Kim's Favourite iPad Apps and stuff from 2013
Kim Mitchell's been doing a lot of training on iPads for Special Education these days. Kim, a long time trainer at Bridges, has been working with AT for too many years than she wishes to calculate at this point (suffice it to say, she knows how to solder, the phrase "change the jumpers" makes her think of mother boards not sweaters and she has spent much quality time with the Apple Adaptive Firmware card). The apps and stuff below are a bunch that teachers consistently like and have been grateful when she's pointed them out. However, before you sharpen your keyboard and start writing your angry emails -- "how could you not have included XXXX" and all that -- hear us out. This list is by no means trying to carefully adjudicate all the bazillions of apps and iPad stuff out there. Some of the suggestions below may be obvious to you, some you may violently disagree with, and some may even have been launched before 2013. All that having been said, hopefully you'll find one or two things on our unabashedly unobjective and arbitrary list that you hadn't thought of and will check out yourself. And of course, let us know what you think will be Kim's future favourites, and she'll check them out.
iBooksKurzweil web license, firefly delivers access to K3000 files through the iPad and web-browsers that support flash. It is a great ebook reading app with a nice interface and high quality voices. The only downside is that firefly is only available with the Kurzweil web license subscription. But firefly by rights could also live in the file sharing section below -- with the universal library in Kurzweil web license, the interface is a wonderful way to upload and manage your etext for students. Oh and firefly will now open Kurzweil and pdf files directly from the desktop to make sharing with an iPad even easier.
WordPredictionCo:Writer? Because Co:Writer actually works with struggling writers -- that's why it's worth every penny of the $17.99. It's not just a frequency of use algorithm that's working in there. Co:Writer's patented FlexSpell feature, filters through common spelling mistakes of struggling writers as well as creative and phonetic spelling. If you're using your iPad with students with mild to moderate disabilities, get your students electronically "scribbling" with Co:writer. Scribbling is a key part of literacy/communication learning and you may be astonished at what starts to appear.
Miscellaneous AppsDon't forget about your social studies and science! Bill Nye
Cases (other stuff)iAdapter 4 side view[/caption] The iAdapter is still the hands-down favourite. It adds sound volume and protection that teachers of students with Special Needs demand. And the manufacturer, AMDI, keeps up with iPad iterations -- iPad Air, Mini and 4.
TechTubsTechTubs keep them and/or laptops or any other tablet protected and secure. From wheelable carts with recharge stations built in (a lot cheaper, I'm told, than the ones from Apple) to single versions on wheels (ideal for the itinerant teacher, SLP or other consultant doing training or assessments), or without the wheels, the TechTubs are smartly designed right here in Canada, priced affordably and are a valued addition to any tech implementation.