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Speak Selection tool and Voice Over in the latest iOS5 operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPods

Posted by speldsa on November 2, 2011

For those using the latest iOS5 operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPods, try the Speak Selection tool in the accessibility area. The pathway is Settings/General/Accessibility/Speak Selection, once this feature is turned on it can speak text on applications that allow you to copy text, e.g. information on web pages. Make sure you slow the speed of the text to speech down, as it speaks very fast.

Once turned on, hold your finger on the text you want read, adjust the active copy box if necessary by dragging out the edges of the highlighted area, you will then have a choice of Copy or Speak, tap speak and hear the text.

Its been a hit with the students and people I have shown and is easier than the voice over for some students.

There are a few new accessibility features for those with different learning difficulties, have a play and see if they suit any of your students or family members.

There is also a voice over tool in that section, that some of my students find a little harder to use, but works over different kinds of text. This link gives instruction in how to use the voice over http://www.apple.com/voiceover/info/guide/_1128.html

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Technology in SPecial Education

Posted by speldsa on November 2, 2011

To all those that have purchased an iPad and don’t know where to start with aps, the Technology in (Sp) Education blog is a great starting point. The following link gives the top free or discounted aps that they have currently recommended for students with learning disabilities and disabilties.

http://techinspecialed.com/2011/04/02/freediscounted-apps/

The site has also divided aps into different goals and skills you wish your students to achieve. http://techinspecialed.com/2011/08/04/technology-in-education-apps-by-goal/

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Maths Apps for iOS devices

Posted by speldsa on August 8, 2011

Often asked for apps that are educationally useful for maths I am happy to thank Jill Ozols for alerting me to the following apps.

With the motto of Play, Explore and Understand MathTapper apps currently have 7 different mathematical apps that are currently free to download for your i-phone, i-pod and i-pads and four more on the way. To read more about these apps go to http://www.mathtappers.com/ Tim has told us that there are 3 more apps that will be available shortly, so keep watching their site!

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abc PocketPhonics

Posted by speldsa on May 19, 2011

The abc PocketPhonic app is available in two versions through the i-tunes stores.

The light version is free and gives full access to activities, but only 6 of the letter sounds and 20 words.

The full version is currently available from the i-tunes store for $3.99 and it provides practice with letter sounds and the correct formation of those letters when writing. The app also introduces students to 170 words. We  like this app. abc PocketPhonics provides a fun way for students to learn something that can be very challenging for some students, especially those with specific learning difficulties.

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