Special Needs feature or resources to access the curriculum


This shows how to adjust settings of some of the accessibility features of the ipad http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4064

Accessibility issues for vision http://www.apple.com/accessibility/ipad/vision.html

Introduction to ipad2 in Special Education Handout http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Intro-to-iPads-in-SE_Handout1.pdf

Verbally - Verbally is an easy to use, assisted speech solution for ipad. Just tap in your phrase and Verbally speaks for you. There is a bank of words and phrases as well as prediction software to enable creative communication, self-expression and conversation. You can not add to the bank of words or insert pictures. There is bluetooth keyboard support. Cost Free

Tap To Talk app - Video using scanning for Tap To Talk http://www.taptotalk.com/democlip.aspx?clip=scan this document explains the settings for Tap to Talk. To design, customize or share pictures or albums you need to purchase Tap to Talk Designer for $99.95 a year and it can be shared with as many devices as you have. You can also purchase albums separately. You do not need internet connectivity. You have access to your albums when your subscription run out but you can not make any changes or additions.

Sight words...excellent for 1st grade and 2nd grades. Students enjoyed the independence of going thru the stack of words, tapping to hear the word and flagging words they missed. They liked the self assessment and having their own personal list of words they did not know.

Telling time- grade 3-4. Click on how long for elapsed time problems

Chicktionary- gives 7 letters & have to make as many words as you can starting with 3 letter words up to 7 letter words. longer words can be challenging, but students had fun working together to try to find as many words as they can. It is a great app for critical thinking and spelling. Students have to find at least 32 words from seven available. This is fun, challenging and addicting. You can not chose what letters appear but you can concentrate on certain vowels or letter sounds that appear.

Cookie doodle- k-3rd grade. Use the letter cookies to have students practice forming print letters using piping, following directions, improve vocabulary such as above, below, right, left, etc. Also can do math problems with the cookies made including addition and subtraction, fractions, percentages by eating and adding cookies to the plate.)

English language arts activity:
apps needed: mad libs and freesaurus
1. Review with students definitions of various parts of speech.
2. Prompt them to reflect and discuss what makes one word choice better than another
3. Have them practice using freesaurus app to generate more interesting words from common words
4. Launch mad libs app and go to one of the exercises. Use freesaurus to substitute their common word choices with others
5. Practice reading the new story - can even record it.

Mad libs was great for 3-5th graders because they enjoyed making up the silly stories and after just a few reminders of what the grammatical elements were (adj, nouns,verbs,etc) they are able to continue w/out assistance.

iPad Learning Studio http://bit.ly/learnstudio great powerpoint with curriculum ideas in all areas by Acalanes Union High School District

**ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard app**

Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard!
ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s a radically intuitive app that anyone will find extremely easy to use, regardless of age or background.


http://www.flipsnack.com/flips/d9dfcaf224c60a756003754ec7q45498
Lisa Johnson has posted a really useful booklet of lesson plans for the iPad on her blog Techchef4u using FlipSnack. (Flip Snack is useful itself -it converts your PDFs into a flipping book.)
12 pages of lesson plans for the iPad covering curriculum areas of writing, research, maths, science, technology, poetry and more. This is a great resource for every teacher looking for ways to improve and engage student learning by using the iPad.


Social Studies

Sonic Pics - used this app to pick 3 most important historical events or figures in certain time period and explain reason for choices.
Stack the states was just fun for all while picking up lots of info on the various states.

Writing/ELA


Story Kit - allows students to write stories using pictures, sound and text and publish them to the web, very simple and easy for students to learn. This can also be used with science and Social Studies. Students can create stories about events in history, science concepts etc. Cost free

http://sites.google.com/site/digitalstorytellingwiththeipad/home Digital Story telling with the ipad

Clicky Sticky is a great app for reluctant writers. Students create their own pictures which give them ample ideas to write about.

Toontastic - create your own cartoon with animation following the steps to create a story. You can use the templates and characters or draw your own.

epub video using Pages http://www.applenuggets.com/program001.html


http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-teaching-learning-apps-ben-johnson This is a blog posting discussing some interesting apps for kinesthetic Learners and connections beyond the classroom.

ibrainstorm - organize information for writing or planning project.

http://www.classroominthecloud.net/2011/10/5-awesome-things-you-can-do-with-ipad.html This is ideas on how to use your ipad with LCD projector in ELA classroom (use as document camera)

http://www.ipadcurriculum.com/ It is a website with a description of apps for curriculum ideas.