Please can anyone help us? We are looking for hearing devices, for example FM systems linked to hearing aids that can connect directly to iPads.
We want to assist children to record the teachers voice in a class on their iPads, so that the iPad can function as a note taking device.
We need to record the teachers voice via an FM system over a distance. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Toddler Sandbox, formerly known as “Wipe and Learn”, is an early-learning iPad app for K-2 children, which is also highly recommended for children with special needs.
“Sandbox” involves children swiping their finger across the screen to reveal a hidden picture. The word for the background picture is then spoken aloud. It requires close attention, accuracy and fine motor skills to complete successfully, making it a useful app for developing fine motor skills and word recognition.
For: Early Childhood Students, Students with Special Needs
Cost: $0.99 (Download)
Requires WiFi?: No.
iPads are an excellent way to provide individualized learning materials and re-inforcement for students with a wide range of learning abilities.
- The iPads provide a way for teachers to provide each learner with activities suited to their learning needs.Teachers can use Dropbox to send documents and links to individual students’ folders, which contain their individualized learning materials.
- They can also be used to provide extension activities for students who need higher-order thinking challenges. These can take the form of webquests, quizzes and polling (Socrative), treasure hunts with QR Codes (QRafter), and geocaching.
- iPads can be used to scaffold learning for students who need additional support. The screen-casting apps (ShowMe, Explain Everything, Educreations) and video creation apps (iMovie, Reel Director, Camera) allow teachers and students to produce screencasts and short instructional videos to provide “just in time” support for students.
- The use of instructional video for learning provides support that is emotionally neutral, and can be viewed repeatedly until the student feels the concepts have been clearly demonstrated and understood.
- The use of the iPad touch surface reinforces learning using the sense of touch, which is a very powerful way of learning for many students (Toddler Sandbox, Skitch)
- The audio feedback included in many apps is another way to support learning. Many eBooks and iBooks include an audio track which reads the print while highlighting the words. This multi-sensory mode uses the senses to provide stimulus and feedback for the learner.
- Students who need support taking notes will find “AudioNote” useful. AudioNote will record the speaker while the student types notes, creating an audio recording of the lesson to review learning.
- There are a wide selection of apps, eg. SOSH, to support students who have difficulty communicating. The Special Needs links in the TIPS 2012 sidebar contain lots of excellent examples of apps designed to support learners with diverse needs.
Do you have a favourite app for supporting students with diverse learning needs? We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!
Dragon Dictation is an speech-recognition app that allows users to instantly dictate text, emails, tweets, etc on their iPad, up to five times faster than typing on a keyboard.
While it takes time to ‘train’ Dragon Dictation to recognise your voice, this app can be very helpful for students with dyslexia, and struggling writers. It’s worth experimenting with.
For: Students, Students with Diverse Needs, Teachers, Administrators
Cost: Free (Download Link)
Requires WiFi?: Yes
Tutorial: Dragon Dictation from Jessica Pack on Vimeo.
- Practicing fluency and pronunciation in LOTE, or English as Second Language classes
- Supporting struggling writers – note-taking, brainstorming
- Dictate memos, short documents, etc (productivity)
Dragon Education Case Study
Dragon Dictate on iPad – Video Tutorial