Math Apps for the iPad or iPhone

idevbooks logoWith the overwhelming number of math apps available to support students, it can be daunting to find options that meet specific learning needs.  iDevBooks offers a suite of math apps that address a range of concepts including beginning operations of addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, through rounding, fractions, decimals and beginning algebra.

These apps are straight forward with video-like lessons, clarification of concepts, and practice.  Settings and features make these apps very user-friendly for students with varied abilities: wrong answers are never penalized, there are no counters, timers or any other distractions, and custom keys – to make inputting even 3 digit numbers a one-tap gesture – have replaced the traditional keyboard. There is a speed setting that can be used to make the animations and other transitions as fast or slow as the user wants.   Settings are always only one tap away and can be used to set the difficulty of the problems, colors of the interface, and other features.

Check out the iDevBooks website, find them in the iTunes app store or on their iDevBooks Facebook page, or check them out on Twitter @idevbooks

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.

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!

Apps for Students with Autism Wheel

apps for students with autism wheel

The “Apps for Students with Autism Wheel”, created by Mark Coppin has been updated!  This list was developed to provide apps based on common learning characteristics and traits that are typical for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is important to remember that all students learn differently and selecting apps should be based on the unique learning needs of the student. This list is only a sampling of apps available for each skill area. This is not, nor is it meant to be a definitive list. This list is intended to give you a starting place and a rationale for picking certain apps.  Use the link above to download the interactive wheel.

Follow Mark on Twitter: @mcopp

 

EPIC – eBooks and Audiobooks

epicEpic! – Unlimited Books for Kids is a subscription based digital book resource for children ages 12 and under. While the individual cost is $4.99 per month, Epic is available to educators for free!

Register, create student profiles, assign books, attach quizzes, and track reading progress (time and pages read).  Over 10,000 ebooks are available, along with Audio Books and Read-Along books, and over 500 Spanish/English bilingual books.  Additional books are added each month.  Books can be read on any digital platform, or made available offline (there is a web-based portal, and apps in the Chrome Web Store, iTunes Store and Google Play Store).

Epic’s service includes a variety of fiction & non-fiction from leading publishers. It’s been called the “Netflix” of books for kids!

With all of the options available, this is a terrific tool for Universal Design for Learning and differentiation!

Watch this video to get started with your Free Educator account. @EpicKidsBooks

 

Project Gutenberg – Free Classic eBooks and Audio Books

project gutenberg app iconProject Gutenberg – not your Grandmother’s old, weathered text!  New, upgraded features and options make this long-standing resource worth another look.  Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free public-domain ebooks, along with tens of thousands more through partners and affiliates.  Most of the classics are included, providing digital access for diverse learners.  Choose among free epub books for reading on any computer, Chromebook, tablet or iPad/iPhone, or Kindle.  Download them or read them online, with or without images, with or without audio.  Many books, through partner Librivox, are human-read for a significantly improved audio listening experience, or access the Audio Book, Human Read Category.

Access books directly through the Project Gutenberg Website or download an app (Gutenberg Project iPad app or Gutenberg Books Android app).  For more information on book downloads, access the Gutenberg How-To page for mobile devices.  Follow on Twitter @gutenberg_org.

Set a Time Limit On an iPad

iPad timerDo you use the iPad as a reward for your students?  Do they difficulty closing out of an app or putting the device away?

Use the default clock on your iPad, paired with a passcode, to turn the iPad (or iPhone) off automatically.  Follow this easy 2-step process to limit the time a student has in an app:

Open the Clock app, and choose the Timer icon at the bottom of the screen.  Tap the music icon at the bottom of the timer screen (♫ ♫) and choose “Stop Playing”, then “Set”.  Open the Settings app, tap Passcode in the left column, then Turn Passcode On in the right column, and set a 4 digit passcode (DO NOT FORGET THIS PASSCODE!)  Make sure “Erase Data” slider is off on this screen.

To use this feature, return to the clock app, Set Timer > Start.  Give the iPad to the student with the desired app open.  When the timer runs out, the Slide to Unlock screen will be shown and the passcode must be entered to unlock.  (Click here for printable directions with pictures).

QR Voice – Create Short Audio Supports Simply!

QR VoiceQRVoice is a tool that allows you to create QR codes that when scanned will play a short  audio message that’s very easy to use.  To create your own QR code you just need to go qrvoice.net, type in your message, then click on the mini-qr code icon next to the text field.  A weblink and QR Code will pop up.  Save or copy that QR image for use anywhere you want a student to be able to hear that audio.  Create codes for test/quiz directions, explanation of assignments, task directions, etc.  Any phone, iPad, or computer with a camera will be able to access the code with a QR reader, and hear the audio message.  Simple and Free!