Integrating iPads Into Your classroom: For Learning Support & Special Education (Workshop Handout)

 

Customising the iPad to accommodate the needs of diverse learners

For students with diverse learning needs including students with special education needs, students with learning and literacy difficulties and students for whom English is not their first language technology can play a key role in removing barriers, differentiating instruction and providing tools to accommodate their learning needs and access to the school curriculum. During this workshop we explored the range of options using an iPad to assist teachers to optimize and differentiate student learning, and to support student engagement.

iPad Basics

Accessibility

More accessibility information via the Spectronics Blog:

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Accessibility Icon

Alternative Access

Accessories

Additional accessories such as durable cases, speakers, mounts, switch interfaces, keyguards and styluses can also help to make the iPad more accessible for your students. A range of links for these can be found on our Accessories Page

Determining which apps are appropriate

Assessment and Making informed decisions

Assessment and appropriate technology selection is essential to ensure we are addressing the specific needs of individual students. The selection of apps and the implementation of the iPad into the classroom should always be aligned to identified individual educational plan goals and targeted curriculum outcomes for students.

In addition to the curriculum assessment processes a school employs, other frameworks are also available to assist in making informed decisions concerning the implementation of the iPad and associated apps.

Evaluation Rubrics for Selecting Apps

To assist in this decision making process, checkout these two blogs by Katie Lyon:

 

Adding content to your iPads to support students in special education classrooms

Special Education classrooms are busy and changeable places, and finding the right apps that can work to enhance the curriculum outcomes for students is important. This section will cover apps across a wide range of ages and ability levels to maximise the learning for those students with disabilities in our Special education classrooms.

Disclaimer for the apps we show:
The apps we demonstrate in today’s workshop and highlight in this resource are just some of the many available! We are by no means saying that these are the only apps within each category that you should consider, as each app should be evaluated according to the assessment processes and framework identified above.

Cause and Effect

App suggestions:

 
Reactickles Magic
 
Somantics
 
Hidden grid
 
Cause & Effect Sensory Light Box
 
Finger Paint with Sounds
 
Hurdle Champion
 
Space Shooter
 
Stop and Go! HD
 
Dexteria
         

 

Links to Websites:

Early Learning

App suggestions:

 
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
 
Bugs and Buttons
 
Bugs and Bubbles
 
SoundTouch
 
Alien Buddies
 
Play School Art Maker
 
Switch Accessible Puzzles
 
Complete Toddler Preschool
 
Pepi Bath
 
SimpleSort

 

Help Kidz Learn Apps:

 
Train Tracker
 
Bumper Cars
 
Inclusive Smarty Pants
 
Aunty Maggie’s Recipe
 
Peeping Musicians
 
Big Bang Pictures
 
Big Bang Patterns
     

 

Speaking and Listening

App suggestions:

EARLY YEARS

 
Cookie Doodle
 
My playhome
 
Clicky Sticky
 
Create-a-Car
 
Bag Game
 
Splingo!
 
Speech with Milo – Sequencing
 
Special Words
 
Dr. Panda’s Restaurant
 
Mr. Potato Head Create and Play
 
Bitsboard
 
iSEQUENCES
 
Fun With Directions HD
       

 

Toca Boca:

 
Toca Boca Tea Party
 
Toca Doctor HD
 
Toca Hair Salon 2
 
Toca Kitchen
 
Toca Tailor
 
Toca Tailor Fairy Tales
 
Toca Kitchen Monsters
 
Toca Train
 
Toca House
 
Toca Boca Store
 
Parenting’s Birthday Party Playtime
   

 

OLDER STUDENTS

 
SentenceBuilderTeen
 
PuppetPals HD
 
Toontastic
       

Links to websites:

Reading and Writing

App suggestions:

 
Clicker Sentences
 
Clicker Docs
     

 

Interactive Books:

 
Adapted Play Book – EIEIO
 
When You Grow Up
 
Collins Big Cat: Playing Story Creator
 
Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!
 
I Like Books

 

Early Literacy/Phonics:

 
First Words Deluxe
 
Kids Crosswords
 
Montessori Crosswords
 
Alpha Writer
 
Word Wizard
 
Monkey Word School Adventure
 
Simplex Spelling Phonics 1
 
Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables
 
abc PocketPhonics
 
LetterSchool
 
Starfall ABCs
 
iWriteWords
 
rED Writing – Learn to Write
 
Montessori Letter Sounds HD
 
School Writing ANZ
 
Eggy Nursery Rhymes
 
Eggy Alphabet
 
Intro To Reading by Oz Phonics
 
Oz Phonics 1
 
Simplex Spelling Phonics – Advanced Phonograms
 
Spelling Games Grade 1
 
Spelling Games Grade 2
 
Spelling Games Grade 3
 
Spelling Games Grade 4
 
Spelling Games Grade 5
 
Spelling Games Grade 6
 
Spelling Tutor
     

 

Links to websites:

Mathematics

App suggestions:

 
Math Dictionary for Kids
 
iTeacher Cool Math for Kids
 
iBoard – Professional Whiteboard
 
Kids Numbers and Maths
         

 

Early Maths:

 
Five Sharks Swimming
 
Five Little Aliens
 
Monkey Math School Sunshine
 
Friends of Ten
 
Bugs and Numbers

 

Number:

 
Talking Calculator
 
MyScript Calculator
 
Panther Calculator
 
Panther Math Paper
 
Mathboard
 
1st Grade Maths: Splash Math
 
2nd Grade Math: Splash Math
 
Splash Math – 3rd grade
 
4th Grade Math: Splash Math
 
5th Grade Math: Splash Math
 
Everyday Mathematics Addition Top It
 
Everyday Mathematics Subtraction Top-It
 
Everyday Mathematics Tric-Trac
 
Sail Through Math
 
Montessori Numbers

 

Money:

 
Jungle Coins
 
iCAN Count Money Australia
     

 

Time:

 
Telling Time – Photo Touch Game
 
Telling Time – Digital Clock
 
Learning to tell time is fun HD
 
Telling Time – Fun learn to tell time game
 
MathTappers: ClockMaster

 

Links to websites:

  • Maths Games
  • Primary Maths Games
  • Smartkiddies
 

Adding content to your iPads to support students with learning support needs in mainstream classrooms

Students with diverse learning needs can struggle with the literacy requirements of school learning programs and curriculum content. They can find it difficult to access, participate and progress through the programs being provided, due to difficulties with reading, writing and organisational skills, and the way content is delivered.

The iPad can assist teachers to optimize and differentiate student learning, and while at the same time assisting students to manage their own learning. The use of the research based Universal Design for Learning Guidelines (www.udlcenter.org) is an important consideration when supporting students with learning support needs in mainstream classrooms, and was used as a framework to deliver the content of this session.

Apps for Literacy Support list

Universal Design for Learning

Literacy Support Apps:

Texthelp Web Apps

 
vBookz PDF Voice Reader
 
Write&Say
 
ClaroSpeak Australian Edition
 
AppWriter English
 
iReadWrite
 
Typ-O HD
 
SoundNote
 
WritePad for iPad
 
Abilipad
 
Dragon Dictation
 
Knowtilus Pro
 
Prizmo – Scanning, OCR, and Speech
 
Qrafter Pro – QR Code Reader and Generator
 
Clicker Sentences
 
Clicker Docs
 
7notes HD Premium
 
Notability
 
DropVox
       

 

And try this: dotEPUB is software in the cloud that allows you to convert any webpage into an e-book

QR Codes

Spectronics QR Code

 

Screencasting and Recording Apps:

 
Explain Everything
 
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
 
ReplayNote
 
ScreenChomp
 
ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard
 
iStopMotion
 
iTimeLapse Pro
 
Doodlecast Pro
 
Draw and Show
 
Doceri
 
Knowmia Teach
 
LivePaper
     

 

Augmentative Reality Apps:

 
Aurasma
 
String Augmented Reality Showcase
 
Dragon Detector + Virtual Toy Dragon
 
Stiktu
 
Morfo 3D Face Booth

 

 

Adding content to your iPads to support students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder need support in the areas of communication, behaviour and social development. It is important to match the right apps to suit the needs of individual students in your classroom. While the larger area of communication (and AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)) is not covered in this section, you will learn about appropriate apps for your classroom to use the iPad to create visual tools, positive behaviour supports and social stories.

Communication (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)

Links to websites:

Visual Supports

 

App Suggestions:

 
Visual Schedule Planner
 
Proloquo2Go
 
Choiceworks
 
Storyrobe
 
Custom Boards – Premium
 
Visual Routine
 
Week Planner for Kids
 
Kids Calendar
       

 

Links to websites:

usevisualstrategies.com/visual-strategies/what-are-visual-strategies-for-autism

Positive Behaviour Support

App suggestions:

 
First Then Visual Schedule
 
iEarnedThat
 
Token Board
 
Autism Tracker Lite
 
Time Timer
 
Sharing Timer
 
Calm Counter
 
Behavior Support for Autism and Special Education
       

 

Links to websites:

raisingchildren.net.au/articles/pbs_th.html?context=19

Social Stories

App suggestions:

 
Book Creator
 
Creative Book Builder
 
Pictello
 
PuppetPals HD
 
StoryBuddy 2
 
iMovie
 
Strip Designer
 
PixnTell
 
Sock Puppets
         

 

Links to websites:

 

Creating customised content on the iPads: Students and teachers as authors

Traditionally students, and their teachers, have been consumers of content provided by others in printed or digital format e.g. via a text book, commercially available teaching resources or the web. Now teachers can for the first time be curators and creators of digital content to ensure access for ALL students, and students express themselves via digital media. The iPad makes it possible for ebooks to be created and customised, shared and published by both teachers and their students.

For a passionate view on the creation of the e-textbook see Greg Swanson’s e-textbook Manifesto

Workshop iBook:

Movie making Apps:

 
iMovie
 
iTimeLapse Pro
 
myCreate
 
iStopMotion
         

 

See Screencasting and Recording Apps (above)

ePub Creation Apps:

 
Book Creator
 
Creative Book Builder
     

 

Other templates and Widgets for iBooks Author

Fun Creation tools:

 
PuppetPals HD
 
Strip Designer
 
Toontastic
 
Sock Puppets
 
Mad Libs

 

 

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

Are iPads and other new mobile technology being introduced into classrooms replacing all that has gone before? The answer is no! Technology is just one of the tools available to teachers and their students to ensure learning rich and engaging classroom for all students.

Desktop Software

AAC devices

Web 2.0 tools such as interactive learning websites:

Integrate the iPad into your classroom – share your iPad screen to your VGA-equipped data projector, TV or monitor

Via a cable:

Apple VGA Adaptor or Apple Digital AV Adapter

30pin to VGA adapter30p-AV AdapterLigntning AV Adapter

Wirelessly:

Apple TV, Reflection, and Air Server

Apple TV

Using iPads with Interactive Whiteboards

Inclusion Study

Video Self-Modeling Research

 

 

Today is just the beginning… taking your learning further!

So you have the appropriate assessment and implementation tools in place, but keeping up with the range of apps available and the successful strategies for effectively applying them in diverse learning support and special education classrooms can be difficult. Which ones do you choose for your students? These links will help.

Discover new apps via an app:

 
AppStart
 
i.AM Search
 
Autism Apps
 
KinderTown
 
AppStar Picks

 

Websites:


Need to find more? Want to connect with others who are implementing iPads in their schools and exploring the use of the wide range of apps available? Using the time-honoured strategies of occasional conference attendance, as funds are available, or listserve participation or surfing the net is simply no longer enough

However the collection of freely available resources and valuable time-sensitive advice for special education teachers and those supporting struggling students has grown exponentially on social media channels – supporting building of powerful Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) without geographic boundaries.

A comprehensive overview of these online resources and networks, including Facebook Groups, Twitter hashtags, blogs and key influencers in the field around special education and learning is available via this link bit.ly/Ss4e28

App icons for building your Special Education and Learning Support Professional Learning Networks

In the past special educators and learning support teams have been less enthusiastic than their mainstream peers in embracing social media to build powerful, extended PLNs. It is time to accelerate and expand the adoption of these tools by special educators, to connect with like-minded colleagues globally.

 

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Spectronics Consultancy Services

Would you like to learn more? Our clever Spectronics Consultancy Team are available on a fee-for-service basis to provide trainings and consultancy services onsite or online at your school or disability support service. Their many years of experience ensure they know how best to introduce and apply the technologies in real-world settings – resulting in successful outcomes for your students and/or clients. For more information email the Events and Marketing Team for a prompt response. Or phone our Brisbane office on (07) 3808 6833 or phone +61 7 3808 6833 if calling from outside Australia.
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