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iPhone/iTouch Applications for Instructional Purposes

Phyllis Brodsky Program Coordinator, Project FOCUS, University of Arizona

I am a special education teacher with a long standing interest and involvement in assistive technology. Although this is often categorized as a topic related to special education, it is directly connected to the field of computer science and engineering. Most recently, iPhone and iPod technology has taken an amazing turn towards varying supports of people with disabilities, specifically in the area communication and voice output. The implications are exciting and far reaching! I am interested in knowing what experience anyone has had in this area. Proloquo2go is the most sophisticated augmentative communication app ($189). Has anyone seen it used? What about other apps? Is anyone using specific apps in their classroom instruction? Is anyone teaching the design and development of apps?

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Teacher of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students

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I have been using the itouch in my classroom for sight word practice. My students love it. It is something they work on when they finish work early.

Program Coordinator, Project FOCUS, University of Arizona

great stuff!

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Hi everyone! Due to the craziness of the school year (2nd semester in particular), it has been a while since I logged on. Imagine my delight to see so many postings over the past month! I think we're on to something amazing. Having been involved in assistive tech and aug. com. for the past 20 years, I can honestly say that I've never seen one specific item of technology that has the revolutionary (cliche, I know, but true!) potential as the iPhone and iPad technology for people with disabilities.

Since my post, an entire semester has gone by. I added apps to my curriculum in a method's course for teacher training in severe and multiple disabilities. It has been an amazing journey! There are so many apps now that serve so many learners, the research has begun (yay!), and videos of users have begun to sprout on youtube. Students are learning to communicate at a phenomenal pace and are accessing many apps that allow for creativity, music, and basic academics. I now have many stories of students who have responded to apps in an instant in a way they never would have had I attempted to engage them with non-tech tools. Sooooo ... I want to invite you all to keep posting! There is so much happening so quickly that we stand to gain so much from one another! Tell me what apps you're using! Tell me who you're using them with! Tell me how your students are responding. Buckle your seatbelts! This is an amazing ride!

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iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch apps for Special Education

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Great Scribd resource I came across for apple apps for special education. It's quite comprehensive and has a useful table of contents that helps you navigate the 24 pages.

Hope some people find this helpful!

Special Educator/Educational Technologist in Nevada

Student Ownership

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I would be interested in this app. One of my students uses a Vantage Plus device. It is extremely cumbersome for him as he has limited strength and cannot even carry the device himself. His educational assistant has to carry it all the time.

What a shame for your student! It is his device, and he is unable to carry it himself. It really restricts the ability for him to demonstrate personal ownership of the device. Have you tried the iTouch with the new app with your student yet? If so, how does it compare to the Vantage Plus device?

Special Educator/Educational Technologist in Nevada

SETT Framework

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Margaret,

The latest developments to come from Apple in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication are bringing this field light years ahead of where it was even a year or two ago. Even the cost of the devices has dropped significantly--from thousands of dollars to hundreds. In Nevada, we are preparing to field test some Apple products and apps for some of our students with expressive communication challenges. I am excited to test them and to compare/contrast them with the devices that are already out there.

You are correct about the research and development of educational products. We educators and our students are tough customers, and those of us who have been in our field for a while know that it is important to think of the student, what his or her environment is like, and what tasks he or she is expected to complete first. These factors, in turn, determine what technologies should be used. Then, we test the technologies in the student's environment as the student uses them for his/her tasks, and if they aren't right for the student, we go back to the drawing board. This is what is known as the SETT Framework, and I highly encourage everyone to get excited not just about the technology but about what it does for our students.

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Phyllis, I have a 5 year old entering kindergarten in TUSD. He has apraxia of language due to multiple disabilities. He takes speech at the Grunewald-Blitz clinic. His SLP and I went to the Apple store to demo Proloquo today and were really impressed. I'd really rather get that than one of the other Aug.com.Dev. It seems fairly easy to program. It'll be important to get training for my little guy in working it and appropriate behavior.

I am really interested in

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I am really interested in obtaining more information on this.

Program Coordinator, Project FOCUS, University of Arizona

Let's connect directly!

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Jessica and Autismclassroom.com
Please contact me directly in order to share more information and ideas in a timeley manner! phyllis.brodsky@tusd1.org

And Lori ... I couldn't agree with you more about SETT and matching materials/devices we use with individual students. I'll go one step further in saying that teachers and professionals need to be trained in how to use products with their children. There is so much involved in seeking responses, facilitating interactions, interpreting observations, etc. I feel the teacher training component is huge!

I am excited to hear more from you all!

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Can't wait to hear if this worked well. I have a student who I have in a work training program and all she needs to be successful is improved social skills - this may be a great tool

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Can't wait to hear if this worked well. I have a student who I have in a work training program and all she needs to be successful is improved social skills - this may be a great tool

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