Switch Access for Older Students

Looking for switch accessible, or easy-to-access interactive sites for older learners with more complex needs?  Check out these:

SENICT Software’s – Choose from an array of games, activities focused on popular characters and stars, interactive classroom topics, and more.

Priory Woods – Switch Accessible Videos.  Check out the left column for more switch accessible activities.

Shiny Learning – Variety of single cause-and-effect games, with limited play for free, on ‘Flash Enabled’ browers (not Chrome).

Tarheel Reader Gameplay – videos and games can be advanced, or chosen, using a single switch.  Choose by skill, level or type of control.  You can even make your own!

Tarheel Reader Books– don’t forget about this switch accessible book site with audio support.  Lots of great nonfiction content.  You can now choose your computer’s built in audio voices when activating speech output.

 

EquatIO for Digital Math Output

EquatIO screenshot Digital supports for math have been difficult to find and slow to develop, especially those that support students’ ability to write math digitally.  Texthelp has introduced a Chrome extension that provides a tool for this.

EquatIO can be downloaded from the Chrome webstore.

All features are free for 30 days, with some premium features extended with purchase of a license.  Find licensing information at this link to pricing.
Features include:

  • Google Docs Integration
  • Speech Input
  • Handwriting recognition (2 per day with free version)
  • LaTex (math notation/forumlas)
  • Math to Speech (text to speech)
  • Resizing Images
  • Math and Chemistry “Prediction” (Premium feature)
  • Google Forms Integration (Premium feature)
I encourage you to try EquatIO if you have students who would benefit from writing math digitally, and/or is using Google Docs as a platform for work completion.  
Follow Texthelp on Twitter @texthelp

 

World Autism Awareness Day – App & Software Discounts

April 2, 2017 is International Autism Awareness day, so many apps will be discounted or free.  Many are listed below, however others will be available.  Check Smart Apps for Kids each day to find others.  If you have a favorite, be sure to check them out in the app store!

Proloquo2Go (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $249.99
Gateway to Language – an in app purchase for P2G will also be 50%
Proloquo4Text (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $119.99
Pictello (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $19.99
Keeble (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $24.99
Speak for Yourself! (March 31-April 4) – 50% discount, regularly $299.99
LAMP Words for Life (April 2, 3) – 50% discount, regularly $299.99
Avaz Pro (April 1-15) – 50% discount, regularly $119.99
Total Talk AAC (thru April) 50% discount thru April
AACORN AAC – regularly $119.99go to website, scroll to the bottom, to claim discount at
this link:  AACORN AAC Website
Coughdrop AAC – (March 31-April 7) – 50% off lifetime subscription, regularly $200 (sign
up at this link:  Coughdrop Subscription)
Alexicom Elements AAC apps (April 1-8) Move the decimal sale to get the discounted
price
Elements Child Pre – $19.99 to $1.99
Elements Child Home – $19.99 to $1.99
Elements Child School – $49.99 to $4.99
Elements Teen Home – $19.99 to $1.99
Elements Adult Home – $19.99 to $1.99
Elements StoryMaker – $9.99 to $.99
Elements Core 280 – $9.99 to $.99
Tobii Dynavox apps and software – (March 29-April 5) 50% discount
Compass – regularly $179.99
PODD (Based on Compass) – regularly $299.99
Compass with Gateway – regularly $299.99
Compass with Eye Tracking – regularly $499.99
Communicator 5 – regularly $699.99
Snap Scene – regularly $49.99
Boardmaker Online and Boardmaker disc software – 25% discount (use code BLUE25
at checkout)
Zones of Regulation – (April 3) – 50% discount, regularly $4.99
Zones of Regulation – Exploring Emotions (April 3) – 50% discount, regularly $4.99

New Periodic Table of iPad Apps

Thanks to Mark Anderson,@ICTEvangelist, for compiling and creating the new Periodic Table of iPad apps.  This compilation of apps is targeted at younger students, and focused on apps that provide opportunity to use creativity to express learning, to test learning, and to share and publish content.  iPads have so much more potential than just allowing users to consume information, and this list of apps offers 8 categories of options.  Find Mark’s post with the table at this link: Periodic Table of Apps.

Google Voice Typing Now in Google Slides

Google Slides Tools Menu

Many of us have been using Google Voice Typing with Google Docs.  It is now available in Google Slides also!  Find it in the same location: under the Tools tab.  It’s important to note that the Voice Typing will  only input text into the Speaker Notes section, however a simple “copy + paste” will allow the text to be transferred to the slide.  This can be a terrific solution for some students who struggle with writing, especially keyboarding and handwriting.

Find more information and “how to’s” at this link for Google Voice Typing Support.

Online Math Manipulatives

OnlineMathManipulativesHI-1024x568We generally understand that manipulatives are a CRITICAL part of our elementary and special education classrooms. They offer students a real, hands-on way to explore a mathematical concept and build their own meaning. Online manipulatives are internet-based math tools that allow for modeling that helps to move students from the concrete to the representational mode of thinking. These math tools are often free resources sponsored by textbook companies and other organizations to generate alternative ways to represent math content. There are SO many ways to use online math manipulatives.

Catherine Reed hosts The Brown Bag Teacher Blog and has published a nice list of online math manipulatives from websites to digital learning tools.  These online tools are very conducive for use in whole or small group instruction, student practice, and home use of digital tools to support learning.

Follow The Brown Bag Teacher on Twitter for more classroom ideas! @brownbagteacher

LAMP Words for Life Intro & Tutorials

LAMPMany speech pathologists and special education teachers are now using the LAMP Words for Life app as an AAC solution for students who are nonverbal.  And, an increasing number of students are coming to school with devices, such as an iPad with the LAMP Words for Life app or a dedicated PRC Alternative Communication device.

If you are looking for a live, face-to-face workshop, The Center for AAC and Autism offers trainings throughout the country.

However, if you don’t have access to a live training in your area, or just need to gain an immediate understanding of the LAMP or LAMP Words for Life language systems, then the links below may help you understand the system and some basics for supporting your students.  These can also be helpful to share with a student’s teacher, paraprofessional, or parent:

 

A very helpful set of short video tutorials can be found here (video #11 is an hour long Introduction to Lamp Words for Life): Link here to LAMP Tutorial Videos

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs

tlwmsnIf you need a terrific resource for ideas, activities, accommodations and supports for students with complex disabilities and learning needs, then the Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs blog is just what you’ve been looking for!  Kate Ahern, an assistive technology specialist and special education teacher hosts this blog with countless resources to use and share.

 

If you need ideas for use of a single message switch, free online switch games, ideas for AAC, links to free and low cost pictures, iPad and app ideas, transition activities, accommodations for students with Autism or any of the other countless supports focused on students with significant needs, then head over to Kate’s blog today!  It will become a constant and valued resource that you will return to again and again!

Switch Accessible Online Activities – Older Students

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Looking for switch accessible, or easy-to-access interactive sites for older learners with more complex needs?  Check out these:
SENICT Software’s – Choose from an array of games, activities focused on popular characters from tv and film, music and pop stars, interactive classroom topics, topics from around the world, individual interests and hobbies, and more.
Priory Woods – Switch Accessible Videos and slide show animations.  Check out the left column for more switch accessible activities.
Tar Heel Reader – don’t forget about this switch accessible book site with audio support.  Lots of great nonfiction content.  You can now choose your computer’s built in audio voices when activating speech output.  Take the additional step of having your students write and upload a book!

Find and Access Audio Books for Your Students

audiobookAudio books can be transformative for students who struggle with reading or are not engaged with print text.  Audio books can tap into audio comprehension, increase fluency and provide a bridge to improved reading skills.  Educators Technology and Mobile Learning has curated 10 (mostly free) sites that provide high quality audio books, available to ALL students and ALL readers.  From early childhood and young readers through middle and high school, educators and parents can find titles suited to every child.

Check each one out for your students’ needs.

10 Great Places to Find and Access Audiobooks for Students

My personal favorites:

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