What a list! I love articles like this because it points out some of the most important uses for iPads, rather than simply purchasing one to be “cool.” A couple of the apps are for students with autism. Autistic students face so many challenges, as do teachers, so tools like Behavior Assessment Pro can help identify the problems individual students may face. I know these appa are designed to help improve learning for those with disabilities, but many can also be used to improve learning of a variety of students. For example, iWriteWords and ACT spell can help younger students learn how to write words and put sentences together. I hope school districts embrace the iPad and see it more as a learning tool as opposed to a cool new gadget.
This was a wonderful post with 40 very valuable resources that could be useful for parents, teachers, and students. One thing I did notice from the post was the numerous apps targeted towards the autistic. In evaluating the various applications’ feedback from individuals, mostly parents, was very positive. The prices for the apps were very reasonably priced with some being free, $1.99 to $2.99, with one priced as high as $24.99.
The applications included some to assist students in working on speech and also included Dragon for voice recognition software where a student may have cognitive disabilities. Apps in the list included behavior tracking software to monitor and track students’ behavior too. Some of the apps could have been used in pre-school age groups too if parents wanted to work with children on their writing such as the app iWriteWords and Glow Draw for only $2.99.
This will provide a wonderful reference in the future for me, and I am so glad I learned on this. I have posted this to my Twitter feed and Facebook profiles to share with my network and fellow educators. Soon I hope to hear of how they are using the apps in their classrooms.
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