Posts and Resources by Amanda Hartmann

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Top 10 Apps for Language Development

Top 10 Apps for Language Development

  Many students in your classroom/clinic may have language delays, which means they have difficulties using and understanding words and sentences to communicate effectively. Good spoken language skills can provide a solid foundation for written language and literacy. The iPad can be a great instructional tool to support language development with engagement, interaction and language learning, in areas …

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Top 10 Ways to Use Symbols

Top 10 Ways to Use Symbols

  Some things should never go out of fashion… and using symbols in your classrooms and in your homes is one of them! Symbol resources provide strong visual cues for all learners of all ages. Using symbol tools can support communication, behaviour, organisation and even literacy. This webinar reminds us, with loads of practical ideas, of the importance …

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AAC in classrooms

AAC in classrooms

Students with little or no speech, are often working with their parents and teachers to use a system of AAC (Augmentative and/or Alternative Communication) to communicate. Even in the busiest of classrooms, there are always opportunities to bring AAC in. We need to find ways and create ways, so that students get those multiple and repeated opportunities to …

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Top 10 Apps for Early Learning

Top 10 Apps for Early Learning

  Each day we have students that need some extra learning and practice of some early prerequisite skills; skills that will help them to become better learners. From early literacy and numeracy, to matching and patterns; from concepts of colours, shapes and numbers to early touch-screen skills; from early language and vocabulary development to engagement and interaction; the …

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Integrating the iPad into the Classroom

Integrating the iPad into the Classroom

This blog post includes resources and links for participants attending professional development training in Sydney Cluster schools in March 2014. It includes information to help educators successfully integrate the iPad into their mainstream classroom.  Information has been compiled by the Spectronics Consultancy Team. Please email us on mail@spectronicsinoz.com if you need any further information. Please view the slides here: IPAD BASICS If …

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Top 10 Book Creation Apps

Top 10 Book Creation Apps

  It is so powerful for both educators and students to create books and learning materials on their iPad. A book becomes more than paper, words and pictures, because it can now include great interactivity with videos and audio, etc. Not only does this improve student engagement, but it also allows students to access materials that were previously …

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Top 10 Apps for Literacy Support

Top 10 Apps for Literacy Support

  The iPad is a fantastic instructional tool for providing additional literacy supports for students of all ages and abilities in our classrooms. Many students with diverse learning needs, require curriculum materials to presented in a different way; they require support to read and access written text; they require support for the planning and writing of text-based projects; …

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Top 10 Programs and Websites for Interactive Whiteboards

Top 10 Programs and Websites for Interactive Whiteboards

  This webinar is specifically designed for Special Education Classrooms using Interactive Whiteboards. It covers a range of programs and websites that can be used with students to engage in classroom learning, through touch on the Interactive Whiteboard. From programs and websites with ready-made content to those that allow you to create your own content, this webinar has …

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Top 10 Apps for Cause and Effect

Top 10 Apps for Cause and Effect

  This webinar gives a quick look at some great apps to teach cause and effect to students in your classroom; no matter how old or what ability level! Cause and effect is an important skill to help engage and interact with students; helping them to learn to make things happen on their iPad screen in fun and …

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aacorn – A New App in AAC

aacorn – A New App in AAC

Introducing….. aacorn! An interesting and powerful new app, with a whole new way to support a child with little/no/developing speech. The best thing about the app is that it: “LEARNS to predict what YOUR child wants to say.” It moves away from the traditional grid formatted AAC system and gives us “word trees” – beautiful circles of words …

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