Bill Ziegler www.billziegler.com
Bill Ziegler presented to the Brandywine Special Needs PTA a series of apps which are useful for students with communications difficulties, reading writing delays, and many other developmental delays. He also showed video of the apps in action with children with delays. Below are few of the apps recommended and ways they can be used for kids with disabilities.
- Using Apple Technology to Support Learning for Students with Sensory and Learning Disabilities www.apple.com/education/docs/L419373A-US_L419373A_AppleTechDisabilities.pdf
- Apple Special Ed page www.apple.com/education/special-education/
- Apple Technology: Uniquely Equipped to Let Every Student Succeed www.apple.com/education/docs/L417450B_US_Uniquely_Equipped.
Clicker Sentences – www.cricksoft.com/us/products/apps/clicker-sentences.aspxDevelop emergent writers’ skills and build struggling writers’ confidence with Clicker Sentences – the definitive early writing tool that enables you to build sentences with whole words.
Clicker Docs –www.cricksoft.com/us/products/apps/clicker-docs.aspx Develop students’ writing skills and build struggling writers’ confidence with Clicker Docs – the writing tool that provides differentiated support for students of all abilities.
Dragon Dictation www.nuance.com/for-individuals/mobile-applications/dragon-dictation/index.htm is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.
Photo Booth– Take fun snapshots and make short videos in Photo Booth. You can share what you shoot directly to Facebook and Twitter thanks to the built-in Share button. Use photos as your Messages icons. Assign them to friends and family in Contacts. And add photos to your iPhoto library. But the real fun starts when you use the effects and backdrops. Snap a photo of yourself at the Eiffel Tower or in outer space. Choose from nine effects that use facial tracking technology so effects look great whether you’re front and center — or left of center. Snap single photos or shoot multiples in a four-photo burst. You can even shoot and trim video clips, complete with effects. Also use for kids with communication delays for presenting school projects.
Imovie and Photo Booth Uses in the Classroom– edapps.ca/2011/11/13-ways-to-use-imovie-in-the-classroom
iMovie is a very simple, easy to use movie editing software created by apple specifically for the iPad and iPhone.
Self Reflection: Students learning to be self aware and provide self-feedback is one of the most effective things we can teach our students. They can watch themselves doing some sort of performance (as described in Documentation above), and give them some structure or checklist to follow.
Documentation: Use the camera and microphone to record student work and performances. You might record students reading, to track progress, video record a student playing a short riff in band class, or record a performance in Phys.Ed, or pretty much any other course.
Story Telling: have students tell personal stories and turn them into digital stories using pictures and images from their classroom and their lives.
Photo Essay: Photo-essays are powerful ways to convey messages through visuals and text. Students can easily add text-based-slides to iMovie using another app called iMovie Extras.
iWriteWords – giggle-lab.com/iwritewords Teaches your child handwriting while playing a fun and entertaining game.
Dexteria – www.dexteria.net is a set of therapeutic hand exercises that improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. The exercises take advantage of the multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity
Word Processing Apps
Pages – www.apple.com/ios/pages for Mac is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.
PaperPort Notes – www.nuance.com/for-individuals/by-product/paperport/paperport-notes/index.htm is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way people create and share information. Now you can combine documents, web content, audio, typed text as well as hand written notes into a single document that you can easily organize and share with anyone.
UPAD – itunes.apple.com/us/app/upad/id401643317 bills itself as a handwriting application with a number of bells and whistles. It functions as a simple memo pad, as an annotating tool for photos and texts, and as a daily or weekly planner. The array of creative features is consistent whether you’re using blank pages, reading a PDF, or playing with images pulled from the Internet or your iPad. The features include the handwriting tool in “pen” and “marker” formats in different colors and sizes; the ability to type and place text (or images) anywhere on your document; and an easy export utility for sharing your work. Locking your documents ensures against accidental edits. A read-only mode turns UPAD into a simple e-reader.
One of the app’s best features is the ability to magnify a location on the page, write your note or input your text, and then exit the mode. Like writing with your finger but get frustrated with the cumbersome results? Want to enter a small annotation alongside a memorable paragraph? Here’s your answer. There’s also a nifty “palm-rest” that can expand over your open document to help you avoid every touch becoming a pen mark.
With UPAD, students can import PDF files from email, iTunes, or the web; use folders and bookmarks to organize their content; add charts and tables; password protect their work, and more. They can also export their notes, email them, or download them in PDF format. We’ve seen students and teachers using UPAD to share documents and submit homework to their teachers—who can then edit or grade the materials and send them back to students.
Iannotate – www.branchfire.com/iannotate Here is a short listing of what you can do in iAnnotate: You can search, bookmark, add annotations, insert images, e-mail, or open an image of what you are working on in some other app. The latter is a nice touch but the rolodex to select where to open the image is a bit too small for large fingers. You can customize the tool bar (there are a lot of icons that provide many functions to choose from—think customizable tool bar like you have never seen before); and best of all, you can decide to flatten the changes or simply remove them all. A typed sticky-like note can be attached to handwritten notes and all notes are fully editable. One of the challenges for anyone new to the iPad is controlling the size of handwritten text. I wish iAnnotate had a zoom feature that allows handwritten text to appear more normal in size. A signature option can be used as a fix but it is just that. Zooming in to make your notation and then zoom out is really not a usable option. I find that the “note” function an easier way to make typed notations and this option still leaves plenty of room to make markups.
Splashtop – www.splashtop.com/personal Splashtop is the easiest and fastest way to access your Mac or Windows PC from your iPad! Use Splashtop to access your computer on the local network with best-in-class video streaming performance. View and edit Microsoft Office and PDF files. Browse the web using IE, Chrome, and Firefox with full Flash and Java support. Play 3D PC and Mac games. Access your entire media library and documents. And more!
Splashtop Whiteboard allows teachers and students to turn their iPad into an interactive whiteboard. Once connected to their computer over Wifi, they can watch Flash media with fully synchronized video and audio, control favorite applications then annotate over lesson content all from an iPad. Now interact with students at their desk or from all four corners of the classroom!
Reflector – www.airsquirrels.com/reflector Have you ever wanted to see your iPhone or iPad on a larger screen? Play games, watch movies, demo apps or present to your computer from your iPhone or iPad. Everything you do on the device is shown on the computer screen, wirelessly.