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“The Technology is brilliant, but the magic is in the teaching.” Phyllis Brodsky
Just like any other learning medium, before using an iPad with your child or student, you
must first know the child’s vision and hearing, their level of foundational information, what
additional supports are needed. Apps should be chosen based on the desired outcome.
Think about what skills you are trying to teach, think about accessibility – can the child
see it, hear it? What additional learning supports need to be in place to make this understandable.
As with all aspects of teaching a child (either at school or in the home) you
must first ask why. What is the purpose of this activity? Is this to assist in communication, for
helping the child in concept development, to use in social interactions, to increase independence,
or to promote more positive behaviors. There are many apps that can be
used in each of these areas. Let’s separate them out!
• Communication: Answers Yes No, First Then Visual Schedule, Proloquo2go, Tap To Talk
• Check out this video about Victor’s Voice! http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/
• Concept Development: Uzu, Cosmic Top, Pocket Pond, Vocal Zoo, Peekaboo Barn
• Social Interactions: Fruit Ninja, 10 Pin Shuffle, 2 Player Xylophone, 1 on 1 Hockey, Align
• Literacy: Pop Out! The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Bob Books #1, Alphabet World, Letter
Tracer Preschool Letters, Flying Word
• Math: Math Ninja, Math Bingo, Baseball 1 – 6 Facts
• Independence: LookTel Money Reader
• Behavior: That’s How I Feel, iReward,
• Other Uses: Fluidity turns your iPad into a Light box!
A simple but powerful app, That’s How I Feel, uses brightly colored and easy to understand
illustrations to help children express their feelings. The app is easy to use. Designed
with a traffic light in mind, the app uses three primary colors to express different emotions.
The app contains children’s most powerful feelings. Simple voice recordings convey appropriate
intonation for each feeling on That’s How I Feel.
For more on iPads go to:
• Apps for Children with Special Needs
• Apps for Digital Storytelling
• Babies with iPads
• iPad Academy
Taken from the West Virginia SenseAbilities newsletter, Winter 2012, pg. 8