I keep finding more and more excellent resources around using iPads, iPods and Apps in (Special) education and wanted to share some of my favourite links with you.
The first comes from the great Victorian Government site called Ipads for Education. There are a number of resources in the support section, including the handout ‘iPads in Special Education’. Apps are grouped into topic areas, such as Organisational Apps, Writing Apps and Maths Apps and are rated at different levels. This handout is a great resource for considering a range of apps and the website also provides excellent information, case studies and ideas about using iPads as an education tool.
Another good resource is a handout from Bridget Gilormini at the Simon Technology Center. This handout ‘iPod/iPad for Education: App 101‘ covers resources for finding App reviews, accessories and blogs which provide information about Apps. It even covers basics, such as the differences between a iPod touch and an iPad. This handout is a good starting point for those just starting to think about using Apps and iPods/iPads in an educational setting. This handout includes a link to my own Apps for AAC list as well as Jeremy Brown’s list of App Recommendations for Students with Autism.
Another resource, which I was very excited to find, is a series of excellent handouts by the people at inov8 Educational Consulting. They have an excellent series of articles called “There’s a Special App for that“. Each article covers a different topic area, such as organisational skills or mind mapping. They provide an in-depth review and analysis of a number of apps in each area, which really give you a feeling for how each apps works.
And if you want further information about how apps work – you can’t go past the collection of over 185 videos at “Apps for Children with Special Needs“. The videos aren’t rated – they are just intended as a way to give you a sense of what each app is about. A good way to get a feel for an app before you purchase it. You can also request that an App be videoed and added to the site.
And finally, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center has published a report called “Learning: Is there an App for that.” This report discusses trends in mobile device learning, three studies undertaken to try and determine the feasability of using apps as part of an early childhood or early primary educational program, and the implications of these studies. Definitely worth a read.
I am sharing lots of these resources as I find them via Twitter – so please feel free to follow me on Twitter @janefarrall – and I would also love to hear about your favourite resources too via this blog or through Twitter.