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Favorite iPad/iPod Apps

There are many, many resources for great apps for the iPad and iPod, but sifting through them for individual student needs and trialing them takes time. In the search for apps that are motivating for students but also meet their IEP needs in the area of  early writing development, a few favorites have emerged. Here are a few of my favorite apps:

iWrite Words

iWrite Words

iWrite Words

Focused on phonetic awareness, letter formation, letter  and word recognition, this app has a beautiful interface, is interactive and provide explicit instruction on the sequence of letter formation. Numbers guide the student in the correct motor sequence to form the letter. When the  letter is completely written it generates a floating  letter that isto be flung away at the bottom of the screen before another letter to be worked on is generated. Very interactive!

iWrite Words

It is a favorite of staff for its instructional qualities but more importantly a favorite of students.

Alphabet Tracing

Alphabet Tracing is a free app that also supports letter and number formation using a moving train moving in the direction of correct letter or number production.

 
 
 

Alphabet Tracing

 

Alphabet Tracing

Early childhood as well as kindergarten students were motivated to create letters using this app on an iPad. The visual sequence provided, along with its interactive – hands on practice helped students  recall the appropriate sequence to form a letter. Providing them auditory cues to the sequence further reinforced appropriate skill development.

ABC Pocket Phonics 

 
 

ABC PocketPhonics

 

Another favorite, ABC Pocket Phonics provides phonics development, letter formation and word games. It is interactive and motivates  students who are learning early literacy skills.

ABC PocketPhonics

Both ABC PocketPhonics and iWriteWords are available in lite versions  meaning they are free,  partial versions of the software allowing trial to determine if they provide the type of intervention needed.

The iPad and iPod provide so many wonderful apps for learning!

Carol

More iPod/iPad App Resources

The more I work with the iPod and iPad devices the greater I understand the incredible possibilites that exist to support student learning. Finding the apps is often a timely process involving searching, downloading and then trialing the app to see if it is a fit for a students needs.

Great News is that iTunes has recently created an individual category in its store for Special Needs! Much easier than searching through all categories  for possible apps for students that seem to be endless and increase daily at an exponential rate!

iTunes Special Needs Store

iTunes Special Needs Store

I am fortunate to be a member of the QIAT list serv where I have an incredible access to the collective resources of  hundreds (thousands?) of AT gurus with amazing experience. A recent post provided a link to Luiz Perez’s wikispace providing numerous apps for special education needs. Nicely done and organized. His wikispace also provides tutorials and other resources for education. I wish I had found this resource  earlier this month for training at my school!

Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs

Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs

Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs

Carol