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iDevices in the Special Education Classroom

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. Students learn in different ways. The iPad can provide visual, audio and tactile learning; reaching many students’ learning styles. Is it the best tool out there? Concerns and thoughts: In the special education classroom, as a classroom tool, one of the concerns that I have is that the iPad is often used as an individual tool in isolation, not a tool for collaboration and integration. Parents are also often using the iPad as a reward and/or keep them busy and quiet tool. How to use an iPad in the classroom with a group? Teacher directs, students watch.Teacher directs, with iPad in the middle of the group and students touch with instruction. Answer- "Yes."

Back-to-School Guide for Dyslexic Students: Apps and More With the school year fast approaching (or already in full swing) here are my favorite apps and products for accessibility. Hopefully these apps and products will help make the school year successful for those needing assistive technology to support their reading and writing. This list is geared toward students with dyslexia but many of the apps and products can also benefit other students. To learn more about any of these products or apps click on the accompanying link. Kurzweil 3000 Kurzweil 3000 is a versatile reading and writing program for Mac and PC. Bookshare Bookshare is an essential service for people with print disabilities. Learning Ally Learning Ally is another provider of accessible books for the blind and dyslexic. Click read more below for more great apps and products. Voice Dream Reader Voice Dream Reader is an amazing text-to-speech app for iOS. Co:Writer Co:Writer by Don Johnston is an app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Prizmo Quizlet Inspiration Maps

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education Accessibility