Resources for Support / SPED Classrooms using iPads and/or Chromebooks.
For the Chromebook
Click the button below to view screencasts for how to use the Apps & Extensions that assist students with audio and/or visual needs on the Chromebook.
Chromebook Accessibility Features
The Chromebook has many built-in accessibility features for students with audio/visual needs. To access these features, click on your avatar to access the Settings menu. Go to the Advanced settings. Scroll down to Accessibility. There are many features including ChromeVox, large mouse cursor, high contrast mode, screen magnifier, etc. 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.
Chrome Web Store
ADDING APPS to STUDENT ACCOUNTS
ALL students with a District Google account have access and permission to add apps and/or extensions that appear in the the Chrome Web Store within the sbstudents.org tab. Teachers who would like to add the above apps and/or extensions to their students accounts should have their students log in with their account, open the Chrome Web Store, click on the 'For sbstudents.org tab' and then add it to their account.
NOTE: These are the ONLY apps they have permission to add. They do not have permission to add any other apps/extensions.
For the iPad
All iPads come with assistive technology features built in that can be used with any app. To access these features, click on your Settings. Go to General. Click on Accessibility. There are many features including voiceover, zoom, grayscale, larger text, etc. Click to make the desired changes. These features will activate for the account that is logged in. It will remember this feature until you turn it off.
iPad Accessibility Features
Hearing a word as it’s being read can help with comprehension for a wide range of learners. Speak Selection can read web pages, and ebooks out loud. Double-tap to highlight text in any application, tap Speak, and the device reads the selected text. Students can have words highlighted as they’re being read so they can follow along. The voice’s dialect and speaking rate can be adjusted to suit students’ needs.
With Dictation students can make a note, search the web, or write a report using just their voice. Tap the microphone button and Dictation converts words (and numbers and characters) into text.
Zoom is a built-in screen magnifier that works anywhere in iOS, so students can better read an essay, view a diagram, or get details on a map. And it works with all apps from the App Store. A simple double-tap with three fingers instantly zooms in 200 percent, and the magnification can go up to 500 percent. While zoomed in, everything works as usual: Students can use all the familiar gestures to navigate their device. And Zoom works with VoiceOver, so they can better see — and hear — what’s happening on the screen.
iOS suggests the correct spelling after just a few letters are typed. With Speak Auto-text enabled, students hear a sound effect and the suggested word spoken. They can keep typing to ignore the word, or press the Space bar to have iOS type it. Students can learn new words without struggling to spell them correctly.
For details about other accessibility features on the iPad, click here.
Also, be sure to explore the App store, Special Education for more apps & resources for iPads. https://www.apple.com/education/special-education.
iPad Apps by Category
Apps marked with an * are also accessible on Chromebooks.
Count, sort and order by quantity
Tiggly Words and Tiggly Math
Use with or without the manipulatives for math & language
Tactile number sense and math activities
Puzzles and Coding
Coding and interactive games
Create, play and learn with coding games
Leveled coding puzzles and games
Students communicate face to face with others
Educreations for Chromebook
Educreations for iPad
Teachers & students can create videos and lessons to explain concepts
Draw and Tell
Draw, color & decorate w/stickers, create animations and record stories
Vocabulary and Language
Snapchat filter mixed with articulation exercises
Label and describe photos
Students record video to share within a community of other learners
Tracing and Fine Motor Skills
Writing and tracing
Letter Toy and School
Mostly accessible on Chromebooks.
LITERACY AND MATH
frequently updated K-2 Weebly with interactive literacy and math sites
Free Interactive Math Apps
Fractions, geoboard, math vocabulary, money pieces, number frames, number line, number rack, pattern shapes and more.
AbiTalk offers over one hundred activities focused on reading, math, science, phonics and language.
Alphabet sequence, early phonics skills and word building
Variety of learning games using student favorite characters from PBS shows.
Scholastic Story Online
Comprehensive library of read alouds. Each book includes supplemental curriculum aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for students.
Literacy Center is a resource for students learning basics of language and foundational skills.
BookFlix is a digital literacy resource that pairs a nonfiction eBook from Scholastic on a similar subject. The fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills.
Dance Mat Typing
There are four levels to play, each divided into three stages. You start by learning the home row keys. Each stage builds on previous lessons, introducing new letters as you progress. You’ll soon be touch typing like an expert! At the end of each level you can test your typing speed and get a fun reward.
ABCYa - Keyboarding challenge
Students can check their typing speed, accuracy and skill level in just 60 seconds. https://www.typingtest.com/
Book Creator for Chrome
Students can make, read and share interactive books. Add text, searchable images, audio, video, drawings, shapes, comic templates, stickers and emojis! Each teacher gets 1 library with 40 books for free with Bookcreator.com for Chromebook. Go to: bookcreator.com to sign up.
Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. Easily capture student learning in ANY Form. Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links to show what they know.
Why use Seesaw in a small group classroom?
Want to learn more about Seesaw? Click here for info, resources & quick video tutorials.
Nearpod is an interactive classroom tool for teachers to engage students with interactive lessons. Bring the WOW into your classroom! Compatible with iPad & Chromebook.
Free Teacher Resources for Nearpod
Free Webinar for Getting Started
Free Webinar for Creating a Lesson
Nearpod Pricing & Features - What's for free?
Click here to download a How-to Packet.
Effortless video conferencing. Connect with others in just a few easy steps! Compatible with iPad & Chromebook.
Step 1: Go to: appear.in
Step 2: Create a room link
Step 3: Share the link with others
Step 4: Others click 'Enter existing room' to join
Why it's Awesome?
Answer Garden is a simple feedback tool. You can use it for online brainstorming, sharing new learning, character analysis, quick & simple formative assessment about any topic, and more.
To get started, go to answergarden.ch and...
1. Click the + button at the top, or "Create AnswerGarden" at the bottom.
2. Type in your question or prompt.
3. Select between a few optional preferences.
4. Click create.
5. Copy the URL link & share it w/your students.
You can embed AnswerGarden into your Weebly! See below!
To see how it works... enter a tech tool in the box below to share your thoughts on the topic. Enter as many times as you want.
Why QUIZZIZ is Awesome?
The slideshare below reviews the features of QUIZZIZ...