he believed he was terrible at music and couldn’t sing. She let him play some of the instruments in her room and then showed him the music composition software program GarageBand on her Mac. It turned out that he was fascinated with computers and quickly figured out how to compose a song. The next week, the teacher shared his song with the class and from that time on things began to change. As a former special education teacher, I can’t count the number of times my students would come up to me and say, “Mr. • Discover your students’ strengths. • Provide positive role models with disabilities.
10 Revolutionary iPad Apps to Help Autistic Children | Gadgets DNA 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. Those affected typically display major impairments in three areas: social interaction, communication and behavior (restricted interests and repetitive behaviors). 1 in 160 children have autism in some form, making it twice as common as cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, childhood deafness or blindness and ten times more common than childhood leukemia. “A must have if your child has autism!
Building an eBook Library I've just gotten my first iPad in my classroom, and while I've been blogging about their potential for quite a while, I'm truly seeing their amazing possibilities. One area I've found to be especially useful is in create an eBook library. I've talked in the past about writing simple books with your students to help build your library (Stories in a New York Minute), what I want to talk about today is creating a digital library. iBooks has the ability to work with ePub files, which means the files can include both images, audio & video embedded in the book. We've been using an app called Creative Book Builder ($3.99). Another app we've been trying out is Blurb Mobile (Free). One website I'd like to see embrace ePub is TarheelReader.org. I don't know exactly where this mobile education stuff is going, but I do know that having a digital eBook library is going to be a growing trend! Patrick Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons: jblyberg Share this
iPads and Severe Vision Impairments The iPad has the potential to increase communication skills in kids living with severe vision problems and become a "life-changing therapy" tool, according to research conducted at the University of Kansas. New findings reveal that Apple's best selling tablet device may have the ability to improve cortical visual impairment, a severe neurological disorder resulting from brain damage that prevents children from interpreting visual information. Muriel Saunders, assistant research professor at the University of Kansas's Life Span Institute, was conducting a study about how children respond to adaptive switches – a tool that teaches kids with disabilities cause and effect skills needed for early language development – when her assistant asked to use an iPad to gauge interaction. "We gave 15 toddlers between the ages of three and four with cortical visual impairment an iPad to play with and were completely shocked with the results," Saunders told TechNewsDaily.
10 Ways to Make Your iPod a Better Learning Gadget The iPod can supercharge your learning. But it’s often a matter of finding the right software and content. Below, we’ve listed several new pieces of software that will let you suck more educational media (DVDs, web videos, audio files, etc.) into your iPod. And we’ve also listed some important pieces of content that will make your iPod a better learning gadget. 2) Watch DVDs on Your iPod: This free, open source software works on MacOS X, Linux and Windows, and makes it simple to load and watch DVDs on your video iPod. 3) Load YouTube Videos to Your iPod: ConvertTube allows you to take any YouTube video and convert it to a format that works on your iPod. 4) Make Other Video Formats iPod-Ready: Lifehacker recently mentioned three other pieces of software that will make a variety of other video formats iPod-ready. 6) Create eBooks for the iPod: This bit of software turns text files into ebooks that you can read on your iPod.
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