Assistive Technology App Round-Up
Created by Becky Odell
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CAN:
· minimize the extent to which individuals with disabilities need to ask for help (enabling them to be more independent learners)
· improve the speed and accuracy of work
· reinforce effective classroom instruction and strengthen skill development
· help students to 'fit in' with classroom learning and routines
· motivate students to set high goals for themselves and to persevere
It is critical to keep in mind that assistive technology is meant to "assist" and not replace intentional, well-designed and implemented instruction. It is often the case that students who use tools like screen readers and calculators show some improvement in their reading and math skills over time. This may be in part due to their added exposure to and practice with the very skills that, without technological assistance, would cause them to fall behind.
Check out these iPad Apps!
The award-winning Park Math introduces early math concepts to young children (pre-K through elementary school) through visually interesting (and cute) interactive games.
With Algebra Touch, your child can refine algebra skills using touch – including dragging to rearrange problems or drawing lines to cancel out terms.
In addition to being a high-quality graphic calculator, Quick Graph+ includes advanced features, like tracing.
Large colorful buttons and the option for high-contrast visuals and audio feedback when pressing keys are a few of the LD-friendly features of this app.
This free graphing calculator includes an easy-to-use scientific calculator, graphing capabilities, unit converter and more.
This extremely popular game of numbers enhances problem-solving and math skills.
This speech-to-text app has been praised for its top-notch, accurate voice recognition that makes everything from texting a friend to transcriptions easier.
From the same makers of Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go! simplifies the process of communicating with a device through voice recognition.
An award-winning app, Evernote helps you stay organized through, among other features, voice-recorded notes.
Pages is a word processor for Apple mobile devices. It syncs with iCloud, comes with a choice of 16 templates, and allows for color, font and texture customization.
This high-quality recording app is helpful for teens, college students, and adults when taking notes at meetings, lectures or interviews. It allows for simultaneous recording and typing or handwritten notes.
Create customized abbreviation shortcuts with TextExpander to help write faster without worrying about spelling errors.
Typ-O HD does more than just predict words. This intuitive technology understands how you misspell words and can work through even the most challenging typos.
Brevity remembers the frequency of the words you use, so that you can abbreviate them and compose text in record time.
WritePad allows you to compose a document with your own handwriting—using shorthand that works best for you. Side beneift: It may help students improve their handwriting out of the sheer desire to have the computer recognize the letters.
Is the backpack getting too heavy? Students can upload digital notes they’ve taken in class directly to their iPhone or iPad with the Pencast Player. Livescribe technology and notebook is required for this app to work.
Get details on how to make the most of this respected dictionary’s mobile app here: How to Make the Most of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary App.
Dexteria offers therapeutic hand exercises (not games) that improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children.
Save friends from the castle of the “grammar dragon” by correctly answering grammar questions in this kinesthetic learning game.
Young children can play with language in the colorful world of the handwriting app iWriteWords.
This app introduces prepositions to elementary school-aged children. It helps students learn the correct usage of prepositions and how they can change the meaning of a sentence.
Sentence Builder helps elementary school-aged children learn how to build sentences with proper grammar.
StoryBuilder helps to accomplish three key educational goals, including improving higher level abstractions. Audio clips are used extensively throughout the app.
This award-winning app provides an entire year of spelling curriculum, including phonics lessons and lists divided by spelling patterns.
Conveniently, this basic spell-check app doesn’t require WiFi to function.
If typing on a mobile device is difficult, TapTyping can help through, among other features, its unique heat map that shows where the majority of errors are occuring.
You can create eye-popping, professional iBooks with the help of Book Creator.
You don’t need reading skills to create talking photo albums and books with Pictello's easy-to-use, visual story-building features.
StoryKit offers a number of interactive tools to create a personalized, electronic storybook.
This app is great for self-expression. Use photos and videos to create your own story, and then import it into iPhoto.
Does it get more fun than creating your own cartoons? Simply press “record,” move the characters onscreen, and tell the story. It helps students learn to write by breaking the writing process into manageable pieces.