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9 Apps to Check Out for Your Special Education Classroom

9 Apps to Check Out for Your Special Education Classroom


I am always on the lookout for tech tools to make teacher's lives easier. Here some apps that would be especially beneficial in special education classrooms.

I am always on the lookout for tech tools to make teacher's lives easier. Here some apps that would be especially beneficial in special education classrooms.


Free Apps:

First things first.  The biggest and best add-ons you can utilize in your special education classrooms (as well as encourage your gen ed teachers to let your kiddos use when in their classrooms) to support learning are two sides of the same coin - speech to text and text to speech.  There are many options for this, just search in your favorite app store.  If you use Google Suite, “voice typing” is already present in the Tools menu (or use multi-language options like SpeechTexter) while Google Text-to-Speech or Read Aloud will take care of the other side.  For your less verbal students, there are also AAC options like Sounding Board for Apple or LetMeTalk for Android to get them communicating more effectively.

I am always on the lookout for tech tools to make teacher's lives easier. Here some apps that would be especially beneficial in special education classrooms.



Montessori Numbers (Apple)

  • This app lets students touch buttons and move things around on the screen to count numbers, move blocks and solve problems and equations.  This app is helpful for visual and kinesthetic or movement-based learners, and through the use of repetitive elements helps students more easily retain knowledge of how numbers and equations work.


Clicker Docs (Apple, Windows/Mac, Chrome Extension)

  • Clicker Docs helps children with all kinds of disabilities to advance in writing and vocabulary skills. A variety of features are included, such as text prediction, automatic grammar and spelling correction, and vocabulary customization.  You can also customize the app to include longer or harder words for more advanced students.


Time Timer (Apple, Android, Windows/Mac)

  • This app is helpful for kids who struggle with telling or measuring time. Utilizing a visual representation of time rather than numbers, it quickly and easily helps kids understand how much time they have to complete a task. It is especially useful to children with dyscalculia or other number-related disabilities.


Otismo (Apple, Android)

  • Otismo uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as the main approach used throughout 13 areas with over 80 activities or stories, allowing for fast feedback and motivating tasks in each game.  The reporting section allows you to track the progress of your students, which makes it useful to share between home and school so everybody knows what has been worked on.


Paid Apps:

The Social Express (Apple, Windows/Mac)

  • The Social Express is a great resource for children on the autism spectrum as well as other kids who have difficulty developing social skills and responding to social cues. It shows children animated images of people in different situations and scenarios to help kids learn what to do in similar situations with many different kinds of people, from parents and teachers to classmates and playmates.


Choiceworks (Apple

  • This app helps children complete daily routines, as well as understand and control their feelings and improve skills such as taking turns and not interrupting. Created with the support of leading hospitals and child development specialists, it is designed for caregivers or teachers to provide clear and consistent support to foster independence, positive behavior, and emotional regulation at school, at home and in the community.


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Top Technology Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities

Top Technology Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities


I've been working on this post for a while because I wanted to make sure to bring you a cohesive toolkit. Below you will find lists of assistive tech, apps, websites, and assessment tools all curated with exceptional students in mind. Many of these tools would be great for ANY learner!

If it isn't linked, do a quick google search for the title and you'll find it. Some extensions and features were hard to link.

Assistive Technology

Extensions for Chromebooks:

  • Read Aloud - read out loud the current web-page article with one click
  • Adobe Spark
  • Dyslexia Friendly - increases readability of web pages by changing fonts, contrast, and adding a reading ruler
  • Mercury Reader - removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site
  • DocHub

Chromebook Accessibility Features

In the settings menu you can adjust the browser features for students with audio/visual needs. There are many features including: 

  • chromeVox
  • large mouse cursor
  • high contrast mode
  • screen magnifier 
Place a checkmark next to the feature that you wish to activate. This feature will activate for the account that is logged in. It will remember this feature until you uncheck it.


Assistive Technology For iPads

There are some great built-in features that come with iPads. You can adjust them in the settings. I particularly recommend the following:
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  • Voiceover
  • Zoom
  • Grayscale
  • Larger Text
  • Speak Selection
  • Assistive Touch
  • Dictation
  • Word Prediction

Learning Apps that are Great for Students with Learning Delays

Math:

Candy Count
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Tiggly Math
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Touch Math
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Vocabulary and Language:

BlubBlub
Skitch
FlipGrid
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Tracing and Fine Motor Skills:

Sand Draw
Letter Toy and School
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Communication:

FaceTime
Educreations
Draw and Tell
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Puzzles and Coding:

Kodable
Hopscotch 
BeeBot

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Learning Websites that are Great for Students with Learning Delays

Keyboarding:

Computer Circus
Crazy Typing

Literacy and Math:


Classroom Technology

This is a list of resources the teacher can use to engage students in the classroom. Use these to push out, interact, and collect assignments. 
Seesaw
Nearpod
Appear.in
Quizizz
Bubbl.us
Vocaroo

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Review of the Parent Communication App ClassTag

Review of the Parent Communication App ClassTag


Learning about ClassTag truly made my job so much easier. The app allows me to streamline any engagement and communication I have with my student’s parents.
This is a sponsored post by ClassTag. All opinions are my own. 

Daily tasks, such as, lesson planning, instructing, and grading don’t even begin to cover the duties and responsibilities of a teacher. Many days, we find ourselves falling asleep on the keyboard. Teaching can be one of the most rewarding professions, but I often find myself searching for tips and tricks in hopes of creating a more manageable position. Although I am proud to identify myself as a teacher, I craved more organization and balance in my day-to-day life. It was during this time when I discovered an app called ClassTag.


Why All Teachers need ClassTag

Learning about ClassTag truly made my job so much easier. The app allows me to streamline any engagement and communication I have with my student’s parents. 
As an example, I used to spend many hours every week creating my classroom newsletter. This typically included reminders regarding upcoming events, testing dates, requests and various announcements. Once my newsletters were printed out and sent home with students, I often sat back, crossing my fingers, optimistically trusting they’d actually make it out of their backpacks and into their parent’s hands. 
Unfortunately, this wasn’t always the case. As I would usually receive numerous phone calls and emails packed full of parent questions and concerns. I quickly recognized my student’s backpacks were similar to that of black holes. Just because it goes in, doesn’t guarantee it will ever make its way out!


The ClassTag app now allows me to post all classroom information with my students and their families through our online classroom portal. 
I normally post reminders concerning no-school days, early dismissal times, upcoming classroom parties, and field trips. ClassTag has also simplified the (previously) daunting task of requesting parent volunteers, chaperons, or classroom donations. This task alone used to take weeks of preparation and groundwork. Returning signed documents was rarely an easy-going feat for most students. In fact, this normally involved me spending even more time developing and sending home further reminders! Many teachers have also been confronted by a similar challenge when organizing parents-teacher conferences. 
Again, keeping track of my student’s sign-up sheets was demanding and hectic. Most of the time, the returned documents were covered in parent’s notes and questions. The back and forth communication via paper made it very difficult to stay well organized. The ClassTag app now allows parents to virtually sign-up on the dates and times provided. Instead of having parents show up at the wrong time or during another families conference, there is no longer confusion about their assigned timeslot.

ClassTag Rewards

As if ClassTag doesn’t already sound appealing, just wait until I tell you about the rewards you can earn just for using the app! If you’re a teacher, then you know how costly classroom supplies and materials can quickly add up. In my case, I work for a non-profit charter school. Sadly, many of our students are currently living in poverty and can’t afford common classroom supplies. 
Before using the ClassTag app, I found myself stopping at the store on a monthly basis to buy pencils, erasers, stickers, glue sticks, hygienic products, and more. 

Fortunately, the ClassTag rewards program allows you to earn coins for your classroom by simply engaging in parent interaction and referring other teachers to signup and use the app! The more ClassTag Coins you accumulate each month, the more FREE supplies your classroom receives! 
Learning about ClassTag truly made my job so much easier. The app allows me to streamline any engagement and communication I have with my student’s parents.
Not to mention, all of the gratitude and appreciation your teacher friends will express after experiencing all that ClassTag has to offer!


Utilizing the ClassTag app has transformed my career as a teacher. I now have more time to focus on my students and their individual needs. I also find myself less stressed, which means I can focus fewer thoughts on at-home correspondences and more thoughts on creative teaching strategies. 
My students are truly benefiting from this app, as I am improving and growing as an educator. If you haven’t already, try out the ClassTag app for yourself. Students, their families and your busy schedule will thank you! 
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Learning about ClassTag truly made my job so much easier. The app allows me to streamline any engagement and communication I have with my student’s parents.


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How to use PicCollage with Elementary Students

How to use PicCollage with Elementary Students


PicCollage is one of the best tools that you can use with your elementary students to do interesting and fun projects. Here is an idea of using PicCollage with your students:

Description

PicCollage is an editing app that can be used to edit photos, making photo collages and free cards. PicCollage comes with hundreds of different types of stickers, photo grid sizes, and layouts. Apart from this, it also includes many cute textures and background patterns that can make photo editing a fun and interesting task. It also allows you to draw on the photo collages by using Doodle. You can use photos from different sources such as your camera gallery, Instagram or Facebook. You can easily decorate your photos and cut them out just by using your finger. This app is perfect for creating stories for Snapchat and Instagram because it comes with a full-screen canvas size.

How PicCollage Works

Here is how PicCollage works:
1.      Download PicCollage and install it.
2.     Run the app and choose the layout according to your choice from a list of seven different layouts.
3.     The next step is to add photos to your collage. In this step, you’ll see a list on the left side. Add photos to this list. Pick these photos by using your finger and drop them on the photo frame. You can also click on the “fill at random” button and your photos will be added to the frame automatically.
4.     Customize the photos as you want. You can add, remove, rotate, zoom in, zoom out, and drag photos. You can also fill the background of your collage, add text to your photos, adjust the space, margin, border, corner and photo number of your collage. If you want to apply shadow, you can also do it here.
5.     The last step is to export your photos. First, choose the size of the page and then save it as an image format that you want. You can save it as PEG, TIFF or PNG.

Using PicCollage with elementary students

PicCollage is one of the best tools that you can use with your elementary students to do interesting and fun projects. Here is an idea of using PicCollage with your students:
*Ideas are inspired by members of the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group

Creating Student Avatars

Students can create their avatars and use it as their login to different websites. Here is how it can be done:
1.      Use the freestyle template and square image size for this project. This is because a square image can be uploaded to most of the account profiles.
2.     In the web search bar, type “brown circle” and press enter. Brown circles of various tones will appear in the search.  This brown circle will be used as a head so, students can select any colored circle that they want for their avatar.
3.     Type “patterned fabric” in the search bar. A number of patterns will appear. Students can select any pattern that they want. This pattern will be used as shoulders of the avatar. Touch the pattern for two times and then press the “clip” button.
4.     Pick the oval shape and by using this shape, make a semi-circle on the pattern. Click on the check and this semi-circle will be inserted into the photo canvas.
5.     Type “cartoon eyes PNG” in the search bar and a number of cartoon eyes will appear. Again, by using the above process, insert these cartoon eyes into the canvas.

6.     Students can also search for other accessories like jewelry, hair, and headphones to design their avatar. Instead of searching accessories, students can also use the doodle tool to draw different accessories. Let your students be creative!

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