iPads for Learning in Special Ways

 
 

February 4, 2014
Center for Autism & Related Disabilities

iPads are finding their way into the hands of excited teachers, parents, 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 and learning. Tony will share sample activities across various subject areas and grade levels, and you'll learn how iPads can personalize learning and empower all students.

Please bring a 100% charged iPad with you. Before the workshop please ensure that you have installed all updates available for your iPad. Also, please install the free apps listed in the box below so that you can participate in our hands-on activities.

Agenda

9:00-10:30 Introductions, QR Codes, Camera
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Accessibility, App Store, Collages, Evaluating Apps
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Apps for Academic Practice, Social Skills & Expression
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Managing & Tracking Behavior, Finding Apps

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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

STYLUS

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

VIDEO MODELING

DOODLE BUDDY & SKITCH & EDUCREATIONS

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

AIRPLAY

SETTINGS

SAVING IMAGES FROM THE WEB

  • in Safari, touch and hold an image you'd like to save and then click the Save button
  • get public domains clip art at OpenClipArt.org
  • get public domain photos at pixabay.com

PIC COLLAGE

EVALUATING APPS

APPS FOR ACADEMIC PRACTICE

  • Mad Math Lite and Number Pieces Basic are just two of thousands of practice and drill and skill apps
  • Stick Around ($2.99) is Tony's app for making personalized learning games
  • 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 SOCIAL SKILLS

APPS FOR EXPRESSION

  • Tell About This gives interesting visual prompts
  • Tellagmi is free. Select a background and then make an avatar speak in front of it. Limited to 30 seconds.
  • 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.
  • Funny Movie Maker is free. Pick a photo and then record your lips speaker. Your lips are placed on top of your photo.

MANAGING AND TRACKING BEHAVIOR

MORE APPS

Thank you for spending the day with me!