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iPhone/iTouch Applications for Instructional Purposes

iPhone/iTouch Applications for Instructional Purposes

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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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Cheri Maupin's picture
Cheri Maupin
Resource Teacher, Community Based Education, High School from Ogallala, Ne

I just can from a workshop on this Apps and a few others. I can wait to use it with my Down's Student. The communication piece on it is great much better that the Palmtop.

Lisa Holyfield's picture
Lisa Holyfield
High School Intensive Resource Teacher

I'll be going to a workshop on this tomorrow. Hopefully, I'll learn something and can share it with you!

Cheri Maupin's picture
Cheri Maupin
Resource Teacher, Community Based Education, High School from Ogallala, Ne

First, I must have been very tired because my wording was terrible. I can't wait to hear from you. I hope to attend our state's technological conference and learn more.

Intermediate Resource Room's picture

I just downloaded the free app from Model Me Kids. It has 6 vignettes with narration: Hairdresser, mall, doctor, playground, grocery store, restaurant. I am going to try it out with one of my students with autism tomorrow. If anyone is interested, I can let you know how it goes.

Intermediate Resource Room's picture

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.

Cheri Maupin's picture
Cheri Maupin
Resource Teacher, Community Based Education, High School from Ogallala, Ne

Let me know how the Model Me Kid works. As soon as I can get the iPods, I can try some of these apps out.

Lisa Holyfield's picture
Lisa Holyfield
High School Intensive Resource Teacher

I just looked up the Model Me web site. We presently don't have any social skills training specifically for our high school students with autism. This looks promising! Do you know of any other programs that would be helpful in math, science, or history that are geared for students with autism?

Margaret Fernandez's picture

I am new to this group and this is specifically what I was interested in learning more about. I am an app developer for Apple as well as a special education teacher. I also have a background in speech-language pathology (my BS) and computer science hence my interests lie in this specific area. I made a very simple app for sight words and it does not require a lot of screen switching it is entitled "Dolch Sight Words" and you can find it in the app store under my name Margaret Fernandez. I had a positive feedback already from the CEC. Simple and easy to use is key with these students. I am developing more apps and I would like feedback and information from other teachers to support me and our future use of technology for students. I have also partnered with a research professor for field use studies and trials of the apps I am currently completing. I know education loves to have proven researched-based methods and this is key for our students. We all know that they seem to get tested and prodded all too often with meaningless interventions. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow for our students and those with different abilities in the future. (If it makes you curious--I also have an adult diagnosis of Aspergers which explains MUCH of my personal struggles and bridges I have crossed alone.) Hence I would really appreciate learning and getting to know other special ed teachers this way.

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