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

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!

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.

Instagrok – Interactive Search Engine

instagrokInstragrok is an interactive search engine, ideally suited for diverse learners.  Its visual interface along with the ability to scale the difficulty level make it a stand out websiteChrome App or iPad App for student investigation, research and exploration of concepts and topics.  Add in the ability to target key facts, view associated videos and images, take notes and access auto-generated quizzes while tracking student progress – and this is a terrific differentiated tool!

Top 10 Alternatives to the iPad

Laptop Magazine has an informative article reviewing 10 tablets that may be considered as alternatives to the iPad.  Features and cost of each tablet vary considerably, but the reviews clear up some of the confusion.  This is not a complete list, and options change regularly as new devices hit the market, but this is a good place to start: Link to article.

 

Android Apps for Kids

We all know the iPad and iPhone are the hot new devices for kids in education, with lots of focus on applications for students with disabilities.  But, many educators and families own an Android-based device.  This might be a Droid phone, a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, etc.  Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs Blog ( a terrific site for all kinds of information for special educators) has a nice list of Android Apps.  Find it here:  ( link )