Special education apps for android


The most detailed app guide for special needs families, speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and teachers! Our guide breaks down apps by skill set so you can easily find and buy apps that most benefit your child. Great for kids with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, apraxia, learning disability, sensory issues and more. Included are apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and some Android apps. Get started right now by clicking on a category. Contact me if you’d like to add your app to our list. Read on to learn How to pick great apps and What’s on my iPad?Make sure you check out this great article on the ASHASphere – Rate that App. Not only does Deborah Tomarakos provide links to all sorts of apps she has tried out and how she has found them. She shares the rubric she uses to rate apps. She included 2 rubrics – one for Speech/Language apps and one for other educational apps. These tools are crucial to evaluating the 1000′s of apps available for use with iOS and Android devices. Definitely worth a read!

I’m hoping to make this blog a place to post information pertaining to the exploding number of mobile applications that are designed with the Special Education student and educator in mind. Please feel free to share the apps that you’ve found that have proven effective in the classroom.

Devices with special needs students. What do we need to know and consider?Parents, Speech and Language Specialist and teachers are developing programs specifically for the disabled population. Some may not be designed for the disabled but have become a great tool for them anyway. Special Education even has its own category in the Apple store as Apple has also realized the power they are providing to this population. Included in this category is: communication; hearing; supports for vision impairments, language development; literacy; learning and organization

Are you questioning: To iDevice or to Android? Patrick Black has provided a comparison if you are in need: Independence for All.

Choosing Apps
It is easy to get lost in the app world. To provide specific apps is somewhat crazy as the world of apps changes daily. How do I find the best apps for education, for my classroom, for my program, for my child? This is always the first question I’m asked. I am the proud owner of hundreds of apps yet there are so many, I cannot honestly keep up. There are many sites out there which provide app resources. If this is an area you will be exploring for classroom use,

I strongly recommend that you begin with a purpose.
What do you want to accomplish?
What are your needs?
There are several rubrics out there now to help you narrow down the best apps for your purpose. Here are a few to explore:
Jeanette Van Houten developed iEvaluate Apps for Special Needs which is a detailed rubric specific for selecting apps for students with special needs.
Harry Walker has developed a rubric to help you make decisions about quality and effectiveness. The use of a rubric will help everyone to go into this process without blinders on. Click here to view the PDF.
Tony Vincent has Educational App Evaluation Checklist.
Kathy Schrock’s Critical Evaluation of an iPad/iPod App is a yes/no checklist and has a place to write a summary of the app.(Kathy’s work is usually exceptional.)

EdTechTeacher has a different approach and one worth paying great attention to: ” In order to help educators integrate iPads effectively, we have compiled a list of apps focused on learning goals consistent with the CRCD framework. …this list is driven by specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments.”
I absolutely love this philosophy and cannot stress it enough: “We believe that it is more important to focus on the person who will be using the technology, rather than the device itself.” I think it is easy to get lost in the technology and forget the purpose. Something to be aware of…

Focus on the Student
The site Bridging Apps is there to help you do exactly that: Focus on your student. “Finding apps is just the first step in an exciting journey of discovery with your students that will involve trial and error. All of the app reviews on our website have been conducted by therapists or special education teachers, and they have been trialed with someone who has a disability.

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