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Special Education and iPads: So Appy Together
January 2014

iPads are finding their way into the hands of excited teachers and students. There are good reasons these devices are popular: thousands of useful software applications in the App Store and superb accessibility options. Bring your own iPad to get hands-on time as Tony Vincent guides you through using some of the best apps for teaching. Tony will share sample activities across various subject areas and grade levels, and you'll learn how iPads can personalize learning and engage all students. Special Education and apps can certainly go hand-in-hand!

GOOGLE FORMS

QR CODES

AUDIO QR CODES

  • recordmp3.org works on Macs and PCs to record audio, upload, and provide a URL
  • requires a microphone
  • after saving your recording, copy the URL
  • open goqr.me on your PC
  • paste the URL to generate a QR code that leads directly to the audio file

VIDEO QR CODES

  • open the Camera app and record a video
  • open the Dropbox app (create an account if you don't already have one)
  • click the three dots (...) and click Upload
  • choose your video
  • click your video in the list on the left side of the Dropbox screen
  • click the Share button and choose Copy Link
  • go to goqr.me
  • paste the URL to generate a QR code that to the video you just recorded

iOS TIPS

  • when an app asks to access your location, it's ok to click Allow
  • when an app asks to access your photos, it's best to click Allow
  • when an app asks to access your microphone, it's best to click Allow
  • when an app asks to send you notifications, it's best to answer Don't Allow

CAMERA

  • when taking a photo, click what you would like the camera to focus on
  • you can use the Volume Up or Volume Down button to take a photo
  • photos are saved into your Photo Library/Camera Roll
  • view the Photo Library/Camera Roll in the Photos app
  • crop and enhance a photo by viewing it in the Photos app and clicking Edit
  • an iPad can be used as document camera

SKITCH

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

SCREENSHOTS

  • take a screenshot by quickly pressing and releasing Home and Sleep at the same time
  • an exact copy of your screen is saved into your Camera Roll

PIC COLLAGE

SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW - iPAD AND WEB APPS

AIRPLAY

  • mirror an iPad's screen wirelessly using AirPlay, a technology build into every iPad expect the iPad 1
  • you can use an AppleTV to mirror to a connected projector or television
  • you can use software on your Mac or PC to connected to a projector or television (AirServer or Reflector)
  • read more and see a comparison chart of different ways to mirror iPad's screen onto a big screen

SETTINGS

  • turn on or off specific accessibility features in the Settings app by going to Settings > General > Accessibility
  • selecting a setting tells a little about what they feature does and how to activate it
  • watch Luis Perez explain 10 different accessibility features on YouTube
  • Switching It Up in iOS 7 is a blog post by a special educator
  • iPad Switch Control: The Missing Manual PDF

EVALUATING APPS

  • download various app rubrics and checklists

APPS FOR PRACTICE

  • Mad Math Lite and Number Pieces Basic are just two of thousands of practice and drill and skill apps
  • find many more apps, categorized by subject and grade level on the TCEA app list
  • a great way to find lists of apps is to search Pinterest 
  • check out this list of Apps for Special Education

APPS FOR COMMUNICATION & EXPRESSION

  • Funny Movie Maker is free. Pick a photo and then record your lips speaker. Your lips are placed on top of your photo.
  • Puppet Pals HD is free, but you'll want the Directors Pass for $2.99 so that you can use your own images as puppets and backgrounds.
  • Tellagmi is free. Select a background and then make an avatar speak in front of it. Limited to 30 seconds.
  • 30hands is free. Import a series of image and record audio for each one. Export final product as a video.
  • Book Creator is $4.99. Make a book by adding any combination of text, pictures, photos, audio, and video to each page. Exports as an ePub book, which can be opened in iBooks.
  • Story Creator - Easy Book Maker for Kids is free.

MORE APPS

  • Stick Around - Teachers and students can make matching, sorting, and labeling puzzles. Can include audio and hyperlinks on the stickers. See examples here.
  • Graphic Organizers - use the Adobe Reader app and open fillable graphic organizers from this page
  • Find more apps on Pinterest, Google, and Appitic.com.

MANAGING AND TRACKING BEHAVIOR

  • Counter+: replacement for a mechnical counter
  • Visual Timer Free
  • Choiceworks ($6.99)
  • I Earned That Lite (there's a paid version where you can use it with multiple kids for $2.99)
  • Visual Cue Lite (try this before buying the $9.99 version)
  • Class Dojo - classroom behavior tracking system

RELFECTION

  • download QR code that gives a random reflection question
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