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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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Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Special Ed Resources

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Hi Phyliss -

I actually just wrote a blog post that reveals some resources:

(Blurb about special ed)
8. Engage Special Education Students
Mobile handheld technology have had success in engaging disabled or special education students. Check out Apple's many accessibility resources that includes assistive gaming and technology. And for those developers out there, you can also learn how and why it's important to make their applications accessible.

You can read the full blog post here: Ten Ways to Remember Steve Jobs http://www.edutopia.org/blog/steve-jobs-classroom-innovation-elana-leoni

Hope this helps,

Elementary Resource Room Teacher

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Hello-I started this Fall using the IPad with my students, K-5th graders. Because I am teaching in a resource room, I work with students with a variety of disabilities, including 5 students under the age of 7 years old, who have autism. With very little money spent, I have used several apps with much success. I have seen an increase in verbal communication skills and time on task. I have been teaching special education students for 18 years, and feel very encouraged with this technology. I also use both a SMART Board and Table, but the IPad has been the most successful. The SMART table has been great for collaborative learning, and teaching turn-taking skills. Can't wait to see the new apps coming for the IPad.

Apps in the Classroom

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Please visit my site www.teacherswithapps.com Great resource for learning all about apps, all have been kid tested and are considered 5 STAR!

Autistic Support Teacher grades 2 3 4


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Hello All,
I am new to this but think I may really enoy it. I teach 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade Autistic Support. Just recently my district provided me with 2 ipads to use in my classroom with my students. The students REALLY enjoy using them. There are so many apps that are out there that help with all the students needs. We had a slight training on the different apps but I am currently looking for training on how to better implement them into my classroom. I found that the students really work for playing games on the ipads as well as educational games/lessons.

AT Consultant at Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence - OCALI

AAC Apps

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A colleague referred me to this group. AT OCALI we have been trying to keep up with this ever-changing world of apps. Matching the features of the app to the features the student needs is key, so I developed a spreadsheet of all the Apps that call themselves AAC, "AAC Apps: Good, Bad, Ugly". It is available for download on our site: go to http://www.ocali.org click on the Document Archive button and this will take you to a page of downloadable handouts. Check out some of our other handouts regarding apps. A Spectrum of Apps for Students on the Autsim Spectrum has been popular.
Check back, as we update these regularly.

Special education student teacher, Seattle, WA

Thank you!

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Nick - I'm currently an education student and keep wondering how I can keep track of all the wonderful apps that we can use with our special education students. Thank you for your wonderful spreadsheet. It's a great layout, visually appealing and gives just the right amount of information. I also really like your website. I look forward to spending more time there.

MA Special education multi-cat/autism

I have been following this

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I have been following this group and value your comments! I would also like to ask if anyone would please take this short survey (less than 5 min)concerning special education teachers only (past or present) it is necessary for my master's research. We need this information to move forward! Thank you!

Occupational Therapist

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Thank you for this resource! I recently purchased the IPad to use with my students and have been searching for apps that are educationally relevant to the students I work with.

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